Jungle retreat with views
Perched on a narrow forested ridge, Paganakan Dii enjoys stunning rainforest views and a wonderful remote jungle feel. Although it’s the furthest accommodation from Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre—five kilometres away—a scheduled free shuttle is part of the deal.
Paganakan Dii offer dorm beds or chalets that sleep up to four. A stilted wooden longhouse houses the fan-cooled dorms and is open to the jungle breeze. Slatted mosquito-screened walls filter the light and enable you to view the surrounding forest; if you’re not woken by the sunrise, the dawn chorus will get you up early. Wooden bunks are sturdy, but we felt the dorms way too crowded and open for a peaceful sleep and they lacked privacy (fine if you don’t mind the summer camp ambience).
Share hot-water bathrooms are clean enough, but could do with a fresh coat of paint. We liked the quirky washbasins made from woks, and you can’t beat a hammock—several are rigged up under the longhouse.
The chalets are the better deal here, though they’re priced on the number of people sharing which makes them a bit pricey for families. The duplex-style wooden chalets are open to the jungle and it’s worth paying a bit more for one with a view. They offer air-con and fans and comfortable mosquito-netted beds, but it’s basic and rustic treehouse style; don’t expect luxury and do expect the odd critter in the room. We love the open bathrooms with hot showers—surveying the wild backdrop is a great start to the day.
An attached restaurant serves a basic included breakfast and offers a simple menu at other times. You are stuck to eat here if you don’t have your own transport. WiFi is free, but slow. We love the get-away-from-it-all atmosphere at Paganakan Dii, however it’s not as convenient for visiting the Sepilok attractions as some of our other suggested options.
Address: Taman Hiburan Jalil Alip, Mile 14, Sandakan
T: (0128) 681 005; (0128) 851 005;
Coordinates (for GPS): 117º56'12.86" E, 5º54'5.92" N
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Room rates: Under 60 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled||35 ringgit||35 ringgit|
|Standard double room|
Original huts. Ridge huts: 180 ringgit.
|155 ringgit||155 ringgit|
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