Singapore to Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu Travel Blog

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"Gong" !!!!!!

Day 16

After saying an emotional goodbye to the brilliant group of people for whom I had travelled with for the previous two weeks  from Thailand to Singapore, I was on my way venturing on my own.  The same feeling I got when I first boarded the flight to Heathrow on my own, was again buzzing around my stomach giving me the sense of excitement, optimism, hope and fear. I had shared a taxi to the amazing Singapore airport with three of the group, who were continuing their travels with GAP Adventures onto Indonisia. I was dropped off at a different terminal and I was on my way.  I was blown away by the sheer beauty and cleanliness of the Changi airport.  I was flying with Jetstar and I had no problems with them.

I arrived at Kota Kinabalu airport at about 2pm and after getting my luggage I boarded a loal taxi (left  some what confused by the ticket system they use, which was a bit like waiting at a Cheese counter for my number to be called out) to Kota Kinabalu centre.

Warm Borneo welcome
The taxi driver was pleasant and had offered me a great rate for a return fair when I was ready to leave KK which I did indeed take him up on. I was always sceptical of taxi drivers in Malaysia, and that is probably somewhat unfair of me as all of my experiences have been good.  Anyway, I had arranged to meet my friend Karen who I had originally met on Travbuddy but finally met up with in Penang befoe going our seperate ways for a week or so.  We agreed to meet up at a local coffee shop then get a cab up to the wonderful Shangri-la, Rasa Ria Resort just outside Kota Kinabalu.

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We arrived at the Rasa Ria to a lovely welcome as we were 'Gonged'!!!!   This gave Karen a great deal of amusement and we both ended up with the giggles.

We were given a welcome drink of local fruit juice and we were then shown to our room, (which had 2 x single beds.....well 5 star is expensive and we were both on a budget  so it made sense to share). The hotel has a wonderful open air feel to it as the main recception and restraunts are all exposed to all four sides. It was lovely to see the little geco's all over the walls and running across the floors and ceilings.

After checking out the room, we ventrued down to the beach which unfortunately had been left a little waterlogged after a recent storm.  The clouds were grey and we were about to see our first Borneo storm. We decided to get our barings and also checked out the spa facilities which we both sampled. 

We were spoilt for choice in the way of restaurants as the Rasa Ria had a number of options from Japanese, Indian, Malaysian to  more contemporary western cuisine at the superb Coast Restaurant and Bar.

We decided to go to the Makan Street dining area where we spolied for choice with a number of food stalls with a varience of different cuisines. After a lovely meal we retired to the bar for a drink and some light entertainment from the house chefs, yes I said the resort chefs. They were absolutely brilliant to be fair.

We then retired for the night in the knowledge that my dream of seeing the Orangutans (one of the main reasons for my entire trip) was beckoning the following day.

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Gong !!!!!!
"Gong" !!!!!!
Warm Borneo welcome
Warm Borneo welcome
Rasa Ria Hotel reception
Rasa Ria Hotel reception
Hotels Private beach
Hotels Private beach
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Calm before the storm, Rasa - Ria…
Flooded sunbathing area after stor…
Flooded sunbathing area after sto…