Hi, I am coming to stay at this resort for 5 days as part of our honeymoon- I am keen to know how easy it is to get from the resort to Kuching city & to Semenggoh to see the orang-utans?
Secondly can you purchase alcohol at the resort (i.e. is there a bar?) and what is the food like?
Finally- what tours or trips would anyone recommend for a couple looking to see as much wildlife as possible?
Thanks for your help!
We stayed here in early October and Permai organised out transport to Semenggoh and Bako National Park at a very reasonable cost. Staff member, Tom offered us good advice about our trips and was our driver to Semenggoh and even took us to a bank on our return. You may be able to organise these trips elsewhere cheaper but we found it to be great value for money and very convenient being able to book at reception and leaving from the doorstep. The cost is for the journey not per passenger and we shared our journey to Bako NP with a family halving the cost. Just remember under these circumstances you have to negotiate a mutually acceptable collection time etc but it can be a great way to meet new people!
There was alcohol for sale at the bar but there isn't much choice and it is expensive best to stock up before you arrive.
We spent about an hour watching Orangutans 'up close and personal' at Semenggoh, Proboscus monkeys, flying lemur and more at Bako NP. At Permai we saw plenty of wildlife including Sliver Leaf monkeys in the trees by the second beach! Definitely recommend walking the nature trail from behind reception but allow longer than the suggested 90 minutes as it is steep and fairly arduous in the heat and humidity. Take water and mosquito repellent. Well worth the effort when you reach a waterfall with terrapins swimming in the pool!
Hope you have a wonderful time, we certainly did!
If u don't mind a drink stock up before u there. We found no drinks on the menu at the hotel but asked for beer and they had tiger. there was a bar down the road that had wide selection of drinks for drinking there so if u want some drinks to have in your room stock up in Kuching on your way there. Other than lack of alcohol a great place to chill out for a few days. Hotel arranged a day trip to Bako NP for us, was not good season to go by boat so we drove to the pier and went from there, well worth the trip and was a great day out just make sure sure u have plenty of drinking water and be prepared for a big day out.
In addition to transfers organised by the resort, taxis to take you into Kuching or other destinations are also available at the nearby shopping centre. At the same shopping centre there is a nice tour guide who can give you ideas for wildlife viewing. Don't expect much help from the resort itself. We bought beer at the restaurant. The a la carte food is OK but the breakfast is pretty awful.
They have a small selection of alcohol and cocktails at the restaurant, including beer and rice wine. I personally had excellent experiences with the food - breakfast is standard buffet with both Western and Eastern style breakfasts, and my partner and I had something different for dinner every night here and it was all delicious, no complaints.
Not very close to Kuching, about 45 minutes in the van. We purchased a Nature Package deal through Permai, which took us to Bako National Park (one of the highlights of the entire trip) and also an evening mangrove cruise where we saw dolphins, crocodiles, fireflies, Proboscis monkeys and mudskippers. They also offer snorkelling with dolphins and a trip to Satang (spelling?) Island, otherwise known as Turtle Island. I loved Permai for how intertwined it is with nature and wildlife.
We stayed at Permai and got the most out of it, then also stayed in a hotel in Kuching centre and got a package deal with Rainforest Kayak Adventures to go to Semenggoh and then kayak down the river for 11km. We saw soooo much wildlife and had such a great time, would definitely recommend that as a wildlife tour.
Theres a 7-11 walking distance from the resort. Maybe can find alcoholic drinks (?) you may wana try there. Mostly Muslims locals so don't feel too disappointed if you can't find any...food is not bad, local selections w reasonable prices. There are jungle treks around this vicinity or you may want to go to Bako where more wild life can be spotted. Overall, this place is very quiet, very secluded, alot privacy. Too quiet for families with small kids but pretty perfect for couples :-)
No bar. Pamai will take you to the orangutang sanctuary or Bako. Bako is recommended. There is a store down the road where you can buy your extra needs.
Resort will pick you up from Kuching hotel if you pre-arrange, about RM15 each way per person. Trip takes about 45 minutes. Not sure about alcohol. Dinner is available at restaurant but only simple, tasty local food.
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