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Mulu World Heritage Area Accommodation
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Victoria, Canada
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224 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Amazing location/experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

If you are thinking of visiting Mulu then I would strongly recommend staying at park HQ in a garden bungalow. The accommodation is fairly basic but your are right next to the park office, cafe and all the various trails are right at your door. Sitting on our porch watching the bats and gecko's gobbling up all the Mosquitos and other bugs attracted to our porch light while listening to the sounds of the jungle.....priceless.

My only gripe was that it took 45 mins to check us in and when we got to our room it was a tip from the last guests as housekeeping had missed it.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

Fantastic for a couple even better value for a group of three. They even have two showers, big deck and peaceful surroundings. Steps from the cafe and park office, hard to beat. Gave it my highest rating ever, new, super clean and affordable.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pontianak, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

We stayed in the hostel beds at the Park's HQ. When we first got there, there were bugs in the room, but we expected that, it is the jungle after all. That was only the first night though, mostly caused by the rain outside, the door left open by another traveler, as well as the lights on (the perfect bug storm). We met great people in the hostel who we ended up traveling on with. The cafe on property is really great, and the rooms themselves have lockers for you to store your things.

I would say the only problem that we really had is with Wifi (but once again, it's in the jungle). Wifi can be found in the cafe for a small cost each day.

Can't stress this enough: GO TO GUNUNG MULU. Do it, do it now. The people at the desk are amazingly helpful, the surrounding area is insanely gorgeous, and the tourist guides are knowledgeable and have very interesting stories to tell.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Saltburn-by-the-Sea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

Amazing accomodation for its location. Very spacious chalets a large comfortable bed and air conditioning. Good hot shower and toilet facilities and 2 outside seating areas. Meals are taken in the restaurant near to the main buildings. There is a limited selection of food but enough choice to satisfy most people. Access between the buildings is by a raised slatted walkway and these extend out into the rainforest to the various attractions making getting around very easy. Some extend over 3Km. Our visits to the caves was an incredible experience helped by our wonderful guide Rynn. A highlight of our 2 week trip to Borneo.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

We picked to stay in the national park because we had heard the Royal Mulu Resort was under renovation and the pool was out of action. We had also heard it was not that good. Once it is a Marriott Resort and Spa I am sure things will be different. Anyway, I am delighted to report that we had a bungalow for our stay, complete with two terraces and a great a/c. Very clean. The food was great. The guides were super and the location is second to none being AT the national park and that means we could walk from our front door on the night trek one night and the botany trail one morning. If we had more time we would also have walked to the treetop canopy and more great things. No one can get into the caves - Deer, Lang and Clearwater without a guide anyway, and there is a gate, but the other activities are wonderful. We even hired a longboat for a 2 hour trip down river as the longboat 'taxi stand' is right there.

I need to tell you about the Garden of Eden trip we did though. We are both 50+ and pretty able, not terribly fit, but we walk a lot and have done the hash a few times here ( a running club that does a 3-4km route in the jungle). It looked great - with caves, swimming in pools and trekking to a waterfall. What we had not realised was that the entire trip was about 8 km in total and that it would take about 7 hours. We had to climb rocks covered in bat guano, abseil, walk through pools that reached our necks and carry our backpacks on our heads. We all got leeched and we all stank to high heaven. Walking through river beds with streams running through was great, but very slippery indeed. I even fell over on the rain-slicked boardwalk on the 3km walk to the cave! It was tough. Very tough and 3 days later I still ache from head to toe.

However, this was mainly because we wore the wrong gear - to wear proper hiking clothes might have been better against the leeches. To wear the best non-slip shoes you can - remembering one pair will get soaked and you will swim in your clothes. I wore a new teeshirt that is now stained for ever with guano and dyed blue from my backpack on my sodden back. I might also wear gloves against the guano.

I am actually not normally worried about getting dirty and smelly, nor of being covered in bat poo. I do not mind my hand landing in a heap of the stuff nor sliding down a mountain of it on my bum. But I want to warn the faint hearted and unfit that this is tough. Also, I wish we had had a watertight baggie as both our video and our camera got damp (one fell in!) and died.

Sitting in our wet cooling clothes outside at the viewing area where one can see the amazing bat exodus at around 6pm I got very cold indeed. I wished I had had a change of clothes for the 2 hours we sat there.

It was an incredible day and I would definitely do it again - but this time I would be prepared and practise my squats before going as the climbing involved lots of leg lifting!

I did actually blog about the trip, so if you want to read it you can see it here http://brieflybrunei.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/saving-the-best-til-last/

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

Stayed in the park 2 nights (wish we'd stayed longer) and had a fantastic time. Park staff was fantastic, the caves are as incredible as we'd hoped, the jungle - even just walking to the bat viewing platform below Deer Cave - is an amazing experience - the forest, the sounds, the bats - it's all wonderful. We stayed in one of the very nice cottages - seemed to be brand new, super cold air conditioning, comfortable bed, very nice bathroom. The restaurant was a unexpected treat - fairly limited menu but all of it very, very good (and inexpensive). For extra fun, sit near the entrance - you'll be able to watch the bats swoop into the entrance to catch bugs drawn in by the lights. Well worth the effort to get here, and one of the highlights of our recent trip to Malaysia/Indonesia.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thorne, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

Stayed her with an Exodus group in Feb 2013. Due to a "clerical error" half of the party got a bungalow room and half got "longhouse" accommodation which is intended to be shared by up to 6 people!. The rooms were adequate and clean, but not up to the bungalow standards. The bathroom facilities were very basic and dated, cold water only to the wash basins, with no shelves or hooks to hang anything. The food was very good value and very tasty

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Mulu World Heritage Area Accommodation
Address: Mulu National Park Headquarters, Gunung Mulu National Park 98007, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sarawak > Gunung Mulu National Park
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Ranked #1 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Gunung Mulu National Park
Number of rooms: 17
Also Known As:
Gunung Mulu National Park Headquarters Hotel Gunung Mulu National Park
Mulu World Heritage Area Accommodation Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia - Sarawak

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