Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur

“Sitting high above the jungle, these fully-staffed bungalows offer a back-to-nature tropical getaway in the thick of some of incredible full or half-day guided jungle treks.”

Highlights

Privacy and seclusion in the midst of lush green nature | 12-acre fruit orchard setting | Only one hour from Kuala Lumpur airport | Berembun Forest Reserve | Breakfast included daily | Private local guide available for nearby jungle treks

Description of Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur

Set within a fruit orchard wrapped in a rainforest, these six traditional Malay style bungalows open up a world of exotic adventures as well as a naturally calming ambience overlooking jungle covered hillsides to provide the perfect holiday destinations near Kuala Lumpur.

The holiday bungalows are as intimate and remote as you could hope to imagine with private barbecue pans and fully-equipped kitchens enabling guests to live within a rainforest near Kuala Lumpur pretty much self-sufficiently, although breakfast included is always worth getting up for.

A couple of shared infinity pools bedecked in timber frames merge effortlessly with both the wooden bungalows and the surrounding rainforest with carved benches and comfy sun loungers often all that's needed to complement a good book, shades and floppy sun hat.

As there's a maximum guest capacity of 18 adults, you can be as social or solitary as you prefer with a good choice of optional activities to help you get out and explore or relax as your mood dictates.

Things to do in and near the resort
Tiered waterfalls and natural plunge pools always make an attractive rest stop after a trek through the jungle with chances to learn more about indigenous plants and birds adding to the excitement of exploring a rainforest accompanied by a local expert.

The nearby wet market is always an authentic introduction to rural life in Malaysia with nearby animal farms and heritage museums providing a couple of alternatives if you tire of time spent on the terrace (as if), with traditional massages available for after a good day spent outdoors.

Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur. How it all began
Our family acquired a 12 acre rubber plantation in 1984. We removed all the rubber trees and planted durian (a large green spiky fruit known for its strong smell and unique sweet taste) and some other tropical fruit trees. For a long time we called it The Land, when it turned into an orchard, we started calling it the Malay word for fruit orchard. We only got electricity in 1996, before then we used cold boxes, car batteries hooked up to lights and a gas run fridge. Now we enjoy plenty of modern comforts, full grown trees and a relationship with the local community.

Rooms, food and facilities

Wherever possible these Malaysia rainforest bungalows have been built in harmony with the surrounding scenery in order to fit into the existing landscape rather than the other way round. Roofs are steep to allow rain to fall as naturally as possible whilst open walls allow for cool air to flow freely without the need for air-conditioning or adverse heat to build up within the living room, bathroom, bedroom or kitchen areas.

All of the bungalows have been built using traditional Malay construction methods with shade and natural wind flow taken into consideration within the design and recycled timber used wherever possible and a full recycling programme initiated to minimise waste. Bungalows sleep from two to five adults or four adults and two children with prices lower during the week and breakfast included as part of the overall rate.

The infinity pools use salt water rather than chlorine and things are gradually moving towards solar powered energy sources, without air-con, to be as self-sufficient and sustainable an eco holiday Malaysia resort as possible.

If guests prefer not to cook for themselves typical Minangkabau meals can be supplied using ingredients sourced at the local farmers' market, although a full range of dry spices and living herbs are in good supply within each bungalow kitchen.

Our top tip:
Mozzies are part and parcel of the jungle, so plug in your repellent nightly and take some cream too.
Room description:
2 one-bed, 3 two-bed timber-framed chalets each built using traditional Malay methods.
Amenities:
2 communal infinity pools, each chalet has a well-equipped kitchen, shaded verandah and private BBQ (charcoal included).
Meals:
Good breakfast included. Otherwise, self-catering - make sure you stock up on groceries and alcohol at Kuala Lumpur.
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How to find us

These Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur are easy to access and can be found just an hour from the international airport. Taxis can be arranged direct from Kuala Lumpur or you can take a train to the nearby town of Seremban and then a taxi on from there. It's also possible to hire a car and drive through the Kuala Lumpur rainforest direct to the accommodation, with detailed instructions available upon request.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur

Environment

The Forest: We are next door to the Berembun Forest Reserve, a 4,000 acre virgin rainforest (with some encroachment on its margins), which is rich in plant species, birds and other wildlife. We encourage guests to hike into this Reserve and to learn about it from resident Temuan guides. A neighbouring expert on Malaysian birds, who chairs the Malaysian Nature Society Bird Conservation Council, is working with us to give workshops to guests and to produce a pamphlet on local birds.

Buildings: Our chalets are built following traditional Malay methods to control glare and heat from the tropical sun and maximize the flow of air. Living rooms (and also most of the bathrooms) are open to the South, with shaded verandahs. The roof pitch is steep with open carving in the walls which pull air through the house. This means the houses are cooled by wind and we do not need air conditioning. In the development of our property we have avoided cutting slopes with bulldozers. Instead we use walking paths for access to each house. Three of the four chalets have timber frames and beams of recycled timber taken from demolished houses and all the roof tiles date back to the colonial period.

Waste: No waste is allowed to pollute our 12 acres or the nearby river. Each bathroom has its own septic tank. We ask guests to separate their organic and dry waste. We recycle or sell bottles, cans and metal and compost the organic waste for the vegetable garden. Any other waste which cannot be composted or reused we send 3 km to a public waste bin in Pantai village, because there is no rubbish collection in our area.

Water: Our water is provided by the state water supply. We use reverse osmosis system for drinking water. Our swimming pool is kept clean with salt, not chlorine.

Energy: We are still dependent on the national grid, but we are moving towards solar energy for heating water and solar lights in public areas. We do not have air conditioning.

Community

We only hire from the local community, we pay competitive wages and are careful about their hours. They receive bonuses for each occupancy and they all have opened savings accounts. Our nearest community is a Temuan (orang asli or original people) tribal group. Two of our 3 housekeeping staff are Temuan; one is Malay from Pantai village. We engage Temuan to guide guests into the jungle – and guests pay them directly.

We encourage guests to eat at the stalls in Pantai and we serve special Minangkabau meals with many ingredients sourced at a farmers’ market in Pantai. This is a delicious local cuisine, little known outside of Negeri Sembilan, and has become very popular with our guests.

We have a list of local taxi drivers who regularly enjoy business from our guests. Apart from the usual airport and taxi transfers, they take guests to the Seri Menanti Museum, which showcases Negeri Sembilan history in a former royal palace, and the Adat Museum in Jelebu, which highlights Malaysia’s multiethnic cultures.

We use what influence we have with local officials to preserve the environment and protect the land rights of the orang asli. With a group of neighbours, we recently succeeded in stopping the building of a swift house in the area. This is a 30 foot cement block which uses loudspeakers to attract birds to nest and then sells their nests to China for birdsnest soup.

Reviews of Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The overall relaxed atmosphere and the warm welcome.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


This is the perfect place to relax. If you are okay without internet 24/7 (there is limited internet though), and think it is fun to have a gecko in your house that makes jungle sounds, then this is the place for you! You can be as busy or as lazy as you want: there are two swimming pools, opportunities to go birdwatching and jungle trekking - however it's quite fabulous just to sit on the terrace and enjoy the view and the peace and quiet. It is only an hour by taxi from KL airport - ideal as a stopover on intercontinental travels.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, all staff are local, the restaurant is run by a local family, the guides are from the area, and the emphasis is on enjoying, respecting and appreciating nature.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Perfect! We stayed for a full week and felt very relaxed and revived - what a treat! We would definitely come again!!!

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole place was wonderful. I loved the open air nature of the hut. It felt like being outdoors yet protected at the same time. A highlight was watching fireflies from the balcony at night. It was like watching a nature program on a 3D massive screen. The trek through the jungle was also fantastic. To be honest, everything was great.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't forget to plug in your mosquito zapper every night. We (ok I) forgot one night and paid the price (though not really too bad). But it showed us how well they work. Also, use the local taxi service that they organise. Mohammad was great and really showed us things we wouldn't otherwise have seen. Make sure you get your grocery supplies on your in so you don't need to waste time later.

Another tip, it's not really a place to bring kids.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The staff and the jungle trek guide were all local so I hope our holiday was a benefit to the local community.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


My best holiday ever.

Read the operator's response here:

This is a great review and we are really happy they took the time to share their pleasure in this environment. But I would like to say that we have many children come here and enjoy themselves. They love the pools, we have put in a playground and swings for them and they are fascinated by the deer. Older kids do the jungle hike and feel very proud of themselves. Of course, in this natural place, parents have to keep an eye on their children, especially in the pools. We even have a resident kid, in Haanim and Cee's child, who is a picture of health, energy and fearlessness.

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Swimming in the pool during light rain and watching the clouds over the jungle.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


1) Having a good map and a sense of orientation
2) Learning to use a mosquito net prior to your stay
3) Being patient during breakfast and telling clearly what you want

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I did not feel it directly but I hope that all this happens.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good. I would recommend the stay to friends which like the same things as me. (I also have friends who probably could not appreciate everything).

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The beautiful location, living in the open all day and night without the hassle of camping, the malaysian food, the balance between privacy and company, the access to the virgin forest, the pools. What's not to like

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't bother with the Durians. Don't go if you can't do without TV internet etc. Remember it is on a mountain and mountains are not flat.
If you are local you might return regularly
If you plan to stay longer than a few days bring your own entertainment

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. All employees are local. Food is sourced locally, The Houses are traditional Malay for the most part. The owner is local, long term resident on site and committed to preserving the location, unlike some neighbouring properties.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The Dusum is different. It is not a "hotel". It is an opportunity to share an idyllic rainforest lodge with some lovely people at a very reasonable price in your choice of 5 ecologically excellent houses of different sizes and character. You need to be able to climb several hundred steps each day (It is on top of a steep mountain) and be happy to live outside almost all of the time except when you are in one of the 2 beautiful horizon pools looking out over virgin forest. The location is 1 hour, by taxi or car, and a million miles from KL. Leave your ideas of city life and your friends or children who can't do without the 21st century and its gadgets at home. Go for at least one forest walk and swim in the river pool. Enjoy the Malaysian food. You will leave a better person.

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The jungle trek is excellent, but make sure you are sufficiently fit and able,
and not too concerned about getting the odd leech on you. It is a hot and steamy walk for about an hour and 20 minutes, mostly along jungle paths. Sometimes this means scrambling over rocks, tree roots, or getting across small streams. But the swim at the end in the pool by the waterfall is a wonderful reward.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring your own alcohol. The food supplied by the hotel for your own charcoal BBQ is excellent, but a little pricey. You can cook your own meals on the gas hob if
you wish. The location is a bit remote, although the hotel can recommend taxis to take you there from Seremban.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Our local guide on the trek (Akow) spoke no English and guiding was his job.
Apparently he has 13 children (!) so no doubt our very reasonable guiding fees
helped to feed a few mouths.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was an excellent short stay. I wish we could have had at least one extra
night - but they were full !. We will go back.

Reviewed on 09 Jul 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Everything was memorable from the the open Malaysian Hut we stayed in, the
tropical rain, Fireflies, the swimming pool overlooking the rainforest and
friendly staff through to the delicious food the chef prepared and we barbecued
over the open fire.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Two nights and 2 full days are plenty enough to relax and partake in a guided
bush walk into the rainforest or bird watching tour.
There are different chalets to suit different requirements such as privacy,
views, extended families etc. Take time to choose the right one for you. Ask a
lot of questions - their response is spot on!
Watch out for the leeches when on the rainforest walk to the waterfall - a lot
of dance moves by all along the track. There are none at the resort.
Take a good book, mosquito repellent and playing cards.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - their staff come from a local village down the valley.
The food is very healthy and locally grown

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent holiday and would recommend to anyone!

Reviewed on 29 Apr 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


A hike in the jungle with a local guide from the aboriginal people.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do it now!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, local people are employed by the company, which is also has a highly eco-
centric ethos.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Extremely enjoyable and relaxing.

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


All of it really ,the arrival into what was the most stunning location and accommodation ,the delicious food, the staff, the hosts who were so lovely and accommodating, the whole ambiance and so much more.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take lots of mosquito repellant and leech proof socks for the jungle walk which was amazing and sturdy walking shoes.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes very much a true blend of accommodation integrating harmoniously with the natural environment, it is a very special place.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


9/10 we will go back a true experience perfect stunning and so very memorable.

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