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Travel to Sabah

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Top hotels in Sabah

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
No. 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM375 per night from 29 Oct to 30 Oct
4.4/5Excellent! (1,071 reviews)

"Love the view from my room and the ambience was relaxing. The Sunset Bar was a winner, just chill while watching the beautiful view of the sunset. Definitely will return."…"

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2020

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
The price is RM374 per night from 13 Nov to 14 Nov
4.5/5Wonderful! (999 reviews)

"Perfect place for family getaway...spectacular view"…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2020

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
CJ Residence
CJ Residence
2.5 out of 5
#4, 2nd Floor, Block J, Sinsuran Shopping Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is RM77 per night from 29 Oct to 30 Oct
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"Everything was okay. Good stay here for two night 😊"…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2020

CJ Residence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top things to do in Sabah

Sabah Holiday Packages

Discover the delights of Malaysia’s most eastern state, famous for its superb coral reefs, spectacular mountain ranges and exotic wildlife.  Trek through forests where elephants and orangutans run wild or climb to the top of one of Asia’s highest mountains when you visit this appealing region in Malaysia. Situated on Borneo’s northern coast, Sabah is known as ‘The Land Beneath the Wind’ due to its location just below the typhoon zone. In recent years, the state has made a name for itself as an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise and offers a seemingly endless number of ways to experience the tropical wilderness. 

Many head straight for spectacular Mount Kinabalu, which reaches 13,435 feet (4,095 metres) above sea level. Despite its height, it is a reasonably straightforward climb, but you are required to hire a guide to accompany you. 

If you are a keen diver, explore the spectacular marine life found around the islands of Sipadan and Mabul. Animal lovers will relish the chance of a close-up encounter with an orangutan at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. The centre is located on 16.6 square miles (43 square kilometres) of protected land at the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve and is home to up to 80 orangutans roaming free in the reserve. 

Several conservation areas offer more opportunities to enjoy the natural habitat. Take the canopy walk through the trees in the Danum Valley or cruise down the Kinabatangan River and look out for the native proboscis monkeys. 

Reach Sabah by flying into the capital city, Kota Kinabalu. From here, a network of buses connects all of East Malaysia’s major cities. Internal flights are an option too, if you don’t fancy the long drive on less than perfect roads. Make sure you plan ahead before visiting Sabah because they have strict entry requirements. Organise all necessary visas and book your accommodation in advance because this can save you a lot of time. 

Sabah has an equatorial climate, with year-round warm weather. October to February can be slightly wetter, while March and April are the best months to climb Mount Kinabalu and enjoy crystal-clear, panoramic views.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Sabah?
A: Many travellers prefer to use public transportation or ride-sharing services when they’re holidaying in Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. It’s a fantastic way of avoiding exorbitant parking fees and having to navigate through dense city traffic. But if you plan to head out and explore the region of Pantai Barat Division or elsewhere, consider booking a car. Get your road trip adventure off to a good start by checking out our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Sabah.
Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Sabah?
A: If you scroll on, you’ll find a list of airports that service the majority of international flights in Sabah:
  • Kota Kinabalu (BKI-Kota Kinabalu Intl.): 863 international flights per month.
  • Tawau (TWU): 39 international flights per month.
  • Sandakan (SDK): 26 international flights per month.
Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Sabah?
A: Zip up your suitcase and make yourself comfortable at one of the leading hotels. They’re among the most frequently booked hotel types. Apartments, guest houses and hostels are also readily available in Sabah.
Q: What does a Sabah holiday booking with Expedia include?
A: Everything from hotels and flights to car rental options. You can select just one or two or bundle the lot. Expedia also offers a great range of experiences and activities to make your Sabah escape even more memorable.
Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Sabah?
A: We’ll let you in on a secret — it’s all about bundling your getaway. By booking your Flights, Hotels and Rental Car with the help of Expedia, you’ll get deals that’ll make your bank balance happy. It’s as simple as that. Not ready to finalize that hotel room or car just yet? Don’t stress. You’ll be able to add them to your existing booking later on and still enjoy access to terrific discounts. For example, how does up to 42% off selected hotels sound?
Q: What are the best things to do in Sabah?
A: 1Borneo Hypermall, Likas Stadium and Lok Kawi Wildlife Park — check out these well-liked attractions if you’re stopping in Kota Kinabalu. If your travel agenda features Sandakan instead, Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Sandakan Harbour Mall and Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary are all fabulous choices. Or, if Tawau is the only place you’re stopping this time around, make sure you swing by Tawau Hills Park, Wisma Persekutuan Tawau and Hospital Besar Tawau.