While we were in Kota Kinabalu, besides hanging around at the market, we even planned to visit some of the history and cultural interesting spot there. Just to get hold a lil’ bit of knowledge of the rich and long history of the local culture, we decided to settle with one of the cultural village and the state museum. It was not easy to make the decision as there are two cultural village available in Kota Kinabalu itself. We finally settled with the cheaper version (not that cheap either!) of Monsopiad Cultural Village instead of the brand new Mari Mari Cultural Village. Continue reading
Your trip to Kota Kinabalu wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the local market around town. As mum’s are with us throughout the trip, she keep reminding us to stop over at this two local markets (Pasar Tamu Gaya Street and Pasar Kraftangan Kota Kinabalu) that she wouldn’t want to miss! Alright mum! Your wish is our command. Furthermore, both of us had not missed exploring the local market in every of our destinations. So, sit back and relax. Let us bring you for a quick tour to this 2 most famous local markets. Continue reading
Where did we stayed and ate while we were in Kota Kinabalu weekend getaway?
Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu
Just to be frank, it was not easy for us to choose on the accommodation while we were in Kota Kinabalu town recently. As we were on a very tight budget as well as limited time, we finally ended up with Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu. We will be only in KK town just for a night where we will then headed to Kundasang. Dreamtel is conveniently located within the city centre and very close to some tourist attractions (within walking distance) such as the Atkinson Clock Tower, the famous sunday market at Gaya Street that you wouldn’t want to miss, handicraft market and shopping malls like Wisma Merdeka, Suria Mall and many others. Continue reading
Note: Before we continue with the post, million apologize for the delay. It took us almost a month to get back on track as our most trusted companion (read: desktop) are not in a good shape. We had to make a few visit forth and back to the clinic too. Alhamdulillah, everything goes back to normal. Thanks to the technician as we couldn’t resolve it on our own.
Rubbing our eyes when we first waking up in the morning, we then realized that we’re on our 2nd days in Royal Belum. Alhamdlillah, we’re still in Belum. Still. Feeling so fresh with the cool morning dew and also the smell of pure and clean. This is what we called a ‘Smell of Nature’. It’s definitely one of the reason why we love to be in the forest. While the sun are yet to make his appearance of the day, we catch the time by walking around, explored every single corner of the base camp and appreciating the whole panorama view of this untouched forest from the deck.
A very good morning Lil Aqilah
An interview video shoot by Belum Outdoor Adventure (BOA) crew members with Time Travel Afif. We just have to say this. He’s just too good in front of the camera. Really. Everything came out naturally.
It’s basically a free and easy session for the whole entourage in the early morning. While the rest decided to spend their time by getting the refreshing dip in the water, we spent most of our times at the view deck. For both of us, it’s definitely one of the best spot ever at the base camp and a quiet moment for us. Suddenly, we feel so connected with the nature. We could spent hours there doing nothing but appreciating the Almighty God creation.
After filling up our empty space in our stomachs, we then opt for a boat ride to the surrounding area. We eventually missed out the first trip as it’s already full house. So, second trip it is! We were told by the boat crew that we’re actually heading to Sungai Kooi. These are a few attraction in Royal Belum beside Sungai Kejar, Sungai Papan, Sungai Ruok and Sungai Tiang. We spent most of our time on the boat and we only spent around 10 minutes at the jetty of Sungai Kooi as we were told that it’s too many leeches around. We doesn’t want to take risk to explore around as we have someone with ‘Bdellophobia’ in the house. What is Bdellophobia? It’s an abnormal anxiety, or extreme fear of leeches.
The Banding Bandits
We were given a sign that we need to return to our boathouse as it will depart to Sungai Ruok Waterfall and Fish Sanctuaries. We observed that the crew members are there to run the trip within schedule. On our way to the destination, we were given a brief and short ‘FREE’ photography tutorial by the BOA Resident Photographer, Hilmi Yusof. His artworks are amazing.
We have reached the destination when we could see a few other boathouse docking within the area. We are then transferred to Sungai Ruok via small boats which took us less than 10 minutes and this will be our last stop for the day. We were also informed that this is where the waterfall and freshwater fish sanctuaries are located. No fishing activities are allowed within the area and one of the species that can be easily found here are Kelah. It has 3 tiers of waterfall where we spent most of our time at the 2nd tiers. Just be reminded that a short trekking of 15 minutes are required to reach the area.
The standing stone within the 2nd tiers area
Sungai Ruok 2nd tiers waterfall. It’s a dry season and the water would not be crystal clear. But the water are cold and there’s a lots of fish in the pool which love to nibble your feet. You can get a fish spa here for free.
We spent about an hour there. It’s enough to keep us shivering in the cold water. We returned to our boathouse where it’s already lunch time. It came to our surprised to see that the boat operator cooked ‘Gulai Lemak Ikan Toman’ which was caught the night before. It’s our first time trying out the fish and it was so good!
We then left the place and headed to the main jetty where it all started. We were too tired at that point of time but we wanted to stay around just to see the view for the very last time. We were not sure when will be our next trip here. We definitely can’t promise that.
Friends at the tip of the boat
The breathtaking view
We finally reached the main jetty around 2.30pm. We then leave the jetty with a heavy heart. In overall, we really had a good times here with the rest of the travel blogger. This is definitely another option for a short getaway from the city offered by Belum Outdoor Adventure (BOA). Without hesitation, we definitely recommended this and will come back soon. InsyaAllah.
Our compliments goes to TravelholicAwesome – Chawan & Na, LilyRiani, Janggel @ Ren, Byya, MasMZ, Shahrule, Kak Anash @ Coco Nutz, Mrs Papi, Icam for organizing & inviting us and not to forget the rest of our Travel Friends – Hang Dhamin, Pae and Time Travel Afif.
Zara AB & FF
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