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Danum Valley Field Center

Jalan Danum Valley Conservation Area, Lahad Datu, Malaysia
Danum Valley Field Center
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Truly one of the best kept secrets in the world. Danum Valley Field Center is not a resort, so for those commenting on price and lodging, remember this. The hostels are comfortable, giant rooms with 48 beds each, curtained off rooms and fans throughout. There are private rooms with aircon as well, closer to the dining area. You are paying... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 via mobile

Anyone planning on heading over to the DVFC would do themselves well to read over the previous reviews. I just got back from a DVFC visit in early May 2015 -- here are my observations: - BOOKING AHEAD: I was one of the ppl that was able to just walk up to the office in Lahad Datu and say "I'd... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Danum Valley is incredible and a must visit on any trip to Sabah. Organising a little difficult but persist and try to speak to the staff at the field centre office in Lahad Datu who are very helpful once you get hold of the right person. DVFC accommodation is excellent - do not believe the reviews in Lonely Planet /... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We booked a resthouse (room with private bathroom), which was decent, but expensive for what you get. Bike and Tours (a travel agency in Lahad Datu) helped us make the booking for a $35 fee, but we probably would have been able to just walk up to DVFC's office in Lahad Datu (the office is in Fajar Center) and booked... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

We travelled with Sticky Rice and had one of their guides - Hati. We stayed in the VIP room and although it was pretty basic for the price you pay it was reasonably clean and comfortable and personally I think the upgrade was worth it for hot shower and aircon - although the power is off between midnight and 6am... More 

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Buchs St. Gallen, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Extremely poorly managed and dirty operation. Not enough food, which isn´t even kept warm. Be punctual to get enough! Store often closed during opening hours. Slept in a 48 dorm, where you needed to check with a torch whether there was a cobra beneath your bed, which was spotted lately next to the dorm.... We didn´t see many animals (only... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Quite expensive for what you get. But cheaper than the lodge. I was staying in the dorm, without showers for 2 days. We had to go to the men. I was there during the weekend, no guides on sunday! If I knew that I wouldn't come in the weekend. Pitty. Food is really good. It's funny to sit between researchers... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The idea of a Field Center to host researchers and help protect this environment is a nice idea, but I would not recommend tourists visit this area. - It seems poorly managed, with a lot of indifferent local people. - They miss simple things to protect the environment, like putting bird stickers on their windows to prevent birds flying into... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Around the wildlife centre are just a few path to walk and only two longer path to the waterfalls. We were there and was full with local people and the walk to the waterfall was too busy with locals, not nice. Wildlife is hard to spot in this place and not a good place for seeing orang-utan’s and hornbills. For... More 

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Athens, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The Danum Valley itself is a truly unique place on the Earth, and I had an unforgettable time there. Its a primary tropical rainforest with an mind-blowing array of flora and fauna such as Orangutans, Hornbills, Pygmy elephants... the list goes on and on. Make the effort to visit if you're anywhere near the area and have even a vague... More 

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