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Posted 26 May 2004 - 09:37 AM

Hi,

Just starting to plan the honeymoon and was wondering if anyone has been or is going to Sabah???




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Posted 26 May 2004 - 09:45 AM

I havent been, but my manager has. He loved it. He said it was beautiful, and cheap. We sell heaps of it at work, because they now have direct flights into Sabah, so they are really starting to push it.
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Posted 26 May 2004 - 09:58 AM

Where is Sabah?
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Posted 26 May 2004 - 10:02 AM

Sabah is in Malaysia. If you have a look on a world map, there are two islands that make up Malaysia, and Sabah is on the second one. (Opposite one to all the well known parts, Kuala Lumpar, Penang, Langkawi etc....)

It is meant to be really nice. Like Malaysia before the tourism hit sort of thing.

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Posted 26 May 2004 - 10:09 AM

Sabah is part Indonesian and part Malaysian. We went for our honeymoon and had an absolute ball! We stayed in Kota Kinabalu and did side trips all over the island. If you are going to go make sure you stay at a resort with a tourist desk so that you can book as little or as much as you like by way of side trips. We ended up spending very few days just relaxing around the resort because there were so many things we wanted to do.

We went to Sepilok orang-utan sanctuary which was oh so cool! Also Sandakan which has a fairly large war memorial thanks to the death marches starting or finishing there (I can't recall now). We went on a day trip cruising around the islands close to our resort and we also went up to Mt Kinabalu for a bit of a trek. If you're really keen you can even climb the mountain but that sounded a bit like hard work on our honeymoon and you need to prepare for it!

If you want to ask anything else just PM or e-mail me

I should just add that we loved it so much Adam was talking about moving to Malaysia to work!!!

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Posted 26 May 2004 - 10:13 AM

QUOTE (Donna @ May 26 2004, 10:45 AM)
I havent been, but my manager has. He loved it. He said it was beautiful, and cheap. We sell heaps of it at work, because they now have direct flights into Sabah, so they are really starting to push it.

Thanks Donna, I know no one that has been there and have seen heaps of advertisement for it lately!!!

We wanted to go to Bali and was already to book and then found out cause Scott is in the navy the defence force has put a ban on personnel going to Indonesia on personal travel so we couldn't go. We were going to wait until closer to the wedding date to see if the ban would be lifted but now decided we don't want to risk it. As we went to Thailand last year we wanted to go somewhere different, so I'm going to go to the travel agency today and check out prices for Sabah!!!!


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Posted 26 May 2004 - 10:15 AM

QUOTE (Raelene @ May 26 2004, 11:09 AM)
Sabah is part Indonesian and part Malaysian. We went for our honeymoon and had an absolute ball! We stayed in Kota Kinabalu and did side trips all over the island. If you are going to go make sure you stay at a resort with a tourist desk so that you can book as little or as much as you like by way of side trips. We ended up spending very few days just relaxing around the resort because there were so many things we wanted to do.

We went to Sepilok orang-utan sanctuary which was oh so cool! Also Sandakan which has a fairly large war memorial thanks to the death marches starting or finishing there (I can't recall now). We went on a day trip cruising around the islands close to our resort and we also went up to Mt Kinabalu for a bit of a trek. If you're really keen you can even climb the mountain but that sounded a bit like hard work on our honeymoon and you need to prepare for it!

If you want to ask anything else just PM or e-mail me

I should just add that we loved it so much Adam was talking about moving to Malaysia to work!!!

Thanks heaps Raelene!!!! Sounds like you had a great time...

Can you please PM where you stayed and prices and all that stuff. We will be going in January next year is that a good time to go.


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Posted 26 May 2004 - 10:26 AM

I worked as an Australian Volunteer on the island of Borneo (in Kalimantan actually), of which Sabah is a Malaysian province....(not Indonesian). I would recommend you travelling there, but it depends on what type of travel you like to do.

If you like to get "off the beaten track" I would not suggest taking a package holiday from a travel agent and instead buy yourselves a Lonley Planet guide and take your time to explore what the area has to offer - and stay in local long houses etc. Sabah province is extremely poor - and if you choose the more adventurous option - keep your wits about you, travel light, and exercise sensitivity to the local customs and wear appropriate clothing, etc.

On the other hand Sabah offers some sensational package deals with ritzy accomodation, beautiful beaches, etc, that are very popular with tourists. If that's more what you're after, then I would also recommend it.

All the best and hope it all goes well! smile.gif

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Posted 26 May 2004 - 06:17 PM

Carlo and I went to Sabah Jan this year.

LOVED IT!!

we did KK, flew to Brunei for a touch of luxury (one night in 6star hotel), more of KK, one of the islands, Sandakan for the Orang-atang centre, Turtle Island - what an experience, the river cruise, then home

TOO short a time, loved every minute of it. PM me if you want places and tour suggestions, Weather was good, March is best time I've been told. We hardly had rain though (told it rains every day during Jan and Feb)

If you need someone to carry your bags I'll make myself available (cramping the honeymoon style I know, but I'll take any opportunity to go back)

We booked most things direct or when we arrived - more options than the air/accom/tour packages, and more price competitive.

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Posted 26 May 2004 - 06:56 PM

Shelley Belly went recently for work..if you PM her she can tell you all about it I am sure smile.gif

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Posted 02 June 2004 - 10:32 PM

Hi to all those that have been to Sabah,

Would you mind letting me know, where you stayed? We particularly intereseted in the Sutera Harbour, Magellan wing....gosh, where would I be without the internet? biggrin.gif
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Posted 09 June 2004 - 11:03 AM

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Hi to all those that have been to Sabah,

Would you mind letting me know, where you stayed? We particularly intereseted in the Sutera Harbour, Magellan wing....gosh, where would I be without the internet?


That is where my manager stayed, and he loved it. He said it was close to the town, and has heaps of pools. That is the one we proberly sell most of.

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 03:05 PM

Court is right I did go there in Feb for work - I have seen all the properties except for the Nexus - however can find out loads about nexus as our Team leaders went there for a conference...

let me know if you need more info!

BTW - absolutely loved it, and am looking forward to going back soon! Shopping is sensational!
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Posted 13 June 2004 - 07:03 PM

We stayed at Shangri La Tanjung Aru Resort, very nice, a little out of town compared to Sutera Harbour (cost about 12RM to go into town, but they had a shuttle bus for 8rm return)

Sutera Harbour was where friends of our stayed, just happened to be at the same time we were in KK and we visited them. There room was a little smaller, however the hotel felt more modern and the rooms fresher (IYKWIM). Both had huge bathrooms, king beds but we had a little lounge area and they just had a desk and chair.

SH was a great property and it sounded as though they had a free transfer to/from KK city central which is handy. Both had great restaurants however you pay an arm and leg for resort food - definately go into town 1/2 price at least and great safe restaurants. There is one seafood restaurant (we didn't get there, ran out of restaurants) that everyone knows about, a must apparently near the caltex?

Shopping was great however I'm Aus size 12-14 in proper sizing, so I didn't have a hope in fitting into any local clothes. Shoes just (great bargins) a lot of stuff is from indonesia and the philopenes(sp, sorry? couldn't find atlas), when you are shopping though the trick I found was that the higher up you go ie 1st floor, 2nd, 3rd 4th floor the better quality the clothes, international designers on the top floor definately worth a visit, lost 1/2 a day there.

Go to the night market (this is the one next to the philopeno cultural market)for an experience and eat there, we did twice, fantastic, we ate hot food obviously (and it was so hot and sweaty because there is so much cooking going on and no air con) and found some ice cold cans of drink and we walked out of there feeling like porky pigs for about 15RM compared to 250rm from the hotel smorgs board. All of the locals eat there and they have communial tables, hello lady was called out with huge grins from little kids and we were the only non locals there, it was such a great experience (also beating the fear of the local market food)

wow, i should stop

but we also stayed at Gayana Eco Resort just off KK, it looks great in the internet pics, not as plush in real life and you really have to slow down to their pace otherwise it will drive you mad, but for a dollar saver, away from town and staying in individual huts on stilts over a coral reef, fantastic!! (about half price to resorts)

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Posted 18 July 2004 - 07:05 PM

Hey all.

We are also looking at going to Sabah for our honeymoon. 7 nights in Sabah and 5 nights in Langkawi. We are getting married on the 29th Jan but we need to hang around for overseas guests and we will leave for SE Asia around the 10th of Feb.

We were a little scared about the idea of heavy rain during our stay. Do you know if rain during Jan and Feb means some showers or monsoons??

Any info would be greatly appreciated as this could ultimately influence our decision

Thanks

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