"Of Mountains,Islands & Headhunters. Don't miss it!" Top 5 Page for this destination Kota Kinabalu by Wild_Orchid

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Native Dances: feel the energy, experience the culture


The dancers from Sabah Tourism Board are highly talented and perform a variety of dances to represent the different regional native groups of Sabah.

The troupe have choreographed a fantastic 45 minute show that starts of with one slow tempo dance, but with each dance, the pace becomes faster and faster, culminating with the grande finale of a dance involving bamboo sticks. (similar to the Filipino dance)

With each dance segment lasting only 7-10 minutes, there is no time to be bored and you will be dazzled by the colours and caught up by the exuberant energy of the dancers!

The picture shows the traditional welcome home given to hunters (and headhunters) after a hunt !

Salem High Country?


Just a 2-hour drive away from Kota Kinabalu town, there are parts of the countryside that look like the old 1980's commercial from Salem High Country. Being 5,000 feet above sea level, the temperature is pleasantly cool and crisp, and very fresh! Whether or not you are a smoker, you would certainly appreciate the spectacular beauty of Mount Kinabalu and the Crocker Range. The picture shows the view from Perkasa Hotel at Kundasang, near the National Park.

The national park and its surrounding countryside is one of the places that you must visit when in Kota Kinabalu!

It's certainly big on Charm


Laid-back or adventurous: KK can be whatever you want it to be. Mountain, islands, ~romance~, and seafood, everything is great here !

This picture was taken in June 2006. I was at SEDCO having a bite of delicious seafood. Besides crabs and delicious crispy ferns ("pucuk bidin"), you must not miss the assortment of shell fish - which includes the baby geoduck (see pics - the geoduck is on the right -YUMMY!!).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Mountains, islands, culture - it's all here in KK
  • Cons:Why, nothing! Everything is great here!
  • In a nutshell:It's a jungle out there! don't lose your head!
  • Last visit to Kota Kinabalu: May 2006
  • Intro Updated Jul 8, 2008
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  • Haldex's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    10$!!!!!!???????!!!!!!! No way. Our bil for 4 person was 350$. Restaurant is good, service is also, but prices are not so cheap.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    Nice page. Visiting Singapore mid May for 10 nights, thought we might visit KK for 2 nights/days. Is it worthwhile with this short time?

  • stevemt's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    I love your KK pages. Am going there this Oct. Have a great rest of the year.

  • Apr 13, 2008 at 7:37 AM

    I want to buy these dried seafood too for my mother! Hope it is still cheap price in this year.

  • robertgaz's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2007 at 12:34 AM

    So how do you spot a hostess at the Hyatt... are they the gorgeous looking ones with a seemingly endless supply of colourful cocktails from wanna-be suitors?

  • paragianna75's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2007 at 8:55 AM

    great tips, nice beach clubs, an interesting place to explore!thanks for mention it :)) Gianna

  • Jun 27, 2007 at 12:56 AM

    You make me feel like going to KK. Thanks for sharing!!! Kisses from sunny Italy, Francesca

  • juliewong's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2007 at 6:36 AM

    Nice tips. Have not been there but hope to go one day

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2006 at 3:49 PM

    great page Auntie!

  • BlaTboy's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2006 at 1:03 PM

    ?????????????????? Who knows these days!!! Tooo many things going on, and probably won't happen until Feb. now. Starting up a Development Company, so very busy lah!! Cheers B-out

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