Agoda Takes On The Rm1400 Challenge
Best-for-less itineraries for Malaysian travelers this June
The numbers are in! According to Agoda’s Travel Trend Survey, people are spending consciously on holidays this year. The majority of travelers in Asia have set a spending range of RM804 - RM2000 per person for travel and accommodation. To help travelers see the world for less, digital travel platform Agoda shares potential budget-friendly itineraries for travel this June.
In a recent Agoda’ Travel Trend Survey, conducted by YouGov, respondents from across Asia were asked about their travel budget for this year. A 2023 spending range of RM804 - RM2000 per person was selected most often, including in Malaysia.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, digital travel platform Agoda has split the difference, called it RM1400, and came up with two great itineraries for travelers to spend five days taking in the captivating beauty of Sabah or three days traveling abroad – all for under RM1400 a head.
“As a platform that is passionate about getting the best deals for our customers, we wanted to look at travel options that fit well within the expected travel spends,” said Cleland Robertson, Country Director Malaysia and Brunei at Agoda. “Bundling accommodation and flights, capitalizing on additional discounts in the Agoda app, or by using money-saving features like ‘price freeze’ are great ways to make your money go further, and enable travelers to create and discover many different itinerary options”.
For this ‘RM1400’ challenge, Agoda explored its platform to discover flights, accommodation as well as some activities to keep guests entertained at their destination, while adhering to the set budget. Some of the best value domestic and international itineraries are shared here for two people traveling in June.
DOMESTIC (5 Days, 4 Nights @ Kota Kinabalu, Sabah)
WALLET-FRIENDLY WONDERS IN NATURE - KOTA KINABALU, SABAH (RM2,712 FOR TWO*)
Unleash your inner explorer in Sabah with this thrilling 5-day, 4-night itinerary designed for two. For a hassle-free start to your excursion, take advantage of a 30% discount by bundling your flight to Kota Kinabalu with a cosy stay at Signel Poshtel (RM1,316.60 for two). Explore the historic street of Jalan Gaya by day, and dive into the vibrant waterfront scene by night. Indulge your taste buds at the Waterfront Seafood Night Market, where a wide variety of fresh seafood is served up in your preferred style. The following day, embark on an Island-hopping adventure through the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, where you can dive or snorkel in the azure waters of three mesmerizing islands for under RM170 via Agoda Activities.
On Day 3, brace yourself for an adrenaline-pumping ride with Padas White Water Rafting, navigating the thrilling rapids of the Padas River amidst the verdant rainforest (RM571). Beware, as this is not for the faint of heart, so if you are seeking a more low-key cultural encounter, opt for a private tour of the Mari-Mari Cultural Village (RM452), where the traditions of five different ethnic tribes come to life.
Nature takes center stage on the next day as you venture to Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to explore diverse flora and fauna, hike lush trails, and marvel at the majestic Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Southeast Asia. Conclude your adventure with a visit to Kota Kinabalu Handicraft Market (also known as the Filipino Market), where you can find unique locally-crafted souvenirs to cherish your invigorating time in Sabah.
*The cost listed is for the bundled flight and accommodation, island excursion, Mari-Mari cultural experience and exploration of Kinabalu National Park.
CONQUERING CITIES ON A BUDGET - DA NANG & HOI AN (RM1,995 FOR TWO)
Embark on a captivating and culturally immersive 4-day, 3-night trip for two in Vietnam. Enjoy comfort and affordability by bundling your flight with the first night’s stay at the Seahorse Han Market Danang Hostel (RM1,366.77 for two) on Agoda for additional savings and hassle-free planning.
Experience the bustling energy of Danang city at this sleek and modern property, conveniently located near Han market, Son Tra Night Market, and the famous Dragon Bridge. Don't miss the chance to witness the mesmerizing fire and water displays of the bridge and catch the Danang International Fireworks Festival 2023 (June to July). Book a night cruise along the Han River for the best views of the festival via Agoda Activities.
After a good night’s rest, it’s time to venture to Hoi An, a timeless destination whose easygoing beauty and lantern-lit nights will leave you hopelessly beguiled. Stay at the Santorin Hoi An Villa (RM249 for two nights), offering a Mediterranean-inspired calm and easy access to the town's heritage sites, charming laneways, shop houses, and vibrant blossoms.
Dedicate your third day to a guided tour of My Son Sanctuary, where you can explore rare and ancient Hindu temples that reveal the cultural past of Central Vietnam. . With pristine beaches just a few kilometers away from the Old Town, take some time to bask in the cool sea breeze before heading back home
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