Novotel 1Borneo Kota Kinabalu

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Tower B Jalan Sulaman Highway, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 88450, Malaysia
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Costs 31% less than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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Looking for hotel close to airport

by cgf

There are already three years I miss KotaKinabalu, I heard about quite few new hotels, a new mall... Actually I'll arrive to Kota Kinabalu only to sleep one night, leaving very early morning, I might stop few days on the way back.
I'm looking for an hotel close to airport, only sleep in a good bed and clean room.
any advice?

Re: Looking for hotel close to airport

by din2x

One thing that you need to know about Kota Kinabalu Airport, the cost of transportation from the airport to the nearest hotel area with many to choose from (Tanjung Aru area) is almost the same as going to the city itself. From Aiport to the city, taxi rides is only about 15 minutes.

But, if you still want to stay at the closest hotel to the airport, it should be Airport View Hotel. But reading from the review on the internet, It is not a recommended place to stay.

Re: Looking for hotel close to airport

by cgf

I also don't believe a lot of trafic at 5-5:30 on Saturday morning...
I've already been to KotaKinabalu hotels, once at Le Meridien (never more!!) and twice at Hyatt. I heard there was more hotel now but I found them in the city, I thought there were other closer at airport.

Re: Looking for hotel close to airport

by ic1980

theres crown hotel somewhere in old tanjung aru center.. not too far from airport

Travel Tips for Kota Kinabalu

Easy answers to easy KK questions.

by OnTheSpot

Hello -

There's 2 (not so big) in KK town itself - Centrepoint has Pacific Nu Kui, near the Hyatt there's a Millimewa. On the fringes of the CBD at Karamunsing, you'll find a mid-sized Giant. At City Mall, a good 20 minutes by taxi, there's a larger Giant, and at 1Borneo Shopping Centre there's the biggest Giant of them all.

Flea markets-
The Philippino Market near Le Meridien is always popular. There's a vegetable market and wet market right next to it - it's daily. The Sunday market is the Gaya Street market which starts early and packs-up around midday. Out at Papar and in Kota Belud there are big, regional markets which are on specific days of the months (check local listings). Pretty much the same thing as at Gaya Street, perhaps just bigger.

Boat trip to Brunei-
You can't go via boat directly from KK. You have to go to Labuan (1-2 hours) and then from there to Brunei (2-3 hours) depending on the sea conditions. You might want to consider flying with MAS or Royal Brunei - little more expensive but time is money.

Getting around KK-
The KK CBD is not all that big - perhaps 3km from Wisma Wawasan on the one side to Jessleton point on the other. Once in the CBD you can walk where you like. To get around further than that, taxis are cheap and although they have meters they charge set fees for set distances - they should have a chart in the car to show you the cost to different destinations. To Kinabalu Park and Sandakan you can take a long distance bus, or a minibus. To tourist attractions, either do a tour or rent a car.

Hope that's helpful.

Local Dances

by Wild_Orchid

The various local ethnic groups take pride in displaying their own forms of dances for tourists and during festivals and rituals. The biggest festival celebrated in Sabah is the "Hari Gawai" or Harvest Festival. During the 3-day Gawai festival, there is continuous dancing and performances taking place and an air of festivity fills the air. Tuak, a type of home brewed rice wine is drunk in large quantities, and sometimes offered to visitors and tourists. I am not sure what this tuak tastes like, but I believe that it is not drunk with taste in mind! Rather it is drunk more with the intention of relaxing after the hard work of the rice harvest...if you get my drift. (hehe)

At other times of the year, dances are performed by various dance troupes at hotels and cultural villages and shopping malls. The most famous dance troup is the Sabah Tourism Board Dancers. At the end of the show, an unsuspecting tourist is usually roped in to complete the dance (see pics). It is really fun to try to join in or to watch!

Jogging near the sports complex

by syetan

For those looking to walk or stretch their legs, you can go for a jog at the sports complex in Likas near the city - there is a small lake within the jogging area and a few stretching equipment for you to use. Go early in the morning or in the evening. There's a canteen at the complex but do bring a bottle of water in you like. There are no lockers so if you have a car put your stuff in there (well hidden) or travel very light.

Nature Interpretation Centre - Orang Utan

by chiabh

The Nature Interpretation Centre, located at the Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort, was established by the resort in collaboration with the Sabah State Wildlife Dept in June 1996 in providing the initial steps at rehabilitation of stranded and orphaned baby orang utans as well as other endagered fauna... When the orang utans reach the ages of six or seven, they are send to the rehabilitation station in Sepilok and subsequently released into the wild...

Visitors are allowed to enter nature reserve through bookings must be made as only 50 visitors are allowed at any one time... The hour-long In Search of the Orang Utan programme is on daily at 10am and 2pm to coincide with feeding times. Entrance fee is RM65 for the public and RM50 for resort guests... Children between the ages of 6 and 16 pay RM10...

The programme starts with a talk and video show by the rangers and then leads a way up a forested hill... Along the way, lucky visitors may catch glimpses of hornbills, monitor lizards, tortoises, musedeer, civet car and over 60 species of birds and 30 species of butterfiles... There are 2 viewing platforms overlooking the feeding stations for visitors...


by travelpug about Handicraft Market

It is a small market with narrow passage in between each stalls. It is packed with merchandise from around this region. However, I had a hard time finding anything that is really unique about Sabah. No, I am not talking about Sabah t-shirts, key chains or magnets. It seems that Sabah has more to offer than these typical souvenirs. Tourists from west malaysia seems to like to buy dried shrimps and anchovies from Sabah. There is a section of the market dedicated to this type of products. Is it really cheaper here, i am not sure. But sorry mom, I didn't buy any because I didn't want to stink my whole backpack!


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Address: Tower B Jalan Sulaman Highway, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 88450, Malaysia