This accomodation is way better than what any jungle hostel can provide. It doesn't need to reach hotel standards, but some improvements would make it much more pleasant.
You can't stay closer to the Mulu National Park than inside the park itself!
Staying in the Park HQ you can go exploring any time of day (or night). It's easy to get there catching a MASWings flight from Miri, Kuching or Kota Kinabalu, and then there will be a minivan waiting for you at the Mulu airport.
Book well in advance if you want a good room. We booked almost 4 months ahead, and still they didn't have bungalows available for the whole stay. We spent a couple of nights in a bungalow, then had to switch to a private room in a longhouse, and than back to another bungalow. Not very convenient, but better than staying whole 5 nights at the longhouse.
Longhouses are older and have huge holes in the mosquito nets on some windows - the other windows don't have any nets at all. Giant roaches in the shower - but this is in the middle of a jungle after all.
Bungalows are just a little more expensive but way better! They are newer and fresher too, giving almost a hotel-like feeling. Nice big shower and a separate toilet. Big terrace with sunbeds and another smaller terrace with comfortable armchairs. No TV, but who needs it in a place like this? Though a mini-fridge would be nice - if you are planning to bring your own food, it would probably spoil in such climate or get eaten by the omnipresent ants.
No internet in the rooms, some poor wifi signal at the cafe (and you pay for it separately). Almost no phone reception.
Housekeeping is very slow - one day when changing the rooms we had to wait about 2 hours past official check-in time. Given that they only have 8 or so bungalows and the total park capacity is for 80 people only (including the dorms), this is very frustrating (especially when returning after full day adventure caving covered in mud, wishing for nothing else but taking a shower).
Also, for some reason unknown, the housekeeping leaves doors and windows wide open, mosquito nets raised - at the time of check-in the rooms are full of insects.
No possibility to attach your own moscquito nets over the beds.
Luggage storage by the security guard doesn't lock and often there's no guard onsite - same effect as leaving your bags right on the street.
Ok quality (meaning no food poisoning), but very touristy and boring. Tiny portions and grossly overpriced by Malaysian standards. However, the hotpot dish for 2-3 persons was very nice.
Probably possible to find better food elsewhere if you are willing to leave the park. But in the absence of a room fridge, you cannot bring anything with you.
Would be very nice and jungle-like, apart from constant noise from the small establishment across the river - deafening firecrackers any time of the day and loud music from the cafe/bar at night making it very hard to enjoy the nature.
- Also Known As:
- Gunung Mulu National Park Headquarters Hotel Gunung Mulu National Park
- Mulu World Heritage Area Accommodation Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia - Sarawak