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    Has anyone been to Kota Kinabalu? Any tips/suggestions on where to stay, what to do, what to look out for would be appreciated

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    what do you look forward to doing in kk? if you are going to be in kk, a visit + overnight stay at mt kk is a must. you will not regret.

    how about a trip to kuching? i really enjoyed my trip to kuching and always looking forward to making another trip to kuching just to run away from the city and do nothing but to have some time to myself.

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    Very likely visit the beach & also some mountain trekking (hoping to find the largest flower ) & visits to the national park. So, looking for accommodation now.

    What's there to do at Kuching?

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    Sutera Harbour Resort is nice. Might be a bit pricey though.

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    I am not into mountain climbing, jungle tracking, etc., so can't recommend anything relating to nature. Been to KK more than 10 times over the years. There are many hotels in KK depending on your budget but the more popular ones are Promenade Hotel, Hyatt Hotel (abit old and rundown), Sutera Harbour, Le Meridien Hotel, Shangrila Tanjung Aru, etc. Promenade Hotel, 4-star, is very popular with Malaysians and Singaporeans. Sutera Harbour, 5-star is pricey, with excellent facilities. They have a golf course infront and a marina at the back. Le Meridien is the newest 5-star hotel there. All these hotels are situated in the town area. There are many shopping centres situated in the town centre i.e. Centrepoint, Warisan Square, Wisma Medeka (infront of Hyatt Hotel) and the newest and beautiful One Borneo. You can visit One Borneo using free shuttle bus service from Warisan Square or Promenade Hotel. OVer there, you can see many Sg brand retail outlets. One must visit place is the Sunday morning street market at Gaya Street where they sell all kinds of things like pets, fruits, food, clothing, antiques, etc. Food is pricey in KK especially those better established outlets along the seafront.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redstorm View Post
    I am not into mountain climbing, jungle tracking, etc., so can't recommend anything relating to nature. Been to KK more than 10 times over the years. There are many hotels in KK depending on your budget but the more popular ones are Promenade Hotel, Hyatt Hotel (abit old and rundown), Sutera Harbour, Le Meridien Hotel, Shangrila Tanjung Aru, etc. Promenade Hotel, 4-star, is very popular with Malaysians and Singaporeans. Sutera Harbour, 5-star is pricey, with excellent facilities. They have a golf course infront and a marina at the back. Le Meridien is the newest 5-star hotel there. All these hotels are situated in the town area. There are many shopping centres situated in the town centre i.e. Centrepoint, Warisan Square, Wisma Medeka (infront of Hyatt Hotel) and the newest and beautiful One Borneo. You can visit One Borneo using free shuttle bus service from Warisan Square or Promenade Hotel. OVer there, you can see many Sg brand retail outlets. One must visit place is the Sunday morning street market at Gaya Street where they sell all kinds of things like pets, fruits, food, clothing, antiques, etc. Food is pricey in KK especially those better established outlets along the seafront.
    ah.... that is one good advise. do make time to experience the sunday market.

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    im going there this june..
    its a stop while going to sipandan for dive.

    will be going to check out the new mall that has opened there

    food is good by the seaside those stalls
    very reasonable and yet nice to eat

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    Thinking of going on 30th May for 3 nights or so. Am doubtful that would be enough for a climb up Mount Kinabalu, let alone an overnight stay there . Then, there's the Rafflesiana to see & a new butterfly park that was just opened.

    The Sunday market sounds like a good idea too .

    How is the local transportation like? Are taxi fares reasonable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyxx88 View Post
    Thinking of going on 30th May for 3 nights or so. Am doubtful that would be enough for a climb up Mount Kinabalu, let alone an overnight stay there . Then, there's the Rafflesiana to see & a new butterfly park that was just opened.

    The Sunday market sounds like a good idea too .

    How is the local transportation like? Are taxi fares reasonable?

    Yes!!! Go there during end of May, the official festival season for Sabah - Kotobian Tadau Kaamatan!

    3 nights is too short for mt. climbing and to see Rafflesiana. The gaya street is definitely a must to see if you happen to be there on Sunday. Go in the early morning like 7~8am so you won't feel too hot. Taxi.... not much and no meter. Sorry can't advise on the fare because we sabahan hardly take public transport...

    1 more thing, the perception of things / meals at Sabah being cheap is totally wrong. The cost could be same as KL. Please be aware of this, the meal, 4 or 5 star hotels can be mind-blowing and after converting to Sin dollar, it's about the same. Sutera harbour is mainly owned by Singapore company and also the authorised management agency for those nature tours. You can find nature touristic venue with them.

    KK city ( or town) is not big. One can walk from east to west and back to east within a day. Some hotels provide free shuttle to shopping centres. I don't think you will buy branded stuffs there. Becasue either less variety or same price.

    Go to KK, just enjoy the heat, sweat, nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shorty View Post
    Yes!!! Go there during end of May, the official festival season for Sabah - Kotobian Tadau Kaamatan!

    3 nights is too short for mt. climbing and to see Rafflesiana. The gaya street is definitely a must to see if you happen to be there on Sunday. Go in the early morning like 7~8am so you won't feel too hot. Taxi.... not much and no meter. Sorry can't advise on the fare because we sabahan hardly take public transport...

    1 more thing, the perception of things / meals at Sabah being cheap is totally wrong. The cost could be same as KL. Please be aware of this, the meal, 4 or 5 star hotels can be mind-blowing and after converting to Sin dollar, it's about the same. Sutera harbour is mainly owned by Singapore company and also the authorised management agency for those nature tours. You can find nature touristic venue with them.

    KK city ( or town) is not big. One can walk from east to west and back to east within a day. Some hotels provide free shuttle to shopping centres. I don't think you will buy branded stuffs there. Becasue either less variety or same price.

    Go to KK, just enjoy the heat, sweat, nature.
    Thanks for the suggestion .

    So 3 nights not enough huh? Looks like I probably have to give up Mt K

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    Hihi, i'm going KK in mid May too. You usuallyneed at least 2 months advance booking to climb Mt K (esp peak period), i tried booking mine in March but was already full anyways, there's lots to do in KK. If you're into nature, can go to the Rafflesia Reserve, Kipandi Butterfly Park, Mahua waterfall etc. I've decided to go for a 4D3N homestay which will cover the above and also some activities of the native people.

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    Be sure to eat seafood there. Damn cheap and fresh.

    Don't worry it's clean!
    Last edited by surrephoto; 24th April 2009 at 04:22 AM. Reason: additional info

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    Can someone provide cheap and reliable package information on trekking Mt KK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyxx88 View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion .

    So 3 nights not enough huh? Looks like I probably have to give up Mt K
    Eee.. for Mt K, you need to physically and metally fit. and it also needs reservation as early as 3 - 6 months before. I am not sure if any tour agencies can arrange for you at a cost. 3 nights excluding Mt K is more than enough. There is not much to do in KK (imo), we were puzzling what to do when our rafting appointment was canceled.

    My suggestion will be:
    1 day Island tour (Taman Tunku Abdul Rahman Park) can cover few island but 2 will be sufficient.

    1 day city tour on foot! (most places in KK are within walking distance, I mean in KK).

    1 day at your own choice (Poring/ Hotspring, Rafflesia, Rafting, or Trekking).

    Don't forget the nice food there. LIke what others have mentioned, things there are not necessary cheap, relatively.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoky View Post
    Can someone provide cheap and reliable package information on trekking Mt KK?
    For trekking, try find using search engine.
    For clue, you need to make a reservation though Sutera lodging (or whatever). Cause no climb without accomodation in Sutera (don't know availibility of any package for 1 day trekking/climbing). Also, it is more bang for bucks if going with few friends. Through travel agencies will be slightly more expensive.

    Accomodation wise, can just go to Jalan Gaya area for backpackers inn. If not, plenty in KK, varies from no star to 5 stars.

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    How do i get to Mahua falls?
    The lonely planet guidebook says there is no public transport to the falls.
    Will taxi go there?

    I'm also thinking if the falls are worth going or should I just spend the whole day at Tunku Abdul Rahman Park islands.
    I'm already going to Mt K, staying at Kinabalu National Park 1 day and at Porong Hot Springs 1 day, then later going to Kinabatangan so will have a lot of this trekking, forest stuff.

    Anyone been to the Rafflesia Reserve can comment on it?
    LP guidebook says the rafflesia displays are "passable" and the reserve is of limited interest if none are in bloom. Doesn't sound very good huh. I do hope to see this flower. It is said, they can be sighted at Porong Hot Spring reserve if they are in bloom. Anyone knows when is the season for their blooming? Very hard to find information on their blooming; perhaps not well understood yet or got no particular time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WuffRuff View Post
    How do i get to Mahua falls?
    The lonely planet guidebook says there is no public transport to the falls.
    Will taxi go there?

    I'm also thinking if the falls are worth going or should I just spend the whole day at Tunku Abdul Rahman Park islands.
    I'm already going to Mt K, staying at Kinabalu National Park 1 day and at Porong Hot Springs 1 day, then later going to Kinabatangan so will have a lot of this trekking, forest stuff.

    Anyone been to the Rafflesia Reserve can comment on it?
    LP guidebook says the rafflesia displays are "passable" and the reserve is of limited interest if none are in bloom. Doesn't sound very good huh. I do hope to see this flower. It is said, they can be sighted at Porong Hot Spring reserve if they are in bloom. Anyone knows when is the season for their blooming? Very hard to find information on their blooming; perhaps not well understood yet or got no particular time?
    Hi there, i just went to Mahua Falls and the Rafflesia in May. Mmm.. my honest opinion is that the Mahua falls is not spectacular, not worth going all the way there to see it. If passing by and along the way, can consider going.

    As for the rafflesia, if it is not in bloom, you will not see anything. I did not get to see any rafflesia except the 'cabbage' (the pre-bloom rafflesia) which looks like a 'chao da' cabbage, blackish colour one. So it was rather disappointing. Check if they're in bloom before going ba. I was told the blooming season is in October, you may wanna double confirm this.

    As for the newly opened Kipandi butterfly park, it rained almost everyday that I was there so we decided to skip in since the butterflies will not be out anyways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pixelpixie View Post
    Hi there, i just went to Mahua Falls and the Rafflesia in May. Mmm.. my honest opinion is that the Mahua falls is not spectacular, not worth going all the way there to see it. If passing by and along the way, can consider going.

    As for the rafflesia, if it is not in bloom, you will not see anything. I did not get to see any rafflesia except the 'cabbage' (the pre-bloom rafflesia) which looks like a 'chao da' cabbage, blackish colour one. So it was rather disappointing. Check if they're in bloom before going ba. I was told the blooming season is in October, you may wanna double confirm this.

    As for the newly opened Kipandi butterfly park, it rained almost everyday that I was there so we decided to skip in since the butterflies will not be out anyways.
    Thanks for your input. The LP guide did not make these places sound very interesting too. As for checking the blooming, the guide says there's no reliable phone at the centre so cannot call in the check too. I guess I'll give these places a miss. Go for snorkelling at the island hopping instead...
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    Quote Originally Posted by WuffRuff View Post
    Thanks for your input. The LP guide did not make these places sound very interesting too. As for checking the blooming, the guide says there's no reliable phone at the centre so cannot call in the check too. I guess I'll give these places a miss. Go for snorkelling at the island hopping instead...
    Yeah i dun tink you'll miss much haha.

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    anyone climb to the summit before? is it difficult?
    i'm gg this dec and i really want to make it to the top!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruffgaws View Post
    anyone climb to the summit before? is it difficult?
    i'm gg this dec and i really want to make it to the top!
    Yes, several times. Yes difficult. No problem, as long as you train up your physical fitness.

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