A two day trip to the beautiful Cameron Highlands was made even more memorable by my stay at Orchid Lodge with 'landlord' Kassim and his assistant and friend, Yakari. While Orchid Lodge is more expensive than most B&Bs in Tanah Rata the hospitality and genuine warmth of Kassim and Yakari made this simple lodge very special. Kassim also helps organise outings with local tour groups with a 'special' discount and his excellent knowledge of the area meant that he was able to suggest a host of other activities that were cost free. I went on the Mossy Forest tour with Eco Cameron which was fantastic. Knowledgable and entertaining guides too!
Orchid Lodge is spotless and full of orchids (of course!) Kassim is passionate about these amazing plants, most of which he has collected in the forest.
Kassim's attention to detail was also remarkable. Little things like an electric adapter in the room, rubber slippers in the shower, fresh flowers by the bed and hanging plants on the tiny balcony were much appreciated.
The shower in the tiny bathroom tended to get everything a little wet and breakfast was just toast with Boh tea or instant coffee. However hot drinks were available at any time and there was always a bowl of fruit in the cosy sitting room.
If you stay at Orchid Lodge make sure you join in Kassim's cooking class. The whole experience was an amazing if somewhat chaotic experience, with Kassim disappearing and reappearing with yet another ingredient for out Bangladeshi/ Malaysian feast. Forget the calories for the night and savour new flavours and aromas! Then enjoy chatting with the other guests in the comfort of Kassim's cosy home away from home!
- Also Known As:
- Orchid Lodge Cameron Highlands/Tanah Rata
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Orchid Lodge in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, provides bed and breakfast where you'll get a safe, comfortable, clean room with private bathroom (hot shower) and balcony. You can relax in the lounge surrounded by a beautiful hanging orchid garden with complimentary tea and coffee. Satellite TV and WiFi are available. Orchid Lodge is located within easy walking distance of shops and restaurants.Eawasian, the owner, has a helpful and caring nature that sets his place apart from others in Tanah Rata. He'll happily give you options for visiting tea plantations, strawberry farms and the many fabulous jungle walks (suitable for all abilities.) He'll advise how you can do it for free where possible or inform you of the best tour from the many agencies in Tanah Rata. Free cookery lessons are available with Eawasian, all you have to do is buy the ingredients. He also offers guided night walks and is an expert in local botany & fauna.You get so much more than a room when you book into The Orchid Lodge, you'll get an experience that will stay with you forever. ... more less