Sepilok Jungle Resort
Sleeping Next Door to the Orangutans
We arrived here unsure of what to expect as there are some very negative reviews on Lonely Planet ,we were however pleasantly surprised.
We found the staff to be very helpful . As soon as we arrived from the airport they arranged our trip to the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary for that very afternoon . This was great as our time was limited and we had so much we wanted to do.
This lodge is located within walking distance to the Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre. The rooms are clean but basic . We booked a Superior room, which gave us AC and a private bath. Really I wouldn’t expect much more at MyR 130 per night.I think one of the problems with this lodge is in the name which ends in the word “Resort”. This is definitely not a resort nor would I expect it to be at the price.
I loved the atmosphere here. Located within a tropical Borneo rainforest, the whole area is surrounded with the most amazing plants and trees.
We ate all our meals here at the Banana Café. The restaurant can be reached by a wooden walkway that is raised over a lagoon. The meals are simple but good and the beer was cold. The breakfast, which is included was OK – eggs, chicken wieners toast and unlimited tea and coffee.
Here is a word of caution ,however. It is best to change money at the airport before arriving here. We had to ask our driver to drive us into town to find an ATM which was not only a time waster but uncomfortable as we had to line up outside in a rather seedy end of town.
Not all it's cracked up to be
I couldn't decide if it was a motel or hostel but somewhere in between is probably correct. The food is basic, staff friendly and it's cheap. The real draw back is some of the other guests, and I don't mean human!! I spent 2 nights up river sleeping on a mattress on the floor surrounded by all types of unmentionable creep crawlies and never flinched. I did have a problem being down graded to a twin bunk bedded room particularly after a long sweaty journey. I didn't even complain about the basic toilet shower block (both sexes have to muck in) but I drew the line with our nocturnal visitor. I woke up to see the larget rat I have ever seen trying to examine the contents of our bags. Fortunately the shoe I heaved at him was enought to set him scurrying back into the loft area above my head. Not suprisingly the rest of the nights sleep was a bit restless. They are friendly, it is cheap but RATS!!!
Unique Quality: What apart from the rodents. It's close to Sepilog, only a couple of minutes away and you can leave your cases in reception and pick them up after a visit to the Orang Utans.
cheap decent lodging
You can buy a bed in the dormitory for a couple bucks or splurge and spend about $20 for the nicest room in the place. Cheap and clean, but small rooms and small beds.
The canteen was very pleasant with freshly cooked meals on a pleasant veranda. Nothing fancy but generous portions of decent food.
Unique Quality: Basically, run by a chinese/malaysian family who were all pleasant and accomodating.
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Sepilok Jungle Resort
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Sepilok Jungle Sandakan
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Address: Km 22, Labuk Road, PO Box 2082, Sandakan, Sabah, 90723, Malaysia
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Amenities at Sepilok Jungle Resort
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming Pool
- Shuttle Service
- Bar / Lounge
- Free Parking
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