We head on to the other Malaysian state in the island of Borneo this time round onto Sabah, The Land Below the Wind. Sabah is widely accepted as one of the best states in Malaysia to visit due to its vast number of attractions both natural and cultural. This is owing to its unique geographical location and heritage. Lets take a look at the many different ways you can experience Sabah and also the 10 places you can stay in all at under RM 150 courtesy of Agoda!

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Experience: Kota Kinabalu City Centre

Kota Kinabalu City Centre

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Kota Kinabalu or KK for short is the main centre of commerce for the capital of the state of Sabah. Typical of many urban centres, it is replete with many of such attractions like malls, museums and also eateries. Attractions to note include the 1Borneo Hypermall which is the biggest mall in all of Borneo located just about 20 minutes free shuttle bus ride from the city, the affordable Kak Nong eatery which recently won the Sabah Tourism Award 2007 for the best Kopi Tiam and the famous Gaya Street Tamu Sunday Market which is a street market hawking everything of the Bornean and Malaysian flavor from delicacies to handicrafts.

Where to stay:

1. Epal Hotel

Price: From RM 140.00 with special RM 30.00 increased cashback

Epal Hotel

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This first entry on the list is a boutique hotel located right smack in the heart of Kota Kinabalu City Centre located within 10 minutes walking distance from attractions such as the Sabah State Museum which offers you an insight into the history of the city, the inhabitants, the wildlife and also the flora. Other attraction to note are the malls Star City Mall and Wisma Sabah if you wish to indulge in some retail activities.

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2. Refarer Hostel

Price: From RM 89.00 with special RM 30.00 increased cashback

Refarer Hostel

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This next entry just simply oozes hipster charm and quality from its clean and airy color scheme to its minimal furnishings. From here you can take a short walk to the famed Sunday Market on Gaya Street where you can get yourself a souvenir or indulge in some local gastronomical delights!

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3.  KK Holiday Suites Apartment

Price: From RM 107.00 with special RM 30.00 increased cashback

KK Holiday Suites Apartment

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KK Holiday suite is great value for money seeing as how it comes with a rather large pool which is good if you’re bringing family along after which you can take a slow walk to the biggest mall in Borneo, the 1Borneo Hypermall or let them marvel at crocodiles at the Taman Buaya Tuaran Crocodile Farm.

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Experience: Pulau Mantanani

Pulau Mantanani

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Pulau Mantanani is a group of three sister islands all of them idyllic, all of them lined with beautiful white sandy beaches and coconut palm trees – a paradise. The water on the beaches are clear, perfect for diving, snorkeling and kayaking. North Borneo was also the scene of numerous battles during the Second World War and thus is a favourite spot for wreck divers!

Where to stay:

4. Mari Mari Backpacker Lodge

Price: From RM 118.00 with special RM 30.00 increased cashback

Mari Mari Backpacker Lodge

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Mari Mari Backpacker Lodge is testament to the fact that you need not splurge in order to enjoy a slice of heaven. Though the accommodation is basic, you won’t really be spending much time inside when the outside is that much more beautiful. The lodge is practically located on the beach itself so imagine being presented with such beautiful sights of paradise first thing in the morning and during the evenings soaking in the sights of the most Instagram-worthy of sunsets. It is a given that you should also indulge in the clear aquamarine waters this island has to offer – be it diving, snorkeling, water-sports or just plain ol’ wading. Great value stay in paradise!

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Experience: Kinabalu National Park

Kinabalu National Park

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Westward from Kota Kinabalu City Centre is the Kinabalu National Park, home to highest peak in Malaysia and the Malay Archipelago – the majestic Mount Kinabalu. It is Malaysia’s first national park and rightly so due to its teeming flora and fauna. Popular activities to participate in there are obviously trekking and mountaineering. Or if you’re looking for something less strenuous you can perhaps visit the Botanical Gardens and be introduced to the diverse flora of the area.

Where to stay:

5. Kinabalu Mountain Lodge

Price: From RM 90.00 with special RM 30.00 increased cashback

Kinabalu Mountain Lodge

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With Kinabalu Park and Mount Kinabalu serving as the backdrop, you are assured breathtaking views! Plus you get to enjoy the micro-climate that is very much different from the most of Malaysia whilst waking up to the sounds of nature all around!

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6. Ayana Holiday Resort

Price: From RM 77.00 with special RM 30.00 increased cashback

Ayana Holiday Resort

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Just a 10 minutes walk away from Kinabalu Park entrance Ayana Holiday Resort serves as the perfect base if you’re looking to put your trekking shoes on and take on Kinabalu Park.

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7. Sabah Tea Garden

Price: From RM 110.00 with special RM 30.00 increased cashback

Sabah Tea Garden

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This is a little bit further up the road from the rest of the entries but it offers you the perfect opportunity to truly get away from most of the hustle and bustle. You even get the chance to stay in a traditional longhouse. Housed in a tea plantation, you can get a tour of the tea compounds and get an interesting insight all while being treated to the magnificent views of Kinabalu Park.

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Experience: Tip of Borneo

Kudat_Sabah_Tanjung_Simpang_Mengayau-12Tip of Borneo

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The Tip of Borneo as its name suggest is the northernmost tip of the island of Borneo located in the district of Kudat. This location is popular for its great beaches and clear waters perfect for water-sports, snorkeling and diving.

Where to stay:

8. North Borneo Biostation Resort

Price: From RM 129.00 with special RM 30.00 increased cashback

North Borneo Biostation Resort

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If you’re looking for a totally secluded retreat away from the slightest hustle and bustle hten North Borneo Biostation Resort is you first and final resort (pun totally intended). Located on the northern peninsular of Borneo it is absolutely lined with lonely beautiful beaches. Feel free to enjoy this little slice of heaven at your own leisure.

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Experience: Tanjung Aru

Tanjung Aru

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Tanjung Aru lies just southeast of Kota Kinabalu City Centre and the main attraction there are the beaches punctuated by Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort – but let’s not talk about that, another story for another day perhaps. Tanjung Aru has the distinction of being very conveniently located – in between the Kota Kinabalu City and the Airport offering maximum convenience. Apart from the beach Tanjung Aru is a food haven if you’re looking to dig in to some delectable Malaysian fare, from open-air food-courts to restaurants. Seafood lovers should take note especially because most of the seafood are freshly caught.

Where to stay:

9. Borneo BeacHouse Backpackers

Price: From RM 66.00 with special RM 30.00 increased cashback

Borneo BeacHouse Backpackers

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If you don’t mind a simple stay at great rates Borneo BeacHouse Backpackers is the place for you. The friendly staff will make you feel right at home. Its conveniently located too – just a few minutes walk to the beach and the many food offerings that line the area and also you can drop by Sunset Bar at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort to have a drink or two whilst enjoying the sunset. This place is great too if you’re looking to transit to other parts of Sabah.

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10. Casuarina Hotel

Price: From RM 97.00 with special RM 30.00 increased cashback

Casuarina Hotel

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If you don’t mind paying a little bit more than Casuarina Hotel provides you with the same conveniences as provided by the previous entry and a more – its nearer to the beach, the eateries and the Sunset Bar whilst offering you a rather boutique hotel setting to spend your nights in.

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