Functional rooms along with some chalets
Last off the rank on Teluk Dalam, Samudra offers a range of rooms and chalets overlooking a decent stretch of sand.
As with most of the places on this beach, the wooden chalets (which sit on the beachfront and are scattered back through the grounds) are well aged, with bouncy floors and not the best bathrooms we’ve ever seen, but for the price (208 ringgit) they are not to be sneezed at and the beachfront outlook is arguably the best on the beach.
The newer rooms here are in a two floor concrete building which sits a little back from the beach and has no sea views save that from the upstairs shared veranda. The rooms however, while unimaginative and more functional than fashionable are nevertheless of a good standard and are immaculate. Bathrooms are cold water only, but the air-con is chilled and the one large window lets enough light in. On the downside, there is no deck, nor outdoor furniture, so you’ll need to relax either on the beach or in the sparse and seemingly never busy restaurant. Rooms come in air-con (148 ringgit) and fan-cooled (105 ringgit) but are the same room—paying for air-con just gets you the remote.
For budget travellers who don’t want to drop to camping or B’First standards, this is about the best option on the beach. If you would prefer to pay less, B’First has fan-cooled (50 ringgit) and air-con (100 ringgit) rooms running back from the same named restaurant, but they are no great shakes—you’ll find then on the far side of Bayu Dive Lodge.
Address: Centre of Teluk Dalam, Perhentian Besar
T: (012) 799 6608;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º44'58.36" E, 5º53'37.54" N
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Room rates: 120 to 250 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom||105 ringgit||105 ringgit|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||148 ringgit||148 ringgit|
|Beachfront bungalow||208 ringgit||208 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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