» Malaysia: Borneo, Sabah – Karambunai Beach Near Luxurious Resort, and the Sunset
Malaysia: Borneo, Sabah – Karambunai Beach Near Luxurious Resort, and the Sunset
Nexus Resort Karambunai offers 236 luxurious rooms situated in the center of the garden. From there you get an amazing vista over a golf course or a beach. Moreover, the resort features 243 nicely furnished Deluxe Ocean Wing type rooms.
Nexus Karambunai is a beautiful beach resort 45 minutes of ride from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah State. Adjacent to the resort, there is a 18-hole golf course. It is beautiful and landscaped. Also, you can ride on a horse back on a beach, make biking trips, walks through Karambunai rain forest and beach sports.
A beach near this luxurious resort is Karambunai. It is home to mani species from herons, monitors, lizards to jelly fish. The sea is nice and clear. Near the resort there are water lilly ponds covering water surface that you hardly see any water.
Sabahans love Tanjung Aru beach since it is an ideal vacation destination. The skies is amazing, sand is white, the sea is brightly blue. There are countless stands and restaurants you may choose from. Also, you can play volleybal or try some water sports, build sand castles, dive etc.
From downtown Kota Kinabalu you may get to the beach by bus. The fare is 1,50 RM (less then 10 CZK). Should you choose a cab instead, you will pay about 15 RM. There are many resorts situated around the beach such as Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort. Sunsets in Borneo are amazing as sun seems much larger than anywhere in the world here. When the sun sets it lits the skies with immesurable number of colors. Before the sundown, dozens of people stand on the beach to take pictures.
The beach is free to enter. However, you have to be careful of jellyfish. You don't want to leave Borneo with a memory of close encounters with them. You may make your waiting for the sunset more pleasant by buying some groceries. Vendors usually close late into the night. Try coconut or a juise from sugar cane, or chicken or beef satay, or corn. Maybe you will like a dinner from sea fruits at some beach restaurant.
GPS: 6°07'18.2"N 116°07'04.3"E
Text and photos: Monika Fuchsová
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.
Singapore is a relatively small city-state that rises above other states in Southeast Asia by being highly economically developed and economically ferocious. With nearly 6 million inhabitants, it is one of the most populous states in the world, which is also due to the high level of migration. Everybody in Singapore would simply want to live.
After visiting North Sumatra we return to Malaysia, but this time not back to Kuala Lumpur, but heading north. We fly to the northwest coast of Malaysia, to the state of Penang (also Pinang), which consists of the main island with the capital George Town, the mainland (Seberang Perai) and other smaller islands.
We have an organized a trip to Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. In fact, there is no other option, because the tour of the Geopark takes place only on the water. It is not a physically demanding trip, no visitors will enjoy much walking, but it is still worth visiting the geopark. Stretching is possible at least while swimming on a nice beach.
Our stay on the beautiful Malaysian island of Langkawi is nearing the end and the last trip is ahead. Today we set out on the most famous icon of the island, the Sky Bridge. The bridge is less than 20 kilometers by car from Pantai Cenang.
After hot days on the sunny island of Langkawi, we move to the coldest area of our journey - the Cameron Highlands. Located at a higher altitude, there are lower temperatures, which is a bit unusual for us in Malaysia. But it is nothing dramatic, the windbreaker and long pants are enough for morning and evening. Our destination for the next two nights is the city of Tanah Rata, which will also serve as a starting point for our two scheduled trips.
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.
The sobering-up station provides sanctuary for elephants who have fallen into poacher traps or other difficulties. They use their own elephants, who are very ethically trained here (do not really expect any circus, here it helps). Injured elephants are undergoing rehabilitation and, if possible, their return to nature. The station also takes care of moving elephants due to the ever-increasing agricultural area. The employees are doing a really beautiful job here, be sure to come to support them.
The most interesting, most visited and beautiful place in Malaysia. Today we visit a city, which should not be on the list of any traveler. Just two hours southwest of Kuala Lumpur, we meet the city of Melaka, the capital of the Malaysian state of the same name. This historic city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
A quiet island with white beaches, turquoise sea and an unspoiled underwater world is the dream of each of us. Have you ever heard of this little paradise? Thanks to the white beaches, the island was named Pulau Kapas or "Cotton Island". (Kapas means "cotton" in Malay, Pulau "island").
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 ...
Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest summits in southeast Asia, is one of the main landmarks in the park. The mountain is 4 095,2 meters high. Next to traditional mountain climbing you may try to visit Torq mountain, the highest and also the very first ferrata in Asia which is situated at 3 200 to 3 800 meters. The greatest of adventurers may enjoy other activities such as alpine climbing, paragliding or undertake a mountain expedition.
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.
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.
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.
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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