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Lot 126, Jalan Dua, Harbour Square 14, Sandakan, Sabah, Sandakan, Malaysia

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67 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 84%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 98%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 84%Facilities

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Perfect if your staying in Sandakan for a few days. Its right next to a shopping mall and the sea front. Although not much to do in Sandakan, this hostel provides info and help with anything you need. Room is clean and wifi strong. Ensuite available. The cafe on the third floor serves a great pumpkin curry from fresh

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Thank you so much for your review. Hope we can host you again. Nabistul


Really good hostel! The owner was like a mother for us! She really wants your stay to be perfect! I would highly recommend the mangroves and fireflies tour - it was awesome! Looking forward to come back one day!

  • 20th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Thank you so much my children. Do you have photographs of us at firefly?


Stayed here before going on a tour, we extended for the night after our tour finished and were allowed to keep our backpacks in storage. Staff are wonderfully welcomming and friendly.


We spent such a good time in that hostel, the staff is wonderful, abdul rasak was our guide for a few trips, he is very friendly from the beginner, he suggest us where eating drinking how to get buses and everything.. Nabistul as well she is so friendly and helpfull, when we arrivede she offered to us tea with banana fried, she give to me a massage for free cos i was sick and we enjoyed with her the night in the living room singing and playing guitar with other people! She loves music!!

  • 5th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Italy
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Nabistul was a great host and was super friendly. She made sure that she knew everybody by name and was able to tailor make tour packages for individuals / groups to their needs. You recieve a free weclome drink and banan fritters so you were made to feel at home straight away. The lemongrass cafe on the 3rd floor was amazing and served such delicious food. Including pancakes for breakfast :) My only critisims would be - a broom would be nice to have been swept around the bedrooms.

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Hello, I am delighted to read your reviews and thanks for appreciating it. About the mess around the room is because of renovation work which is still incomplete , we stop everytime there is guest checking into that room. Anyhow the work is in steady progress. Will complete soon. Hope fully we can host you again one day.


This was a good hostel but owner a bit pushy with their tours and services including their restaurant. Their tours were not the best value and they weren't happy when myself and some others booked a kinabatangan river tour through another better value company. No toilet paper in the toilets a few times. WiFi was good though and hot showers, clean too!s and nice pancake for breakfast. Staff well meaning but found pushyness slightly off putting. Overall a good place for the price.


Very friendly helpful staff. Nice cafe upstairs for breaky in morning and to met the others staying here. Plenty of info and tours available here also.


The free breakfast of pancakes and tea/coffee is delicious. The owner is such a lovely, helpful woman.

  • 4th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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