Mutiara Taman Negara Resort Review

Review of Mutiara Taman Negara Resort
This is a review of the Mutiara Taman Negara Resort in Taman Negara National Park. First thing you should know is that in the national park, there is no other resort but this one. All other hotels or guest houses are located opposite the park at Kuala Tahan. 

To get to Taman Negara National Park, everyone will have to access it through Kuala Tahan, a small river town by the Tembeling River. Once you reach Kuala Tahan, you head to the jetty area and take a river taxi across to Taman Negara National Park. The price is RM1.00 one way per person. 

The entrance to the national park is also the main entrance of the Mutiara Taman Negara Resort, which is where the park headquarters is located at. All park activities start from here, therefore I hope this provides you with the valuable information. 

Review of Mutiara Taman Negara Resort

The main lobby area of the resort
I visited Taman Negara in April 2017 as part of my tourism product update and stayed two nights at the Mutiara Taman Negara Resort. The third night, I spent in Kuala Tahan at one of the local guest houses, which was quite decent. 

The Mutiara Resort has been around for more than two decades, named as the most luxurious resort in the national park. Prices are premium, where you can expect to pay around RM200.00 to RM500.00 per night, depending on the type of room, chalet, bungalow or villa. 

Chalet Villa at Taman Negara Resort
One of the chalets at the Taman Negara Resort
Before you continue reading, you may have already seen photos of this resort on other websites and so on. Let me just share with you about photography and its tricks.

Most of the photos are enhanced with HDR or photoshopped by professional photographers. In this article, my photos are all taken by me and edited very little, to show you the real deal. 

For those of you who plan to stay longer than two days, the resort offers various room promotions with minor discounts. This would work well if you are traveling as a couple or family wanting to have a lovely nature experience. 

For single travelers, there is also an air-conditioned dorm available and for larger families, there are bungalows with multiple rooms. And if you are a company looking for a retreat or team building trip, Mutiara Taman Negara Resort is one of the recommended places away from the city. 

The resort also offers meeting and banquet rooms that can accommodate up to 250 people. In total, there are three function rooms within the park grounds, and for that additional surprise, an outdoor barbecue can also be arranged.

Resort at Taman Negara
Deluxe chalet units at the resort
Chalet Room at Taman Negara

I checked into a chalet suit, which is a single storey semi-detached unit that came with a king sized bed. There is a living room with access to your own private balcony and a mini kitchen area.

The unit is done in a rustic wood ambiance which blends in with the rainforest surrounding and perfect for any nature lover.

Room at Mutiara Taman Negara
The bedroom at the suite
The suit chalet also comes with two air conditions, and the attached bathroom is pretty modern which I believe was recently upgraded. Overall, rusting and Eco-friendly and a modern contemporary bathroom, which is a perfect mix. 

The chalet units are lined along the main walk way, which is about five minutes walk from the main reception area. If you have problems walking, I recommend you book a room that is nearer to the reception area and restaurant.

Suite at Mutiara Taman Negara Resort
The common area or living hall in the suite
Bathroom at Mutiara Taman Negara Resort
Bathrooms are modern contemporary
For meals, there is only one restaurant called Seri Mutiara, which serves buffet or ala-carte meals that is Halal, and catering to all walks of life. Choices include Asian cuisine and also Continental cuisine.

The menu is quite diverse as pizzas, pastas and burgers are also offered. For the non-Muslims, beer is offered by the can or wine is served by the glass or bottle.

If you are spending a much longer time staying here, do take the boat taxi across to Kuala Tahan and try some of the local restaurants there. Some of them are pretty interesting, serving Malaysian style local and western food.

Taman Negara Seri Mutiara Restaurant
Seri Mutiara Restaurant at Taman Negara
Mutiara Taman Negara Facilities

In the main reception area and park head quarters office, there is a souvenir and mini mart combined that sells snacks, ice cream, drinks and even daily necessities. You can also get your insect repellents here. 

On my free time, I pretty much self trekked around the resort trails which are very safe. Recommended to do this in the mornings. One of the trails lead all the way to the canopy walk too, so if you are not up to sitting on a boat and heading there, you can trek there. 

One thing you should know is that one weekends, the park entrance can get a little crowded, or even extremely crowded. This is usually because many companies tend to have their retreats here, or even schools having their day trips. 

If you dislike crowds, I highly recommend you book your stay for a weekday, as it will almost guarantee a peaceful time with you and nature. I have read and head so many complaints about the noisy kids and crowds in the main entrance area. 

As mentioned, the reason for this is because anyone entering Taman Negara National Park will have to go through here to get to the park headquarters. This is for the park permit and other park activities.

Boat Ride at Taman Negara
The Mutiara Taman Negara Resort Jetty
Activities at Mutiara Taman Negara Resort

When you stay here, there are quite a bit of outdoor, nature and adventure activities for guests to choose from. This is suitable for both couples and families, including kids.

While I was here, I did the most common things, which were walking the longest canopy walk in the world, rapid shooting up the Tembeling River, visiting the local ethnic village, a night walk and of course bird watching.

Night Tours in Taman Negara National Park
Some of the deer I spotted while doing the nocturnal walk at Taman Negara National Park
However, for visitors here, you can choose what you like and the resort can arrange it for you. Alternatively, you can go to the park headquarters and book your own activities. Below is the list of activities being offered;
  • Night Jungle Walk
  • Jungle Trekking at Bukit Teresek and Canopy Walkway
  • Boat Cruise to Lata Berkoh
  • Cave Exploration
  • Shooting the Rapids
  • Fishing
  • Orang Asli Settlements
  • Wildlife observation hide (Jungle hide)
  • Mountain climbing
  • Four Steps Waterfall
Resort at Taman Negara
One of the chalets at night
Mutiara Taman Negara Resort
Location: Inside Taman Negara National Park, Kuala Tahan
Phone: +609-266 2200
Tel: +60109008699 Whatsapp/Line/WeChat

Overall, Taman Negara National Park can be visited on a day trip, but I strongly suggest you spend at least two to three nights to fully experience Malaysia's oldest national park. 

There are many companies that sell tour packages for Taman Negara, but I recommend one of the reputable tour agents who is Ivy Holidays, and is based in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur. They have been selling packages for a while and also operate daily shuttle services to and from Taman Negara. 

The Taman Negara daily shuttle service is catered to those who only need the transport to get to Taman Negara. Most of these guests have already booked a stay at the resort, hotel or guest house around here and there is not actual bus service to the national park.

Taman Negara Boat Ride
River cruising on the Tembeling River to Jerantut
Ivy Holidays also provides very attractive Taman Negara packages at reasonable prices that suit the visitors budgets. So if you are on a tight budget, they can arrange for a cheaper alternative, while if you want a proper stay at Taman Negara, they can give you the best deal. 

Birders are also one of many people who come here, especially on weekdays as bird watching in Taman Negara is one of the top places in Malaysia with over 200 species of birds to be spotted. 

Overall, my conclusion is that for anyone wanting to have a proper experience here, you should consider staying at the Mutiara Taman Negara Resort. Though it is old, and may look a little run down, it is the only resort or hotel located in the national park. 
Mutiara Taman Negara Resort Review Mutiara Taman Negara Resort Review Reviewed by David Jr on Monday, January 01, 2018 Rating: 5

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