"Up the AWESOME Mountains, Down the GLORIOUS Ocean" Top 5 Page for this destination State of Sabah by bkoon

State of Sabah Travel Guide: 2,737 reviews and 6,933 photos


Accompanied By : 3 girl friends (Chantel, Meng and Wee Wee)
Duration : 25 - 31 March 2004
Destinations : Mount Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu, Kota Belud, Kampung Bavanggazo, Kudat, Manukan Island
(There are so much to do and see in Sabah. My page may not be comprehensive enough. So, if you need more details on certain areas or places in Sabah, let me know and I can help you find out.)


Day 1 : Arrival in KK. Went up to the foot of the mountain at the KK Park HQ. Stayed in the hostel there.
Day 2 : Started our trek in the morning. We took the Mesilau Trail. Reached Laban Rata in the late afternoon. Overnight in Laban Rata.
Day 3 : As early as 2.30am, we were on our way up to the Summit. Reached summit just in time for the beautiful sunrise. Went back down to KK Park HQ via the Timphohon Trail. Overnight at KK Park HQ hostel.
Day 4 : Took a taxi to Bavanggazo Longhouse but first went to Kota Belud and Kudat for a visit. Homestay at Bavanggazo Longhouse.
Day 5 : Left Bavanggazo and arrived at KK to go to the islands (Tengku Abdul Rahman National Park). Overnight at Manukan Island.
Day 6 : Explored the KK Town, had lotsa food and shopping. Overnight in KK Town.
Day 7 : Home Sweet Home



I conquered Mount Kinabalu on 27 March 2004. It was not an easy hike. Luckily I trained a bit before the hike. However, it was still tedious and physically demanding. Hiked for hours with short rest-stops.



There are "tamus", Sunday Markets in most of the towns in Sabah. I chose to visit the one at Kota Belud. Kota Belud is primarily a Bajau settlement. The Bajaus are one of the 30 over minority groups in Sabah. There are good in handling horses.

It was hot and humid when I was there. The weather was almost unbearable. Kota Kinabalu, KK in short, is a nice place for shopping, eating and some visiting. Getting the taste of the seafood from the ocean at Sabah is a must-do if you are there. Walking along the waterfront at Sinsuran in the evening was a memorable experience.

I stayed in the Rungus Longhouse. It was fun. Living among the locals was interesting.

Situated at the northern tip of Sabah. A smallish little town. Nice view of the sea from the Promoenade. Seafood available at the newly contructed Promenade. It becomes a dead town on Sundays.

One of the islands in the Tengku Abdul Rahman National Marine Park. Manukan is rather toursity with lotsa day-trippers. Chalet-type accommodation available. Island-hopping is possible too. Well, basking under the sun at the beach would be marvellous.



When we were in the Kota Kinabalu town, a TV Travel Show Director approached us to be interviewed. We were very shy but we still did it. However, one of my friends just refused to be filmed. Anyway, we had a great time. That guy followed us, filming along the way, for the subsequent 3 hours (we shopped, ate, walked around, etc). It was such an unusual encounter. It was FUN though.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Awesome mountains and fantstic oceans
  • Cons:Cold up in the mountains and hot hot hot in the town
  • In a nutshell:Still exploring
  • Last visit to State of Sabah: Mar 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Henrik_rrb's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Hi Bee! Just wanted to thank you for the great tips! Now even more looking forward to my trip to KK in December! /Henrik

  • Jun 13, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    You were saying RM200 is not cheap. But the point is was The RM200 worth the trip? If you had rented a car say a MYVI it would have cost you RM140 a day. How cheap is cheap in my opinion relates to the return in terms of satisfaction derived.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2006 at 8:03 AM

    Looks like a great adventure bee! I ah looking to possible visit malaysia in feb. Is Borneo the place or KL or Penag for a first time visitor? any thoughts?

  • p_yenyen's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2006 at 1:22 AM

    when conquer again??

  • umashanker's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2006 at 3:54 AM

    Great Mt climbing pics & joyfull reading.

  • BlaTboy's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2005 at 6:48 PM

    HAPPY B-DAY !!!! Oooops BIRTHDAY lah!!! =) It already is your day.. Hope you got my present, it was Finishing the RACE under 3:30 !! =)Cheers B-out

  • only_amethyst's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2005 at 6:52 AM

    Hello.. Bee, it's really 'wow' reading your Sabah page. It's fantastic though i know how beautiful my home is, still i would say u've done a great great job. Glad to know that you've wonderful time here. ;o) rgds, kelly

  • Nov 27, 2005 at 4:02 AM

    Truly enjoyed your Sabah page, very well detail, nice tips and pics , given me a lot of idea for our January visit. Well done and thanks again. Cheers.

  • Aug 30, 2005 at 9:50 AM

    Been up Mount KBU 2x and your page on Mount KBU , makes me look like a novice. Well Done.

  • gopeace's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2005 at 6:06 AM

    Hi Bee, may I know how long u took from Mesilau to Laban Rata? Flying to KK on this Friday


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