Borneo Sandakan Backpackers
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Borneo Sandakan Backpackers

Block HS-5, Lot 54 & 55, 1st & 2nd floor, Sandakan Harbour Square, Sandakan 90000 Malaysia
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5.0
#1 of 9 hostels in Sandakan
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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Newly Refurbished & Upgraded! We are grateful and at the same time proud to present and kick-start Borneo Sandakan Backpackers in a different milestone. Having in mind to provide comfortable, affordable and convenient accommodation for solo travelers, couples, families and friends travelling to Sandakan, we are still continuously striving for more improvement in terms of service, cleanliness and security of the hostel. Come visit us and we are excited to share as much as we know on travelling around Sandakan, Kinabatangan and around Sabah. Located at Sandakan Harbour Square of the city center, where we are one floor above the 7-eleven in Sandakan Harbour Square adjacent to the Sandakan Harbour Mall. This will be a good place to stay for its surrounding atmosphere with the locals, to be nearing the sea, shopping mall, grocers, restaurants, bars, tour operators, bus station and also the Sandakan Heritage Trail just within walking distance.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Concierge
24-hour front desk
Restaurant
Car hire
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shops
Room features
Air conditioning
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Languages Spoken
English, Malay

Location

Block HS-5, Lot 54 & 55, 1st & 2nd floor, Sandakan Harbour Square, Sandakan 90000 Malaysia
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 77 out of 100
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Glenn L wrote a review Jan 2020
Schiedam, The Netherlands9 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 2 nights. It is nearby shops and restaurants, good location, a lot of things like the busstation (mini bus station) are on walking distance. At arrival we met Frank, he is really kind and helped us during our stay. It was no problem to leave our bags for one day to visit Turtle Island. You can also book some tours over here. The photos you see above are old, the place looks more modern now. Rooms are bit small but clean and aircon works fine. Showers are good, nothing special. It was a great stay!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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dirtysanzes wrote a review Feb 2015
Straubing, Germany112 contributions56 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at BS backpackers for one week and it was just perfect. The staff were very friendly. The rooms are very clean. Our three bedroom had a fan and AC. The quality of sleeping was ok, also the breakfast. The best things are the location and all the staff and the pay tv channels were you can watch sports and great new movies. You have 24/7 free coffee, tea and water. The beer prices are great (4RM) You can book some tours in there. We booked the jungle/River trip and it was an big adventure for us :-) We would like to stay there if we come back.

Note: They had definitely the best and fastest Internet during our 3 month Journey in Asia
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Date of stay: February 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Jonathan K, Manager at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers
Responded 10 Jun 2015
Hi dirtysanzes, Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts! We would love for you to stay with us again when you come back! Until then! P/s: The jungle / river trip is STILL a big adventure FOR US! – It never gets old! Cheers Jonathan
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kru wrote a review Feb 2013
Seattle, Washington16 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After months of subpar places around SE Asia this place was amazing! Very clean and the staff were very helpful and the friendlies I have encountered. The location is excellent as its near the harbour and very close the bus stations. Many restaurants are near by.
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Date of stay: February 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Jonathan7623, Manager at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers
Responded 16 Mar 2013
Hey Kru, Thank you for staying with us at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers. We appreciate your review - thank you very much. Hope you had a great time in Semporna! Kind Regards, The Team at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers
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upandadam1 wrote a review Feb 2013
Sydney1 contribution3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Reasonable price, great location, free use of the computer, perfectly clean and the staff really make an effort to be friendly and helpful.

Breakfast is basic, but it is what you would expect.

Definitely recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Jonathan7623, Manager at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers
Responded 16 Mar 2013
Hi Adam, Thank you for staying with us at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers. We appreciate your review and hope to see again! Cheers, mate! Kind Regards, The Team at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers
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okaysophy wrote a review Feb 2013
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates55 contributions43 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This lovely new backpacker hostel is a must stay for those on a budget visiting Sandakan.
The rooms and bathrooms are very clean and the lounge area is a great place to chill out and watch the TV or use the guest laptop.

We booked a day tour with them, visiting the Gomantong Caves where we saw a wild Orang-Utan mother and it's child! Luckily on our visit to the caves it was harvesting season so we got to see the workers collecting the bird nests. Later we took a boat ride along the Kinabatangan River viewing lots of wildlife including proboscis monkeys, macaques, lizards, snakes and many birds. Very good value for money!

We had a fantastic stay here. Jonathan and Gary were brilliant hosts, very welcoming and friendly. They made sure that our stay was comfortable and enjoyable. They recommended a great restaurant in town called BaLin, we ended up going there twice, they even joined us the second time after having a few beers with them back at the hostel!

After our stay we were due to fly to Kota Kinabalu, we wanted to do a bit of white water rafting, Gary managed to contact one of his colleagues and have them pick us up from the airport and drive us to the river (all short notice). We even caught up with Gary in KK while he was on a business trip and went for some food and drinks with him in the evening.

We can't recommend this place enough! Thanks Jonathan and Gary for a great stay. Hope to see you both again someday : ) P.S we apologise for the delay!
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Date of stay: January 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Jonathan7623, Manager at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers
Responded 16 Mar 2013
Hi Mike and Sophie, We are so happy to know that you have enjoyed your stay with us at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers. Thank you very much for the review and enjoy the remaining of your extremely long holiday! Kind Regards The Team at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers
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Jessica V wrote a review Jun 2016
33 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff here are the reason why my stay was so lovely. They offer to cook breakfast for you (eggs and toast) and make you coffee/tea. The staff are very helpful with everything! Bedrooms and bathrooms are basic but fine for the price. They have a good common area with a laptop for you to use if you need it. Overall, a good experience.
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Date of stay: June 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Jonathan K, Manager at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers
Responded 27 Jul 2016
Hello Jessica ! Thank you for the lovely compliments and we really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy your stay in Sabah and hope to see you again in the future !
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Brendan T wrote a review Apr 2016
295 contributions53 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hostel takes service really serious. If the case does happen, something is wrong. They will solve iT.

The location is perfect. Right in the city center. Tours provides from the hostel.

The staff is really friendly. And helpfull.

And the rooms are clean and not to crowded. All with AC.

The restrooms and showers are cleaned frequent
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Date of stay: April 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Jonathan K, Manager at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers
Responded 27 Apr 2016
Hi Brendan Thank you for the compliments and were hoping to see you again in the future :)
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p0zzie wrote a review May 2015
Blenheim, New Zealand36 contributions56 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are looking for a place to stay in Sandakan, stay here. Our family of five had a dorm room (6 bunks) with fan and aircon. Beds and pillows were clean and very comfortable. Bathrooms and toilets were very clean and shower was great. the staff were extremely helpful and very friendly. We booked tours through them and found nothing but the best service. The location is perfect. In a pedestrian only street, very close to cheap / yummy restaurants, market, supermarket, taxis, buses etc. Make sure you record the name correctly as there are other backpackers with similar names!!
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Date of stay: April 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Jonathan K, Manager at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers
Responded 10 Jun 2015
Hey there p0zzie and family, Greetings from the sunny Sabah! Thank you so much for recommending us! We hope you enjoyed your stay at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers! Hope to see you again in the near future! Chur, Jonathan
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CatheeWilks wrote a review Jul 2014
Blenheim, New Zealand5 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here with my two daughters , Johnathan, Gary and crew are friendly and go out of their way to help you enjoy your stay . The place has a nice relaxed atmosphere so that you feel welcomed from the moment you walk in. The rooms and bathrooms were clean and comfortable and it is great that it is non smoking. the rooms were quiet and the air conditioning made the rooms nice and cool.It is situated in the very center of the town. They also have an office to arrange trips and excursions and are very knowledgable about the area and give great advice of how to make the most of your time in Boreno. The staff make you breakfast in the morning and are willingly to help make your stay as comfortable as possible, Great value for money, I would highly recommend this place to stay to all types of travellers.
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Date of stay: July 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Jonathan K, Manager at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers
Responded 6 Aug 2014
Hi Catheewilks Glad to know that you've enjoyed your stay here at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers. We appreciate the review - thank you very much. See you soon. Regards, The team of Borneo Sandakan Backpackers.
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Maria G wrote a review Jun 2014
Copenhagen, Denmark45 contributions39 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice, clean and centrally placed. VERY helpful staff! Very informative and keen to come up with ideas for activities. Decent breakfast and more if you need it. All in all a great place to stay!
It's located in the central street of Sandakan near a shopping mall and 5 minutes walk from the minibus station to Sepilok.
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Date of stay: May 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Jonathan K, Manager at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers
Responded 6 Aug 2014
Hi Maria Glad to know that you've enjoyed your stay here at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers. We appreciate the review - thank you very much. See you soon. Regards, The team of Borneo Sandakan Backpackers.
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PRICE RANGE
£12 - £15 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
MalaysiaSabahSandakan DivisionSandakan
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Borneo Sandakan Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Borneo Sandakan Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Sandakan Heritage Trail (0.2 miles), Sandakan Harbou (0.04 miles), and SABAH,MALAYSIA (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Borneo Sandakan Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro, English Tea House & Restaurant, and San Da Gen Kopitiam.
Does Borneo Sandakan Backpackers have airport transportation?
Yes, Borneo Sandakan Backpackers offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Borneo Sandakan Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the centre of Sandakan.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Malay.
Are there any historical sites close to Borneo Sandakan Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Agnes Newton Keith Home (0.4 miles).
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