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1. Posted by grainne1 (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

anyone visted sabah?? I am thinking of including it in my trip to SEA. Just wondering if anyone would recomment it?

2. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Respected Member 550 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, I went to Sabah last year and had an excellent time. Favourite bits were turtle island, sepilok for orangutangs, Kinabatangan and Mt Kinabalu.

I went for two weeks which was probably about right, but I did a tour where everything was pre-booked. If you do everything on your own it might be worth factoring in a few extra days in case you need to wait a day or so to get booked up on something with a waiting list (I think you Mt Kinabalu and turtle island sometimes get booked up in advance).

3. Posted by gaviscon (Budding Member 68 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Sabah, my hometown but I haven't been back for years and things may have changed. It's an interesting place to visit. there are beautiful unspoilt beaches. If you go to Mt Kinabalu try to visit a small town called Ranau near by, further down the high way there are hot springs. You can stay over night there. Around the hot spring area, there are many Native living there, ask around, people there are friendly and happy to show you around- the largest flower in the world is found here but only flower once a year.

You can hire a car, from Kota Kinabalu then drive to mt Kinabalu/kudasung/ Ranau/ hot spring/Sandakan. Sandakan is where the orangutan and turtle island is.

They are many pubs and clubs there- cheap and fun.

Hope this'll help.

4. Posted by hazelmoto (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I've just booked a tour of Sabah - 10 days in March including the orangutan reserve and the climb up Mt Kinabula. I'm really looking forward to it and this will be the start of my travels of SEA this year. Any hints and tips before I set off would be appreciated...

5. Posted by t-trippin (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Do try to visit Sabah if you can. Flights from KL with Air Asia are really cheap. I flew to Sandakan and spent a few days visiting the Orangutans & Proboscis sanctuaries. If you can find it - there is a fab little guest house down by the sea front. I can't remember the name of it but it's close to KFC (NOTE USE THIS AS A LANDMARK ONLY). The staff there are fantastic. Polly organised my trip to Turtle Island - got me a place when someone cancelled. Also on my last night the staff took me out for dinner and karaoke.

6. Posted by hazelmoto (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Was it Seaside Travellers Inn by any chance? If not, did you see that place as i'll be staying there at some point.

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5656 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Quoting hazelmoto

Was it Seaside Travellers Inn by any chance? If not, did you see that place as i'll be staying there at some point.

Answering this for t-trippin but when I googled it, it appeared to be in Kota Kinabalu, not Sandakan

8. Posted by gaviscon (Budding Member 68 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu are seaside town, just that KK is well developed than Sandakan. There used to be a beautiful beach in Sandakan years ago, but now the beach had become a boats yard and so on. There's an island called Bahala, used to be a beautiful island - I have no idea what happen now, and the Turtle Island is marvelous.

In Kota Kinabalu, if you stay in Shangri-la Tnajung Aru beach resort, which is very close to the air-port and city center, the resort is absolutely beautiful, there's a very long beach behind the resort, you can walk alone there to watch sunset. And the hotel stuff are happy to arrange your mt. Kinabalu trip, an Island trip ( 30m by speed boat) and so on. I strongly recommend it.

If anyone wants to know about Sabah, I'm very happy to help.

have fun there, cheers.

9. Posted by gaviscon (Budding Member 68 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Grainne,

I think 10 days is more than enough, Sabah has only few attractions:
Sandakan - Orangutang, Turtle Island.
Kota Kinabalu - Mt. Kinabalu, hot spring, opposite Islands.

Well, is quite easy to get around, just that they don't have any street map as such, what you need just to ask around, people there are very friendly and helpful. You can travel with Airasia budget airline from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu, then from Kota kinabalu on ward travel by bus, you can save a lot.

If you wants to climb Mt Kinabalu then you have to book in advance, you need to hire a porter, those day were RM10, I would think now is not more than RM50.00. You need to stay over night at 8000 feet(I Guess is 8000 feet)I can't remember how much I paid for a night there, and the next day back to the ground. I tell u, you'll not regret it. I think u can camp in the park there, just check. Then make your way to Ranau (I think I had told u about this). Ranau is a very small town, there are few budget hotel there, if you don't want to stay a night or going to the hot spring, then just take a bus to Sandakan - the bus stop is in the town, opposite the market , I think the single bus fare is around RM30.00. From there I would think it'll take 4-5 hours to Sandakan. From Sandakan you can take a bus right back to Kota Kinabalu - about RM50/60.00.

In Kota Kinabalu to Mt.Kinabalu you need to take a taxi (the only transport) -normally the taxi driver have to wait till up to 3 or 4 passengers. The taxi station is in KK's town center just opposite the cinema, the fare is around RM20 or 30.00. The bus stop to Sandakan is around there also. Make sure you go there early in the morning. My advice is best stay 3 days in mt. kinabalu if u are climbing up there, I don't know how fit you are, I couldn't get up there without proper training..haha..

Make sure you go to the Island in KK, the beaches there is!!

I hope this will give you some idea and answer you questions well.


10. Posted by kathidi (Budding Member 51 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I spent a month in Sabah last summer. It was fantastic! Most travelers will start in Kota Kinabalu. There are several cheap backpacker hotels there. One of them is called "Backpackers Hotel." I heard that it was a good place though I didn't stay there. The KK Sunday market is fun. It's a nice town.

As stated by others, you must make reservations to hike up Mt. Kinabalu. This is because it requires an overnight at a hut near the top. It's a popular destination so you should make reservations before you go. Check out different travel agents online.

Personally, I didn't enjoy the orang utan sanctuary in Sandakan. It felt like a theme park. You can see them in the wild on the Kinabatangan River. So much better. Small lodges on the river include both day and evening boat rides. The wildlife viewing is incredible! Check out Uncle Tan's for jungle adventure.

My favorite place to relax was the Tempurung Lodge, near Kuala Penyu. It's in Lonely Planet.

Food is delicious and cheap everywhere. Sabah is clean and the locals are very friendly. I was never hustled or ripped off - not once!

Have a great time!