Royal Mulu Resort Sarawak



Royal Mulu Resort is the only Eco-friendly resorts located in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To get there, one has very little options but to take a small turbo prop plane offered by Mas Wings, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines. Traveling by plane is the quickest and easiest choice.

Royal Mulu Resort is also accessible by land or boat but this is not recommended unless you enjoy slow and long journeys which may take up to 10 hours. Flying will only take you about 30-40 minutes from the Miri Airport in Sarawak and does not cost an arm or leg to get there.

Gunung Mulu National Park has been one of the few hard to reach places in this region. Not many Malaysians would visit this place too and I wonder why. Maybe nature is not on top of their travel list. I have been there 4 times from 2006 to 2008 due to work and pleasure and I still would like to visit again, given the chance as it is one of my favorite places in Malaysia.

The Mulu Airport

On arrival at Mulu town, you will be greeted by the smallest airport in Malaysia. The Mulu Airport opens only twice a day for the two flights there. The planes used to fly here were the old turbo prop Fokker 50 or Twin Otter plane while these days, they use the ATR 70 planes which can seat 70 passengers. They are louder than your usual jet planes and fly much lower. The plane stops right in front of the Mulu Airport door on arrival so no long walks here. And everything else is manually done. No conveyor belts for your bags. They bring it and dump it on a table for you to collect.

Mulu town is so small, it has an airport, some houses for the airport staff, a clinic, an airport restaurant and a cafe serving local food and drinks, an occasional local restaurant, a small school for the locals and of course the resort which is about 5 minutes drive from the airport.

Real Thai Tuk tuks that double as hotel transport

Usually when you make the booking to stay there, the resort will send their transport to pick you from the Mulu Airport. Do not be surprised if they send you a Thai style tuk tuk to shuttle you back to the resort.

Traditional Penan welcome dance

On arriving at the resort, you will be greeted by a traditional Penan dance performed by the hotel staff. Most visitors will stop and take pictures or just admire the unique culture displayed here. Then you get ushered to the reception area for a nice cool welcome drink while checking in.

Royal Mulu Resort Sarawak

You will find that the resort is built entirely on stilts which are 3 metres above the ground. Something that is unique in conserving the natural rainforest. Every morning, the staff will conduct a flag raising ceremony at the courtyard. Quite interesting if you are there to witness it before breakfast.

Bar, lounge and reception area

The lounge and reception area also doubles as a sport bar and karaoke at night. You will find the place most peaceful until someone hits the karaoke. I am not a big fan of karaoke by the way. They also ave a nice little souvenir shop here selling a number of handicraft items and also daily necessities but be warned that the prices are almost double. Seriously, there are no other shops in Mulu. No convenient shop, nothing.

Reception and lounge area

The  staff are very friendly and always smiling and trust me, I have been there 4 times and no complaints at all. They also have a spots and recreational department just outside the reception and you can book your adventures for cave exploring, hiking and many other activities available.

The Royal Mulu Resort is built 3 meters above ground

Again, I just love the concept of the entire Royal Mulu Resort built on stilts. It is very refreshing and by just walking around the resort, you are bound to see something interesting in the form of flora and fauna. Bugs, lizards and beautiful flowers are easily spotted making this a perfect Eco paradise in Sarawak.

A friendly lizard

Rooms units on stilts

At the back of the rooms, there is a small balcony for you to sit and enjoy the rainforest. Have a glass of wine or beer and just absorb in the natural sounds and smells of the Borneo rainforest here. There is nothing obstructing your view at the balcony.

Twin sharing room

The rooms may be on the retro side mostly made out from good wood so they are quite nice actually. Complete with air conditioning, television, telephone and shower with hot and cold water. For the extra adventurous couples, the room walls are made of wood. So keep the sounds low.

Balcony of the lounge

Relaxing by the Melinau river

The resort also sits just next to the Melinau River in Mulu. This river is used daily by the local Penan people that live around Mulu. The resort also operates trips via the Melinau river to various tourist attractions here.

Jetty by Melinau River

I visited a number of places using a longboat from the resort jetty. In fact, I visited almost 90% of the sites using the Melinau river. Life vests are given for safety and the longboat drivers are mostly locals who know the rivers well so safety is well taken care here.

Sarawak Laksa but Mulu style with extra large Prawns RM45 (US$15)

Eating in Mulu will be an exciting experience. Why, you may ask. Well, for a fact that there are no other restaurants in the vicinity for hundreds of miles, you have no choice. Except for local travelers, there are a couple of local restaurants out from the resort. Serving very local food, if you are gain for it, why not try some. Enquire with the resort for transport to the local restaurants. One of them is just outside the resort and another is on the way to the National Park. More of this in my next blog about activities in Mulu.

A local fried rice dish that costs RM36.00

About the food at the here, most packages include full board so everything is taken care of. But I know that there are some travelers who may have overlooked this and the price will be costly. For a start, they have an ala carte menu where the price of a simple fried rice is about RM36.00 and a Malaysian fried noodle (mee goreng) can cost you RM40.00. No kidding. Portions are slightly large and nicely prepared with garnishing.

I missed out on one item in the menu which they had. It was a a extra super large burger which is would say is the largest burger in Malaysia. I had a picture of it in the menu but I cannot find it. If I do, I will post it here.

Anyway, the burger was so huge, it was estimated to be about 25cm wide! I wish I had tried it. The sad part was that on one of my trips there, I ordered the burger but the cook said that the main cook who does it was on leave. So, just my luck.

Cultural show performers

The other interesting attraction at the resort is the Ethnic Cultural Shows at the resorts' restaurant every evening. Dinner is served buffet style and the show would take place during dinner. Performers are actually the hotel staff who are really talented. An eye opener to the foreigners and also to the locals.

Melinau river view from the hill

There are a ton of activities around the National Park. One can choose from hiking to trekking or visiting the local Penan villages. Main attractions are always the world heritage Mulu Caves. There are also a number of other caves like the Clearwater Caves which can be visited. Talk to the hotel to arrange for this.

Royal Mulu Resort - An everyday sunset from the hill

And what more can you ask for when visiting a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a beautiful sunset seen here on top of a hill which I trekked . This hill is just in front of the Royal Mulu Resort and it is an easy trek, even children or elderly people can do.

Room rates and packages at Royal Mulu Resort. Prices are in packages and the last current package was a 3D/2N was RM970.00 (US$325.00) for Single and RM1370.00 (US$450.00) for Double. However, please check with the local travel agencies as well for the current rates.

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Royal Mulu Resort Office address:
CDT62, 98007 Miri
Sarawak, Borneo
MALAYSIA
Tel.: +60 (85) 792 388
Fax: +60 (85) 792 399
Reception Mobile: +60 (12) 873 / 878 0010

If you are on a tight budget and still want to visit this place, there are few other lodging choices around the National Park. These are very basic lodging compared to the upmarket resort. Alternatively, there are other lodges available for stay which are priced much cheaper.

Mulu Accommodations: 
  • Benarat Lodge or Benarat Inn - Simple lodge with 28 rooms, attached bathroom/shower. No air-condition, no TV. Basic setup. Located just nearby the Royal Mulu Resort
    Telephone: 085-419337
    For bookings on Benarat lodge or Benarat Inn, one needs to book from Miri office at :
    Tropical Adventure tours and Travel
    Lot 906, No 12, Ground Floor,
    Soon Hup Tower shopping complex,
    Jalan Merbau, 98000, Miri,
    Sarawak, Malaysia
    Telephone : +60 16 4123 304 
  • Mulu National Park Longhouse Rooms:
    Deluxe Longhouse rooms are air conditioned with ceiling fans and en suite bathrooms and offer a combination of double and single beds sleeping 2 - 4 persons. Rooms are serviced daily and have tea and coffee making facilities. The price begins at RM180 (US$60) twin share and includes breakfast.
    Rainforest rooms with ceiling fans, single and double beds and en suite bathrooms starting at RM110 (US$35) twin share and includes breakfast.
    Dormitory with 21 beds and shared bathrooms is also available; beds cost RM37 (US$12) per night and includes breakfast.
    Contact email - enquiries@mulupark.com
    Telephone: +6085 792301

Some of my other Mulu Caves and Park Articles include expoloring the many caves here which are the Clearwater Caves at Mulu Park, Deer Cave at Mulu Park, Lang Cave at Mulu Park and the Wind Cave at Mulu Park which are all located in the Mulu National Park Sarawak.

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For a truly and Eco-Friendly place dedicated to Nature, Adventure and all things Eco, you should pay a visit to the national park here. It is one of the last remaining untouched places in this region and one of the best places to enjoy this would be at the Royal Mulu Resort Sarawak. 

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