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Kinabatangan Sunshine Lodge
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  • Airports
    • 48 km
    • Sandakan Airport (SDK)
    • 52 km
    • Lahad Datu Airport (LDU)

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  • Cleanliness 8.7
  • Facilities 8.5
  • Location 9.1
  • Room comfort and quality 7.4
  • Service 9.1
  • Value for money 9.0
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  • Cleanliness 8.8
  • Facilities 7.0
  • Location 9.3
  • Room comfort and quality 8.3
  • Service 9.0
  • Value for money 8.8
based on 3 reviews
  • Cleanliness 9.3
  • Facilities 10.0
  • Location 9.3
  • Room comfort and quality 7.0
  • Service 10.0
  • Value for money 10.0
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  • Cleanliness 9.0
  • Facilities 10.0
  • Location 10.0
  • Room comfort and quality 4.0
  • Service 10.0
  • Value for money 10.0
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  • Cleanliness 6.0
  • Location 6.0
  • Room comfort and quality 6.0
  • Service 6.0
  • Value for money 6.0
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Bjorn from United Kingdom
Private Chalet
Stayed 2 nights in November 2016
Basic all around: offering needs to be improved”
The setting of the lodge is lovely but rustic. We are vegetarian and the food was amazing. The chef made tofu and egg based dishes for us especially every mealtime. Eggless can be requested too, so vegans would be well catered for also. The tours were OK. The guide has worked there for only 4 months but is quite good at spotting wildlife. Unfortunately on one of the cruises he got too close to a group of monkeys, who got very angry and stressed at our presence. Yet he did not react to questions from my partner and another passenger regarding us intruding and seemed happy to carry on distressing the animals. Also we had to wake up the guide our last morning as he overslept which resulted in our last morning cruise lasting just 60 instead of 90 minutes. We saw proboscis monkeys, Langurs, hornbill and many other birds. We didn't see any Orang Utans or elephants. Unfortunately elephants had been seen near our lodge 2 weeks but now seemed to have moved on to Sukau. We asked about the possibility of taking the boat to Sukau on an afternoon cruise. We were told by the manager that Suakau was too far away to visit. We would have been happy paying the extra on top of our 3D/2N package. The decision came across as inflexible as we had seen a Sukau forest lodge cruise boat just 20 minutes towards Sukau from our lodge. Also there is free time from noon to 4pm we could have left early to make it there and back again. Perhaps they were hesitant as there is just the 1 guide and thus it is difficult to accomodate anything outside of the package, which most people seem to take. The customer service in terms of what is on offer and the guiding needs to be improved.
Reviewed November 29, 2016
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kylie from Australia
Private Chalet
Stayed 2 nights in October 2016
Welcome to the jungle”
Stayed two nights. Sue cooked up a storm meals were delicious. Sunshon was the perfect guide. Passionate about the wildlife and fun to be with. Thankyou for a great stay kimbatangan sunshine lodge
Reviewed November 04, 2016
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Melisa from United States
Family with young children
Family Chalet
Stayed 3 nights in September 2016
Quite the Adventure!!!”
We had the best time here! The lodge contacted us with a package to add to our hotel room and it turned out to be fabulous. For three nights, we received six boat tours, two day hikes, and three night hikes, although one night hike was rained out. Our guide was beyond friendly and knowledgeable and really went the extra mile to help us spot animals and have a great time. We spotted orangutans, proboscis, crocodiles, macaques, hornbills, snakes, monitors, a gibbon, and a myriad of beautiful birds. The food that came with our package was delicious. The lodge itself is rustic, but that only adds to the feeling of actually being deep in the jungle away from civilization. The room was clean and the bed comfortable. No wifi, but that turned out to be a bonus. We will definitely come back some day!
Reviewed September 26, 2016
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MICKAEL from France
Solo traveler
Dormitory (6 Adults)
Stayed 2 nights in March 2016
Reviewed May 13, 2016
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Hen from Malaysia
Private Chalet
Stayed 1 night in June 2015
Close to nature, river side & good service provide”
Close to nature, river side & good service provide
enjoy the back to nature feel, river trip is good close to nature.
Reviewed November 26, 2015
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Daniel from United States
Private Chalet
Stayed 1 night in September 2015
Super cheap for the location - a bit rough”
Location, location, location
Firstly, the place was a bit difficult to find. They will arrange to pick you up from various places I think, but we had our own car, and did not have a chance to correspond back and forth. Once we reached Bilit, we had to get out of the car and ask around, the locals had not heard of it. I young man overheard us and said he would take us there in his boat, it turns out the place is across the river, and there is no road access. This would have been okay if we were expecting it, but we were not packed for a river crossing so it was a bit awkward. It's only a 30 second boat ride. Be sure to apply bug spray before getting on the boat because you will get attacked as soon as you arrive. The place is serene, right on the water. The accommodations are a bit rough, the rooms are not sealed well. We had a mouse crawl under our door and scamper around the room before hiding in one of the box springs. Mouse poop elsewhere showed this was a regular thing. If your light is on once the sun goes down, insects start to make their way into your hut through all of the gaps in the siding. There are not bed-nets, so you may want to bring one with you. The staff was not very organized, did not know how much their own boat tours cost, when or how much dinner was, etc... The boat tour ended up being RM60 per person per tour which is a decent price if you're by yourself, but if you're with a group you'd be better off organizing a trip independent of the lodge as you could probably get a whole boat for RM100. All in all, good value for the money as most of the other places in the area charge close to 10 times the price, but things are a bit rough around the edges.
Reviewed September 21, 2015
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Enrique from Spain
Private Chalet
Stayed 1 night in August 2015
Wonderful place”
Location, nature
The surroundings are awesome, you're in the middle of the jungle. The lodge is very clean, and although it is very basic, it has everything you need (remember you're in the jungle). One thing to bear in mind is that this lodge normally works selling accommodation+activities packages, so if you book the room through Agoda these guys will contact you to offer the rest of the package, which is quite overpriced but it is fine. Actually you don't have many choices other than getting the package, as there is no way to get to this place on your own or do anything else around without the guides. In any case, the place is wonderful.
Reviewed August 26, 2015
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Jacqueline from Australia
Solo traveler
Private Chalet
Stayed 1 night in June 2015
Good value for money”
Right on the river
It was a good stay, difficult to get to if you are a solo traveller without it costing heaps though for transport.
Reviewed June 23, 2015
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MICHAEL from Australia
Private Chalet
Stayed 3 nights in May 2015
Hot and sweaty ”
Food, Staff and river boat trips
Everything this place is great, the staff are great, the walks and boat trips are great, the room was great the food was great and plentiful,just a couple of little things that need addressing air conditioning would be great it was so hot in the room with only a ceiling fan for cooling and a few shelves and bed side tables would be great
Reviewed May 24, 2015
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Nazir from Malaysia
Private Chalet
Stayed 2 nights in April 2015
Very good”
location wildlife relaxing
Love this place. the staff very friendly. resort located across Kinabatangan river. Need to call them when we arrive there. the boat pickup arrive less than 5 minutes.
Reviewed May 07, 2015
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