Accommodation is not luxurious, but amazing considering this is 18km or so into the jungle. wireless Internet connection is extremely poor (use it to send/receive emails without pictures only), but you won't need it. Nature experience here is top-notch. Mostly secondary forest (stopped lodging in the 80s, so forest quite thick). Rooms are clean, beds big and comfortable and all have aircondition. Bathrooms are so-so but clean. Food is basic, western style with a hint of Malay - it won't earn any Michelin stars, but you won't go to bed hungry.
We stayed 3 nights at the resort and experienced at plethora of things. From watching a pack of elephants graze for a hour just before nightfall, to close to a hundred long-tail and pig-tailed maccaques cross a dirt road. Gibbons, snakes, monitor lizards, leopard cats, flying squirrels and a flying mouse, mouse deers and many other animals we spotted. It was truly amazing to see animals in their natural habitat in the middle of the jungle.
The most amazing non-animal thing we did was go to a waterfall in the middle of the jungle which was W-O-W!! Like the blue lagoon (only the water wasn't blue - but still clean and lovely), where we swam for an hour - we had it all to ourselves.
This is a hidden gem of Borneo!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tabin Wildlife Hotel Lahad Datu