Malaysia is home to one of the lushest tropical rainforests in Asia, if not the world. Whether you’re looking to explore a less-traveled part of the world, or simply want a stunning natural setting to rejuvenate your mind and body, these spectacular Malaysian forest retreats will not disappoint.
Belum Eco Resort, Perak
The region of Tasik Belum in Perak, Malaysia, has hundreds of different islands, and the Belum Eco Resort is the only island that has absolutely no traffic, meaning zero noise and air pollution. The eight-acre island resort was built entirely by hand, without the use of any heavy machinery, and these personal touches are visible throughout the resort. The resort offers accommodation in the form of chalets, as well as houseboats for those who want to focus on fishing, but there are also dormitories for those who are on more of a budget. You can spend your days fishing, jungle trekking and visiting local villages, although OROGOLD highly recommends making time to visit the nearby world-famous Royal Belum National Park, one of the last remaining virgin rainforests in the country where biodiversity is almost completely intact.
The Shorea, Berembun
Located next to the Berembun Forest Reserve, The Shorea is a boutique forest hotel built within a beautiful tropical reserve. The villas are all extremely spacious and luxurious, each featuring floor to ceiling windows to let in the lush greenery and sunlight. Each villa has its own kitchenette for guests to prepare their own meals, as well as barbecue facilities, but meals can also be catered by the hotel’s chef if guests want to just relax. Their salt water infinity pool is perfect for some down time, and there are many activities to get involved in when you’re feeling more adventurous, from trekking to one of the four major waterfalls just half an hour away to taking a nature walk through the jungle.
Mutiara Taman Negara National Park Resort, Pahang
Taman Negara in Pahang, also known as the National Park of Malaysia, is one of the oldest rainforests in the world. The Mutiara Taman Negara National Park Resort overlooks both the Tembeling and Tahan rivers, both of which are great for a spot of fishing. The architecture has been inspired by traditional Malaysian styles, and there are a few different accommodation options to choose from, including chalets, guest houses and bungalows. OROGOLD loves the activities that this resort offers, from cave exploration to visiting the Orang Asli settlements to spending a night in the middle of the jungle. The forest is home to plenty of wildlife, making it a great destination for nature lovers, and amongst the wild ox, barking deer and white-handed gibbons, some guests have also spotted a tiger in the wild – quite a unique experience in this day and age!
With the world’s rainforests continually disappearing at such an alarming rate, spending some time at one of these spectacular Malaysian rainforest retreats is something that you should do sooner rather than later. From luxury forest villas to floating house boats to a night under the stars in the jungle, you will no doubt be able to find something that appeals to you.