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#1 allure

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 10:35 AM

H2B and I would like a unique destination for our honeymoon. We're considering spending part or all of our honeymoon in Sabah.

So far I've only checked the Sabah tourism website and it looks beautiful.

Has anyone been?

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 11:55 AM

My MIL went about 2 months ago and she loved it. Her and her boyfriend did a lot of jungle trekking, caving, mountain climbing and visited a few "villages" and things

it was her first time over seas and she had a ball. they climbed mount kinabalu which is a huge achievement

i briefly visited sarawak (which is kind of next door) on a school adventure camp and the area is totally gorgeous. i climbed mount santubong and did jungle treks and sea kayaking

it really does depend on what you are looking for in a holiday but i think i would go back again (without all of the annoying kids!!) and you certainly wont be inundated with the same touristy feel that you would get from more common honeymoon destinations

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 04:42 AM

I have heard that this is the 'new' holiday place to go and is not too expensive. I would go for it.
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Posted 15 August 2005 - 06:44 PM

Yeah, im with busterella, ive heard the same thing....

Apparently its meant to be the next "Bali", what with the relaxed, cool feel about it, and the partying lifestyle...

My best friend who's been to Bali 24 times , before the whole shapelle thing, swore if she got convicted he'd never go back, and he stuck to his word, so now his been to Sabah 4 times since then, and reckons its better than Bali!! And thats saying something coming from him.. so i say if the party (bali) lifestyles (honeymoon) is what u want, go for it!!

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 08:16 PM

Sabah is AMAZING!!!

not the new Bali, but totally different.

Why not visit neighbouring Sarawak as well!

Great place....

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 08:43 PM

Yeppers, its lovely. We climbed Mt Kinabalu and stayed at a resort for a few days. It was really nice, much more relaxed atmosphere, no hawkers and cheap.

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 09:41 PM

ohmy.gif The new bali? That scares me more than excites me!

So for those of you that have gone can you please recommend resorts. I'd like low key luxury and preferably eco-friendly smile.gif

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 10:11 PM

We're going to Sabah for the honeymoon in late Sept.
We have some friends who have been, its certainly not unique as a destination, but it's certianly (apparently) not "the new Bali" thank god, I don't want to go to a place full of aussie bogans who like it cos everyone there is aussie smile.gif
We're staying in Shangrila Rasa Ria resort for a few days, then heading bush across to Sepilok sanctuary and back for a few days, then home via Brunei.

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 05:03 PM

I didn't say it was the 'new bali', just the 'new' place to go.
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Posted 16 August 2005 - 08:49 PM

Sorry ladies, i dont think i said it right.. I wasnt saying its the new bali in that specific way....

Sorry, what i was trying to say is its the same relaxed, fun atmosphere as bali (well what bali had pre-bombing, pre-schapelle).........

Each to their own i guess....
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Posted 17 August 2005 - 04:50 AM

We will be spending 7 nights there in March next year (after we see KL and Penang)... I have seen lots of photos that the travel agent showed us and it looks absolutely gorgeous... The lady we are dealing with at the travel agent has been and she said it was absolutely gorgeous...


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Posted 20 August 2005 - 06:50 PM

I think there's only about 4-6 big resorts there, two of which have nature reserves on the grounds and one of those has an orangutang sancturary (not the sepilok one). Sorry, can't remember which ones exactly but they're in a brochure I picked up from a travel agent a while back.
We're going there at the end of the year, but wont be staying in a resort. I'm really looking forward to it! Also planning to drop into Brunei while we're there, they get their money from oil and therefore dont need to cut forests down wink.gif
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Posted 28 August 2005 - 12:20 PM

We stayed at the Shangri La Rasa Ria, {photos are in my other reply to you} which is the resort Katie refered to that has it's own orangutang sanctuary.
The orangutangs are fantastic to see. I was enthralled by them.

I was only there for a long weekend of R+R, so do not really know the area well {I was alseep by the pool for most of it!} If I went there for a 'proper' holiday, I would prefer to do what Sheik and Katie are doing and get off the beaten track. Definately a visit to the orangutang sanctuary and perhaps a hike up or at Mt Kinabulu, if that is your style. There is a steam train in the area which I liked the look of doing as well, and loads of local villages, many built on stilts over the water. A lot of it is pretty flat {apart from the mountain of course}, and I thought getting bikes and riding around would be a good way to get to villages that are not on the tourist bus route.

Have a great trip.


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Posted 31 August 2005 - 04:52 PM

For our honeymoon we are doing 1 night in KL, 7 nights in Penang and 6 nights in Sabah. We are going in March next year, its just so cheap! And of course we are going 5 star all the way!

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Posted 09 September 2005 - 12:40 PM

We are also going to malaysia for our honeymoon!

We are going to the Tanjung Rhu on Langkawi and the Shangri La Rasa Ria in Sabah.

Does anyone have any feedback on either of these places???

I have been getting a bit worried as some family friends said that Sabah was not that nice and was dirty! (this was after we had already booked!)

Thanks,
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