Moon River Lodge is such a little gem, located off the beaten path up past Cameron Highlands. I had some leave to clear, so pretty last minute I asked my siblings to join me at this cozy little farmstay. I had come across it through a cousins’ Facebook, and it really is as pretty as the pictures.
We took a leisurely drive up, detouring to Ipoh first for lunch then heading up the Simpang Pulai road. That road was much longer than I anticipated. We realised we had forgotten to fuel up before heading up, yikes, so we had to make yet another detour up Cameron Highlands to get fuel. Adventureeee.
The Lodge is made up of three different buildings where guests can stay. Accommodation is simple, with shared bathrooms. The only meal provided is breakfast, the rest of the day you’ll either need to cook or head out to Camerons. If you’re there in a big group, you could arrange for the other meals to be cooked for you at extra cost. They do have a steamboat set, which we opted for on the first night – I brought along tom yam paste and a bunch of ingredients in a cooler bag, and added on the fresh farm veggies.
We spent all the time totally chilling our heads off. Fresh air, beautiful views, hammocks… I brought up a book and my yoga mat, and I had one of my best practices right there in nature. Honestly felt totally rejuvenated from the trip! You can arrange for add-ons like Rafflesia trekking which will take up most of your day. We went for the one hour waterfall trek, which was another adventure on its own. Since it was rainy season, the front of the path was extremely muddy, and we kept getting seriously stuck in it. Our poor guide kept having to dig us out! Then the waterfall was also muddy, so it wasn’t that great, but we got our exercise in anyway.
The farm practices pesticide free farming as well as aquaculture. They have fish tanks at the top of the hill, and the water is circulated down to water the plants. Before you leave, let the staff know you want to buy the vegetables from the farm. The rainy season meant we didn’t have much variety, but we went for pretty amazing tomatoes, sweet potato, beetroot and zucchini. Oh, and we were lucky that the group before us left the sweetcorn behind, and let me tell you, it’s the best corn you’ve ever eaten in your life. It’s so fantastic, you can eat it raw! Wish they had more.
I of course had to stay healthy on this trip, so this is what I brought along: rice crackers for a gluten-free bread stand-in, almond butter for spreading and smoothies, dried apricots for snacking, coconut water and bananas for smoothies, and small tubs of superfoods: chia, maca and baobab. I didn’t rely on all of this, no I don’t think that would be very healthy in my books (I personally need salt to manage my low blood pressure), so when we ate out I picked out options that were as healthy as possible.
Food Forest Farm’s produce can be purchased in KL at Ben’s Independent Grocer in Publika. It is absolutely worth your time to go pick up some of their vegetables. It’s leaps and bounds the best tasting tomatoes, peppers and corn I’ve ever had, amongst others, and you can be rest assured that they don’t use pesticides.
I absolutely look forward to my next visit. Probably when it’s not rainy season anymore. Rainy season also meant… Bugs. Lots of them. At night. Luckily no one in our group was so badly freaked out by bugs. I think the lower buildings were less affected by the bugs, so do let the people know your concerns if you have any.
If you’re interested in checking them out, you can view their website at http://moonriverlodge.wordpress.com/ . Their contact details are here below if you don’t want to click thru too many links to get to it:
T: +605 547 2990 (office hours: Mon-Fri, 9.00am-5.30pm)
+6016 550 3107 or +6013 588 1613 (For enquiries, please call only between 9.00am-7.00pm)