» Malaysia: Borneo Island, Sabah – Kota Kinabalu – A Walk Through Mangrove Forest and Tasting Specialties from the Sea
Malaysia: Borneo Island, Sabah – Kota Kinabalu – A Walk Through Mangrove Forest and Tasting Specialties from the Sea
Borneo island consists of two parts. The souther part belongs to Indonesia, the northern to Malaysia. We are headed to the north to Sabah state which is home to many exotic plant and animal species.
Kota Kinabalu Wetlands
Wetlands formerly known as Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary cover an area of 24 hectars of mangrove forest. These are situated mere 2 kilometers northeast from the capital of Kota Kinabalu. Originally, these were used as sort of a model example of a tourist resort, educational compound, and zone of environmental protection and related research.
Wetlands are an amazing ecosystem where the land meets the sea. A 45-minute walk in mangrove forest is a great oportunity to breath some fresh air and observe different bird, flower, and animal species.
Wetlands near Kota Kinabalu were natural habitat and "restaurants" for different local bird species and birds migrating here from north Asia. Here you may see many different species of birds unknown to our geographical location. However, there are also many species which are at home here such as butterflies, ants, jellywish, water snakes, and wetland lobsters.
There are other activities available next to simple walk. Also, people may choose from programs on environmental protection, activities for companies, meet the birds, etc.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm, including bank holidays.
We Recommend You to Taste the Lobster
On Borneo, you may taste shrimps, seashells, cuttlefish, fish, crabs, or lobsters. And we recommend the latter. You can get them in the Czech Republic as well. But these are unbelievably over the top. So where else you may taste this than right at the source. You need to choose your lobster carefully to get it really fresh. Usually, they are displayed on ice. A kilo of lobster costs about 250 RM. Practically for free compared with the prices in the Czech Republic. Moreover, locals know how to prepare it in many different ways. Therefore, you can enjoy its mighty taste and won't worry that this great meal can be ruined by some incompetent cook.
Next time we take you to local beach.
GPS: 5°59'13.6"N 116°05'21.4"E
Text and photos: Monika Fuchsová
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Our second day in the Cameron Highlands we again take a trip to the tea plantations. We take a taxi and go from Tanah Rata through the city of Brinchang to about 10 km distant Kea Farm, where roses are grown.
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Our last day in Malaysia has come. We don't want to go too far from Kuala Lumpur and we also enjoyed the beaches a lot, so we will visit the city of Putrajaya. It has served as a federal territory since 2001 and is the planned capital and administrative center of Malaysia. The seat of government moved here as early as 1999 due to the congestion of the existing capital Kuala Lumpur. However, the king, parliament and embassies are still based here.
The capital of Malaysia is famous mainly thanks to the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest double building in the world. But the most interesting thing about it is its diversity and both national and architectural diversity. The city is one of the important centers of international trade and you will know at a glance that it is a really rich city. And also one of the most visited cities in the world. Let's now look together at what awaits you as a traveler.
Architecturally stunning cities, tea plantations, tropical rainforests, historical landmarks and white beaches. Welcome to Malaysia, a multicultural country with strong influences from China, India and the rest of Southeast Asia.
One of the most prestigious sights in Kota Kinabalu stands on a prominent spot along the road to Signal Hill. This whole-wooden structure was built to commemorate Francis George Atkinson, the first district officer of Jesselton during the British administration of Borneo.
In Kota Kinabalu we can recommend October Coffee House. It's a stylish café with great coffee. If you need to connect to the internet and send some photos or mails home, you will be happy. It does not run too fast, but you can shorten your wait by eating delicious cakes. Connecting to the world is no problem here ...
Be sure to visit Chinatown near Petaling Street once you are in Kuala Lumpur. The street is above Pasar Seni stop). Lined with red laterns, one half of street's population are Chinese.
The most impressive feature of Sri Maha Mariamman temple is it structure which copies that of a human body - there is a head directed to the west, and legs to the east. The legst are symbolized by a 75-meter tower adorned by the statues of 228 Hindu gods. They are made in south-Indian style.
Brickfields aka Little India used to be an ordinary residential district near Kuala Lumpur. However, as of late it transformed to a wide boulevar featuring Indian sotres, and Indian restaurants.
Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park (aka Tunku Abdul Rahman – TAR – Marine Park) is situated by the coastline of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. It consists of five islands – Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik.
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Would you like to enjoy viewing sunset while enjoying the best vista over Mount Kinabalu? Go up Kokol Hill. The hill is situated mere hour by car ride from Kota Kinabalu town. On your way, you may see different plant species which look like overhanging green carpets.
We bring you next part of our Borneo series. Let's see where we went next.
Mt Kinabalu (4 095 m) is one of the most important mountains in the world. It is the highest mountain of the third largest island in the world. Also, it is the highest summit between the Himalayas and New Guinea. It is twice as high as neighboring Crocker Range. On its top, there are several granite towers. A vista worthy of gods.
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Malaysian national mosque is situated opposite the train station. Its capacity is 15 thousand people. Surrounded by lush vegetation the park covers an area of 13 hectars. The mosque replaced a church in 1965. Its main features are 73-meter minarets. The main construction of the roof drew inspiration of an open umbrella. Minarets should resemble folded umbrellas.
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Enjoy this couple of skyscrapers. These must be on the list of any visitor to Kuala Lumpur. Their silhouette lures you already from afar. Crowds of tourists visit them every day and millions see the towers each year. On day or at night, Petronas Towers add to the city's atmosphere. In Kuala Lumpur you will see them all the time from any place. It is as if these gentle giants held their protective hand above you. They look gloriously but are the towers as beautiful from the inside as they are from the outside?.
Borneo is the third largest island in the world and can be found in Southeast Asia. The entire 73...