A bit of everything
Close to the Rainforest Discovery Centre, friendly and long-running Sepilok B&B offers a good mix of accommodation from camping and dorms to private chalets punctuating lovely extensive grounds that attract a variety of birds and butterflies.
Older style First Lodge offers cheaper and very basic dorms and doubles, but dorms at Nature Lodge Sepilok are less expensive, and better, and the newer four-bed air-con dorms that share with the private rooms in double-storey Hornbill Lodge are better value here. Both dorms and private rooms are spotless, spacious and airy. Decor is a little no-frills, but cool jungle tones give the tiled rooms a calming effect. Basic ensuite bathrooms are clean and equipped with hot showers. Go for an upstairs room, where from the furnished private balcony you’ll have a lovely view of the surrounding spacious grounds. For camping, open-air huts are available or it’s BYO tent—grounds get soggy during the wet season. Other chalets are more suitable for families or groups and offer lounge rooms, TVs and self-catering facilities.
Free WiFi is only available in the restaurant, and a simple buffet breakfast is included. The attached open-style restaurant offers local and Western fare at reasonable prices and can put on a buffet on request. Sepilok B&B is popular with groups and often booked out.
Address: Jalan Fabia, off Jalan Sepilok, Sandakan
T: (0895) 34050;
Coordinates (for GPS): 117º56'52.04" E, 5º52'33.14" N
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Room rates: Under 60 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled||18 ringgit||18 ringgit|
|Dorm air-con||45 ringgit||45 ringgit|
|Standard double room|
Hornbill. Sunbird: 147 ringgit. Pitta: 207 ringgit.
|125 ringgit||125 ringgit|
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