With the exception of Mutiara Taman Negara Resort, all the accommodation for Taman Negara is in Kuala Tahan, which lies across the river from the national park office. It is easy enough to catch the two-ringgit roundtrip river taxi in both directions, so jungle adventures are at your doorstep either way. The varied food options, although below Malaysia’s usual standards, are certainly more plentiful Kuala Tahan as is a quicker get away in case of torrential rains. High season is technically July through September and the heavier rains can be expected November through January. Generally room rates do not vary seasonally, though you may find fewer choices during school and public holidays (which can vary from state to state).
Malaysia’s most famous national park, Taman Negara is just a few hours from Kuala Lumpur by bus and/or boat and while there’s only one place to stay within the park, there are a bunch of places to stay across the river in Kuala Tahan. But which is the best for you? Stay in the park If your prime goal is to be as close to nature as possible, staying at Mutiara Taman Negara Resort is your... Read our full review of Where to stay at Taman Negara National Park.
Under new management, the old Woodland Resort is now called Xcape Resort and they have a fresh new outlook on customer service and a great swimming pool. A bit isolated for those without transportation, but from the looks of the car park size, they are quite popular with bus tours groups, but if you don’t mind the walk to the local scene, Xcape Resort has a lot to offer for the price. Their... Read our full review of Xcape Resort.
Slightly Grimm’s Fairy Tale-ish Agoh Chalet is set just off the main road into Kuala Tahan about 500 metres from the river bank. The very shady enclave offers 16 simple grey-cement bungalows with thin-mattressed beds and private baths with coldwater showers that are clean and practical. Air-con is also available, in case the cold shower isn’t enough to keep you cooled down. The rooms are... Read our full review of Agoh Chalet.
Durian Chalet is a family style estate and you'll probably find the family inside watching TV as the reception area doubles as their front porch. While the location is away from the action, Durian is more inviting, comfort-wise than neighbouring Tahan Guest House, with simple chalets which are clean and have sheets provided on request. Attached bathrooms have western toilets with cold water... Read our full review of Durian Chalet .
You name it and Han’s Rainforest Resort probably has it. They have definitely raised the bar on Kuala Tahan accommodations, offering a multitude of various room types to suit many types of travellers. Although the rooms are of the simple and practical, white-walled and tile floor variety, they are clean as a whistle, and with the exception of the newer dorm options most of the older rooms have... Read our full review of Han's Rainforest Resort.
Mahseer Chalet is tucked away behind Liana Hostel, down an unmarked small footpath and delivers a spacious sprawl of wooden bungalows overlooking the Tembeling River that has a cosy summer camp vibe to it. The selection of chalets range from 15 ringgit per bed dorms to 150 ringgit family rooms, with air-con and hot water shower options as well. The rooms are well kept, airy and clean. Simple... Read our full review of Mahseer Chalet.
Mutiara Taman Negara Resort is the only accommodation on the national park side of the river and is the best upmarket option convenient to the park. There's a range of accommodation options from dorms through to fairly smart bungalows, meaning that you don't need to spend the earth in order to stay here -- though you will be paying substantially more for a dorm here than you will across the... Read our full review of Mutiara Taman Negara Resort.
Tahan Guest House has a charm of its own that will appeal to some travellers. It is set right beside the main mosque, a short five- to 10-minute stroll from where the bus stops in Kuala Tahan. A very cute, vividly painted two-storey house, Tahan Guest House feels and looks like a far more playful joint than it really is. Rooms are functional, with squat, cold-water bathrooms and all have either a... Read our full review of Tahan Guest House .
For those seeking a few creature comforts,Teresek View Motel is affordable simplicity. Maybe a tad cramped for two people, but with a private balcony, hot-water shower, WiFi and optional air-con available it is manageable. A room not facing the street was recommended to us, but the street side sounded much quieter than the children playing behind the hotel in addition to having a more interesting... Read our full review of Teresek View Motel.
Midway down the steep-ish river road, just past Teresek View Hotel, what was previously named Rippa, the new Rayyan Hostel has upgraded a bit with new bunk beds plus a bright turquoise and lavender colour scheme. Their four dorm type rooms are spacious and clean with a large shared pebble-washed, modern bathroom and shower at the end of the hallway. The rooms come in four or six bed options and... Read our full review of Rayyan Hostel.
Jerantut is definitely a transition town, and a dusty one at that, but if you need to bunk down for the night they can accommodate no problems. Several small budget hotels and a selection of eateries are within walking distance of the local bus terminal and train station.
NKS Hostel & Café conveniently doubles as the Jerantut location for NKS Hotel & Travel. The hostel is located upstairs from their busy reception area, but the open-to-the-street lobby has a relaxed atmosphere despite the occasional hustle and bustle of incoming and outgoing travellers. They have a selection of simply furnished and clean rooms, with attached or shared bathroom options inclusive... Read our full review of NKS Hostel.
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