There are many things to do at Sekeping Serendah Retreat if one is feeling adventurous or bored. Guests can take a dip in the cascading Serendah Waterfall and natural plunge pools, visit the Orang Asli village and go for a jungle trek or fishing in the nearby lake or pond. 🙂
At every chalet, BBQ facility is provided for guests to utilise and have their own BBQ cookout. Charcoal is provided for free upon request and the caretaker will come over to start the fire at the required time.
A Good Soak & a Splashing Time in the Infinity Pool (Pool 2)
After my fiancé and I had a relaxing nap in the glass box, we decided to take a dip in one of the two swimming pools available in the retreat. The nearest swimming pool to our Glass Box 2 chalet was Pool 1, so we checked it out first. 😀 It took about 5-10 minutes for us to leisurely walk to Pool 1 via the scenic and shady ‘Dragon Walk’ track.
Along the way, we were treated to interesting sights of the tropical rainforest, breaths of fresh air and the cool forest breeze. To my amusement, I found out that my fiancé took the initiative to bring along a fork for protection: just in case we were attacked by tigers or elephants, he can stab it with the fork and protect us from harm. Such a sweet and thoughtful person he is. 😀
For your info, Pool 1 has toilets and a sitting area while Pool 2 does not have any toilets. We then made our way to Pool 2 also known as the Infinity Pool, located about 20-30 minutes away. Although Pool 2 is further than Pool 1, it offers a much better view than Pool 1. There, we enjoyed a good soak and a splashing time in the water while enjoying the breathtaking view before us.
Fun fact: Pool 2’s location is nearer to Warehouse 1 and 2 than any other chalets in the retreat.
A Scenic Walk to Serendah Waterfall & Natural Plunge Pools
Next, my fiancé and I decided to go for a leisurely walk along the countryside and explore the surrounding areas. Thus, we made our way to Serendah Waterfall and the plunge pools on foot. It took us about 30 minutes to reach our destination.
Along the way, we walked past a fishing pond, a flowing river and a Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre. The highlight of our walk was when I spotted several weaver birds busily weaving their nest in the trees by the river. Never in my wildest dream would I imagine myself seeing a weaver bird’s nest in the wild: both the male and female nests! 😀
At Serendah Waterfall, families and villagers were seen having a picnic, a BBQ or playing in the water without a care in the world. The waterfall itself is a sight to behold. The sheer volume and force of water gushing down the waterfall into the pool below is simply impressive! The facilities at Serendah Waterfall include several gazebos, showers and toilets and a playground. Unfortunately, the facilities are in poor condition. 🙁
A Scrumptious BBQ Dinner & an Unforgettable Night under the Stars
After our exploration, we took another nap in the glass box chalet and prepared for our BBQ dinner later that evening. We brought some potatoes, sweet corn, colourful capsicums, sausages and several slices of marinated beef steak and chicken thighs.
Do take note that there are no eateries or restaurants nearby and food or meals are not provided by the retreat. Guests will need to bring their own food, or opt for self-catering or the caretaker’s meal (simple Nepalese food priced at RM20 per person, per meal or catered Indian cuisine priced at RM20 per person, per meal – minimum order 4 pax).
The caretaker was informed to come over and start the fire for our BBQ session at 6pm, but he was nowhere to be seen. In the end, I had to fetch the caretaker and got the fire started at 7pm. 🙁 Thankfully, my fiancé and I had a wonderful BBQ dinner and enjoyed stargazing for the rest of the night. The moon was shinning bright that night too.
In a Nutshell
With our stomachs full and hearts happy, it did not take long for us to cuddle, fall asleep on the comfortable bed and dozed off to dreamland, aided by the nocturnal sound of the tropical rainforest. The light rain only made the night better. 🙂
A variety of insects (mostly moths and mosquitoes) were seen gathering around our glass box chalet, but few actually successfully made its way into the glass box after we shut the doors and windows. The mosquito coils kept most of the insects at bay, so we do not have to use the mosquito net provided.
We only have two complaints: the first is matches or a lighter was not provided for us to light the mosquito coils! In a brief MacGyver moment, we used the fire from the BBQ pit to light the mosquito coils and that saved the day! The second complaint is several suspicious people were seen lingering around our glass box chalet at night (after 10pm). That made us felt uneasy and cautious. 🙁
As a whole, despite the slight unpleasant experience we experienced, we actually enjoyed our 2D/1N stay in the Glass Box 2 chalet at Sekeping Serendah Retreat. Spending a night or two in a glass box chalet smacked in the tropical rainforest is certainly an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone to try.