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can we visit the park at Mount Kinabalu in half a day?

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can we visit the park at Mount Kinabalu in half a day?

We''ll be in KK for a short 2 night holiday from the 30th of August. We arrive on the 30th afternoon at around 12.15pm, and will be staying at the Sutera Harbour Resort.

We plan to spend the 31st visiting one of the islands on TAR, and were wondering if we could squeeze in a trip to the Mount Kinabalu park either on the afternoon we arrive, or the morning of the 1st - we fly back at 3pm. If so, any suggestions as to the best way to do this?

Is there any other nature trip that we could take which would fit in the short time we have?

Thanks

Vicky

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1. Re: can we visit the park at Mount Kinabalu in half a day?

Visiting the park in 1/2 a day is really not possible. It is about a 3 hour return road trip and this would hardly leave enough time to spend walking around the park.

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2. Re: can we visit the park at Mount Kinabalu in half a day?

You only have two nights. Don't stretch yourself too thin.

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3. Re: can we visit the park at Mount Kinabalu in half a day?

Hi Vicky,

if you really want to do it, you could. On your last day in KK, 1st September, hire a private tour to take you up to Kinabalu Park, start your journey as early as 6am, you can see the beautiful sunrise adorn with the magnificient Mt. Kinabalu along your way. As there are not much traffic in the morning, you could possibly get to Kinabalu Park at around 7.30am. Upon arrival to the Park HQ, you could see many climbers getting ready for their climb up to Mt. Kinabalu. As for yourself, you can do some trekking or just laze around the park for a couple of hours. Be sure to leave the Park latest by 10am and decent back to Kota Kinabalu for your flight. You should be able to reach the airport by noon, +- the traffics, getting to the airport at about 1pm should not be a problem.

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4. Re: can we visit the park at Mount Kinabalu in half a day?

Possible, but rushed - in the few hours you would have at the park you could walk around some of the nature trails and possibly see some birds and plants in the fresh mountain air.

It depends on how keen you are to spend your last morning in KK seeing a little bit of the mountain in exchange for a lot of traveling.

Perhaps visiting one of the cultural villages, or even visiting the Rasa Ria for the 10am orang utan feeding would be a less rushed, equally rewarding experience of another aspect of Kota Kinabalu instead.

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5. Re: can we visit the park at Mount Kinabalu in half a day?

Thank you for your reply.

You're right, we only have a short time there and shouldn't do so much - just seems a waste to go all the way to KK and only see the marine park.

Is there anything else that doesnt take such a long travel time that you might know about?

thanks again

Vicky

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6. Re: can we visit the park at Mount Kinabalu in half a day?

Dear bigw, Jadamros, Sabah_Girl and KK Macaque

Thanks everyone for your replies. (was replying individually, then realized that the reply comes out along with your messages)

I didnt' realize that the park was such a long way away from KK itself, will be a bit tiring to try and squeeze it in in the afternoon after we arrive.

As for trying to do it on the day we leave, that might be cutting it a bit fine, and i don't think we will be able to enjoy the serenity of the mountains if we have a flight to catch a few hours later!

I will try to find out about the cultural village or the Rasa Ria orang utan feeding - my 7 year old daughter will probably enjoy the orangutans!

Thank you again

Vicky

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7. Re: can we visit the park at Mount Kinabalu in half a day?

If you have look under top questions on the right of the page you will find some information on day trips and things to do.

Edited: 19 August 2011, 06:31
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8. Re: can we visit the park at Mount Kinabalu in half a day?

To everyone who gave me advice on what to do In KK - thank you very much!

We just got back last night, and managed to go up to the Kinabalu park in very wet weather, which made it all the more mystical due to the clouds shrouding the mountain.

We also managed a short trip to Mamutik Island for snorkelling.

We decided not to stretch ourselves and rush to Rasa Ria to see the orangutan, thanks to your advice, and were glad we didnt, as we didn't exhaust ourselves - and it gives us a reason to come back to KK!.

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