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Posted by InevitableNomad on 25/7/2011 at 07:27

Hi Everyone.

I'm a 23 year old male from Belfast. I'm booking a last minute trip to Malaysian Borneo for one month tomorrow. I hope to arrive on Sunday 31st July / Monday 1st August.

I spent some time travelling mainland Malaysia last year and so am really excited about fulfilling my most regretful not see. However, as it's so last minute I haven't had time to make much plans. All I know is that I'm flying to Kota Kinabalu where I intend to use as a base to explore Sabah. Following this, I think I want to move on to Kuching and use this as a base to explore Sarawak. Does this sound like an ok idea or is there a better way to do it? Also, is travel from Sabah to Sarawak easy to do?

I haven't booked any hostels yet. Would this be a problem? I have looked online and there appears to be a lot of options, but would anyone recommend a specific hostel? Also, should I book this and my subsequent hostel in Sarawak in advance?

Any thoughts on daily budget. I'm happy to live in budget hostels and really enjoy the experience, as much as the taste of hawker food, but wouldn't mind splashing out every now and then on trips / tours and a beer or two in the evening.

Sorry for all the questions. I'm buying a guide book tomorrow, so hopefully this will answer most of them. Any help will be hugely appreciated. Oh and if there are any other solo travelers in the area during August, get in touch and it would be nice to meet you! Thanks! :)

#1 InevitableNomad has been a member since 24/7/2011. Posts: 1

Posted by childly1979 on 1/8/2011 at 09:13

Hi there,
Just seen your message in the forum and today is 1st of Aug.
I would recommend you to use AirAsia to fly from Kota Kinabalu to Miri in Sarawak as usually air ticket for this route is normally cheaper than Kota Kinabalu to Kuching. Then, you can start from Miri and passing through Bintulu and Sibu to Kuching by bus. And flight from Kuching to Kuala Lumpur is much cheaper comparing Miri to Kuala Lumpur, and there are three options of flight to fly from Kuching to KL which are Air Asia, Malaysia Airline and Fire Fly. Here, as I guess you flight back home departs from Kuala Lumpur.
For hostel, might be a problem in Kota Kinabalu. I wish u Good Luck.
For Sarawak, Miri has full house of the hostels usually during the weekends. For Kuching, u better check out and make a booking. Try luck for a budget price with Tune Hotels that has branches in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.
If you wish for goin to Mulu from Miri, for a budget place, contact this guy Mr Juwin with handphone number +60128526065. I hope he's still using this number and I'm not too sure whether he can speak much English as I spoke to him in Bahasa last time while visiting to Mulu.

#2 childly1979 has been a member since 27/10/2010. Posts: 24

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