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- Reviews: 1892
Tahan Guest House: Rustic "Kampung" Hostel
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.
- Reviews: 244
Taman Negara Resort: Luxurious chalets
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.
- Reviews: 285
Mutiara Taman Negara National Park Resort: Variety of lodging in the park
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.
- Reviews: 594
Mutiara Hotel, Taman Negara: Rainforest Chalets in the Mists
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.
- Reviews: 1892
Tahan Guest House: The Big Signboard
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
- Reviews: 48
Air condition chalet: Mutiara Taman Negara
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.
- Reviews: 368
Rainforest Resort: The National Park's leading resort
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 **
- Reviews: 2
Durian Chalet: Cheap, Clean, Secluded and Homey...But Faaaar
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.
- Reviews: 594
Woodlands Resort: Cosy resort for family or groups
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.
- Reviews: 606
Ekoton Chalet: Budget accomodation
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 !
- Reviews: 36
Nusa's Campsite: Campsite, but it's mostly chalets
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.
- Reviews: 200
Chalet Accomodation: Mutiara Taman Negara
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??
- Reviews: 23
Mutiara Taman Negara: Best of Nowere
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.
- Reviews: 3
Teresek View Hotel: A nice balance of comfort and value
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.
- Reviews: 107
Rainforest Resort: Comfort in midst of jungle
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.
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