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kota kinabalu mars 2009!!!!

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kota kinabalu mars 2009!!!!

Are anyone going to Kota Kinabalu and stay at the Magellan Sutera from 6mars.

Its nice to get to know someone before you go, i think

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1. Re: kota kinabalu mars 2009!!!!

Hi Shandy,

I am a local but not from KK. I have been there a number of times and twice this year. On the last trp in March, I hosted a visiting girl from Eastern Europe and we enjoyed our stay greatly.

Magellan Sutera is located quite close to the city.

Nice hotel by the sea but I believe there is no beach. They have nice pools, golf courses, spa and yacht club etc. But from the hotel, you can go to many wonderful places in the state of Sabah (where KK is located) by various means - driving, by boat or even by air. If you want more info, please drop me a note.

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Thank you, we will first stay in Kuala Lumpur for 3days, before we go to KK.

we are interseted in many things. We alredy booked a tour to Kinabalu national park. We are thinking about rafting, and of course snorkling and diving.

We are altso very interested in local food, and like to try new tastes and we find that very exciting.

sorry about my english writing, i hope you will understand me

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Hi

Your English is fine. It definitely much, much better than my Norwegian :-)

KL is a modern city with a distinct character. It is great that you can stay 3 days. Lots of things to see and do. Malaysia is well known for his muti-racial cultures and along with that, a huge variety of food.

On KK, you must try the following things, in addition to rafting and diving. Other attractions include, climb up Mount Kinabalu (need to be reasonably fit), hot springs, Orangutan park, trips to islands offshore etc. Some of this locations are a little far away so you may need o take flights or long bus rides. But it is all worth it.

Where are you going diving? Some people may not agree with this but parts of Sabah (on Eastern side) are not very safe especially for Westerners. Do read up on travel advisories by US Govt on the web.

NetMaestro

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Hi Shandy,

It is glad to know that you are coming to Kota Kinabalu in Mar 09. I live in K.Kinabalu, and a tour guide since 1990 with licensed TG4659 given by Ministry of Tourism. My name is Chris. I just joined this forum, and from here knowing that you are interested in rafting and diving, also you have booked a tour to Kinabalu Park. We have 2 rivers for rafting , grade 3-4 is Padas river whitewater rafting, which is more adventure and exciting and it's available for 13 - 45 years old. Kiulu river is grade 1-2, more for family. Diving site, we have the closer islands like - Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik, Gaya, and Sulug. We have popular site - Sipadan island and Layang-Layang. My divemaster license is DM 97512 since 1995. I am also operating a tour company - Mizume Tours and Travel and Travellers' Light Backpackers Lodge in the city since 2006. you can check our lodge in tripadvisor. Hoping this message may not interupting your chat

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And also food is my specialist. You can try local food like Laksa noodle, nasi lemak, roti canai, chicken rice, hinava, nasi kuning, fry prawn noodle, seafood, babanyoya asam fish head, satay and many more. from east to west.

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6. Re: kota kinabalu mars 2009!!!!

NetMaestro,

I think it's recklessly irresponsible to fan these rumours of Sabah's eastern side not being safe.

A big slice of Sabah's earnings are tourism based and the event that started it all did great damage. It has been a long, slow road to recovery and rumours like these helps nor tourists nor locals.

That US travel advisory you refer to has been a thorn in Sabah's tourism side for years now. It got posted, probably rightly so, after the trouble in Jolo, Philippines, blew over to Sipadan, but that was at the start of this decade and in our modern-day post 9/11 climate, the US have stubbornly refused to revise it.

Australia, who had an equally annoying and persistently negative travel advisory about eastern Sabah has, in the meantime, softened their advisory from "avoid it at all costs" to a slightly more palatable "reconsider your travels if you can".

True, eastern Sabah is several hours (6+?) away by boat from the Southern Philippines, a troubled state of a country where bad-guys like to kidnap for ransom.

But since the famed incident of 1999 where locals and foreigners alike got nabbed from Sipadan, Sabah's maritime and airborne security had been increased around the tourism hotspots and border regions, so much so that very little happened after that.

There were a few incidents off Semporna as late as 2003 and 2005, however, those technically were not in Malaysian waters (happened just outside the maritime boundary) and they were akin to acts of piracy, more so than terrorism.

Sabah is safe - there is no reason or evidence to fear for your security when you're in Sabah, be it the west coast or the east coast.

So unless you have evidence of impeding doom, you're not doing Sabah or Malaysia any favours by imparting your personal opinion.

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7. Re: kota kinabalu mars 2009!!!!

Well said East of west !!

I have spent more time than most in recent years on the east coast islands and no one got me ! i have never felt safer and would certainly have more to fear on any London or New York street.

The government and the resorts take security very seriously and do all in their power to protect the visitors of this wonderful country.

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Like I said, some people here may not agree. The last occurrence of kidnapping took place in Oct 2003 so the visitors can decide on their own whether its still a risk.

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9. Re: kota kinabalu mars 2009!!!!

My partner and I have visited Mabul staying in a homestay many times, the first being 2002. We have never felt safer and in fact, find some European cities far more of a threat.

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