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How many days in Kuala Lumpur? Sandakan or Kota Kinabalu?

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1. Posted by miguel_es (Full Member 114 posts) 5y

How many days do I have to spend in Kuala Lumpur?
Does it worth to go Kota Kinabalu or go ahead to Sandakan?

2. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 5y

KL is a city, a fresh and vibrant looking city... with nice buildings and good food... if time is a luxury, 3 days...
what do want to do? go to starbucks, see some mosque, see the TOWERS (a must) and the see modern streets... that is said to be so fashionable and trendy, but its not... Louis Vuittons outlets and Prada billboards, do not make a city CHIC! and KL is light years away for what I would call Chic.

KK and Sandakan, Sandakan is a port town with HUGE trees and trees... you can take a bus to SEPILOK to see Orangutans, if you like to see animals that almost look like humans in a santuary. Sepilok has nice resorts in jungle settings, and that made it great.

KK, is great, you can go to Labuan or the three national parks, that you can see from KK's bay. The Abdul (Rasak) islands.
and ofcourse Mt. Kinabalu.

and with that said, I love Malaysia.

3. Posted by blissbliss (Budding Member 14 posts) 5y

Sandakan is a sleepy place and a lot smaller than Kota Kinabalu.

There are also a lot of tours that can be done from KK.

Certainly the best diving sites are nearer to Sandakan and so is Sepilok. I found Sepilok to be disappointing mainly due to the number of people and you did not get really close to the Orangs.

The sanctuary at the Rasa Ria is smaller but you also get a lot less people and closer to the Orangs, especially at the morning sessions. You need to book a few days in advance as numbers are limited and I think guests at the Rasa Ria have first preference.

There is diving on the islands off KK which are only a short boat trip and there are dive companies around KK that can arrange trips.

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5. Posted by miguel_es (Full Member 114 posts) 5y

Thanks for the help.
I already have decide my trip in Borneo.
[22 Nov 2009 - 25 Nov 2009] kota kinabalu, Malaysia
[25 Nov 2009 - 30 Nov 2009] Sandakan, Malaysia
Arriving to Sandakan I will take the bus to Sepilok and then join "Uncle Tan" for 3 days. I have 2 days free and I am thinking to stay in Sukau by the river Kinabatangan.

How do I get to Sukao (Kinabantagan river) from Sandakan or Sepilok? Is it posible by bus?
Saludos

6. Posted by mugsy10 (Budding Member 19 posts) 5y

I would recomend 3 days for K.L. It is a very cool city but wouldnt stay too long, i was there for 5 days which in the end was too long, but 3 would be just right.

Make sure you get to the towers for your free tickets to cross the bridge, just fingers crossed that a storm doesnt ruin your photos like it did mine! :(

7. Posted by miguel_es (Full Member 114 posts) 5y

Quoting mugsy10

I would recomend 3 days for K.L. It is a very cool city but wouldnt stay too long, i was there for 5 days which in the end was too long, but 3 would be just right.

Make sure you get to the towers for your free tickets to cross the bridge, just fingers crossed that a storm doesnt ruin your photos like it did mine! :(

Thanks. I have planned to go at the Fireflys, Malacca, ┬┐Petronas?, Batu Caves ....and spend my time taking city photos.