Blogs from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Asia - page 35


Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu January 4th 2007

We took an early flight to Kota Kinabalu or KK as it is known here. We called Bal's mum Rena and said hi we are here! sorry we arrived unannounced, but Rena was very happy to come and pick us up from the airport. first impressions of KK were wonderful the people here are amazing.... Spent one night with Rena at her new house, which has just been built in the hills, the second day we went to her local market and she showed us the true art of bartering. Stayed a night in KK city house with Rena, then caught a vey fast bumpy, winding bus to Sandakan. pictures of KK below and Rena's house for Bal to see......... read more
Rena's house in hills
Rena's house in hills2
the view

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu December 11th 2006

From KL we flew to Sabah in Malaysian Borneo (Borneo is divided into 2 parts, that owned by Malaysia and that owned by Indonesia). We are here predominantly for the wildlife and diving and so headed straight for a tour operator to book our excursions for our week-long stay. On their instruction, we left for Sepilok the next morning which took 6 hours on the bus and past the stunning Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in SE Asia. We wanted to climb to the summit but sadly there were no spaces while we were there (G suspects Nat is quietly pleased!). Sepilok is an area of protected rain forest that is home to the Worlds most renowned Orang Utan Preservation Centre. At this sanctuary, you can see Orangs at various stages of rehabilitation being fed and ... read more
Look, would you stop with the photos, can you not see I'm trying to mate with this tree?
The Macaques couldn't quite grasp the 'no leaves = no camoflague' thing
Wild Orang - honest!

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu December 10th 2006

Clambering down from the rickety base-camp bunk-bed, I turn off the 2am alarm and wonder vaguely what was going through my mind when I packed for this trip. Already shivering in the frigid early morning air, I blearily consider my woefully inadequate clothing options. Let me sum it up for you like this: I'm about to climb to the summit of the highest mountain in South East Asia and I don't even have dry underwear to put on. A t-shirt still wet from yesterday's climb, a pair of light running shoes, a thin jumper, rain-jacket, quick-dry travel trousers, a beanie, gloves & a make-shift scarf (the bandanna I used in India to filter out road-dust) complete my rag-tag ensemble. The up-side is that I don't have to decide what to wear; I just put on every ... read more
Hundreds of pitcher plants line the trail
View from the summit, just after sunrise
You're constantly passed (at high speed) by porters like this guy - quite discouraging... =P

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu November 30th 2006

After settling in back in KK we decided that we wanted to do the fishing we didn't manage to do on our python hunting trip. We hadn't had the supplies we needed and the fishing platform was out of order. This time we were prepared. Unfortunatly after 15 minutes drive the minivan broke down, the breaks stopped working. So we got towed away to Vincents mothers place where we borrowed a Toyota Corolla of his nephew. Vincent felt bad that we didn't manage to go fishing for the second time so he was decided that we did something. As we thought the birdpark was a bit dull we went to the crocodile farm. The crocodile farm is basicly it's name, they farm crocodiles. They must have had a few hundreds in 30 or so pools. Apart ... read more
bamboo house 2
inside bamboo house

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu November 28th 2006

We spent the second day at Sipadan snorkelling. It was great, tons of wildlife, the best moments were when I touched a turtle (which means good fortune and long life) and followed a shark for 5 minutes. Sipadan is apparently number two divesite in the world after Galapagos Island. Early next morning we took a bus to Sepilok, famous for it's Orang Utan sanctuary. We got a room 10 minutes walk away from the sanctuary itself. It was a nice place with plenty of animals, turkeys, ducks, water buffalos, sheep, goats, dogs and a deer. We relaxed the rest of the day and decided to go and see the monkeys the next day. At 10 it was feeding time and we shared the place with quite a lot of tourists. I managed to get quite a ... read more
floating restaurant
house in th sea
island from boat 2

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu November 22nd 2006

Mat: We are in Kuta Kinabalu. Its muggy. Muggy muggy. As you would expect it to be in the tropics. Probably exaggerated for us because the last couple of weeks in New Plymouth and Wellington were so cold, wet and windy. Our plans at the moment are to book the hut halfway up Mt Kinabalu for the 29th, so we can hit the top on the 30th for my 30th. We are waiting for Air Asia to open so we can check out the flights to Sandakan. They only cost $30 or something which means we do not need to take the bus (8 - 12 hours depending on stops according to our hostel host). We are over sitting in one spot for long periods after the flights and hanging about from New Plymouth - Auckland ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu November 20th 2006

Via AirAsia (Aisa's version of EasyJet), Ally and I flew from Kuta to Kualur Lumpur, which is the capital city in Peninsular Malaysia. We had arrived at the height of the monsoon season, and it was safe to say that most passengers where apprehensive when a violent lightning storm surrounded the plane as we approuched 'KL'. The clouds surrounding the plane where amazing, eg, huge white fluffy clouds reaching up in to the atmosphere, surrounded by dark thunder clouds. It were proper nice, but proper scary too!...Anyway, we landed safely, then made our way into KL city, which conveniently was 70km away! I'm not going to blabber on about KL, as it was a hot, dirty, sweaty dive! We walked to the Petronas Towers - which used to be the tallest towers in the world...but apart ... read more
A view from Pilau Manukan
Mount Kinabalu 2
A Trilobite Beetle

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu November 14th 2006

We finally decided that we we're ready to go out on adventures. We teamed up with Vincent (The guy that runs the hostel) and an Englishman called Jason and a German couple. The plan was to go and see Proboscis monkeys (they only live on Borneo), fish for tiger prawns, ride water buffalos and go python hunting. The plans were of course quite lose, since you will have to rely on different things. We headed off at 2 pm on Saturday south in a good mood. After about two hours we arrived at our place to stay, the longhouse in the pictures. It is situated by a river where the Proboscis live. There were a lot of chinese tourists there when we arrived and they were quite loud. We took it easy and when night came ... read more
malaysian cakes
stilt village, drying fish

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu November 9th 2006

I somehow came up with the great idea of climbing the highest mountain in south east asia, Mount Kinabalu (4095 m). It says in the lonely planet that it is one of the easiest mountains in the world. They most likely lie, not that I have ever climbed any mountains or ever will try again. First you have to climb up to the "basecamp" at 3300 meters. It was hard, mainly because the air contains less and less oxygen. Each step was hard, my heart beat like a drum (a fast one) and I felt very lightheaded. But we made it, after 5.5 hours (it should take about 4). Well up there we we're totally exhausted and fell asleep. We got a room with 2 aussies. They got the top bunkbeds. This was a room with ... read more
amies last steps down the mountain

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu November 5th 2006

We finally arrived. Somehow we managed to lose a day, I have no idea what happened to the 1st November. Anyway, we ar currently at a hostel called Tropicana in the capital of Sabah (one of the two malaysian provinces of Bornea) Kota Kinabalu. It's a fairly large modern city with most things you want to find (guitars and things like that). Yesterday we went out on our first trip, to an island close by called Sapi. It's a great place for diving, however we went for snorkeling. It was great though, it was basicly jumping down a fish tank. We saw hundreds of cool fishes and other animals, most of would swim next to you totally unafraid. Inspired by the moment I bought a snorkel and a mask, seems a bit stupid to rent each ... read more

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