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Sandakan Backpackers Hostel

Lot 108, 1st Floor, Block Sh-11, Sandakan Harbour Square, Sandakan 90000 Malaysia
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#10 of 40 Speciality lodging in Sandakan
New management of Sandakan Backpackers started to operate on June 2016 with the sea view on the new roof top surrounding. Come and share your adventure and travelling experience with us! Unique Borneo atmosphere and centrally located in the heart of Sandakan town, right at the WATERFRONT at Harbour Square complimented with trendy bars and bistro nearby. You will be strategically and conveniently located in close proximity to the best amenities and services the city can offer. Being small, we thrive to provide you with the best budget, clean accommodation option within the city so that you will be comfortably taken care of at Sandakan Backpackers Hostel, which doubles up as your launch pad to the treasures and beauty of Sabah, Borneo.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Taxi service
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Laundry service
Vending machine
Board games / puzzles
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
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Air conditioning
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Chinese, Malay
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Steve wrote a review Jul 2019
13 contributions13 helpful votes
With sea views, this backpackers is a handy little stop off before embarking on the Kinabatangan River adventure. What struck us most is that the owner and staff really understand what backpacking is about. There's a friendly, communal atmosphere and they'll even let you leave your artistic stamp on the walls. You can book your river adventure from the front desk easily enough (we turned up, booked it, and left the next morning). They'll help you sort it and you can be picked up outside. It's about 3-4 hours from Sandakan by bus to the river. They'll store your bags if you want to leave them and return to Sandakan afterwards. Our private double had air-conditioning and shared use of the bathroom. The one downside (which they're ready to admit) is poor WiFi. However, their
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Ian H wrote a review Jul 2019
25 contributions30 helpful votes
Excellent central location , and friendly staff who will order you a grab taxi to get to seplilock animal parks and anywhere else , try sim sim the nearby fishing village for seafood , ask for a drop off at 88 restaurant and go at sunset its lovely. the wifi was poor in the private rooms and could only be used in the common areas. the breakfast was either pancakes or eggybread with fresh fruit and coffee , i liked the place and stayed 3 nights.
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Date of stay: July 2019
Peter K wrote a review Oct 2018
2 contributions
Very friendly and helpful staff. Got us a Grab taxi and took us outside to find it. Great breakfast and coffee (included), and you can take it up to the roof terrace to look over the sea. Wonderful. Room was clean and had an excellent view of the sea.
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Date of stay: October 2018
Canucktravelinlatin wrote a review Sep 2018
Whistler, Canada55 contributions19 helpful votes
Solo female travellers.. stay here! As a somewhat older than most backpackers, I still opt for the social atmosphere and love to meet other travellers. I don't do bunk rooms anymore, so I lucked out with private room and shower, front facing ocean view room, AC for about $20/night. The best part was the people. The friendliness and great service - absolute 5 star! The girls managed to book me in last minute to activities (Turtle Island..wow!) that are normally booked out far in advance. I ran into them all over town, they all remembered my name and other details. I just cannot say enough about this crew!! Sandakan is a great jumping off point to do many cool things. Kinabangan River cruise was also a highlight. The staff at Backpackers were more than happy to store my luggage
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Date of stay: August 2018
Emlyn B wrote a review Aug 2018
47 contributions29 helpful votes
Located right in the centre of Sandakan, and only a minute from the water front, and restaurants. The hostel is clean, and the staff very friendly and helpful. The private room we had was spacious, if a little loud as it was over the main road, but that should be expected with hostels in the centre of a town. It has a lovely roof terrace, with a great view of the water. The breakfast is great here, with eggs and fruit being provided as well as the standard bread and jam. All in, very good value and a nice hostel, in a good spot.
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Date of stay: August 2018
US$15 - US$19 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
MalaysiaSabahSandakan DivisionSandakan
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