expensive, basic huts built on a swamp. Staff were very helpful but we found the whole experience of being there depressing.
We were the only guests which was somewhat spooky at night. When I asked if there was a beach close by (being that we were at a bay), I was told "we have no beach here, only swamp!"
No internet, which is a fairly necessary tool when travelling these days.
We ended up leaving after 1 night and moving into the best hotel in town, with pool, spa etc for only $20 more. My recommendation would be to stay at the Sabah Hotel and do day trips from there. There is no need at all to base yourself in a swamp, just do a day tour from Sandakan to see the monkeys.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The best kept secret in Borneo...Nipah Lodge is surrounded by nature with mangrove paths. A perfect retreat place to get away from busy hostels and lodges. It is the only accommodation within minutes to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.The view from each private chalet balcony and dorm rooms are overlooking to a pure serenity of a low land forest. It is like being part of a scene from National Geographic rainforest. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Nipah Lodge Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia