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    Have a massage

    by Gyppo Written Feb 8, 2015

    KK has a number of massage parlours, the workers at which will give you a good rubdown. I've been to a few. The best in my opinion, and the one the accompanying photo is of, is Thai Odyssey in D'Junction, which costs RM125 for an hour's Thai style massage. Other ones of note are Helen which has has male and female masseurs (Warisan Square); Annie which does an hour for RM57 (Centrepoint); and Jari Jari which is award winning in Sabah for about RM120 an hour (Suria Sabah). However there are places all over KK.

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    Sabah Wetlands Centre, KK

    by Gyppo Updated Feb 7, 2015

    The Sabah Wetlands centre comprises a small visitor centre with information about Ramsar wetlands and a walkway to a three storey observation centre and a hide for bird watching. It's a small mangrove swamp with a few information boards to let you know what you might be able to see. It's very peaceful. When I went, it was World Wetlands Day, so it was free, but normally it would be RM5 for Malaysian adults (RM3 for kids) and RM15 for non-Malaysian adults (RM10 for kids). It's closed on Mondays except public holidays.

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    Visit relatives' establishments

    by DaHongHua Written Sep 22, 2014

    I have about 6 relatives of maternal side who have migrated to Sabah and established their business there since 1990's.
    We took opportunity during this Sabah trip to pay courtesy visit to them One of the relatives brought us to his establishment, a furniture and interior renovation factory located at Penampang.
    Beside that, we also stopped at Somthai Paper Marketing ( Sabah ) S.B. , a newly joint venture shop by my brother and the relatives in Sabah.

    The office front view the scope of business the work floor In Somthai Paper with relatives The owner, Mr. Ang Eng Hai
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    Take seafood home (2)

    by DaHongHua Updated Sep 22, 2014

    Always buy the species that only found in Sabah sea. There are all deep sea grouper fish by different name.
    Regardless the size, the shop would know how to pack for you, either to send by cargo or hand carry.

    The lady boss introduces the species fish individual packed in the freezer, for sales. final bargain after weighing, start packing pack to a hand carry item
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    Take seafood home (1)

    by DaHongHua Updated Sep 22, 2014

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    Beside eating seafood in Sabah, one must think of to bring the seafood back to the hometown, for family and friends to experience the enjoyment not only able to see what you dine in the facebook.
    There are many dried and frozen seafood stores around in Kota Kinabalu and Penampang. If you missed many chances to buy, the last opportunity to buy is at the airport.

    The Nikudo is a market from fresh to frozen food Napolion / 18kg / RM3600 Senangin Kurau / 25 kg / RM 950 smaller fish This is not the biggest in the shop
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    Exploring Sabah on Bike

    by Paulm1987 Written Aug 1, 2014

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    The 26km route was Basic..Some of the steeps were abit tough but a great Experience Overall.Mostly I enjoyed the route into the Village of Tuaran. The locals were waving at us and I felt like a Celebrity lol.
    We had a guy from Bike Borneo who was our tour guide,He was very helpful and Informative.

    It's very interesting and I would recommend it to anyone.

    Checkout the website for more info:

    On a Mission Farming Tuaran
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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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