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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 was extremely clean and comfortable." … "This place is extremely clean, has good character and friendly staff." … "… we 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...
"… 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 Arrangements Speak with your friendly attendants to arrange for various tour packages with local operators. Go...
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
"… channel Floor with carpetFree luggage storage area Hot & cold shower Linen available Laundry (express service) Hair dryer Iron and ironing board Kitchenette Free instant hot and cold drinking water Free wireless internet Cd copying, printing, photo copy, fax service, Free tour / travel information, reservation & arrangementWe comprise dorm style rooms, twin/double bedrooms with air-conditional or fan. Our very own...
"… Street is the venue of the weekly market or "TAMU", 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...
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...
"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...
"Average facilities, great location, and helpful staff - We stayed here two nights. Originally booked a private en suite double online the same day, but because we booked close to our arrival they had given away our room when we arrived. We were shown a family room with 3 beds for same price, but no windows and AC leaking water all over mattress. Finally we settled on a 4 person dorm room, but paid for whole room. This room was comfortable and...
Mesilau Nature Resort
"Nestled at the foot of the magnificent Mount Kinabalu at 2000 metres above sea level within the world Heritage Site, Mesilau Nature Resortpromises to enchant visitors with its cool temperate climate and serene surroundings as an amazing nature's paradise. The Mesilau Trail is the new climbing route to the peak of Mount Kinabalu which joins the Summit Trails at Layang- Layang (2740 metres above sea level). The bo-diversity of the flora and...
Victoria Hotel & Hostel
"… a private residence (Victoria House) offering backpackers style accommodation with a wide selections of rooms from male & female dormitories to private rooms with air con or fan. The rooms are clean and comfortable and we never compromise on cleanliness and security. Breakfast and free Wi-Fi are also available. We have a dedicated team of staff that are trained to look after you and your needs. They speak english, chinese,...
PODs The Backpackers Home (Kota Kinabalu Branch)
"… 6-bed dorms. The PODs have mattresses on raised platform to give a Zen like feel. All rooms have individual fans, centralized aircond and universal power socket. Our dorms have double bunk beds equipped with locker. All designs and themes that have been put up are chosen as best to compliment and promote our eco-friendly theme, which is to be simple, and always go green. Less is best, and when traveling, respect the earth!...
Trekkers Lodge Kota Kinabalu
"Nice staff and very informed. It has a good location and is highly recommended. 2 thumbs up!!!" … "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." … "The...
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
"… Open from 9:00am to 4:00pm daily. A colourful display of tropical butterflies. 3. Tropical Garden Open from 9:00am to 4:00pm daily Be one with nature and conduct some bird watching in these parts. Do not miss this opportunity to bring along your binoculars and witness a whole new world of nature. Expect to spot some wild birds, deers and even orang utans here. 4. Orchid Garden Open at 2.30pm daily Visit our nurtured...
Poring Hot Spring & Nature Reserve
"… this opportunity to bring along your binoculars and witness a whole new world of nature. Expect to spot some wild birds, deers and even orang utans here. 4. Orchid Garden Open at 2.30pm daily Visit our nurtured Orchid Garden and discover the various species of orchids in Sabah. 5. Sulphur Bath Relax those sore muscles after a challenging climb up Mount Kinabalu. 6. BBQ Pit A perfect way to enjoy a picnic with family...
"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." … "… as well as safe deposit box, travel information, baggage room and 24 hrs security. Situated in the south city Kota Kinabalu with buses plying to and forth. We are within walking distance to Offices, Food...
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
"… 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 shower facilities. It also offers a kitchen with full-facilities which...
"… 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 - 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 Reception Counter) - Bathroom Toiletries The hotel...
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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