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Tawau
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Seafest Hotel Lepa Wing

Hotels
8.6
(9)
Impressive
Semporna, Tawau
Price around
RM 190.71
/room/night
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Kingston Hotel Tawau

Hotels
8
(140)
Convenient
Tawau, Tawau
Price around
RM 82.84
/room/night
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Marco Polo Hotel Tawau

Hotels
8.5
(673)
Impressive
Tawau, Tawau
Rustan Sainong
family
Good location and friendly staffs.
Price around
RM 115.78
/room/night
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Tawau, located in the south-east coast of Sabah, is the third largest town in this state after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. As it is surrounded by the ocean, one of the best thing to do here is to feast out on their fresh, juicy and super affordable seafood. Attractions here include Tawau Hills Park and Teck Guan Cocoa Museum. Love the sun, sea and sand? Then you should totally check out the Tawau hotels here for the best holiday.

My Inn Hotel Tawau

Hotels
8.6
(318)
Impressive
Tawau, Tawau
Nooreyana Sophian
medical
Nice service! Nice place to stay. Very clean and staff is so kind
Price around
RM 102.10
/room/night
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Shervinton Executive Boutique Hotel

Hotels
8.3
(456)
Impressive
Tawau, Tawau
Ammar Syahmi Bin Zaidin
business
Good and clean. Fast check in and friendly staffs
Price around
RM 124.21
/room/night
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Semporna Seaview Hotel

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Semporna, Tawau
Price around
RM 186.67
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Green World Hotel Semporna

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8.1
(6)
Convenient
Semporna, Tawau
Price around
RM 229.91
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Grace Samudera Hotel

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Semporna, Tawau
Price around
RM 388.81
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OYO 43959 Astana Hotel

Hotels
8.1
(534)
Convenient
Tawau, Tawau
Ramlah Buyong
backpacking
Overall, staying here for backpacking is really suggested for those want a convenient and cheaper price here in Tawau.
Price around
RM 79.62
/room/night
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Prince Hotel Tawau

Hotels
8.5
(185)
Impressive
Tawau, Tawau
Anton Alfons
business
Very friendly staff and cleanliness.
Price around
RM 109.95
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Heritage Hotel Tawau

Hotels
8.3
(206)
Impressive
Tawau, Tawau
MUHAMMAD FAIDZAL BIN FADZIL
backpacking
Excellent service. Cosy bed. Staffs are attentive.
Price around
RM 131.83
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Check Inn Hotel Tawau

Hotels
8.6
(122)
Impressive
Tawau, Tawau
nur izzati shuhaimi
Reasonable and comfortable to stay... Near many shops and restaurants. Very friendly staff.
Price around
RM 94.20
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Sipadan Inn 3 Semporna

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7
(30)
Good
Semporna, Tawau
Price around
RM 179.58
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Sipadan Inn 2 Semporna

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7.9
(41)
Convenient
Semporna, Tawau
Price around
RM 128.29
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Price around
RM 144.72
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TD Mutiara Hotel Semporna

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8.1
(37)
Convenient
Semporna, Tawau
Price around
RM 150.34
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Pertama Lodge

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8.2
(60)
Convenient
Tawau, Tawau
Price around
RM 74.02
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Seafest Hotel Semporna

Hotels
7.2
(22)
Convenient
Semporna, Tawau
Price around
RM 259.03
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Pearl Hotel Semporna

Hotels
7.3
(61)
Convenient
Semporna, Tawau
Price around
RM 96.23
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SPOT ON 89947 Mu Yu

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Semporna, Tawau
Price around
RM 108.65
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About

Tawau was first mentioned on a map in 1857 by the name Tawao. Depending on where the story came from form the name Tawau. According to the Tidong community, it came from the fishing hook that they called ‘tawau’ which they left for the fish to be hooked when the British came to the river and asked for the name of the river. As they did not understand the exact question in English, they thought to mention ‘Tawau’ as to demonstrate what they were doing at the time. Hence, it became the name of the river and Tawau itself.

The Bugis community said that ‘tawau’ means ‘ownership’. As for the Cocos Islander community, they said it came from the word ‘tawar’ which means tasteless or powerless as whenever people entered Tawau, their power became useless or ‘tawar’.

Tawau is the third largest town in Sabah, Malaysia. Tawau is bordered by the Celebes Sea to the south, the Sulu Sea to the east and shares an inland border with north Kalimantan. Nearly 70% of the area surrounding Tawau is mountainous. The main town areas are divided into three sections, namely Fajar, Sabindo and Tawau Lama. Fajar is a commercial area, Sabindo is a plaza while Tawau Lama or Old Tawau is the original part of Tawau.

Locals in Tawau or the Bajau mostly speaks Bahasa Melayu with the Sabahan accent. Bahasa Melayu in Tawau also has been influenced by the Indonesian language spoken by the Buginese, Florenese and Timorese. The Bajau language on the west coast has been influenced by the Brunei Malay language while the Bajau language on the east coast has similarities with Phillipines’ Sama language and several borrowed words from Suluk language. Hakka Chinese is widely spoken by Tawau Chinese.

How to Get There

By PlaneTawau Airport is the second largest airport in Sabah and has flights linking Tawau to domestic destinations which include Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur and Kuching. MASWings handle flight to smaller towns or rural areas in Sabah.

By CarMost Tawau major internal roads are dual-carriageways. The only highway route connects Tawau – Semporna – Kunak – Lahad Datu – Sandakan. This is part of the Pan Borneo Highway.

Regular bus services and taxis operate in Tawau town. The short distance trips carry passengers to Sandakan and Semporna. The long distance trips carry passengers to Beaufort, Kundasang, Kota Kinabalu, Lahad Datu, Papar, Ranau, Simpang Ranau, Sipitang and Telupid. Other option is the daily ferry service between Tawau’s sea port and the northeastern Kalimantan.

Tourist Attractions

Among the tourist attractions in Tawau are Tawau Bell Tower, Tawau Harbour and Teck Guan Cocoa Museum. The Tawau Bell Tower was built to commemorate the close relationship between Japan and Great Britain post World War I. Tawau Harbour is popular among island hoppers as transit point to Sabah islands nearby including Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai and Mataking islands as well as several Indonesian islands including Nunukan, southern Sebatik and Tarakan. Tawau is one of the top cocoa production centres in Malaysia founded in 1970s by Datuk Seri Panglima Hong Teck Guan. Visiting the Teck Guan Cocoa Museum allow visitors to gain knowledge on cocoa production in Tawau.

The Tawau International Cultural Festival is an annual event, first held in 2011. The festival feature a variety of exhibitions, vendors and entertainment targeting nearly 20,000 spectators around the world.

Hotels

Prince HotelA great hotel situated in Tawau. A simple hotel with decent facilities.

Hotel Emas TawauHotel Emas Tawau has a very good location. It offers splendid service together with wide range of facilities provided.

Astana HotelOne of the most common preferred hotel situated in Tawau. This hotel is likable by many tourist travelling solo, accompanied with friends or family.

MB HotelFor family vacation or leisure, this place provides a satisfactory comfort during your stay in Tawau.

City Garden HotelThis hotel is a perfect choice for people seeking a luxurious treat for holiday. Get the most excellent services and make your stay a memorable experience.

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Facts about hotel in Tawau

Total Accommodation
200 Properties
Popular Area
Semporna, Kunak
Popular Hotel
Marco Polo Hotel Tawau, Shervinton Executive Boutique Hotel
Popular Landmark
Tawau Airport (TWU), Semporna Airport (SMM)

Frequently asked questions

What are the best areas to visit near Tawau?
If you are in Tawau, you can also visit Semporna, Kunak, Tawau
Where are the best cities to visit in Tawau?
How many hotels are listed in Tawau?
Currently, there are around 200 hotels that you can book in Tawau

Guest reviews in hotel near Tawau

8.3
Impressive
10,405 reviews from hotels in Tawau with aggregated rating of 8.3/10.
Review from various users that have stayed in hotel near Tawau will help you to choose the perfect hotel easily!
Shazreen M. B.
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6.0
/ 10
16 Dec 2023
Borneo Royale Hotel
This happen for room 118. All plug cannot be use to charge our handphone except plug near the mini fridge. Only receive 1 towel and no spoon for stir coffee. When we request this items with reception no one deliver it. No remote TV and TV is broken not able to change the channel. The carpet all the dirties, got all old stains can't be remove.
Roshaida R.
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8.5
/ 10
3 Dec 2023
OYO 43959 Astana Hotel
As per expected for a budget stay. Friendly staff. Need to ask for floor mat/towel to put in front of bathroom door. ((room we stay, got cockroach 😅).
Fernando S.
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9.4
/ 10
22 Oct 2023
Shervinton Executive Boutique Hotel
This hotel very good and comfortable.
MOHD S. B. A.
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8.5
/ 10
7 Sep 2023
MB Hotel
Best hotel for relax, worth for money
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Alex Syamsuddin
9.7
/ 10
27 Apr 2024
My Inn Hotel Tawau
Near to full of memories places in town.
Intan H.
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9.7
/ 10
20 Dec 2021
Heritage Hotel Tawau
The best hotel in tawau. Very comfortable. Love it. And very good service. Friendly staff. Recommendedhotel.
Augustus R. K. H.
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6.0
/ 10
21 Jan 2024
Prince Hotel Tawau
The room size wasn't the same with one appeared on ad. No makeup done by HK. We've had water issues on second night of our stay but the staff was quick to respond and fixed the issue.
mohamad f. m.
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7.4
/ 10
3 Jun 2024
Kingston Hotel Tawau
Just okay not so bad. Old furniture and fittings.
selvi
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9.4
/ 10
2 Feb 2024
Check Inn Hotel Tawau
Room was clean, value for money, location was strategic, a lot of restaurant nearby. Above all we were allowed for early check in. Reception was friendly, overall was good, Thank you.
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