If you are looking for a place to chill and retreat after the busyness of Pantai Cenang, then Pondok could be for you. Its about 20 minutes walk inland from the beaches, surrounded by forest in a tranquil setting that we found perfect for our holiday. The hosts are very helpful and friendly and the communal area allows you to meet fellow visitors and share stories and information and generally just have a good chat. Equally, if you just want to sit and chill on your own, thats also easy to do.
Breakfast is included in the very reasonable rate, and is self service with tea, coffee, bread, eggs, noodles all available. The kitchen is well stocked and clean, and there is no time limit on when you can use it.
The room was also very comfortable and clean, air con and ceiling fan meant we never felt to hot. Their is also a fridge in the room and on arrival there were a couple of complimentary beers, most welcome!
Once you walk out of the room you are surrounded by lush plants and trees, resulting in many interesting birds appearing which added to the ambience.
Overall we'd definately recommend Pondok if you are looking for somewhere quiet to stay away from the main Cenang area. If you dont want to walk the 20 mins or so to the beach, you could consider hiring a bicycle, motorbike or car - all available close by.
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