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Photo of Hotel Soon YeeHotel Soon Yee

Tawau’s best budget choice

1362 Jalan Stephen Tan, Tawau T: (089) 772 447 

Hotel Soon Yee

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It may look like yet another fleapit from outside, but Hotel Soon Yee has been popular with budget travellers since the days of the hippy trail, and once inside it’s easy to see why.

The hotel may be no-frills, but it’s bright, clean, and cheap. For less than the price of a dorm in nearby towns, you can have an airy, spacious, air-con room with your own (cold-water) bathroom. If the ringgit is tight, you can share a bathroom for five less. Have a look at a couple of rooms before deciding, as the first we saw was half the size of the one we chose.

Spartan furnishings include a comfortable enough bed, with just a bottom sheet and blanket and a chipboard desk with a plastic chair. Mod-cons are an old box TV and free WiFi. It’s old and basic, but has a touch of retro charm. Bathrooms are bare-bones, but the cold-water is warmed by the sun, and they are scrubbed clean.

Affable owner Joseph is a font of local knowledge, and au fait with the demands of foreign travellers. Hotel Soon Yee is in a handy location next to the central market. If you’re budget-conscious, get ye soon to Hotel Soon Yee. If you really want a hot-water shower head to Penginapan VS a couple of doors down, but it will cost you bit more.

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Walk-in rates at Hotel Soon Yee

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl air-con share bathroom
30 ringgit
30 ringgit
Dbl air-con private bathroom
35 ringgit
35 ringgit
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 30 ringgit, high season 30 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 35 ringgit, high season 35 ringgit. Notes:

Where is Hotel Soon Yee

Hotel Soon Yee
1362 Jalan Stephen Tan, Tawau
T: (089) 772 447 
Coordinates (for GPS): 117º53'12.12" E, 4º14'40.88" N
Room rates: Under 60 ringgit

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