I arrived on 12 June at Rumbia Resort in Paka, after a long 5 hours journey by car from the Taman Negara. The resort consists of almost 100 villas and bungalows -each with 3 rooms (one main room with attached bathroom and to others sharing another bathroom) a large kitchen equipped with all cooking instruments, a fridge and even a washing machine, a giant living room, a prayer room (it is an empty room where Muslim tourists have possibility to pray as per their tradition. And I had the whole villa at my disposal! Also outside the villa there is a terrache with a table and chair, where you can have your morning coffee or read the news-paper provided every day. The cleanness is perfect, bed is very comfortable, the whole villa has more windows than walls, so you have all around good daylight. Bottles of drinking water are provided. I had villa no.64 and it was next to the restaurant, which has a huge and very tasty offer for breakfast, as well very good a la carte meals for lunch or dinner. Tourists were mostly Malaysians from other areas, as it was still school holiday. The place is very quite and peaceful, away from Paka town (actually on the other side of bridge. Behind the hotel there is the Paka river, on left side surrounded by mountains. On the opposite side of river is a small piece of sandy beach and then the South China Sea. What can you ask for more to relax? Staff is very friendly and helpful, the lady at the front desk (Miss Ain) giving you lot of information about the place around, about distances, trips and prices. Also the personnel at the restaurant are very friendly and talkative people. Many thanks to all of the Rumbia staff.
Anyway, there is phone in the room, but you cant make international calls, only you can be called. This should be improved somehow. At checkin you will be requested to pay the amount of your accommodation. No other deposit is requested. There is also a swimming pool, but not much about it. I told Miss Ain that it would be a great idea if the hotel could arrange somehow the river shore behind the hotel, to make a small beach there, some sitting area and it would be great if there was a boat transfer to the opposite side, to the sea. Maybe it will one day.
Being outside the Paka town, you will need a taxi to go around, but don't believe what they say that it is far to cross the bridge. To the bridge you have to walk for about 20 - 25 min., and I think crossing and getting to the seaside will take some other 25 min. So it can be done by walking. But if you call a taxi it will be 15 ringgit for a 7 min. drive.
For travel arrangements to Kuala Terengganu (which you must not miss while in that state - it is a fantastic city) or Lake Kenyir don't get the offers of the hotel, they will be more expansive as if you make arrangements directly with a driver. I got a very good one, I think the best driver I had in all Malaysia in terms of safe driving and knowing the places, even if his English was not the pure Oxford English(!) - for those interested I can provide contact details. While at Rumbia, try to visit also the Cemerong waterfalls, it is superb. The Paka beach (Pantai Paka for Malaysians) has a soft sand and clean water, but the water is deep near the shore , so if not a good swimmer don't go to far. Actually the area is not swimming area, but of course you can wet yourself and have a pleasant sunbath. Along the beach there are some fisher huts, you can enjoy the local lifestyle of fisher-folks.
Watching the sunset in front the Paka river near Rumbia resort is a pleasure in late afternoons.
Once again, many thanks to the Rumbia Resort's staff, who know how to make guests feel like at home. Definitely , I hope to return to the Malaysian East Coast one day and Rumbia is the only place in the Dungun district where I would like to stay.
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