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  • I use my Mykad as travel document when go to Sabah
    I use my Mykad as travel document when...
    by DaHongHua
  • it is near the round about of Gaya St and KK 5 St.
    it is near the round about of Gaya St...
    by DaHongHua
  • 0km, the starting point to travel KK
    0km, the starting point to travel KK
    by DaHongHua

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    Immigration procedure for West Malaysian

    by DaHongHua Written Oct 22, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, all passengers would need to proceed for immigration clearance.
    A Malaysian who are from West Malaysia would need to either show his international passport as travel document or his identity card. For passport holders, the immigration officer would chop the passport to allow stay for 90 days in Sabah. If you show your Mykad as travel document, the officer issues you a IMM114 Pindaan1/86 computer chit with your particulars to allow your entrance and permission to stay in Sabah for a limit of 90 days. This chit is to be surrender upon check out when you leave Sabah.

    I use my Mykad as travel document when go to Sabah
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    The Sabah Tourism Board

    by DaHongHua Written Sep 22, 2014

    Favorite thing: The Sabah Tourism Board is located at the meeting point of Jalan Gaya and Jalan KK 5, the Public Toilet building is at it right and the Hotel 63 is in front of it.
    It opened weekday from 8 am to 5 pm, while Saturday, Sunday and public holiday, it operates from 9 am to 4 pm.
    Some tourists decide to make this place as their assembly point.
    In the office, there are three tourism officers ready to assist you on anything about Sabah.
    There are many maps and travel guides available free if you need them.

    Walked from Lorong Bank, I met STB on Gaya Street The official sign a good assemblying place for next move the front desk the Sabah tourism information is ready for you
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    The Starting Point - 0 km @ Kota Kinabalu

    by DaHongHua Updated Sep 22, 2014

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    Favorite thing: I accidentally found this starting point of KK. It is at a place between the Sabah Tourism Board building and the Public Toilet in town near the round about where Jalan Gaya and Jalan Kota Kinabalu 5 meet. Find it when you are in KK.

    0km, the starting point to travel KK it is near the round about of Gaya St and KK 5 St.
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    Climbing Mt Kinabalu - advanced reservations need

    by sheherezad Updated Feb 27, 2012

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    Favorite thing: I happened to enquire on this, from someone familiar with it, so I can answer such questions on VT Forum! ;-)

    The answer is that last minute climbs are only possible if there is a last minute cancellation and you are lucky to get it! Otherwise it is 6-9 months booking ahead, even for base camp :(

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    The great outdoors

    by travelingcebuano Written Dec 11, 2009

    Favorite thing: If you are an outdoor kind of a person, the KK is just the place for you. You can either explore the mountains and forests, or you can do water sports as well.

    Fondest memory: Having a relaxed time in a very nicely paced city.

    Island hopping in KK
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    Easy answers to easy KK questions.

    by OnTheSpot Written Nov 29, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Hello -

    Supermarkets-
    There's 2 (not so big) in KK town itself - Centrepoint has Pacific Nu Kui, near the Hyatt there's a Millimewa. On the fringes of the CBD at Karamunsing, you'll find a mid-sized Giant. At City Mall, a good 20 minutes by taxi, there's a larger Giant, and at 1Borneo Shopping Centre there's the biggest Giant of them all.

    Flea markets-
    The Philippino Market near Le Meridien is always popular. There's a vegetable market and wet market right next to it - it's daily. The Sunday market is the Gaya Street market which starts early and packs-up around midday. Out at Papar and in Kota Belud there are big, regional markets which are on specific days of the months (check local listings). Pretty much the same thing as at Gaya Street, perhaps just bigger.

    Boat trip to Brunei-
    You can't go via boat directly from KK. You have to go to Labuan (1-2 hours) and then from there to Brunei (2-3 hours) depending on the sea conditions. You might want to consider flying with MAS or Royal Brunei - little more expensive but time is money.

    Getting around KK-
    The KK CBD is not all that big - perhaps 3km from Wisma Wawasan on the one side to Jessleton point on the other. Once in the CBD you can walk where you like. To get around further than that, taxis are cheap and although they have meters they charge set fees for set distances - they should have a chart in the car to show you the cost to different destinations. To Kinabalu Park and Sandakan you can take a long distance bus, or a minibus. To tourist attractions, either do a tour or rent a car.

    Hope that's helpful.

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  • Train, train, train

    by meliaz Written Aug 8, 2008

    Favorite thing: No matter what anyone says train before you attempt to climb up Mt KK. I know some people have done it without any training but it would definitely be much more enjoyable if you did it with training. At the least you wouldn't ache as much after the trip. And actually, it's likely even for people with training to not able to make it up due to altitude sickness so why risk that right?

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  • Best time to scale Mt KK

    by meliaz Written Aug 8, 2008

    Favorite thing: The best time to visit KK would be from Jan - May, when it's the dry season. Should it rain, you will not be allowed to hike up the mountain to watch the summit. That would definitely be a great disappointment.

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    Headlight in KK

    by larasaint Written Mar 19, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Hi there
    I just came back from a South East Asia Trip. I was in Kota Kinabalu and climbed Mount Kinabalu. No problem to buy headlight. If you are going to climb Mount Kinabalu you will be able to rent a haedlight even there. Just ask the guides. But I'm sure you can get it in KK.
    Have fun... I loved it!!
    Lara

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    For Malaysians...

    by travelpug Written Nov 6, 2007

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    Favorite thing: For Malaysians who live in the Peninsula, upon arrival in Sabah, you will be given an immigration slip as shown on the picture. Malaysians are only allowed to stay in the state of Sabah for 3 months! Can you believe it? We are from the same country called MALAYSIA, aren't we?

    Immigration slip for Malaysians

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    Laid back atmosphere

    by travelpug Written Nov 1, 2007

    Favorite thing: In general, I think the people in Sabah are more gentle than those of the West Malaysia. The overall atmosphere is less hectic and laid back. Most important, coming from Kuala Lumpur, I felt that this city is much safer than anywhere in West Malaysia.

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    tropical fruit ice-lolly

    by Hui-Hui Updated May 21, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Please try famous local tropical fruit ice-lolly! There are various flavors like durian, taro, jackfruit, adzuki beans, mango, avocado and so on. They keep the original flavor of the fruits with coconut milk and are very tasty!

    Fondest memory: When I was in Sabah, I had ice-lolly every day. In big super market it cost only 1 RM but its common price was 1.5 RM in convenience store and resort area. The most expensive one I got was in Sutera Harbour Resort--2,6 RM!! My favorite flavors were durian and jackfruit. P.S. We have ice-lolly of taro, jackfruit, adzuki beans, mango and avocado in Taiwan so I prefer extraordinary flavors in Sabah.

    Sabah ice-lolly

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    At sunset

    by ntm2322 Written Apr 28, 2007

    Favorite thing: Most of VT members are photo addicts, they take a shot at almost everything and then place them at their homepages.

    If you come to Kota Kinabalu don't miss its sunset, just beautiful.

    My photo was taken from the Hyatt hotel.

    What Mother Nature gives us everyday!
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    Eating out

    by ntm2322 Updated Mar 3, 2007

    Favorite thing: Whenever you visit Kota Kinabalu or elsewhere in the world, at the time you want to satisfy your tummy don't go to those American or western franchises or simply stay confined to the restaurant of your hotel. Go out, be brave and eat what local people eat. Go to local restaurants by yourself.

    Fondest memory: I really miss the rotis I used to eat at breakfast with the delicious milk coffee they serve (all my friends know that at home I never drink coffee).

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    The history of KK

    by Pieter11 Written Apr 17, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The capital of Sabah is called Kota Kinabalu (mostly known as KK) but has had several other names during its history. The city started as a small fishermens town named Api Api (Fire Fire). When the British came to Sabah at the end of the 19th century the British North Borneo Company needed a homebase for its business. They chose a small island called Gaya Island, right in front of the coastline of Api Api.

    Because a base at the mainland was easier to be defended the British took over Api Api not much later. They named the new town Jesselton, after the director of the British North Borneo Company: Charles Jessel. The new town became an important tradingbase of the English for many decades.

    During the Second World War the town was completely destroyed by the Japanese, and later was bombed once again when the British fought back. The name changed back into Api Api in the Japanese time, but became Jesselton again at the end of the war.

    In 1968, when Sabah already joined the union of Malaysia, the growing town was called Kota Kinabalu, after the high mountain in the inland nearby. The place was expanding rapidly and got the official city-status in 2000. Nowadays the city of KK has almost 400.000 inhabitants, and including the region around it is close to 900.000.

    Sabah Tourism: one of the oldest buildings of KK
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