We flew into Kota Kinabalu (KK) from Kuala Lumpur and stayed for a couple of days, before heading off to discover the rest of Borneo.
The first thing that was evident of KK was how clean it was for a large, built up city. There was no rubbish along the streets or any stray cats or dogs wandering around.
The people were friendly too, walking past, they would always say hello.
Along the harbour of KK there were fruit and vegetable markets and also handicraft stalls too. These were interesting to look at, but are not really up and running till about 5-6pm at night.
Although we only stayed there for 2 days, KK to us was just another city. Great if you want to do some last minute shopping. Plenty of centres and malls, offering cheap clothing, technology, dvd’s and everything in between.
We also have plans to come back to KK and climb Mt. Kinabalu, which is approximately 80kms away from the city.
We stayed at Borneo Global Backpackers for our time in KK.
The place was clean and tidy, with various rooms depending on your budget. There is the option for having air conditioning or not and prices range from about $6 AU for a non a/c dorm room, to $20 AU for a double private room with a/c.
On the website they state they have ‘instant’ hot showers, but whilst we were there they were cold (not that this really mattered as it was so hot anyway!)
Breakfast is included, however, is only toast and tea, so if you’re after something more hearty you may have to go round to some of the other cafes for food!
Overall, it was a decent place to stay with the staff being helpful.
Sweet Memory Reflexology
On one of the days in KK we treated ourselves to a foot scrub! There were many people handing out flyers trying to get you to come to their beauty salon, but eventually we settled on ‘Sweet Memory Reflexology’. Our foot scrub lasted 1 hour, and was in a clean room with a/c (it was nice to escape the heat!) with the staff being friendly and chatty. Each foot scrub costed $11 AU-Bargain!
Sweet Memory Reflexology: BLOCK D, Lot 36, Ground Floor, Warisan Square
KK was a good place to see night markets for food and clothing, but merely just a stop over to get onto your final destination.