The Pinoy Traveler

Ultimate Guide for Budget Traveler and Adventure Seeker

Kota Kinabalu is one of the amazing destinations in Asia that you need to visit. It features a wide array of spectacular attraction sites ...

Kota Kinabalu is one of the amazing destinations in Asia that you need to visit. It features a wide array of spectacular attraction sites over the city, beautiful white beaches, tropical rain forests; historic sites, beautiful landscapes and the mighty Mount Kinabalu. The city is also a famous getaway for tourists and the primary entrance to Borneo Island and Sabah.



Kota Kinabalu is situated on the tropical island of Borneo, and is the state capital of the Malaysian state Sabah. The location is pretty awesome where most of destinations are near to the airport and to any hotel. Speaking of hotel, KK offers lots of accommodations scattered in and around the city a large variation of options ranging from budget-friendly hotel to luxurious hotels to high end beach resorts.. If you are a backpacker and looking for a budget hotel or great deal, you can find it here on www.zenrooms.com. Don't forget to use the promo code "PINOYTRAVELER' to get 20% off on your booking.



During my visit in KK, I stayed in Grandis Hotel, one of  the best hotels in  Kota Kinabalu. The hotel sits in the heart of the city, a mere 15 minutes’ drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport, and right next to the hippest lifestyle mall in town. My room was pretty awesome and the view from the rooftop was spectacular. I enjoyed the view of the glittering South China Sea, Kota Kinabalu’s breath-taking sunsets, and the picturesque Tunku Abdul Rahman Park islands.



Food is great in KK. There are lots of restaurant offers sumptuous food which seasoned with lots of herbs and spices. If you're a budget traveler looking for affordable meal, no worries, there are lots of hawker stalls around the area. Don't forget to try several seafood dishes at the Gaya Street Sunday Market. The main entertainment area can be found in KK Waterfront. You can enjoy your drinks here while listening to live bands.





Destinations that you need to visit include on your itinerary are Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, Atkinson Clock Tower, Tun Mustapha Tower,Tanjung Aru Perdana Park, Manukan Island, Sapi Island, and Mamutik Island ( Tunku Abdul Rahman Park), Poring Hot Springs, 'Signal Hill Observatory' , Desa Cow Farm, Moroli River Fish Spa, Desa Cow Farm, Kokol Hill and Mount Kinabalu. If you want a hassle-free tour, you can book it via KKDAy.



DIY is only recommended for tour to Tunku Abdul Rahman Park islands. You can go directly to Jesselton Point,providing ferry and motorboat services to nearby islands. There are also regular scheduled ferry services to Labuan if you are planning to go to Brunei via boat. One island tour is as low as RM20. I recommend to avail package tour for 3 islands which will cost RM50 plus tax and environmental fee.



There are many ways for getting around in the city for tourists in Kota Kinabalu which includes public as well as private transportation in KK. It's a advisable to take a grab car if you want to visit tourist destinations within the city. Grab car is is more secured and comfortable compare to a regular taxi. If you want to save money, you can walk or take a city bus.



If you are planning to go to Kota Kinabalu during summer, don't forget to bring apparel that will protect your skin from the direct heat of  the sun. Kota Kinabalu experiences a warm and tropical climate all through the year.It has has two kind of seasons, and they are dry season and wet season. The best time to travel to Kota Kinabalu is during January to March because the climate during this period is relatively cool, dry and less messy.

Activities to be indulge in KK include diving, leisure diving, technical diving, snorkelling, parasailing, fishing, kayaking, cruising, hikin etc. Several interesting dive sites and mountains can be enjoyed as day trips from Kota Kinabalu.

Kota Kinabalu is truly an amazing destination. There are lots of nice sights and attractions in and around the city.  Food is good specially at the Gala night market. A must- visit destination in Asia.


Food is always my cup of tea. I always look for a food destination that offers delectable but inexpensive food. Yes, I love food and my adv...

Food is always my cup of tea. I always look for a food destination that offers delectable but inexpensive food. Yes, I love food and my adventure would not be completed if I can’t go around the place for some awesome food stops.


In our recent trip to La Union, we found this steakhouse named Sizzling County. It's located at the 2nd floor LU Town Center in Urbiztondo, San Juan. It's a simple food establishment with inviting western country atmosphere. I found their wall cool featuring the "King of Philippine Movies" (often shortened to Da King), none other than Fernando Poe Jr.

Music is always part of my adventures. Whether I'm traveling for few hours or a few days, I need a good music. It gives me the positive...

Music is always part of my adventures. Whether I'm traveling for few hours or a few days, I need a good music. It gives me the positive vibe that I need every time I travel. Music makes my trip more exciting and more enjoyable.


As one sitting in the white sand or inside a beautiful room, there's nothing like listening to a chill vibe music. This is really fun especially if I'm listening with friends. The best way to share my music with them is by connecting my phone to a good portable speaker. I can tell you, it's more fun to listen music to a speaker. I feel more the sound's beat and the lyrics of the music.

Travelling is not fun when you get sick during your trip. Being sick when you're alone is even worse. It's impossible not to expose...

Travelling is not fun when you get sick during your trip. Being sick when you're alone is even worse. It's impossible not to expose yourself to all sorts of weird germs when you travel. You will also experience a sudden change in weather, sleeping in strange places, and eating unfamiliar food. The chances are high that you're going to get sick.


It was dazzling! The Christmas Ceremonial Lighting  at The Manor at Camp John Hay was not just pretty lights, it's filled with non sto...

It was dazzling! The Christmas Ceremonial Lighting at The Manor at Camp John Hay was not just pretty lights, it's filled with non stop entertainment (live band and choral music), buffet, fashion show and more!


The premier hotel in Camp John Hay was surrounded with Christmas lights and Christmas icons like snowflakes, penguins, reindeer, and Santa Claus. It's beautiful at night and everyone loves to take selfies and groupies with these lovely Christmas decorations.

Going to Boracay from Kalibo will be more convenient and comfortable with the newest premium class ferry service. It's a revolutionary ...

Going to Boracay from Kalibo will be more convenient and comfortable with the newest premium class ferry service. It's a revolutionary water transportation that aims to raise the standards of passengers comfort.


Recently, Mabuhay Maritime Express invited me to the launching of 410- seater, high speed catarmans, named MV Malambing and MV Magalang. These two brand new ferries will offer premium class ferry service to the world-famous island of Boracay.  


In my recent trip to Kota Kinabalu , I booked a Standard Room via ZEN Rooms . It is a budget-friendly room near KK Waterfront that provides...

In my recent trip to Kota Kinabalu, I booked a Standard Room via ZEN Rooms. It is a budget-friendly room near KK Waterfront that provides decent facilities as well as great services.


Centrally located in Kota Kinabalu, ZEN Rooms is a perfect choice for budget conscious travellers who are looking for comfortable yet affordable room in KK. It's about 14 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport and near to restaurants and shopping malls like Center Point Sabah, Star City Mall and Suria Sabah Shopping Mall.

Check-in time for most hotels are usually in the afternoon, around 2PM or 3PM. There are some hotels will let you check in early but most o...

Check-in time for most hotels are usually in the afternoon, around 2PM or 3PM. There are some hotels will let you check in early but most of them are not. If you arrive after the check in time, you will still check out around 11AM or later. You are not really getting the whole day of accommodation that you paid for. 


Recently, I found a hotel in Makati that guarantees 24-hour stay, regardless of what time you check-in. There's no check-in time. No more waiting time. You can get immediately your room key upon arrival any time of the day.

Located in the southern foothills of the scenic Mayon Volcano , Legazpi City is an amazing destination in Albay. It has the tourism tagline...

Located in the southern foothills of the scenic Mayon Volcano, Legazpi City is an amazing destination in Albay. It has the tourism tagline the "City of Fun and Adventure", with a number of exciting adventure activities including riding an ATV around Mt. Mayon, skydiving, scuba diving, and several outdoor and water sports. The city also served by the Legazpi Domestic Airport, the region’s busiest airport.


A Legazpi City adventure will not be completed without a visit to the newly-opened SM City Legazpi. It’s an excellent place for shopping and food adventure. You can find here a great selection of restaurants, food stalls, and branded stores. 


One of the must-visit spots in the mall is the Food Hall. You can find here several food stalls like Mr. Kimbob Korean BBQ, Salo, Xinyi Chicken, Potata Corner, Turks, Scrapes, Fruitas (House of Desserts), Bottoms Up, Mexita Pizza, Westside, and Shou (Lamien). Eat your food while you enjoy  the spectacular view of Mayon Volcano. The best time to eat here is in the afternoon like around 3PM-6PM to witness the clear and perfect cone shape of  the volcano.

Travelling to Kota Kinabalu is one of my #travelgoals in 2018. It's been a long time I'm planning to visit to this beautiful destin...

Travelling to Kota Kinabalu is one of my #travelgoals in 2018. It's been a long time I'm planning to visit to this beautiful destination which is on my bucket list. When I got a chance to file a (work) vacation leave, I immediately checked online to find the cheapest airfare and hotel in KK.


That time, Cebu Pacific was the only airline company that offer the cheapest airfare for Manila to Kota Kinabalu flight. The airfare also from Brunei to Manila was less than 2,000 pesos. I decided to book a one way flight from Manila to Malaysia and a one way flight from Brunei to Manila. The total ticket cost was less than 5,000 pesos without check-in baggage.