Chengal Hill Retreat


Chengal Hill Retreat, located in Pahang, Malaysia, is a vacation that’s simply different. Just an hour northeast of brimming and bustling Kuala Lumpur, Changal Hill Retreat is one of those unique getaways with a focus on escaping the business of city life, and giving you a chance to truly reset in the beautiful hills of the Lentang Forest Reserve.

Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect while staying at Chengal Hill Retreat!

General Information

Chengal Hill, first off, is very affordable. You book a stay there essentially the way you would with any standard hotel – and the cost is only about $65 USD per night (or about RM250, in Malaysian Ringgit). They can be reached on Facebook, or contacted via Whatsapp at +60 17 201 5118.

How to Get There

Chengal Hill Retreat is located in the Pahang district in southern Malaysia, only about an hour from Kuala Lumpur. Ideally, to reach Chengal Hill, you’ll fly into Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which is on the southern side of Kuala Lumpur and an additional half hour or so away from the retreat.

From the airport, the directions are fairly simple and only include a few turn-offs. While you can rent a car in Kuala Lumpur, you can also take most cabs very affordably – even over a longer distance (perhaps $20-30 USD to get to the resort from the airport).

Here is a step-by-step look at the directions:

  • Take Lebuhraya Klia Extension/E6 and ELITE/AH2to Lingkaran Putrajaya/E6. Exit from ELITE/AH2/E6. 
  • Get on Lebuhraya Kuala Lumpur – Putrajaya/E20 in Cyberjaya
  • Continue on on Lebuhraya Kuala Lumpur – Putrajaya/E20 to Kuala Lumpur
  • Get on Lebuhraya Kuala Lumpur – Gua Musang/E8in SelangorLebuhraya Kuala Lumpur – Putrajaya/E20 to Kuala Lumpur
  • Follow Lebuhraya Kuala Lumpur – Gua Musang/E8to Route 68 in Genting Sempah, Bentong.
  • Take exit 803-Genting Sempah from Lebuhraya Kuala Lumpur – Gua Musang/Route 68/E8
  • Take Jln Kampung Janda Baik to your destination

Accomodations

The rooms at Chengal Hill are made well for the purposes that you want if you choose to stay at what is essentially a beautiful wilderness retreat. The modern conveniences may not be present, such as power outlets inside the room for those that are looking to stay online during their stay.

In actuality, that’s not why you should come here. It’s beautiful, and relaxing. It’s away from the chaos, and it would somewhat defeat the purpose of coming to Chengal Hill if you did have many of those conveniences. If you do need power to charge a cell phone or a laptop, there are a few power ports outside most rooms, but none actually inside the room.

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The beds are clean, as are the rooms, and you’ll be provided with comfortable sleeping arrangements to relax on your visit.

Facilities

A note on the facilities; the showers are open overhead, and they aren’t the strongest of streams. Additionally, hot water is essentially a luxury, so you should plan on doing most of your showering during the day, as the temperatures at night are cooler. You might want to bring along additional wipes and sanitation pads with you, as the supplies are fairly basic (again, not a knock on the facility. It’s sort of what you want here).

Food

Misaochan2 [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Food isn’t really provided on the complex, however there is food available nearby. One of the most well-known locations in the area is Nero Bianco Deli, located just up the street. It actually serves more typically western fare, and the food is actually really pleasant.

There is a nice place selling western food along the way up. Nero Bianco Deli. Managed to take a photo of the menu and the owner. You’ll be able to find really good quality steaks, sausages, chicken, vegetables, and bread at very affordable prices. For directions and more information, you can check out their Facebook page prior to visiting.

You will be provided Nasi Lemak onsite, which is a regional dish comprised of rice, fried egg, fish, fritters, and an assortment of different ingredients – depending on the day. These are filling, and actually quite delicious!

Hiking and ATV Off-Roading

Given the scenery and setting, the main activity to do in the area is hike – but the hiking is great. We recommend checking out the Bukit Repin Trailhead, located basically right next to Chengal Hill Retreat. The outdoor scenery is fantastic, with broad species of animals and plants to help you reconnect with the outdoors!

Siu Kuin Wong [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

In fact, this area is considered one of the best for hiking in Malaysia, with the famous starting point of the Gunung Nuang – Janda Baik trail just down the street, in addition to off-roading in an ATV in nearby Janda Baik Offroad. You’re surrounded by nature, no matter what you do, which really gives you as a visitor a chance to reconnect, reset, and have fun in a completely natural environment.

FAQs!

First, this is a natural environment, so be mindful about your trash. In fact, Chengal Hill burns its own trash, so don’t throw away your own garbage outside of that mix. There’s a lot of wildlife in the area, so be mindful while being on the area that you’re sharing the property with not only the proprietor, but with furry friends as well!

Additionally, you can get to the location from the main road, and in fact park your car. Once you arrive on site, someone will help guide you and park. However, be careful when arriving, as the backroads that lead to Chengal Hill are very narrow, and should be taken extremely cautiously.

Lastly, try your best to really let go while you’re in Chengal Hill. The natural scenery gives you an opportunity to truly disconnect, which is exactly how this beautiful oasis in Malaysia should be enjoyed!

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