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Address: Gomantong Hill, Sandakan, Malaysia
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Great place, horrible guide.

We had the pleasure of stopping off here on our way to the Kinabantagan River and it was really cool. It doesn't smell nearly as bad as other people claim, and the cockroaches are... read more

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Nick P
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18 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had the pleasure of stopping off here on our way to the Kinabantagan River and it was really cool. It doesn't smell nearly as bad as other people claim, and the cockroaches are docile just chilling on the walls (they're not going to like jump out at you). It's really dirty so make sure to wear proper covered footwear.... More 

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Tawau, Malaysia
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289 reviews
134 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have been to at least five different caves in Malaysia. This is the only cave where I came across thousands of cockroaches. There were a number on the boardwalk and handrail. This is a small cave. Even though we were taking photographs, we covered the whole place in about an hour. For those who freak out or squirmish about... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fascinating place and very dramatic. Collecting the birds' nests would be horrible work. Worth stopping here on way to/from Kinabatangan. We saw 2 orangutans here too!

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melbourne
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cave itself was pretty nice with small waterfalls in places which I liked - it had been raining though so not sure. I had a private guide which I'm sure made it more interesting as he could tell us about historical bird nesters and current day policy. You definitely don't need a guide but it was interesting to learn about... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The caves is easily accessible and easy to find . It is set in forest access by a good walkway. The cave is very large and beautiful as are the swiftlets and bats flying overhead . The smell of guano is powerful .t walkway and are handrail are slippery from the water and the guano . Tthe cockroaches and spiders... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited during harvest season, amazing to see locals collect bird nests from enormous heights. Cave stunning views. Walk in along the boardwalk gave opportunity to see orangatan in the wild.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After reading so many reviews on TA about the smell, poop and bugs i was dreading this trip, but it was my birthday and i was up for the challenge. However, i did go to the local pharmacy first and bought a plastic poncho and a pack of face masks! The walk up to the caves from the ticket office... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Never been so happy in my life! After 3 days in kinabatangan river trying to spot a wild orang utan, least expected We saw a mom and a child up the tree right before the cave entrance! Workers there seem be not as excited as us. Is so near me one meter away! Nearly want to hug it out but... More 

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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194 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be prepared for the cockroaches, bat droppings, bird droppings and the foul smell. Oh what about centipedes. Oh I forgot. This is a cave where million of birds reside and where the bird nests are harvested - for their saliva. An expensive delicacy very much fancy by most Asians. The guano used as fertilizer is also harvested. Do come prepared... More 

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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271 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This cave is easly to get to by car or minivan. We went with our guide from Sukau Lodge. It was great. An easy walk from the carpark to Simud Putin cave with information boards at the centre. We saw the long metal ladders under the homes of the workers who climb them twice a year to collect the nests... More 

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