Thursday, December 21, 2006

Driving to Kinabalu Pine Resorts

Entrance to Kinabalu Pine Resorts
Natural environment at the resort
Interesting plants at the resort
Panoramic view of Kundasang
The driveway leading up to the resort

Photos: Nurizan Murshid ;
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By Norizan Murshid

There is a saying in Malay, "jauh berjalan luas pandangan", which means the longer the journey the more that will be viewed or discovered. In view of that I decided to take up the challenge of driving to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah for the first time.

My destination was Kinabalu Pine Resorts. From Temburong, I drove my car cross Immigration and Customs checkpoints at Kuala Lurah and on to Limbang after the Tedungan checkpoint.

There is a long queue normally during weekends and the school holidays and it may take an hour to three hours to cross each side. There is no road sign at KM 152, so turn right at the junction towards Brunei.

I stopped at the Immigration and Customs checkpoint in Limbang Town located near the taxi stand before continuing to the Ferry Point to Temburong. The ferry cost RM8 or BND 4. The river's name is Sungai Pandaruan.

From Puni to Bangar in Temburong is about a 4km drive. I stopped at the Puni Immigration Post located 600 metres from the ferry. Then go straight and do not turn and you will reach the Brunei/Malaysia border.

The ferry to Terusan cost RM10 and some 900 metres from Terusan River, where you will get your passport stamped. From that point, Lawas town is 19km. You will pass by Lawas Town on your way to Merapok and Sindumin in Sabah.

The distance from Sindumin to Sipitang is 18km, while Beaufort is 65km and Kota Kinabalu is 162km. Take turn to Kota Kinabalu via Papar as the Papar route is wider and shorter to Kota Kinabalu city.

From Kota Kinabalu you can drive to Kundasang following the Ranau road.

Kinabalu Pine Resorts located in Kundasang, is situated at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu, approximately 90km from Kota Kinabalu city and 100km from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

The resort has 64 rooms and a restaurant, "The Pine", which serves local and Chinese cuisines. Arrangements for western and BBQ cuisine can also be made. They also serve steamboat.

The resort also arranges visits to nearby places of interest such as Kinabalu Park, Poring Hot Springs, Kundasang War Memorial and the Sabah Tea plantation.

According to Resident Manager Mr Damian Majakul, Kinabalu Pine Resorts was awarded Clean and Green Premises Award (Environment) in 2004.

Courtesy of: Borneo Bulletin

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