Kota Kinabalu area (Malaysia)

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Review of "Kota Kinabalu area (Malaysia)"

published 26/06/2010 | borneo2008
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Pro Lots and lots
Cons long flights
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"Fantastic family trip to Kota Kinabalu"

Support conservation at the Green Connection

Support conservation at the Green Connection

Why go so far as Kota Kinabalu you may ask, and where in the world is it? KK as it is called is the capital of Sabah, a Malaysian state on the third largest island in the world. A bit to the east of Singapore and just below - south if you prefer - of where they get the typhoons - you know on the telly in Philippines and Taiwan. No, No, Haiti is the other side of the planet.
So now your geography is corrected "why go there ?" ----------> read on
Well its warm - nay lushusly hot. It has huge rainforests, fantastic coral reefs and best of all its dirt cheap. It is also just past Singapore - sing is alright but only for 3-4 days, so you do the shopping in Sing and then do the adventure in Kota Kinabalu.
It is safe and friendly, my mother at 80 visits twice a year.
Of course the beaches are great, the food is fantastic - real Chinese, spicy Malay tangy Indian, and the western favourites for the kids.

Where to start

Getting there try Air Asia from Stanstead for cheapo cheapo.
More expensive long haul flights are with Malaysian Airlines, Royal Brunei and Singapore. Cheap budget carriers within the region are Air Asia, silk air, Tiger airways
Staying there

The list of hotels is endless and ciao has lots of reviews. Cheap backpackers abound and lots of good small local hotels. Don't tie yourself to a resort or other hotel for too long. The adventure starts outside the resort.
===Things to do are the reason to go===
See "orang utans" at the Lok Kawi zoo then adventure further to Sepilok.
See coral reefs at the "Green Connection" then adventure further to an offshore island.
Learn to snorkell or dive. go to Lankayan, Mantanai,
be a survivor on survivor island - Pulau Tiga - soak in a real mud bath!!!
Paddle or die down a white water river
Hold a snake, touch a shark and support conservation.
Visit rainforests and walk in as much jungle as you want.
Things to avoid

Don't stay in Mount Kinabalu Park, its over rated and expensive.
Book a long time in advance if you want to climb the mountain - but ask yourself would i walk up snowdon or helvellyn or the yungfrau. If yes then go for it. If no then learn to dive and enjoy all of the experience as opposed to a brief 10min after 12h of walking.
Don't bother with the Sabah Museum unless you get rid of the children.
Don't go to Layand layang, mabul or kapali unless you have no children and want to seriously scuba dive.
Things not to miss

Everybody loves the Green connection and the islands.
Supper and sunsets at Jesselton harbour or the Waterfront.
A bottle of wine and a late evening at the signal hill lookout.
Stay at the Tambunan village resort for a taste of real adventure.
Hire a car and do your own thing.

Have fun we do.

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  • sandemp published 26/06/2010
    Very little opinion
  • catsholiday published 26/06/2010
    WELCOME to Ciao -great first review of a place that is very high on my wish list of places. I have been to the other side of Malaysia as my parents lived in Perak but I really want to see Orang Utangs.
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