Borneos Top 5 Nightspots


Malaysia's eastern region may not have the bustling streets of the capital over on the other side of the South China Sea. Nevertheless the island has plenty to offer visitors wishing to unwind after a long day exploring the sights.kuching at night sarawak
The Kuching district in Sarawak has built an excellent reputation for its lively nightlife over many years. Once you've eaten out and sampled a few delicious drinks, it's only natural to feel like extending the party atmosphere. And the good news is that most of Sarawak's pub, clubs and bars remain open until one in the morning.
Sarawak is a labyrinth of crowded lanes that are brimming with hotels and cafes. Depending on your own personal tastes, DJs will be belting out the latest dance sounds, or if you would prefer, you can listen to live bands belting it out. Amongst the hot clubs here are the Living Room, Bla Bla Bla and The Junk.
About half-way up Sabah's western seaboard you will find its friendly capital, Kota Kinabalu. Although the city itself is somewhat grim looking, consisting of a dense grid of sometimes ugly concrete buildings, the locals like nothing better than letting their hair down when the sun goes down. You night out should start at the Waterfront Esplanade where there is a choice of fine dining experiences. Is an excellent choice of places to visit including ‘resto' bars such as BED. Beach Street, at the town centre, is where you will find a diverse variety of watering holes within a short distance. Whether its karaoke or live Filipino music that turns you on, you are guaranteed an excellent night out.
Many Malaysians like to take a trip into the enclave of Brunei. Although this is a strictly Muslim state, where the public consumption of alcohol has been banned since 1991, the locals make up for the lack of vibrant pubs and clubs by offering some excellent dining facilities. The retail outlets are also well worth a visit.
If neighbouring Brunei's nightlife is somewhat staid – but more than amply made up for by fine restaurants – Kalimantan is its boisterous cousin. Despite being situated in the world's most populous Muslim nation, this vicinity offers some highly-recommended bars and clubs. Its cosmopolitan bigger cities, such as Samarinda, Palangkaraya, Pontianak, Balikpapan and Banjarmasin, all have large expatriate communities, who take their leisure pursuits seriously.
Occasionally likened to the Far-East's Las Vegas, Labuan has developed a strong reputation as a popular spot for relaxation due to its duty-free status. In reality, it is nowhere near as glamorous as the real Las Vegas. Nevertheless, since 1984, when this group of tranquil islands was incorporated into Malaysia, Labuan has always been known as a location with good eating outlets.
It is interesting to note that the government originally saw Labuan as a potential offshore banking hub. Instead it developed an altogether different type of prosperity, thanks to the ready availability of cheap beer. Income from a new petroleum gas installation has allowed Labuan to emerge as somewhere visitors would like to visit.

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