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#16 kimamberly

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Posted 20 July 2004 - 06:25 PM

Kelly,

we were there this year from 28th Dec to 15th Jan. We were really lucky. Expected rain every day, we were given similar weather forcasts as you have been, but other than some light showers we had a really dry visit.

It was overcast almost every day and the afternoons got rather windy but not blowing roofs off houses stuff. Just don't expect your hair to look perfect when you reach your destination wind. The afternoons sometimes were wet with drizzle but really as far as the wet season went for us it was just slightly more humid as well as being hot.

Oh, the river over in Sandakan (East coast of Sabah) where you cruise to see the probuscas monkeys, was flooded to the point where we weren't sure if our accommodation had become water beds, fortunately ours wasn't, but other tour groups had to cancel their tours as some lodges were very very soggy underfoot (ie wet up to knees in the rooms)



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Posted 20 July 2004 - 09:05 PM

We think we will be going to Sabah too. Also Kuala Lumpur and Brunei. Haven't booked it yet. Since we've recently come back from europe, the accomodation seems just so cheap and so good compared to the expensive and sometimes disgusting places we stayed in europe! Seems like lots to do - the orangutan and turtle stuff in sabah, shopping in KL, and Brunei seems like something totally different! (No alcohol even!) We are going to stay 3-4 nights in Brunei, we'd particularly like to go to the fun park (which supposedly costs $1 US all inclusive) Wonder how much that 6 star place in Brunei costs?

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Posted 25 July 2004 - 12:09 PM

Thanks Donna and kimberly for you advice.

We're definatley going to Sabah, it's just a matter of booking stuff now. Only 8 months to go. We have no idea if we should be leaving it late or what. Oh well, we'll work it out. Very excited about going..
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#19 sweethuney

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Posted 27 July 2004 - 11:18 AM

Sabah is in Malaysia and I was a Malaysian myself. Been there a few times and had wonderful holidays. I enjoyed jungle tracking around the National Park of Mount Kinabalu (that's the highest mountain in South East Asia) then snorkelling around few islands over there. Shopping was also great because of the currency exchange and the weather is just nice; not too cold and not too hot!

I would highly recommend it! PM me if you wanna know more! All the best with your planning smile.gif

#20 LdB

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Posted 17 October 2004 - 09:59 AM

Hi,

To those that have stayed at the Tanjung Aru, is it walking distance to the city? How long do you think it would take? 20minutes or so?

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#21 nat_meredith@yahoo.com.au

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Posted 10 November 2004 - 06:15 AM

Hi there,
We are looking at going to Malaysia for our honeymoon late February 2005.

My fiance read an australian government website that had a VERY strong warning not to go there (including kidnapping attempts !!). Now he doesn't want us to go :-(

This is very dissapointing as it sounds like such a lovely place to visit.

Can anyone give me any feedback please?

#22 adele01

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Posted 10 November 2004 - 08:18 AM

I haven't heard anything like this but have booked our honeymoon there from March 1st - 18th. I better check it out, would love to know if anyone else has heard anything.

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Posted 14 November 2004 - 06:02 PM

kidnappings? hmm, I don't know what the chance of that would be happening in Malaysia. Either way that won't stop us!

I can't wait, we still haven't booked it though ohmy.gif

But we've worked out 10nights, 4 nights at the Nexus and 6 nights at the Shangri La Tanjung. I CAN'T WAIT...we're going white water rafting! biggrin.gif
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#24 nat_meredith@yahoo.com.au

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Posted 14 November 2004 - 08:27 PM

Sorry to scare you but please ensure you read the Australian Govt's 'smart traveller' website and read what it says.

We have chosen to go to Thailand instead !

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Posted 16 November 2004 - 04:00 PM

Thanks Nat, but my fiancee used to work for DFAT and he got a fait bit of info. from there.

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#26 kimamberly

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Posted 08 December 2004 - 10:58 PM

I read the info regarding the kidnapping too, prior to going this time last year - freaked me a little, but this happened quite a while ago and no in one of the highly populated areas of Sabah. Be street smart - don't have cash hanging out of your pockets, but everyone there was lovely that I encounted.

Tanjung Aru definately isn't walking distance to the city, I think Sutera Harbour might also be a bit of a stretch too.

TA has a bus that you purchase a 8RM round trip to the city and you can use it from memory to jump on and off anywhere along the trip (however with the traffic - midday is the busiest) it is sometimes better just to walk it.

Sutera harbour has a free bus into the city - bonus!

A cab from TA to city is a flat fair of 12RM (from memory) and double after midnight.

Take the trip from TA to Rasa Ria (I think free bus trip for guests) to visit the orang atangs (didn't do it personally but friends stayed there and couldn't get enough of them. We spent a lot of money to go on tour to Sandakan to see them not realising that we could have visited them in KK. If you aren't a guest cab it to TA then take thier bus - cheaper option as I think the cab ride would get expensive.

Restaurant at the resorts of course are expensive. a change from soft drinks and cocktail at TA I recommend the freshly opened coconuts, and their Sangria is rather nice too. The Italian restaurant is wonderful and you will feel at home because most of the wine served at TA is Australian - House wine is the Half Mile Creek newly advertised here.

Venture into town for meals - there are great seafood restaurants (one I don't know the name but it is near the Caltex - everyone was telling us about it - go because that many people can't be wrong - cheap good seafood) there is a new (new last year) complex on the water with an irish bar etc, we fell in love with one malay restaurant there very cheap, great food, but air con wasn't that great.

YOU MUST TRY THE LOCAL NIGHT MARKET FOR FOOD - we didn't do a tour, just caught a cab and wandered in (we aren't seasoned travellers and usually take the safer route and I wasn't drinking water i wasn't sure of/ juices etc just in case) Everyone was so friendly "hello lady" from the little children, we wandered around bought little bits of things and walked the whole lot then decided what we wanted after checking things were hot and the stall was popular. they have tables and chairs there and families eat communially with others. Cold drinks are hard to find so if you see them and the are expensive - just buy them. the round pancake thing that they cut into wedges has nuts and honey with cinamon sugar and is to die for 1RM for a whole round (we were taken for a ride with the first one but learnt from that) (We loved it so much we had the taxi stop there on the way to the airport to get one last taste) We ate a whole meal for 7RM for two and it was fantastic. The night market is next to the craft market (open during the day)

BRUNEI:

we didn't do our homework - $1us for the a theme park? bugger have to go again. We landed in Sabah, stayed an night, then flew to Brunei the next morning and stayed one night at the 6 star resort The Empire. ohhhh it was great. suggestion - make sure you wear a shirt with sleaves and cover your legs when you arrive - didn't really think of dress codes on arrival (silly me standing in the lobby of a 6 star resort feeling a little disrespectful) No alcohol in Brunei (well at least not at dinner at the empire.

cost approx $450 AUS - i think - I'll look up my travel info and get back to you. the bathroom in our room was the size of our lounge room (we don't live in too large a house but....)and italian marble everywhere (7 story pillars in the foyer all marble). The empire was actually the palace of the sultan's brother JJ(?) who lost a lot of money for the country so he was banished(i think) Any way it is now a hotel. we then spent our second day doing a tour of the city and mosque.

We decided (I put my foot down) and we stepped down some of our accomm to stay at this hotel - I used to work/and studied Hotel mgt so to experience 6 star was something I couldn't give up.

OOOHHHHH I loved sabah (can you tell)

#27 kimamberly

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Posted 08 December 2004 - 11:01 PM

Opps far too long a posting and it probably was more like 15RM for dinner at the night market




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