Not too bad at all
The park HQ hosts not only the park office and park security but also accommodation, ranging from dormitory rooms to private bungalows.
It is, to all intents and purposes, the only accommodation available at Mulu, apart from one small backpacker outfit outside of the park, so it's lucky that it's actually not too bad. All accommodation at park HQ includes breakfast, which is much more generous than what is usually offered in Sarawak, with a choice of Western, Asian or pancakes, plus as much tea and coffee as your fiendishly caffeinated heart desires. The dormitory has around 15 beds; some are placed next to each other while others are placed as singles. The set up is such that there is a little bit of privacy, as all 15 beds aren't placed in one large room, but rather the area is sectioned off into smaller rooms. If you're lucky you may even get a bed in one of the three bedrooms. The beds themselves are really quite comfortable, with thick mattresses, and there isn't a bunk in sight. The space is fan-cooled but with so much shading and plant life around, you'll find this more than sufficient to keep you cool during the day and it might even get cold during the night. The next step up is the longhouse accommodation. This is perhaps most suitable for groups as each longhouse sleeps up to four and even then you'll have space to swing a cacophony of cats. About half the space of the 15-bed dormitory building, it has a private bathroom with hot showers. The beds again are comfortable and the sheets are somewhat more luxurious than in the dorm. Each longhouse has its own air-con unit and a little veranda outside complete with bamboo furniture for those who might enjoy late-night conversation while basking in the sounds of the forest. Couples are also catered for with air-con private bungalows (although these do sleep up to three). Each bungalow is tastefully decorated using local fabrics and hard wooden furniture and has a private bathroom with hot shower. The small veranda attached to each of the bungalows has some outdoors furniture and gives some privacy owing to the landscaped gardens that surround them.
Last updated on 27th November, 2012.