Budget Hotels in Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu


Tuaran is a town and a district located in West Coast Division in the northwest of Sabah, East Malaysia on the island of Borneo. The name Tuaran is believed to have come from the Malay word tawaran which means 'bargaining' or 'sale'. The town's before then acts as a market where natives from the hillside villages brought their produce for trading with the coastal Chinese. It has an area of 1,166 square kilometres and an estimated population of 94,100 in 2006. The town has been a stopover town for travellers from the north towns such as Kudat, Kota Marudu, Kota Belud, and Tenghilan to the state capital, Kota Kinabalu which is 34 kilometres to the south of Tuaran.

About half the population consists of ethnic Dusun, a third ethnic Bajau, and minority of Chinese. Every Sunday morning, Tuaran town has an open market known as Tamu by the Sabahans. The Tuaran tamu is second only to the one in Kota Belud in terms of size and exotica. There are fruits, vegetables, handicrafts, fish, homemade traditional cakes, traditional homegrown tobacco and other produce from nearby villages. In addition, there are nearby tourist attractions which are the Mengkabong Water Village and the Penimbawan Water Village.

How to Get There

By Plane

There are flights such as Air Asia, Malindo Air and Malaysia Airlines from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Kota Kinabalu International Airport. The journey takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes. Once you reach at the airport, you can take a taxi or rent a car to Tuaran by using Jalan Tun Hussien Onn for another an hour.

Tourist Attractions

AG River Adventures

This rafting heritage is placed at famous Kiulu River or known as white water rafting in Sabah. The Kiulu River is a Class I – II in the international white water rafting grading system located about one and a half hour from Kota Kinabalu City. Visitors can enjoy the sun and scenery of riverine villages, orchards, rubber farms, hanging bridges, water buffaloes and friendly people along the way. There are various packages for children and adults. On top of that, meals, tour guide and personal accident insurance as well as rafting equipment are provided.

Tuaran Crocodile Farm

Tuaran is the largest crocodile farm in Sabah and has more than 1,000 crocodiles in a 7 acres of land adjacent to the Sulaman Highway, Tuaran. With more than 50 years of experience, the farm is packed with knowledge and experience on crocodile captive breeding and farming and has an international reputation for producing superior quality raw skins and meat. This farm is a commercial producers of the species, Crocodylus Porosus (saltwater crocodile) and in the production line, experienced handlers ensure that only healthy crocodiles with high quality skin are removed for slaughter. Every raw skin extracted is attached with a CITIES (Convention on International Trade In Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) certificate enabling the products to be marketed locally and internationally.


Mitabang Home Stay

Mitabang Homestay is a place where guests can experience a lifestyle of the Sabah Borneo Dusun community in the hilly countryside of Kiulu. The Mitabang HomeStay village overlooks the peaceful Kiuluriver and greenery paddy field with scenic farms,rubber smallholdings,jungles and undulating mountain ridges surrounding it. It is easily accessible by road and a safe one-and-half hour drive from Kota Kinabalu Rainforest City and the majestic Mount Kinabalu,the highest mountain in Southeast Asia and a World Heritage Site. The homestay is equipped with basic amenities and also dining options on site.

Tang Dynasty Lodge Tuaran

This accommodation is located in Kampung Panjut and offers simple and comfy rooms with free WiFi access. The rooms are modernly furnished with a desk, wardrobe, a cable TV, electric kettle, an attached bathroom equipped with shower facility, hairdryer and free toiletries. The friendly staffs at Tang Dynasty Lodge Tuaran also can assist guests with luggage storage, fax/photocopying and laundry services. Besides that, meeting or banquet facilities can also be arranged upon request and complimentary parking is available on site.