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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu July 7th 2018

After an emotional departure from Sepilok, I set off for Kota Kinabalu (KK). KK is so different from Sandakan which was the nearest city to Sepilok. It’s much more westernised, cleaner and modern. I enjoyed KK the last time I visited and I was looking forward to the next few days. A couple of days relaxing and a couple of days trying to climb Mount Kinabalu. The day of the climb, I was collected from my hotel by Amazing Borneo Tours at 6:20am for the 2.5 hour journey to the start point for my climb. It was quite nice to get out of the city and see parts of Kota Kinabalu I hadn’t seen before. Quite soon in to the drive we were in to the hills with beautiful views over the city and Mount Kinabalu ... read more
The map!
This was the easy bit where I still had the energy to take a photo!
Who put those there?!

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu July 5th 2018

I woke up this morning feeling terrible. I had a headache and something that I had eaten yesterday very much disagreed with my digestive system. This is the first time I've had any problems like that though, and I've been eating all sorts of stuff, so I guess that's not bad. After some plain bread I was starting to feel a bit better and before going to the zoo, as my plan for today was, I went to find some proper breakfast that wouldn't upset my stomach and I found myself in quite possibly the most hipsterish place in all of Kota Kinabalu: a juice bar selling 12 ringgit smoothie things with nuts and vegetables and the sort of things that gullible people thing you should eat regularly like chia seeds and wheatgrass and all that ... read more
Male Greater Bird of Paradise
Female Greater Bird of Paradise
Masked Palm Civet

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu July 4th 2018

I started the morning with a more leisurely start than usual at 7AM. I noticed that on the wall they have a world map with an unusual projection that I don't recognise. It's Malaysia centred with a split in the Atlantic and it looks kind of like a Lambert Cylindrical but it's not because it's a normal shape but because I'm not used to a split in the Atlantic I can't use the shape of Greenland as the judge that I normally would on what projection it is. Nice projection though! The boats to the islands depart when they're full, and mine left at about 8:50. My attire wasn't exactly typical for either place I visited. Khaki trousers, hiking boots, a camo shirt, and binoculars on a harness around my neck not exactly making me fit ... read more
Philippine Megapode
Pathway on Manukan
Water Monitor on Manukan

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu June 3rd 2018

Opat vypadnutie z ubytka o 7/00. Vonku dazd, tak stopovanie zavrhujem a idem smer bus stanica. Esteze je toto hovno mestecko male a vsetko je po ruke. Dost ma mrzi,ze som nenavstivil ostrov bum bum, chcel som si tam spravit fotku s tymto nazvom a poslat to vietnamke co som stretol v madride, ze co mi na to odpise. Na bus stanici neprijemne prekvapko, dva ranne busy o 7/30 vypredane, ponukli mi o 13/40 za cenu 75rm. Co odmietam a v slabom dazdi idem na cestu co smeruje von z mesta. Z pod stromu zacinam stopovat, dost aut mi zastavuje ale vsetko su to cierne taxiky. Potom asi 3 auta domacich co ma chceli odviest nazad na bus stanicu. Nechapali system stopovania. Nakonec ma jeden naklada a odvaza asi 3km dalej na bus zastavku, vraj tu ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu May 26th 2018

Z izby vypadavam 6.05 s tym, ze si dam ranajky a kuknem net. Ani jedno sa nekonalo, lobby zamknuta (ma byt otvorene od 6.00) a net nefungoval. No nist, na bus stanici cakanie na bus c.37, 38 alebo 39. Na lavicke volaky zanieteny islamista co kazal vedla sediacim ludom. Mini pokec s domacim. Pracuje pre nemocnice, vsetky ich obieha. Vravi, ze su tu velke problemy ale nespecifikoval. Prichadza c.38 (6.35). Sadam dnu, nastupuju dalsi ludia. Bol som v tom, ze hned vyrazime ale nie. Bus odisiel o 7.00 ale bezomna. Bo medzi tym dosla 39 a ta mala ist priamo az do pristavu, neisla, i ked som sa pytal vodica. Stanicu opustame 7.10 Dnu asi 5 ludi, ti postupne vystupuju a do mestecka muara dorazam len ja. Cestou videnych par rezidencii inych krajin. Velvyslanectvo nemecka sidli ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu April 20th 2018

Hello Halo Hostel, Kota Kinabalu Wednesday 18th April 2018 So far on this trip, travel arrangements have not exactly gone to plan. We decided to treat ourselves to a taxi ride to the airport rather than struggling on a busy bus with the rucksacks. We booked a taxi to pick us up from the D’Oriental Hotel in Petaling at 10.30 a.m. By 10.45 a.m. we decided it wasn’t going to show so asked the guy at reception if he could get us another one. The girl on reception the day before had ‘forgotten’ to book it, although she told us the night before that it was all confirmed!!! We should have taken the bus! We got another taxi at 11.000 a.m. which was OK. The Air Asia flight was noisy, crammed and dry; no alcohol. We ... read more
John in our windowless cupboard
A WINDOW!
Now you know what to do with old pallets

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu February 23rd 2018

Mitten in der Nacht erreichte der Bus aus Tawau Kota Kinabalu. Im Bus hatte ich tatsächlich mit 2 Jacken und meinem Schlafsack gesessen. Ich fuhr in mein Hostel und konnte noch eine Mütze Schlaf gebrauchen bevor ich mich Richtung Innenstadt aufmachte. Bei meinem ersten Aufenthalt in KK hatte ich nicht sonderlich viel von der Stadt gesehen, da Nazmi etwas außerhalb wohnte und mir kein Auto zur Verfügung stand. Ich erkundete das große Shoppingcenter, das wegen dem chinesischen neuen Jahr bunt geschmückt war und lief durch die Straßen. Auf einem Markt kaufte ich einen frisch gegrillten Maiskolben und musste mir die Nase wegen des extremen Fischgetankes zuhalten. Mir wurde die Rafting Tour auf dem Padas River ans Herz gelegt. Daraufhin wurde ich am nächsten Morgen abgeholt und zur nächsten Bahnstation nach Beaufort gefahren. Mit einer kleinen Eisenbahn ... read more
Pandas River Crew
Das Brautpaar, Nazmi und ich
Das kleine Paradies

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu February 8th 2018

Mit fast 4 Stunden Verspätungen landete ich spät abends endlich in Kota Kinabalu. Vor Ort wurde ich von Nazmi abgeholt. Nazmi hatte ich über Couchsurfing kennengelernt und zu diesem Zeitpunkt wusste ich noch nicht, dass wir uns noch einige Male wiedersehen würden. Nazmi ist 26 Jahre alt und hat mich nach einem kurzem Abendessen seinen beiden Katzen vorgestellt. Am nächsten Morgen sind wir zusammen in das Monsopiad Culture Village gefahren. Der Tourguide konnte leider kaum Englisch, sodass ich nur wenig verstanden hab. Nazmi übersetzte einige Male für mich. Ich habe gelernt wie man bei der Jagd Pfeile durch ein Rohr bläst, habe vergeblich versucht Feuer zu machen und musste an einem traditionellen Tanz teilnehmen. Das Dorf war insgesamt nicht so meins und das Kulturelle sehr aufgesetzt und gespielt. Anschließend sind wir in eine Moschee gefahren. In ... read more
Campingcrew
Campsite
Eingang zum Mount Kinabalu National Park

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu October 10th 2017

In the weeks prior to leaving Ireland, I was often meet with blank expressions whenever I mentioned Borneo as one of the destinations we would be travelling to. So as an introduction.. Malaysia consists of two parts. One part is the peninsula at the southern tip of the Asian continent which is commonly just referred to as Malaysia and the other part is an island known as Borneo which is half owned by Malaysia and half by Indonesia. Borneo is the third largest island in the world which I did not know until we got here and it has featured many many times in the Planet Earth nature documentaries given its unique flora, fauna and marine life. This was one of the main reasons we choose to come to Borneo over other alternatives such as mainland ... read more
hawksbill
Beach time
With Roy our diving instructor

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu August 13th 2017

M'n eigen katten voor 3 weekjes gedag gezegd, startte mijn reis in Kuching: cat city! Het was nog een wonder dat ik Maleisie uberhaupt binnen was gekomen, want de dame bij de immigratie deed moeilijk over mijn gerimpelde paspoort van het zwemavontuur in de Schotse rivier afgelopen april. Uiteindelijk mocht ik "voor deze ene keer" het land in, maar ze maakte een aantekening onder de stempel, dat ik mijn 'beschadigde' paspoort zou moeten gaan vervangen. Van Kuching nog niet zoveel gezien, want we vertrokken de volgende ochtend meteen richting Bako National Park. Een prachtige plek aan de kust, waar genoeg te wandelen viel over het strand, langs de mangrove en in de jungle. Meteen na de lunch maakten we ons eerste wandelrondje. De zwaarte hiervan was niet uit te drukken in kilometers of hoogtemeters, maar in ... read more
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