Not for everyone, but we loved it
Opened in 1972, Awi's Yellow House is absolutely not for everyone, but we loved it.
A rambling, very, very aged series of wooden houses on stilts over the mangroves, Awi's makes for a very relaxing time out from travelling for those who require no creature comforts whatsover. There are a half dozen rooms on site in varying shapes and sizes, some overlooking the river, some not. Beds are old, mosquito nets have holes in them and the bathrooms are, well, pretty basic. However, Awi is a great guy, very friendly and welcoming, and for the traveller looking for a window into what Kuala Terengganu used to be like, you're in the right place. There is a kitchen on site and plenty of reading room -- and Awi's tends to attract longer-term travellers -- another guest who was there when we rolled through in November had been there since February. That said it is not for everyone and we do think it is a shame that the bungalow toilets have been built onto the bungalow veranda -- we'd have preferred a share bathroom so that we could enjoy the entire balcony, but it's a minor gripe. A more solid new room, ideal for families, was under construction, slowly. Shows promise. Rates are best described as extremely flexible, so if you're staying more than a night, plan to negotiate! The one hassle is getting here. The boat no longer runs to any kind of convenient schedule so you are stuck using the unreliable bus system or getting taxis to and from town -- don't worry, every taxi knows where Awi's is. There are a couple of small warungs and shops in the main village so unless you're hankering for cold beer and Chinese food, there is little reason to actually go into town. Recommended, but have the taxi wait while you take a look as this place is not for everyone.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 24th November, 2012.