Mention Sabah and the destination that many people
With the Sabah Folklore Festival coming up in July 2012, I should be able to find me a cheap hotel in Sabah. Usually held in conjunction with the Keaamatan festival (harvest festival fiesta observed by the largest group of ethnic natives, the Kadazan-Dusuns), this year would mark its seventh instalment. Ensembles from various countries such as Poland, China, Argentina and even Mali present their folkdances to audiences in a spectacular fashion.
How about visiting the third largest city in Sabah? Tawau is a fast developing city famous for its fresh, succulent and cheap seafood. Located at the south east coast of Sabah, Tawau is surrounded by the ocean. It is the largest agro-tourism destination in the State with attractions such as the Tawau Hills Park, Maliau Basin (Sabah's Lost World) and the Teck Guan Cocoa Museum and Hot Springs of Tawau. Make it a point to stay a day or two to experience Tawau to the fullest. You may consider some cheap hotels as you would be able to spend on other things. I tried my best to lay hands on reasonable lodging as I wanted to spend on souvenirs.
Tawau Hills National Park has picnic areas, a camping site and cabins. Mainly visited by locals during weekends it is about 24km from the Tawau town and is accessible by road. The Tawau River flows across the park and plunges over several eye-catching waterfalls. The Table Waterfall has created a natural flowing pond for swimmers. Basic amenities such as toilets and changing rooms are within the vicinity.
Maliau Basin is a place set on an extensive 588.4 square kilometres land. What makes the Maliau Basin Conservation Area special is that it contains a remarkable assemblage of 12 different forest types comprising mainly of lower montane forest dominated by Agathis trees and dipterocarp forests. Maliau Basin is an excellent site for jungle trekking and bird watching. It is also possible to take night drives for wildlife spotting. The highlight of the adventure is to trek the beautiful seven tiers Maliau Falls.
Visitors must, however, obtain permission to enter the Maliau Basin in advance from Yayasan Sabah as it is a protected site. Bear in mind that Maliau Basin is a remote and isolated area with limited access, communication and safety facilities. The Maliau Basin Conservation Area is accessible by road either via Tawau or Keningau. The journey will be on four wheel drives and depends much on weather as most of the journey is on logging roads. Finding reasonable accommodation as an overnight stay is highly recommended to explore the area to the fullest. There were many good deals during my trip so it was rather easy to find me a cheap hotel in Malaysia.
Tawau is inseparable from coco. Tawau Cocoa Village is situated at Quoin Hill (world-renowned cocoa planting site). Visitors are taken on a guided tour to see how cocoa is farmed, harvested, fermented and dried before being sent to the factory. Close to the factory is a guest house which has a gallery of cocoa products that tourists can buy as souvenirs.
Other than Sabah, there are many other places to visit in Malaysia. You may consider a visit to Kota Damansara, a developing town in Selangor and located near the old Subang airport. There are many places to visit in Kota Damansara that not many people know of. Kota Damansara is full of famous restaurants, shopping malls and even a forest reserve. Do your best to find a reasonable hotel to make your stay enjoyable. I go through various advertising material to find me a cheap hotel in Malaysia.
Among places to visit in Kota Damansara, you may want to consider the renowned Asia Cafe. The environment is clean and lively. The stalls are well organized. Asia Cafe has a variety of Chinese, fusion, Malay, Western and even Indian food. The cafe is situated next to Tune Hotel in Kota Damansara. Do consider them as all their hotels are situated strategically. I usually opt for these hotels as many of their facilities are optional add-ons which I wouldn't be using thus saving me money. A little research was handy when looking for hotels as I always manage to find me a cheap hotel in Kota Damansara. Other than Asia cafe, there are other restaurants surrounding Kota Damansara, such as the One Cafe, Fullhouse Lifestyle Store and Cafe, Okuchi Japanese Restaurant, Cravings Kitchen and many more. So, you won't be facing any difficulty in finding food in Kota Damansara.
For the shopaholics, Kota Damansara could be a fine place to shop. Tropicana Shopping Mall, 1 Utama Shopping Centre and The Curve are waiting with hundreds of retail shops, branded item outlets, spas and massage counters, cinemas and so on. Nature lovers may not want to miss the Kota Damansara Community Forest Park to view the beauty of 3900 acres of protected primary forest. You can find many rare species of flora and fauna and an artificial lake in the reserve forest.
Whatever your allure, be it culture, tradition or shopping; Malaysia is one of the most exotic travel destinations in Asia. Apart from those always mentioned in travel guides, there are various other locations in this country worth discovering.
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