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Sukau Rainforest Lodge

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A founding member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge nestles on the banks of one of Borneo's most important waterways, the Kinabatangan River, home to many of Borneo's magnificent wildlife. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the rainforest and the cacophany of its inhabitants, its majestic birds, all 7 species of Borneo Primates including Borneo's iconic Proboscis Monkey, Orangutans in their natural habitat as well as herds of Borneo Pygmy Elephants. Sukau Rainforest Lodge offers the rare comfort and luxury in the midst of the Borneo Rainforest whilst retaining an Eco-Lodge ethos, the delicate balance of true sustainability. We promise to give you and your family an experience you'll always remember and one you'll never regret. We've just opened 20 of our brand new Villas in addition to our 20 Superior rooms. What better way to enjoy the Borneo rainforest and its wildlife than in wonderful Borneo inspired Villas.
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Lot 1 Pusat Perindustrian 2 1/2 hours from Sandakan by boat or overland Malaysia
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Sandakan Airport32 mi
Lahad Datu Airport32 mi
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We had a great time at Sukau. We saw pygmy elephants, crocodiles, orangutans, and lots of birds and monkeys. The staff was extremely friendly and kind. The food was excellent with both Malaysian and western food choices. Teddy, the chef, personally prepared some chicken
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Fantastic experience -right on the river in the rainforest - really good safari experience call outs to Joy and Jonathan for their enthusiasm and knowledge. But all staff were great. River safari's brilliant made even better by the proximity to the wildlife ( 4m croc, Orang's,
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Response from EricaTibok, Marketing Associate at Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Responded 1 week ago
Hey there, ptetard1! Thanks so much for taking your time to write this review about us! Good to know that you managed to spot many wildlife during your trip and got to see orangutans too. Very lucky indeed! We're really glad that you had a great time in Borneo during your stay with us. We're also very happy that our team was able to make the experience that much better for you guys. If there's anything you think we can improve on, don't hesitate to let us know! Would appreciate it very much. From the Sukau Rainforest Lodge team, terima kasih and wishing you more incredible adventures ahead!
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Spending a couple of days in this remote lodge, in the heart of a wilderness area. You arrive after a 3 hr motor boat ride up the Kinabatangan River from Sandakan. It is one of the National Geographic Unique lodges of the world. Very environmentally conscious. No single use
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Response from EricaTibok, Communications Executive at Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Responded 3 days ago
Hello, Marilyn! Thanks for writing this review about your experience with us. Here at Sukau Rainforest Lodge, we do our best to be more sustainable and know that there are areas that we can still work on and improve. We're really glad you had a good time during your stay with us and hope it will be one memory that will last. From all of us at SRL, terima kasih (thank you) and wishing you more beautiful travels ahead!
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Everything about this place is magic. The staff are all amazing and friendly always smiling and ready to say Hi. Our Guide Shaz was incredibly knowledgeable with a keen eye for all the wildlife, in the two nights we were there we were lucky enough to see all the big 5. The food
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Response from EricaTibok, Communications Executive at Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Responded 3 days ago
Hello there, Jonathan! Firstly, thanks for writing this review. We're really happy that you guys had an amazing time here and even got to see all the Big 5 with Sha as your guide! Our lodge team are always making sure that guests feel right at home here, and it was truly a pleasure to be at your service. If you think that there are areas we can still improve on, do let us know. We hope that this experience in Sukau, Kinabatangan will be a holiday which memories will continue to linger and last with you. Hope to see you back here again one day. Until then, we wish you many more amazing travel memories to make!
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We just got back from the 3 day 2 night trip. It was probably the best trip I have ever taken. We were met at the Sandakan airport by our guide, Jumandi. There were 8 of us the flew in. First we went to the Sipelok Orangutan center, then to the Sun bear rehab center both were
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Response from EricaTibok, Marketing Associate at Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Responded 1 week ago
Hello, Mark! Thanks for taking your time to write this review. Truly appreciate it. We're really happy that you had a wonderful time here in Borneo and enjoyed your time at our lodge. You're very lucky to have seen many wildlife, including our resident orangutans Lucky and Day! It was a pleasure to be part of your holiday experience and we're sure to let our team members know about your feedback, especially Jumaidi your guide. If you think there's anything on our part which we can improve on, please let us know! From all of us at Sukau Rainforest Lodge, terima kasih and wishing you guys more incredible travels ahead!
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Each Villa is 70% larger than our Superior rooms and have A/C, mosquito nets & amenities
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Our Spacious Twin Rooms
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Our Superior rooms each have a private Sun-room to lounge with views of the rainforest
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Each Villa features an outdoor private balcony
Hi, Does this resort sell adidas kampung shoes please? Thank you.
Hi loretta, Unfortunately we don't have any adidas kampung shoes for sale. The best places to get them would be in town in the Sinsuran area. If you ask a taxi driver, they'll likely be able to bring you to a shop in this area that sells these shoes. psss... this area would be the cheapest place as well but make sure you bargain for it by first offering half the price of what they ask of you, that is if they don't have a set price on display. Hope that helps. Tim
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Hi tapasony, thanks for your enquiry and I'll try and answer as best i can. Do clarify if you have any further questions. 1) Yes it is but it'll be a little tight. Normally the extra mattress are meant for children but it is possible for an adult to sleep on them but it won't be the most comfortable. There is a slight discount, you could send us an email and we'll provide you a detailed quote so you can decide. 2) Food requirements are not a problem for us. Normally, we'll provide some side dishes for those with specific food requirements. Everyone else just helps themselves to the self-service buffet. We try to have a good mix of Asian and western dishes on buffet at all times. 3) No vaccinations are required although some governments might try to be over careful. Specifically, we've never needed malaria vaccines or had problems with dengue as these tend to be urban diseases. April/May tends to be dry and thus less mosquitoes, although this can change at any time. Its also an El Nino year so drier still BUT this is just my estimate. 4) We're encouraging a total shift away from single use plastic so we have in all our vehicles refill stations and also spread throughout our lodge free water refill stations. Your villa will also have constantly refilled water jars. We do sell plastic bottled water but highly discourage them. Basically drinking water, coffee and tea are free all around the lodge. The villas also have a complimentary mini-bar with some soft drinks.
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Hi lorettacottis, I'll leave the recommendation of how long to stay for other travelers but I can answer that you can book the accommodation as soon as you like, even if you're booking so far in advance. We would ask for a deposit to secure the booking but you're free to pay the balance only much later, closer towards your travel date. A pair of our leach socks costs RM 25 in our gift shop at SRL. You most likely won't be really needing them here though, unless you're planning on heading to Danum Valley or Maliau Basin for some serious trekking thereafter. Happy travels and we can't wait to welcome you to our little bit of earthly paradise. Tim
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Hi Good2b, much apologies for the bug if its true. It could be because we don't list our room availabilities on Tripadvisor but that will change soon. The best way to book for the moment is to either send us an email thru our sukau website or our borneoecotours website. They'll both reach us the same. You can view our availabilities live on these 2 websites. Hope that helps. Tim
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Was there a problem with leeches?
Hi Trekker, our entire lodge including all rooms, facilities and connecting boardwalk are built elevated on stilts so there will be no problem with leeches at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. If you're connecting onwards to Borneo Rainforest Lodge (Danum Valley), Kawag or Tabin, I'd certainly recommend getting them. We do sell leech socks at our gift shop in SRL as well in case you might need some but you won't need any at our place. Safe Travels! Tim
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"Chose the Villas which are worth the extra cost"
"The Villas are so nice, I do recommend it."
"In hindsight would have gone for a villa - rooms are great but villas looked fabulous"
"Choose one of the new villas if possible. A little further from the common areas but big, clean, and quiet."
"All rooms are great!"
sukau rainforest hotel sabah
MalaysiaSabahKinabatangan District
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