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JULY 2015:

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

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 StationThe 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.

I 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.

Try out the evening market for cheap food.



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.

The 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.

By 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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