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Borneo Sandakan Backpackers
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

Without a doubt the best hostel we have come across in Borneo. Rooms are clean and spacious, tea an coffee are free and the prices are alright. Especially the staff are very friendly and honest. They don't try to hide the fact that they have a hostel so they can sell more tours with their touragency within the hostel, wich makes it alright to book it with them anyway. Only the breakfast is quite simple: toast with some butter. If you are travelling through Sandakan, book this hostel.It almost makes up for the boring city.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jonathan K, Manager at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2014

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Greetings from the team at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers!

Thank you for your review.

We hope to see you again!

Regards,
The Team at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers.

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Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

There's not much to tell about. The staff was just great and helpful. The double room was clean and spacious with windows, fan and A/C, shared very clean bathroom with cold shower, tissue and towel provided, alltogether 60RM per night, including breakfast (cereal, toast, jam, egg, coffee, tee, milk). Beer 6RM. Next to seafront, habour mall, central market and bus station. Taxi from airport 30 RM. Taxi to long-distancs-bus-terminal 20 RM. Go for the cheap burgers at the central busstation if you're hungry! Really good place for small money! Go there and feel good!

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Thank KleinerPit
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Jonathan K, Manager at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2014

Hi

Nice to meet you. Hope you all had a great time in Sandakan.

Thank you very much for taking your time to give us a review. Really appreciated it.

Hope to see you again.

Regards,
The team of Borneo Sandakan Backpackers & Borneo Sandakan Tours

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Reviewed December 28, 2013

We, the Teoh family from (Melaka,KL,Penang) really enjoyed our stay in Sandakan Backpackers. Though it is our first time staying in such hostel, surely it won't be our last. The place was
P - Place to be
E - excellent service
R - reasonable price
F - friendly staff
E - extra comfortable
C - clean rooms and bathrooms
T - totally awesome

The common area makes us feel so much at home. A big thank you to the manager,Jonathan and his staff for making our stay a memorable one.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Tay6583
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Jonathan K, Manager at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2013

Hi Teoh.

Nice to meet all of you. Hope you all had a great time in Sandakan.

Thank you very much for taking your time to give us a review. Really appreciated it.

Hope to see you all again. Please send regards to everyone in the group.

Regards,
The team of Borneo Sandakan Backpackers & Borneo Sandakan Tours.

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Reviewed December 17, 2013

I would really like to thank Jonathan and his staff. They are beyond awesome. They went out of their way to make sure we had a great time, they helped us find awesome spots to visit, catch buses and provided such valuable advice. They asked us every day what we where doing and at the end of every day wanted to know what we got up to. The hostel was super clean had an awesome area to hangout. Free wifi that we could get in our room which was up stairs. We stayed in the triple room. The location is awesome. We loved it here thank you all the staff for an awesome stay.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
Thank Tegan J
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Jonathan K, Manager at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2013

Hi Tegan

Greetings from the team at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers!

Thank you for your review.

We hope to see you again!

Regards,
The Team at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers.

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Reviewed December 13, 2013

I stayed at Sandakan backpackers for nearly 2 weeks in late October 2013. It was a home from home for 2 weeks on and off between trips from Sandakan. From the word go John and Ray were very friendly and helpful. All the trips and buses you may need are clearly marked with itineraies and prices taking away the need to haggle or enquire. Though of course if you wanted extra info they were happy to give it. The backpackers is near the shops, waterfront, atm and all amenities you might need. The rooms and a shared bathrooms are clean and adequate. I stayed in a single room which ended up being more like a double or triple which was great. The common area was very sociable, with two laptops to access the internet as well as free wi fi. They also had all the sports channels which was great when you just wanted a homely evening. I did the KInabatang River trips with the attached Borneo Sandakan Tours which was a memorable 3 days. They have a small kitchen with complimentary toast and hot drinks, also a portable hob if you wanted to cook which is more than you get at most hostels in asia. Overall a memorable place to stay!

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Simon D
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Jonathan K, Manager at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2013

Hi

Greetings from the team at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers!

Thank you for your review.

We hope to see you again!

Regards,
The Team at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers & Borneo Sandakan Tours.

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Reviewed December 5, 2013

I stayed for a week at this hotel and really recommend it if you're planning to visit Sandakan. The staff is very friendly and helpful, especially Ray at the front desk. Before we arrived we asked for a room with strong WiFi signal and they gave us one right next to the front desk with views of the street. The WiFi signal was reliable but for some reason during the first days it was a little slow, although my wife didn't seem to have a problem with her connection, so maybe it was just my computer. The room is simple but spacious and has good air conditioning. The bathroom is shared but we didn't have problem with that. A couple of times I found it dirty, but it was because other guests wouldn't flush the toilet. A simple breakfast consisting of toast, coffee and jam is included in the rate. If they could add boiled eggs or sausages it would make it much better. There is a common area with a couple of couches and a TV. They also have a tour desk which we never used. Everything looks very new, I'm not sure how long they've been in business, but they have done a good job maintaining the facilities. The only downside was that the beds were uncomfortable and that 2 nights there was a family with small children making a lot of noise until very late. Even though it is not the hotel's fault, maybe they shouldn't accept children in these kinds of hostels with small common areas and thin walls.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Daniel A
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Jonathan K, Manager at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2013

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Greetings from the team at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers!

Thank you for your review.



Regards,
The Team at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers.

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Reviewed November 16, 2013

We spent 3 nights at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers during our 4 mounts in Asia. This place has it all! The staff is excellent, very helpful and with perfect english skills. The rooms are big and clean, so are the bathrooms and the common areas. This is a modern hostel to a very affordable price. Borneo Sandakan Backpackers is probably the best hostel we have been to so far!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Jonathan K, Manager at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2013

Hi

Greetings from the team at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers!

Thank you for your review.

We hope to see you again!

Regards,
The Team at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers

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Additional Information about Borneo Sandakan Backpackers

Address: Block HS-5, Lot 54 & 55, 1st & 2nd floor, Sandakan Harbour Square, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sandakan
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Sandakan
Price Range: $14 - $22 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Borneo Sandakan Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are proud to present you with the newly built Borneo Sandakan Backpackers, strategically located in Sandakan Harbour Square, a well-developed domestic area at the town of Sandakan. A couple of minutes’ walk to restaurants, banks and shops, Borneo Sandakan Backpackers offers comfortable and convenient accommodation for couples, singles, families and backpackers travelling to Sandakan.Borneo Sandakan Backpackers is directly in front of Swiss Inn Hotel. Our building is painted in red and white with a vertical red "BACKPACKERS" signboard. ... more   less 
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