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Reviewed 24 June 2011

My family and I stayed here recently for the 2 day/1 night trip. Wish we had stayed longer. The accomodation was gorgeous - clean and spacious and the food was remarkable, including river prawns so large and delicious we could not believe it! On the evening river cruise we saw an orang utan, many macaques, a couple of hornbills and a whole family of elephants. We saw several other boats from other lodges and their engines were quite loud - the Bilit lodge one's were very quiet so didn't scare the wildlife away. The staff were wonderful (many with limited english but there were others there who were great at interpreting for those with english skills comparable to my malaysian skills!). Highly recommended to all including families. Would love to spend more time there. A TV in the lodge but none in the rooms, which was a good thing. Why go here if you want to watch telly?

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank CTJfromAus
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Reviewed 21 June 2011

Travelled to the Bilit Rainforest Lodge, a couple hours from Sepilok, in Malaysian Borneo with husband & 2 children, aged 8 & 11 for a 3 night stay. Accommodation was very clean, spacious rooms, friendly staff and terrific food. Spent time cruising the Kinabatangan River to see the incredible wildlife along the river. Location was quiet, and very relaxing. Had a guide for duration of stay in this area, and received excellent service from her. Take binoculars if you have them, and big zoom lens on camera. Highly recommend spending time in this part of Borneo.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank FionaOBPerth
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Reviewed 4 May 2011

Stayed 3 nights at Bilit Rainforest Lodge with spouse & 2 children age 8 & 11 years. Booked 2 rooms. Rooms very spacious, beds very comfortable, very clean & aircon makes for good sleep. Relax in hammock on your room deck & listen to all the birds & watch butterflies! Took both morning & afternoon cruises for 2 hours with a guide over several days & highly recommend it. Saw an amazing variety of wildlife & was given a marvellous insight into the environment of this area by the guide. Most people only stay 2 nights at lodge, but the 3 gave us a chance to really relax. Staff very friendly, food excellent and plentiful. This was a very welcome respite after a trip to Selingan turtle island and Sepilok Orang-utan centre, both fantastic.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank Ian_Perth_Australia
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Reviewed 2 May 2011

Really enjoyed our stay here - it provided some enforced relaxation as we couldn't leave the boardwalk due to flooding. The morning and afternoon boat trips were excellent with lots of wildlife. I enjoyed the side rivers and creeks more than the big wide river. We also did the optional night cruise which was also excellent.
If you can't lay back and read a book for hours inbetween the cruises then this may not be the place for you - if you are happy to chill out in an excellent setting then its great.
Staff were super friendly and came to the rescue when we discovered a large spider in our room after dinner!
The food was quite ok - some excellent river prawns at one meal. Light breakfast, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner all served. All day tea and coffee, filtered water provided and a simple bar.
The walls are pretty thin so you can hear everything from the room next door - light sleepers might prefer the detached cabin rather than the semi detached.
The one improvement I would suggest are cushions for the big chairs on the deck.
There was internet but I found it un-usably slow.

Room Tip: Stay in detached cabin
  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank geeijo
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Reviewed 18 April 2011

I have just returned from 2 nights at the Bilit Rainforest Lodge, and having read some of the previous reviews I thought it was only fair to add my thoughts from this very recent trip.

The lodge is what I expected and more. Not forgetting this this place is in the middle of the rainforest, and the only way to reach it is by boat from across the river, I had a very enjoyable stay here. You can't expect 4-5 star luxuries from a rainforest lodge. We stayed in a family room, with 2 large double beds and one single. The room was clean, had a ceiling fan, aircon and a very large bathroom with hot water in the shower. The only noise at night was from the animals and birds, and it was wonderful to wake up to such noises. No safe in the room, as mentioned by one review previously, so you do need to keep your valuables on you.

The boat trips were fantastic - we took two afternoon trips at 4pm, and one morning boat trip at 6:30am. Breakfast was available from 6am (coffee, toast) then full breakfast upon return from the morning trip at 9am. Lunch and dinner offered a few varieties of dishes, rice, vegetables, noodles, all of which was very nice. They even provided ice cream after dinner - a welcome unexpected treat in the middle of the jungle!

The restaurant staff were polite, and I think some of them had a lack of English, making communication difficult at times, as opposed to being rude which previous reviews may suggest.

During our boat cruises we saw lots of wildlife from out boats on the river - orangutans, proboscis monkeys, macaques, silver leaf monkeys, eagles, monitor lizards, storks, egrets, to name but a few. There was flooding around the lodge, so it was impossible to walk to the Oxbow Lake. We did the trip by boat instead, following the path through the trees where the river normally joins the lake. I think that was even more enjoyable than the walk would have been.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable trip. I would love to go there again.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank NorthernLizzie
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