Janda Baik, 4.5km from Kuala Lumpur, is a small village in Pahang that is relatively unknown to most visitors to Malaysia. Its name translates to the ‘Good Widow’ and it is set in a small valley with a nearby rainforest. Nightlife and leisure options are limited; instead its main draw is its rural charm – think kids flying kites and locals drinking coffee ... More>at the neighbourhood kopitiam (coffee shop).
Featuring a population of less than 1,000 people, it is noteworthy as a backpacker stopover and a semi-popular weekend escapist destination. A great jumping off point to visit Genting Highlands, if you are in the area for the day, nearby attractions includes the scenic Chin Swee Caves Temple, which is home to a giant Buddha statue. There are a few hotels in this area – the best is the three-star Suria Hill Country House, a private homestead offering wooden-floor rooms with flat-screen TVs and internet access.