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“Couldn't Stop Smiling!”

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Ulu Ulu National Park Resort
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Couldn't Stop Smiling!”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

I think we had smiles on our faces from the time we boarded the boat in Bandar to when we got dropped back the next day. Unfortunately we only did 1 night/2 days (700BND for both of us, including all travel, food and accommodation). We'll definitely stay at least 2 nights next time.
The speedboat through the mangroves and nipa palms was cool. The longboat ride from Bangar was even better. Very relaxing and mood-setting trip to the resort. The closest experience I've had to this is cruising up the Sepik River in PNG in a traditional log canoe.
The friendly service from Eddie and Moot helped make the trip even more special. Thanks also to the smiley chef that catered for us two vegetarians well (just let him know you're happy to eat veto versions of local dishes and he'll cater for you no probs).
The activities were perfect. Just the right amount of exercise. The night walk up the little creek to the waterfall was rad. We saw five species of frogs including the too cool Bornean Horned Frog. The tubing and kayaking were also relaxing. But the highlight for us was the pre-dawn longboat and walk to the sound of gibbons calling.
The only minor negatives were the closure of the suspension bridge (storm-damaged a couple of years ago) and the closed cafe nearby (though this didn't bother us at all).
This resort is a must-do on any trip to Brunei. Can't wait to go back.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

What a terrific and unique experience - from the longboat rides in the rain (it is a RAINforest after all!) to exploring little off-shoots of the river on foot by day and by night to climbing very high above the forest canopy up steel walkways and seeing the dawn break - Ulu Ulu is simply magical. The guides were superb, very friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. And to top it all off, a tubing ride down river with pristine forest on both sides - infinitely better than anything you could experience in a commercial water park! All this in a 24 hour stay, unbeatable!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

The staff cannot do enough for you. The food is delicious. The beds comfortable, the setting out of this world, the guides are friendly and attentive and the activities were great. I just wished I had more time to just sit and watch and listen and absorb the landscape. There were hammocks and day beds and loungers all along the raised walkway that fronted the rooms and overlooked the river. It seems this resort is sadly and unjustifiably underused. There were just 5 of us there using the 60 rooms and there must have been at least 10 staff. Despite torrential rain during our longboat trip from Bangar to UluUlu they hand out rain ponchos (a little inadequate) and wrap suitcases up in bin bags. Its an interesting experience that made us laugh despite rain pouring down our faces and soaking our shoes and legs. It's so warm you soon dry. We met a mother and daughter there who had spent 4 nights and were still desperate for more. Our single night was not enough! We went tubing down the river after visiting a waterfall on our second day and this was the highlight for me, descending level 1 rapids, getting soaked, fully dressed and loving every minute. We are all over 50 and this trip was just brilliant. Want to do it again. Next weekend we try Sumbiling Eco village and I fear all the trips will be the same. I will review it too and compare. Sumbiling is cheaper, so let's see...

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is one of my favourite places I have ever been to!
You are picked up in the city by your local guide who is at the local Jetty in BSB. You are then put onto a speed boat and your adventure begins. It is roughly a 45 minute boat ride, followed by a short drive to a smaller river dock where you are then taken in longboat up the river deep into the jungle. The boat ride is around half an hour but this all depends on the time of year and how much water is flowing in the river. We occasionally had to jump out and walk over rocks and move the longboat over the shallow areas, but honestly, this was FANTASTIC fun.
Once we arrived we were the only people in the whole resort other than the cleaning crew and cooking crew!!
We picked the 3 nights and 4 day option and tried to do every activity they had planned. We were unfortunately not able to do the rope bridge walk due to damage from a storm and it was deemed unsafe. This is was very okay with me, no need to risk yourself when a long way from help!
The rooms were clean, the linen fresh and washed and the bathroom was clean. All very lovely and tasteful. I opted for a cabin with a balcony and this was fantastic!! I actually sat around on a cushy couch outside under a fan watching birds flit around.
The food - where to begin. Let's just say we still talk about the dinners we had at Ulu Ulu! The local food was outstanding. Different to what we were expecting but simple and fresh. The breakfast is simple, we usually just have toast but lunch and dinner were highlights! Fresh juice upon arrival, meals when we were ready.
Birds, monkeys, crazy hiking trips, loads of frogs and feeling like I was in another world. Amazing. I would go back in heartbeat.
This place may not suit people who don't like organised activities. You can go off on your own, but you may not get back... so best to have the guides with you. They are nice and fun so it is never a weird experience. Take torches as you can wander the resort at night and watch the bats and giant geckos.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Ulu Ulu Resort is well worth a visit if you're in Brunei. You're picked up in Bandar, you take a water taxi across the bay and downriver, you take a bus and then connect to a long boat and go upstream on rapids.

The resort itself is wonderful, built of wood and on the river with simple and tasteful bedrooms and good food. The staff are extremely professional and personable.

The activities which are available are laid back and appropriate for all travelers and the canopy walk at sunrise (easily the crowning glory of staying at Ulu Ulu rather than outside the park) is a once in a lifetime experience.

Well worth it.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

As part of my partner's 30th birthday celebrations, we decided to stay at the Ulu Ulu Resort for three nights/four days. The adventure started in BSB where we were collected from our hotel by our fantastic tour guide Eddy and driven to the nearby jetty. We boarded a river taxi which took us to the eastern part of Brunei, the Temburong district. The boat ride winding through at times narrow river waterways took approximately 45 minutes. We were then collected by a van at Bangar and driven to a river collection point where we boarded a longboat. It had started to rain by this point, but thankfully Eddy had come prepared with ponchos for us. The journey on the longboat was approximately half an hour long and quite spectacular and slightly scary at first. It was thrilling going upstream in a long narrow boat, holding on tight and hoping not to tilt over. I'm sure the experienced drivers would never let that happen! When we reached Ulu Ulu Resort, we were greeted by the lovely and hospitable Moot (apologies if the spelling is incorrect!) who had towels for us. We were led up to the restaurant where fresh lime juice and snacks were waiting for us, another nice touch. After resting for a bit, we were shown to our room which had been decorated upon request for my partner's 30th birthday. Eddy advised us that dinner was to be served later that night at a set time at the restaurant and that we should arrive then. The food was tasty and plentiful - we were never left hungry and certainly never disappointed! To celebrate my partner's 30th, I'd also arranged a surprise birthday cake (which Eddy had transported from BSB unbeknownst to me!) which the staff brought out whilst singing happy birthday, another great touch. After dinner, Eddy briefed us on the following days activities which included a 4.30am wake up call to do the sunrise canopy walk. The canopy walk (apart from the early wake up call) included a short longboat ride across the river in the pitch black darkness and a hike up 1000 steps to the canopy in humid conditions. The climb up to the canopy could be seen as a challenge, especially for those afraid of heights, but the pay off was remarkable - sun rising over the rainforests of Brunei, mist slowly lifting, the sound of bird call and the glimpse of gibbons jumping from tree to tree. We were able to take our time up on the canopy (something that day trip people do not get to do!) and truly take in and appreciate the experience. There was also plenty of time to relax, read and sleep. With no TV in the rooms and no Internet available, you do feel very disconnected, but in a great way. It was nice not to carry around my mobile phone and wallet. Other activities undertaken were kayaking, tubing (an exhilarating and often frightening 15 minute journey down the river) and a visit to a natural fish spa (lying down in a pool of water at the base of a waterfall whilst being nibbled on by fish was a bizarre, but again, an unforgettable experience!). The staff at the Ulu Ulu Resort were all very attentive and friendly. Apart our great tour guide Eddy and the lovely Moot, I should mention that the chef's (whose name I do not know, but I will call him Smiley!) cooking was amazing - we really enjoyed each meal that we were served and our dietary requirements were adhered to. Leaving the Ulu Ulu Resort and going back to reality was difficult after such a brilliant time spent there. I highly recommend those curious about Brunei to visit the Ulu Ulu Resort not just for a day trip, but to spend a few nights there - the experience is remarkable and truly unforgettable. PS. A special thanks to Anthony, who we met as we were leaving the resort. The following day whilst we were back in BSB, he spotted us walking from our hotel in Gadong to BSB and offered us a ride. Thanks Anthony!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Belait, Brunei
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Went here for a night stay with Korean delegates. The ride to the resort were mixed of feelings .. anxiety (first time riding on the boat), excitement and satisfied. The resort itself is breath-taking. I am local bruneian and I love it! The night walk, the canopy walk and the tube ride back to the resort were an adrenaline rush. I especially love the part where I had to sit on a rubber tube and sailed through the river back to the resort, though scary at first but I never regret I tried it. The delegates enjoyed themselves as well. Thanks for keeping us safe and keep us entertained with Brunei's natural world. home away from home.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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UluUluResort, Sales and Marketing Executive at Ulu Ulu National Park Resort, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Dear Melissa M,

Greetings and a Warm Welcome from Ulu Ulu!

Thank you so much for your kind words- we love our resort, and am so glad you enjoyed your time there! We especially encourage locals to visit, as it is an experience and a half to be standing above those huge trees watching the sunrise.

Thank you again for visiting the Ulu Ulu Resort, Temburong, and we hope to welcome you back soon!

Warm regards,

Anthony Chieng
General Manager
The Ulu Ulu Resort
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Property: Ulu Ulu National Park Resort
Address: Bangar | Temburong, Ulu Temburong National Park BE1518, Brunei Darussalam
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Location: Brunei Darussalam > Temburong District > Ulu Temburong National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Ulu Temburong National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ulu Ulu National Park Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ulu Ulu National Park Resort is the only rainforest resort in Brunei Darussalam, situated at the edge of 50,000 hectares of pristine rainforest of the Ulu Temburong National Park. A perfect destination for nature lovers, retreats, rejuvenation, meditation, team-building and personal growth programs, bird watching. The resort does not have mobile or internet reception and is void of these modern gadgets so our guests can have a total peace of mind experience to connect personally with one another. The resort also banned disposable plastic bottles replacing them with the non-profit sale of stainless steel water bottles at the resort, to minimize plastic pollution. The "must do" activities include the Sunrise Canopy Walk, the Waterfall Trek, and Night Frog Trail. Unexpected comfort in the heart of the Rainforest, at the Ulu Ulu National Park Resort, Temburong. ... more   less 
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