Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Stay at the Center Business District so you're pretty close to everything. There are several hostels and hotels in the area. You'll be a couple of minutes away from the Waterfront, some malls and the Filipino market. You can reach all of them just by walking. Use Grab if you want to visit Tanjung Aru Beach which I recommend you should! Read comments and feedback online about hostels. Had a nightmare with one of the hostels as I got some serious bed bugs bites.

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