Once upon a time, two brave mums and four adventurous kids took off to the jungle for two nights. Without phone coverage and no wifi… are we going to survive?
Hotel The Sticks is located in Kuala Kubu Bharu, about one hour drive from KL. The drive is pretty easy. Especially the scenic drive overlooking the Sungai Selangor Dam, with a great view of the surrounding mountains and the jungle, makes for a beautiful trip.
We parked our car at the designated car park and got our temperature checked before entering The Sticks. There is a 7 minute leisurely stroll down, across a hanging bridge (which the kids loved) before we get to the Dewan (Hall) for check in. Please bear in mind that there is no concierge here and you will need to carry your own bags. Ensure to pack light and preferably in soft bags or backpacks, so it’s easy to carry.
You will need to record down your meal times (this is a full board package) at check in, so they can prepare the meals on time for you.
We stayed at The Euca, a quite spacious room, with one queen bed and two single beds. The rooms in The Sticks don’t have airconditioning, but is quite chilly at night anyways. The accommodation comes with an attached bathroom and a water heater. We saw some fireflies in our room, which was a pretty amazing sight!
Please check out their website here for the various types of accommodation.
Besides the daily main meals, they also provide tea snacks. We enjoyed the fried banana fritters and French toast. On our first night we had steamboat for dinner and they are very generous on the portions; we definitely didn’t get hungry. You will need to order your breakfast for the next day at dinner time. On the menu: English breakfast (sausages, egg, baked beans and mushrooms) and Continental breakfast (fruits and yogurt).
Lunch is local dishes with rice and we had a BBQ dinner on our second night. All meals come with fruits as dessert. They have some soft drinks and beers for sale. If you would like to bring your own drinks and food to consume in the hall, you will have to pay a corkage charge of RM 25 per person. You cannot compare the food with that at a 5 star resort, but the dishes come with the taste of ‘home cooked food’.
- River – the river was the highlight of our trip. The kids loved to use the rubber tube. Please bear in mind that the currents can be strong during the raining season.
- Jungle trekking – we tried the short trail, a hike that took us about 45 minutes. We didn’t need a guide, as there are marks to follow. We did get lost a couple of times, but we managed to get back on track.
- Board games – there are a few board and card games you can borrow from the reception.
- Hike to Chilling Waterfall – we did not do this, as this activity is only run during the weekends.
- They also provide activities like white water rafting, different levels of hiking and paragliding. These activities need to be booked in advance.
Not keen to stay for the night? No worries, you can come here for a day trip! For a small fee you may rent a hut and use the common facilities here. They also provide lunch and dinner while you’re there. Please check out their website here for more info.
- Please make sure you bring some torches, as it is very dark walking back to the room after dinner.
- You may want to download some music or movies for after dinner entertainment.
- Please bring your own water bottles, which you can refill at the Hall. They do provide drinking water in the rooms though.
Our stay at The Sticks was sponsored. Our opinion, as always, is honest and our own.