We are going to Sabah 15-18 August 08, and need some suggestions on what to do on 15 and 18 as we will be climbing Mt Kinabalu 16-17 August.
Heard of Hot spring, Kanopi Walk, Pulau Sapi. Any other good place to go? How do we go?
What about accomodation? We have booked one night at Laban Rata, and planned to spend the other 2 night at other place? What location should we be looking at so easier to get around?
And how do we get around in Kota Kinabalu? Any car /motorbike rental?
Thanks a lot !
yes. you are right! Kota Kinabalu is a great place to explore, especially the Mountain. Anyway, you must have someone who can plan for you since the duration that you allocated is too short.
Going there the coming weekend, will come back with some good suggestions. Can I just ask you, how much you booked the Laban Rata for? Is it through an agent or through the website? I didn't get any responses from that. Sadly!
I booked via email. Only after email 3-4 times then they reply. And, must book 6 months in advance else definitely fully booked. I think must be lots of travel agents book all the available rooms once released.
booking for September not open yet... may update here when it is available.
I’m a new member here and I’ve just come across with your post this morning.
You’ll be visiting Sabah on 15-18 August 2008? Wow, that’s awesome! But it’s only about 4 days minus 2 days for mount climbing..
Let me guest, you’ll be arriving in KK early morning on the 15th and will stay overnight in KK before proceeding to Mount Kinabalu on the next day. If you have time after the arrival, try to visit Kudat District (there have The Tip Of Borneo, The Rungus Longhouse, The Gong Making and Honey Bee Farm) by renting one taxi. Or, you could visit Penampang District (I would recommend you to visit The Monsopiad Cultural Village) in order to feel the authenticity of the local / Sabahans. Also, rent a taxi to reach that place. It’s very near from the Airport. Don’t worry, you will have a wonderful experience at this place while utilizing wisely the time that you have.
On the 16, you’ll be needing approx. 1.5 hours to reach National Park, Kundasang from Kota Kinabalu and start your mountain climbing about 9am onwards. You could choose the time to depart, but it’s better to start earlier (9am) and reach Laban Rata earlier. It would be your spectacular experience! (Be prepared with the breathtaking sceneries, so starting your journey earlier would be the best decision. You can have more time to enjoy the wonderful flora and fauna as well as getting enough rest for tomorrow’s journey).
On the 17, you have to take your breakfast before 1am, because you’ll be starting to climb to the Low’s Peak (the highest point of Mt. Kinabalu) roughly 1am and reaching the peak just before sunrise (depends on the stamina). Many people felt differently while on that altitude due to temperature and environment conditions. Some might feeling dizzy or unwell. So, whatever your religious is, don’t forget to ask for God’ strength and protection. That’s important. From the peak, after taking photo and enjoying the astonishing view, you’ll be going back to Laban Rata, get some rest, meal, pack your things and prepare yourself to say goodbye to Laban Rata. You’ll be needing about 2-3 hours to reach the entrance gate of Mount Kinabalu (Timpohon Gate or Mesilau) Say, you start your voyage at 12pm or 1pm, you’ll be reaching Timpohon approx. at 2-3pm.
From this point, you might want to proceed your visit to Poring Hot Spring (which is approx. 39km from National Park or 20km from Ranau Town). About 4pm, you’ll be reaching Poring Hot Spring (travel by bus or charter texi or rent a car. But you might encounter difficulties to drive it by yourself. You’ve been using your energy and some might suffer muscle injury). If you are on your own, not attaching with any travel agency, travel by bus (you can easily find a bus at the National Park bus stop) to Poring Hot Spring. There are so many interesting activities that you could do while staying in Poring Hot Spring. Click http://www.sabahtourism.com/en/destination/60-poring-hot-spring-phs/ for more details.
On the 18 (which is your last day in Sabah), you’ll be heading back to Kota Kinabalu and as usual, you need to take a bus in order to reach the city. Plan your time so that you wouldn’t miss your flight. There are so many attractive places in Sabah that you could visit if your have additional time. However, there’ll always be some other time. Welcome to Sabah and enjoy you trip in Sabah! God Bless..
I really wished I went to the Abdul R. islands, it can viewed from the central market of KK.
If I could turn back time, I will go to BRUNEI from LABUAN ISLAND. Its is an interesting island, coz it looked like a ghost town and yet it is so POSH and MODERN. It has lots of luxury hotels and a harbor city atmosphere.
I just went swimming in the luxury hotels and then ate great food and watch the sunset in a very nice grey sand beach.