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“A good place for staying on the Kinabatangan River”

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Bilit Rainforest Lodge
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

The lodge was a good base for trips along the Kinabatangan River. The boat tours were excellent with capable boat operations and good wildlife spotting.
There was lots to see on the trips including monkeys and birds. If you want a chance to see the pygmy elephants it is necessary to arrange an extended river trip. We were lucky to be able to do this but we had to make inquiries. The extra charge was worthwhile even if we had been unable to find the elephants - luckily we found them.
The cabins were spacious and well laid out with effective AC. There were problems with both damaged lighting including bare wires and plumbing difficulties due to poor maintenance.
The staff were friendly and helpful. Jimmy, the manager, did his best to overcome problems caused by the booking agency - thanks Jimmy.
The meals were adequate considering that we were I the rainforest..

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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Stayed for two nights at the bilit rainforest lodge and had a great time! The lodge is only accessible by boat. We arrived during a downpour.

The lodge team were really friendly and helpful. The site is very close to a traditional river village.

We had river tours am and pm and saw a whole host of wildlife including proboscis monkey, many varieties of birds and a crocodile.

Food decent. Local Malaysian

Lodges great - but showers on the cold side.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
1  Thank Alan D
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

Firstly, you are in the middle of a rain forest so you will not get some of the luxury you may expect elsewhere
Having said that, our lodge was very pleasant with good air con. We had the deluxe version of the available lodges. The only thing we felt it lacked was a fridge.
The staff were very friendly and helpful
Food was was very authentic and delicious
Limited drinks availability
However, the reason you go to stay on the Kinabatang river is to see the wildlife and this is where the Bilit excels - we were lucky enough to see everything we had hoped for including pigmy elephants. When the owner heard my wife's dream was to see the elephants he found out where they were and arranged an extra trip to go and find them - very special.
We were also very privileged to be invited to join in with a Hari Raya at the home of one of the staff at the nearby village. A big thank you to captain JD (afraid I don't know his real name) and his lovely family.
Finally a very special mention of our guide,John, he was exceptional and in a very short time also became a good friend.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Trevor W
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

Bilit Rain Forrest Lodge - 117

About 2 ½ hour drive from Sandakan and a 3 minute boat ride.

Arrived 6 July, for two nights. Nice dry and warm, managed 4pm river safari in the dry. 7 July raining all day: I suppose the clue is in the name – Rain forest.

Arrived in time for lunch, which was buffet style; soup main course – fish, red meat or chicken, plus chips and two types of vegetables. The meat sometimes a bit chewy. Two types of fruit for desert or nice cake.

The whole complex is up on stills, with a circular walk way which joins the lodges to the communal dining area. There is a bar (see photo for price list) and an air conditioned games room.

The lodges are air conditioned, spacious and comfortable. There is not much slumming it here. Beds are two doubles per lodge. Separate toilet and shower, which do not form part of the AC zone. Temperature of shower water – chill removed. Rooms are well lit.

Two power sockets in the lodge, a kettle and a safe (although mine didn’t work).
The routine is coffee and toast before a 2 hour river safari leaving at 6.30 am. Back for a full breakfast. Next activity is another river safari at 4pm, so bring a book.
There is a no shoes/boots policy around the dinning room.

You are allocated a one hour WiFi passwords and user name for each day spent at the lodge. Limited connection to the internet. WiFi is in the communal area only.

I did see wild orangutan, proboscis monkey and silver lipped macaque as well as a couple of crocodile and several birds including kingfisher, heron and egret.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2017

This lovely hotel was part of a tour we did. A group of 3 of us stayed for 2 nights and we were pleasantly surprised.

The staff were more than accommodating, they frequently would check if we were ok and made special food for us as one of us was vegetarian. There was also some great entertainment on one of the nights.

The tours they provided up and down the river were simply amazing. Our tour guide and speedboat driver did everything they could to ensure we saw as many animals as possible. They managed to track down a group of 30 elephants crossing the river. Was incredible.

Would definitely recommend this lodge!

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank patek3
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Additional Information about Bilit Rainforest Lodge

Address: KG Bilit Seberang Jalan Sukau, Kota Kinabatangan 90200, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Kota Kinabatangan
Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Kota Kinabatangan
Price Range: RM910 - RM1,161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bilit Rainforest Lodge is located beside the Lower Kinabatangan River in the village of Bilit, approximately 2 hours drive from Sandakan. It is a set of amidst lush tropical forest and offers comfort and peaceful relaxation as well as a base for easy exploration of the incredible diversity of plant, mammal and birds at the Kinabatangan region. All chalets and the restaurant are made from local hardwood material and are designed to blend into the nature giving a unique local native ambience. The rooms are very spacious and comfortable with a minimum of 600 sq.ft. for standard chalets and 800 sq. ft. for VIP permier chalets. A boardwalk connects the jetty, restaurant and all the chalets. ... more   less 
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