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A month prior to the trip, all were set including itineraries, budget, and even things to bring. I was even more excited during the itinerary preparation as I have learned a lot about Kota Kinabalu and the island where it lies called Borneo, perhaps soon I will create an itinerary for Borneo holidays. Upon thorough researching, I realized that booking a 3-day and 2-night trip was not enough – the destination has a lot more to offer and perfect for nature and adventure lovers like me.
My itinerary includes visiting the famous landmarks in Kota Kinabalu such as the Floating Mosque, Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Tun Mustapha Tower, Sabah Museum, and Puh Toh Tze Temple. The famous Tanjung Simpang Mengayau that is located at the northern most point of island was originally included in my list; however, the travel time from Kota Kinabalu City is 3 to 4 hours and we were unlikely to squeeze that in for a 3-day trip. I thought that it’s not going to be my last time coming to Kota Kinabalu, so I had to eliminate that heavenly place out of my list.
The Kota Kinabalu experience will not be complete without trying local foods, therefore I also included their must-try foods like juicy satay, roasted duck noodles, pan fried dumplings, creamy buttered crab, and the exotic dessert coconut pudding.
All of these plans were dumped out upon knowing that trainees cannot file vacation leaves at early stage of work. I was curled up on my bed and envious when my friends were able to make it in Kota Kinabalu.
Soon, I will not just experience Kota Kinabalu but the island where it lies too. It will be a blast if I will travel with my partner as well and make the most out of Borneo, stay there for a month or perhaps more than that and try scuba diving, climbing Mt. Kinabalu, and other adventurous activities. At the moment, I am already a tenured employee and will leave my job soon then, my planned journey will soon come true.