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Tabin Wildlife Resort

3.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   KM 49, Jalan Tungku, Lahad Datu 88300, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
MittensMaidenhead Cookham Dean, United Kingdom
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We actually liked this more than the more commercial establishment in Danum Valley. We certainly saw more wildlife here, and we either seemed to go out with just our guide or our guide another couple, and their guide. Whether this would be so in high season I do not know. Great guiding during morning walks and night time safari's meant... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whilst we didn't expect much since our travel agent told us it was "simple" we also didn't think it would be anywhere near as bad as it was. It consists of a dozen rudimentary cabins along the muddy riverfront all with twin beds. If you want a double you push them together but still have separate mattresses and sheets. For... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Despite the bumpy road into the park you never really feel that far from civilization here as you are right next to an oil palm plantation and there are a few buildings scattered around. Despite this we did see lots of birds, snakes, flying squirrels, gibbons, silver leaf monkeys, wild pigs, monkeys, otters leopard cats, civets etc. The guides were... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

After a bumpy road, arrived at the TWR. What a place! We were secretly hoping for a river lodge, but we got hill lodge n. 6, that meant 143 stairs up. The view from the room is exquisite, at this point the river lodge was forgotten. Rooms are clean, shower is basic, but it works. Food was not superb, but... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013 via mobile

I did the 3 day 2 night trip to Tabin, i had a nice time but it's very over priced for what you get. The lodge set up is lovely, nice location, and my room was really nice set up in the jungle with great views. The trip is expensive and therefore I'd expect them to fill my time when... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We stayed at the tabin wildlife reosrt for 3 nights in a riverside cabin. The cabin is very nice, with ac and a fan. The bathroom is a little bit old, but oke, if you consider the jungle experience this is oke. We had a guide named Esrael, he is very good, if not say almost fanatic (in a good... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

What stupid comments some people write! My husband and I have just returned from a fortnight's birding in Sabah. We stayed for 2 nights at Tabin and had a tailor-made itinerary with just the two of us, our guide (Ck Leong) and a guide from the resort (Wongtong). We loved our cabin - the beds were comfy and the room... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We visited the resort in October 2013 on the 3D2N tour. 1750 Ringit per person. Price: Absolutely ridiculously overpriced. And worst of all they charge you for everything they can. Arriving early/late or want to leave early or late? Pay 100/person (even if another car is driving anyway they will still charge you for no reason whatsoever) . Need a... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Tabin was a disappointment. The cabin was comfortable, the bed was the best we had in Sabah, and we saw some superb wildlife there. Unfortunately, the overall 'feel' of the place, for me, was unloved, and mean spirited. On our first night drive, the lamp didn't work, our guide had not charged the battery on the device he was to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We stayed at the Tabin Wildlife Resort during our trip to Borneo. i have to admit we originally picked it because Danum was simply too expensive. however, after the wonderful time we had there, I think this place should feature on everybody's itinerary in Sabah, as a highlight in its own right. Our accomodation was great, luxurious even considering we... More

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Also Known As:
Tabin Wildlife Hotel
Tabin Wildlife Hotel Lahad Datu
Address: KM 49, Jalan Tungku, Lahad Datu 88300, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Lahad Datu
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty lodging in Lahad Datu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Tabin Wildlife Resort 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tabin Was declared a wildlife reserve because of the large numbers of animal species inhabiting its forest, including several which are highly endangered. With a protected forest area of 120,500 hectares, Tabin plays an important role as a dedicated ground for the breeding of endangered wildlife and protected mammals in Sabah. Tabin Wildlife Resort offers visitor facilities and accommodation within the wildlife reserve to provide a comfortable stay whilst experiencing the spectacular Borneo flora and fauna. ... more   less 
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