Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (Part 2)

Posted: September 25, 2012 in Blog, Travel
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (Part 2)
ITLog No. 02
(January 15-19, 2011)

After eating breakfast at Sinario Café and Catering we headed for Atkinson Clock Tower, one of the most enduring landmarks in Kota Kinabalu, it stands prominently on a bluff along Signal Hill Road adjacent to the old Police Station. Built in 1903, this all-wood, no-nails structure was built in memory of Francis George Atkinson – the popular first District Officer of Jesselton during the British North Borneo Chartered Company Administration, who had succumbed to a tropical disease at the young age of 28.

We then went to Signal Hill Observatory Deck to view the city from above, seeing where Jessleton Point is and the famous Australian Sector, which is now full of printing press office. Walking back passing through Atkinson Clock Tower and the Australian Sector, we headed for Wisma Sabah to book a tour to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, and then walk around Suria Sabah Mall.

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Walking along the wharf and took some photos, after which we headed for City Corner Restaurant and ate lunch, then back at the hotel to rest, by 1600hrs was walking around the city of KK and taking pictures, and by dinner time eating again at the wet market when it started raining, after dinner we passed by the night market and see what things we could buy, then back to our hotel to rest for tomorrows tour.

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Ate breakfast at Sinario Café and Catering then waited for our ride going to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is managed by the Sabah Wildlife Department. Occupying an area of 280 acres it is one of the largest wildlife parks in Malaysia.

It is home to a fascinating and varied collection of tropical animals comprising mammals, birds and reptiles. These animals live in large enclosures designed to be like their natural habitat. Water is used as barriers wherever possible, together with low fences and walls camouflaged with vegetation. This open environment concept provides for easy viewing and unique opportunities for wildlife photography.

The park encourages the public and particularly schools to use its educational facilities, to provide an authentic learning experience through observation and also by listening to tour guides and park staff during the visit.
A botanical garden has been developed to highlight common plant species of the rainforest as well as some of the more unusual species such as pitcher plants.

The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park offers a unique opportunity for close-up views of some of the most elusive and endangered wildlife species in the world and to appreciate the conservation efforts being carried out to preserve and continue their survival. We hope you will enjoy the experience.

The wildlife park is located about 25km from Kota Kinabalu on 280 acres of forested land. It is easily accessible by using either the Old Penampang-Papar Road via Dongonggon or the Putatan-Papar Road and is only a 15-25 minute journey from the city. You can drive there on your own or take a tour and be guided to view the exhibits in the park.

After the animal show, we took photos around the entrance of the park then rode the van back to the city where we were dropped off at Gaya Street to eat lunch in one of the Chinese Restaurants there, then walked back to our hotel to rest for a bit when it started to rain hard. By 2000hrs, it was still raining but decided to walk to the wet market and eat dinner there again, there were not so many people eating because it was raining, and after dinner headed back by taxi to our hotel.

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We had a late breakfast, after which we prepared our thing for our flight back to the Philippines. We check out of our rooms and waited for our taxi ride to the airport. Waited at the lounging area for the counter to open and then checked in our bags and headed for a restaurant to eat lunch, after waiting at the lounge area we boarded out flight at about 1400hrs heading to Clark. Arriving at DMIA we took the bus going to Manila and arriving in Manila it started raining again

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Kota Kinabalu was a fun place to go and will be back in March for the Island Hopping we hoped we would go to. I wanted to visit Gaya Island but was advised not to go unless you know somebody to go with you. I wanted also to climb Mt. Kinabalu but was told it would take 3 days to climb the mountain and would cost around RM1200, maybe cheaper if you go in a group. But we had a wonderful time at KK, specially the grilled seafood that we eat almost every night. We will be back again to this place called Kota Kinabalu.

Till our next trip “HAPPY TRAILS”!!

All photos are owned and copyrighted by Joey Rico (also known under these names: alien_scream).
All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use, copy, editing, reproduction, publication, duplication and distribution of the digital photos, without his explicit permission, is punishable by law

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