Immerse Yourself in Nature at Moonriver Lodge

Only a 79.5 km-drive from Ipoh City

by Anne Das

Moonriver Lodge, situated in the Sigar Highlands just 1hour and 15mins away from Ipoh City, is a haven of natural beauty and tranquillity. This family-owned farmstay offers guests a respite from the daily grind, enveloping them in a serene and peaceful atmosphere that soothes the soul.

Moonriver lodge surrounded by greenery and nature

As soon as you arrive, you are greeted by a lush green garden with beautiful flowers, sunbirds, and butterflies flitting about, and the distant chorus of frogs calling out for rain.

According to Billie Tan, the manager of Moonriver Lodge, “Our vision is for sustainable living and the conservation of the rainforest for future generations. We aim to repopulate the jungle with native trees and create a space where children can roam free and learn about the natural world around them.” This vision is reflected in their commitment to sustainable living and conservation of the rainforest for future generations.

Participate in a kitchen garden programme at the lodge

Moonriver Lodge offers comfortable accommodation, but what sets this lodge apart is its focus on nature-based experiences and education. Designed and hand-built with love, the lodge was initially established as an earthly home for the Khoo family and workers. The extensive and beautiful garden around Moonriver Lodge is a result of various experiments using permaculture and natural farming methods over the fourteen years.

The tilapia, carefully bred and nurtured in this aquatic haven, will eventually fulfil their destiny as  delicious and nutritious addition to dinner

The lodge offers an immersive experience that extends beyond mere accommodation, affording guests the opportunity not only for introspection and reflection but also a sanctuary in which to reconnect with the self and the natural environment. The lodge actively encourages spiritual and religious retreats, yoga, and meditation groups, as well as art and environmental groups to visit and immerse themselves in the area’s natural beauty.

Billie with Kareem, 29, is a skilled fine artist and art teacher with nearly 14 years of experience in drawing, painting, and sculpting, as well as Chinese brush painting and calligraphy. He established the Ipoh Fine Art Class in 2015 to share his passion for the arts. He is currently the Arts teacher at Knewton Global Schools Ipoh

One interesting offering of Moonriver Lodge is their new Art-In-Nature program, which was recently conducted by homegrown Ipoh artist Kareem during this Hari Raya holidays. This program aims to bring education in an outdoor classroom setting, where participants can learn about the natural world and express their creativity through art. Billie says, “We believe that art and nature go hand in hand, and we hope that through this program, we can inspire more people to appreciate the beauty of nature and especially strive to protect it.”

Billie with the Kids that attended the Art-in- Nature program, taking a walk in the garden as she shows them the animals and herbs.

Some of the activities you can do here include guided walks through the stunning mossy garden, which is perfect for nature walks and photography. Participants can seek out the elusive Rafflesia Kerrii, the second-largest flower in the world, and for the more adventurous, there are high mossy forest treks featuring over 200 species of ferns and moss. The lodge also has a few rabbits, chickens, jungle fowls, dogs, and cats, and grows its own food in the kitchen gardens and garden beds, keeping chickens for eggs and implementing permaculture garden designs, such as herb spirals and keyhole gardens.

Chess Match in the Garden anyone?

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature, learn about sustainable living, or simply relax and unwind, Moonriver Lodge offers a one-of-a-kind experience that you won’t forget. According to Kareem, “Art-In-Nature at Moonriver Lodge is not just about creating art, but also about experiencing nature in a more meaningful way. It’s about slowing down, tuning in, and finding inspiration in the natural world around us.”

Families bring their own tents and use the grounds for camping under the stars with the kids. They even brought their own travel size BBQ equipment.

In line with promoting local tourism, Moonriver Lodge is currently offering a special 15% discount to all Ipoh Echo readers who are from Perak with a booking of a minimum for two persons. Valid from today until June 30th 2023. Travel today until October 31. 


All you need is proof of ID to avail of this promotion. So, if you’re from Ipoh/Perak and a follower of Ipoh Echo online, don’t miss out on this exclusive offer! It’s the perfect opportunity to take a break from the city and escape to the tranquillity of Moonriver Lodge.

With many hammocks around the lodge, you can kick off your shoes and relax with a good book, the perfect way to unwind.

So why not take a break from the city and escape to the tranquillity of Moonriver Lodge Farm Stay? As Billie puts it, “We hope that our guests will leave feeling refreshed and inspired, with a deeper appreciation for nature and a renewed commitment to protecting it for future generations.”

Don’t forget to mention the promo code for your Ipoh Echo special discount when booking!

Location : Gua Musang – Cameron Highlands, Sigar Highlands, Malaysia, 18300 Cameron
Contact : 013-588 1613 – Billie
Email :
GPS coordinates: 4.542128, 101.378356
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