Photo: Cows, a field and a guesthouse under the trees.

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Clean and simple

By the football field T: (0859) 3703 0848 (0823) 4069 3138 

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Pondok Petulang

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Set looking over the football field, and with Tambora’s summit well behind it, friendly, Pondok Petulang is run by English-speaking Saiful Bahri and is a solid joint.

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An ex-park ranger himself with more than 70 Tambora ascents under his belt, Pak Saiful rents a bunch of clean but spartan rooms in a longhouse setup, all with shared cold-water mandi. The rooms are functional and clean, and while they may look like nothing much when you arrive, they’ll look like the best thing since sliced bread when you return from the peak. Rooms are of a fair size, with quite new (our mattress was still wrapped in plastic) beds and a shared veranda. The mandi is basic and pretty grotty. There’s also a small shop on site and you can rent gear such as tents, sleeping bags and bedrolls here -- though we’re not sure how deep his supplies run.

On one of our village wanders, we met softly spoken Kamsul, who runs Kamsul Homestay. We didn’t take a look at the homestay, but Kamsul struck us as an all-round nice guy -- he used to be a guide, but had to retire after busting his knee playing football. He now works at the local school in Pancasila as an English teacher -- and he said his homestay rates were up to what you could afford. So if in the unlikely event Pondok Petulang is full, head straight to Kamsul’s.

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Walk-in rates at Pondok Petulang

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Sgl fan share bathroom
100,000 rupiah
100,000 rupiah
Dbl fan share bathroom
150,000 rupiah
150,000 rupiah
Room: Sgl fan share bathroom, low season: 100,000 rupiah, high season 100,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 150,000 rupiah, high season 150,000 rupiah. Notes:

Where is Pondok Petulang

Pondok Petulang
By the football field
T: (0859) 3703 0848 (0823) 4069 3138 
Coordinates (for GPS): 117º48'42.95" E, 8º11'11.29" S
Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp

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