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water safe and travelling with toddlers

Hi, whole family trip to KK in two weeks. IS the water safe to drinBest shopping where and what?

Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: water safe and travelling with toddlers

Drink bottled water, it is cheap and easily available. Locals do drink the tap water but usually boil it first.

Kota Kinabalu isn't really a shopping mecca, but there are a few modern malls around. The Filipino market at the waterfront sells various souvenirs and trinkets if thats your thing.

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Hi Paddo707,

Kota Kinabalu maybe a shopping paradise for some, it really depends what you are looking for. I have a couple of friends from Aussie love shopping for shoes here, they find it cheap and fashionable. Brands like Vincci offers great variety with cheaper price (compare to Aus).

You could visit 1 Borneo, Suria Sabah for shopping. Branded Sport Shoes like Reebook & Nike appear to be cheaper here than some countries like Korea & Japan.

Do not drink directly from the tap, not recommended. Bottled water is cheap, you can get it at RM1 - RM3 per bottle of 1.5litres. Depends on the brand.

Happy Traveling!


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Hi Paddo..

Tap water in in Sabah or Malaysia generally are very clean compared to places iv stayed- Indonesia, Thailand, East Timor.. Good enough for washing and drinking as long as it is boiled..

For shopping, i believe Australia gives more variety and value for money.. but i never went there just heard from some Australian friends.. but if ur looking for souveniers, well, i suggest you to go the Philipino market(pearls, hancrafts..) just accros the street if your staying at Le Meridien Hotel.. if u got a free sunday, visit gaya street or arrange a day trip to Tamu Tuaran.. both are weekly market lots of things to explore..

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Hi Paddo,

"Is the tap water safe?" Yes, if you boil it before drinking. Most people I have spoken to find it easier to just buy bottled water, it's widely available and inexpensive. Tap water is perfectly safe to brush teeth and wash with though, and don't worry about glasses of water in rester aunts, it will have been boiled first and is safe. (Tip: go for mineral rather than distilled water, drinking only distilled water has been linked to mineral deficiency related illness)

Shopping: KK isn't really a shopping mecca, things are generally more expensive than on the mainland and the shops are becoming very generic. However, if you are in KK on a Sunday, check out Gaya Street market for everything from clothes to collectible coins and kittens. The Phillipino market is worth a look, be sure to bargin and if you're buying pearls, look out for fakes! Center Point, Wisma Merdeka and Suria Sabah are the three major Shopping malls in the city center and you can sometimes pick up a good bargin if you're looking for clothes and accessories. 1Borneo is about a 30 minute drive away, and in my opinion, not worth it just for a shopping trip. If you want handicrafts and are able to take a day trip or two, then the Pekan Nabalu market on the way up to Mount Kinabalu has some nice things. Look out for traditional fish traps, wooden trumpets(sompoton) and rice sifters, as well as woven rattan baskets. A lot of the other handicrafts sold are imported from the Phillipines or Thailand. The roadside stall on the way to the coastal town of Kudat and the Rungus longhouse there are good places to pick up the beautiful rungs woven cloth and beadwork, but it about 3-3.5 hours drive away from the city.

Finally, Advice for traveling with Toddlers: Most of the people you meet during the course of your KK stay will be very child friendly, and go out of their way to help you out. Having said that, some local cafe's and coffee shops will not have child chairs or special kid's menu's. Places that cater to a more Touristy crowd however, usually have both. The Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park (Just say "the islands" everyone will know what you mean) is a good place to take kids if they don't mind boats. Cheap sand toys and beach balls are available for purchase by the jetty. The Lok Kawi Wildlife park, is also worth a visit, to get up close and personal with pygmy elephants and other creatures. Unless you are staying at one of the big resorts which have playgrounds and kid's clubs, try taking them to the giant playground at Perdana park in Tanjung Aru and to see the free musical fountain show.

Hope this helps! Enjoy your trip!

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5. Re: water safe and travelling with toddlers

Shopping in Kota Kinabalu is covered in depth under Top Questions on the right of the page.


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