By June RamliTweet
If climbing isn’t your thing, not to worry there are other things that you can do up the magnificent mountainous top of Mount Kinabalu.
For starters heading to Mount Kinabalu from the city center takes about two hours with one pit stop at the supermarket.
There wasn’t any traffic when going up but the traffic was rather bad when returning.
These days Kota Kinabalu is very developed and they do have morning and evening rush hours even though public transportation is sparse.
Heading up Mount Kinabalu reminded me of the days when I used to visit Cameron Highlands – hill resort, during my childhood days!
The roads are rather windy with lots of twists and turns driving up Kota Kinabalu which is quite nauseating.
Those interested in going up the mountain to visit places of interest such as Kundasang are advised to eat light before the journey.
The pressure above the mountainous top can cause your ear pressure to drop thus causing earache.
Consider yourself warned!
But once up, the scenery is absolutely beautiful and you can get great photos.
We made a pit stop at the Sutera Sanctuary Lodge for a short walkabout and media interviews.
Then we headed to the Kinabalu National Park.
There is an entry fee for the park which differs for locals and international tourists.
The insides of the park is just magnificent.
As I just returned from New Zealand, I felt that some parts of this park reminded me of scenes from the Lord Of the Rings.
The lush and green views at the park was refreshing and soothing to see.
I walked further where they had planted a wide variety of vegetation including to my surprise the Australian gumtree.
We saw the smallest orchids in the world and some bananas which were different from our normal ones.
Our guide Ray of Amazing Borneo had a wealth of information to share during our walkabout in the area.
I captured Ray’s commentary on video so you can hear it from the horse’s mouth itself.
All in all, visiting the Kinabalu National Park is a great way to get a prelude on what sort of flora and fauna is available throughout Borneo.
If you are expecting to see the Rafflesia as I did, sorry no way, but nevertheless the experience is definitely worth exploring.
After exploring the park, we headed for lunch at the Kloud Restaurant, Bar & Cafe at Mountain Valley Resort before heading to spend the next few hours with some amazing musicians at the Taman Budaya & Inovasi Kundasang, Sabah.
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