Basic, clean and friendly
After you’ve climbed Mount Kinabalu and managed to crawl to Poring Hot Springs for a soak, the last thing you’ll want to do is move on immediately.
Ernah Lodge, just outside the park, offers simple clean budget accommodation, so you can take your time and enjoy this lovely neck of the woods.
Positioned on the main (only) road in Poring behind the owner’s laundry business, you can guarantee that that your stinky mountain climbing clothes will be fresh as a daisy when you leave.
Rooms include a smallish fan-cooled four-bed dorm, air-con doubles and a large family room, all with hot-water ensuite. Windows offer no outlook and decor is a bit hodgepodge, however rooms are bright and clean enough. Clean bottom sheets and blankets are provided, so you might like to bring a sleep sheet. A homely communal lounge is furnished with a handful of comfortable sofas and a TV and the family’s small kitchen can be used by guests. WiFi isn’t available and breakfast is not included, but both can be found nearby.
The owner, Jonis, is a great wealth of local knowledge and he also offers a transport service (and he’s an old friend, so say hi). For similar alternative accommodation, Kinabalu Poring Vacation Lodge, on the path to Lupa Masa, also offer dorms, and somewhat quirky twins and doubles can be found at Round Inn nearby.
Address: Behind Ernah Laundry, Poring
T: (0148) 555 543; (0168) 259 431; (0888) 76421;
Coordinates (for GPS): 116º42'13.63" E, 6º2'43.63" N
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Room rates: Under 60 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||30 ringgit||30 ringgit|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom|
Up to 80 ringgit.
|70 ringgit||70 ringgit|
|Family room||200 ringgit||200 ringgit|
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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