I find sabahan to be very friendly people, more friendly than those in peninsular malaysia. They generally very open and easy in front camera, helpful when you ask for assistance and ready to help.
When I was in Ranau, people in the bus station take the initiative to help us in giving direction and suggestions. This happened a few times in my short trip to Sabah making me believe that sabahan is so kind and friendly.
KK is small and most of the tourist spots are reachable by foot. Thus, a town map is a must to bring with.
You can get a free town map from Sabah Tourism Board at Jalan Gaya or download one from internet. I was using a year 2001 map but most of the places are still the same. So the old map doesnt give me much trouble.
White water rafting at Padas river
You can go white (yellow really) water rafting at Padas river. Price can range between RM120-250 depending on your connections and bargaining skills. Basically a tourist can forget about the lower price-try get RM190. These days prices are advertised online so unless you are a group tourist you probably won't get charged the higher end prices. You'll be picked up from your hotel, taken to Beaufort train station where you'll get on a neanderthal era train to the starting point. All done, maybe you'll get there from your hotel in 2.5 hours.
Now you'll get a safety talk and get thrown on a raft. Duration can take between 40-90 minutes depending on whether it's been raining recently and you'll go through 5 rapids. You can jump off and are rescued by kayakers if you can make it back to shore. Food is available at the end but be quick-it's not necessarily enough for everyone. Then you go back.
Toilet facilities there there but can be quite basic, to say the least, both on the train and rafting area...
I have more information on my Kampong Padas Valley travel pages.
Sabah tea is cultivated in the pristine foothills of Mount Kinabalu. It's an all time favourite for everyone. 100% pesticide and colouring free. From Malaysia's only organic-certified tea plantation.
You can buy from shops or supermarket. Spot the dark green coloured box packing. It's a great souvenir for your friends & family at home. Available in all sizes & content.
gO PaRtY in KK
Winner of the 'Best Entertainment Spot 2000 / 2001', better known as Best Fun Pub in Borneo, this traditional Irish pub offers international live entertainment, speciality cocktails and sumptuous snacks no slipper.. just wear your best party outfit!