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Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Kinabatangan River, Borneo

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Set within tropical rainforest, the Sukau Rainforest Lodge is one of the best options on the river, boasting an idyllic and tranquil setting. One of the first area lodges designed on ecotourism principles in 1995, it continues to embraces conservation, community development and sustainable tourism as part of its green policies. With a focus on empowering the local community, Sukau has worked to increase the number of local households that have access to clean water, have planted over 5,000 trees along the lower Kinabatangan River, and has helped thousands of area villagers receive medical and dental treatment.

All 40 rooms have air conditioning, mosquito netting and en suite bathrooms with hot water. Other facilities on offer include an open dining area, library, and cozy lounge area with cane and bamboo sofas. There is also a hanging garden facing all the rooms and an open sun-deck which doubles as a candlelit eating area at night.

The lodge has been awarded status as a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World — one of only a handful in Southeast Asia. It is the only lodge that uses electric motors on all river boats, and has a great range of facilities for such a remote area, including a plunge pool and relaxing, well designed communal areas. Aside from the excellent wildlife spotting, the resort offers foot massages, nightly wildlife talks by the in-house expert, and some lovely trails to explore nearby.


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Tour ideas in Kinabatangan River

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    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

    • The Kinabatangan River
      Proboscis monkey, Malaysian Borneo

      The Kinabatangan River

      The Kinabatangan River

      Guests will journey up one of the smaller tributaries of the Kinabatangan River such as the Menangle River. Wildlife abounds in this part of Borneo, and you may see chattering monkeys and many species of birds.

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    Kinabatangan River and nearby places