Simple yet Pleasant- Comfortable Beds and Delicious Food (At a Good Price)
My room had two bunk beds and two regular beds, meaning a maximum of 6 people could stay in it, with our room having 4 people during our stay. I slept on a regular bed and for a 'budget' place like this I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable it was- it was like my bed back at home. However, the bunk beds were quite rickety and so they squeaked a lot at night with the smallest of movements, which was a little annoying. They provided towels but I just used my own for hygiene reasons. The amenities in the room were very minimal but there was a tissue box, a fan, and cool air conditioning. The room was relatively empty but clean. The bathroom is interesting because the main room is lifted up on stilts, while the bathroom is semi-detached on the ground level, meaning you have to walk down a set of steps to take a shower or use the toilet. It is surrounded by a high brick wall topped with bamboo poles for privacy, and someone standing on ground level should not be able to look in.
The main problem with this place are the number of mosquitoes. Most of the group (around 30 people) got many mosquito bites everyday and every night, and I used so much tea tree oil all over my arms, face, and legs, much to no avail as I was continuously bitten all over the place, including in the middle of the night with mosquitoes buzzing beside my ear. Although all the windows were closed and the A/C was on, there were large gaps underneath the main and bathroom doors that mosquitoes could fly in through.
The rooms were very not sound proof so we could hear our loud neighbours screaming or singing in the shower, even though the guesthouses aren't that close to each other.
The bathroom was clean and they provide body soap (but it was expired, and we used our own anyways), not sure if there was shampoo. It took a little white for the water to become warm, but that didn't really matter anyways because the weather was very hot so almost every day I took a cold or lukewarm shower.
The food for lunch and dinner was served buffet style with a small selection of food but it was healthy and very tasty- there was a salad, a main meat dish i.e. curry, a main veggie dish i.e. marinated veggies, and white rice. On different days we had a larger variety like roti, chicken nuggets, corn, garlic bread, chicken drumsticks, etc.
Breakfast was also served buffet style with a small but good selection, with cereal, bacon/ham, eggs, toast, etc. It was filling and we were welcome to go get seconds or even thirds for every meal. Most importantly I was actually very surprised by how good the food tasted and there were lots of veggies and fruit for every meal which meant a healthy diet.
The lady who runs the place was nice and is a very good cook, but in general you don't actually really see much or any staff at all around the compound, but I guess it is sort of a family business anyways.
There was trampolines but I never saw anyone use them. There was a swimming pool but it was full of leaves and I never saw anyone use it either. There was a bar area but it was not stocked with any drinks and I never saw anyone use it either. However, there was a ping pong table and darts, which people played a lot of. The ground is mainly made of grass, gravel and concrete block paths, and there's a river near the main set of guesthouses, which is not fenced off. You could sort of go for a run around the compound, except along some trees there were cobwebs that I ran into. We were not given keys so you could only lock the doors from the inside when you were in the room and not when you left during the day, which posed a security problem. There was some random construction materials and things like that lying around the compound, especially under in the empty space under the raised guesthouses.
The location is so-so because it is in Tanjung Rambutan (not much there) and still quite a drive from Ipoh (maybe 30-45 minutes). There isn't too much to do in Ipoh either, but I guess that is symbolic of Malaysia in general- pretty much for the regular tourist it would be to go eat good food and relax.
The placed is fenced off and apparently there is a night watchman but the fence seems quite low and I would think it is quite easy to scale.
There were fireworks late at night during the first night of our stay, making it hard to sleep, and on the second night there were actual gunshots and throughout the nights dogs were barking (but I guess they were guard dogs)
There are lots of trees and animals like cats which you could pet and it made for a pleasant, peaceful environment during the day, especially when you could watch the sunset.
As most of the guesthouses are on stilts, with stairs leading up, and it is either grassland or gravel/concrete block paths, there definitely would be an accessibility issue and those on wheelchairs would almost not be able to stay there at all.
There is no tv in the rooms and that could be a good or bad thing (that's why it is important to go with family or friends or you might be very bored). There was only wifi in the common dining area and even there it was quite slow, especially when there are 20+ people trying to use it at the same time, plus the owner has to do work at night so basically other than using it for 5 minutes to go on email or Facebook, it probably is best to not go on it too much.
Overall, this place was simple yet clean, had good food, and it was a nice place to stay at. The rooms had a good rate. I would definitely recommend it to people if they were in the area.
Friends getaway - 6 Mac 2017