When I was planning this trip to Bario with a friend, we didn't expect too much cos we just wanted to find a nice and quiet place to spend a couple of days away from the urban busy landscape of Kuala Lumpur, a friend of mine had recommended this place about a year ago after my Bakelalan trip, I kept the contact and address of Ngimat Ayu homestay, since is recommended by a friend, so it must be worth the stay and finally booked a ourselves a
4 days 3 nights stay via online.
We arrived in Bario before noon time, Apui greeted us at the airport and soon we loaded our backpacks and jumped into a pick up truck driven by Jolly and he took us to Ngimat Ayu. After about 15 minutes drive, we arrived at Ngimat Ayu, it was a nice looking house built on a little slope overseeing the padi fields, we were greeted by Debra who happened to be Apui's niece, she is friendly and she shown us to our rooms, the house has separate levels, the kitchen and dinning is separated from the guest rooms with common shared bathrooms, the bedrooms looked basic and has 2 single beds and a small table, most important of all it is clean. Outside the rooms were an elongated living area with sofa set for guests to chill out and relax. It was non peak period and coincide with school holiday period we were told when we arrived, that tells us why the surrounding was quiet and peaceful during our stay, only 2 bedrooms were occupied out of 5/6 rooms upstairs. We were told there were places allocated for some who may want to be more adventurous to camp/sleep in a tent downstairs.
Vanilla, a friendly ambassador of Ngimat Ayu came to greet us us too by sniffing through our backpacks as lunch was served. During our stay in Ngimat Ayu, Debra who took care of our request most of the time, she lined up some interesting itineraries i.e visit to the Penan temporary settlement after half hour walk through the village and school, a visit to the pineapple farm as we scale through the padi fields, collecting wild vegetables and mushrooms, a visit to the sheep farm and the long houses, visit to the local morning market etc. Although one of the attraction was to do a half day trek up the prayer mountain if you are here for spiritual purpose, but I have decided to do this and visit the salt factory the next time am
back in Bario.
I must say even though if you are here just for a short stay, because of where Ngimat Ayu is located, you could just sit down at the verandah with a cup of nice warm cup of coffee or tea, bring along a nice book to read, admire the beautiful scenery of the land of the wind (Bario), looking across stretches of padi fields and just watch the day goes by, the highland weather was perfect, cooling and refreshing especially in the evening and morning, you can also rent
a bicycle and cycle around the villages and padi fields and get an up close and personal tour.
Meals are served 3 times a day, simple local delicacies, coffee and tea is complimentary.
I guess when you are visiting a place, best is to go along with the least expectation, I came to Bario with the least expectation, I got so much more out of Bario, from our hosts at Ngimat Ayu - Apui, Debra & George and not forgetting Jolly,(hope I got all their name right?). More importantly, come here with a sense of simplicity, you will not be disappointed, Apui and team will be there to assist you with your needs. Am currently planning my return stay at Ngimat Ayu, hope things are the still the same or better, see you soon, Bario!
All rooms are clean and have windows. Choice of, queen bed, 2 single bed, camp/sleep in a tent.
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