Really looking forward to sleep in a water bungalow somewhere in august, but not the resorts, and also on a lowbudget :(
anyone has some suggestions for us?
my girlfriend and I are going to malaysia for about 3 weeks, our intrests are, travelling, nature, nightlife, relaxing, freedom etc. something I always wanted to realise is sleeping in one of those water bungalows, how awesome is that? the only catch will be the high prices per person, searching google results in top end resorts. So why not asking backpackers?
does anybody got a suggestion for us? doesn't matter witch area.
thanks a lot,
roel & anka
Hi Roel & Anka,
The cheapest "resort" option in Sipadan if and only if you are looking at going there for diving is the Seaventures converted oil rig dive platform. Check out the www.divetheworldmalaysia.com website, quite helpful!
I was also going to suggest going to Mabul (the oil rig mentioned in the previous posting is off the coast of Mabul, near Sipadan)
There is a place called Uncle Chang's which costs 50 Ringgit a day per person including all of your meals. The rooms are very, very basic with shared bathroom but they are on stilts above the sea and it is a gorgeous location for sunset. The island of Mabul is tiny and the local people are lovely. You can snórkel from the beaches and Uncle Chang's is also great at getting diving permits for Sipadan which are hard to come by in high season. There is a really good vibe every evening and if you dive with them the boat ride from Semporna on mainland Sabah is free. We had a great time there a few weeks ago. If you like drinking you should take your own alcohol though as beer is expensive. You may also want to take a little extra fruit to supplement what they provide each day which is, like the rooms very basic, but filling. (you can fly to Tawau near Semporna or get the bus direct to Semporna from Kota Kinabalu. 7.30am or 7.30pm departure every day)
Hope that helps and enjoy Borneo!
Heyyyy dude ..
I agree 100 % with Couchies .. I was there during 2005 and I had such a great time staying in uncle Chang's guest house. If you are going to Borneo, i would advise you to stay in the Local houses in the middle of the jungles. it was such a good experince.
I have done that in Sarawak. Try to avoid travel agencies as they charge so high. I have done it by my self through the Rajang river. Check in the lonely planet , as i cant remmber the name of the village.
thanks to you all!
uncle chang will be thankful too.