This is the loooooong overdue post on Rimba Resort. We went there on 29th August 2008. Before going, i tried to get reviews on this place but there were none. The only review i got was from a friend who had gone there and they said it wasn’t good. But this coming from someone who said Perhentian was boring, i rest my case. The resort’s official page is resort malaysia so you can go there to read and find out more.
These are my experience when i was there.To get to the resort we have to take a boat at Tanjung Leman jetty. Since hubby couldn’t get early release from the office, we reached Tg. Leman at 8pm. The road going to the jetty was dark and small. It’s in a middle of a newly planted palm estate but you couldn’t tell because it was SO dark. Who am i kidding, IT WAS SCARY DARK, no cars except for the occasional car from the FELDAs, (can’t imagine living in this jin bertendang place), some bats or flying things… if your car is stranded, good luck getting help. AND low to no service coverage for MAXIS and DIGI… Even the small road leading to the jetty was dark and had a small sign, there was some construction at the entrance of the jetty, making it look like it was abandoned. When we get further in though we can see the light from the admin building and the parking lot. Be wary of the parking charges if you come in during the night. The charges are RM4.00 per night but when we arrive at the carpark booth there was no one there, so we didn’t get a ticket. On our back we were charged RM16.00. For a two night stay! The reason being we didn’t have a ticket. But i guess it’s a small price to pay knowing that your car would be safe (somewhat.. who would want to waste time hanging around at the god forsaken place at night).
I forgot about the police post at the entrance of the road leading to Tg. Leman from the Mersing main road. When we past the police post, we messaged rimba resort to tell them that we’d be at the jetty in half and hour. Turns out, when we arrived, we had to wait for another guest staying at Rimba, so we only reached the resort around 9pm. When we reached the resort, Melanie (the resort’s manager) was there to welcomed us. Before that when the boat was slowing down as it get close to the beach i could see the huts illuminated by light along the beach and was awestruck. It was beautiful. We were shown to our hut, no. 4, by Melanie who was really friendly and helpful. The hut was really rustic and basic. As in Sea Gypsy village, there were no keys given but unlike Sea Gypsy, Rimba had no doors and windows! They have this canvas (?) thingy that was weigh down with wood (?) but it worked. I did not once feel scared or that someone would violate my privacy. Actually i think the hut was cool.
So we unpacked our bags, had a shower (cold, no hot shower in out hut) and went to the dining room / restaurant to eat our dinner. Service was good, we were asked for our drinks and served quite promptly. Dinner was pre – planned, that night we had mushroom soup for starters which were very thick and not very palatable. a rolled bread dipped in eggs and fried thingy for appetizer which was ok and chicken cooked with coconut milk with two french beans, potatoes and carrot which was ok but i don’t like masak lemak. For dessert, fruits and coffee… i think.. i can’t remember.. After dinner we went back to our hut and sleep, i had a late night the night before and was very tired. Even the jungle noises didn’t bother me. We woke up around 4 am feeling hungry, (i know we weren’t supposed to bring outside food but we cheated) we went outside and sit on the porch to eat our junk food and marvel at our surrounding, the tide was low and it was so peaceful. Later hubby went back to sleep and i took a stroll on the beach early in the morning… bliss!
After breakfast there was nothing to do but swim, snorkel a little and finish the two books that i brought. I saw a variety of fish and even saw a small blue spotted stingray. The water is not as clear as Tioman island or Perhentian but we still had fun. Lunch consists of fish and chips and some type of pineapple acar. The fish was delicious and fresh. After that there was more of doing absolutely nothing. Hubby slept (what else..) the tide was low in the afternoon so i read my book and day dream.
I was told that the sand flies was active early morning and early dusk but i didn’t pay much attention to that, so that afternoon, i went to the beach to berkubang and was sorry. My back was prettily decorated with red angry dots that was itchy like nobody’s business. It still itches like crazy a week after. So remember, late afternoon, don’t berkubang at the beach! Saturday night, they had planned a barbeque for dinner. The usual fare of lamb, chicken, shrimps…. oh the shrimps are to die for…. they’re small but they are so suquellently sweet… Next day was spent again doing nothing. Martin (Manager?) asks us the night before when we want to go back to the mainland and we said after lunch. so after lunch of ayam masak merah and rice (which hubby cheered for, biasalah tekak melayu mesti nak cari nasi gak..) and some other stuff that i can’t remember, we went back. I love this place, it was laid back and relaxing.