Expect the food in sabah to be more expensive than in peninsular malaysia.
Here, a plate of chicken rice costs you RM3.50 to RM4, which is a ringgit or so more than in peninsular Malaysia. However, a bigger portion is given as well compare to peninsular.
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.
If Sabahan said 'take the bus', it is very likely that it is a van.
There are local public buses which is really a bus; but sometimes for some longer distance journey, such as from ranau-KK, the 'bus' is actually a van.
Fondest memory: Sabah is definitely famous for wild life. What else could you say when you saw this walking slowly on the beach, and you were just sitting on the same beach enjoying sea breeze? (It's about half meter long from head to tail)
If you were a prawn lover like me, you'll never forget the big and delicious prawns avaliable everywhere in KK with reasonable price. Frozen packs are found in the airport and bring them home if you love it!
Fondest memory: A nearly perfect match of KK prawns and my cooking skills ;-))
Favorite thing: Take time to try these yummy ice cream sticks before you depart the international airport of KK. There are prepacked boxes of 12 or 24 sticks for you to bring home. The ice cream sticks can be kept frozen for up to 5 hours. I found that they were still diamond hard after travelling from KK to my home in Hong Kong.
This bus company provides a good service to MT. Kinabalu head quarter. clean, spacious, free water+bread,and with a TV showing Jet Li movies.
Fondest memory: And the view at the first half an hour ride is really nice.
Kota Kinabalu is just a city that there are so much to do, from climbing the mountain, to diving off the city and taking a train to Beaufort or water rafting in Kiulu (Grade 1 and 2) or Padas River (Grade 3 and 4 up to 7)
Beers are cheap, people are friendly, food are nice and top of that..... RMIT
Fondest memory: Drinking at Shenanigans listening to the mother and daughter band from The Philippines.
Favorite thing: Call into the Sabah Tourism Board building in Gaya St, (see my things to do tip,) and get this free map. Its really helpful.
Favorite thing: The sunset overlooking the sea as view from my hotel room at Shangrila Tanjung Aru resort was also very impressive.
Favorite thing: I enjoyed the traditional dance performances during one of the nights while I was there. The dance movements were graceful and the costumes were very colourful.
Favorite thing: I enjoyed my stay at the Shangrila Tanjung Aru hotel. It is a nice, relaxing hotel with sea activities and a very wonderful view.
Favorite thing: There is a conservation fee of RM10 for non-Malaysians 18 years and above upon entering Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Turtle Island Park, Pulau Tiga Park, Tawau Hills Park or Crocker Range Park).
Favorite thing: Kota Kinabalu has some nice beaches where you can do some watersports, especially at the southern out-skirts of the city.
Fondest memory: The most memorable moment was experiencing the sunrise of a beautiful morning in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from my hotel room balcony. The picture on the left speaks for itself !