vkeong’s Trip to Kota Kinabalu – Sabah

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Yeah I just returned from a 3 days 2 nights trip to Kota Kinabalu! It was my first visit to Sabah and what a fun and gastronomic experience it was! Had some pretty new and unforgettable experiences that I will never forget for the rest of my life.
The lovely food blogger couple of KampungBoyCityGal.com went on the trip with us too and man did we eat a lot of seafood lol. Like always, this is only a summary of our trip and more detailed posts will be done later.

MAS-KK-ticket

We flew to Kota Kinabalu from KLIA with MAS, the journey took about two and a half hours.

segama waterfront

Reached Kota Kinabalu at 11.30am and took a cab to our budget hotel – Lavender Lodge at Kampung Ayer. I didn’t expect traveling by taxi in KK to be so expensive, with flat rates of at least RM20 per trip (even it’s a short one!) And if you’re wondering, this place is called Warisan Square Segama Waterfront behind Hyatt hotel.

wiya-chicken-rice

Doing what food bloggers would do first, hunt for food! First stop Wiya Chicken Rice, where the rice is served in a pyramid shape lol.

ngiu-chap-laksa

Second stop, Yee Fung Ngau Chap (which tasted like Bak Kut Teh more) and Laksa.

roti-kahwin

Third stop, Roti Kahwin at Fook Yuen Kopitiam, which is basically just fluffy white bread with butter and kaya. Fook Yuen is like the Sabah’s version of Old Town Kopitiam, serving all sorts of toasts and drinks.
Expect to find lotsa marriage drinks in this coffee shop, from Kopi Kahwin Teh C to Susu Kahwin.

filipino-seafood-market

Visited the Filipino wet market, where all sorts of seafood is sold here BBQ style. There are also many, and I mean REALLY many BBQ chicken wing stalls around.

ocean-seafood

Then it was dinner time, seafood! We took a long walk from our hotel to Ocean Seafood Restaurant, a famous restaurant for tourists. Here you get to see A LOT of live seafood in tanks, it was a real eye opener!

kam-hiong-crab

Had 1kg of Kim Hiong Crabs (Kam Heong Crabs) and some other seafood that cost us… RM250! After that we went to stroll in Sutera Harbour Resort and along Tanjung Aru Beach. That ended our first day in Kota Kinabalu.


sour-spicy-crab

The next day, SL and I went to Sungai Padas for White Water Rafting, while KampungBoyCityGal went to the National Park. I did one of the craziest things in my life at Sungai Padas – body rafting, which was jumping into the river’s rapid and let the current take you.
I don’t know about you but it was definitely crazy for me because I can’t swim! Yeah I drank quite a lot of the ‘chocolate’ river water too lol. When the activity ended it was already 8.30pm, time for dinner! This time we took the hotel owner’s suggestion and went to Luyang Restaurant for their famous crabs. Visit my photoblog for a bigger photo.

cheese-baked-lobster

But we were too late and all the prawns, clams and shellfish were sold out. So, we had a second round of seafood (lobster!) at the food court just opposite our hotel.

mee-tuaran-goreng

The third and also our last day, we had Mee Goreng Tuaran for breakfast before going to the Sunday Market at Gaya Street. It was niceeeeeeee.

tuaran-mee

The original Mee Tuaran, kolo mee style served with fish cakes and roasted pork.

gaya-sunday-market

The Sunday Market at Gaya Street is a must visit for all visitors to Kota Kinabalu. Very colorful and you can find a lot of unexpected stuff sold here.

puppies

Like puppies..

cat

Cats. And other pets like rabbits, hamsters, fish and tortoise.

key-chains

If you are looking to buy souvenirs, this is perhaps the best place. Key chains like these are selling at RM10 every five or six.

dragon-figurines

sabah-skies

Kota Kinabalu’s skies are clear and especially blue, super nice.

sabah-jetty

Went to Jesselton Point (passenger ferry terminal) to purchase our Island Hopping package. Remember to bargain for everything from food to goods to trips!

speed-boat

Took a speedboat to two islands of our choice: Manukan and Mamutik Island at RM25 per pax, we paid RM12 each for the snorkeling gears.

manukan-island-jetty

The jetty of Manukan Island. Although both islands we went are already heavily commercialized with resorts, the beauty still remains.

manukan-island

Do you know you can even parasail all the way from the jetty to Manukan Island?

fish-spa

You can either bring your own bread or purchase it at the counter to feed the fish at the jetty.

snorkelling

Me and SL snorkeling hehe.

kena-kicked

Did some funny stunts while we were there as well. That’s me being flying-kicked by KampungBoy lol.

dark-clouds-mamutik

Mamutik Island is a much smaller island but the snorkeling spot here is much nicer compared to Manukan with more types of fish and corals to be seen. I swear I saw a tiny shark here! Too bad it started to rain afterward (look at the dark clouds)

sabah-vegetable-belacan

When we reached our hotel it was already 5pm and we only had one hour for dinner before going to the airport. So we had our dinner at Sri Melaka, a Nyonya Restaurant well known for being reasonable price and serves dishes fast. This is ‘Sabah Choy’ aka Sabah Vegetable cooked with sambal belacan. If you ever visit Sabah this vegetable (tastes like kangkung but with a crunchier stem) is a must try.

Overall, I think we only explored like 5% or less of what Sabah has to offer and a second trip will be planned for sure. On the downside, KK’s food is not exactly cheap with the price comparable even to KL’s. And although seafood restaurants are abundance, the cheap ones patronized by the locals are just too far to reach on foot. And did I mention that the taxi drivers in KK do not switch on the meter?

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