Come for the price, stay for the pancakes
Right across from the Sandakan central market, this friendly hostel welcomes you with a cold drink and fried bananas.
The building itself is a bit rundown, but every effort is made to keep the rooms clean and comfortable. The dorms are good value and really do have a sea view. There is only one double room available with an en-suite bathroom, but the shared facilities are equally acceptable. There's a cosy common area with a book exchange and a fully-stocked guest kitchen. Rates include a towel, linen, WiFi and the best pancakes in Sandakan for breakfast. No request is too much for the staff and they can arrange Malay cooking classes, motorbike rental and tours.
By Tanya Procyshyn
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.