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I thought I would provide a trip report about my experience climbing Mt Kinabalu. Before I went, I was desperate for as much information as possible, especially personal accounts which I found really helpful. My hope is that someone will find my personal account helpful too!
First off, I did plenty of research when I was planning my trip. There are lots of ways to do the climb - make sure you find out about the different options. The other really important things you need to do before you go is some sort of training, and get some good gear. It doesn't matter how fit you are, or how far you can run, unless you get your legs used to going uphill, it's going to be harder than it needs to be. You don't need an intense training regime, you just need something. There's a few 'mountains' around the city where I live, so about a month out I started climbing them up to twice a wee... more »
we (one american, one malaysian) are going to vietnam from kuala lumpur in a couple weeks. i want to confirm that the malaysian doesn't need any type of visa before landing at saigon airport?
and for the american, can you tell me: how much does the visa at the embassy cost, will they accept malaysian ringgit or only u.s. dollars? and how long does it take to get? our trip is for just over 1 week. 10 days, to be exact. thanks!
Anyone know approximate prices and modes of transport from the Low Cost Carrier Terminal at KL down to Port Dickson? I hear this place is around 45 minutes from KL.
Anyone have any recommendations for accommodation there at $50 a night or less?
I am a UK citizen in KL for 4 days from the 7th to the 10th December: in this time, I need to get the vaccination/injection for rabies. Does anyone know where I can do this, and at short notice? Any help would be much appreciated!
Hello, can someone recommend somewhere i might be able to buy a decent pair of walking/hiking shoes in KL. I'd prefer merrill/north face brands
Hello, I would like some information regarding the bus route from Kota Kinabalu to Sukau. We have to travel this route because the flights to Sandakan are fully booked the week we are in the country. So, are these buses reliable and comfortable for that long distance? Also, I have heard it can take 2 hours to Mt. Kinabalu and then two more hours to reach the junction for Sikau, where we plan to get off. Could anyone confirm these distances? Finally, would there be much difficulty in getting a ride from the junction into Sikau? Thanks in advance.
What is Kuching (Sarawak) like at New Year's, for a backpacker? Do hostels tend to get full? Do they raise their prices considerably? I personally don't care where I spend New Year's; if I was on the peninsula, I'd probably head to Taiping. I just want to avoid hassle finding a cheap place to sleep. Is Kuching likely to come with such hassle over the New Year's period? Is there anywhere nearby where New Year's might be more low-key, and I'd be more likely to find a cheap hotel room?
And also, while I'm asking, can you recommend somewhere to sleep in Kuching? Either looking for a cheap, fan-cooled private room (say, 30-50 Ringgit) or looking for a dorm bed in a comfortable hostel without too many beds in the rooms and with a reasonable amount of space and quiet.
I am heading back to australia in Feb via KL International and need to know the best place to go for 1 night as in cheap but with one day of attractions as i land late at night on the Thursday and leave late at night on the Friday also baggage storage ideas?
And taxi prices approx-i hate getting done over by the taxis!!
Thank you for your help :)
I'm thinking of traveling to Borneo in January shortly after NYE and spending about a week there. The plan was to spend time around Sabah and Kota Kinabalu, generally exploring the beaches and treks around the northeastern part of the island.
My question was, is this a terrible time to go because of the monsoon season? The wikitravel site suggests there's a northeastern monsoon from October to February, so just wondering if we should plan to go elsewhere. Just how bad will it be in Sabah? And if it's really bad, are there any recommendations for better options with the same sorts of activities?
Thanks in advance for your help!
Update for public Bus from Kuching to Semenggoh:
Bus K6 is leaving from Jalan Masjid in Kuching to Semenggoh Nature Reserve.
Leaving Jln Masjid: 7.20 a.m., 9.50 a.m., 1.00 p.m, 3.00 p.m.
Back from Semenggoh to Kuching: 8.20 a.m., 11.15 a.m., 2.05 p.m., 4.05 p.m.
Travel time 40 to 60 minutes, price RM3
Busses are leaving early sometimes so you better be at the station 10 minutes before departure time!
Orang Utan feeding: 9:00 a.m. und 3:00 p.m.
Park is open for public from 8 to 11 a.m. und 2 to 4 p.m.
Today many Orang Utans showed up for afternoon feeding, but in rainy season they are not coming every day.
There seems to be a recent large increase in muggings in KL. I understand that locals are increasingly reluctant to travel on their own after dark. A shame this, as I have always felt safe in KL in the past.
We need to be in KLIA for a few hours right at the end of our holiday before our flight home. We'll already have spent a lot of time in KL so don't need to do any more sightseeing. Can anyone recommend an airport lounge where we might be able to shower and get some food? I understand there are several lounges in the airport.
I'm new here so would welcome any links to useful info.
I'm hoping to fly to Singapore in March, meet up with friend and then take cheap transport to and spend time looking around Malaysia, with possibly moving on from there if the bug takes hold!
Would very much appreciate ideas, info on places to visit, things to do and see, cheap accommodation / transport etc
I am sixty nine, male, did quite a lot of traveling / partying during my misspent youth, so partying now is not a priority but not forbidden!, very fit for walking / cycling / back packing / etc. Would welcome meeting up with other travelers.
Thanks for any replies.
Hi! I'm planning to spend eight days in Sabah and I'm looking for suggestions of places to go. We are there during the Chinese New Year holidays in February, and would like to see some nature/wildlife, do some hiking (maybe climb Mt Kinabalu if it's possible), and spend a day or two at the beaches. I'm not sure if we will have enough time to go too far away from KK. Any advice or suggestions are thanked for in advance.
Hi All !
I'm looking to climb Mt KK somewhere next year Jan/Feb. Is there anyone else interested? I'm coming from Singapore and my schedule is flexible! :)
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