Easy drive from Cameron Highlands, arriving early afternoon at Kuala Tahan. Dropped off bags and passengers at jetty, parked at EO secured parking at top of hill for RM10/day. 1RM 3 min ferry crossing to Mutiara.
There was a welcome drink after an unwelcomed request to remove shoes to approach check in desks. Chalet rooms were jungle rustic, dark, not well cleaned (acceptable for me but the wife was more critical). There were mosquitoes, the hotel supplied sheltox repellents but we brought out own non chemical electric zappers, caught a few.
We booked a guide for canopy and Bukit Teresik walk for 300RM. It wasn't necessary but Joe our guide was knowledgeable with the plants and demonstrated some interesting native uses. Weather was excellent for the walk and although it was raining overnight, the trails and boardwalks were dry. Boardwalk was in need of maintenance and repair in a few places.
We took a RM 200 river boat trip to Lata Berkoh. 4 passengers to a low but fast boat. We really enjoyed the river ride but it started to rain heavily and I was glad to have brought a drybag. The rest of us were totally soaked and abandoned the hike to the waterfall.
A la carte restaurant food at Mutiara was surprisingly good and there was a wide selection of local and western food, reasoably priced.
The only animals we saw were Abu the resident hornbill, the roaming peahen at the restaurant, monkeys, spiders and bugs. The marching ants were interesting.
All in all, a nice refreshing stay and good outdoors experience.
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