expired Perth to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia $154 Return via Malaysia Airlines (Non-Stop & Full Service) via Aunt Betty


Malaysia Airlines is offering return flights from Perth to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for $192 or $154 with coupon code. Fares include seats selection, bags and meals. Dates appear to be from May to November. Pretty cheap for full service international flights.

Find the cheap dates on Google Flights then punch them into Skyscanner or use the Aunt Betty $40 off code to save $40.

Don't know much about Kota Kinabalu but Lonely Planet has a guide. Looks nice. 3-star hotel averaging $46, 5-star averaging $201.

via Scott's Cheap Flights

Update: SCF sent out another email Port Hedland (PHE) to Kota Kinabalu $540 return. Good if you live in Port Hedland area.

Excellent (and rare) fares from Port Hedland to Malaysia. It's possible to drop the price even further by booking an open-jaw ticket returning from Kuala Lumpur ($510). Additional return flights are available from Johor Bahru, Penang or Langawi for $545, if you prefer.

All flights have a stop in Perth, and many have an additional stop in Kuala Lumpur on the return journey. No bag fees.

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  • +8 votes

    Climb Mt. Kinabalu last year. Absolutely spectacular.


      So you've got a Colourful Cert, not just Black-&-White :-))

      • +1 vote

        Sorry you lost me.

        • +1 vote

          For climbing the mountain, you get a laminated, colour certificate. Some people got crappy photocopies…

        • +1 vote

          @Tock: oh right haha! Yes I did but I think I've lost it.. Photos were much more memorable.


          Actually black and white cert is for people that did not complete the climb (giving up during the last 1km of the climb, sick etc)
          Source: I'm from KK


          If u didn't reach the summit then u only get the black and white certificate

          If u reached summit then it's colour.


          Aaah, a lot of people already answered that question.
          Hope you know how precious your colorful cert it.
          Hope you'd find it soon LOL


      Can you recommend a tour guide? Do you have to book far in advance?


        I did a Borneo tour with Intrepid a few years ago, included Mt Kinabalu, orangutans, jungle, etc, etc. Was great, and tour guide was awesome. Book-ended the tour with some scuba diving in Kota Kinabalu's marine park and then in Sipadan.

      • +1 vote

        Most tour guides are essentially the same as the fees are charged by the government. So packages will all be in the same price range, with minute differences based on where they pick you up, and maybe food on the trip there (we brought our own food, paid approximate $600pp for 3 days and 2 nights). We also did the short via ferrata course, but I can't remember cost.

  • +1 vote

    Holy smokes. What anything for us easterners?

  • +4 votes

    Borneo is unforgettable. Highly recommend.

  • +5 votes

    Whoa, Aunt Betty (Bam-ba-Lam)


    Nice hike

  • +2 votes

    Kota Kinabalu is a great introduction to Borneo. It has gotten pretty touristy in the last couple of years but still quite affordable given the weak Ringgit!

  • -2 votes

    I spent a week there 10 years ago. Worst holiday of my life. Maybe something has changed since then.


      What sorta holidays do your usually enjoy?


        Japan and Thailand are always on my rotation because the people and the food are awesome. I found customer service in KK was pathetic and everyone was just dragging their feet around. The posh hotel wouldn't even serve bacon. Honestly, a miserable place in my mind. It may have changed.

        • +9 votes

          wouldn't even serve bacon



          I get your point. Yep, no bacon in any proper hotel in Malaysia - this is to comply with local regulations. Malaysia a Muslim-majority country.
          I think KK has improved in the last couple of years. There are plenty of Korean and Chinese tourists now, so service would have improved. It's no Japan though.

        • +6 votes

          Ehh there's generally a lack of pork products in majority Muslim countries? Just a cultural thing, not really something to complain about IMO


          @No: They served alcohol though. For prophet profit.

        • +1 vote

          @FTTNope: The poor service was my biggest complaint. The city was underwhelming and the food choices were surprisingly limited. Again, it was 10 years ago. I could have lived without the bacon.


          @No: I suspect homosexuals would have been banned also :-)


      I went for a few days and didn't like it anywhere near as much as Kuching (more relaxed, more interesting) or Kuala Lumpur. The island resorts might be alright.


    Shame its only for a 7 day trip :(
    Would have been nice to go for 2-3 days

  • +1 vote

    Worth it just for the full service

  • +3 votes

    Our family went 5 years ago. We stayed at the Nexus. Beautiful place. Wish this was for 14 days. Great bargain thanks OP. :-)


    How do you get the cheap fare. I pick the dates shows as $200 from google, but using those dates Jun 9-16 in Skyscanner or Auntbetty always returns fare that are around 400-500?

  • +3 votes

    I've been to KK, it's not great, but not bad. Some nice fresh seafood cooked up for you real cheap. Can hike the mountain if the weather is OK.

    Hot tip - don't hire a motorbike and go up the mountains wearing shorts and a t-shirt even though the weather is nice in KK! I just keep riding and riding past mount kinabalu eventually went so far (according to Google Maps, Ranau) I couldn't get back down, thought I could circle back and it got dark and I ended up staying overnight in Tambunan with no phone charger and no internet, no antihistamines, raging allergies and no pharmacy :( So cold I nearly got hypothermia until I stood in the shower for 20 mninutes.

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