8 Hostels in Sandakan, Malaysia

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Sandakan, Malaysia. You can choose from 8 Sandakan hostels. In total, there are 14 cheap places to stay in Sandakan such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $4 for a dorm.

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Sandakan Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Sandakan, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.

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Party hostels in Sandakan

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Most Sandakan hostels are located in

Sandakan Harbour Square, Sepilok

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Hostels in Sandakan for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Sandakan for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Sandakan? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Sandakan alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Sandakan. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

Get to know Sandakan (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Sandakan. To help you make friends with Sandakan before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

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.

Written by local enthusiast for Sandakan hostels

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Other Nearby Cities
Sepilok Sepilok (16 Km / 10 mi.)
Lahad Datu Lahad Datu (93 Km / 58 mi.)
Ranau Ranau (161 Km / 100 mi.)
Semporna Semporna (161 Km / 100 mi.)
Kinabalu Park Kinabalu Park (175 Km / 109 mi.)
Kudat Kudat (182 Km / 113 mi.)
Mabul Island Mabul Island (186 Km / 116 mi.)

FAQ about Sandakan Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Sandakan. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Sandakan. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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FAQ about Sandakan Hostels

A hostel in Sandakan costs on average $8 for a dorm. A hostel in Sandakan with private rooms costs on average $19.

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Travel Tips for Sandakan - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Sandakan. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Sandakan. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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.

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Pack smart, not hard

Your Packing List for Sandakan

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Sandakan and Malaysia.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Your Packing List for Sandakan