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Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort: Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort

All staff were extremely friendly. The resort has a very welcoming feel to it. Lush and green with lots of quiet areas that you can just sit and reflect. The recently upgraded Tanjung Aru wing is definitely worth paying a little bit more for.

The pools were beaut. Great toddlers pool and two others of varying depths to suit everyone. The kids club has a good variety of activities to keep the littlies entertained. The hotel can also arange babysitting. There is a range of dining choices to suit everyone including a "corner store" which sells snacks, drinks etc.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written September 24, 2004
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Manukan Island Resort: Accommodation in Manukan Island

All chalets overlook the South China Sea and a spectacular sunset is almost a daily sight. Stay overnight in the beautifully structured chalets, and lose yourself in the romance of a tropical island paradise. The island is also ideal for small to medium sized meeting groups.

However, when I was there, a major renovation was going on and the pool was closed. There were very few travellers as many were day-trippers.

The chalet-type accommodation is suitable for families and groups.

We stayed in the Hilltop Lodge which overlooks the sea at RM230 per night for the chalet with 2 rooms.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written April 17, 2004
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Menggilan Hostel: Another Hostel at the Foot of Mount Kinabalu

Similar to Asrama Medang. Menggilan seems newer and it has a bigger bathroom. There is a shared kitchen as well.

Cost : RM 12 per pax

Please note that the Park Headquarters staff may assign you to either one of the hostels as both are priced the same and situated next to each other.

You are encouraged to book and pay for the accommodation before you arrive at the Park.

Great view of Mount Kinabalu.

There are many other types of accommodation under the care of the Sutera Sanctuary Lodges. Check them out from the website.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written April 4, 2004
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Dorm beds @ Menggilan


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Trekkers' Lodge: Popular Backpackers' Place in Kota Kinabalu

The Trekkers' Lodge is very centrally located. Situated near the bus station and Gaya Street, if you are heading to other parts of Sabah or you just want to enjoy the city of Kota Kinabalu, Trekkers' Lodge may be a good choice. It is definitely a budget hostel. However, my advice is, BOOK REAL EARLY! I did not stay there as it was fully booked to one month ahead.

Just downstairs, there are coffeeshops and eateries which serve good food. The duck rice/noddle shop and the fish noodle shop are few shops away.

Smack in the middle of town. Walking distance to Sinsuran.

Rates (including breakfast):
Dormitory Room - RM18/pax (Fan); RM20/pax (A/C)
Single/Double Room - RM40/room (Fan); RM45/room (A/C)
Family Room (3 pax) - RM57/room (Fan); RM63/room (A/C)
Single/Double Room (with attached bathroom) - RM70/room (with A/C); Extra Bed @ RM15

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written April 4, 2004
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Popular Hostel - Picture taken by Muddybok


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Kampung Bavanggazo Long House: Live Like a Rungus

Fantastic. Incredible. If you want to experience staying in a Long House, you must stay at Bavanggaza Rungus Long House. It is cooling as it is made of wood and atap. It is family-run and the owners are very friendly and hospitable.

NOTE :
Most tourists go there through a travel agent. It is better to contact them direct. Owner is Mr Angkung Milaad. I will strongly encourage tourists to stay there for a night, at least as day visitors will not get a chance to interact with the locals and understand their culture and traditions.

Rates : RM50 per pax (Students); RM70 per pax (Normal for 2 pax min)

It includes :
- Rungus Handicraft
- Entrance Fee
- Welcome Drink (Local Coconut)
- Cultural Dance
- Dinner
- Breakfast
- Tour to nearby Vilages

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written April 4, 2004
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Simple Yet Comfortable


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Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort: Beautiful Views

The stay here was wonderful. The staff were very polite, efficient and courteous. On arrival I asked for some ice to be brought up to my room, and it was there before I got there.
I was upgraded to a sea view room with King size bed as I was a Shangri-La Golden circle member, this is free to join and can be done on their website. I highly recommend it.

Every room has its own safe.
The rooms in the Tanjung wing have been renovated, however Im not sure as to how many in the Kinabalu wing have been, not that it matters, they were very spacious and clean. The Pools were great, quite large and there were enough banana lounges for everyone. Try a strawberry daiquri, fantastic.
The restaurants at the hotel werent that bad either for taste and price wise.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Spa and Resort
  • Written July 13, 2004
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Kinabalu wing room (scuse the mess)


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Sukau River Lodge: Wilderness in Sukau

This lodge is operated by Wildlife expeditions. The accomodation is chalet/hut style; basic but clean, comfortable and air conditioned. A bar and restaurant is available - and the food is pretty good. The restaurant overlooks the river and is a spectacle. The tours offered are great and the guides are really nice and quite good at finding animals.

The lodge organises jungle night walks - where you set out into the jungle at night to see sleeping birds, bugs, snakes and any other nocturnal animals that may come along - Don't miss this activity!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written October 28, 2004
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Laban Rata Guesthouse: Experience of Living Above the Clouds

The Laban Rata Guesthouse is situated over 3000 feet above sea-level. Almost all trekkers who are trekking up to the Summit pass-by this guesthouse and it is one of the few accommodations available at "that height". The Laban Rata Guesthouse, Gunuting Laban Rata and Warus Hut are all under the care of the Sutera Sanctuary Lodges. There is no other accommodation except these 3.

There is no kitchen at the Laban Rata Guesthouse. It is dormitory-style. All dorms are installed heaters. There is a big eating place / restaurant where most trekkers pig-out on the buffet spread (RM20.60) after the tedious and strenuous hike.

Should you need to use the kitchen, walk up to the Gunuting Laban Rata just 5 minutes away.

Cost : RM 32 per pax.

They are all usually "booked out", so, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Living above the clouds. Great views.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written April 4, 2004
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Laban Rata Guest House


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Beverley Hotel: Clean. Quiet and close to city

This hotel was suitable for my nights accomodation. It appeared that if was very popular with the locals. Clean and tidy.
I also had breakfast included in my nights stay, and it was a very nice array of different choices

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written August 16, 2004
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Malar Kinabalu Hotel: The "Hotel" I Stayed In

Rather sleazy. Rooms are clean. Reasonably priced. Good value for money. Nicely located in town. Convenient. Air-conditioned.

Rates :
Family Room (With A/C) - RM65 per room

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written April 14, 2004
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Kinabalu Rose Cabin: Kinabalu National Park

This hotel is already very cheap, I would have gladly paid double just for the view out of the balcony - an unobstructed view of the mighty Mount Kinabalu and the dense forest surrounding it - it is simply breathtaking - you can see for yourself in the pic on the left - taken from the balcony. The rooms are very clean & spacious, and hot water is available. The food is good - the staff are Chinese and the food is good Chinese food! There is also TV with some interesting channels (thankfully even in English - not only CNN!!). The staff is very nice and helpful. You can also leave some stuff at the reception if you plan to attempt to climb the Kinabalu and want to leave some stuff behind and pick it up later.

All rooms have balconies facing Mount Kinabalu.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: National/State Park, Hiking and Walking, Budget Travel
  • Written October 28, 2004
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Breath taking view from the balcony!


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Promenade Hotel: Great stay in Kota Kinabalu

Wow ... what a nice hotel! I have really enjoyed myself here and the prices are really really good considering what you are paying for! As usual, we did not book anything in advance so just went up to the counter and asked for a room. We were really tired and in no mood to go bargain hunting. It turns out that they had just one room left - some sort of executive suite costing about $40. We took the room ... and boy were we amazed! We had 2 TVs and 4 rooms. So let me be a bit more specific. Once you open the door you find a hall leading to the sitting room
with TV, a desk, large coffee table and comfy sofas. The room was on the 11th floor and the sitting room was endowed with a really large window offering a view of the city below. Then from the sitting room, you
open really expensive looking wooden sliding doors to reveal the bedroom with another TV, king sized bed, dressing table and mirror and another enourmous window ... wow! Then there is a sort of room with a large closet and another desk. Finally the bathroom was really nice, white with luxurious black finishings, tub and shower and really large mirror and enourmous sink and plenty of space where to put your toiletry
stuff. Wow I really liked this place! And it is really really good value for money! Maybe it was because it was some sort of last minute deal, I don't know but throughout malaysia it is pays to bargain over the price
of a room :)

The hotel also has a nice pool, really chic restaurant serving a variety of mouth watering dishes, and a bar and lobby with live music at night.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written October 28, 2004
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Medang Hostel: Hostel at the foot of the Mount Kinabalu

Usually trekkers who intend to summit Mount Kinabalu, or travellers who just want to enjoy the cool and nice environment will stay the the foot of the Mount Kinabalu, the Kota Kinabalu Park.

Medang Hostel is situated just beside the Menggilan Hostel. (Hostel in Malay is "Asrama".)

Asrama Medang is a 3-minute walk from the Park Entrance. I stayed in an 8-bed dormitory. There is a kitchen with utensils. There is no heater in the room. There is hot shower too.

Cost : RM 12 per pax

Great view of Mount Kinabalu from the balcony.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written April 4, 2004
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Beach Lodge: Conveniently Located Backpackers' Hostel

Situated at Jalan Pantai, 2 naoorw streets away from Gaya Street, conveniently located near fast food chains and supermarket.

Rates (including breakfast):
Double Room With A/C : RM43 (2 pax)
Double Room with Fan : RM37 (2 pax)
Dorm Bed With A/C : RM18 per pax

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written April 4, 2004

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Gayana Island Eco Resort: Over the water bungalows

These bungalows are out on the water. Each bungalow has a large living room/bedroom combination, dressing room, fridge, and bath with shower. There is a nice size balcony on the front.
The food is very good and reasonably priced.
Breakfast is included with your room.

Great view of the fish in the clear water, nice fresh water pool.
Water sports and trails through the forest.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Beaches, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Eco-Tourism
  • Written July 7, 2004
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