Weekend Getaway Near KL: 4 Spots to Travel to Right Now
After a long & tiring working week, I’m sure the majority of us just want to kick back and relax when the weekend finally arrives. So when it finally does and when you’ve sat back at home for a few hours – now what? It’s getting boring, this weekend routine of lazing around and maybe going out to get groceries (if you’re feeling adventurous, that is). You’re probably plagued with dreams of a vacation somewhere else, anywhere and you just NEED to get out of KL ASAP.
Well, you’re in luck for The Cool Bears has compiled a list of possible weekend getaways near KL (4 to be exact) for you. So pack your suitcase, fill the car with gas and finally take that vacation you so rightly deserve!
1. ABC Camp – Janda Baik, Bentong (1 hour)
Love camping but hate the humidity and heat of Malaysia’s rainforests? Or maybe taking nature’s call in well, nature doesn’t feel right to a city dweller like you but hey, we’re not judging at all. We’re at The Cool Bears think a working toilet, heated water and an air-conditioner is a basic human right and without those, we’re better reverting back to our barbarian days.
Jokes aside, a weekend getaway in nature seems like a great idea until you’re covered in mosquito bites or a tiger attacks you while you’re taking a dump (hey, weirder things have happened okay…)
So, ABC Camp solves this problem for you. You get the real camping experience in a tent but in a safer and facilities-filled environment.
But if halfway through the journey up, you get cold feet about sleeping in a tent, there are also chalets available to stay in.
So why ABC Camp? For one, they have their own private river which you can swim into your heart’s content and it’s truly a great escape from the city life, 4G doesn’t even exist while you’re indoors.
Prices are based on your requirements & needs so they vary if you’re coming in a big group or just with your significant other.
Address: Kampung Orang Asli Hulu Chemperuh, 28750 Bentong, Pahang
Telephone: 013-388 0158
2. Sekeping Serendah – Selangor (1 hour)
We’re sure if you’ve mentioned the need for a weekend getaway to a co-worker or friend, the name “Sekeping Serendah” has been uttered. Not surprising it is THE local millenial’s pilgrimage vacation spot when needing a break from the hectic, polluted city because it transports guests into another dense, leafy and tropical world (WITHOUT the tigers) while still being in a relatively close proximity to the city.
Similar to ABC Camp, Sekeping Serendah basically allows guests to have the jungle experience without having to miss their working toilets back home and best thing is, all bathrooms are private! They provide shared facilities like a BBQ pit, a jungle trekking path and 2 swimming pools which are all free to use during a guest’s stay.
Whether you plan to go in a group or in a pair, this retreat offers a substantial array of rooms, from your typical chalets to a mud shed (which it’s just name really as it’s not a literal mud shed which can range from RM630 to RM300 a night, respectively.
Address: SERENDAH FS, 43300, 48200, Selangor
Telephone: 012-3246552 (Not available on Sundays)
3. Glamz At Genting – Genting Highlands (45 minutes)
Keeping with the glamping (glamorous camping) theme, there’s now an alternative to the usual hotels & Airbnbs for staying in Genting Highlands and you get to be right under the stars, isolated in nature.
Glamz at Genting is a 22 minute and 12 minute drive from the top of Genting Highlands and also from Genting Premium Outlets respectively so it’s great if you’re planning your weekend getaway around those places but really wanna ensure the night is spent away from the usual noisy sea of people that Genting attracts on the weekend. Choose to stay in a tent or a dome, depending on your budget and get a free complimentary breakfast along with it!
I’ve personally stayed in the most affordable option which was the Bell Tent and it was a pretty sweet deal for a couple – It comes with a comfy double bed, private bathroom (yay!) and even a sofa (for extra lounging time).
For those in a bigger group or with a bigger budget, there’s the Dome Room (with a private outdoor seating area) and the VIP Dome (with its own private jaccuzi!)
Of course, prices vary for weekdays, weekends and peak timings but we think Glamz at Genting is a well-worth the experience & price.
Address: 1, Jln Meranti, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm
Telephone: 012 6645269
4. Colmar Tropicale – Berjaya Hills, Bukit Tinggi
Slightly further down from ABC Camp and Glamz, also lies another location worth a weekend getaway near KL. You’ve probably heard of the mini French town situated right in Malaysia or at least enviously seen it all over your IG feed, and you too, can now flex your “Parisian” holiday on IG!
Built by the Berjaya Group, Colmar Tropicale is located in Bukit Tinggi, Pahang and was inspired by a real village nearby Alsace, France. With its surrounding cool air, it truly feels like you’re in France especially with the resort’s French architecture.
And if you think you’ll be stuck in the resort the whole day with nothing to do but the usual hotel activities (swimming in the pool, watching cable TV on bad reception, sleeping, and more sleeping…), do not despair as there are many Parisian-inspired restaurants & cafes to get your munch on and if that’s too dull, there’s also an Adventure Park to get your heartbeat pumping.
But if that’s too extreme, then pay a visit to their Japanese (yes, we know) garden or botanical garden or animal farm to bask in nature whilst being surrounded by screaming children.
As it is built by an established hotel group Berjaya means Colmar offers a wide variety of rooms for guests to choose from. Again depending on your choice of room, the rates vary from RM255 (for a superior deluxe room) to RM350 (for a one bedroom suite) a night.
Address: KM 48 Persimpangan Bertingkat, Lebuhraya Karak, Bukit Tinggi, 28750 Bentong, Pahang
Telephone: 09 221366
From camping to glamping to a French-themed village, these are 4 places you can go for a weekend getaway near KL!
Can’t afford a weekend getaway? Check out our previous article on lesser-known things to do in KL or drink the sorrows of working life away after reading up on our reviews of 3 hidden bars in KL.