Safety Tips

Your questions, answered

Is it safe to camp in Malaysia?

Although camping is not mainstream here, it is really safe to camp at most of the dedicated campsites. The campsites listed in this website are all the ones that I’ve personally camped and I’ve never lost any personal valuables. As a rule of thumb, always be cautious of your surroundings and bring along your valuables wherever you go.

Is it legal to camp in Malaysia?

There are currently no written law on camping in Malaysia. Though you should always ask for permission to camp on a private land. 

I don’t have any camping experience but I wanted to try, what should I do?

You can try to camp at some dedicated paid campsite which often includes basic facilities. If you want to do wild camping, I would suggest you to tag along some experienced campers.

What do I need to prepare for my 1st camping trip?

Here’s a list of items that you’ll need to prepare for camping:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Torchlight / headlamp
  • Water – 2-3 litre at least
  • Toiletries
  • Cooking utensils
  • Camping stove
  • Cutleries, cup, bowl
  • Food
  • Tarp – ground/fly sheet
  • Garbage bag
  • Insect repellent (optional)
  • Sleeping mat (optional)
  • Tissue / wet tissue (optional)
How do you “do your business” if there is no toilets at the campsite?

Hide behind a tree, bush, grass, get creative! Just be careful not to stray too far away else you’ll risk getting lost. Another way is to bring a trustworthy friend along and a piece of cloth or equivalent to help you cover up.

Have you encounter any wild animals while camping?

So far I’ve never encountered any, at least not life threatening ones. All wild animals are actually very shy and do their best to avoid contact with humans. Usually the animals will be aware of your presence and move away on their own. 

Have you met any robber or thieves?

Short answer is no. But if you’re camping at an easily accessible place, always be cautious of your valuables.

How do you manage your valuables?

Most of the time I’ll bring along all my valuables such as smartphone, camera and wallet whenever I need to leave the campsite temporarily. As for tents and other camping equipment it is usually safe to just leave them behind unless it’s necessary to bring along. Just be low key with your expensive stuff and you’ll be fine.

Is it safe to camp alone?

Unless you are an experienced camper I wouldn’t recommend, unless you’re camping at some well known campsites such as the ones listed in this website as most of the time there will be other campers around.

Where would be the best choice to camp for beginners?

Pick any of the paid campsite listed and you’ll be fine.

Is it safe to consume river water?

I do normally consume river (upstream) water as long as it is boiled, especially at campsites which requires long hours of hiking. If you’re still not confident, just buy one of these.

Is it safe to swim in the waterfall?

Same as all other nature activities, you will put yourself and others at risk if you are not well aware. Click here to read more about the dangers of waterfalls

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