Photo: The tip of Borneo.

Where to stay in Kudat

Introduction

Kudat is seeing a growing number of tourists, both domestic and foreign, mostly heading to the Tip of Borneo. Many local tourists prefer to base themselves in the town of Kudat, as accommodation is better value and seafood restaurants are abundant (and they usually have their own car). Weekends see an additional influx, and if you want a bed in town, you’ll need to book ahead. The guesthouses and resorts around the beaches have the pick of location; many think that’s enough to charge more than they should.


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Kudat town

No bottom-dollar budget accommodation is to be found in Kudat, but at the lower end of the scale, most flashpacker budget hotels are housed in the second and third floors of shop-lots in the Sedco area. You’ll find the midrange options not far from the seafront. Don’t forget to book ahead, or you won’t get a bed.


Block E, Sedco Building, Jalan Mawar, Kudat
Under 60 ringgit
Hotel Greenland
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
Block E, Sedco Building, Jalan Mawar, Kudat
T: (088) 613 211

Hotel Greenland raises its shoulders above the sea of mediocre choices in Kudat and is the best value flashpacker in town. Contra to its olive and moss-green camouflage colours, the hotel is conspicuous and easy to find, in the shop lot above AM Bank on the eastern side of town. Good-sized and bright rooms are homey and spotlessly clean. The decor is sedate and classic: plush carpets and... Read our full review of Hotel Greenland.

Off Jalan Urus Setia, Kudat
120 to 250 ringgit
Kudat Golf & Marina Resort
Midrange - 120 to 250 ringgit
Off Jalan Urus Setia, Kudat
T: (088) 611 211

If being out of the town centre is no issue, Kudat Golf & Marina Resort offers a pleasant seaside position and is the only hotel in Kudat with a swimming pool. As the name suggests, the adjacent golf course and marina are handy if you like to hit balls or have arrived on your yacht. The resort is a little tired, but some areas were under renovation when we dropped by in 2016. A triple-storey... Read our full review of Kudat Golf & Marina Resort.

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Lot 3 Jalan Ibrahim Arshad, Kudat
120 to 250 ringgit
Ria Hotel
Midrange - 120 to 250 ringgit
Lot 3 Jalan Ibrahim Arshad, Kudat
T: (088) 622 226

In a town with limited choice, Ria Hotel is considered the best there is. It’s clean and pleasant enough, but uninspiring. The bold terracotta and butter cube towers it over the Chinese temple nearby and looks promising from the exterior, and the cafe below is ace, we were just expecting a little more pizzazz. Once our presumptions were shelved, we took for what it is: the best hotel in... Read our full review of Ria Hotel.

Jalan Lintas, Kudat
60 to 120 ringgit
Upper Deck Hotel
Flashpacker - 60 to 120 ringgit
Jalan Lintas, Kudat
T: (088) 622 272

Upper Deck Hotel sits above a large supermarket and bakery near the seafront at Kudat, and that’s the extent of its “upper deck” status, however rooms are spacious and many enjoy views of the grubby port. Modest tiled air-con rooms are clean and bright, but the rooms we viewed smelled a FFlittle smokey. Cream and brown decor is as dull as dishwater, but otherwise the rooms are comfortable... Read our full review of Upper Deck Hotel.

Jalan Ibrahim Arshad, Kudat
60 to 120 ringgit
Valai Hotel
Flashpacker - 60 to 120 ringgit
Jalan Ibrahim Arshad, Kudat
T: (0122) 788 1095

Like an ocean-going liner adrift on the high seas, the four-storey white and blue-trimmed Valai Hotel is conspicuous on the horizon. Rope signage enhances the nautical look, and rooms in this modest flashpacker are relatively ship-shape. Newly renovated when we visited in July 2016, we could still smell the paint fumes. Simple interiors are stark and cabin-like with white painted walls and... Read our full review of Valai Hotel.



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Tip of Borneo

The beaches around the Kudat peninsula are some of Sabah’s best. Much of the limited accommodation choices take advantage of that fact—it’s pricey for what you get. Alternatively, head inland for an excellent jungle experience. Whichever you choose, you’ll want to stay just one more day… Bring cash, as you won’t find ATMs, and prepare to be “unplugged”.


Jalan Marang Parang, Tip of Borneo, Kudat
Under 60 ringgit
Tampat Do Aman
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
Jalan Marang Parang, Tip of Borneo, Kudat
T: (0138) 808 395

Tampat Do Aman — funny name, but in the local Rungus language it means “a place of peace” or “a place of friends”, and you’ll probably find both here in this excellent jungle camp setup. Set on six acres of forest about two and a half kilometres from the beach near the Tip of Borneo, accommodation is offered in longhouses, “little huts” or chalets, depending on the level of... Read our full review of Tampat Do Aman.

Bak Bak, Mile 7, Kudat
120 to 250 ringgit
North Borneo Biostation
Midrange - 120 to 250 ringgit
Bak Bak, Mile 7, Kudat
T: (0108) 037 310

Amid a grove of coconut palms, North Borneo Biostation offers comfortable chalets in a get-away-from-it-all location on Bak Bak Beach near the Tip of Borneo. Twenty A-frame wooden chalets with tasteful natural wood interiors are equipped with air-con, a small fridge and a safe. King or twin beds offer comfort with quality linen. The ensuite all wood hot-water bathroom is semi-outdoor style and... Read our full review of North Borneo Biostation.

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Tip of Borneo, Kudat?
120 to 250 ringgit
Tommy’s Place (Tip of Borneo Resort)
Midrange - 120 to 250 ringgit
Tip of Borneo, Kudat?
T: (0882) 44 176

The best thing about Tommy’s Place (aka Tip of Borneo Resort) is its great location opposite a magnificent beach, and 10 minutes’ walk to the Tip of Borneo. Although the place itself isn’t bad, and it’s better than its neighbours, it is overpriced. Three styles of rooms are on offer: a row of twins in a wooden longhouse; newer triples (double bed and a single) and villas, all with beach... Read our full review of Tommy’s Place (Tip of Borneo Resort).

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Banggi Island

Your options are limited on Banggi — basic accommodation at flashpacker prices, or a midrange business hotel. You might consider bringing a tent. Cash-up before you leave the mainland, as there are no ATMs.


Opposite ferry port, Banggi Island, Kudat
60 to 120 ringgit
Karakit Hotel
Flashpacker - 60 to 120 ringgit
Opposite ferry port, Banggi Island, Kudat
T: (0111) 601 3156

Shiny and new, business-style Karikit Hotel opened in June 2016 and seems out of place in sleepy Banggi Island. The imposing brick and glass hotel above a row of (yet to be opened) shops sits opposite the ferry port. Rooms face the sea or the hill, and as there’s no difference in price, it’s a no-brainer. Smart modern-styled tiled rooms are spacious and clean. Dark olive feature walls... Read our full review of Karakit Hotel .

Kampung Perpaduan, Banggi Island, Kudat
Under 60 ringgit
Sri Maliangin Homestead
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
Kampung Perpaduan, Banggi Island, Kudat
T: (0138) 773 912

Old, basic and slightly rundown Sri Maliangin Homestead is nothing if not atmospheric, being set amid a stilted water village over the sea, north of the ferry port. Bright painted rooms lead from a pier connected by small bridges. The modest rooms are clean but bare-boned and not great value, but given the limited options on Banggi, they are comfortable enough and the sound of the sea lapping... Read our full review of Sri Maliangin Homestead .



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