On our three day/two night trip to Sukau, we stayed at the Sukau Bilt Rainforest Lodge. The rooms are large and comfortable, each having its own outdoor seating area. The rooms have been built well above the ground in case of flooding, with solid boardwalks from the rooms to the dining and reception area. The grounds are well-kept with some beautiful flowering trees lining the walkways. All meals are included in the price, and while these were good buffet-style meals, some other travellers were less considerate than one would have hoped. Staff are very friendly and helpful. While the Lodge is trying to be as eco-friendly as possible with solar powered hot water, it would have been nice to have a fridge in the room to keep drinks cool.
Overall highly recommended. We met a few travellers who were doing a 2 day/one night stay - not enough to really experience the area especially given travel times.
Instead of staying in the lodges to explore the jungle, we stayed with a local family in their house next to the Kinabatangan River in the jungle of Borneo. It was wonderful, we had lovely traditional homecooked food - 3 good meals plus snacks - as the family got on with their normal life around us.
The price was also good around 360RM per person for 2 nights, all meals and cruises & treks; and around 55RM for additional nights. Bilit is up river from Sukau and not quite so far to travel.
Zul is the co-ordinator for the village, he picked us up from the bus route and acted as our personal guide on our river trips and jungle treks. The local people here are the Orang Sungai (river people) and excellent at spotting the local jungle wildlife. Zul was great - he found elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, hornbills, lizards; he made us feel at home in the jungle and spotted loads of animals. Throughout, we felt happy to be with such friendly people and to be helping their natural village lifestyle to have a chance of continuing.
Note: there is no swish website: best to book by phone (+6013 8913078) - Zul will check dates and transport with you.
Unique Qualities: Staying in the Borneo jungle with the River People; eating traditional meals; jungle treks and river cruises led by a local villager; helping the local village life and community to survive.
Well, I've pretty much say what I wanted to about the homestay programme on my Sukau Intro page. I think I'm spoiled with the convenience of the city, or better hotels I been to before. But just for the experience. 1 nite at the homestay programme is suffice. Don't put yourself thru the 2nd nite. Could use a better bed at nite.
We were charged RM380 per person for 3D2N, everything included, 3 boat rides on the river, land/river transport to Sandakan. I don't think it's a good deal. How about you?
The family we are staying with are helpful, even more attentive to our needs.
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