Trip to Labuan island 2012
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Trip to Labuan island 2012 – travel report
I have purposely described Labuan Island as a separate territory of Malaysia, as it is a very specific island. Labuan is made up of six other very small islands and lies near the state of Sabah and the Sultanate of Brunei. Despite its location, Labuan is not part of Sabah or Sarawak. Labuan is a federal territory administered directly by the government of Kuala Lumpur but located off the coast of Borneo. Labuan Island, which is a free zone, has a very favorable economic and transport location. There is an airport and a port from which you can get to many parts of Malaysia and Brunei. This is a popular island among the dear people of Brunei, Miri (Sarawak) and Kota Kinabalu (Sabah). However, in Labuan, do not expect another Las Vegas, as sometimes described by guides. There are a few expensive hotels, but the whole is maintained in a modest, small style, with traditional buildings and small shops. Despite the fact that Labuan is a local and international financial center and that it is a cheaper haven for the oil and gas industry, I recommend this little corner of the world to tourists as well. The main city is Bandar Labuan (Victoria) and as a curiosity I will say that the highest point of Labuan is only 85m and it is an island in 75% still covered by vegetation.
I myself was on Labuan twice on the way between Brunei and Kota Kinabalu. Just one pass and the other one stayed one night and two days. At the port I asked for a cheap hostel and was told that there is only one for the RM25 with breakfast. In Labuan there are many cheap taverns and tea houses, a Chinese temple, a water settlement, a nice bazaar and nice, empty beaches. There is also a nice monument showing large fish and monuments associated with the Second World War. For me it was primarily a place where I rested alone on the empty beach and admired the nice views. On Labuan there is little traffic and unfortunately very bad public transport. For this reason I moved within a few miles of the port going through the city and then through the beaches. Those who have more money I recommend also diving near one of the many small islands around. For those on a low budget, I recommend a two day stay in pleasant surroundings, and on good, cheap meals. People were very nice and open but I advise not to approach children asking for money sometimes.
At the end I will give one more tip. The boats moving between Labuan are very good and there is also entertainment as a movie. However, outside the tropical heat, there is air conditioning adapted to the needs of the penguins. I advise you to dress warmly.