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Sepilok B&B
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

My wife and I stayed here for nearly a week in April and thoroughly enjoyed it. The place is quite nice, but what really made it a jewel for us is the location. We were getting frayed from all the time in cities and buses and just needed to get into some greenery.

We paid 80 ringgit for one of their newer fan rooms, which was a little more than we had hoped to pay. The room was large, clean and fairly bright, and had a beautiful balcony (with an overhead fan, which kept us very cool while sitting outside). The food at the restaurant was typical of what we came to expect in Borneo. Meals were close to 10 ringgit and while not special, they were not bad. The breakfast was the typical white bread and coffee, but they did provide fruit and you could help yourself to as much as you needed. We used a couple pieces of bread for our lunch sandwiches.

The staff was great, in particular the manager and the young men. The women were hit or miss. Sometimes they were friendly, and others they obviously wanted to be anywhere but there. They can set up tours with some of the local agencies, but are not pushy in the slightest. We felt very comfortable chatting with them...

It's very accessible from Sandakan. There is a direct line that goes from the downtown bus station to the Orangutan center several times a day (I think it costs 4 ringgit). You just tell the bus driver that you are going to the B&B and he'll stop at the corner and let you walk the last few hundred meters. The ride is around half an hour, if memory serves.

This place is set back off the main road and surrounded by trees and forest. It's a 2km walk to the Orangutan Sanctuary (we walked there, but never went in since paying money to see habituated animals isn't our cup of tea) and a 500m walk from the very excellent Rainforest Discovery Center. The RDC was a gem, and a total surprise. It's a great place to experience the rainforest for a very reasonable fee (just a few ringgit). There are tons of birds, a variety of plants, and some awesome canopy walkways and lookouts.

We travelled SE Asia for 3 months and this was one of our all time favourite spots that really allowed us to relax, enjoy the nature of Borneo, and do what we wanted at our own pace. While the B&B is great, it's the proximity to the Rainforest Discovery Center that really makes it awesome. We wouldn't hesitate to return

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 28, 2011

We enjoyed our stay here for 2 nights. We stayed here after going to a jungle safari. We came back sweaty and in desperate need of a shower. unfortunately the power wasn't working so no water in our room. The staff instead took us into their staff quarters to have a shower. They also arranged transport to labuk bay proboscis monkeys and a car to the airport for us at a very reasonable cost. One of the staff also can arrange a guided night tour of the rainforest discovery centre We stayed in an older double room which was very basic but clean. This place was a great meeting place of other travelers and the staff were friendly and helpful. A great place to stay

  • Stayed: April 2011
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Reviewed September 19, 2010

We booked to stay at Sepilok B&B based on a recommendation from family who had stayed there earlier this year and we were not disappointed. We had 4 nights here in mid August and would definitely recomend it, it's basic but clean and reasonably priced.

We chose to stay in one of the deluxe rooms at 95MYR, a 'semi-detached' room with aircon and it's own private verandah. It was a surprisingly large room with bunk beds as well as a double bed which was very comfortable. Good storage space with a large wardrobe. There was a TV although we didn't actually use it so can't comment on channel availability. The room and the bathroom were very clean, towels were not provided but we carry travel towels so this wasn't a problem. Also in the room was a small two seater cane sofa which we actually carried out onto the verandah each day. On the verandah were two wooden chairs with a table between.

Location of Sepilok B&B is good, just 400m or so down the road (easily walkable in around 10 mins) from the Rainforest Discovery Centre. The Orang Utan sanctuary is around 1km up the road, taking around 20 mins to walk or the B&B would provide a taxi if required.

The restaurant was good if a little basic but all that you need for a couple of nights stay. Breakfast is included, this is do-it-yourself toast/jam with coffee/tea and fruit, you could literally eat as much as you wanted. Food prices were reasonable but the cans of soft drink were a little more expensive than elsewhere in Malaysia.

The staff were all very friendly, from the initial contact via email through the reserversation of our room, pick up from airport and service whilst we were there.

The B&B can arrange transport and trips but this is only offered when you ask the question, the additional services are not thrust on you nor any pressure applied.

There is free wi-fi in the restaurant area, this does reach some of the rooms, there is also a PC available for guest use at no charge.

The B&Bs website doesn't do it justice, it's good accomodation, a little on the basic side but good value for money and definitely worth a consideration if you're visiting Sepilok.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: March 2018, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: June 2017, traveled as a couple
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