Sabah, Malaysia, lies in the northeast of Borneo and is one of the two Malaysian provinces on Borneo (the other one is Surawak). Malaysia shares the island of Borneo with Indonesia and Brunei. Sabah attracts visitors mainly because of its easy accessible jungle, Mount Kinabalu, and the beautiful tropical islands. Most Sabah, Malaysia hostels can be found in the two main cities -- Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan; also in the smaller towns that attracts tourists, a smaller amount of Sabah, Malaysia hostels can be found. Tasty food can be found all over Sabah and some Sabah, Malaysia hostels even have their own on-site restaurant, where you can have food for a decent price.
Kota Kinabalu is the biggest city in Sabah and the port of entry for most visitors, either by plane, bus (from Brunei or Surawak), or by ferry (from Brunei). The city itself doesn't have a big amount of attractions, but plenty of restaurants and shops can be found in the centre. However, several tropical islands with white sandy beaches, crystal-clear water, and good snorkeling options are only a few minutes off the coast from Kota Kinabalu. Visitors can book a boat trip at the harbour to visit one or more islands on a day.
Climbing Mount Kinabalu is another major activity in Sabah. A typical itinerary to climb Mount Kinabalu takes two days, with overnight accommodation halfway. It is necessary to book a tour or the accommodation in advance, as places are limited and you are not allowed to start the hike without a place to stay. In the close surroundings there's an option for a Sabah, Malaysia hostel. Mount Kinabalu is located approximately two hours by bus from Kota Kinabalu, so Kota Kinabalu might as well be used as base before or after climbing Mount Kinabalu.
Sandakan Airport offers also several flights to and from places outside Sabah. Sandakan is a popular base to visit the nearby Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, which is easily accessible by public bus. From Sandakan, tours into the jungle can be booked that normally last one or two nights. You will find wild elephants, crocodiles, orangutans, monkeys, and many other flora and fauna.
Throughout Sabah, palm oil plantations can be found. Semporna is another popular destination, as it is a getaway to good snorkeling spots.
Many high-quality Sabah, Malaysia hostels can be found throughout the area. While the costs of traveling in Sabah are slightly more expensive than the rest of Malaysia, the hostels in Sabah, Malaysia, are great value for money.
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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 …