Thursday, October 3, 2019

Too Jou Flashpacker Hostel in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Too Jou (read : Tuju) is the new and trendiest hostel in Kota Kinabalu todate I would say.

I remembered the first time I saw the Too Jou, it was on Diana Teo Instagram post, she told me it’s a backpacker place, a hostel. But now that I am here, I realised that it is more of a flashpacker accommodation as the price range is rather steep for backapackers (especially local backpacker) as they provide a slightly upmarket value added services such as café, co-working place, roof top (still under reno), a slide (one of its cool features), instagrammable location, water dispenser, laundry room, free wifi and etc.

Just so we get it clear, there is a difference between a backpacker and a flashpacker, you guys do know this right? Here is what you get when googling flashpacker versus backpacker.

Flashpacking is referring to an affluent backpacker. Whereas backpacking is traditionally associated with budget travel and destinations that are relatively cheap, flashpacking has an association of more disposable income while traveling and has been defined simply as backpacking with a bigger budget. Flashpacker as a rapidly growing segment of travelers who adhere to a modest accommodation and meal budget, while spending freely, even excessively, for activities at their chosen destination.

Backpacking is a form of low-cost, independent travel. It includes the use of a backpack that is easily carried for long distances or long periods of time; the use of public transport; inexpensive lodging such as youth hostels; often a longer duration of the trip when compared with conventional vacations; and often an interest in meeting locals as well as seeing sights.

Now that we got this out of the way, it easy for you guys to understand the price mechanism tend to be abit on the higher side as it provides comfort and convenience. The dorm starts from RM45 (as of Oct 2019) and traveller has the option to select either dorm room (4, 6 or 8 per room, female/male/mix), as for studio double or twin, the price ranges from RM150 per room (for 2 pax, I have googled and noticed that you can get lower price from other website on promo). For that amount of comfort, I highly recommend Too Jou.

Walking distance to :
7-10mins walk to Gaya Street (Sunday Market) and Atkinson Clock Tower
12-15mins walk to Centre Point
15-20mins walk from Filipino Market Sabah

And most importantly, it is walking distance of less than 20mins to these places – 99 Speedmart, KFC, 7-11, Biru Biru Café, kopitiam and mamak.

On the 1st floor there is a co-working space called OPIS where you can actually have a group discussion, a space to work, a common area for mingling as well a copier machine for work purpose and a pantry. How can we work with no F&B kan.

There are also snooker and foosball table for those who wishes to take a break from opis work *wink*.

Yes. There is also a washing machine and dryer on the OPIS floor so you can actually do your laundry and work (while waiting). How good is that kan.

How can you not like Too Jou *heart*.

12, Jalan Masjid Lama,
Bandaran Berjaya,
88000 Kota Kinabalu,

Too Jou website :

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