Clean and simple
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.
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.
Address: By the football field
T: (0859) 3703 0848; (0823) 4069 3138;
Coordinates (for GPS): 117º48'42.95" E, 8º11'11.29" S
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl fan share bathroom||100,000 rupiah||100,000 rupiah|
|Dbl fan share bathroom||150,000 rupiah||150,000 rupiah|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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