An off beach option
Set a short walk up the jungle path between Long Beach and Coral Bay, Tropicana Inn offers a raft of functional rooms at a not totally budget breaking price point.
After being gobsmacked by what many places were charging on Long Beach we actually expected Tropicana to be a good deal cheaper than it was, but once you adjust to Perhentian pricing, the rates (cheapest rooms start at 150 ringgit, more expensive rooms from 250 ringgit) are not outrageous. Rooms are functional rather than stylish, but are very clean and well kept and even boast some mod-cons like simple art and a bedside lamp. Bathrooms are likewise clean and well looked after.
The location is in the middle of the jungle and they’ve smartly kept a lot of the trees, so the place has an overall green feel to it, it is just a shame a bit more effort wasn’t made with regard to the style of the rooms, which are really just white cinderblocks. There is a large common area and restaurant area and we found the staff to be helpful and friendly. Check their website for packages, which include boat transfers and can be quite reasonable value.
Note that the jungle trail is not well lit at night—bring a torch and solo travellers should take care in the evening on the trail.
Address: Behind Matahari Chalet, Long Beach
T: (016) 266 1333;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º43'13.58" E, 5º54'59.25" N
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Room rates: 120 to 250 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||150 ringgit||150 ringgit|
|Superior double room||250 ringgit||250 ringgit|
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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