Me and my relatives are going to Kota Kinabalu next year and I also want to go to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Thailand or Ho Chi Minh. But when I looked at the map I found out that Kota Kinabalu is in another island. I looked at the net on how we can get there and found out that the one way flight ain’t so cheap and if added to the list it will exceed my budget. So please can anyone tell me how to get there by bus or train because someone told me that there is (Unfortunately he cannot speak english language properly).
Travelling by bus or train to Kota Kinabalu from West Malaysia is impossible as there is no direct bridge connection or chunnel like the one connecting England and France. Travelling by sea, I think will be harrowing because of the long journey unless you are on a cruise ship.
You can book a flight on low budget airlines on the internet. Amongst the best airlines is AirAsia which offer very low rate sans administration fees during promotions. You can travel to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah by flight and back to Kuala Lumpur. Subsequently, you can take the train from here and onwards to Bangkok, Thailand or Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and enjoy the country side sceneries along the way, Your family and you can even make a stopover in Penang before proceeding to Thailand. You train will also travel on the railway built by POWs during the Japanese occupations of South East Asia in WWII. Good luck and hope you will have a good time in Malaysia
“And now for something completely different” Spoonski’s photos around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Entry from: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Entry Title: “And now for something completely different”
“I arrived safely in Singapore which must have one of the most efficient baggage systems for a large international airport as my bags arrived at the carousel at the same time I did. I was met by my friend from Kuala Lumpur who had come down to meet me and catch up with a former work colleague from her time in Beijing. We ate out at the Newtown Circus hawker centre and had a mixture of local dishes such as carrot cake, which didn’t involve carrots, and curried stingray which did involve stingray! I now have to get used to being very much in the minority as European and taller than the average– now that is different.
Time in Singapore was very short as we were catching the bus to KL the following afternoon — just time for a quick walk round the Clarke Quay area which is the old dock warehouses all gentrified into restaurants and bars. The bus journey to KL took just over 5 hours but the coach was very comfortable, it had more legroom than on most planes (well in economy class anyway) and there were movies – so time passed very easily. On approach to the bus station there lit up against the night sky was the KPMG logo — I nearly came out in a rash! Despite the shock I slept well after the start of catching up — it has been over 8 years since my last visit to KL and much has changed.
I reacquainted myself with the contents of my luggage and concluded that I still had too many clothes. If I were to do this again( wishful thinking) I would definitely cut down by at 30-50% as in most places there have been laundry facilities and here the maid does it — what can I say? Went for a walk to the local shops, past the lovely on site pool complex, and found my way to an enormous shopping mall, 1 Utama, which is one of many to have sprung up since my last visit. Lots of bargains — but as some wise person said “a bargain is only a bargain if it is something you need” — so apart from a pair of shorts I bought nothing else.
Next day it was off with my friend’s sister to the casino resort at the Genting Highlands, about an hour or so by bus outside KL. I wasn’t planning any gambling as I am completely clueless as to what you are supposed to do — and that includes slot machines — but it is fascinating to watch others and as you can imagine just like at home the punters were almost exclusively Chinese. Photography is not allowed in the casino which is a pity as it would definitely have been a different type of sight. Tea, coffee and juice were free so I helped myself several times to the Teh Tarik, a really sweet tea made with condensed milk. For the non gamblers there were other activities such as shopping, as ever, indoor and outdoor theme parks and, weirdly, a Snowworld. Back to base and a quick spin later round another mega mall — The Curve. KL is even more of a shopping destination than it was 8 years ago.
I ventured into the city proper next day by local bus and was confident of finding my way around as this was my 4th visit — but so much has changed with so many more high rise buildings that the whole landscape was different and I found myself quite disorientated for a while. However I eventually found my way to some old haunts near the Petronas Twin Towers including the lovely little park close by. I ended up spending more time than planned as I had to take shelter for over an hour from the afternoon downpour and when it rains here boy does it rain, so no chance of making it to the LCCT train station near the Towers without …”
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Photos from this trip:
1. “Clarke Quay, Singapore”
2. “Snowworld at the Casino”
3. “When it rains it rains”
4. “Fishing fleet In Kota Kinabalu”
5. “Ferry port on Sabah, Borneo”
6. “So fresh they were still warm”
7. “Mount Kinabalu”
8. “Shopfront display Borneo style”
9. “Pitcher plant”
10. “At the Kinabalu National Park”
11. “Hibiscus – national flower of Malaysia”
12. “Cleared plates”
13. “Krishnas famous Fish Head restaurant”
14. “Beach at Manukan Island”
15. “And this is what you could see before snorkelling”
16. “National Monument KL”
17. “My feet as fish food”
18. “Petaling street KL”
19. “Coronation throne in National Museum”
20. “Old railway station KL”
21. “Royal Selangor Club“
22. “The old and the new”
23. “Home in KL”
24. “Pool at the condo”
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