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    Community Hall

    by cal6060 Updated Sep 29, 2013

    KK Community Hall was known as Jesselton Community Hall. It was officially opened by the governor of the Jesselton Government, Sir Roland Turnball on 11 March 1958. This community hall was used as important venues for many historical events of KK and Malaysia. That includes the following:

    * Malaysia Solidarity Consultative Committee had held an important meeting here on 24 August 1961. Malaysia Solidarity committees include representatives from Malaya (West Malaysia), North Borneo (Sabah), Singapore, Sarawak, and Brunei gathered to discuss to form Malaysia after Malaya (West Malaysia) was granted independence from the British on 31 Aug 1957.

    * The committee of Cobbold formed under the control of the United Nations. The committee members were having a meeting with the local residents to discuss the formation of Malaysia in this hall. The committee of Cobbold's members were Sir Lord Cobbold, Sir David Watherson, Sir Anthony Abell, Tan Sri Mohd, Ghazali Shafie and Dato Wong Pow Nee.

    * On 31 August 1963, Sir William Goode, former cabinet of North Borneo (Sabah) and Tuan Donald A. Stephens (Tun Haji Mohd Faud Stephens) declared the independence of Sabah from the British in this hall. Then, North Borneo was declared as Sabah.

    Today, this Community hall is used as a badminton hall for local residents and held local event.

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    Tour Company Exotic Borneo

    by Mikebb Updated Feb 24, 2013

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    We enjoyed 4 days travelling through Sabah with Exotic Borneo Tours. We informed them in general what our interests were and they put together a tailor made tour commencing in Kota Kinabalu and travelling to Keningau via Tambunan on our first day. This included stops along the Croker Range as reported oearlier.

    Next day we visited Sabah Agriculture Park and the Tenom Orchid Centre, Hoya Garden,, Native Orchid Centre etc etc. Along the way we stopped at several villages for beautiful snacks, local arts and crafts , photo stops etc etc.

    On the 3rd day we travelled overland for 4 hours to Ranau and the Poring hot Springs where we had a magnificent lunch prior to climbing a 45 degree jungle track up to the Canopy Walkway which is the best I have ever walked.later in the day we were back in the coach and continued the climb to Mt Kinabalu Heritage Resort Luckily we stopped along the way to take photos of Mt Kinabalu as the next morning the mountain was covered in mist.

    The 4th day we visited Kinabalu Park, nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The group had fun walking jungle tracks in the rain and mist. Then back on the coach for the drive back to Kota Kinabalu for the next 2 nights.

    An excellent tour company, willing to listen to our requests whilst on tour, excellent accommodation and meals provided for a very reasonable price.

    Exotic Borneo Tour Coach
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    Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

    by Mikebb Updated Feb 23, 2013

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    Our friends drove out to this luxury beach resort located approximately 20 minutes drive from Kotal Kinabalu centre.

    We were impressed with what we saw, and it lived up to the advertising we had read in travel magazines.

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    Sutera Harbour

    by Mikebb Updated Feb 21, 2013

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    Our friend took us to his club at Sutera Harbour for lunch and these photos were taken from the outdoor dining area.

    A luxury club located within the city, facilities including golf course, bowling lane, tennis courts, swimming pool etc etc. The sort of club you dream of but cannot afford.

    There are 2 holiday resort hotels adjoining the club.

    Sutera Harbour & Marina  - Kota Kinabalu
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    Waterfront Night Market For Dinner

    by Mikebb Updated Feb 21, 2013

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    A few hours after checking into our hotel the group decided to visit the nearby Waterfront Night Market for dinner.

    Plenty of colour in the market, bright lights and colourful shirts were the backdrop to a bonanza of freshly caught seafood. Prawns of a size rarely seen, fish of all shapes, colours and size all on ice except those on the grill. Choose your own fish and 10 minutes later it is on a plate ready to eat.

    Price - unbelievably low!

    Massice Prawn - Waterfront Night Market Fresh Fish Our Group - Fish on the way. Another Fish Restaurant Grilled Seafood.
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    Gardens in the Museum precinct

    by Daihappydai Written Sep 23, 2012

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    A flat rate of 15 RM gets you entry to the Sabah Museum. It also allows you to visit the Heritage Village and the Sabah Art Gallery - a strange gallery of modern art where the works are for sale!
    While in the museum precinct, take the opportunity to go for a walk and view the mini eco-garden and the orchid garden. Take the road up from the Art Gallery towards the Islamic Centre for 100m. The eco-garden is on your left and steps leading to a circuit through a forrested area for the orchid garden. Well worth a look if you are at the museum.

    Flowers in the eco-garden, Sabah Museum precinct In the forest canopy walkway Flowers in the eco-garden, Sabah Museum precinct Entry to the orchid walk.
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    Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal

    by Daihappydai Written Sep 21, 2012

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    A short walk from the centre of Kota Kinabalu is the ferry terminal Jesselton Point. From here ferries can be taken to any of the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.
    The terminal is well maintained and even if you are not travelling to one of the islands for a day trip, it is worth a look. There are a number of food and drink outlets and a shaded seating area where you can enjoy lunch or a refreshing afternoon drink and watch the ferries come and go.

    Kota Kinabalu Welcomes You, Jesselton Point Old phone booths at Jeeselton Point Covered eating area at Jesselton Point Entrance to Jesselton Point Ferry terminal
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    Great Views from Observation Tower

    by Daihappydai Written Sep 14, 2012

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    If you are looking for a short afternoon activity in Kota Kinabalu, it is worth the effort to climb the hundreds - yes, hundreds - of steps through the jungle to the Observation Tower on Jalan Bukit Bendara.
    The stairway starts next to the community hall - across Jalan K.K. Bypass and adjacent to Jalan Dewan. The stairway is steep and there is a rest point half way up.
    Once at the top of the stairs, turn left, and you will see the observation tower about 50 metres further up the road.
    There are places to sit and relax in the breeze, and excellent views across Kota Kinabalu to the south-west, although most of the ocean views are blocked by buildings.
    Take a drink, the climb can leave you hot.

    Start point for walk to observation deck Steep steps heading to the observation deck Rest point on the climb to the observation deck Entrance to the observation tower, Kota Kinabalu Views across Kota Kinabalu from observation deck
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    Heritage Village

    by Daihappydai Written Aug 17, 2012

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    The Heritage Village, containing replicas of traditional houses of different indigenous groups of Sabah can be found adjacent to the Sabah Museum. It is a pleasant walk around the village, and you can look into most of the houses, although to me the houses seemed crowded together and this took away from their individual differences. Having said that, there are some interesting artifacts and explanations of living and working conditions. The lily pond in the centre is quite beautiful, particularly its resident bright red dragon flies.
    There is no seperate cost for entry to the Heritage Village - in fact, it appeared that you could walk down from the Museum car park and enter the village for free.
    Note that after the relative coolness inside the museum buildings, walking around the Heritage Village is quite hot. A gift shop outside the museum entrance sells cool drinks.

    View across the lily pond at Heritage Village, KK Indigenous bamboo house at Heritage Village, KK Traditional bed inside a house at Heritage Village Utensils inside a house at Heritage Village, KK Suspension bridge: path to Heritage Village, KK
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    Kota Kinabalu Wetlands Centre

    by Daihappydai Written Aug 5, 2012

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    The Kota Kinabalu Wetlands centre is a 24 hectare patch of mangrove forest which is home to many birds, crabs and other little swamp critters. There is a 1.8 km long boardwalk, allowing you to comfortable walk through the mangrove forest. There is also a bird hide from where you can spot the resident and migratory birds leaving their nests and an observation tower from which you get a great view over the wetlands.
    The best time to see the birds is early in the morning but the Wetlands Centre also makes a great place for an afternoon stroll. Try looking for the blue-blooded crabs! There are several rest areas along the boardwalk. Bring some insect repellant and something to drink.
    Really worth a visit if you have an hour or two to spare in Kota Kinabalu.
    Entry is now RM 15 for adults.

    Along the boardwalk, Kota Kinabalu Wetlands Centre View from on high, Kota Kinabalu Wetlands Centre Observation tower at Kota Kinabalu Wetlands Centre Blue-blooded crab at Kota Kinabalu Wetlands Centre View from inside the bird hide
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    CARRY THE NECCESARY TRAVEL INSURANCE

    by DennyP Written Feb 15, 2012

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    . I carry the neccesary Travel Insurance everywhere I go when I'm travelling..Some places are more dangerous than others and this of course depends on what you do...I don't jump out of aeroplanes or off bridges and try to keep my Travel Insurance costs to a minimum. Accidents can happen anywhere anytime as we all know..and I always cover myself for Hospital, Medical, Robbery, and theft..Hospital charges can be really expensive and can stop your holiday in its tracks...I like to travel with peace of mind..and wouldn't travel without it..

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    The great North Borneo Railway experience

    by ladymariah Written Feb 5, 2012

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    I am honoured to be one of the passengers at the re-launching of North Borneo Railway this morning.

    The North Borneo Railway was temporarily closed in September 2005 due to the upgrading works of the railway track by the ministry of transportation, but it continued its service on July 4th 2011 after the upgrading works was completed.

    North Borneo Railway is a joint venture project between Sutera Harbour and the State Railway Department, signifying a historical collaboration through common initiatives between the private sector and the State government.

    Sitting inside the carriage creates the nostalgic romance of people traveling by steam train in the past. The rail line runs from Tanjung Aru through the towns of Kinarut, Kawang and Papar. The train crosses over the Papar River over steel trestle bridge into Papar where the train will stop for a least 30 to 40 minutes for passengers to experience the "rice bowl" township.

    The North Borneo Railway is the last of a fleet of locomotives that once plied the tracks through Borneo since the late 1880s, was manufactured by the Vulcan Fondry Ltd in Newton-le-Willows in Lancashire, United Kingdom.

    The train features five fully refurbished colonial-style passenger train carriages. Each carriage can accommodate 16 persons to provide a total 8- passengers. Refurbished to reflect the steam engine era, both the exterior and interior provide and environment that would have been typical of stepping onto a train in 1990.

    The exterior utilizes the traditional deep green and cream of the original North Borneo Railway, with carved brass logos, showcasing the original design of a tiger holding a rail wheel, standing on the royal crown.

    The train runs on every Wednesday and Saturday between Kota Kinabalu and Papar, priced at RM250 for adult, RM150 for children between the ages of 2 to 12 and complimentary for children below 2 years old. Its quite pricey, not recommended to budget traveler.

    Arriving at the Tanjung Aru station, passengers will board the train at a designated platform that have been styled to create a distinctive historical feeling.

    Passengers are offered free seating on one of the awaiting carriages. Along the journey, passengers will be treated to some of the most unique interesting scenery in Sabah whilst being pampered with polished service onboard.

    On the return leg, passengers will experience "tiffin-styled" meals, which accent a typical railway meal of the turn of the century. Served in traditional tiffin boxes, the unique culinary experience highlights the exotic blend of Asian and continental cuisine, primarily focusing on a sampling of Malaysian delights.

    Booking details just email infor@northborneorailway.com.my the staff will reply you ASAP.

    It was a free of charge 3-hour train ride for me, so I don't have to prepare the ticket fees. Great experience, but to be honest it's too expensive. Can't complain more because it is not easy to look after an old train. Must be the maintenance. However, passengers can be assured of hospitality and five-star service that is synonymous with Sutera Harbour.

    MORE PICTURES HERE: http://barefootedladymariah.blogspot.com/2012/02/great-north-borneo-railway-experience.html

    North Borneo Railway creates a nostalgic romance.
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    Boat Trip to Manukan Island

    by SangAji Written Jan 21, 2012

    Islands off KK offer a refreshing change from the hustle n bustle of city life.

    The boat trip can be bumpy depending on weather....

    once there, enjoy the sun, sand, sea n snorkeling...

    bring along a picnic basket with your favourite food n drinks....

    Boat pier at Jesselton Point, KK Boat fares, terminal fees and conservation fees... sun, sand, sea, snorkelling at Manukan Island, KK bumpy boat ride to Manukan Island, KK lots of fish n fishes, but no fishing n no feeding
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    Chinatown.

    by euzkadi Written Jan 13, 2012

    It´s not really a big Chinatown, just a couple of streets, but a good place to wander around, some shops, and restaurants and as in other Malaysian cities always the mix between the modern and the tradition. The Chinatown Main Gate was donated by the Sabah Chinese Chamber of Commerce and marks the entrance to the quarter.

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    Man of the Jungle Show

    by Assenczo Updated Nov 22, 2011

    Kota Kinabalu has the key component that makes Sabah different and thus attractive to visit – the orang-utan encounters. Here is the time to open a bracket and mention that orang-utans in their semi-wild form are available for viewing in three-four places in the world; namely, Sepulok in Sabah, Pontianak in Kalimantan and a joint in Sumatra. Most importantly this is the option that gives the best chance to view the animals that in the other two cases would be pitifully bored in a zoo setting or hard to spot while roaming the jungle. So Kota Kinabalu has the advantage of presenting jungle-living ex-pets/orphans in their childhood years and hence more friendly who are invited for a snack provided by the jungle “professionals”. In the process one can see them from a very short distance eating and performing their gymnastics in what might as well be described as a show since the feeding platform is very reminiscent of a stage and the “audience” is nicely packed onto separate platforms cleverly set on higher ground just like in a mini amphitheatre surrounded by the jungle itself. Mind you all this is happening on the property of local all-inclusive type of establishment. What lacks in authenticity is quickly made up for convenience because the location is some forty minutes outside of the Kota Kinabalu downtown as opposed to the 300km drive to Sepulok in the outskirts of Sandakan where the same show is on offer and there is no coincidence that the Kota venture is a branch of the Sandakan orphanage. What the real miss is on part of such giants of travel guidance as Lonely planet or Rough Guide is that they do not advise about this option and want you to “sail’ all the way to Sepulok/Sandakan which might be good for the Sabah tourist industry but not useful to people who have less time to spend in the region.

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