Will you soon be traveling to Gunung Mulu National Park on Borneo and are you still looking for the best accommodations to spend the night? Near the national park there are various accommodations where you can stay during your visit.
Most of them are back to basic. Simple guesthouses or homestays with a cold water shower and where electricity is not available 24 hours a day. But there is also a beautiful 5-star hotel if you are looking for luxury, a hot shower, a swimming pool and 24-hour electricity. Find the 5 best accommodations here at Gunung Mulu National Park, from basic to luxury.
The Mulu Village Guesthouse is a simple guesthouse on a 5-6 minute drive from the airport and national park. You can spend the night in a traditional longhouse of the owners Brenda and her husband James, of whom James still descends from the headhunters. They are very hospitable and know a lot about the surroundings of Mulu, the locals, nature and the history of the area.
The economy, budget and standard rooms with separate beds, suitable for 1 to 2 people, have a shared or own simple bathroom (with cold water), as well as a fan. However, electricity is only available at set times. Breakfast is included in the room rate and an airport shuttle is possible for an additional charge. You can also rent bicycles to cycle to the park (2.5 km).
Kenny’s B&B offers budget accommodation in 5-6 minute drive from the airport and Gunung Mulu National park. The rooms, for 1-2 people, have a private bathroom (cold water) and a fan provides a little cooling. Although it will only work if the generator is running. Some rooms even have a balcony or a terrace.
Breakfast is served in the morning and you can be brought to the park entrance for a small fee. The transfer from / to the airport is free of charge. There is also a restaurant and a bar for a snack and a drink.
For those looking for a little more luxury in the middle of the rainforest, you will definitely find it at the Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa. Located along the Melinau Paku River, the resort is a 5-6 minute drive from Mulu Airport and a 5 minute drive from the entrance of Gunung Mulu National Park.
The rooms are fully equipped and have air conditioning and a private bathroom. At the resort you can take a dip in the Balinese-style swimming pool, work out at the fitness center, have a drink at the River bar or grab something to eat at the Marriott restaurant.
The hotel offers a free shuttle service from / to the airport and from / to the entrance of the Gunung Mulu National Park. There is also electricity available 24 hours a day.
It is also possible to spend the night at Gunung Mulu National Park itself, the Mulu World Heritage Area Accommodation, near the park’s headquarters. You can choose from:
- a luxury garden bungalow, max. 3 people.
- a longhouse, max. 4-5 people per room.
- the rainforest lodge, max. 2 people (twin beds).
- a hostel (dormitory 14 beds) with shared bathroom
- a hostel especially for ladies (dormitory 8 beds) with shared bathroom
All private rooms have air conditioning, a ceiling fan and a private bathroom. Breakfast is included in the room rate and electricity is available 24 hours a day.
Mulu D Cave Homestay is just a 7 minute (600m) walk from Mulu airport and 650m from the entrance to Gunung Mulu National Park.
You can stay in a basic triple room, mixed dormitory (6 beds) with shared bathroom or opt for a family room with private bathroom. Every morning the owners provide you with a delicious breakfast before you set off and if you want they can pick you up at the airport for a surcharge. There is also a common room where you can relax after your visit to the park, but keep in mind that electricity is not available all day long.
TTX, tourist tax
As a foreign traveler, you must pay a tourist tax (TTX) of MYR 10 / € 2 per room per night at check-in or check-out, regardless of whether you are staying in a guesthouse, homestay or luxury hotel. Only residents of Malaysia are excluded from paying this supplement.
For most of us it is normal to have power available 24 hours a day, but unfortunately that is not the case in Gunung Mulu National Park. Only at the headquarters and the luxurious Mariott Resort & Spa there is electricity available 24 hours a day. The other accommodations and locals must generate electricity through a generator. Often you can only use electricity here at set times, as soon as they run the generator. So keep in mind that your fan will not work at night and you will therefore not be able to charge your electronics at every time of the day.