I am touring Sarawak from mid-September and then going to Sabah on 25th. I want to climb Mt Kinabalu but the Sutera Lodge site appears to have NIL vacancies at Laban Rata up on the mountain for any night in the following week.
It seems from previous posts that tour operators frequently overbook. I will check again with Sutera but - worst case - I will bus out to Mt K, stay one night at the base (or just outside) and check with Park HQ about possible bed at Laban Rata. If no bed - I would simply trek up to Laban Rata and then come back to base. Obviously this misses the summit, but I have trekked in Nepal and NZ so I would be OK with just the views from two-thirds of the way up.
Does this make sense ? - on the offchance that there WILL be a bed at Laban Rata on the day ?
I then aim to go to Sepilok, not Poring Hot Spring. I assume I could catch an express bus from near Mt K Park HQ.