Unique, wonderful and immersive Sabah experience
A few days at Tabin were a wonderful way to finish an amazing Sabah/Sarawak adventure. The draw here is the wildlife trekking and drives, and while accommodations are wonderful in concept, and acceptable in execution, the experience of getting deep into a remote forest/jungle experience is the reason to come here.
Our three-day stay with private guide/driver was fabulous, particularly for the quality and experience of our guide (Esrail) and driver. Each had over 15 years working at Tabin, and seemingly knew every turn of the trail or road intimately. We not only saw scores of different species, but learned fascinating details about the history and traits of the flora and fauna, creating memories we'll carry with us for years to come. Good trekking shoes are helpful, and the resort provides boots for hikes through the muck, which seemed to constitute most of the trails, and can get rather deep after a good rain. Leech socks are mandatory for trekking, and the resort sells them for a nominal fee (30 MYR for a resort-branded pair). As a photographer, I especially appreciated the way our tours and treks were led, with help and encouragement that enabled me to come away with some terrific and unique photos.
As to accommodations, we stayed in a hillside cabin, which was lovely, though definitely not glamorous, and notable for seemingly random fluorescent light fixture placements, and a bathroom-shower combo, with a horribly designed drain that invariably flooded the entire bathroom floor. Meals were all buffet affairs, incorporating local flavors, and while tasty, nothing stood out in particular. Staff were warm, friendly, and service was consistently first-rate. When you consider the remote location, harsh surroundings, and challenging climate, it puts things in a completely different perspective, and with that in mind, Tabin Wildlife Reserve does an amazing job.
Couples - Oct 20, 2017