If you don't get accommodation in the National Park and dont' want to stay at Mulu Resort, there are a few budget options outside the Park.
D Cave Homestay is located about 600 metres from the airport and just over a kilometre from the entrance to the Park. Fellow travellers said it was a cheap, friendly option. Meals were provided at set times.
Mulu River Lodge is about 50 metres before the entrance to the Park. Travellers complained about the poor service and charges like 2 ringgit for a cup of hot water. Rooms were basic with single beds nailed to the walls. The suggestion was it is better than the dormitory in the park if you want a bit of privacy but a room in one of the longhouses in the Park would be a better option for couples travelling on a budget. Mulu River Lodge does provide transport service to the airport.
There is a range of accommodation in Mulu National Park - from dormitory to Longhouse to Garden Bungalows - there is accommodation to suit all budgets.
If you want a little bit of luxury during your stay in this magnificant park, I highly recommend the garden bugalows. Decked with outdoor sitting areas on two sides, a beautiful bedroom and excellent bathroom facilities, the fan cooled and/or air conditioned bungalows are both quiet while being close to the cafe and park offices.
You need to book all accommodation in advance during the peak season of July through to mid August.
Designed in the style of ethnic longhouses, Royal Mulu Resort was built on wooden stilts, three metres above the ground. Linked by a series of wooden walkways, the Resort stands on the banks of the Melinau River, in the midst of a breathtaking natural splendour.
Royal Mulu Resort is an international class nature and activities destination, offering the best combination of resort activities, nature and comfort. The Resort is located near the Gunung Mulu National Park, home of lush rainforest and some of the most amazing cave systems in the world.
Multiple rich experiences and activities
Impeccable personalized service
Finest tropical comfort
wake up call by toocans and monkeys and birds..amazing environment
I was supposed to stay there but due to mis arrangement I didn't. The next morning I visited this Dayak longhouse in Kuala Medalam. It is home of Larry Siga, a Mulu guide who arranges tourists staying. His mother cooked a very delicious meals and I enjoyed very much. Instead, I stayed at Mentawai ranger station.
It was not an intended overnight stop bt I ended up there and in fact, I am glad I stayed there. The Park is so nice and quiet with no visitors. Overnight charge is RM25 (May 2009) in a hostel room for 8 people. I had my own whole room. See more pics.
Mentawai Ranger Station is located on the Medalam River on the northern boundary of the park. The station has comfortable self-catering, hostel-type accommodation for 32 people. The accommodation consists of four rooms, each with eight double bunk beds and an en suite bathroom. There is also a central dining/lounge area attached to a communal kitchen that is equipped with cooking and eating utensils. You need to bring your own food with you this is a very isolated place.
In the 70's and 80's, Camp 5 was one of the sites of the original base camps used by the Royal Geographical Expeditions. Nestled beside the beautiful Melinau River and facing the Benarat cliff, ‘camp' is a poor description for this spectacular area which has excellent facilities and is a far cry from ‘roughing it' in the forest.
Facilities include large open air sleeping rooms with raised platforms and sleeping mats, fully equipped kitchens, a dining space, toilets and showers. The World Heritage Guide, who is in charge of the camp, and the housekeeper will show you how everything works when you arrive. Curfew comes into operation at 10.00pm each night because climbers are usually either tired from the day's climb or getting ready for the early start up Mount Api the next day.
If you are travelling with a Tour Operator your meals are usually provided for you but if you are travelling independently and using a World Heritage Guide you need to organise your own food. Ask the Camp 5 Housekeeper about buying one of the snack items such as chocolates, nuts, biscuits and soft drinks for in-between meal nibbles.
Traditionally Camp 5 has been used by those climbing the Pinnacles and using the Head Hunter's Trail to and from Limbang. But, you do not have to be an adventurous trekker and climber to take advantage of this great place, more and more visitors are going there just to enjoy the surrounding forest and scenery by walking to the Kerangas Forest or Melinau Gorge.
Accommodation is restricted to 50 visitors per night. Solar power and a small generator is used to pump water from the river, provide radio communications for safety and for low level lighting at night.
Pleasant stay at Mulu National Park
Dorm style accommodation, but rooms are spacious and clean. Well maintained, air conditioned living areas.
Great setting for accommodation, loved it.
Loved the cafe, they do a wonderful dish, MULU LAKSA! YUMMY!
I have never stay in a resort built around the forestry area and what else can i say, It's a wonderful experienced. Resort is neatly situated beside the Melinau river. Mine was just the standard room with attached bathrooms and a balcony. The entire resort is built on stilts with wooden planks walkway. Very nice.
Dinner was alright and they have traditional dance performance every night at 8pm. Adventurous activities and such. But breakfast is just so-so.
The pool is kinda small....i didnt even swim =P
Built on stilts and wooden walkway planks. You'll definitely feels more closer to nature.
My first trip to the infamous Mulu Caves involved lots of walking, humidity and chilling at this beautiful 3-star gem located by the riverbanks of Melinau River. You would appreciate a nice hot shower and a hot meal after the long walks to visit Deer Cave, Lang Cave, Clearwater Cave and watching the bats fly off the in the sunset. The hotel blends well with the local flora and doesn't appear as a typical concrete structure against the greeney around it. The rooms are built on wooden stilts (reminecent of tribal longhouses and connected to the lobby via a wooden walkway. An large aviary with exotic birds is situated amongst the rooms and you can take a walk in it but watch out for the droppings!
I love the surroundings
The Royal Mulu Resort is an international class nature destination, offering the best combination of “resort experience”, nature and comfort. The Resort is located near the Gunung Mulu National Park, home of lush rainforest and some of the most amazing cave systems in the world.
Great birding in the park.
Very nice accommodation, boardwalk,, and restaurant.
There is a pool and river views.
It was a comfortable room with either three single bed or a double with a single bed. The rooms are huge and the toilet is reasonably clean. Hot water is available except that there is no electricity from 1AM - 6AM. So make sure you have torch next to you.
There are several other rooms available such as dorm, chalet and longhouse.
My room cost RM50 a night.
I think the only advantage of staying in the park is that you need to register everytime you visit the cave. There isn't much facilities, except for an expensive Mulu Cafe, some boardgames and a rude white park warden I think...!!!!!
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