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“superb place 2 stay in Bario” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Jungle Blues Dream Art Gallery & Homestay
Kuching, Malaysia
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“superb place 2 stay in Bario”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

I spent 4 nights in Jungle Blues Dream for my field study trip to Bario in Oct 2013. It was a great pleasure staying with the lovely couple Stephen and Tine. They picked me up at the airport, drove me to their lovely home, offered me a memorable 4 night stay and then sent me to the airport for my flight home. Their hospitality is just great! Seriously I felt like an emperor! Three meals were prepared by Stephen on time and trust me, they are delicious! The rooms are beautifully decorated with Stephen's own painting. As for the cleanliness, I personally dont mind about the cob web and some dead little flying insects around the window. Come on..its rural and thats nature but trust me, the mattress, pillow and blanket and any other part of the room are clean enough for a quality sleep!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

I spent a week in the Bario area. Jungle Blues is wonderful. Steven and Tine are warm and welcoming. Steven is an Amazing chef!!
Bario is NOT the place to go if you need tv, hot showers and wi-fi. It's rustic. It's natural. It's real. It's everything you imagine Borneo to be.
The Kelabit people are fantastic and creep into your heart very quickly.

Plan time for trekking. There's a lot to do in this area.
Thank you for a wonderful time.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

Spent a month on the road in the Borneo States of Malaysia and this was the highlight of our trip. Stephen and Tine are fantastic hosts. For those who want to escape the hordes of tour bus travelers, the community of Bario was delightful for touring at one's own pace. Although you can drive to Bario using a vehicle with four-wheel drive; it is safer to fly (45 minutes vs. 10-13 hours with dry roads). From the moment you step onto the scales with your luggage before boarding a twin-otter; you know you are going to be able to talk "story" with friends at home.

Stephen and Tine meet you at the airport, feed you delicious food, and provide you with lots of details for making your stay memorable. It is an extra bonus that Stephen is a very fine artist as the walls can attest. Do yourself a favor and take the time and effort to visit Jungle Blues Dream Art Gallery & Homestay!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

We stayed here for several nights in August 2013 and we can whole-heartedly recommend it. Stephen and Tine are very friendly hosts, the homestay is peaceful and colourful with Stephen's art on the walls, and the food....in one word, fantastic!

Bario is not really a town: it is a loose agglomeration of longhouses and small houses strewn amidst rice paddies. Jungle Blues Dream is part of a longhouse, Ulung Palang, centrally located in Bario (about 45 minutes walk from the airfield, but Stephen will fetch you by car if you inform him when you arrive) with a scenic view over the Kelabit plateau. It has a small number of rooms, and an open dining room.

Rooms are fine and clean and charmingly decorated with Stephen's paintings. We slept well. The longhouse has running water (but not in the rooms), including a shared shower (cold only), and a shared toilet, both downstairs (the rooms are upstairs). Electricity (generator) is available from 6:30 pm to 10 pm. At night, it is truely dark here - take a torch with you.

Stephen and Tine can arrange various things for you if you want to explore Bario and surroundings (one thing certainly worthwhile to go and see, are the megaliths in the area: hughe carved rocks, and dolmens. We can recommend a trip (with overnight stay) to Pa' Lungan, a village reached by 4-5 hours walking from Bario, over small muddy tracks as there is no road).

Stephen is a knowledgeable and (like most Bario people) extremely friendly man, who can tell you a lot about the local culture and history. And you prepare your trips with the help of his hand-drawn, artistic maps!

The homestay has two bicycles with which you can explore the surroundings - Bario has a few km of concrete road, plus dirt tracks. The bikes are a bit decrepit though, but they are fine on the concrete roads.

The food Stephen and Tine serve - it was the best we had in Borneo. Meals with the famous Bario rice and delicious Bario pineapple, and various products of the forest - we had a.o. wild boar shot the day before by one of the local jungle guides, wild jungle ferns as vegetable, fish from the local river, a kind of wild spinach, and something that by want of a beter term was called "grass". It was all truely delicious. And if you are very lucky, Stephen might end the evening with playing a song on his local Kelabit guitar-like instrument.

Bario is tranquility incarnated. The climate, being a high plateau, is somewhat cooler than in other places in Borneo. Neglecting the option of a harrowing 18-hour trip by 4WD, it can only be reached through the air: MAS-wings operates flights twice a day with small Twin Otter aircraft (book early, flights fill up well in advance as only 15 people can fly in one aircraft. Note that luggage is limited: 10 kg check-in plus 5 kg carry-on maximum). This means that the number of tourists in Bario at any given time is low. You go there to enjoy peace and quiet, good food, friendly local people and a marvelously pretty landscape, while the area is very interesting culturally as well, with its longhouses and megaliths. For us, staying at Stephen and Tine's place in Bario was one of the highlights of our Borneo trip.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Burlington, Canada
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27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

Firstly, this is not a place if you are a facebook fanatic or a shopping freak or an aircond junkie or a weak scared-of-little-insects-and-spiders or a cellphone maniac or require hot showers. Electricity only runs from 6.30pm to 10pm.
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I rate this place as ëxcellent because it is excellent in every way that other hotels are not!
The moment you arrive Bario, the moment you meet Steven and Tine, the moment you step into JungleBluesDream house, the moment you do anything for the first time there... you will remember it the rest of your life! It truly is a beautiful experience!
In fact, it is for the very fact that the place does NOT have all your expected amenities that makes it an experience of a lifetime!
I highly recommend this dream place. You simply have to experience the 6am cool misty mornings, the quiet of the nights, the humble hospitality, the great food, the charming Kelabit people.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank PatLeeFamily
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

The visit to the Kelabit Highlands was the highlight of our four weeks trip in Borneo. Spending two nights in Junglebluesdreams was very much part if that unique experience. Very quiet, idyllic, panoramic views plus the fantastic hospitality from Stephen and Tine. Did we mention the food? Great fresh dishes and a nice variety on the standard restaurant dishes. We were lucky to attend the Bario food festival.

Truly exceptional was the teek and ocernight stay in Pa Lungan. The quietness of that remote village makes Bario seem like a city. Also the homestay in Pa Lungan was fantastic!

If you doubt whether a visit to the kelabit highlands is worth the (by the way great) flight in the old twinotter, our answer is: YES! Would definitely go back and then for a longer period.

Room Tip: All rooms are equally nicely decorated by paintings by Stephen. The rooms are very basic, but here y...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MarcandMarijke
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Sydney
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

From the moment we arrived at the airport in Bario, we felt welcome in this little piece of paradise. Stephen, Tine and Noah picked us up at the airport and welcomed us to their wonderful home stay. We were left alone to do what we wished but there was always advice on hand if we needed it. The meals were tasty and extremely healthy, highlighting the local produce.The pineapple......mmmmm! The rooms were simple but comfortable and we only wished we could have stayed longer. Highly recommended...I will be back!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SydneyCountryboy
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Property: Jungle Blues Dream Art Gallery & Homestay
Address: Ulung Palang Longhouse, Bario, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sarawak > Miri District > Bario
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Ranked #2 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Bario
Number of rooms: 12
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