Photo: Cute bungalows at Kubu Taru.

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Rustic wooden bungalows

Jalan Raya Sidemen, Desa Telaga Tawang, Sidemen T: (0811) 388 489

Kubu Taru

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Two and a half kilometres south of the centre of Sidemen, on a short signposted track off the main road, two tiny but charming rustic wooden bungalows occupy a hilltop overlooking the fields and valleys of greater Sidemen.

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Boy, are they appealing! We knocked, we called, we rattled windows, but no one was about to show us around. We peered in the windows, and the interior looked just as good as outside.

We have since contacted the owner and have the lowdown — they are open for business, and are planning on building three more similar bungalows, but if you plan to stay, best to call ahead first to make sure someone is about. They were opened in July 2015, and a year later they still looked brand new, so we assume the rooms and ensuite hot-water bathrooms are still pretty clean.

The cute furnished balcony looks just the place for a sundowner after a busy day trekking. Free WiFi is available and breakfast is included in the price. The small Warung Telaga run buy the same folk is nearby, but there’s not a lot else around — that’s the beauty of it, really. Staff can organise local trekking and tours. If you don’t mind being away from the main action in Sidemen, Kubu Taru is a great value little flashpacker option.

The owner of Kubu Taru also owns Astana Swaha Villa, a more upmarket option hidden away in a nearby village. The owner mentioned that prices are negotiable — “Don’t worry about the price!” were his exact words — so try your luck.

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Where is Kubu Taru

Kubu Taru
Jalan Raya Sidemen, Desa Telaga Tawang, Sidemen
T: (0811) 388 489
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º26'38.78" E, 8º29'3.66" S
Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

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