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Jalan Danum Valley Conservation Area, Lahad Datu, Malaysia
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Kent
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92 reviews 92 reviews
55 hotel reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Guide yourself or come with a guide. Either way, days here in the rain forest are an unforgettable experience. To hear the briefing at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge you would think that no tourists stayed here. Indeed trying to book a room can be most difficult unless you persevere by phone rather than e-mail, or use a local agency. There... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Our stay in Danum Valley was one of the absolute highlights to our trip. For anyone looking into staying at Danum, they will already know that there are exactly 2 options to staying here - either an incredibly expensive tour package at the 'luxury' Borneo Rainforest Lodge, or a self guided stay at the Field Centre. We were hesitant to... More

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Elk Grove, CA USA
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My family and I visited the DVFC in the high season in the middle of August. I am writing this review because we had a different experience during the peak season that readers should take into account if they are visiting in July-August. First off, DVFC was relatively crowded with tourists. It looked like 15 or so people were arriving... More

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

First of all, I'm writing this with the disclaimer that the tours I did was with a family member doing their research there as part of their phd. I got to see things in the jungle that tourists don't see and that only researchers see, ie experiments, other paths,etc. With that out of the way, I stayed in the massive... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This review is for everyone who read that horrible 'tourist trap' review. I visited DVFC in june-july 2010 as part of my univeristy environmental studies. It was the single most rewarding experience of my life and well worth the money. The only problem i had was with the malaria medication, but thats another story. DVFC is a research centre so... More

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The rainforest around DVFC is so pretty! The restroom at DVFC is fine. The food is basic and the food for vegetarians is separate served. You can buy some soft drinks over there, if you didn't bring your own. There is an old fridge which you can use. We walked the Purut falls trail (14km return). And it was tough!... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It is not easy to get to Danum Valley but is it truly rewarding. There are currently only two ways to stay there: the very expensive one with all nice facilities (BRL), and the DVFC. Keep in mind that it is a research camp. Yet they really are organized to welcome tourists, but it is expensive (even if there is... More

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Wroclaw
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

If you are reading this review, you are probably trying to decide if to stay in Borneo Rainforest Lodge or in DVFC. My answer is: stay in DVFC. You are probably going to Danum Vallay to see wildlife and to experience a primary rainforest at its best. And for this, DVFC is as good as it gets. Yes, BRL is... More

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I should start by saying that I never made it to the center. I am writing this review to inform others that you must set up transportation in advance, and make sure all your plans are solid. Before I left my home base, I spent many, many days trying to connect with someone at the center. I finally received a... More

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Bath, England, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

First things first - DVFC is a research facility, not a tourist attraction! So if you want all your luxuries then go to BRL. If you want the real jungle experience with like minded people then DVFC is the place. We stayed here for 5 nights in the end and it was worth every penny. The longer you stay, the... More

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Address: Jalan Danum Valley Conservation Area, Lahad Datu, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Lahad Datu
Number of rooms: 26
Also Known As:
Danum Valley Field Hotel Lahad Datu

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