Earth Lodge Ulu Muda

Earth Lodge Ulu Muda

Ulu Muda Forest Reserve, Sik 08210 Malaysia
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We are a small ecolodge cum fields research center located smack in the middle of the jungle. Only accessible by boat after a 1 hour to 2 hour trip depending on water level. The lodge caters to the intrepid nature traveler who does not mind some discomforts while savouring the unexpected comforts offered this far from civilazation as one immerses in the Malayan rainforest.Small numbers of guests makes stays at Earth Lodge private and personalized. We always strive to comply with ecotourism principles in our operations.Run as a conservation enterprise, we are active in advocacy work with local conservation NGO's aiming for better management and protection of this important conservation area.
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edwardganteckwee wrote a review Dec 2019
Penang Island, Malaysia
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wan as our boatman & guide
1.5 hours of Serenity boat trip & 1.5 hours of trekking to reach our majestic compact cave with a buddha alike statue
The itinerary offers one of its kind in jungle exploration
Do book for urself this earth lodge trip
Once in a lifetime experience
The best of the best
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Date of stay: May 2019
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marcellinho wrote a review Jul 2019
Wageningen
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Last june we stayed for the 4d3n package at this amazing lodge. The fun already started when we arrived at the jetty and were picked up by Hymeir to take the boatride to the lodge. As the water was not very high our captain had to get out several times to keep the boat moving, but after a little more than an hour we arrived at this little paradise. We were very lucky as we were the only guests, so we had a private guide and a private cook/captain. The accomodation is indeed a bit basic, but everything you need is there. During our stay we did several boattrips and hikes and we also went tubing (this was much more relaxing than i expected). Hymeir can tell a lot about Ula Muda and all the wildlife surrounding the lodge and also about all the effort he is putting in conservation of Ula Muda. We were even part of his research team by counting the plain pouched hornbills flying by. As a bird watcher it was very nice to see so many of these very rare hornbills

Next to this he is also very friendly and we had a lot of nice conversations during the dinners.
For us staying in the lodge was the highlight of our trip and if you interested in relaxing stay with a lot of nature around you (yes leeches are included..), this is the place to be!
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Response from Hymeir K, Owner at Earth Lodge Ulu Muda
Responded 6 Jul 2019
hi marcel, glad you and marijne enjoyed your stay at Earth Lodge and thanks for the good reviews. hope to see you both back here soon! ciao.
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Smvd wrote a review Aug 2018
Hasselt, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked a 3d2n trip for my husband and brother. They thought the trip was amazing. They saw beautiful parts of the jungle and saw a lot of different animals. The food was also very good. Very highly recommended!!
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Anne-Laura VC wrote a review Aug 2018
Brussels, Belgium
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our 3 days & 2 nights stay at the earth logde was really amazing, we were lucky to see 3 wild elephants and many other animals during the day tours. Waking up to the sound of the singing Gibbons was very unique. Our guide Ahmad was very friendly en helpful too. In comparison to Taman Negara, it was less touristic and there was way more respect for the wildlife in general.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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GAN L wrote a review Aug 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Staying here to witness the mystical forest of Ulu Muda is akin to staying in a long forgotten, untouched realm. Saw majestic giant Tualang trees. Spotted a herd of elephants. Spotted many salt licks which serve as excellent sites to watch wildlife who seek salt licks to supplement their diet. Visiting limestone hills and caves , as well as the three man made lakes, engaging our time here was rather fulfilling.
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Date of stay: May 2017
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erwin_l wrote a review Dec 2016
The Netherlands
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Staying at the earth lodge was an amazing experience. Being out here in the middle of ulu muda rainforest is unique! You will never find a place like this anywhere else in peninsular malaysia. The place is teeming with wildlife. You stay right in the middle of it all. The lodge is surrounded by several salt licks so the elephants could walk right behind your bedroom. Knowing this makes it all very very special. Our guide Hymeir is an awesome guy. He knows so much about the area. The cabins are semi detached (2 rooms under one roof) and are simple but to have this comfort over here is quite amazing actually. The bathroom has a normal western style toilet and even a shower. The water is cold tho! The bedroom has a ceiling fan but there is only electricity in the evening when it is cool enough so you dont need the fan actually. The rooms have no mosquito nets and the windows are half open so bugs come in easily. We had some mosquitoes in our room. If this bothers you, you can bring your own mosquito net and the crew will install it for you. The mattresses are locally made which is great but not exactly comfortable, yet we did sleep very well here. Even better than in the 5 star grand hyatt in KL. The jungle sounds are great to fall asleep to. In the morning you hear the gibbons calling and all kind of chirping birds around the lodge. The food was also outstanding. We didnt expect this quality food in the middle of the jungle. The earth lodge is a place for guests looking for tranquility and ofcourse for nature. Dont go here expecting luxury or comfort. There is not much entertainment, you simple sit there in the evening and talk with each other. No mobiles, no tv, no music, no internet. Exactly how it should be! We had some good jungle trekking experiences. Bring proper leech socks though! We've never seen so many leeches! I guess many leeches means many other animals. Also the evening boat cruises were great. We even spotted a male elephant on the river bank! We have seen 4 species of hornbill and several other birds. We had a great time and hope to be able to come back soon
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Date of stay: December 2016
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JulianaQM wrote a review Jul 2015
San Salvador, El Salvador
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I spent a long weekend at Ulu Muda being educated and entertained by Hymeir, the owner and a well-known Malaysian conservationist and cave expert, and J, the British guide in-training and a conservationist in his own right (when he's not a police officer in London). We hiked (bring leech socks if you have them and borrow from Earth Lodge if you don't!), looked for wildlife, explored small undeveloped caves, bathed in natural hot springs, and went tubing down the cool river -- a welcome relief from the rainforest heat and humidity! Everything is totally customizable to your preferences, including the activities you take part in and how strenuous they are. The accommodations were basic but met our needs, especially considering the remoteness of the location, and the food was abundant and somewhat varied with lots of tea, coffee, and snacks to keep you going through the day. Hymeir and J were a fantastic duo: passionate and knowledgable about their work and great company. Overall a wonderful experience, especially falling asleep to the roars of elephants reverberating through the jungle!
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Date of stay: June 2015
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Lyn T wrote a review Jun 2015
Pitlochry, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
At Earth Lodge you are definitely 'away from it all'. It is quite humbling to find yourself in the middle of about 160,000 acres of jungle, an hour and a half away from the jetty that leads back to civilization and nearer to a host of wildlife than any other people. Whilst basic, the accommodation is clean and maintained. The food is tasty, typical of the area, but could be a little more healthy with some simple changes. Hymeir, Zul & Din took great care of us at all times, important with the wildlife so close. Leech socks are a must if you want to do the jungle trekking as we did. The evening boat rides was enjoyable if a little hard on the bottom! We were a little disappointed not to see more wildlife, but maybe the overcast conditions did not help.
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Date of stay: June 2015
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Helen C wrote a review Feb 2015
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a truly memorable and unique experience. Hymer our host and guide made everything run smoothly for us. Extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the place and conservation in general .Assisted by the solid and very capable boatman/cook Zul. The pair of them looked after us very well.It is hard to get to Ulu Muda without your own transport but don't let that deter you. If you are seeking a true and genuine rain forest experience this is the place.You reach the lodge by boat and you leave the world behind for 4 days. You are immersed in the rain forest. The treks to the caves and to the honey trees and hot springs were great and the evening wild-life watching boat trips were wonderful, so serene as you are paddled along by Zul. After an hour or so you can feel it on your bottom of course! We also went out one morning early too and the feel was quite different. Saw some amazing birds but not so many larger animals.

This is of course not luxury but it is also not basic. There is a shower and loo in your cabin.Cabins perhaps need a bit of TLC but they are quite adequate. It is amazing to wake up to the forest coming alive and go to sleep with the sounds too. You are enveloped by the forest and nature.

There is also time to relax. Mealtimes were full of interesting discussions with Hymer.

I can't praise this enough. Definitely one of my highlights. Do go and support this initiative, it's very worthwhile.
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Date of stay: January 2015
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Alan T wrote a tip Apr 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It is off grid with no data, or phone signal at all, but they have a generator for charging equipment in the evenings, which was great."
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Venture42024232253 wrote a tip Apr 2023
3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be aware that the accomodation is comfortable but basic. There is no internet, and there is only electricity in the evenings. "
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IndiaCairns wrote a tip Nov 2022
Cairns74 contributions87 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ensure you take leech socks "
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harveysteeds wrote a tip Jul 2014
Ohakune, New Zealand18 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Hymeir will give you the best room."
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