You can find the accomodation choices from hotel to campsite in Taman Negara. No idea hows the hotel or campsite, we stayed in dormitory. There are a lot of dormitory in Taman Negara with ranged of prices.
Honestly, unless you're a bat, it's unlikely you'll miss the signboard that'll direct you to Tahan Guest House
I never noticed this but somehow my friend's clothing matched the colours of the signboard perfectly
Seems like a meeting place for budget- minded adventurers from all over the world. Everyone seemed nonchalent about the rustic settings sans air con and hot water!
It looks like a cute kampung house from far. Though spartan, it does has it charms. Genial owner with a bunch of adorable little ones. Cost about RM50 per night to stay here. Breakfast at Rm5. We didn't pay as the cost was included in out package.
The best accomodation there is at Taman Negara. The property was built by the state government and subsequently taken over by a private hotel group.
Built on stilts, we stayed at semi-detached wooden chalets - similar to kampung houses. Large, yet cosy rooms. All rooms have a an outside verandah, some that face the river and others that face the garden. With an extra-bed (at a small charge), it is easy to fit 3-4 people in one chalet.
The food is okay at the hotel. However, if you tire of hotel food, you can always take a boat across the river and have local delights at a cheap price on the floating stalls/restaurants.
When we arrived at the Taman Negara Resort in the middle of the day - temperatures were probably around 60 °C
;-) - we were being told that only the deluxe chalets were available (believe it or not). We did not have the strength to argue, so we agreed. Those chalets are very expensive, but very comfortable. The restaurant was under construction, but it is no problem to get a cheap breakfast at one of the floating restaurants.
The deluxe chalets are really luxurious. They have one large room with table and armchairs, refrigerator, water boiler,fan and nice balcony, a bathroom and a separate bedroom with aircon. The only problem was that the aircon was not running very long, so we had to switch it on again every half hour or so or it would have become quite warm.
Once you get to Taman Negara you will notice that there is a massive resort with all the trimmings - Taman Negara Resort. There are many cheaper options just on the other side of the river. I don't remember the name of the place I stayed in but it provided us with a dorm bed with ensuite bathroom for about 4 dollars. It wasn't anything luxurious but it did the job. I suggest splashing out a bit after the jungle trek and getting a comfortable room...
We decided to take the room with air-condition and luckly we did as the price different with a fan only room with an aircon was minimal.
The first room we got seem kinda OK until we saw the condition of the toilet - we of course not expeciting first class toilets but what we got was really bad...
We changed room and this one was way better...
We had problems with the water supply. Taking a shower and in the middle of it the water stops, is no joke ! They said the pipe burst - yeah rite...much later in the nite, still no water...morning came and still no water !
This resort offers a combination of different styles and costs of accommodation.
1) The high end consists of small individual cottages, locally called chalets, with their own porches and decks to relax on.
2) There are also hostel facilities with groups of trekkers and school classes routinely housed there.
3) Finally, tents are available for rental from the resort.
The cottage I shared with others was spacious, came equipped with a mini-refrigerator and was air-conditioned. However, as might be expected, it was musty and cobwebby. Those who have allergies to molds and dust should plan to take along a supply of antihistimine.
Prices noted below are all inclusive (round trip coach between KL and TN, transfer boat trip up/down river, meals, chalet room, tour outings, and government taxes. Per person charge, twin sharing. It *is* possible to get just the room and arrange your transportation and meals on your own (as we did).
For on-site recreation, there is a volleyball court as well as a swimming area (in a quiet part of the Tahan River).
The retaurant is fairly good, but quite expensive. There's a buffet on offer at each meal. The best part of the food and beverage service is the cold draft beer on tap which you can enjoy at the end of a hot day while sitting on the stone patio overlooking the river at sunset.
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