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Sandakan Mainland

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Ida Sp wrote a review Sep 2019
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We had a couple of nice, familiar days in the company of Rose and her daughter. Rose is very considerate, and goes out of the way to help. Apart from taking us on tours, we went dining together, where Rose made sure there wouldn't be any traces of MSG or milk in the food, as I'm allergic. Among other things we went Rose to Agnes Newton Keith Home, which was very interesting and visited the cosy English tea house, next to the mini museum, both recommended places :-)
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Mahendra F wrote a review Apr 2018
Colombo, Sri Lanka191 contributions43 helpful votes
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We were a party of 6 adults and 3 children so I researched online and contacted a number of tour providers for rates, Rose from Sandakan Mainland tours was the most helpful and also offered the best price for our group and we were very happy with our decision to go with them. Although we initially exchanged emails, I then shared my phone number and switched to WhatsApp as it was much easier to get quick responses to our questions that way. Then we made a booking for the Kinabatangan River Cruise day trip and met Rose when we reached Sandakan and she arranged a van just for our group. Everything went smoothly, the driver arrived before the scheduled time, we reached Sukau with time to spare and they served tea and coffee at the B&B and we ate some snacks we had taken with us while waiting for the cruise to start. We shared the boat with one other couple and set off at 4 pm down the river, we saw many species of macaques, birds and the proboscis monkey and the kids had a very enjoyable time as well. The only reason for the 4 star rating was because the dinner offered at the B&B was very bland and was served family style for all the guests so we had little choice in the matter. If this can be improved, the tour would be perfect.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Varol28 wrote a review Aug 2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1 contribution2 helpful votes
With a group of 4 we arrived in Sandakan and stayed at the Pavilion Hotel. In Sandakan we were quite curious of what we could do and tried to look for fun things that we could possibly do. As of this reason we made an enquiry to the frond desk of the hotel. They tried to help us with arranging a tour but, we had bad luck.., that's what we thought. The company that we wanted to book was already full and there weren't much options left. So, the guy at the hotel desk told us to wait as he was making another phone call. We had no idea what he was doing and he passed on the phone to me. It was Rose from Sandakan Mainland Tours & Travel on the line and she told us that we could have the tour we wanted! She explained everything regarding the tour and made clear what we could expect. But, the most important question of all was “can we see wild animals during our stay in Kinabatangan?”. Rose gave us a reasonable answer which was “I cannot guaranty that you could see all the animals you want as we are going into the wild but If you are lucky you can see a lot of them”. There she had a point as we were not going to the zoo. So we decided to join her. We had two rooms for 1 night at her lodge in Kinabatangan, the rooms were simple with a fan, bed and a bathroom. We had 3 river cruises which was a lot of fun! ”if you are lucky you can see a lot of animals.” and we were lucky. We saw a wild Orang Utan, 2 type of Snakes, Crocodiles, Hornbills, monkeys and birds. The guide was incredible, 'eagle eye' we named him haha, he could spot the tiniest animals from far distances. We also visited the sanctuary for the proboscis monkeys which was amazing also as we were able to play with other monkeys as well! Rose became like a mama for us as she teached us how to cook Malaysian food and took us for many things, my back was hurt so she brought me to a therapist, we whent for groceries to buy ingredients for the food that we were going to cook and took us for lunch, she invited us to her house to cook the malaysian food. Our holiday in Sandakan was short but memorable we had a great time Sandakan which we will never forget! Many thanks for everything Mama Rose, we love and miss you!! Kisses & Hugs, Giulia, Nina, Yoeri & Varol
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Date of experience: July 2017
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shuuyinn wrote a review Jul 2017
Seoul, South Korea1 contribution
I wrote email to Sandakan Mainland and only few minute they reply me and ask me to use whatsapp so that I can get more clear and more information and I agree with Rose, she is the one that reply me. Rose was really helpful and so patient to answer my question. I wrote to her 3 months before I came, our visit was in February 2017. We came one family with our kids. The kids love to see turtle, so I choose to take the 2D1N Turtle Island and Fireflies. The kids was so happy to see the baby turtle and the mother turtle laying eggs, that is the activity during the night and during day time we had a nice swim and the kids really have fun. The room are nice, simple and the food are good. The Fireflies is so amazing the kids love it, playing local village games, visit the village and walk around the beach before having the cruise to see the fireflies along the mangrove. It was really awesome and fun. Thank you Sandakan Mainland for making our dream come true……
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Date of experience: February 2017
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alluk268 wrote a review Jul 2017
Kobe, Japan3 contributions2 helpful votes
On April 2017... just a few month before, we have a very fantastic and wonderful day on what we paid. We are budget travels so we want to look for a tour and Sandakan Mainland was recommended by the hotel where we are staying. We want to see Sepilok, Sun Bear, Proboscis Monkey and the Kinabatangan River Trip, so we manage to book and talk to Rose. She is so cheerful, helpful and never complaining and bored with our questions. We took the day trip which is Sepilok, Sun Bear and Proboscis Monkey. It was fantastic and really fun. We saw few Orang Utan during feeding time and the Bear was so cute and small. In Labuk Bay where the Proboscis Monkey are also awesome, beside Proboscis Monkey we saw the Hornbill and the Silver Monkey there are so tame. the wonderful time that i ever had. We can see the Silver Monkey carrying baby with hairy gold. Our Expecting beyond expectation.We are so happy with our first day trip. The 2nd day was going to Kinabatangan river for 2 days 1 night. The book said pickup time is from 12.30 to 1.30 pm, but her driver came around 1.40 pm and he apologize for the late its because of some place have traffic jam, but its ok as long we are not late for our river cruise. We stop at Sepilok to pickup some guest there. We arrive in Sukau around 3.20 pm and our 1st river cruise start at 4.00 pm, During the touring, we are lucky to saw one group of pygmy Elephant on the banks of the river is eating and some having bath in the river, then we saw wild Orang Utan and wild hornbill too, Wow.... Python on the trees It is good and unbelievable experience. After dinner we when for the night cruise, we saw 2 crocodiles on the river bank, beautiful birds sleeping, owl and etc.. The next morning we had an early morning cruise, we saw birds and again Orang Utan however this time 2 kind of Orang Utan, It called Javan Langur monkey where the color is a bit red different from the Orang Utan, this is rare to see said the guide and lots…lots of Macaques. Fantastic.. After breakfast we depart back to the airport for our flight to Kota Kinabalu. Overall we had a wonderful days in Sandakan and Sandakan Mainland really make us happy, their price is cheap and off cause with the price we pay we have to share transport with other. The room in Kinabatangan just a basic with fan and toilet however it clean and quite big too. The food are good and there is coffee/ tea that we can drink all day long for free and their staffs are friendly and the guide was so amazing because his eyes is so sharp that he can see something that we don’t even notice it. Thank you Rose for giving us a wonderful memories and we can never forget it and do hope to come again for the next session. Thank you and have a wonderful day.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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