Escape to a Kampung at Chengal Hill Retreat – What’s Cool? What’s Not?

What the experience is all about

Chengal Hill Retreat, Janda Baik, Pahang
Flowing streams at Chengal Hill Retreat, Janda Baik, Pahang [Source: ShamySky Design]

If you are based in Kuala Lumpur and are looking to escape the city for a weekend, look no further than Chengal Hill Retreat in Janda Baik, Pahang.

With it’s higher altitude and cooler temperatures, Janda Baik is a popular destination among city folks. It’s set amidst a small valley, surrounded by thick rainforest and connected with calming streams with cool water from the hills. Experience life in a simple Malay kampung setting, with traditional local food, chickens running around, while enjoying understated sincere hospitality.

Chengal Hill Resort, Janda Baik, Pahang
Chengal Hill Resort, Janda Baik, Pahang [Source: FB]

Chengal Hill Retreat is a beautiful kampung style retreat, providing a few different accommodation possibilities, each special in their own way, and suited to different needs. If you are interested in roughing it, opt for their camping or glamping tents. If you would like a more relaxing and comfortable experience, their prime chalets are the way to go. There are also unique Apache huts to choose from, all with the sounds of flowing streams to calm you. Each chalet is built with beautiful chengal wood, beautifully designed in Malay architecture style.

Chengal Hill Retreat is a perfect place for family gatherings, as its grounds provide a safe space for children to play in shallow water, while adults cook up a hearty meal on the barbecue pits.

What You Get

Available lodging options: From camping to glamping tents, Apache huts, dorm chalets to family chalets

Apache Huts at Chengal Hill Retreat, Janda Baik, Pahang
Apache Huts at Chengal Hill Retreat, Janda Baik, Pahang [Source: FB]

Bathroom options: All chalets except dorm style chalets come with attached bathrooms. Other options come with shared bathrooms.

Cheapest option: RM80 per camping tent (max 2 pax)

Glamping at Chengal Hill Retreat, Janda Baik, Pahang
Glamping at Chengal Hill Retreat, Janda Baik, Pahang [Source: FB]

Most expensive option: RM950 for Prime Chalet (max 6 pax)

Chengal Prime Chalet at Chengal Hill Retreat
Chengal Prime Chalet at Chengal Hill Retreat [Source: FB]

Meal arrangements: All options do not come with meals. Restaurants are available 2 km away.

Day trips available: No

What can we do there? Have a barbeque, flying fox, walk around the retreat grounds, wade in streams, Pulau Santap, Chemperoh Waterfall, hike up Gunung Nuang, visit the Elephant conservation centre, Orang Asli Museum, go jungle trekking

Chemperoh Waterfall, Gunung Nuang
Chemperoh Waterfall, Gunung Nuang

Reviews

What people love: Cool weather, fresh air, relaxing environment, kampung atmosphere, well maintained, friendly staff, beautiful, relaxing, nature, stream, family friendly setup

What people wish were different: No food available on retreat grounds, units with no air-conditioning can get warm in the afternoons, outdoor showers lack privacy

Experience levels if you go for the most basic option shown in table below:

Adventure LevelMedium
Nature ImmersionMaximum
Cultural ImmersionMedium
Relaxation LevelMaximum
Roughing itMinimum (or Medium if you go for Camping/Glamping)
Suitable for young children?Yes, absolutely!
Mobile connectivityYes

Location & Contact

Location: Lot 8537 Kuala Lurah, Kampong Janda Baik, Pahang, Malaysia

URL: www.facebook.com/ChengalHill

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