For Mulu National Park accommodation it’s best to book in advance. We booked our Mulu National Park trip through their website and email, and we booked Mulu River Lodge and D’cave Homestay accommodation by texting them and had no problems – details below.
Mulu National Park Accommodation
The national park has a few accommodation options, but get fully booked quickly. There are upmarket chalets that are very nice (we’ve been told) or dorm rooms (44 Ringgit a night each with a good breakfast). We stayed in the dorm which has around 40 beds, it’s partitioned to help keep the noise down and give some privacy, clean bedding is provided to each guest.
The showers had tepid water and were clean. Toilets were all western style with toilet paper, but no soap.
There is a laundry area with a large sink and covered washing lines that are helped to dry with a fan. Inside the dorm is a bench, sink, kettle and some basic dishes (bowls, cups, plates and utensils) and some washing up liquids. Electricity is almost 24/7 with quite a few plugs available for charging – Mulu National Park Website.
Mulu River Lodge
Just outside the park, 2 houses before the bridge is Mulu river lodge. It has a large dorm (35 Ringgit per night with breakfast) and private rooms. It is fairly clean, has comfy beds and pillows and had a good breakfast, but the bathrooms are a bit run down, has western style toilets with toilet paper, no soap provided. There aren’t many power points, which means sharing and the generator shuts off over night (around 12pm), so no electricity after that (fans stop, but we had no problems with sleeping). They have a restaurant attached which is a little more pricey than the Good Luck restaurant – Mulu River Lodge Facebook page and contact details.
Around 500 meters from the park and airport is D’cave Homestay. A relaxed atmosphere and decent breakfast makes it a great (cheapest) option at 25 ringgit for a dorm bed with breakfast included. The bathroom is just a few steps outside, but this wasn’t an issue. They serve the cheapest food that is very tasty and have free airport pick up and drop off. The owner happens to be head of Mulu Park security. They have quite a few friendly cats that like cuddles. The toilets are fairly clean, western style with toilet paper and soap. They sell a few snacks, water and beer. The generator runs the majority of the time to keep the fans going through the night, and there are enough power points for charging – D’Cave Homestay Facebook page and contact details.
There are a few others like the very expensive resort (Royal Mulu Resort) and another homestay under renovation. Mulu also has a doctor’s clinic and has a traditional village close by, with a small market and long house that you can visit.
Mulu Park has a good but expensive cafe open from 7.30am-9pm. There is also a small shop with supplies (toiletries, food and snacks, feminine hygiene products, but no insect repellent).
The cheapest place to buy water is from Good Luck restaurant (right outside the park) or D’cave homestay (between the park and airport) for 5 Ringgit per large bottle. The Mulu National Park cafe sells them for 6.5 Ringgit.