Most of Kota Kinabalu Backpacker Hotels are located in Gaya Street and the Australia Place. Hostels at Australia Place are generally more quiet at night since it is next to Signal Hill and further away from the centre of the city. While Hostels at Gaya Street are nearer to night life activities. Average bed price starts at RM 20 per person without breakfast, and room start with RM 40. Most Hostels offer good security system and provide good tours information.

Gaya Street

Gaya Street, the heart of Kota Kinabalu city, has many restaurants, banks, and shops. This is a very convenient place to get supply and others essential products. The jetty terminal to the islands is near by and the Sunday Market is right at the door step. Others places like Waterfront Esplanade, Centre Point Mall, and Warisan Square is only 10 to 15 minutes walk. Drive to the KKIA takes about 20 minutes.

Summer Lodge
a warm ‘n’ friendly lodging @ the heart of the city
2nd, 3rd, 4th floor, Lot 120, Jalan Gaya, 88000 Kota Kinabalu,
Sabah, Malaysia.


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Tel: +6088 244 499 Fax: +6088 239 959
email: info@summerlodge.com.my

Stay-In Lodge
The Backpackers Choice
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th floor, No 121, Jalan Gaya, 88000 Kota Kinabalu,
Sabah, Malaysia.


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tel: +6088 272 986 fax: +6088 270 986
email: stayinlodge@yahoo.com

Akinabalu Youth Hostel
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th floor, Lot 133, Jalan Gaya, 88000 Kota Kinabalu,
Sabah, Malaysia.


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Tel: +6088 272 188 Fax: +6088 272 900
email: akinabaluyh@yahoo.com

North Borneo Cabin sdn bhd
the backpacker lodging house
1st and 2nd floor, No 74, Jalan Gaya, 88000 Kota Kinabalu,
Sabah, Malaysia.


tel: +6088 272 800fax: +6088 272 900

X-plorer Backpackers
1st floor, No. 106/108, Jalan Gaya, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.


tel: +6088 538 780 fax: +6088 538 781
email: info@xplobackpackers.com

Asia Adventure Lodge
No.112, 1st floor, Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.


Tel/Fax: +6088 255 661

Red Palm Hostel
offers travellers affordable accommodation right in the heart of KK City
Lot.130, 1st floor, Jalan Gaya, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.


tel: +6088 211 130 fax: +6088 221 130
email: redpalmkk@gmail.com

double room RM 60 / night
twin room RM 60 / night
family room RM 90 / night
dorm 4 RM 20 / bed/ night
**minimun stay for 2 nights
smoke -free
(smoking is premitted in the exterior balcony area, overlooking
Gaya Street sunday market)

Planet Kinabalu Backpacker Hostel
Welcome, Earthlings!
98 & 100, Jalan Gaya, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.


Have bed that starts with RM 18 including breakfast.

Tel: 6088 319 168
email: planetkinabalu@hotmail.com


Australia Place

Australia Place is sandwich between Gaya Street and the Signal Hill. The forest at Signal Hill has remained mostly untouch. At night Australia Place is a quiet area of Kota Kinabalu, very nice for a good night sleep.

Kinabalu Backpackers Lodge
small and clean lodging in the city
Lot 4, Lorong Dewan, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.


tel: +6088 253 385
email: info@kinabalubackpackers.com

Backpacker Lodge Lucy’s homestay
Lot 25, Lorong Dewan, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.


tel: +6088 261 495
email: backpackerkk@yahoo.com

Travellers’ Light Backpackers Lodge
“cleanliness is our top priority”
Lot 19, Lorong Dewan, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.


tel: +6088 238 877
email: lexande@streamyx.com

Tropicana Lodge
Lot 9, 1st floor, Lorong Dewan,
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.


tel: +6088 270 284
email: tropic78@streamyx.com


Kampung Air

Borneo Adventure Center & Lodge
bed & breakfast
No.1 Kampung Air 1, Jalan Haji Yaccub, Kampung Air,
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.


tel: +6088 241 515 fax: +6088 247 515
email: borneoadventurecenter@yahoo.com

Hamin Lodge
Lot 19, Block C, Sedco Complex,
88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.


Tel: +6088 272 008 Fax: +6088 257 889

Dorms – RM 28 per bed
Budget Twin Room – RM 65 (1 pax) or RM 85 (2 pax)
Budget Queen Room – RM 95


Sinsuran is very near to Centre Points, Warisan square and Waterfront.

Step-In Lodge *Lonely Planet Pick
1st – 3rd Floors, lot 1 Block L, Sinsuran Comlex, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen,
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.


tel: +6088 233 519
fax:+6088 236 519
email: info@stepinlodge.com


Karamunsing is just a bit away from the city centre, but still close by, a 15 minutes walk will get you to the city area. This place is close to Komplex Karamunsing and about 10 minutes walk to the Warisan Square and Waterfront.

Borneo Rafflesia Lodge
Ground & 1st Floors, Lot 38 &
39 Block F, Sadong Jaya, Jalan Ikan Juara 4,
88843 Karamunsing, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.


tel: +6088 236 383 fax:+6088 270 381

email: borafsia@streamyx.com

Borneo Global BackPackers Lodge
bed & breakfast
Lot No.29, Ground and 1st Floor, Karamunsing Godown,
Jalan Karamunsing, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.


tel: +6088 270 976 fax: +6088 270 975
email: borneogb@streamyx.com

Green View Lodging House

1336, Jalan Mat Salleh, Karamunsing
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel: 6088 255 873 or 6088 255 872
Email: admin@greenviewlodginghouse.com
website: www.greenviewlodginghouse.com

RM 18 nett per bunk per night with air condition room
Twin Sharing Room RM 68 per night
Deluxe Queen Room RM 98 per night
with a total of 66 beds

Tanjung Aru

Tanjung Aru is located about 5km south of Kota Kinabalu, this area is popular for the beaches and very close to the airports. Tanjung Aru town has many eateries shops too.

Borneo Beachouse
House No 122, Lorong Ikan Lais,
Jalan Mat Salleh, Tanjung Aru,
88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Come and experience this newly converted bungalow beach house for the beach and sun loving backpackers. Tropical breeze and warm sunshine welcome the guests of Borneo Beachouse. Take a 5 minutes walk to the Tanjung Aru First Beach; enjoy the local food, try out the refreshing coconut drink, and don’t miss the striking sunset at Tanjung Aru Beach. Located just 5 minutes walk to the Terminal 2 (Air Asia), and 10 minutes to Tanjung Aru town.

Tel: 6088 218 331 Fax: 6088 219 331
email: borneo.beachouse@gmail.com
website: www.borneobeachouse.com

Dorm Room (with fan) RM 20
Dorm Room (air-condition) RM 25
Twin Sharing Bed (air-condition) RM 55
Queen Room (with fan) RM 65

Prices do not include breakfast, and discount are given if one stays more than 2 nights on the Queen and Twin Sharing Room.

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