Almost a month ago, I went to a weekend backpacking trip to Kota Kinabalu (KK), Malaysia with my HS best friend, Angelique. It was a no- brainer when Cebu Pacific had a seat sale back in April, we scored our roundtrip airfares less than Php3000! See, need not to spend too much to go international, tiyaga lang :). Our budget for this 3-day trip is Php10,000 excluding airfare, accommodation and Philippine travel tax.
Sharing our itinerary and expenses for y’all.
1:30AM Arrival at KK International Airport
The Bunk Gaya Street Check-in
Centerpoint Shopping Center
Mt. Kinabalu Park- UNESCO World Heritage (half day)
Oceanus Shopping Mall
Dinner at Nando’s Peri- Peri Chicken
Filipino Market/ Handicraft Market
Gaya Sunday Street Market (6AM-12NN)
Lunch at Gaya Street
Jesselton Point to the KK Islands
Suriah Sabah Mall
Mari Mari Cultural Village (half day tour + lunch)
Imago Shopping Center
Dinner at Old Town Gaya Street
Depart KK International Airport to Manila
-Sabah, or KK is a small walking city, just like SG, you can easily get to destinations in just a few steps
-KK is one of the cleanest city/ country I’ve visited; not much people on the streets and very quiet
-Lotsa Kababayans, well, atleast half Filipinos and half Malaysian; They can also understand and speak Tagalog 🙂
-No other mode of transportation in the city except cabs, which do not use their meter, instead, they will charge you a fixed rate (RM10 or RM15) depending on the distance
-Uber is mostly used by the locals because it is cheaper by almost 50%! (from our hostel to Imago Mall we paid RM6; going back to the hostel, the cab charged us RM15! Darn it!)
-They have commuter vans (or mini bus for the locals) for long distance/ provincial travel
-Airport bus service from KKIA to KK City Center from 7:30AM to 8:30PM
-More than half of the population are Muslims, thus, few eateries/ restaurants offer pork on their menus. Mostly, you can find pork at Chinese eateries.
-Best to visit the islands in the morning, low tide begins at around 2-3PM, rough sea at around 4PM.
-Book a travel package going to Mt. Kinabalu UNESCO Heritage Park and Poring Hotspring. It’s not advisable to DIY this because it is 2hrs no traffic, full- speed zigzag van ride from the city. Last van from Ranau to KK City is 4PM. If you still want to take the van back to the city, suggest you purchase your return tickets from the driver once they drop you off on your first destination and don’t forget to get their contact numbers, you will be needing it!
SUMMARY OF EXPENSES
|PHP||USD (USD1=PHP46.79)||RM (RM1=PHP11.68)|
|Round trip Airfare (via Cebu Pacific Air)*||2,758.51||58.96||236.17|
|Philippine Travel Tax||1,620.00||34.62||138.70|
|Accomodation (The Bunk Hostel Gaya Street) with Breakfast||1577.58||33.72||135.07|
|Airport Transfer (c/o The Bunk)||525.60||11.23||45.00|
|RT Commuter Van Fare to Mt. Kinabalu Park||467.20||9.99||40.00|
|Entrance and Environmental Fees||700.80||14.98||60.00|
|Mari Mari Cultural Village Tour||1,985.60||42.44||170.00|
|Pocket Money (Food, Transpo, Pasalubong, Misc)||5,187.84||110.87||444.16|
*Cebu Pacific Promo Fare
Have a safe trip to KK, Guys 🙂