Monday, August 29, 2011

KOTA KINABALU: 01 - Borneo BeacHouse


There are better guest houses in Kota Kinabalu but Borneo BeacHouse is not that bad. The edge it has over the others is its location 10 minutes away from the airport, on foot. Whoever wrote that wasn’t lying but walks faster than I do. I completed the route in 12 minutes, but I had a big backpack with me. I’d give slow people around 15 to 20 minutes. More than that and you must either be crawling or in a sack race. Seriously? The Tanjung Aru Beach is closer to this guest house, less than five minutes of walking for me.



From the airport, head to the exit up to the “highway” which is Jln Mat Salleh. You will see a park named Perdana. This park is hard to miss because it’s big and there is a large electronic billboard there. Take a look at the left and you see a big archway. If you still need more clues there would be a big blue sign saying TANJUNG ARU and an arrow pointing to where it is you must go to reach it. The place is a house which reminds me of my father’s family house in Bulacan. The garage is huge and the lounge has a pool table and a counter. The spiral staircase leads upstairs to the living room. The kitchen is free for all, except for the food. Eat only your own food, please. There is a bathroom with a tub but there’s just one. There are two shower rooms at the garage next to the toilets which are separate for men and women. Yes, you could use the bathroom upstairs but sometimes the water pressure is not too strong.



The four-bed mixed dorm is cramped and the double bunk beds are made of bamboo, not the common wooden IKEA’s you see in most youth hostels. Because of this the bed is shaky, and since I got the top bunk I probably disturbed the Japanese guy sleeping on the bottom bunk enough for him to contemplate murder. Joke. Who knows! I would recommend this guest house if you are just in transit in KK and you have an early flight the next day. With just 10 minutes of walking, it would really benefit even the worst crammer you know. Another reason would be if you like quick access to the beach. Tanjung Aru’s is not the cleanest you’ll get to visit in this lifetime but they have a bar there which is just as lively as those in the city center. And then there’s Perdana Park on the opposite direction. To get to the City Center, take a bus. 15 - 20 minutes.

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