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To get the best out of Sabah and Kota Kinabalu there are a few things that you need to consider.
The weather is hot humid weather.
There is a storm most evenings.
The food is mainly Asian food and it needs to be recognized that Asian food in Asia is very different than that in the High St in the UK and the local Chinese in Australia . It is unlikely that you will find a meat pie and sauce, fish and chips or bangers and mash. Pork products such as pork sausages. belly roasts,& BBQ Pork are confined to non Muslim restaurants but are not in hotel restaurants. There are several Coffee Shops around that are similar to those in Australia, USA and UK . The well known fast food outlets are also obvious but their food can be quite different to that found in other countries.
Always carry toilet paper with you as public toilets usually do not have toilet paper. You will also find that there is usually a small charge to use a public toilet. Also European style toilets are limited in Public toilets. Most are squat toilets. Don’t be surprised that public toilets always seem wet; this is because they are regularly washed out. Hotels and resorts always seem to have European toilets in the Rooms and elsewhere.
Make sure you use plenty of sunscreen. Even though it may be overcast, you are near the equator and unless you are careful you will get sunburnt. Don't let sunburn ruin your holiday.
Generally standards of hygiene are very high.
If out and about, always carry plenty of water. Remember, it is hot and humid and you will dehydrate if you don’t keep up your water intake.
Finally, the best way to get the most out of Sabah and Kota Kinabalu is to expect things to be different and SMILE, SMILE and SMILE again.