If I could transport myself back there right now I so would! This is the most peaceful place you will find in Bukit Lawang. Away from the main tourist drag...although nothing is really that far away and the walk into town through the woods and nature trail is in itself beautiful. They have the most beautifully kept and enormous garden that is worth a mention in itself...my children helped pick the fruit for our fruit salad from around the garden, rambutan, pineapple, passion fruit etc etc...it's a perfect tropical retreat at a seriously small cost. The rooms are nothing special, but we only slept in there,and with a hammock on our little balcony and a swing hanging from the ancient tree overlooking the river who wants to be in the room! Batu Mandhi is on the path to the bat caves and orphanage ( definitely go visit if you can...it's not really mentioned anywhere but it's a really special pace), set back from the path a little bit, with the huge garden and an outside eating area to enjoy those amazing juices in the sun . There are only around 5 or 6 rooms next to each other, each with a little balcony and a hammock, just past the rooms down a small bank there is the river which is perfect for kids to play in...shallow, clean etc.
the family who own it are very friendly, so much laughing you hear coming from the house and the kitchen...the smiles are infectious! The Food is delicious and nothing is too much trouble, I can't rave enough about this place..
We also did an overnight jungle trek with them which was also brilliant. A small group...just us ( a family of 4) and 2 guides. We saw everything you want to see.... Lots of Orangutans, Sumatran peacocks, monkeys etc etc...we didn't have anything to compare it to but aft talking to a few other people who were staying elsewhere i think we got a great deal in terms of group size, quality of food and the company. Panjee is part of the Family and he was super fantastic with our kids....so much so we went back to stay there for a week a little bit later on in our trip.
Ps... Ask Jamila ( the mum) to take you for a BBQ to her secret picnic spot by the river! BBQ chicken, slices of pineapple and a sweet spicy soy sauce, washed down with a beer, followed by a swim in the clear blue river!
PPS...I mentioned the rooms are basic...but forgot to mention, extremely clean. The most important point when it comes to rooms!
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