Beautiful mother nature, dense forests, rolling hills, fogs and mists – these are the words that come to mind whenever you think about Janda Baik. Located in Bentong District, Pahang, this rural village of Janda Baik can be reached in just under an hour from Kuala Lumpur.
For those who are curious, Janda Baik or directly translated to English as the Good Widow actually has an interesting story behind its name. Back in the 1930s when it was first founded, the village was called Kampung Tiga Haji until it was permanently changed to Janda Baik six years later.
It is said that the name was chosen to honour a kind-hearted widow in the village who nursed injured villagers that took part in a war in Selangor.
As of today, Janda Baik has been transformed into one of the best destinations for a quiet holiday in Malaysia. It is also brimming with an abundance of activities and places of interest ranging from camping sites to hiking trails and unique cafes.
So, continue reading below and discover what Janda Baik has in store for you.
You can never say you’re having a great weekend getaway in Janda Baik without witnessing the magnificent seven-tier waterfall. Aside from its rich mother nature, this spot is also perfect for avid hikers out there.
However, make sure you’re wearing a good hiking outfit as the trail could be slippery and uneven.
To start your waterfall trekking, you can either make your way to the first level of the waterfall where you’ll be greeted with a mini cascade or if you’d like to take a dip into the crystal clear water, continue the adventure until you pass the twin falls and reach the fifth level.
Want to do something thrilling? Spend 15 more minutes on the trail until you reach the 7th level and abseil down the waterfall!
Not a fan of hiking activities? How about going through the lush green forest on horseback? Don’t worry if you’ve never ridden a horse before a there are friendly instructors ready to show you the ropes.
At Bidaisari Stables that is located in Kg Cheringin, you can choose any of the packages available; short ride, 40-minutes riding lessons, and jungle trekking where you can get a chance to get on the saddle and explore the tropical rainforest and cross the river streams.
Other than horses, this place also has a fig farm that you can tour around!
If you wish to include this activity in your itinerary, be sure to book the package that you want at least two days in advance! This will ensure your trip runs smoothly and you don’t have to wait in line once you’re there.
For something more challenging and exciting at the same time, you can head to SWAT Paintball, a paintball center nestled within a jungle. This place has different levels suitable for both beginners and experts – even children can participate in this activity!
As for those who are travelling in families, you can opt for the easier arena where you’ll be shooting paintballs on a smaller field. What makes it different from the typical paintball arena in the city is that this one is fully equipped with natural bushes, streams, and bridges – making the experience as real as possible.
If you want to step up the game a little bit, go for the harder arena where instead of an open field, you’ll be competing on jungle terrain.
After all those outdoor activities, it’s finally time for some relaxing hours. This 6-acres farm in the forest is a quaint location that offers an array of calming activities, making it perfect for those who wish to unwind heaps of stress.
For green thumbs, go ahead and book the gardening class. In the mood for some action in the kitchen? Join the cooking class where you’ll be preparing mouth-watering dishes using only fresh farm products.
Other than gardening and cooking classes, A Little Farm on the Hill also hosts yoga retreats and other interesting events such as theatrical performances and small concerts. So, check their calendars first to see what’s on!
Here an overview video of their farm and farm-to-table restaurant some time back by UNOX the Italian oven maker.
Nestled within Embun Luxury Villas is an elegant eatery called The Cafe. Since it is set on top of a breezy hill overlooking the thick green forest, you will straight away notice its breathtaking panoramic view and the mountains acting as your backdrop – so ready your cameras as this spot can be a great photo opportunity.
While listening to the sounds of nature breaking the silence, take your time browsing through its long list of creative and high-quality dishes prepared by a highly experienced chef. What’s best is that the chef only uses local supplies to enhance the flavours.
Among the best dishes that you can try here are Lempeng Janda-Baik Style, a hearty plate of pancakes accompanied by Sambal Hijau and anchovies. For something heavier, order the tantalizing Tempoyak and enjoy it with hot steamed rice.
Prefer international cuisines? Get your hands on the Ribeye Steak Sandwich or Embun’s Pesto Pasta.
How about taking a sip of a freshly brewed coffee while reading your all-time favourite novel in a cafe tucked away in a breezy forest?
If you’d like to experience that, then make your way to Pinto Coffee. Also, don’t fret if you don’t have a book with you as this cafe has its own shelf full of novels – just remember to put them back once you’re done reading.
This unique cafe is adorned with rustic decor where almost everything is made out of natural wood! But, what’s a coffee session without a great snack by your side?
At this place, you can choose from the several sweet desserts available such as the classic and blueberry cheesecakes, and other traditional Malay desserts.
If you want to try something different than your regular latte, order their Ice Blended Coffee & Avocado – you won’t regret it!
Another spot for coffee lovers is Kopi n Kraf, a hidden gem situated in Kampung Sum-sum Hilir. Aside from its jaw-dropping surroundings, this place also has a unique interior – you actually get to dine in a traditional Indonesian house!
A little fun fact about the cafe; the house structure was actually purchased from Indonesia and assembled here, in the village.
Since the cafe also has a pinch of Indonesian culture mixed in, you can expect to find various food originating from the country as well! You can either get yourself a bowl of Bakso or stick to the classic Malaysian Nasi Lemak and Roti Canai.
Enjoy those foods while breathing in the fresh air and watching the macaques roaming around the forest.
Since you’re already surrounded by nature, how about stepping up the game a little bit and go glamping. This tranquil location has a total of 20 safari-style tents, 5 treetop villas, and a few suites.
Imagine yourself waking up in the morning, listening to the birds chirping and the soothing sounds of the stream flowing through. Start the day by taking a dip in their free-form pool or put on your sunglasses and relax on the hammock.
Spend the day having a picnic by the river and share spooky stories during bonfire night.
Located in Kuala Lurah, Chengal Resorts can cater to almost everyone – from those who are on honeymoon to those who are traveling with a group of friends. Just like the other places in Janda Baik, this resort also features a great view of the greenery. But what’s so special about Chengal Resorts is its lively ‘kampung’ feel.
You can either choose to book their dorms that can fit up to nine people, the riverside chalets, water chalets, or the Apachi. Want to spend the weekend like a true camper? You can also camp here – the staff will ready your tent before your arrival!
If you’re looking for the best Janda Baik Villa, then this place is the answer. This modern and rustic looking villa is perched on top of a hill overlooking the foggy jungle. It boasts a variety of rooms to choose from – dorms, junior suites, and container rooms.
Other than providing comfortable rooms for your stay, Anani Villa is also a great place for company team building activities. They even have a package where the staff will host various exciting activities and games to improve communication and problem-solving skills among employees.
Eighty Seven is another villa beautifully adorned with sleek and modern industrial decor. It also features an infinity pool accompanied by a gorgeous view of the flourishing hills and forests.
Since it is located about 600 meters above sea level, the view that it offers is definitely to die for. If you’re lucky enough, you might even spot the majestic hornbills resting on the trees!
As for the interior, it is safe to say that Eighty Seven has ample space especially for those travelling in big groups. Complete with a stable internet connection, the private villa houses five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and a set of massive window panes that can provide you with enough lighting for your Instagram shot.
Janda Baik is definitely the best destination if you’re planning for an escape from the busy concrete jungle. By having a retreat in this Village, you can easily replace the sounds of traffic and crowds with the pleasant songs by mother nature.
Relax, breathe in the chilly yet fresh air, take in the stunning scenery, and return home with a clearer mind.
Hello there – I’m Atiqah, a writer specialising in producing travel and lifestyle contents. Why do I like writing about travel? Simple, I love sharing with the readers all of the amazing places on earth by using my very own sentences!