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Batu Mandi Guest House
Ranked #9 of 20 Bukit Lawang B&B and Inns
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

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!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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gerroa australia
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

It is across bridge from where transport arrives and walk through grounds of eco lodge about 10 minute walk..setting is so pretty a d huge expansive gardens where food is freshly picked. Staff are so sweet and great cooks. It is away from the main tourist trail so relatively quiet which I love. The hammock and fro t porch of each room is special. Beds some are good some too soft..but for price a plus. .staff very kind as well as soft...a refuge from some of busier place's. .all in all excellent value and experience. Please if you stay walk to orphanage just 5 minutes further toward bat cave another must visit which surprising has little press.

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Stayed October 2013
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Reviewed 6 August 2013 via mobile

I was lucky having the chance to stay in Batu Mandi. Staff is kind, lovely, unforgettable. Rooms are clean with comfortable beds and mosquitoe nets. Toilettes are clean, big and western style. It all surrounded by a beautiful garden they built themselves. I have to mention the excellent dishes you can taste there. Both menu and rooms at a low price.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Doetinchem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

Just realized i have stayed at Batu Mandi Guest house two years ago. We were with family of 11 persons (2 Dutch and 9 indonesians). Batu Mandi has an excellent location 150 mtrs from the bohorok river. Each room has a nice hammock in front of your room, nice garden and its quiet comparing to other guest houses. And it was really cheap, we have paid just 100 000 rupiah per room per night. (You can not flush the toilet, no hot water)

However, the staff of Batu Mandi seems only polite to foreign tourists not to Indonesians tourists. It was a shame.

I might go back to Batu Mandi due to its location. But will bring my own mattresses. As their mattress is so thin. My back hurted so much. But i dont complained, as it was just 100 k Rupiah.

From there we took a day trip to the jungle to see Orang Utan, we have paid 150K rupiah pp for the hiking, it was worth but too expensive.

Bukit Lawang is just beatiful location, I will go back for sure.

Room Tip: Choose last room nearby the river...quiet and spacious.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

On top of that it's great value for money and the staff are super friendly. The rooms are spacious and the beds comfortable. The food in the restaurant is also pretty good. What more could you want.

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Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Bali, Indonesia
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

We found the best chips in South East Asia here! The rooms were basic but very clean and set in a beautiful garden in a quiet area by the river and close to the bat cave. I would highly recommend staying here and booking a tour with Udin (a nephew of the owner).

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Drammen, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2012

The place is located a bit outside town, but close enough for a short walk. It gives you the jungle feeling with the river running near by and amamazing nature surrounding the guest house. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They serve a range of different traditional dishes and what we got was delicious.The fruit plate was just amazing, fresh from the garden!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Batu Mandi Guest House
Address: Jl. Kawasan Wisata Bukit Lawang | Bohorok, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Bukit Lawang 20774, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Sumatra > North Sumatra > Bukit Lawang
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Ranked #9 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Bukit Lawang
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Number of rooms: 7
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