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“Great location and wildife, some let downs unfortunately!”
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Myne Resort
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“Great location and wildife, some let downs unfortunately!”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

Second time to Borneo, we toured 8 years ago, first time to Myne Resort though. Firstly preferred the Sukua part of the Kinabatangan which we had done the first time there, which is busier but has more culture in the way of canoes, boatpeople, stilt river lodges and buildings etc, rather than the quieter Bilit area and Myne Resort this time. Although I would say its here where you are more likely to see better wildlife up the river in the way of Proboscis, Macaques, Pygmy Elephants and hopefully Orang-utans.
Arrived here after the Danum Valley (Borneo Rainforest Lodge 3 nights) for a 3 night wildlife stay. I would have given this a 5 for location and the wildlife and the number of river trips included, but was let down by dirty rooms....read on......
Apparently we were here in Fly Month?...although the food overall was very good and lots of it, we were engulfed by flies during breakfast and dinner on the veranda lookout deck, which has a beautiful position looking out over a curve on the Kinabatangan River (see photos). Our first room was room 3 (1,2 and 3 are furthest away and up 90 quite steep steps) which to be honest is a killer to climb in the heat and humidity which you expect in a rainforest lodge. Make sure you don't forget anything cause' the last thing you want is to go back up to your room and soak another t-shirt! So we had a great view from room 3, very peaceful and nice view from balcony but room was dirty with human hair blocking the shower. We had to complain and they cleared this later. Basically room had not been cleaned, just the bed sorted and sheets changed. Also some lights not working! We consider ourselves fairly fit but did not want to face this climb every time you go to your room...its a killer! The said we had the honeymoon suite which sounded great although we've been married for an age....believe me if you were on honeymoon you'd have no strength left for newlywed activities going up these steps for breakfast, lunch, and evening dinner! This is a good reason for not returning to this place unfortunately! So we asked to move to a cleaner room and closer to the reception area. Only three rooms seemed to be occupied while we were there.....so strange that they put us right up the top when there were other closer rooms available! We moved to room 10, one of the closest but still around 35 steps to climb! Two Oriental cockroaches when we entered the room and found and killed two later on! No real problem you find cockroaches in hot humid places. So we had to wipe all the shelves in the wardrobe before hanging our clothes there. In both rooms the in-room safes never worked! Again lovely view, room quite large etc, bed quite comfortable and was ready but walls were filthy with dust and cobwebs, no hot water, not even warm for three days? They have a very crappy antiquated water heater system in the rooms which you have to fiddle about with apparently to get some hot water...well we never had any! OK so its hot and humid and a cooler shower can be quite welcoming I suppose! OK about the flies, we've been to lots of long tropical holidays, Africa, Costa Rica, India, Sri Lanka etc, and this is the worst we've had flies during breakfast and dinner (flies seemed to vanish for the evening meals).
After our second morning trip on the river the owners (three of them) arrived and wanted to know what we thought of the resort and to give any useful criticism etc. So we mentioned the flies and the dirty rooms. (Strange that we were supposed to request any new towels or replacement soap etc rather than the staff automatically checking themselves?)...Never known this? Rooms had good air con and fans though! Some cleaning staff very lazy and it seems they need a good shake up! Anyhow once we mentioned about the flies to the owners we had sticky fly-catchers on our tables which consequently caught 82 flies at lunchtime. Sad that we quite enjoyed having a competition with another English couple on the next table....think we won 82 flies to their 78? The owners at the lunch witnessed the fly problem explaining that it was just one month of the year! One of the female staff...Amira (we think) who does a very good massage in you room and pedicure etc which we both had, doubled up as a fly-scarer waving her tickling stick over the food and around us, enabling us to somewhat enjoy the food instead of needing four arms, two arms to keep waving them off the food. Once the owners who were there to find out why the place was so empty had left, we went back to the normal procedure of waving the flies away and I had to ask for the sticky fly catchers at every further meal. Think I took the last one on our last day! Basically it seems excepted that the flies are there and they made no real attempt to try to minimise them until we complained!
So the river trips were good and the guides there made every effort to find the wildlife, especially Orang-utans and Proboscis Monkeys and inform us about them etc. Also a night trip up the river was quite good, even in the occasional down-poor they did not want to let us down. The guide there in the photo....I'll call him Mr Wok (sorry if its wrong) was very helpful and informative.
So to sum up, the main problem with this place is the steps up to the rooms.....too hot and humid to climb 90 steps up to the furthest rooms. If we were ever to return we would want a clean room and one of rooms closer to reception. This alone is a reason for not returning! They need to get their act together, especially the cleaners of the rooms and also sort the crap shower system out. They have over the years it seems spent plenty in building up this resort but the empty rooms make it clear people are probably not returning there. I would say go there but request a closer room and hope that they have listened to the clients complaints about the flies and the dirty rooms. Saw lots of Proboscis mostly further back off the river and high up in the trees and one Orang-utan at a distance. Also many birds and Macaques and Crocs, Monitors up the river.
Shame its a beautiful location but could be so much better in understanding what the current problems are. There is a nice small fish lake at the back of Myne Resort which had a bridge and seating area to view the nature, like Kingfishers, Dragonflies and fish, Butterflies etc. You can also purchase fish food! Travelled as a couple....we take plenty of wildlife photos! www.flickr.com/photos/onemoreshotrog We found out once back in England that when we landed at KL airport at 12.30am, (for the connecting flight to KK) that the dreaded flight that disappeared must have been on the runway and took off at 12.41, just 11 minutes later. Makes you think! Poor soles! Still Hoping for some miracle, RIP flight MH370.

Room Tip: Definitely request one of the closer to reception rooms! All have nice views though. If you have...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

We spent 3 weeks packed with activities in Sabah with our 5 children but the 3 days spent here were the best out of all of them! Excellent food, helpful pleasant staff, plenty to see in the jungle.... could have happily spent a week here! Air conditioned rooms, clean white linen and towels in the midst of the jungle at a very reasonable price! My son loves fishing so we rented a fishing rod from the resort for only 6 MYR a day, which kept him very happy between river cruises and late into the night. We opted for the longest possible jungle trek and managed to spot a sleeping orangutan in the trees above. Would recommend it to everyone going to Sabah.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

A two day stay on our Wildlife tour, and the best part of the tour. Our chalet was the nearest to the restaurant area, so we didn't have the stiff climb up, as others on our tour had. Food was fine, with them recognising we might like some European comforts such as chips.
The location is wonderful on the river with a lovely large outside area to sit and watch the passing scene. On our last morning the local Orang had located in a fig tree immediately opposite the resort.
We had several boat trips, the area is largely farmed with only strips of remaining forest along the river. Although bad for nature, it does make seeing the wildlife far easier from the boats. We saw a lot of Proboscis monkeys, Macaques and Langurs. We also had the boat and trek to the Oxbow lake, I don't think any of the group were too sure why this was considered to be something special!
If I ever go back to Borneo this would be my first choice for a few days.

Room Tip: Try to be near the restaurant, the further chalets are quite an up steps haul.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

My family and I enjoyed our stay at the Myne Resort. Rooms were very spacious and comfortable and filled with character. We stayed in the chalets on stilts overlooking the river. The staff were extremely friendly and the food was tasty and plentiful. The boat trips from the resort were a highlight of our time in a Sabah.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

A wonderful place to stay for seeing rainforest wildlife. Myne resort is a small piece of home comfort and civilised living within the rainforest area. It is on its own on a riverbend (unlike some of the other resorts which are located close together) with a great view.

Its rooms are large and connected to the main area by walkways. The main area is spacious but simple but provides a dining area, pool table and somewhere to sit for drinks befor dinner, overlooking the river.

Its a lovely place to stay with children and offers a mix of rainforest excitement with home comforts. We were visited by a snake and family of wild boar and ate fish fresh from the croc-invesfested river below. All this in gentile surrondings with delicious basic food and drinks and polite and attentive service.

As ever, best to choose what time of year to visit for viewing wildlife. There were heaps of proboscis monkeys, makak, wild boar and birds but no pygmy elephants. Also urang utan sightings in the wild are rare and the crocs almost impossible to see.

Room Tip: Lower numbered rooms are closer to the main resort area - the higher the number the more climbing up...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

My wife and I are retired English science teachers. We stayed at Myne for two days having previously been at Sepilok and later at Tabin. Myne was undoubtedly our favourite resort and we have vowed to return soon, perhaps on a stopover the next time we visit our family in Australia.
As we arrived we were greeted by an excited Cynthia (the manager) who ushered us down to the jetty to view a large crocodile which was basking on a mudbank about 200 metres away. She offered us a quick boat ride to get close so I grabbed my camera and was soon filling the frame with a monster 4 metre beast. It ended the session when it slid into the water and swam under the boat. Pause for reflection and checking of life jackets!
The resort was wonderfully placed right on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. (Don't take any notice of the Google Earth pin that has it seemingly at some distance from the water.) Trees and bushes lined the banks and I was soon wandering through them photographing the fabulous Clipper butterflies, as big as birds which sailed around in large numbers. I also got some great photos of two beautiful flowerpeckers - scarlet backed and orange bellied. I was liking this place already and had only been there a few minutes!
We settled into our room which was a wooden chalet with a spacious room with ceiling fan and air-con as well as an en-suite shower room and a balcony. We were very comfortable. Lunch was served in an open air restaurant, again with fans so that you never felt hot when dining. The usual manner of presentation was buffet style from a range of heated containers. The food was Malaysian cuisine and all very tasty and well prepared. We never had any complaint about breakfasts, lunches or dinners. There was plenty of choice and availability. For the health conscious there were always salads and fresh fruit and the fresh juices were superb.
In the evening we went on a boat trip lasting about two hours. We were amazed at the variety of wildlife we saw and which I was able to photograph from the relative stability of the boat. I use a 150-500 zoom lens and had no trouble getting good quality shots, some of which I present here. The evening was the best time for primates and on that first trip I saw silver leaf monkeys, pig tailed macaques, long tailed macaques, loads of proboscis monkeys and several wild orang utans. We saw monitor lizards, a reticulated python and a yellow banded mangrove snake. I was able to lean back in my seat and cradle my camera to take some very steady shots, in spite of the fading light. The birds were equally dazzling and by the end of my stay I had seen four species of eagle and 4 of hornbill, two kingfishers, four herons and egrets, the rare Storm's stork, brahminy kites etc etc etc! Wow I was amassing a huge editing job for when I got home (I love it really!).
At this stage I should confess that I am disabled, being a lower right leg amputee and whereas I can't walk that far in rough terrain, this boat-based photo safari method of getting to the wildlife was better than I had ever imagined. I should add that the guides are also extremely knowledgeable and helpful and so friendly and possessed of bionic vision of the like which makes you think that the birds must be planted beforehand. Honestly, their visual acuity is so pronounced as to be almost impossible! Time and again we marvelled at how the guy could possibly see that tiny bird sitting still in that huge, thick tree so far away! At night they used laser pointers to show you where the targets were sitting. In our two days we went out twice more, the next was in morning at dawn which was a different experience which started in mist but the quality of the light an hour or so later was fantastic. In general, the evening was best for primates and the morning for birds.
On our second evening we opted for the short drive to see the Gomantong caves where David Attenborough had made his famous film about bats and cockroaches and giant centipedes and snakes and ammonia! It was as he had painted it but it was such a thrill to experience it first hand. For me the highlight was to emerge from the cave just as the light was fading and watch the millions upon millions of bats pouring out of an opening and out across the sky in a never-ending, undulating wave harassed by bat hawks and swooping brahminy kites.
We booked our tour with the Travel Trading Company/Borneo Travel and our appointed guide was Maik Miki who stayed with us throughout the week, picking us up from the airport and delivering us back at the end. He was our constant companion and was great company being knowledgeable, and with a good sense of humour. We can recommend this company and the Myne Resort without any reservations.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

We spent 2 days at Myne resort, with the intention of going on as many river safaris as possible- wildlife being of interest to us. The resort, though not very new, is more than adequate, with spacious mock log cabin rooms. It is also the largest resort on the river. The food was excellent, and the staff went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable.
The guide himself did everything in his power to accommodate every single request (ask for Patrick when you go), even going so far as to extend our safari times to give us a better chance at sightings. And it paid off! We managed to see the Pygmy elephant, Proboscis monkeys, Silver Leaf monkeys, Orangutans and various hornbills, including the Rhinoceros Hornbill.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Myne Resort
Address: Kampung Bilit, Kota Kinabatangan, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Kota Kinabatangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Kota Kinabatangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2 star — Myne Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Also Known As:
Myne Hotel Sandakan

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