The schedule can be tight so you have little time to take photos-the best time is on the train (to and fro) and when you get off the train to the change rooms, after which time you are no longer in possession of your camera. The best time though would be after lunch, where you should have 15-30 minutes or so before the train leaves.
From the roads of Kota Kinabalu to Beaufort, the diesel train ride from Beaufort to Padas ..... Scenic, exciting & yet relaxing!
From Beaufrong train station you will take a train up to the rafting starting point.
The journey is about 1-2 hours.
It was an interesting experience, the train doesn't have seats, there were some cargo boxes inside too.
We stopped a couple of time dropping off passenger at some villages along the way.
We also stopped to pick up a tractor...
Along the way you can see some forest and paddy fields
This is a very interesting train ride to the starting point of the water rafting. The train is the only mode of transportation up to the hills.
We got to ride the train with the locals who brought along their shopping & pet monkeys, chickens, duck, etc... interesting sights!
Luggage and bags:
Size doesn't matter as you'll leave everything in a safe spot-just something big enough to keep your stuff.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals/slippers over shoes because you'll need footwear while walking between the train stop and the start off the rafting trip which means footwear goes onto the raft and gets wet. Dress in light clothings (you'll have a lifejacket on); certainly shorts over pants.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun block if you like (apply before leaving change rooms)-the mosquitoes never bothered me so I don't know about repellants. The usual BYO toilet paper/tissue applies in Sabah.
Photo Equipment: A video camera will not be of much use here as the only real time you can take shots is limited. A camera with a video function will suffice.
Luggage and bags:
Bring small bag just to bring essentials
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Towel and spare clothings, but It'll dry up after the lunch buffet (if you bring dryfit clothes)
Photo Equipment: There will be photographers taking your pics, you can just buy them after the rafting.
And yes the guide will let u know where those cameramen are hiding so you can still make a pose~
Bring waterproof camera if you insist on taking picture yourself.
Miscellaneous: You'll actually leave your bags and only bring those you can afford to be wet with you for the rafting.