Blogs from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Asia - page 34


Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu March 8th 2007

The Participants! Last week, the first batch of participants arrived, a group of 19 Malaysian young people, they were greeted by the staff and taken to ‘Jungle Camp’ to begin expedition training. They then prepared to welcome their international team mates with a local song and some traditional Malaysian dancing the next morning. The following day, the rest of our participants arrived, in total we’ll have around 110 participants and 29 staff across three phases of the programme. They hail mostly from the UK and Malaysia, but we are joined by participants and staff from Canada, Chile, the Netherlands, Ireland, Ghana, Australia and Lithuania. They have all volunteered to have come to Sabah to work together, to help the environment and local communities, as well as to embark on what for many will be a ... read more
jungle camp training
jungle camp training
jungle camp training

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu March 6th 2007

Raleigh International - Phase 1 - Environmental Project - Imbak Canyon Asia » Malaysia » Borneo » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu By Jo Warren March 6th 2007 Kota Kinabalu Jo Warren Eighteen days in the jungle - who would of thought I'd make it!!!Washing in rivers, burning poo paper over the fire..... picking leeches off my skin.. and no make up or hair was fantastic I loved it!!! Its quite liberating being grafted with mud and not looking in a mirror for weeks!... read more
Imbak Canyon Waterfall
Bridge over the river

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu February 18th 2007

Jeffery was a guy from Singapore and a little older than us, he had a huge welcoming smile and a unique dress sense to say the least; he would wear the tackiest tourist T-Shirts that would advertise various places in Borneo, he wore these with very loud shorts and a NY Yankees baseball cap. That evening he bought us loads of drinks from the Fridge in the front room and later on he produced some Vodka from somewhere and we started on that. We talked about everything from Football to the pysique of Singaporeans and their paranoia at being surrounded by Muslim countries. Jeffery had been in the army, in a section very strong for the region although he wouldn't specify which one. Jeffery told us that tomorrow he would take us out to places most ... read more
A view of Kota Kinabalu
Michael and Amanda

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu February 13th 2007

Sabah is one of the 13 states that make up Malaysia, together with the capital district of Kuala Lumpur (KL). Along with the other Malaysian state Sarawak, Indonesia and Brunei, it makes up Borneo, the third largest island in the world. Both Sabah and Sarawak were independent colonies before joining Malaya in 1963, and even today they retain more autonomy than the other states. The capital city of Sabah is Kota Kinabalu (or KK) where Raleigh Fieldbase is situated. Sabah, otherwise known as ‘The Land Below the Wind’, has a beautiful and dramatic landscape, and some fascinating ethnic communities, flora and fauna. The state is well known for its incredible natural features and varied terrain, which includes everything from swampy, mangrove tangled coastal areas, to gorgeous sandy beaches and coral reefs, through dazzling green paddy fields ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu January 28th 2007

Kuala Lumpur is such a modern city, unlike any others we've been to in SE Asia, except perhaps Bangkok but without the millions of motos and tuk-tuks belching out noxious black smoke. As a result KL is astoundingly clean, well appears to apart from when you look at the horizon to a haze of beige yellow smog, but the streets are litter free and the pavement sewer covers relatively intact, thus avoiding the daily danger of a warm sewage bath that is such a hazard in many other asian towns. Added to this Sophie and I checked into a really smart designer 5-star hotel thanks to a Christmas present for Sophie, so we were properly set up for a few days. No more roaches, cold showers, skanky beds and bedding and hello - air conditioning, room ... read more
KL at night
Orangutan pulling faces
Early Morning Mt Kinabalu

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu January 20th 2007

So aside from our exciting mountain climb, we did some other cool stuff during our 9 days in Kota Kinabalu (KK). We stayed in a good hostel called the Beach Lodge; the first 2 nights we shared the dorm with 5 really nice people from the Phillipines and at the time we had no idea that we'd bump into them again on the mountain (2 or 3 times)! KK is a pretty nice, fairly small city with lots of shops, markets, bars and restaurants and promenade on the harbour front. We visted 2 small islands off the coast on 2 days which form part of a national marine park. While trying to find the ferry port the first time (lousy Rough Guide map had it in the wrong place!) we got talked into renting a small ... read more
Sapi Island
Monkey spotting
Monkey spotting

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu January 18th 2007

wed 17th Jan In the morning we traveled to the airport and flew back to Kota Kinabalu where we stayed in a lovely place at the seaside. In teh evening we had our last meal together and then went into town back to where we spent our first night and then onto a club. Thur 18th Jan Un thismornign and said goodbye to all but David, Michelle, jason, Dee and Melinda as we head of for the second part of the trip and the others go home. We left them in the pool in the sunsine and flew to Miri where suprise suprise it is raining!!!!... read more
Summary of our holiday!!!
Pretty shoes Chris
The rain stops

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu January 16th 2007

Hi guys, Jess here again, i am adding some photos, click on them to enlarge. These are some of my favourites. enjoy....... read more
, Borneo\\

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu January 16th 2007

We came back from Sandakan, to KK and venture around to some beautiful islands and beaches..we also stayed up at what we all warmly like to call 'village Reena's'. ... read more
beaches, life is tough 2
beaches, jelly fish warning..
beach again...

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu January 6th 2007

(I don't have a cable for my photos so photos will follow) Fri 5th Jan After I had finished writing my last email I went to the hotel that we had to meet at the next day and asked if anyone had checked in. A lady called Mellinda had and so I went and knocked on her door and aranged to meet the next morning. I then had a disarster trying to get back to the hostel as I got on the right bus but didn't recognise where to get of and the driver didn't tell me (prob didn't understand when I asked). So I ended up back in town!! Lucky it was a circular route. When lady realised I was stuck she ended up walkingme all the way back to my hostel. It was so ... read more
KK from the island

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