Trip to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


I took a few days off work in April and went on a holiday to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. It was just a short 3-days getaway. I must say Kota Kinabalu isn’t much of a city compared to the bursting scene of Kuala Lumpur but I guess that is what good about it. Its wide-open landscape and waterfronts are such contrast to the concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur that it was quite a refreshing experience being there.

These are some of the photographs I took during the trip.

Day 1.
About to take off from the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).


While on the way to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Destination: Sunday Market. Definitely a place to check out. This is only available on Sunday. The market stretches 2 to 3 blocks long and fill to the brim with stalls selling almost anything like food stuffs, clothing, hardware, souvenir, pets, and much more.


Some blind folks trying to make a living at the Sunday Market.


Me and my girlfriend.


A series of photographs of the sun setting.


Day 2.
The view from my hotel room window. The hotel is called Promenade and is located very near (walking distance) to the city centre. Right next to it is a seafood restaurant that according to locals, have the widest choice of seafood.


The tallest building in Kota Kinabalu.


One of many suspension bridges you’ll find in the area. By the way, we are on our way to the Kinabalu Park, the base camp of Mount Kinabalu. Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in South East Asia.


And this is Mount Kinabalu from afar.


This board shows the winners of the 2006 climbathon and the times they took to run up to the peak of the mountain and back down.


In case you wonder how long is the run. The runners start at the gate of the park (lower left corner of map) and ran all to the to the top (Low’s Peak) and back down to the gate.


I did not climb the mountain but did take a little walk along the mountain trail. I had to turn back after reaching ‘Pondok Kandis’. These are the photos taken during this short adventure.


This is Poring Hot Spring. Beside hot spring, there is also another attraction here that is called Canopy Walk. Canopy Walk is actually suspension bridges that hang 40m from the ground. There are altogether four of these suspension bridges but three were closed down for maintenance so I only get to walk on one.


More trekking to get to the suspension bridge.


The suspension bridge.


Looking down from the bridge.


The tree that the bridge suspends from.


Unfortunately, ugly behavior of people exists everywhere. Notice the empty plastic bottle?


This is the hot spring area. It feels really good to dip your tired feet into the hot water from the hot spring after all the trekking.


A small stream.


Some locals having fun.


Managed to snap this while on our way back to the hotel. Just minutes after I took this photo it started to drizzle and the whole mountain was quickly covered by thick mist.


Day 3.
I’mmmmm leaving… on a jet plan… don’t know when I’ll be back again…

On the flight back to Kuala Lumpur.


Written by Ken on May 23rd, 2007 with no comments.
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