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  • The market down near the waterfront.
    The market down near the waterfront.
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  • Near the main museum in town.
    Near the main museum in town.
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  • At the ferry terminal.
    At the ferry terminal.
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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
    Island hopping in KK

    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.

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    • Beaches

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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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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Mountain Climbing
    • National/State Park

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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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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Mountain Climbing

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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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    Immigration slip for Malaysians

    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?

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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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    Sabah ice-lolly

    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.

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    At sunset

    by ntm2322 Written Apr 28, 2007
    What Mother Nature gives us everyday!

    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.

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Family Travel

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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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    • Family Travel
    • Backpacking

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    A Very Good City Map

    by hez28 Updated Jun 1, 2006

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    KK city map

    Favorite thing: This city map is very, very helpful. Even for a local like me as it has the most updated locations of (new) restaurants, hotels as well as places of interests.

    Very essential if you're travelling solo. Get this map for free and you'll do fine :-)

    This free CBD map is available at the arrival hall in Kota Kinabalu International Airport, or you can always drop by at the Tourist Information Centre located at No. 51 Jalan Gaya.
    Operating hours
    Monday - Friday : 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday , Sunday,& Public Holiday : 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

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    • National/State Park
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel

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    The history of KK

    by Pieter11 Written Apr 17, 2006

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    Sabah Tourism: one of the oldest buildings of KK

    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.

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    • Historical Travel

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    Bring your Ringit

    by presdeaddead Written Apr 4, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Due to the small size of the airport at Kota Kinabalu, it is best to make sure that you have enough currency in your pocket as there is no foreign exchange booth. At least have 20ringit spare, as this will cover your taxi into town. I had come directly from Bangkok on Air Asia and had no currency with me at the time of arrival. The taxi driver charged me an extra 5 ringit for stopping off at the cash machine.

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    dry season

    by greenmonster Written Apr 2, 2006
    sunny April morning in KK

    Favorite thing: According to the Sabah brochure I got at the airport, the dry season runs from November through March. I think this means there are less mosquitoes during these months also. I have gone there in April and May before, and it rained around 3pm-6pm everyday.

    Fondest memory: snorkling off Sapi Island

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    • Beaches
    • Road Trip
    • Backpacking

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