Kota Kinabalu Off The Beaten Path

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    Excellent place to take pictures of Mt. Kinabalu

    by runwitme Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Kinabalu Park HQ is the most popular place for climbers to take the "me-and-the-mountain-I-had-conquered" picture.The spot is OK but sometimes the view gets marred by passing vans and pedestrians making the setting less "natural".

    I found this great spot to take the great view of Mount Kinabalu with all its glory. It is at a small hotel called Kinabalu Rose Cabin at Km 18, Jalan Ranau-Tamparuli.
    From the base HQ, drive towards Kundasang town.The cabin is on the left hand side. It has a lovely garden next to the hotel. The view of Mount Kinabalu from here is magnificent!

    View from Kinabalu Rose Cabin
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  • only chilled out classical thai beach in borneo!!

    by hansripcurl Updated Mar 7, 2010

    woowweee..finally after looking around for a non package..non breakfast included..non samsonites..non per pax(400-900RM) a nite beach huts..I found IT!!!
    Manana Borneo...thru a friend I was recommended and these guys dont advertise man!!Solely from the word of mouth and their networks from Perhentians Islands...cool plp and great vibes here...books and hammocks(thai) and a private beach thats no touristy..PERFECT!!At the time we check in there were only 10 huts and a split level Rest/bar...kayaks to rent..snorkeling is amazing...acres of corals with no other boats!!Way worth it then those islands near KK....Electricity are only thru the night..but the Bar chilled out areas spins cool music all day...their trade marks are Ben Harper n J.Johnson...all day man!!Reminds me of Koh Pang Ngan...sweet!!LUV this place n the crews!!PLZZZZ only tell the specual fews...coz I'm definately coming back as Taiwan is home for another 2 years...

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    Atkinson Clock Tower

    by yipsufen Updated Feb 21, 2010

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    One of the most enduring landmarks in KK which has stood prominently on the bluff along Signal Hill Road. Built as a memorial to Francis George Atkinson (the first District Officer of KK). It has the distinction of being the oldest standing structure in the whole Sabah that suvived the air raids and blitz of WWII. The Clock Tower was gazetted as a heritage building in 1983. Till today, it still serves to keep the city's time.

    No admission fee is required. Very near to Signal Hill Observatory.

    Atkinson Clock Tower
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    Nabalu Village

    by yipsufen Updated Mar 9, 2009

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    On your way to Poring Hotspring or Kinabalu Park, you will pass by a very small village called Nabalu. Tourists will usually stop here for their breakfast meal, pee-stop & also to do some souvenir shopping. It's only a row of shops & a stretch of souvenir stalls. At the end of the souvenir stalls, is a watch tower. The tower is old & making creeching sound as you walk up the steps. It serves as an elevated platform for you to view the surrounding Kinabalu mountain range.

    There's many variety of local souvenirs, handicrafts or products sold here, like Batik, Malay cloth & wood carving. In terms of breakfast, the choice is limited & quality so so.

    Souvenir stalls at Nabalu Village Souvenir stalls at Nabalu Village
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    Visit Keningau and Tenum

    by pepemorris11 Written Mar 9, 2009

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    Again, nothing exciting about these 2 towns but the journey was worth taking if you have time to spare and want to get out into the country.New road took us through the Crocker Mountain Range and National Park. a 3 hours journey Boarded coach at KK city central bus station opposite library and cinema.Paid MR$13 for 1 ticket to Keningau and then took a taxi to Tenum for MR$8 per pax. made a mistake. should have bought MR$17 for a ticket on same coach all the way to Tenum. Coach will break for lunch at Keningau and leave for Tenum at 2pm. Last bus back to KK city from Tenum leaves at 4pm. make sure you buy your ticket first at the little booth. will arrive KK city bus terminal at around 7nish.

    Bought ticket from this booth at KK city Central bus station in KK city View on way to Keringau Part of the Crocker range Keningau town
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    Visit Kundasang

    by pepemorris11 Written Mar 9, 2009

    Take minibus (11-seater) heading to Ranau from the central bus station opposite the cinema and library . Fare cost us MR$16 per pax. 3 hour bus ride. Bus will pass base of Kinabalu National park.What's there to see in Kundasang? nothing really much. just a small town with a row of shops selling local produce right where your bus stops. a lot of development going on there. maybe visit Kundasang War Memorial.....but i enjoyed the scenic ride so if the journey is more important to you then the destination and you have time to spare, go for the ride!oh yes, on a clear day, you can see Mt Kinabalu towering above you!

    Little row of shops at Kundasang Local produce eg.honey, fruit, veg View on way to Kundasang a lot of construction going on in the area Family of the Morning Glory, saw this on a slope
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    Likas Bay

    by yipsufen Updated Mar 9, 2009

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    Likas is a bay dotted with casuarina trees. Sometime you can see fishing boats & people fishing & picnic leisurely from the roadside. This is the nearest beach from KK town. A good place to unwind or just to relax freely.

    Likas Bay
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    Monsopiad Cultural Village

    by pepemorris11 Written Mar 8, 2009

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    Take no 13 bus to Donggongon town in Penampang from bus stations in front of City Hall or Wawasan Plaza in KK city.Fare per person MR$1.60. From Donggongon, ask for minibus bound for Terawi and inform driver that you wish to get off at the cultural village. minibus will stop you at the doorstep of the village. Bus fare from Donggongon to village MR$1.70. When getting back to KK city, cross the road and wait for the minibus back to Donggongon. It would be better to walk a little further down the road from the village to the bus shelter. Read my tip on tourist trap. worth visiting if you are not a local and if you are interested in Kadazan culture

    At entrance to village Rickety bridge at the village Live cultural show In the village grounds Cafe in the village
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    Borneo Books

    by yipsufen Updated Jan 14, 2009

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    Borneo Books is a specialist book store, covering natural history, guide books, maps, environment, forestry, sustainable management, fruits, flowers, herbal medicine, culture, Sabah history & exploration.

    A reading area and information point with difficult-to-find information on ecologial and conservation subjects. Workshop reports and scientific reprints can be photocopied for you. It stocks information you are unlikely to find easily elsewhere. The bookstore also displays work by local artists. Paintings and photographs are for sale.

    For foot sore customers, it offers an oasis of relaxation and interest with comfortable seating, coffee and tea and interesting things to read.

    Cable access is available on request on a reasonable basis. Recharge your laptop and mobile phone at the recharging station.

    Address: A235-237 (F), 2nd floor, Phase 1, Wisma Merdeka

    The reading area at Borneo Books Borneo Books
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    Signal Hill Observatory Tower

    by yipsufen Updated Jan 14, 2009

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    A natural area where you can enjoy the beautiful skyline of the city with a view that extends to the islands. Sad to say that most part of the coastal line has been blocked by tall structures. However, you still can see some blue sea at far end. Not a good vantage point to view the beach but to have a bird's eye view of the city.

    Walk cut across Gaya Street then you will see a small mountain. Cross a street & you will see a football field. Take that road & walk up the slope. I think it will take about 15 to 20 minutes. No admission fee is required.

    Signal Hill Observatory Tower Signal Hill Observatory Tower Signal Hill Observatory Tower
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    Menara Tun Mustapha (Yayasan Sabah)

    by yipsufen Updated Jan 14, 2009

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    With its unique architectural design, this 32-floor goverment office building is arguably one of the city's most outstanding landmarks. For sweeping views of Likas Bay and its mesmerising sunset, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kokol Hill & Mount Kinabalu in a distance on clear day, head up to @mosphere, the modern dining restaurant on the 18th floor.

    A very quiet place. Nothing much to see except you want to pay a visit to @mosphere Restaurant. The restaurant is nice though.

    Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm. Closed on Monday, except during school & public holidays.

    Menara Tun Mustapha (Yayasan Sabah)
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    Probiscious Monkeys and Fireflies at Klias River

    by muratkorman Written Jan 2, 2009

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    Klias River is in Beaufort region which is 110 km south of KK city. Depending on the traffic conditions, it may take 2 to 3 hours to reach there by car. Although the journey is tiring, you will have a very nice experience once you reach there. There are organized river cruises which give you the chance to watch the funny looking Probiscious Monkeys in their own environment. The small boats get closer in the river bank to provide you some nice photo shots. Watching the sunset on Klias River is fascinating. After that you are taken back to your departure point for a dinner. After dinner is the second event : Fireflies. The trees which you watched the monkeys jump and play before dinner transforms into Christmas trees thanks to the fireflies in the region. This was such a nice scene for me as I only saw a few fireflies when I was just a small kid. You can find tours organized to Klias River easily in KK city. The journey starts afternoon around 1:30 pm and you return back to KK city around 9:30 pm. For me and my wife, it cost us 340 RM including transportation, meal and the boat tours. It is not cheap but it is definitely an unforgettable experience.

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    Pulau Manukan

    by chiabh Updated Jun 10, 2008

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    Pulau Manukan is part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) Marine Park in Kota Kinabalu... It is the place where locals come to get away from the bustling city by simply relaxing on the beach... Visitors can also go island hopping, jetskiing, kayaking, ride a glass bottom boat and banana boat, parasailing, snorkelling, diving, bird watching and trekking to sunset point... The sea is crystal clear and the emerald green water is full of all kinds of fishes, inlcuding white promfret and clolourful coral fishes, swimming around the boat as you arrive at the long jetty... Fringed by casaurina trees, the hills at the back of the beach is also alive with bees, birds and monkeys... There is also a resort on the island in Manukan Island Resort...

    The is also a Marine Research Centre on the island... The centre provides visual education on marine life as well as conservation work done in the TAR Marine Park... Exhibits at the centre includes the giant head bone of an 8m long Byrde Whale that beach on nearby Pulau Gaya some years back, as well as the shell of a giant clam, skeletons of a dugong and dolphin, seagrass and seaweeds...

    Pulau Manukan is only 20mins by sea from Kota Kinabalu... Boats leave for the island from Sutera Harbour Jetty, Tanjung Aru Marina (at Tanjung Aru Resort) and Jesselton Point (near the Sabah Port Authority)... The fare to/from the island is RM40 return... There is a RM3 charge for staying on the island...

    the beach at pulau manukan...
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    Nature Interpretation Centre - Orang Utan

    by chiabh Updated Jun 2, 2008

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    The Nature Interpretation Centre, located at the Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort, was established by the resort in collaboration with the Sabah State Wildlife Dept in June 1996 in providing the initial steps at rehabilitation of stranded and orphaned baby orang utans as well as other endagered fauna... When the orang utans reach the ages of six or seven, they are send to the rehabilitation station in Sepilok and subsequently released into the wild...

    Visitors are allowed to enter nature reserve through bookings must be made as only 50 visitors are allowed at any one time... The hour-long In Search of the Orang Utan programme is on daily at 10am and 2pm to coincide with feeding times. Entrance fee is RM65 for the public and RM50 for resort guests... Children between the ages of 6 and 16 pay RM10...

    The programme starts with a talk and video show by the rangers and then leads a way up a forested hill... Along the way, lucky visitors may catch glimpses of hornbills, monitor lizards, tortoises, musedeer, civet car and over 60 species of birds and 30 species of butterfiles... There are 2 viewing platforms overlooking the feeding stations for visitors...

    a feeding station... pix from nst travel times...
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    Nature Interpretation Centre - Nature Walk

    by chiabh Updated Jun 2, 2008

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    The nature park spreads over 25 hectares of land and the public can choose one fo the 5 jungle trails available, depending on their interest and fitness...

    The 1.5km Nature Trail takes two hours and visitors learn about monkeys, insects, leeches and inspect a termnite mould.... Ranges will also point out medicinal plants and palm species...

    For something more, the 1.8km Native Trail also brings visitors to a native house in the reserve...

    Bird watchers may prefer the Bird Watching Trail, a 2-hour walk that stops at bird feeding stations and an observation tower where over 60 species of feathered friends have been spotted... It also meanders through a widllife garden and includes butterfly watching...

    The Honeymoon Lagoon Trail takes it easy with mostly plants and trees for viewing...

    For the really adventurous, the Nocturnal Animals Watch offers a chance to run into nocturnal wildlife like sambar deer, civit cat, barking deer, slow loris and porcupines... The 2-hour trail starts at 9pm...

    There is also a special Ranger For The Day programme for children between 8 and 16, with a maximum of 3 children per session... For a fee of RM20, children get to help rangers in their daily work like feeding the animals...

    on top of the hill... pix from nst travel times... the nature trail... pix from nst travel times...
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