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About Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu (often called KK) is a beautiful city in Malaysia and the capital of Sabah region. Kota Kinabalu is well known for its beautiful scenery (Mount Kinabalu and Pulau Sipadan), shopping malls, budget accommodation, good nightlife, and a lot of restaurants with amazing fresh seafood. Kota Kinabalu is easily reachable by all transports (flight, boat, bus, and train), but probably the best way is by air –- there are a lot of low cost companies that fly here from different parts of Southeast Asia. The airport is located only about six kilometers from the city center –- you can take a taxi or minibus.
Kota Kinabalu has a lot to offer, depending your tastes and budget. During your stay in Kota Kinabalu city, you should visit the old area to see the remains of its colonial past, including the Sabah State Museum and Heritage Garden and the Waterfront Markets. If you are into more outdoor activities, you should try to do water rafting (do a one-day tour that can be easily arranged in every tour agency in the city), dive in Pulau Sipadan (recognized as one of the best places in the world to do dive -– here you can see barracudas, sharks, turtles, and amazing reefs), or climb the huge Mount Kinabalu (more than four thousand meters high). There are a lot of tours operated by different agencies in Kota Kinabalu organizing trips to the summit (the average is two days/one night).
Kota Kinabalu has a lot of hostels available, where you can have a good time, and in most of them you can also organize your tours. Kota Kinabalu hostels are on a budget, but clean, friendly, and in a relaxed environment.
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"Stay-In Lodge KotaKinabalu - The staff is friendly and helpful there and they provide you with free water and toast for breakfast; free coffee and tea. Laundry service was pretty cheap, too and they did a good job at that. Hot showers available and they shower areas were clean. I stayed there about a month in a single room and for the first couple of weeks in a room that faced the street with a big window -- lotsa fresh air though, pretty...
Borneo Global Backpackers
"Borneo Global Backpackers is a nice and relaxed hostel that usually has the best price for a dorm in the city. There is free Wi-Fi in the whole building and nice communal areas. The reception has free computers with internet and you can arrange good deals for packages to Mount Kinabalu or to dive in Pulau Sipadan. Usually the breakfast is included and has coffee, tea, bread, butter, and jam –- basic, but enough for everybody. The Location...
"… distance to shopping centers, eateries/restaurants, banks, post-office, express bus terminals, ferry terminals to islands and weekly Sunday Bazaar where you can get the best bargains for local produce ranging from antiques, foods, household wares, local traditional arts to craft-work. Fifteen minutes ride from Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Come and experience with us, our very own comfortable and clean environmental lodging...
"Borneo Backpackers is unexceptional as a hostel but draws many guests, particularly from other hostels, for its cleanliness. The Location The hostel is located in downtown Kota Kinabalu, about ten minutes' walk from the ferry terminal (where the ferry from Labuan docks, for those journeying east from Brunei or Sarawak). It is also close to several 7-11 stores, a local market, and a department store with a large supermarket in the...
Summer Lodge Hostel
"Summer Lodge Hostel is a great place to leave your bags for a few days whilst you go exploring Sabah, as Kota Kinabalu is the main place of passage for most. The Location The hostel is located next to a busy pedestrianised street with bars and restaurants in the centre of Kota Kinabalu. This street gets very loud at weekends when they have live music and karaoke. It is located just above the Pizza Hut on Jalan Gaya and there is a large...
Akinabalu Youth Hostel
"Akinabalu Youth Hostel is a clean, spacious, and kindly run hostel. Situated in the center of Kota Kinabalu, and amongst a handful of other backpacker type hostels, Akinabalu provides a comfortable retreat from the heat of the city and a welcoming atmosphere after a day of island hopping. The staff are organized and quick to assist with guest inquiries. This moderately sized hostel is secure and well monitored, with a staffer always...
Borneo Adventure Center
"I stayed here in a private suite in the last week of Jan. Another occupant of a private suite lost money in his wallet from his room and gave a police complaint. Police was on the spot enquring the staff. The other occupant was telling police that someone came in while he was in the toilet and took the cash from his wallet. This is very much possible because there is no provision for locking the room's door from inside only. So be careful if...
North Borneo Cabin
"This place is extremely clean, has good character and friendly staff." … "This place was extremely clean and comfortable." … "… didn't spread them to any other hostels. this cost us a fortune in laundry bills. the staff were very unhelpfull and unfriendly about the situation and actually found it quite funny. we know for a fact that they are doing nothing to resolve their infestation, and their unfortunate guests are...
"Highly recommend Step-in Lodge as excellent accommodation in KK -- it's in a great central location; great social atmosphere; beds, rooms and facilities excellent, fresh, clean, and comfy. Most of all, thank you to all the staff at Step-in Lodge -- very friendly and helpful. Very enjoyable stay. Lots of fun! Definitely love to come back and visit!" … "This is really a good hostel, its clean, well managed, friendly place." …...
Kinabalu Backpackers Lodge
"Kinabalu Backpackers Lodge is a great place to put up your feet and relax, or organize your next big event in Sabah, Borneo. The staff are very friendly and the they are more than willing to help you with anything you need while you are here. The Location Kota Kinabalu is a fairly closely knit city so just about anywhere is a good location. The location of this place is just outside the city center but still just a five-minute walk to...
Borneo Tempurung Seaside Lodge
"Tempurung Seaside Lodge sits atop a small hill overlooking the vast South China Seas in the South West of Sabah. Just unwind, relax and enjoy the cozy, comfortable and casual atmosphere. It is here where dreams and reality converge! Tastefully built with a mixture of modern and traditional design amidst natural tropical surroundings, this 'jungle boutique' lodge offers arguably one of nature's perfect hideaways. The lodge boasts of its own...
"… and services: •24-hour reception •Free Wifi in lobby area •Internet access •Air-conditioning •Daily breakfast included •Coffee and tea-making facilities •Astro (Cable) TV •Hot and cold showers (shower gel provided) •Hairdryer and towels upon request •Lockers •Luggage storage •Iron and ironing board •Microwave and toaster •Instant noodles and soft drinks for sale •Outdoor wooden patio •Map and brochure rack Special Tour...
D'Villa Rina Ria Lodge
"… Club, the highest golf layout in Sabah. From D'Villa Lodge to the golf club, it takes only 20 minute ride. We have refurbished the lodges and upgraded our facilities & services. We mesmerize you with our friendly service and hospitality. We believe you will feel it…. Our Restaurant has varieties of Chinese Hawker Style dish with a very reasonable price. We also sell: Winter Coats, Gloves, Winter Beanie, Head Lamp, Knee Guard,...
Borneo Gaya Lodge
"… a wide range of modern amenities such as shopping complexes, trendy cafes, pub & lounge, clinic, saloon, money exchange shop, Air Asia Airlines center, public transportation to island/Mt. Kinabalu, Sabah Tourism Center, Atkinson Clock Tower, Signal Hill, Sunday Market, dry/wet market, Filipino market, cinema and others. No Curfew and we have 24 hours helpful and friendly receptionist, security with CCTV and computerized lock...
"… where one can find all kinds of local products ranging from handicrafts, pearls, food, plants, antiques, and a variety of other interesting items. The Rainforest Lodge is located on the plaza in the heart of KK's bustling activity known as The Beach Street. The Beach Street complex consists of the Rainforest Café, SugarBun Café and the ever popular backpacker hangout, BB Café which provides nightly entertainment. Every room has a...
The Village Homestay
"Beautiful village gardens surrounded the house, guest can enjoy taking a stroll in the garden or even helping out feeding the chicken, what ever you like to make your stay here enjoyable and memorable. The Village HomeStay is located on ground floor of the double story house, consists of a good size living room and shared kitchen. Gardens with variety sort of tropical flowers and plants can be found around the house, a personal...
"We are backpackers hostel and we call ourself Bunibon Lodge. We are located in Kota Kinabalu which is the capital city of Sabah and we are also located in the backpackers hot spot of the city. We have 3 different rooms to such as private rooms,dormitories and what we also have what we call private bunk beds.All room comes with sharing bathroom. Guests comments are always \'Friendly staff\', \'Very clean and quiet\', \'Good pillows...
Mesilau Nature Resort
"… reach the top of the trail. From Crocker Range Lodge, the trail passes the Mesilau cave down a low ridge above a stream. The landscape is lush with ferns, liverworts and orchids amidst mossy rocks and boulders. After crossing a suspension bridge over Mesilau River, the trail rises steeply on the opposite bank. Shrubby grasses, rhododendrons and orchids are in abundance. Many are unique to the ultramafic soil. Mesilau Nature Resort...
"Our resthouse is located along the trunkroad and just 200 metre or 5 minutes walk to mount kinabalu park headquarters where mountain climbing start there. Consisting of 6 double/family room and 12 dormitory rooms for 2 to 4 persons each rooms (non-sharing type). Seated at 5000 feet above sea level its natures cool fresh air at day and cold temperature of 15 degrees celcius at night. Easy access to public transport as all buses to...
Trekkers Lodge Kota Kinabalu
"Great place as a base for the rest of Saah. I wondered why it was not listed in the latest issue of Lonely Planet. It has lots of travel information. Be sure to check out the Sipadan diving rates when you're here." … "Central location and close to food!!! This place has friendly staff, too, and lots of information." … "Central location, great staff, way better than I expected!" … "The boss is also a good chap!" …...
Likas Sports Complex Hostel
Sabah Sports Board
Travellers Light Backpackers Lodge
"Friendly, quiet, no-frills, very basic accommodation. - At first, I thought Traveler's Light would save me some money. Unfortunately, they don't offer as much as the average hostel in KK. So when you add the extra fees that they charge, it ends up costing the same or more than other hostels. They offer A/C rooms for a higher price, but the bed only has a bottom sheet. So you must pay extra for towels, top-sheet, blanket. They do have free...
Poring Hot Spring & Nature Reserve
"… leafbirds, broadbills, the Yellow-vented Bulbul, the Magpie Robin and the Asian Fairy Bluebird. Flowering gingers also attract sunbirds and spiderhunters. At least seven of Borneo's ten sunbird species and six of Sabah's seven spiderhunters are found here. 1. Canopy Walkway Open from 9:00am to 4:00pm daily. Enjoy the breathtaking canopy walkway and spectacular botanical beauty of the forest. 2. Butterfly Farm (Butterfly Garden...
Poring Hot Spring & Nature Reserve
"… is the nearest waterfall from Poring Hot Spring & Nature Reserve. It takes approximately 15 minutes walk (1km). The waterfall is about 10 metres in height and suitable for group and family picnics. 2. Langanan Waterfall - This is the highest waterfall in Poring. It is more than 120 metres in height and takes approximately 2 hours trekking through the lowland tropical forest (3.4km). 3. Bat Cave - 30 minutes walk...
"Nice comfortable place. The best thing about this place is Vincent, who runs it. He's really helpful, giving lifts around town and to the airport if you ask nicely. He'll also give you loads of free advice about tours and travelling in Sabah and will organise trips to the local islands if you want -- but no pressure." … "Poor service - I don't know how to talk bout this place, there are many mosquitoes, hot and always got many problem...
Borneo Beachouse (Backpackers)
Tanjung Aru Beach
"Welcome to Borneo BeacHouse (Backpackers) Only Beach House situated in the South of Kota Kinabalu City Life is a Beach" … "Only Beach House situated in the South of Kota Kinabalu City, Located Tanjung Aru Beach." … "… room, Twin room and Family room. All rooms are with windows. Living room area, self cook kitchen, guest lounge area, garden area and a pool table. We provide extra facilities such as a BBQ set for the...
The Lavender Lodge
"Located in the central business districts of the city, within walking distance to shopping complexes, restaurants and entertainment outlets.This newly opened hotel has 15 tastefully decorated rooms at affordable prices. There are different categories of rooms to suit all travellers. Our clean and comfortable rooms, exceptionally friendly and helpful staffs make our lodge the favourite among international travellers. we provide free advice...
Brahminy Kite Holiday Home
"… Park, KK Esplanade, and the Atkinson Clock Tower. It is a 15-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport and 30 minutes by boat to the islands of Sapi, Mamutik, Sulug, Gaya and Manukan. A home away from home perfect for group trips & family vacations. Our 3-storey resort-styled villa is able to accomodate a maximum of 12 people. The holiday home features peaceful living and dining areas and 4 bathrooms with hot...
"… Bed (Attached Washroom) | 1st Room – 1 Queen Bed (Share Washroom with 2nd Room) | 2nd Room – 1 Queen Bed (Share Washroom with 1st Room) | 3rd Room (Downstairs – 1 Queen Bed Housekeeping: Yes Security: 24 Hours Security Guard | Access Card Facilities: Air-conditioning | Television with Astro Channels | Sofa | Dining Tables | Refrigerator | Rice cooker | Microwave | Toaster | Kettle | Cooking Utensils | Washing Machine | Dryer |...
"I just spent two nights at Hotel Holiday — Kota Kinabalu/Sabah from August 23rd — 25th, 2005. I had NO advance reservation — I just walked in on the basis of THIS Web site. The hotel was full by the evening, and when I arrived, only the deluxe room was available. The room was clean, approx. 12 sq. meters, with a small fridge, mini-bar, and a TV with mostly local channels (and sometimes one English language program running). The room had...
"… Service -24-hour CCTV Security - Laundry & Dry Cleaning Service - Hair Dryer (upon request) - Dry iron (upon request) - Complimentary Drinking Water - Major Credit Cards Acceptance - Attached Bathrooms with Hot/Cold Shower ( Water Heater ) - Air Conditioned with Individual Temperature Control - Queen-sized Beds or Twin Sharing - FREE WIFI ( Free Broadband Internet Connection in the room - IDD Telephone Lines - Safe Deposit Box (at...
Kota Kinabalu Travel Tips & Suggestions
The only real good reason to travel here is to climb nearby Mount Kinabalu. And if you do, then don't book your climb through a middleman or tour company! Book directly from the company managing the lodge on the mountain, otherwise you pay too much. Having said that, the people are friendly. The price of a movie is only 8-11 ringgits ($3 usd). Plenty of places to eat (local & western chains). The bus system is cheap, but unpredictable. The taxis are a bit expensive -- one ride is the cost of a night at a hostel. There are lots of good, cheap hostels. The sidewalks are sketchy, dangerous, or nonexistent. It's not a good area of Malaysia for beaches or snorkeling.
The vast majority of the people in Kota Kinabalu are friendly and very few try to rip you off.
Staying for a night in Kota Kinabalu made me feel like I'm in a place surrounded by odd people. They seem friendly at first, but after a while they become scary -- the way they stare, the way they move. It's like they want you drawn into their world and then cast spells on you that would make you stay there for the entirety of your life.
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