The Rainforest Resort in Taman Negara is a short walk to the river, but they do provide a shuttle if you want to save your legs for hiking! The accommodation closer to the river all appear to be VERY basic back-packer type places and a bit run down, and we weren't so keen to rough it to that extent! The rooms at Rainforest Resort are simple, but comfortable, with air conditioning (absolutely essential in Taman Negara) and hot water (not as essential - a cold shower was quite pleasant on a hot and humid day).
The resort is not luxurious by any means, but you're in a pretty remote area so you shouldn't be expecting luxury! Having said that, this is the most comfortable place you can spend your time in the rainforest.
This is one of the only places you can buy beer in Taman Negara (for 10RM each, as opposed to 20RM at Mutiara Resort, on the other side of the river).
The Guest House was peaceful and relaxing. Very basic accommodation: no air con, no hot water and a squat toilet. We were able to borrow a mosquito net but this had holes in it. Bed was comfortable enough.
The bathroom began to get us down after a few days as it started to smell.
The Guest House is located next to the mosque so the 6am call to prayer acts as an alarm call.
Sitting on the balcony is very peaceful.
Stayed here for 2 nights in November 2007. It was the low season for tourism, and was able to get a fan room with attached bathroom for nly 50 ringit (list price is 70). It was clean and comfortable, and there was a nice little balcony with 2 chairs.
Woodlands Resort is a cosy resort for families and groups. Our company had arranged sponsorship of an eco-camp in conjunction with University Kebangsaan Malaysia for some University students. Therefore, our group was quite mixed, consisting of the young University students, UKM lecturers, a couple of journalists & photographers, and ourselves, from the company, as chaperons and organisers.
The rooms here can be single, twin share, triple or quad share. There are also dorm style rooms and a suite with its own jacuzzi. If you check out the resort's website, you'll find many pix of the accommodation available. The website also gives you information on the tours which are available-such as jungle trekking, night walk, boat trips, cave exploration, etc.
The arrangements for our accommodation and side tours was made through the manager at the resort's Sales office in KL. He was very helpful and was also along during the whole of our stay to ensure that our group was well looked after.
My room came with one double, one single and one extra bed for the 4 of us ladies. It was comfortable but the air-conditioning was too cold & I was not used to sharing my bed with another colleague so I didn't get much sleep. The hot water was plentiful (turn on the pump & heater before you get in) so I did have a good shower. Towels and bathroom amenities were provided.
The food was tasty - mostly Malay curries (lauk), rice and vegetables.
At every meal, we were also served with fresh fruits & cold syrup and plain iced water.
The rooms we stayed at were airy & clean.
There is an adult's pool and a children's pool.
There is also a games area and some meeting rooms for discussions and group activities.
There is astro tv at the lounge area which seemed to feature foreign soap operas during the humid afternoons and sports in the late evenings.
The drive from KL/PJ to Woodland resort takes about 3.5 to 4 hours and the roads are pretty good.
The boat jetty which is 300-400 m away takes you directly to the Mutiara Taman Negara resort.
There are many small floating restaurants near this boat jetty.
This is a 3-star hotel where the rooms are all in single storey blocks. It doesn't have as many trees as Mutiara Taman Negara but its prices are much less too! I booked our 4D3N room and food package through Grand Reception (604-3998818) and got a very good bargain, paying only RM380 per pax. You have to be a member of Grand Reception though.
We were also given a room with a double bed and a single bed although we paid only for a standard room with 2 single beds.
The room is cleaned early daily and they give you fresh toiletries daily too. Overall, cleanliness is good but the bathroom walls do need some scrubbing.
There is no jug kettle or hair dryer so bring your own especially since you may need to wash your hair late at night after the night activities.
Friendly staff who are very accomodating to requests. Hotel guests can easily get free van shuttle to & from the jetty (where everything is). We were also able to use this shuttle service to go to R&R to book our bus ticket to Butterworth.
Although it is in Kuala Tahan, it is situated farther from the jetty, about 500 m away and is quiet and peaceful. Behind it is the jungle.
There was no jug kettle to boil water but we were able to refill our water bottles at every meal time at the hotel's Dedari Restaurant.
One night cheap stay in this hostel with few rooms. Shared bathrooms. Very cold water. Only for those with very tight budget (RM10/night).
My partner and I met friends over New Year of 2007 and stayed in a Malay Cottage. We had both found the accomodation through their website on the internet which was pretty good. We did the 4 day 3 night full package which included a load of activities. We also got the coach from KL up to Kuala Tahan.
Generally we were all quite disappointed at the deal. The Jungle is fantastic and we have no regrets about paying 500RM each to visit it - but there are cheaper options. The guide was very good and the activities (apart from the rapid shooting) were worth the sweat. But the actual accomodation looked old and badly maintained. Our room was basic but shabby. Holes in the wall, masking tape to cover cracks. A wardrobe covered the door to the balcony which was a mess. Shower was good, but the toilet washed the floor every time it was flushed. The service lacked any real dedication. Many places in Asia have a real family feel about them but it was almost as if we were lucky to be there. All meals were included and the food quality was passable but regularly things ran out so the menu became limited. We debated whether being in the jungle meant poor supple lines, but 15 minutes on a boat brought us to a very well stocked shop.
We will return to Taman Negara but not to this place. Dont expect much and I wouldnt recommend the package deal.
The Resort is very good, completely dipped in the rainforest.
It is the Resort only one from other part of the river, there are some boats which do from taxi between the two banks.
The Chalet are made of wood, they are cleaned once at the day. Also the linen is quite clean.
All the rooms are provide of bathroom and veranda. Restaurant, bar and information point.
Rainforest Resort is a one of the newer resorts in Taman Negara, had been around for about 3 years. We requested for a triple-sharing room for our 2-nights stay. The room is air conditioned with attached bathroom , hot shower & a private balcony, IDD Telephone, color TV with Astro channel and restaurant. The room is quite clean and there is HBO channel whereby we can catch some blockbuster movies while resting in our room. We were quite satisfied with this resort although it is quite a distance and at the opposite side of Mutiara Taman Negara - where most of the activities are being carried out. We can always request for their transport to bring us to Kuala Tahan Jetty. From there, we will take a very short boat ride to cross over to Mutiara.
** I found a 8-legged freak (a big spider) on my pillow before I went for my breakfast on the last day.... Not sure how it was being brought into the room **
During my hunt for accomodation in Taman Negara several days earlier, I found that bungalow style living were also available at the Mutiara Resort here. Hehe... just to satiate our wishful thinking (we can't stay there though) we pop by to just take a look at this higher end alternative.
For anyone whose willing, it cost RM1000 per night!!
So here a view everyone :).
The 3D/2N Package comes with a standard chalet accomodation. It has a rustic, natural feel, primarily built of wood.
The chalet is also air-conditioned and has an attached shower-room. The twin-sharing chalet includes 2 single beds with minimal furnishings (small sofas and coffe table). We found a little refrigerator, but later decided that it's probably not well maintained enough for use.
Quite satisfactory. Could have been a nice place if well maintained.
Not much of a unique feature, but the chalet has a small veranda or porch-like construction out front. We see that bring out the coffee tables and chairs here from the room had been quite popular among the visitors here. Afternoon tea and scones with the monkeys??
We stayed in one of those chalets. It was small but enough space for 2-3 persons. No air conditioning, but rather pleasant in the jungle. Anyway, we weren't in the chalet that much during the day, to suffer from the heat. The room has basic stuff - bed, fan, cabinets and a towel rack. The shower/toilet is small and cramped!
Service - I don't think there's any to speak off.
On the whole, I think the chalet was ok. But because we bought the whole package, we were not very happy with the arrangements of the activities - which were just so haphazard (not according to itinerary, and ppl there also didn't seem to know), we didn't know what's going to happen next! The staffs are nice but their management style left a lot to be desired.
Isolation, in the middle of the jungle.
I think it's the only place to stay in that area. They have all the stuff you need there. Guides, boats, walks all close to hotel. But the staff is very lazy. I would not give this hotel more than 3 stars. No phones, no TV ofcource. Rooms are not as at other hotels of Mutiara chain
The only hotel of it's chain where you can find 3 stars rooms along with dorms and backpakers place.
I ended up staying at the Durian based on a tip from a woman on her way back from Taman Negara as I was headed in. She raved about how cheap and clean it was, but most of all, about how "lovely" the owner and his family who ran the place were.
Though I found the distance from the boat crossing area to be a bit of a problem (see Unique Qualities), I was overall quite pleased with the accomodations. There were chalets with air conditioning and TV, but budget traveler that I am, I got a chalet for two for 25 RM a night complete with fan, towel and soap set, and an attached toilet/shower (hole in the ground and shower head on opposite wall...simple, yes, but clean).
The chalets themselves are quite simple; elevated huts built out of wood. As I discovered at night, there's much to be said for traditional homes - the spaces between the wood slats of the chalet allowed for air to circulate freely throughout, thus keeping things relatively cool (as opposed to the concrete block saunas some of my friends spent their nights baking in at other hostels).
By far, it was the family that runs the Durian Chalet that made me feel grateful (blessed, even) to have been directed to stay at this place. The owner and his wife both struck me immediately as being both warm and generous in a genuine way. Their eldest son and his wife were also wonderful.
The son is a park guide so he was able to offer a lot of frank, excellent advice on where to go, what to do, what activities could be done without a guide and which ones would be better to do with a guide.
Perhaps it was simply the coincidence that I stayed there at the same time a cousin was visiting from the US and therefore benefitted from a halo-effect of some the special consideration that was being extended to the cousin, but I felt almost as if I had come to stay for a few days at relative's home, not simply some cheap hostel for backpackers.
On a different note, the Durian Chalet is well-removed from the jumble of other chalets and hostels clustered around the area leading down to the river and boat crossing areas. This is both a blessing and a curse.
The nice part is that at night, it is dark and you hear the noises of the jungle, as opposed to the crying of babies, shouting of students there on field-trips, 4WD vehicles zooming around and conversations of the fifty-leben million other backpackers staying in Kuala Tahan. Very very peaceful indeed.
The downside is that if you are a longterm backpacker with poor packing skills like myself, you are going to be sweating and cursing a lot as you watch everybody else make it to their accomodations while you are only just beginning what feels like a very, very long trek down the road to this place. In absolute terms, it's not really that far, but in that jungle heat and humidity...and Gawd forbid you should forget something once you head off for the day.
I would have given the place a better rating if it weren't for all the dang walking.
It's called a camp, but we actually stayed in chalets. Very basic, just bed and attached (tiny) bathroom. Jon, unfortunately, knocked his head on the doorway to the bathroom a few times... Really low, reminded me of the hobbits place of dwelling, since they are relatively short. That's not much of a problem since we were hardly in the room.
Don't expect much abt being spic and span... there's just too much sand, water and bugs. But it's not too bad.
Being a cheaper place, it meant no air-conditioning, but luckily, no mossy issues in the chalet at night. (there's the more comfortable, air conditioned cottages which cost double).
Service is slow and sometimes, almost non-existent. We had to approach the 'proprietress' to ask abt our itinerary!
Regardless of that, we had fun... afterall, there were the 3 of us and amy & dwight... the two of them are as wacky as us.
Beautiful butterflies!! Heavenly.
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