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12d11n Malaysia’s World Natural Heritage Holiday Getaway (Part 1)

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I had started planning for this trip when I’ve purchased my flight ticket on last August. Actually, the main purpose for this trip is to participate my sister’s wedding in Kota Kinabalu (KK). Thus, there’s only 8 days for personal trip. I’m not from KK, so I was so curious about every places in KK and Sabah 🙂

DAY 2

The beautiful sunrise in KK.

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Breakfast – Noodle soup with pickle

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The Monsopiad Culture Village

Entrance fee: Malaysian – MYR 45, Foreginer – MYR 65

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The traditional dance performance was so wonderful and the dancers would actually invite the tourists to dance along and have fun!

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After the performance, the tour guide of the culture village brought us to visit around.

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Monsopiad is a legendary Kadazandusun warrior. This Monsopiad Cultural Village is actually his home that being commercialized by his decendants in 1996. One thing you would need to know about him is his legend of “head hunting”!

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Lets see the other tourist spot in the cultural village:

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The traditional rice wine brewing from Kadazandusun and there are free trial for the rice wine with 3 different intensities:

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The traditional houses,musical instruments and the traditional wedding of Kadazandusun can be explored here. Unfortunately, there will only be a traditional wedding ceremony be held here tomorrow.

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Do you ever know where is sago from and how it’s being produced? The answer is on the palm tree!!! It’s being sawed out of the tree trunk:

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To the 80’s, does the following remind you of your childhood memories?

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It draws the ending of my tour in the cultural village the moment I entered the souvenir shop. By the way, they do give out a free handmade bracelet for us as  a gift. How sweet!

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As I was doing something which is not related to the trip after the visit to the cultural village, guess I’ll just stop the post here for today.


DAY 3

Today’s main itinerary is my sister’s wedding in a chalet. This is also my first time visiting here!Sabah KK

Let me show you the family chalet I stayed (2 rooms). There are only 2 of this chalets available yo!

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Beringgis Beach Resort is located at Kinarut, 20-40 minutes away from KKIA (depending on the traffic). Just one side note that, the beach isn’t that beautiful.

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This is the wedding venue and the beach is just right behind the field. The best part is… there are my favourite roasted lamb and satay!

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The newly wed 🙂

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That’s the end of my day 3 in Sabah.


Day 4

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Breakfast:

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After having my breakfast, I went back to my room to take a short rest. About 11.00am, I checked out and went back to Kota Kinabalu. Basically, there’s no much activities for today. So, there you go for the end of the my day 4.Sabah KK


Day 5

If the plane did not crash, the history of Sabah and Malaysia might probably be different now.
(Please refer the source at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Six_Tragedy )

The Sembulan Double Six Monument
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Lunch:

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Bawang Bukit

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Pakis

1pm: Took a flight with MasWings to Mulu National Park (20 minutes pit stop at Miri). This is my first time boarding on the MasWings’ ATR72-500 propeller small aircraft after the expansion of KKIA – T1. The former Fokker 50 propeller small aircraft have been stopped using since 25th April. I still miss the MasWings’ Twi Otter propeller with small 19 seats aircraft but nowadays, only the smaller places in Sarawak has the traces of it.

KKIA – T1

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MasWings – ATR72-500

The view from the sky of Kota Kinabalu
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The Miri’s airport. It only takes 30 minutes to reach Mulu’s National Park from here.

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I took an all-in 4D3N tour package (4 Show Caves). Edward, the owner of the Mulu River Lodge (newly opened in April) came and picked me up and another guests from Holland. As the lodge is still new, the mattresses are all new and hard! The location is quite strategic as it’s only 2 minutes walk away from the Mulu National Park (HQ).

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The view of the HQ’s entrance from the lodge

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One of the open kitchens

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The Restaurant

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The food menu

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My dorm has 24 beds and 4 bathrooms. There are also dorms with 2 to 3 beds but they are using the same bathrooms as mine.

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The balcony at the back serve the purpose of drying up clothes. You may walk down from the river bank to swim (you could be assured that there isn’t any crocodile 😛  )
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The entrance of the national park:

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It’s HQ Office:

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The internet charges over here is so expensive! It costs RM 10 for 30 minutes (The rate for park’s guest: RM5 for 30 minutes). However, it’s still cheaper than Royal Mulu Resort that charges RM35 for one hour!
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I’m so lucky that it only rains after we have gotten all the required information and back to lodge. There isn’t any activities going this whole afternoon till night due to the rain. Thus, I have a very long chat with my room mates till 10pm. The electricity supply from the lodge last from 5pm till 11pm daily and it extend till 12am when there are more people. We share everything about ourselves to one another 🙂Sabah KK

My dinner package! 4 dishes with 1 soup, it does not inclusive of drinks but the lodge is providing Nescafe and Tea for free at all-time (self-service)! Some guests also changed their meal package from Dorm (breakfast only @ RM35) to Full Board Dorm (3 meals @ RM65).

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That’s the end of my Day 5 in Mulu.


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on Aug 19, 2013