Run as a partnership between Borneo Guide and the local Iban community, this blissfully laid-back jungle retreat offers accommodation in ecofriendly riverside tents and cabins, sprawling across a peaceful durian orchard, with guided jungle walks, cooking classes, blowpipe competitions, inner tubing and other activities arranged by Iban villagers. In between, you can sit back in a hammock and watch the Sungai Temburong slide by. Day trips (per person from US$95) here are also possible.
It's a commendable example of effective community based tourism, and visitors will almost feel part of the extended family. Most people visit as part of a package including a riverboat trip to nearby Ulu Temburong National Park. The owners also offer overnight stays at jungle camps in the rainforest. Prices include transport from Bangar jetty, tasty meals and activities.
Information from Hostelworld
Sumbiling Eco Village is a nature lodge situated in the interior of the Temburong District, home to some of the best preserved rainforests in Borneo. Due to our location, we are within reach of the popular Ulu Temburong National Park as well as other well-preserved rainforest areas, yet just 5 mins walk to the main road, 25 mins drive from Bangar (Temburong main town), and around 2 hours by boat and drive from the Brunei International Airport.
A rustic stay awaits you, as our lodge is surrounded by shady trees and new growth forests, and is located right on the banks of an upstream stretch of the Temburong River, with rocky rapids, and clear water depending on the rainfall. We try our best to keep structures to a minimum, with huts built from bamboo as well as reused and new wood being the main theme. On a typical day, while away the afternoons on cosy hammocks under shady trees beside the river, and take time to finish that intriguing novel you have never quite managed to finish. When the heat gets to you, the cooling waters of the river await, though if a mere cool dip doesn't do it, try a downstream float in a rubber tube, or try your hand at a traditional wooden raft. Then as the sun sets, tune in to the symphony of the night, with the sounds of insects, frogs and other wildlife never too far away. This is the place to rest, relax and have some simple outdoors fun, especially if you have been worn out on the road for the last few weeks or months.
For those who want more and whose budgets permit, we also conduct optional excursions, such as a night walking tour, or a daytrip either to the Ulu Temburong National Park or the Rainforest Discovery trek into the nearby rainforest, a hands-on see, smell, taste and feel educational trek for those who are interested in the numerous benefits of the rainforest to us.
Despite the back-to-basics approach and our proximity to the rainforest, we provide a reasonably comfortable stay, with bedding in both rooms and tents, common share properly built-up bathrooms, with sitting toilets and even walled outdoor showers. Fans are found in the rooms as well as in the main hall. The bathrooms, rooms and main hall are lit-up at night, and there is no early lights out policy. Power points to charge electronics are available on request. We have a small resource corner, with maps, brochures, and books on various interests.
Choice of room or Tented accommodation, overland transfer between Bangar Jetty( Temburong) to Sumbiling Eco Village, 01 dinner & 01 breakfast.
Terms and Conditions:
We only accept balance of payments in CASH in either Brunei Dollars or Singapore Dollars (except for S$1 coins and soiled or torn notes, no matter how small the tear).
Please make full payment in our office in Bandar Seri Begawan before going into Sumbiling Eco Village .
Please take note, In Temburong( Bangar town) no ATM for credit card withdrawer and also no money changer. Please prepare exact balance payment before check in.
Your package include breakfast & dinner BUT exclude Lunch which can be booked in advance at B$10/pax/meal
There are currently no marked forest trails, so we do not permit leisure walks except around parts of the surrounding village area.
As we are surrounded by forests and a river, kindly inform staff if you plan to either go into the river or have a walk outside of our premises so that they may be aware of your whereabouts.
- 24 hour security
- Bicycle parking
- Free breakfast
- Breakfast not included
- Ceiling fan
- Common room
- Free parking
- Linen included
- Security lockers
- Meals available
- Outdoor terrace
- Luggage storage