This is supposed to be blogged way earlier. Too bad i hv to delay its due to work n thesis. I went there last month with my mates Izzah, Sue and Mira.We planned to go there since last yr when Air Asia promotes extravaganza promotion. We bought return ticket for only RM30! Murah kan??hehe.. Well, i will share here my experiences staying in Kota Kinabalu for 5 days n 4 nights.Trust me Sabah hv fantastic scenery. Words cant explain it.
|Owhh ya..1st thing u need before u start d travel is well planning. We did it!|
We arrived at Kota Kinabalu airport aroud 3.30 pm. Then we heading to Tune Hotel by using our rental car, Kelisa (RM85/day).Tune Hotel juz next to 1Borneo, d largest shopping Mall in Sabah. At night, we drove to KK town to see the night life in there and stopped at Tanjung Aru beach which was located opposite to KK Airport. Then we returned to hotel to take a bath and rest.
We woke up quite early dat day bcos we need to reach at Kundasang before 8.00 a.m. owhh..jgn tkejut yer 6.15am in here da subuh gajah!hehe..
A MUST-SEE place that shouldnt be missed with anybody's itinerary for their Sabah trip:
A trip to KK wont be complete without visiting Kundasang. Kundasang is d closest village to Mount Kinabalu. About one hour and half drive from KK to Kundasang.Among the attractions in Kundasang are Kinabalu National Park, the War Memorial and the Desa Dairy Farm.
I will not write much bcoz my words will b useless here i guess..hehehe..
6.15 a.m: Bertolak dr KK
7.50 a.m : Arrived. Check in at U-Merlin Hotel.
Visit Kinabalu Park (RM3/entry)
9.30 a.m: Visited Strawberry and Rose Garden (RM 1/entry)
We found a notice at Strawberry Garden that announced the blooming of Rafflesia flower.
(then we decided to find and take a look at dis giant flower!! agak2 ktorg dpt x??hehe..)
This flower doesn't come around very often. This rare n exotic flower takes up to 15 months to bud, yet only lasts 7 days in bloom. Owhhh...sayang btol !! (=__=)
10.00 a.m: Visit Kundasang War Memorial (RM 3/entry)
------------------ Had lunch at Pekan Kundasang------------------------
11.15a.m: Visited Dairy Farm (RM3/entry). This farm is open to public between 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.
Somehow makes me feel dat i am in New Zealand! hahaha.. =P
|If u come here dont forget to hv a try their fresh milk for only RM2.70/500 ml!. |
So fresh....so gud~ ^^
12.30 p.m: Bergerak ke Poring.
1.20 p.m: Arrived at Poring (RM3/entry)
A visit to Kinabalu Park will never be perfect without swinging by at Poring Hot Springs (PHS). PHS is open daily from 7am to 6pm. Other than d natural hot spring main attraction at PHS, there also hv Butterfly Farm, the Poring Orchid Conservation Centre, the tropical garden, the Poring Canopy Walkway n the Rafflesia flower site. We chose for canopy walk as we realized that we didn't hv much time to spend all there. In order to get to Canopy Walk, u need to walk for quite some time..like more than 30 mins?As for sure berpeluh ketiak jgk lah..hehehe
The Walkway is 157.8m long and 41m high. Gayat sehhhh!!
After finished walkway, we stopped for prayers at surau provided. Then we continued our mission to find d Kokob Rafflesia Conservation Garden. Based on the information received, we need to find Kg. Kokob 1st which was heading to Ranau. Errrrrr...we lost?noooopp..we juz couldn't find dat place.heheheh..Pasrah! K bye Rafflesia, will wait for you for another 15 months??hohoho... =P
Perjalanan harus diteruskan. Next station was Ranau.
Fancy something more unique than ur average spa?Then head on to Kampung Luanti, for a fish massaging session. Trust me, this is the real fish spa!hahaha.. cikidout!!
Do u dare to feed the fishes??me??YES! selepas lame dok mlompat2 nepik2..kat tebing sg. hak3..! i juz need to try dis once in a life time! =P
Rugi la kan dtg jauh2 tp x try..kuatkan semangat everyone!!
RM 5/entry - 15 mins soak
Just a couple of minutes away from the Sg. Moroli is Sabah Tea Plantation.
5.30 p.m: arrived at Sabah Tea Plantation (STP)
Malam kat sini start awal. Ingat tu! After STP, we went to pekan Ranau. Almost all shops were already close. Hanya tinggal KFC. huhu..KFC pon KFC laaa.. Then we drove back to U-Merlin Hotel at Kinabalu Park. I guess d temperature went down to 15 degree Celsius at night. Grrrrr...teramat2 sejuk! No aircond provided , juz natural cooling..rasa cam di takat beku da kowt?hee..sejukbeku!
Kami bgn awal. Pukul 4.45a.m sudah bgn dan bersiap. Pukul 6.00 a.m bergerak turun dari Kinabalu Park.
Bye2 Mount Kinabalu. I will come again in future =)
3) MANUKAN AND MAMUTIK ISLAND
The 3rd day started early as we had planned to Tuanku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The marine park is a cluster of islands which are Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug. all only 10-20 mins speedboat ride from KK. The boat transfers to d island r available daily from 7.30 am-pm at Jesselton Pount Ferry Terminal. Boat transfer fares and additional package to the islands are listed as follows:
Boat fee: RM20 (return) for two islands (we chose Manukan and Mamutik Island)
Life jacket with snorkeling equipments: RM10
Banana Boat : RM 20
Total damage: RM100
enjoyable trip for the girls.... ^^
Having fun in the water..Mamutik island hv many coral area compared to Manukan island. Thus the coral fish can be easily spotted under the crystal sea water..i spotted school of rainbow fish, fish with stripes and some covered with spot..i dunno their name lol..They even bite my finger nails hehe... luckily i found one Nemo fish when snorkeling at Manukan island.. Too bad i dun have any underwater camera...wish to hv one soon... (^^,)v
My first Parasailing! Have you tried before?It was really fun and thrilling!haha..The most unforgettable moment was when they lower you down into the sea and lift you up in the sky again.. \(^^,)/
We had the most fun on the banana boat ride.. apa yang penting kerjasama! hehe..
Around 3pm our speed boat came and we headed back to Jesselton Point. Then we returned to Tune Hotel. At night i missed having dinner at Seafood Gayang with my mates. I got gastric..perhaps i was too exhausted and didn't tk regular meals..heeee...
4) TAMU GAYA
On the next day, we had a chance to go to Gaya Street Tamu or morning market. This tamu only held on Sunday from as early as 6 am untill 1 pm. I can find almost anything from fruits, vegetables, the famous Sabah vase, herbs, local kerepek, pets, handicraft, traditional music instruments, and the famous Sabah Pearls! ^^ However,my friend said that Night Market at Kampung Air more cheaper compared in Tamu Gaya. Make sure u know how to bargain or you will pay them more then u should.
Shopping time.... ^^
At 11 pm we heading to Kota Marudu to meet our friend there, Syakirah. She is a teacher in SK Kota Marudu. Then she lead us to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, Kudat.
About 3 hours drive from KK. The road leading to Kudat passes through Tuaran, Kota Belud and Kota Marudu.
5) KUDAT THE TIP OF BORNEO
Kudat is famous for its Rungus longhouses, traditional gong making villages and handicrafts, and the Tanjung Simpang Mengayau,the nothernmost point on the island of Borneo known as the Tip of Borneo. Along the road we passed through mostly coconut plantations and the villages. We didn't hv much time to visit Kampung Bavanggazo not far from the main road to Kudat where the kaum Rungus stay in their traditional longhouse.
awesome rite??A beautiful place and should not be missed by those visiting Sabah!
Rasanya ni lah kemuncak our travel in Sabah..we were at the Tip of Borneo!!!
Take nothing but photoghraphs, leave nothing but footprints ^^
Around 6pm we drove back to KK. One last mission was to find YOYO drink at Suria Sabah. Im wondering y people love to drink YOYO..even my best buddy ask me to hv a try when u came to Sabah..It juz ice blended with flavors??
Hehe..ugly faces from us. Nop..the true faces..org ckp air muka tidak boleh menipu.. =P
At 9am we checked out at Tune Hotel, drove back to KK airport, left our rental car there n fly back to KL.
Well, we had lots of fun there. It is justified to visit Sabah on ur holiday trip. I wish to come again to explore more the nature beauty destinations in Sabah. Sabah has something for everyone. Go visit! (^^,)v