When traveling to Borneo, South Asia you will be tempted to consider going to Mount Kinabalu and try their Mt Kinabalu Resort experience. Of course it is worthwhile to think about the comfort and the many activities you can enjoy doing in such a unique place, but only if your budget allows it. That is to say, there are numerous things you can do outside the expensive resort offers.
Why Mt. Kinabalu?
Before talking about accommodation, let’s make a short overview of the reasons why you should choose to travel to Mt. Kinabalu.
First of all, Mt Kinabalu is Borneo’s highest mountain, the 20th most prominent mountain in the world, rising 4,095 m (13,435 ft) above sea level and it is preserved as a national park. It is great for one-day hikes that can be prolonged to two or more days, which can be done only with accredited guides, as the national park regulations state.
Secondly, the natural attractions range from 800 species of orchids to 600 species of ferns, and also the largest flower in the world (Rafflesia). The fauna includes a large variety of birds (Rhinoceros Hornbill, Mountain Serpent-eagle, Bare-headed Laughingthrush) and mammal species such as the orangutan, three types of deer, the Malayan Weasel and the Leopard Cat.
Thirdly, there are many tales and legends that locals tell about Mt Kinabalu, which is seen as the place where the dead are honored or, as others deem it, where the Bornean wife of a Chinese prince spent her time waiting for her husband to return. The stories are waiting to be revealed and the trails to be followed.
Whatever your main interest is in coming to Mt Kinabalu, you are going to discover and enjoy much more than you expect at first.
Mt Kinabalu Resort
Conveniently positioned inside the park, Mt Kinabalu Resort places are targeted to people who are not tight to a limited budget. The Sutera Sanctuary Lodges is the private company that owns the rights to organizing activities in the Sabah Parks, the East Malaysian state, where Mt Kinabalu is situated. This luxury resort organization is the best choice if you can afford a high class vacation and you want to have access to health spas, free wi-fi or golf courses facilities.
Their Mt Kinabalu Resort is located at the top of a 1,524 m (5,000 ft) hill with simple access to mountain trails and exquisite view over the surroundings.
Though a bit further from the mountain trails many wish to take, the hotels and the cheaper hostels outside the park are better alternatives, when traveling on a tight budget. Make sure that the place where you decide to spend the night has hot water, as that is not a given thing here.
The small towns also have reasonable priced meals, where you can try the local food and interact with people if you wish to find out the history of the place.
So, no matter the budget, you can find a nice place to stay and to start your expedition to the peak of Mt Kinabalu. Whether you pick a more expensive Mt Kinabalu Resort or just a lower-priced alternative, you are certainly going to gain memories for a great life experience.