» Malaysia: Borneo, Sabah – Kokol Hill Vista and the Best Vista over the Town
Malaysia: Borneo, Sabah – Kokol Hill Vista and the Best Vista over the Town
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.
Kokol Hill is a compound of several high-altitude resorts near Kota Kinabalu. You can find it between Menggatel and Inanam 25 kilometers north from the town. This 800-meter hill offers vista over the town, sea, islands, Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Sepanggar bay and other parts of the western coastline.
Among activities available here one should mention paragliding and activities in nature including bird observation in their natural habitat. The are has increasingly been becoming a tourist destination. However, now there are only couple of hotels offering cheap accommodation. Prices in Kokol Hill start at 100 RM (530 CZK) for a double room. Some rooms offer amazing vista over Kota Kinabalu when looking from window. Kasih Sayang Resort is the most popular place in Kokol Hill. Room prices start at 153 RM on work days, and over 200 RM on weekends. A perfect chill-out evening with the vista over setting sun is worth the money. Cloud 9 restaurant, which offers Western cuisine too, is the main attraction in this resort.
Kokol Hill is a great place for a day-trip. The potential of this place as tourist resort is amazing. Kokol hill is known for known for great view. It is featured in every book guide. After dusk it lights up toether with the entire town. This is a great time for any romantic soul.
Visitors may get there by access road near Kiansom waterfall (a short yet steep road) or from the town of Menggatal. Set out to the Kokol mountains. Enjoy an amazing vista over Mount Kinabalu to the east and Kota Kinabalu to the west. Paragliding is a very popular activity here. We saw hundred of chutes gliding in the sky.
GPS: 5°58'38.6"N 116°12'32.3"E
Text and photos: Monika Fuchsová
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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