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Kota Kinabalu Travel Blog

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The view of the beach at Kota Kinablu.
By the time we reached Kota Kinabalu, we'd been on the road for about eight hours. Here our party split. Our gracious hosts and organisers had a five star hotel to frequent, PADI diving and scuba to do. We had a figurative and literal mountain to climb. Unwillingly I climbed back into the 4x4. Our Iban guide revved his Proton before disappearing into the distance in a cloud of smoke (he, like many Malay, drove like a lunatic on acid). We were ready, and the mountain lay waiting.

Or not as it seemed. Now, Mount Kinabalu is the fourth highest in Southeast Asia. It's a very impressive 4,095 metres high at the summit (the deliciously ironic Low's Peak). It's the twentieth highest peak in the world in terms of prominence. And I couldn't see it for the life of me. Now, you may think, why is this a note worthy observation? Well mainly to give an insight into my decidedly wobbly mental state. At this point, dread, fear, terror, you call it what you will, was rising up in me like a wave. My way of dealing with this was to try and reduce the mountain as an obstacle, both mentally and physically. If I couldn't see it, then it had to be small, thus making it de-facto easy to climb. Ha ha! Oh the ravings of a lunatic. Truth is, the bloody thing was still a two hour drive from KK, so rationalise all I like, it was still there, still big, and still had to be climbed.
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Islands off the coast of Kota Kin…
Houses built on the water.
Houses built on the water.
Inner city KK.
Inner city KK.
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Hills, I was hoping that these we…
The coast of Kota Kinablu.
The coast of Kota Kinablu.
A mosque in KK.
A mosque in KK.
Closer still!
Closer still!
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Again, I hoped that this was the …
The road to Mount Kinablu.
The road to Mount Kinablu.