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“Clean and spacious rooms, average food, interesting trip through the rainforest” 4 of 5 stars
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Belum Rainforest Resort
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Pulau Banding, Gerik 33200 , Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Gerik
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“Clean and spacious rooms, average food, interesting trip through the rainforest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2011

We spent two nights in the Belum Rainforest resort during our trip through Malaysia at the beginning of August. We got there by car, which is actually rather easy as there is basically only one road that leads up to the resort.

The place itself is built following an eco-friendly architecture with lots of natural materials like wood or bamboo, and also has a small garden with a frog-friendly pool. It's right near the big lake system that has been formed by the nearby dam, and the setting is very calm and beautiful. Quite a few small lizards run around the place (in particular on the walls and ceilings), which startled us at first. The receptionist was not really friendly, but the rooms we were given were spacious, clean and had a very nice modern bathroom as well as an air conditioning (see photos). We slept very well there.

The food in the Belum Rainforest resort is not overwhelming, but for two days it was certainly ok. It's buffet only for breakfast and dinner, in a room near the reception which looks a bit like a cantina, especially because of the hars neon overhead lights. If they made some effort at interior decoration and more suitable lighting, the room would be far nicer. The breakfast was mediocre, the highlight being the few fresh fruits they served (e.g. melon), but then this is something we observed in Malaysia generally. The dinner was better, with several hot dishes to choose from which were generally quite good, and nice (alcohol free) cocktails being served.

Having arrived in the afternoon, we booked a tour through the Belum rainforest for the next day. It was called "Temengor Walk" for RM 250 and offered (i) a trek to the famous giant Rafflesia flower, (ii) a visit of an Orang Asli village, (iii) a visit of the salt lick and (iv) a picnic lunch at Sungai Enam Base Camp waterfall. We enjoyed the trek very much - we saw the giant Rafflesia flower, were able to watch jungle elephants for around 30 minutes from our boat and saw a lot of the vegetation and surroundings of this huge lake system. Of course that involved long boat trips to get from one destination to the other, but we quite enjoyed these as a welcome respite from the rather exhausting walking through the jungle (which is certainly not suitable for people in bad physical condition). Our guide was very friendly and forthcoming and explained a lot of the fauna and flora as well as of the history of Belum to our group. The salt lick is certainly not spectacular, and to see the Orang Asli just lounging around is not too fascinating either, but it is nevertheless very interesting to learn more about Malaysia's culture and history, and also of the various animals and trees (such as sandalwood).

In summary, we would recommend the hotel and the resort in itself for a short stay of 2-3 days.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

Like : The room is clean and spacious. The resort enviroment is awesome. is a relaxing and enjoyable place for a group of freinds, family or couples who loves nature, greenery and loves nature of music. Staffs are freindly and polite. Activities are adventurous.

Dislike : The foods are bad. Some of the food seems cold when eat. There are no lights along the aisle to the room, so it difficult for you to see your room number. There only have lights when the sky turn dark. The most important is, the resort itself did not have clinic or emergency room. How if thier guests get bitten by some poisonous insects/creatures or get hurts during some activities in the resorts? Yet have to drive about 45 mins aways from resort to the nearest clinic. i think the resort management should consider about this.

p/s:thank you to the resort's stuffs on that night who give out their hands. Bravo guys!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

Food+ Buffet and the only restaurant was BAD !
Was cheated by the webside.The bed was like a hard stone!
Found hairs all around the bathroom floor!
Was booked for 3 nights but we checked the next morning.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

The room was clean, comfortable and spacious. We booked two rooms and we specified we want one room with king size bed and the other with a twin beds. When we got to the resort, they gave us exactly what we have requested and also they provided us with connecting rooms which was very convenient for us. The room is designed with a lot of storage space and for the bathroom, hooks and bars are provided to hang towel, clothes etc. The food is accpetable and the local dishes are done pretty well. Throughout our stay the resort was fully booked, there is one night where we couldnt even find a place to have our dinner and we have to wait for a table. My advice, try to avoid public holiday.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

We arrived with our 2 teenage boys and were delighted, after the Perenthian islands, to find a beautiful, conservation-orientated resort. It's simple and elegant interior matched the surroundings. The staff were, without exception most welcoming and friendly. Our interconnecting bedrooms (see photo) were spacious, beautiful and spotlessly clean - a welcomed luxury! The buffet dinner, unlike previous reports, was of a high standard, whilst breakfast was fine, if not slightly basic.
And now for the downside - we decided to book onto the 'Tremengor Walk' at the cost of RM250 per person ... we had chosen the hotel more for the Belum Rainforest experience than the luxurious hotel. We were promised 5 scheduled stops over a 7 hour tour. This is what we got:
1. 'explore the Salt Lick at Sungai Enam' (where elephants find trace minerals) - after lengthy tedious boat ride (+1 hour) and yomp up rainforest hill (+30 mins), we came across small puddle (eg Salt Lick!) with surrounding elephant dung. Minimal explanation from guide. Back to boat for ....
2. 'Search for Rafflesia Spot' - another long tedious boat journey + yomp uphill, expecting to find beautiful flowers, only to be shown black pre-flowering nodules on vine! Again, minimal information from guide. Back into boats for another long ride to .....
3. 'Orang Asli Village' - guide volunteered no information. everyone looking like we were the next tour group to visit that day ... couldn't help but notice the TVs & HiFis in the straw huts! And finally, after yet another long boat ride, onto ....
4. Sungai Enam Base Camp Waterfall' - a long +1 hour uphill yomp to awaiting dip in waterfalls! As usual, no explanations from guide on walk. Arrive at waterfall only to spend 5 minutes there before trudge back to boat!
And that folks was it .... hardly worth it, especially with next to zero commentary from guide.
The hotel was without a doubt worth the expense - the beauty of both hotel + surroundings was special, not forgetting the charm and hospitality of the hotel staff. But if we compare our wonderful day with Rajan at the Rajan Guesthouse (Lake Chini) and his passionate, inspirational trek in the rainforest, this is not a patch on it.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

We spent two nights and really liked the place, people are very kind and helpfull. Dinner is excellent: buffet with a lot of choice; breafast could offer more choice though but is very good . rooms are very clean, well designed, large and the one we had with a nice view upon the lake.
As far as activities are concerned, we d recommend the "discover Royal belum" that takes you to 5 different places of the huge lake: yet do not expect to meet elephants, we heard them and saw their dropings but they re shy and keep distance. Raflesia are not the size you d expect them to have but all in all we spent a lovely day at the lake and the swimming at waterfall was great.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

Located in the middle of the Malaysian Peninsular, close to the Thai border, there aren't a great many places you can stay. I was pleasantly surprised by the Belum Rainforest Resort.

The hotel itself is clean and well organised and the rooms are very spacious, clean and are appointed with modern amenities. I am glad to report the rooms seemed completely bug free, which was a comfort to me when I slept! The air con was efficient and the bathroom was very nice, clean and had a good shower.

We were only passing through for one night, so didn't participate in any trekking or outdoor activities.

During the evening, we enjoyed a game of cards and a few beers in the bar, which overlooks the lake. The service was friendly and attentive and the prices were fairly reasonable to me but expensive by Malaysian standards. There is a decent range of alcoholic beverages for sale and the setting by the lake is very nice. The staff kindly gave us the option of having the music on or off.

I had low expectations of the evening meal but I ended up enjoying it very much,. We enjoyed some good quality local food and the lady who served us was extremely polite and helpful. It certainly wasn't high end dining but the food was fresh and very enjoyable. Anticipating the zero alcohol for sale thing in certain Malaysian restaurants, we brought our own wine. The hotel did not have a problem with this, provided we took a table outside, which was absolutely fine with us. Once again, it was of course, much more expensive than you would pay for street food but I have to say, I really enjoyed the meal.

Similarly breakfast was decent without being incredible. I opted for the local breakfast, which was freshly cooked and quite tasty. Again, service was very polite efficient.

Overall, I would say it would be tough to find a hotel better than this in the surrounding area and I'm happy to recommend this hotel to others.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Pulau Banding, Gerik 33200 , Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Perak > Hulu Perak District > Gerik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Gerik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Belum Rainforest Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Belum Rainforest Resort is one of Malaysia's premier ecotourism holiday destinations. Set in the midst of a tropical paradise, Pulau Banding, the Belum Rainforest Resort, is everything nature-lovers and holiday-goers expect in a getaway destination: complete relaxation and serenity, stunning views and surroundings, adventure, and the chance to get close to nature.With the Belum-Temengor Rainforest literally at their doorstep, guests at the resort will have a rare opportunity to experience the soothing beauty and mystery of the vast jungle, which has remained untouched for centuries. Nature lovers will revel at the chance to observe the beauty of plants and scenery that can be found only rarely elsewhere. Meanwhile, thrilling outdoor activities await adventure seekers who crave for adrenaline-pumping experiences. ... more   less 
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