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2015 GRANDPAcking
2015: Click here to read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: This video shows you what 2 GRANDPAckers can do in 1 year on (an average of) less than US$55 / EU€50 / GB£43 per day. So, when are you going to start?! … TTFN

GRANDPAcking 2015


JULY 2015: OVERVIEW: My costs start in Kota Kinabalu (“KK”) and include: A total of 8 nights in KK itself A round trip to Labuan Island; 4 nights in Labuan; a 1-day car rental in Labuan A day trip from KK to the Klia Wetlands for a River Cruise Transport to and 2 nights in Kudat; a round trip to Banggi Island Transport to and 6 nights in Sandakan A day trip to Sepilok to see the Urang Utan, Sun Bear, and Rainforest parks Transport to and 2 nights in Semporna 7 all-inclusive nights as a TRACC Turtle Conservation Volunteer on Pom Pom […]

Sabah – Malaysia – GRANDPAcking Costs


JULY 2015: Click here to read our Malaysian Retirement Reviews. GETTING ON TRACC: Pom Pom Island is idyllic. A desert island paradise. You can walk around the whole island in 30-45 minutes. You can kayak around it in just over 1 hour. And, as I found out on my penultimate day, you can snorkel around the reef crest in about 2.5 hours. If you haven’t done so already, click here to find out how we ended up as Tropical Research And Conservation Centre (TRACC) Volunteers on Pom Pom Island in the first place. To find out more about TRACC Borneo, itself, click […]

Pom Pom Island – Malaysia – Another TRACC Record



JULY 2015: Click here to read our Malaysian Retirement Reviews. WARNING: At the moment, the trip to TRACC Pom Pom Island (that I describe, below) is not yet suitable for GRANDPAckers. The appropriate facilities are not yet in place. Read here for more details. However, when TRACC get their facilities right, this trip is definitely worth putting on to your ‘bucket list’. YOU SAVE YOUR LIVING ALLOWANCE: So, you are GRANDPAckers and it has been 4 months since you went on the Andaman Sea Liveaboard SCUBA Diving trip. You live in a GRANDPAcking Retirement Location where you (typically) have about 35% of […]

Semporna – Malaysia – Information


JULY 2015: Click here to read our Malaysian Retirement Review. OVERVIEW: In summary so far… I didn’t like KK, nor Labuan, nor Kudat… things weren’t looking good. I was thinking about giving up on Borneo completely. In the end, I decided to ‘hang in there’ and it was a choice of heading back to KK to catch the over-night bus to Semporna or to catch the bus from Kudat to Sandakan. A opted for the latter as it got me closer to Semporna anyway. GETTING THERE: The Sandakan Express Bus leaves Kudat at 9:30am, costs MYR60 and arrives in Sandakan at about […]

Sandakan – Malaysia – Information


JULY 2015: Click here to read our Malaysian Retirement Review. 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. 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. The price to Kudat was MYR25. It took 3.5 hours to get there. […]

Kudat – Malaysia – Informaton



JULY 2015: Click here to read our Malaysian Retirement Review. OVERVIEW: One of the main reasons why I went to Sabah was to have a look at Pulau Labuan. Pulau Labuan is one of the three ‘duty free’ islands in Malaysia (Langkawi and Tioman are the other two). Labuan is also being touted as the ‘next Penang’. Langkawi and Penang have both already made it into my list of Retirement Locations. I just had to go and have a look at Labuan. I, also, had wider hopes for Borneo… especially because of its ‘nature lovers paradise’ marketing and because of the many […]

Kota Kinabalu – Malaysia – Information


JULY 2015: OVERVIEW: My costs start in Kota Kinabalu and include: The fast ferry from KK to Labuan 6 nights / 7 days in Labuan The fast boat from Labuan to Menumbok The Arcon bus from Menumbok to KK CROSS REFERENCES: For more information, read my post on Labuan. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS: Accommodation: Typical accommodation was a Double Room with aircon, hot water en suite, […]

Labuan – Malaysia – GRANDPAcking Costs


JULY 2015: Click here to read our Malaysia Retirement Review. OVERVIEW: I went to Labuan because it is one of the 3 ‘duty free islands’ of Malaysia (the other 2 are Langkawi and Tioman). Labuan is, also, touted as being the ‘undiscovered’ Penang and there are rumours that they are planning to build a bridge connecting it to mainland Sabah (as they have done with Penang and Butterworth). Is Labuan going to be a ‘perfect merger’ of Langkawi and Penang in years to come? I needed to find out… GETTING THERE: I took the Ferry Express from Jesselton Point in […]

Labuan – Malaysia – Information



MARCH 2015: OVERVIEW: My costs start at Kuala Lumpur airport and include: Travel from KL to Melaka 8 nights in Melaka Flight from Melaka to Penang 12 nights in Penang My costs end at Penang airport (where I catch my flight to Bangkok). CROSS REFERENCES: For more information, read my post on Penang. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON BACKPACKING COSTS: Accommodation: I was unable to find suitable […]

Penang – Malaysia – GRANDPAcking Costs


MARCH 2015: Click here to read our Retirement Review. OVERVIEW: Penang is an island off the north west coast of mainland Malaysia. As it is a former British colony, most people can speak English. The locals are friendly and it is the country’s number one tourist destination. Its capital ‘George Town’ is walk-able and is also a UNESCO-listed historic site. Today, Penang is one of the most colourful and multi-ethnic communities in Asia nestled within one of the most modern and liberal Muslim countries in the world. PRICES: Prices are negotiable but, since prices generally start at a fairly reasonable level […]

Penang – Malaysia – Information


MARCH 2015: OVERVIEW: This charming city is a UNESCO world heritage site, with a rich trading history and multicultural heritage. The good part about Melaka is that almost 70% of the major attractions are within a 1km radius… you can walk to them and, more or less, do them all in 1 day. TRAVEL MONEY: At KL airport, I went to a CIMB ATM and inserted my card. It was immediately rejected as an ‘invalid card’. I went to an RHB ATM and inserted my card. An attempt to withdraw MYR1350 (just under NZ$500) failed. MYR1300 also failed. So did MYR1200 […]

Melaka – Malaysia – Information



FEBRUARY 2015: OVERVIEW: I flew directly to Langkawi via Kuala Lumpur and flew out of Langkawi to Krabi (Thailand) via Kuala Lumpur. CROSS REFERENCES: For more information, read my post on Langkawi. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: ACTUAL COSTS: Accommodation: Typical accommodation was a Chalet 200-300m from the beach with aircon, front deck, hammock, and COLD WATER shower. Food: Typical food for the day would be about MYR33.50 Breakfast: Fried eggs on toast (MYR6), […]

Langkawi – Malaysia – GRANDPAcking Costs


JANUARY 2015: MEET THE EXPATS: From left to right: Carol Danny Suzanne Marg William Max Carol: Carol was born in Norway and has been living on Langkawi for 25 years. Carol runs a suite of 10 rental Chalets in the back lanes of Cenang Beach. Danny: Danny and his wife (who did not join us) are ex Australian Navy and are retired: both on a Navy pension. Danny and his wife classify as “rich” GRANDPAckers as their Navy Pension is higher than the normal State Pension. They rent a 3 bedroom House from Carol at RM3000 per month inclusive of all […]

Langkawi – Malaysia – Meet The Expats


JANUARY 2015: BACKGROUND: Trevor & Ellie are from the UK. Trevor retired 12 years ago. He sold his UK home and moved to Malta. Ellie sold up in the UK 8 years ago. Ellie met Trevor in Malta. Trevor & Ellie are now a retired couple living together and sharing costs. MALTA: Twelve years ago, Trevor bought a new home in the south of Malta for £50,000. The south of Malta is quieter and cheaper than the touristy north. House prices and the cost of living in Malta have increased significantly over the past 12 years. A good meal, now, in a good restaurant […]

Langkawi – Malaysia – Trevor and Ellie