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Sandakan is a city in Sabah, one of the Eastern States of Malaysia. The city is best known as an excellent place for travelers to base themselves for visiting to Turtle Islands National Park and the Gomantong Caves. It's also the best place to arrange trips to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center and river trips. In the city itself you should visit the water village for nice views.
If you are heading to Turtle Islands National Park, you can spot numerous turtles and if you arrive here between July and October, you will catch the nesting time. Besides turtle spotting you have nice and calm beaches where you can spend some time. If you want you can overnight in the park in Pulau Selingaan (Selingaan Island), but remember to book in advance as there is a limit of fifty people in the island. If you are aiming to the Gomantong Caves you will find two caves that house the black and white swiftlets whose nests are used in the famous Chinese bird's nest soup -– the mix of saliva and feathers can be worth a lot of money per kilo. The other main option near Sandakanis is the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, and this is one of the few orangutan sanctuaries in the world. Just twenty-five kilometers outside Sandakan, this center houses orangutans that can easily be spotted during feeding time –- ask in Sandakan hostels about the exact time for feeding so you can be able to plan.
The best way to arrive in Sandakan is by airplane, with plenty of connections to Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu. From Kota Kinabalu, you can take a six-hour bus trip, as well as get connections to and from Semporna and Tawau.
There are a few hostels in Sandakan and a good location should be the waterfront. Sandakan's hostels are usually clean and can include breakfast –- don't forget to confirm it when you book.
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Sepilok Jungle Resort
"What a fantastic setting Sepilok Jungle Resort is in -- and only a half-hour drive from the main town of Sandakan and its airport. You are in fact in the jungle. The Sepilok Orang Utan sanctuary is only a ten-minute walk from here. The grounds here are immense and extend quite some distance, but everything is interconnected by a boardwalk. There are two reception areas -- one is mainly for double rooms and one is for dorms and camping....
Nature Lodge Kinabatangan
"Really enjoyed it: saw quite a lot of nature, including wild orang utans which - even after spending a few days at the sepilok reserve - was awesome. Didn't see any elephants unfortunately. It's quite basic but that seems appropriate in light of the fact it is a nature experience. And giving you anti-mozzie coils to burn under your bed at night is a really nice touch. As is the hotel california sing-along!" … "… variety of...
Sandakan Harbour Square
"Great location, comfy bed, clean, and helpful staff - walking distance to bus station, taxi stand, historical and interest site and market. Love the comfy bed, the street behind is quiet at night, so nice to sleep. Love the waterfront view and there are many choices of restaurants and cafes as well as KFC just below the backpacker. Reasonable price for laundry. Knowledgable and kind staff are within reach anytime!" … "Great place to...
Winho Lodge B & B
"… Bed & Breakfast (B&B) Backpackers All rooms with 24-hrs Air-Conditioning We are located in the heart of Sandakan Nature City, walking distance from places of interest, shopping centres, restaurants, banks, and public transport. The popular Sunday Street Market is at your doorstep. We provide assistance that any travelers may need. Come & enjoy our hospitality! Breakfast, towel & blanket inclusive CCTV security...
Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat
"… and fauna, and a meeting point of people who value our planet's eco-treasures. Our true 'tropical' retreat consists of air-ventilated longhouses constructed with walls made of a fine mesh which allow all-round visibility and air-circulation. The duplex chalets consist of walls which open in their entirety to the trees surrounding you and are designed with open-air bathrooms to fully embrace Nature's liberty. With a...
"… Transfer + Lunch Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary + Jungle Trekking + Return Shuttle Transfer Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary + Fireflies + Return Transfer Kinabatangan Sukau River cruise + Gomantong Cave + Fireflies + Dinner Sepilok Orangutan + Gomantong Cave + Kinabatangan Sukau River cruise + Lunch 1 night @ Nipah Lodge + Jungle trekking+ fireflies night walk + Labuk Bay...
"… bring your own small PADLOCK or you can buy it at the counter and ask for safety box upon check-in. This will prevent stolen item in the room. * READ THIS IMPORTANT NOTE BEFORE YOU MAKE A BOOKING Guest are highly recommend to make a booking AT LEAST 1 WEEK BEFORE your arriving time. This will prevent double booking with phone booking, walk in and in-house guest who extend their stay. IMPORTANT we will keep the room l hours from...
Sea View Sandakan Budget & Backpackers Hotel
"Sea View Sandakan Budget & Backpackers Hotel is situated in the heart of Sandakan, just yards from the seafront. Spread over three floors, it provides the feel of a small hotel and a true backpackers pad with dorms and private rooms available. What makes this place special is the personal touch the owners seem to give it. On arrival, they are keen to greet each guest with tea and fried bananas and even sit down with you for a welcome chat....
Sepilok Forest Edge Resort
"Jungle surrounding, the resort comprises of beautiful chalets around lush green, fruits trees and hills as a backdrop which further embraces the amazing view. Standard Chalet offer superb value lodging to the Family Chalet for a worry free family outing. The Superior Chalet is also available for those who require some extra pampering. The Longhouse (LBB) consists of several rooms which are also available for those who want to experience...
"First class - Superb. excellent, spotless, great location, secure, brilliant staff. recommend." … "… & social groups. Its backpackers has a small guest kitchen, an extensive comfortable TV lounge & common area with wide selection of reading material & is an ideal place to kick back, chill out & explore Sandakan at your leisure. We offer : * FREE breakfast every morning of toast, tea & coffee *...
Borneo Cove Hostel
"… high speed Wi-Fi, Electronic safe boxes, working desk with chair, complimentary coffee & tea making facility, 2 mineral bottle water, Water boiler, Mini Bar Fridge (only for superior rooms), hairdryers (upon request), Iron and Ironing board (upon request), 32” LCD wide screen TV, Toiletries amenities, sofa and coffee table, luggage rack, Wardrobe, Emergency exit map, Security Peephole, Smoke Alarm in Room, in room emergency...
Borneo Sandakan Backpackers
"Borneo Sandakan Backpackers is situated in Sandakan Harbor Square, a couple of minutes’ walk to restaurants, banks and shops. Borneo Sandakan Backpackers is directly in front of Swiss Inn Hotel. Borneo Sandakan Backpackers offers comfortable and convenient accommodation for couples, singles, families and backpackers traveling to Sandakan. Features and facilities provided include air-conditioning in all rooms, a self-serve basic equipped...
Bilit Kinabatangan Heritage Bed & Breakfast
"… The highway leads to Lahad Datu town or capital city Kota Kinabalu at miles 32 junction. The Sukau junction is after 20 kilometer Kota Kinabatangan district town. A point where most Lower Kinabatangan enthusiast's boarded express bus either to Kota Kinabalu or Semporna for the rest of Sabah Malaysia Borneo. The Bilit Kinabatangan Heritage B&B has a main aim towards conservation related issues cater no more than 30 persons at...
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Sukau Greenview B&B
"My tour company is Sandakan Mainland Tours & Travel S/B are partner business with Sukau Greenview that is located at Sukau, Kinabatangan river. We have 13 rooms/chalet and can occupied 30 persons in one time. We are nearby the riverside and surrounded with trees and fauna. Our office located in the city same with Rose Guesthouse. So for those who want to come to our office can do so." … "… river. We have 13 rooms/chalet and...
Discovery River Lodge
"Founded in 1975, Discovery Tours has introduced a new world of adventure in Borneo to visitors through a network of complete and efficient travel services. Its team of dedicated management personnel, many of whom are pioneers in the Industry. The Company has well developed systems and facilities, a wide range of activities from just sightseeing to adventure to action sports programs, travel products and ground services to offer all our...
Sepilok Jungle Resort
"… world famous Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre will take you back in time when Humans were closer to nature. It is set amidst beautiful landscape gardens and thousands of acres of tropical rainforest.The Resort (which is known as Wildlife Lodge for phase I) is the perfect place for guest who wish to get away from "it all" to spend a quite weekend with family and friends and desire only to be awaken by the chirping of...
Sandakan Travel Tips & Suggestions
They have a beautiful harbour. The town's a bit of a tip, but nice people. No rip-off tourist prices. If you found a place outside town, could be a place to spend winters if you are from, say, Europe or Japan. There are a lot of places to visit in the area. Borneo tea is very nice. February is reasonably cool in morning and evening.
— Andrew Milner
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