Need a quick escape from the urban jungle? Look no further than the lush rainforests surrounding Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands.
There are activities abound to keep you busy, from exploring the hiking trails to visiting the various farms growing fresh produce.
If you’re in search of something a little more off the beaten track, however, why not immerse yourself in the local Orang Asli (aboriginal) culture?
Located in Bertam Valley near Ringlet, the Rain Forest Inn possesses a rustic charm that’s hard to find elsewhere, as guests get to experience falling asleep to the natural symphony of the forest or take a dip in the cooling waters of the waterfall and stream located within the grounds.
The buildings are built and styled like authentic Orang Asli homes, using bamboo, timber, and rattan.
With only seven rooms – five standard rooms and two family rooms – you’ll also be able to enjoy your own space in peace, and the family rooms are just the right size for a getaway with the kids.
While the rooms have a homey look to them, they’re certainly not short of amenities to ensure you have a comfortable stay, with clean shared bathrooms and well-stocked cooking facilities, including a BBQ area for fair weather days.
If you really want to get back to basics, you can opt to camp out at the campsite as well, which is located right next to the waterfall. If you don’t have camping equipment with you, the Inn also offers tents up for rental.
Once you’re there, what are some of the things you can do during your stay? Here are some highlights:
Trek through the jungle
There are several trails of varying difficulty levels that you can try out, from beginner to advanced. You can explore the trails on your own, but if you’re unfamiliar with the area, it’s highly recommended to hire a guide. The Inn can help you arrange for an Orang Asli guide, who would know the trails like the back of their hand.
Take in a spectacular sunrise
For a breathtaking view of the highlands, hike to the peak of Gunung Brinchang, the highest mountain in Cameron Highlands, just in time to catch the sunrise and watch as the surrounding tea plantations are gradually bathed in the sun’s rays in a riot of pinks, yellows, and reds.
Afterwards, be sure to check out the Mossy Forest, also located on the mountain. The trees and rocks are all covered in a layer of moss, thanks to the mountain’s frequent fog and mists.
Bite into some local produce
Cameron Highlands is known for its agricultural products, especially its strawberries, so be sure to drop by the neighboring fruit orchards and vegetable farms to have your pick of the best fruits and vegetables.
To add a splash of color to your day, you can also buy a bouquet of fresh flowers at any of the flower nurseries in the area.
Enjoy some afternoon tea with scones
Tea is another popular product of Cameron Highlands, so you can have a sumptuous high tea spread at one of the many tea shops.
While sipping your tea, you’ll have unparalleled views of the tea plantations, which stretch out as far as the eye can see. The Boh Tea plantation, for example, is said to be the largest tea plantation in Southeast Asia.
Get to know the Orang Asli
Learn about the Orang Asli and their way of life by paying a visit to the nearby Orang Asli village, where they’ll welcome you with open arms. You can also try your hand at learning a few skills from the Orang Asli, like how to use a blowpipe and how they hunt and trap for food.
A must-try is the Inn’s “Native Dinner”, which is prepared in the traditional Orang Asli way – dishes are cooked inside bamboo over wood fire, lending an authentic taste.
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