The dining hall at the eco village
Sumbiling Eco Village is one possible entrance to Ulu Temburong National Park. It is run by Borneo Guide and employs many of the local Iban villagers. The eco village is located near the local village but at the same time it is a separate area so both the community and visitors can have their privacy. It’s possible to do Ulu Temburong as a day trip but staying at Sumbiling was almost the highlight of my trip to Brunei. They can also organize hikes and overnight camping in the area.
How to get there – You must make a reservation first and it’s easiest if they handle all of the transportation to Sumbiling Eco Village. You meet at the Kiangeh Jetty in Bandar Seri Begawan at an agreed upon time. There is an exciting 45 minute speedboat ride (you ride in an enclosed boat) to Bangar where Sumbiling Eco Village picks you up in a van. If you coming from Kota Kinabalu by bus you could get off at Bangar instead of going all of the way to Bandar Seri Begawan and then coming back to Bangar.
Facilities – It’s basic lodging with a choice of tents, tent cabins and private rooms (added cost). Bathrooms (western toilets) with cold showers. Hammocks by the river. Prepared (and excellent) meals. Will accommodate special food requests such as gluten free, vegetarian and others.
Cost – Stay at the Sumbiling Eco Village is included in their overnight tour package. Their tours might stretch a backpacker’s budget but they are quite reasonable for lodging in Brunei and definitely worth it. Contact them directly if you only want to stay at the eco village. Click for a link to their tour prices (in Brunei Dollars).
Tour options – Ulu Temburong National Park – Rainforest Trek – Overnight Rainforest Camping Trek – 3D2N Trek to Bukit Lutut
Note – the eco in eco village means eco tourism and they shouldn’t be confused with a completely self sustainable eco village but they have numerous initiatives to reduce their footprint.
Website – Sumbiling Eco Village link
GPS – N4.587275, E115.118406