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“Wild animals on your doorstep” 5 of 5 stars
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Mutiara Taman Negara
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kuala Tahan, Kuala Tahan 27000, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Kuala Tahan
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“Wild animals on your doorstep”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

The A-frame rooms are very nice, as many have been recently refurbished. They were roomy and comfortable and beautifully designed. The bathroom had modern decor and lots of space. There is a balcony for wildlife watching or sitting and reading.
Near our the room we saw long tailed macaques, wild boar, deer and a tapir, as well as hornbills, woodpecker and drongoes in the national forest which surrounds the hotel.
Remember you must get a park pass and a camera pass from the park office before entering the national park. There is one in the village on the other side of the river and an office in the hotel grounds. Also bring a good torch for early morning or evening walks which you can take with or without a guide. Go before breakfast or at dusk for the best chance of seeing animals and birds
The hotel is on the opposite side of the river from the kampong (village) and if you want to go, for example, on the night 4-wheel drive safari, then you have to get a ferry across to the village as not all the trips can be organised from the hotel. However, it only costs a few pence to go on the ferry across the river. You can either eat in the hotel, where the food was very nice, or again get a ferry across the river.
To get to the resort either take the public bus (slow but cheap), a private bus from the youth hostel, or a taxi.
When you arrive at the hotel, leave your cases at the jetty, or put them on the funicular, if the wagon is at the bottom of the incline, as there are a lot of steps to climb up the 70m to the hotel! There was no notice to tell us to do this and it is a long climb with cases

Room Tip: The A-frame cabins are private and very comfortable. Ask for a refurbished room
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Hello!
We were in Taman Negara on a three-day excursion. It was very good days, where we had the wizard Sabri with us on three adventures.
It was a night patrol, day hiking incl. Canopy Walk and a river tour. We learned a lot about the rainforest by our guide.

We highly recommend Mutiara Taman Negara Resort.

Carina and John Jingbro

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I agree that this is the best resort in Taman Negara. It is on the side of the river where the national park is and you can walk along wooden cause ways into the jungle from the resort.

The rooms are quite nice ... only remember that you are in the jungle and don't look for perfection. Enjoy the ambience.

You won't see a great deal of wildlife in Taman Negara because the jungle is so dense, but you can be luck. We saw a monitor lizrad along the river bank.

The restaurant is quite OK.

Go slowly and quietly- enjoy your stay.

While we were there I lost our passports (doh). I left them in the restaurant. It took 24 hours but they were returned safely along with the money that was with them. The people here are honest and freindly.

When I find the business card of the operations manager who helped us I will update his name here. He was a very kind and helpful man.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is really the only choice for you in Taman Negara unless you are traveling on a 10usd per day budget. It does have hotel like prices and the quality you get is not comparable to the quality that the same money would buy you in Kuala Lumpur... But you are by the entrance of a rain forest jungle!!! One must expect to pay more when so far out.

Both my girlfriend and I were extremely happy of choosing this place after looking at the other options in town..

Food is ok. Again, this is the only food I would eat in Taman Negara. You see what u mean when you check the other options..

Finally, you can see animals just waking around the resort.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Best resort in Kuala Tahan, Taman Negara. On the side of the river where the national park is- only one that is. Rooms can be expensive but they are quite nice and often have jungle or river views. A lot of people say that you have very little chance of wildlife in Taman Negara because the jungle is so dense, but every time we go we see something interesting and a few repeat things. This time we saw montjac deer, samba deer, fish eagle, buffy fish owl, tapir, pigs, gibbons, langurs, macaques...amongst others. A lot of these just hang around the resort and you can get quite close even though they are technically wild. If you are into your birds then you can ask to stay near a tree that is in fruit- this translates to sitting on your balcony with pair of binos and seeing an incredible range. Restaurant is pretty nice- if you go during the rainy season they have some good deals on meals and accommodation. Service is excellent though last time we went one party had to switch rooms after one night- not ideal. In summary, well worth a visit, go slowly and quietly- enjoy your stay.

Room Tip: Ask for a jungle/river view, stay near the hide if you can, take binos.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for three days, it can only be described as Brilliant. From the onset of my 1st enquiry to booking our rooms was faultless. The directions to the resort were perfect. On arrival our bags were taken to our bungalows, these were spotlessly clean, with fresh mineral water, clean towels and toiletries. The views were just out of this world, sleeping on the fringes of the world's oldest rainforest, listening to the forest sounds, just out of this world. Breakfast was really good and plentiful. Evening meals brilliant. Staff just couldn't do enough to ensure your stay memorable, which it was. This really is an experience that I will remember for many years to come.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Really enjoyed our two day stay at Mutiara. Stayed in the chalets and they were quiet, clean and comfortable. The staff were helpful and went out of their way. Considering the remoteness the dining was commendable. The jungle was pristine and the guided tour was excellent.

Room Tip: Take a guided tour of the forest
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kuala Tahan, Kuala Tahan 27000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Pahang > Jerantut District > Kuala Tahan
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Kuala Tahan
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Hotel Class:3 star — Mutiara Taman Negara 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mutiara Taman Negara Resort, PahangDiscover the wonders of an ancient forest at Mutiara Taman Negara. Pitch tent or check-into this forest reserve and bask in the natural surroundings of the Taman Negara park. Mutiara Taman Negara, an eco-tourism Resort that offers a variety of accommodation types promises guests this unique experience with basic amenities and sufficient modern comforts. A virgin jungle expanse covering 4,343 square kilometres, Taman Negara was established in 1939 and is the largest park in peninsular Malaysia reputed to be The Best Kept Tropical Rainforest, thanks to its protected status. With minimal damage to this special ecosystem, Mutiara Taman Negara is dimly lit to avoid scaring off wildlife and conserves energy. Everything used is biodegradable and all the wooden chalet interiors are made of natural produce. Guests at Mutiara Taman Negara will wake to the drone of cicadas, the chirping of bird species new to them and a myriad of other unfamiliar sounds that form a consistent cacophony unique to rainforests. You will begin their adventure at your door step or veranda which makes a perfect perch especially for nocturnal sightings. Sighting wildlife outside the chalet is a norm and the fruit season attracts the most number of wildlife, from the mischievous long tailed macaques, the beautiful chestnut-breasted malkoha and the thorny porcupine to the gentle slow loris. The ancient life forms that blanket Taman Negara are impressive and during each visit, Mutiara Taman Negara gives its visitors the opportunity to glimpse at the flora and fauna species estimated at 10,000 plants, 150,000 insects, 25,000 invertebrates, 675 birds, 270 reptiles, 250 freshwater fish and 200 mammals. Some of the flora and fauna found in Taman Negara are rare or indigenous to this country. If you are not travelling with a group, you can plan your trip to Mutiara Taman Negara well before you arrive or enlist the help of guides at the Park Centre. Things to do at Mutiara Taman Negara include river cruises, guided walks, bird watching, fishing, swimming by waterfalls and night safaris. The world’s longest suspended canopy walk is the most popular activity in this rainforest and you have to be prepared to queue for a while. Secured 40 metres above the forest floor, visitors have a good vantage point from here and if lucky, you can sight some curious animals. The only people who are allowed to hunt and forage are its original inhabitants, the Orang Asli people who still live a nomadic lifestyle. They farm, fish and hunt in the park and nowadays play host to curious visitors armed with flashy cameras. The women may shy away but the men folk can put on a show with some advance notice. Travelling to Mutiara Taman Negara, guests can either do the four hour scenic drive down or board a coach from a designated location in Kuala Lumpur for a 3 hour drive down followed by a 3 hour boat trip down river ... more   less 
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Mutiara Taman Negara Hotel Kuala Tahan
Mutiara Taman Negara Jerantut
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