About a year ago, my friend and I made a trip to one most of beautiful tropical places you can imagine. Coming from a cold environment like the Canada, it is a huge shock for the body to see the temperature soaring above 35 degrees.
In any case, I had made it a point to visit a tropical place. I wanted to get the feeling of the tropical air, the people, the food and the culture that surrounds some of those areas. There were few places that I could visit. I could visit south america or go the Asia pacific.
I decided to visit Asia Pacific. I have had a few Malaysian so off I went to Malaysia for the trip. The place I was suggested by many was Kota Kinabalu. Kinabalu is a mountain (the highest in Malaysia and the highest in Malay Archipalego). Kota Kinabalu is a city near the mount. The city is the capital of Sabah province and if you want to travel from Kuala Lumpur, you will need to travel by plane.
My Malay Friend
I met my friend while I was still in college. She was an exchange student who loved reading books and playing games – something which I never understood. She had her own corner desk for gaming in our small where she we would up all night doing something called quests with virtual online friends and reading up on all kinds of gaming gear.
Any ways, she was the inspiration behind me visiting the Kota Kinabalu in the first place and I am truly thankful for having the opportunity to visit such a place.
Kota Kinabalu – A Place for Various Features
When you think of planning a visit to a place you sometimes think of going to an island. Other times you think of a lush green place and even a cold place.
What if I told you that you can find all of the above in one single place. It is hard to imagine, but that is the essence of Kota Kinabalu.
The city itself is pure beauty. It is small yet very affordable. We lived in a backpacker’s lodge.
It is very clean, the people are friendly, and the food is fantastic.
But the city is only a small part of the beauty of this place.
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There are 4 islands that you can visit. A boat usually takes your from the jetty in the city to one of these islands. The boats run from morning till evening. You can stay on the Island over night by renting out a room or a hut.
Each Island holds uniqueness to it. We visited two of the four islands and both had a lush green environment and beautiful sea creatures. Snorkeling was a delight.
Then there is the mountain. The real attraction of the place. We rented a car and drove high up on the mountain. It really started to get chilly up there. Almost felt like Canada except it was raining cats and dogs.
We stayed in a hotel up on the mountain which I will never forget. It was one of the most beautiful places that I had stayed in.
The Kinabalu Park
This national park is also a world heritage site. If you are a professional trekker or a mountain climber, you need to go through this park.
You need a license and the gear to scale the mountain. We were allowed to go a maximum of 1 km in but then had to return. Further travel (all the way to the peak) was reserved only for professionals.
I cannot describe the feeling. One day we were on a tropical Island on sea level and the other we were on one of the highest mountains of the world. It was some of the best experience of my life.
If you do plan to to visit this place, you can check several travel advisory websites like Lonely Planet to get a better understanding.