We were very excited to go to Borneo, especially as we had booked the flights months ago and Nathan was keen to see the place where his Great-Great Uncle “Cousin Jack” was captured as a P.O.W. (Prisoner of War) during World War II.
We went with a purpose! We’d also heard lots about the wildlife in Borneo and Mount Kinabalu.
Arriving in the afternoon gave us an opportunity to explore the city of Kota Kinabalu and check into our accommodation.
We stayed at the Oceania Hotel
which was a like a palace compared to sleeping in the jungle two nights earlier!
Although it was a 10 minute walk from the centre of the city, they provided free shuttle service to and from the city throughout the day.
The main street of Kota Kinabulu is Gaya Street.
Many guide books make mention to this “famous”area, however we found it a little underwhelming, and much prefered spending our time eating with the locals on the basement level of the shopping centre and exploring the different markets situated around town.
On night two we had dinner at the along the ocean, where there is an array of seafood stalls to buy seafood by the kilo (cooked and prepared).
You can choose your seafood to be grilled, fried or cooked in numerous Asian inspired sauces.
We sampled squid, fish, crab and prawns, but there are mussels, oysters, bugs, cockles, lobster and more to choose from.
For dessert we treated ourselves to fried banana from a lady situated in the huge fresh produce markets.
Six pieces for one ringgit (approximately 30 cents).
After spending two days in Kota Kinabalu we caught a 6 hour bus to Sandakan.
We were keen to see some wildlife and visit Sandakan Memorial Park.
After looking through a few tourist brochures we decided against visiting any of the animals.
Labels: Borneo, Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Mount Kinabalu, Sandakan Memorial Park