Kudat - Food Market

Kudat – Malaysia – Informaton


JULY 2015:



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INTRODUCTION:

For more general information on things like getting to Sabah, prices, and communications please read my post on Kota Kinabalu.


GETTING THERE:

Kudat is near the ‘Tip Of Borneo’; I thought that it might be worth checking out.

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I walked to Padang Merdeka bus station from my hotel; it was only a 5 minute walk. I read that the bus to Kudat left at 9:00am, so I turned up at 8:30. Just as well… as it left at 8:30.

Kudat - Bus StationKudat - Fish MarketThe price to Kudat was MYR25. It took 3.5 hours to get there.

 I walked around the bus terminal and checked out the hotels.

The best hotel was Hotel Ria (near the pier) which had Queen Rooms for MYR130 / night. A little closer to town opposite the Fish Market you will find the Upper Deck Hotel which had standard Queen rooms for MYR100.

Kudat - Grace Garden - Room Kudat - Shopping StreetI walked further into the centre of town. There I found more ‘backpacker’ type hotels.

I settled for the Grace Garden Hotel which had a basic double with hot water ensuite, aircon, and Astro cable TV for MYR59 / night. There were plenty of other such hotels around charging in the MYR65-70 / night range.

There was nothing cheaper.

Kudat - Food MarketTry out the evening market for cheap food.



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PULAU BANGGI:

There isn’t much to Kudat so I booked the ferry out to Pulau Banggi. Banggi is the biggest of a group of islands that lie between Sabah and Palawan Island in the Philippines. Banggi is the only island that has accommodation.

Banggi - Harbour 2Banggi - HarbourThe ferry leaves at 9am and costs MYR20 each way for the 1 hour trip.

The internet says that there is the Bonggi Resort near the ferry terminal (which was confirmed when I talked to some locals in a cafe the night before). This was said to be the best place to stay on the island, so I planned to stay there for the weekend.

I arrived at Banggi pier with all of by luggage in tow at just after 10am. As I approached the pier in the main town (Karakit) things looked hopeful; the surrounds were picturesque.

It was a short walk to Bonggi Resort. It was bad. I mean REALLY BAD! The rooms were below average even for a backpacker and the toilets were dirty ‘hole-in-the-floor’ style.

Banggi - High StreetBy 11am I was back at the pier buying my return ticket to Kudat. I had to wait 3 hours for the 2pm ferry to depart. I decided that it was time to leave Kudat behind and move on.

I stayed one more night at Grace Garden Hotel and left for Sandakan the next morning.


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