King Park Hotel Kota Kinabalu

Jalan Masjid Lama, Bandaran Berjaya, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 88000, Malaysia
King Park Hotel Kota Kinabalu
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by Mateosh


Day 1) September 2nd, 2007, Sunday
-Arrive at Kuala Lumpur Int'l at 1:00. Take taxi from main terminal to LCC terminal. Depart KUL to Tawau on Air Asia at 1750 arriving at Tawau at 2035.
-Hotel Accomodation=KING PARK HOTEL.

Day 2), September 3rd, 2007, Monday
-Transfer van with Borneo Divers at 7am meet from lobby in King Hotel to Semporna by van / coach for approximately 1 1/2 hours journey. Arrive in Semporna and proceed to Mabul Island by boat around 10:00 a.m. for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour journey. Briefing, registration and check-in, lunch. 2 boat dives on Mabul.

Day 3, September 4th, 2007, Tuesday
-1 boat dive at Mabul Island and 2 boat dives at Sipadan. Visit Sipadan Island.

Day 4), September 5th, 2007, Wednesday
-Depart at 6:30am from Mabul to Semporna and then to Tawau arriving at 9:00am.
-Drop off at UMNO building in Tawau, office is at 2nd floor of that building for maliau Basin Expedition
-Transfer on a 4 wheel drive to the Maliau Basin Security Gate which is 180 km away (bout 5 hrs journey). After a short briefing at the security gate, drive to Agathis Camp.

Day 5), September 6th, 2007, Thursday
-After breakfast, trek for 7 km through the rainforest and over the rim of Maliau Basin to reach the Camel Trophy Camp. Arrive the camp site at around 2:30pm. You may choose to swim at a nearby stream or trek to the Giluk and Akkaka Falls about an hour and half away. Overnight at Camel Trophy Camp.

Day 6, September 7th, 2007, Friday
-Start trekking through heath/montane forest and further down through highland dipterocarp forest for about 5 hours to reach Luba Camp. The first few kilometers upon entering the heath forest, discover the abundance of Nepenthes plants locally referred to as “monkey cup”, and wild orchids found here. At the helicopter pad near Luba Camp, enjoy a full view of the Maliau Basin rim which is about 25Km in diameter. Settle in and enjoy the panaromic view of the “Lost World of Sabah”.Descend for about an hour to the highlight of the adventure --- the cascading 7-tier Maliau Falls. Overnight at Luba Camp.

Day 7, September 8th, 2007, Saturday
-After breakfast, trek along the forest making a loop back to the Agathis Camp. This will take about 6 – 8 hours. Day 10, September 9th, 2007, Sunday

-After breakfast, drive to Tawau through the Maliau Basin Security Gate. Transfer on a 4 wheel drive to the Tawau airport which is 180 km away (bout 5 hrs journey).

-Depart Air Asia 2100 Tawau arriving Kuala Luampur @2345 LCC Tereminal
-Accomodation Kula Lampur at Bed and Breakfast near airport. Day 11,

Day 8) September 10th, 2007, Monday
At 6am take train to Batu cave approx 1 hour and visit hindu caves and dark cave. Private tour into bat cave and observe bats. Then return to airport through Kuala Lamour and depart at 2:00 PM MYT (afternoon).

"Maliau Basin"

Words can't describe how many leeches there are here.


Chicken , Lamb and beef satay with peanut sauceChicken , Lamb and beef satay with peanut sauce


Local people passing the TALK lodge junctionLocal people passing the TALK lodge junction


Forum Posts

sandakan versus KK

by aucangen

Since we have only 4 days in N. Borneo, I felt that there was more to enjoy in Sandakan than in KK. Therefore the bulk of the time should be spent in Sandakan. How do people feel? Aucangen

Re: sandakan versus KK

by SangAji

with 4 days, i wud spend 1.5 days at sandakan for orang utan [pm] n turtles [overnite], 1/2 day at mount kinabalu park on way to KK on way out.

Re: sandakan versus KK

by Josilver

KK has my vote. I would go to Sandakan for specific things but KK is much better for relaxing. Island hopping in Abdul Raman NP is a must, the markets are also great.

Re: sandakan versus KK

by GrumpyDiver

Depends on what you want to do.

Take it easy - stay in KK

See the wildlife - head to Sandakan. Agree with the other writers on things to do, plus if you really want to get into the middle of nowhere - head out to one of the eco-resorts for one night and see the rainforest and see the wildlife.

Re: sandakan versus KK

by balhannah

Sandakan itself has very little, it is what is nearby that is of interest. The Turtles, the Orangutans and the River trip up the Jungle.
Kota Kinabalu is much larger, with more to see in the town and the islands are only a very short trip.

Re: sandakan versus KK

by din2x

I'll choose KK instead of Sandakan and agree with Josilver. Just want to add few things:

The only thing that you can't see in KK is a trip to turtle island. BUT even if you are in Sandakan, that doesn't mean that you can hop on a boat and take a trip to Turtle Island. They only allowed limited number of people on each day, and you have to make an early book and hope that the date you wanted are available for you.

Now, For OrangUtan, of course Sepilok (near Sandakan) is the best place. But if you are in KK, you can go to Lok Kawi Wildlife Center, where you can see OrangUtan, Proboscis Monkey, Pygmy Elephants etc. It's not like in the wild (like Sepilok), but it's not a caged zoo too.

For river cruising, in KK, you have alot of other option. Like in Kinabatangan (From Sandakan), from KK you can also see proboscis monkey in the wild. at night, you can also do river cruising, to watch fireflies an others. (but if you are also going to Kuala Lumpur, watch firefly in Kuala Selangor instead of here).

You might not be able to go to turtle island in Sandakan, but like Josilver said, don't miss out island hoping at Abdul Rahman NP (or just stay in one of the island for the whole day). Anywhere within the KK city Core is a walking distance to the Jetty.

You can also go to Pulau Tiga (Tiga is Three in Malay and Pulau mean Island). It suite well if you do river cruise on Klias River. (You will be able to see proboscis monkeys, long tail macaques, birds and fireflies), and then go to Pulau Tiga because it is not far from each other. In Pulau Tiga, you can enjoy the mud volcano there, the wetland and wild animal in land (Flying fox, over 60 species of birds, Monkey, etc), in water (salt-water snake: Laticuda Calubrina). You probably seen Pulau Tiga in the first season of Survivor (TV Series) for USA, Swedish and British shows.

Going to Mount Kinabalu Park is easier from KK, than Sandakan.

For shopping, market, handicrafts, transport, accommodation, etc, KK have alot to offer compare to Sandakan.

Travel Tips for Kota Kinabalu

Better be ready than sorry

by konniemario

Light clothing...cotton could sweat a lot. Open-toe shoes recommend also because of the heat Anti-itch gel and insect repellant a must! of course don't forget the sunblock lotion too.

Nature Interpretation Centre - Nature Walk

by chiabh

The nature park spreads over 25 hectares of land and the public can choose one fo the 5 jungle trails available, depending on their interest and fitness...

The 1.5km Nature Trail takes two hours and visitors learn about monkeys, insects, leeches and inspect a termnite mould.... Ranges will also point out medicinal plants and palm species...

For something more, the 1.8km Native Trail also brings visitors to a native house in the reserve...

Bird watchers may prefer the Bird Watching Trail, a 2-hour walk that stops at bird feeding stations and an observation tower where over 60 species of feathered friends have been spotted... It also meanders through a widllife garden and includes butterfly watching...

The Honeymoon Lagoon Trail takes it easy with mostly plants and trees for viewing...

For the really adventurous, the Nocturnal Animals Watch offers a chance to run into nocturnal wildlife like sambar deer, civit cat, barking deer, slow loris and porcupines... The 2-hour trail starts at 9pm...

There is also a special Ranger For The Day programme for children between 8 and 16, with a maximum of 3 children per session... For a fee of RM20, children get to help rangers in their daily work like feeding the animals...

Treasures from the Sea & from Nature

by Wild_Orchid about Filipino Market by the Waterfront

An interesting market, with stalls lined up in rows, almost like rabbit warrens, but with treasures and souveniors waiting to be discovered.

A wide range of seawater pearls, handicraft, bags handmade from natural fibres, colourful pareos/sarungs, t-shirts, all at different prices & quality so you would need to look around and compare before buying.

Tip for supershoppers: starting prices are always very high and you would need to bargain it down by about 1/2 or even less. Much cheaper than at regular shops, but quality & finishing could be different. I bought a beautiful strand of small salt-water pearls (not perfectly round, but shaped like small seeds, off-white colour). Quoted price was RM60, and at the end, I paid RM50/US$12 for two strands! I can wear them twisted against each other or separately to create a longer strand. They match well with casual tops or with formal office wear. Pearl earrings, marked at RM45, but I paid only RM25/US$6 for the pair. I also bought some wooden household decorations.

I did not drive a hard bargain and was satisfied with my purchases. Everyone's got to make a living.

Downside: It can be quite warm and rather dark inside the markets. This is Asia, do be prepared to sweat a little. :-) Different quality at different prices. Worth looking around a bit before commiting to your purchase. RM20-30 for a pair of salt-water pearl earings, various prices for crystal bracelets, but some could be fakes, so buy them at your own risk.

Dried seafood

by yipsufen about Central Market

A market with stalls selling dried seafood like shrimp, salted fish, anchovies, crackers, etc. Shrimp, salted fish, anchovies, crackers etc... if you don't mind your luggage filled with fishy smell. It can be a good buy for the locals to cook their local dishes. Dried shrimp RM25 per kilo


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Address: Jalan Masjid Lama, Bandaran Berjaya, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 88000, Malaysia