How much does a trip to Sandakan Cost?

The Cost of a Trip to Sandakan

When it comes to exploring Sandakan, travelers typically find themselves budgeting between $26 and $106 per day for solo adventures and $52 to $211 if you're traveling as a couple. Now, that's a broad range, but the typical trip, on average, is $58 (RM275) per person per day. This average cost covers sightseeing, accommodation, meals, and transportation, all from our large repository of travel expenses from previous visitors. Keep in mind, though, your personal spending might vary a bit based on your own level of luxury, travel style, and chosen activities. However, if you're visiting the highlights with some savvy planning, chances are your spending will vibe right around this average cost. For more details, check out the breakdown of expenses by category, plus the breakdown on accommodation and activity prices below.

How much money should you budget for your trip to Sandakan?

Budget travelers to Sandakan often spend around $26 per day. This usually includes a stay at a hostel and meals at affordable restaurants around town. Many budget travelers also prefer free activities over those that cost too much money. If you have a bit more money to spend, you should budget around $58 (RM275) per day. This average includes a mid-range hotel and more meals in restaurants, along with a higher budget for entertainment and activities. Luxury travelers should plan to spend around $106 a day which includes higher-end accommodations, restaurants, tours, and activities. For more details, see our average travel costs for Sandakan here.

Average Daily Costs, Per Person, by Category
Budget Mid-Range Luxury
Accommodation1 $9 $20 $37
Local Transportation1 $14 $33 $59
Food2 $8 $19 $34
Entertainment1 $3 $7 $14
Living Expenses2 $9 $9 $9
Alcohol2 $3 $7 $13
Tips and Handouts1 $4 $4 $4

How much does a weekend trip to Sandakan cost?

Travelers spend, on average, $173 per person on a three-day trip to Sandakan. This includes sightseeing, hotels, food, and local transportation. You can stick close to this average price by staying at mid-range hotels and eating at mid-level restaurants, while also paying for some entry tickets to popular attractions. If you wish to travel cheaper, it's possible to find lower-cost accommodations, eat at less expenive restaurants, and find more free activities. It's also common for many visitors to have a much higher travel budget, as many high-end hotels and restaurants can be found around town.

Sandakan, Malaysia

How much does a five day trip to Sandakan cost?

With five days in Sandakan, you can expect to spend about $289 total, not including transportation to and from the city. It's possible to stay close to this daily average by booking mid-range hotels, eating at normal restaurants, and paying for some entry tickets to popular attractions. It's possible to find lower-cost accommodations, eat at less expenive restaurants, and find more free activities if you want to spent less money.

How much does a one week trip to Sandakan cost?

Most visitors spend between $184 and $740 for a one week trip to Sandakan, with the average being $404. This includes sightseeing, local transportation, food, and hotels. One week is enough time to have a more in-depth experience in Sandakan. Also, one week allows you to be more flexible with your time and money, so you can potentially save money on some aspects of your trip while spending more on others.

Hostel Prices in Sandakan

With more than 3 hostels in Sandakan, the average price is $8 per night for a dorm bed. The cheapest hostel costs $8 and the most expensive is $10. Usually popular with younger travelers, hostels are a great way to save money while also being social. But not all hostels are the same, and we've analyzed the prices of both dorms and private rooms to find the average prices and best places to stay. You can see more details about the hostel prices in Sandakan here.

Here are a few sample prices from popular hostels in Sandakan.

  • $8 for a dorm bed at Sandakan Backpackers Hostel in Sandakan
  • $8 for a dorm bed at Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat in Sandakan

Hotel Prices in Sandakan

The average price for a hotel room in Sandakan is $31 per night. This average is based on our detailed analysis of available hotels in the area. If you want to save money, or if you're planning a more luxurious trip, it's important to look at hotel prices based on the overall star-rating as well as guest reviews. Also, prices can vary by location and amenities. You can see more details from our analysis of hotel prices in Sandakan here, and below is a breakdown of hotel prices by star-rating.

Hotels by star rating in Sandakan
Rating Number of Hotels Average Hotel Price
4 stars 1 $52
3 stars 14 $27
2 stars 12 $35
1 star 3 $11

Lot E-1-G, Lorong Letat 3, Bandar Letat Jaya, Mile 4, Sandakan
Overall Rating 9.6
Jln Rambutan, Sepilok Mile 14, Sandakan
Overall Rating 8.8

Should you do a tour in Sandakan?

You'll find a wide range of guided tours in Sandakan and many visitors enjoy the convenience of having an expert guide leading them through the chosen activity. Tours range in price from $90 for the Kinabatangan River Cruise from Sandakan to $335 for the Sepilok Orang Utan, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey and Sun Bear Tour.

    • Borneo Wildlife Tour 3 Days 2 Nights At Tanjung Bulat Jungle Camp Kinabatangan: $241
    • Borneo Wildlife Tour 2 Days 1 Night At Tanjung Bulat Jungle Camp Kinabatangan: $197
    • Private Full Day Sepilok Orang Utan, Bornean Sun Bear and Rainforest Discovery Center Tour: $125
    • Sepilok Orang Utan & Bornean Sun Bear Centre with Sandakan City Tour with Lunch: $191
    • 2D1N Sandakan Private Tour with Kinabatangan River Cruise: $290
    • Labuk Proboscis, Sepilok, Sun Bear, Sandakan City Tour & Lunch: $138
    • Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre & Sepilok Orang Utan Rehab Centre Tour: $105
    • Kinabatangan River Cruise from Sandakan: $90
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    1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
    2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
    For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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