We stayed for 4 nights in October and enjoyed the stay. It was very similar to a place we stayed in the Amazon so we knew what to expect and at least Rimba had a/c and electric light which the Amazon didn't.
We had an Emerald Room at the front of the property with a view of the river. The room was clean although, as others have mentioned, the shower drains down between the floorboards so it feels a bit odd. Flipflops are provided but I had my own. There were mosquito nets and a mosi killer provided and we were not bitten during the day or the night although we were wearing a lot of repellent at all times.
The breakfast was limited, especially when a group arrived and they served a buffet. Before that we were asked what we wanted from a menu and it was freshly cooked - the pancakes were excellent. The buffet breakfast was pre-cooked and basic.
Dinner was chosen from the menu earlier in the day and was fine. No alcohol is served but they do have a limited selection of soft drinks including, I believe, a non-alcoholic beer, although we didn't try this.
The thing to remember here is that you are here for a reason. You are out all day on the klotok, your lunch is served on board (our cook was first class so we enjoyed those meals more than any at the lodge). You are here to see the orang utans and we certainly saw plenty of them, both wild and rehabilitated.
We also saw a couple of snakes, gibbons, proboscis monkeys and lots of butterflies but were surprised at the lack of birds.
We visited the local village which was interesting and bought a carved orang utan as a souvenir. I think they are missing a trick here as I wanted to buy cuddly orang utans to bring back for my grandchildren but there was nothing like that either at Rimba, the village, the airport at Pangkalan Bun or even Kuala Lumpur airport. A fundraising opportunity perhaps?
The staff were all friendly and polite. A couple of the youngest were a little shy and their English was limited but given where the property is and that they are using staff recruited from the local village they are doing a very good job and providing plenty of opportunities. The village appeared to be quite prosperous in comparison with some others we saw.
Whatever the limitations of Rimba it has to be more comfortable for those, like ourselves, of mature years, than sleeping on the boat.
All in all Rimba Lodge was exactly what we expected and we enjoyed our stay. We wish them well in improving the business and the opportunities for local staff.
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