A BUDGET TRIP TO KOTA KINABALU
Previously we have been talking about Penang nasi kandar, so now Kota Kinabalu is the next destination you can go to.
As you can see, Kota Kinabalu is not the only place to visit but also a dining spot, especially seafood which is definitely a favorite here.
You might not end up exploring everything, even though there are already seven days you have been there.
So it's important for you to plan neatly and organize your holiday schedule so you will not miss the places you are about to visit.
It's totally different than any other states.
The first thing you need to do before coming to Kota Kinabalu is to ensure your accommodation is booked.
Looking for a hotel in this city is not difficult because there are many hotels around Kota Kinabalu.
You can choose accommodation according to your budget.
Most hotels' price here are reasonable, ranging from RM70 to RM150 such as Hotel Tang Dynasty, Hotel Sadong and so on.
There are also other hotels that are price high if you are interested.
You can stay at five-star hotels, if you have enough budget.
However, it is strongly recommended that you need to make reservations early to get cheaper rates and to avoid disappointment of fully booked hotel.
Hotels And Transportation
Apart from the hotel, other important thing is the vehicle to move around here.
Whether you want to rent a car or motorcycle, it is up to you.
What's important is to look for reliable rental vehicle services, and offer reasonable price.
There is car rental or motorbike rental Kota Kinabalu which can be booked online.
That will be easier for you as the vehicle is available as you arrive.
For those who want to go solo, or with a partner, or friends, it is advisable to just use motorbike rental Kota Kinabalu to be more economical.
It's even easier for you to move from one place to another.
So now let us see the places you must visit in Kota Kinabalu!
Swipe down one-by-one places we are about to share with you.
#1. JESSELTON POINT WATERFRONT
If you do not know, Jesselton is the old name for Kota Kinabalu.
The Jesselton Point Waterfront was formerly known as Kota Kinabalu Ferry Terminal before its privatization and named today.
In accordance with its original name, this place has a jetty to board the ferries to the nearby islands.
If you are in Kota Kinabalu, your visit would not complete if you are not coming here.
You want to know why?
Here, you can feel as if you were in Kota Kinabalu's original city.
Looking around and sightseeing through this place will give you a little touch of the early history of Kota Kinabalu city.
You will have the opportunity to see the old portraits of Kota Kinabalu city on the walls of the building along the sidewalk.
There are also two antique telephone booths placed here.
What's best thing here?
You can take a walk and relax while ordering food and drinks at the booth and enjoy the scenic seaside scenery when sunset.
The scenery around the jetty and the harbor is so peaceful and can be the ideal place for you to take photos.
If you like to catch fishes, you can spend fishing at the jetty for a fee of RM10 per entry.
It is open from 6pm until 6am.
#2. MARI MARI CULTURAL VILLAGE
You should not miss this cultural village if you are in Kota Kinabalu because it is not in any of other states.
It is an ideal place and interesting if you want to experience the uniqueness of ethnics in Sabah such as Bajau, Dusun, Murut, Lundayeh and Rungus.
In fact, if you are here, you can see their own way of life and culture clearly in front of you.
This area is unique because the houses built are culturally based on the ethnics of Sabah.
You can feel and appreciate the real life of ethnic communities in Sabah and see live how to create fire using bamboo, demonstration of tatoo and see their way of life.
Even though the entrance fee is quite expensive at RM80, a visit here will be a valuable experience for you, as many activities can be done here.
One of its well known event is the Trampolin or Lansaran game(wooden and bamboo trampolines) by the Murut community.
#3. RIDING AROUND KOTA KINABALU
Riding around the city of Kota Kinabalu can be an exciting journey for you.
Apart from seeing the community here, you can also explore dining outlets especially when you try the local menu.
Kota Kinabalu is a big city like Kuala Lumpur, traffic jam is indeed something that can not be avoided, even in the city center.
The surrounding area has been crowded as early as 5.30am especially during school days.
So, for those who are solo or couple, it's easier to get a motorbike rental in Kota Kinabalu than to rent a car.
After all, it is fun to patrol with a motorbike as you are free to move around here with ease.
Do not forget about the interesting places around the city center, for example, the Street Art Graffiti Gallery.
A place where graffiti is painted on the British colonial buildings built in between 1918 and 1920.
There's not only in Penang who has street gallery!
In addition, you can also go to the location where there is 'I love KK' sign, which is a great landmark located in Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen.
It's a must to take photos to place where we are going, isn't it?
#4. TANJUNG ARU BEACH
Tanjung Aru beach is the place where you can find a chill and relax in the afternoon and evening,
It is the best and popular hangout spot among locals and just about 6 km from Kota Kinabalu city.
The easiest way to look around the place is by renting a motorbike from the city.
What's best is that it is place perfect for you to relax and calm your mind while looking at the beauty of sunset.
In addition, you can also see the plane landing at the nearby airport.
In the evening, this place is famous for its colorful fountains and accompanied by song music while enjoying dinner.
There are also stalls near the beach that sell a wide range of items from souvenir, snacks, clothing and more.
It's easy to eat because there are plenty of restaurants that serve a variety of menus.
#5. GAYA STREET SUNDAY MARKET
If you go on vacation everywhere, it is certain that the place you are obliged to go is a place that sells souvenirs.
You might buy it for family and friends as memories.
One of the suggested place is Gaya Street Sunday Market.
Its name is Sunday Market, as this place is only open on Sunday.
It operates in the mornings and there is a variety of local handicrafts and groceries that are either wet or dry are sold here.
As early as 6.30 am, this market has been visited by people especially those who want to get fresh wet stuff.
Compared to the well-known Philippine market, Gaya Market offers cheaper prices.
#6. SIGNAL HILL OBSERVATORY PLATFORM
This area is not far from Gaya Street Sunday Market and still located near Gaya Street on Jalan Bukit Bendera.
If you use motorbike rental Kota Kinabalu, it is easier for you to move freely in traffic congestion especially during peak hours.
This platform is a look up point for you to enjoy the sights of the entire city of Kota Kinabalu, as well as the nearby islands from the top.
Best of all, getting here is free, and the panoramic views are amazing.
The suitable time for you to come here is in the evening in order to see the sunset.
For backpackers and those who are going on holiday in Kota Kinabalu solo, hiring a motorbike rental to move around here is the best choice.
Here, looking for motorbike rental Kota Kinabalu is not difficult because there are many motorbike rental operators here.
What's important is to make sure your rental motorbike operator you are able to provide the best and reliable service.
Also, understand the term & condition of rental to avoid fraud.
Maybe you can read the tips before hiring for information.
TIPS OF RIDING MOTORBIKE RENTAL KOTA KINABALU
Find information about rental service operators and testimonials
First of all, it is important for you to be sure whether the motorbike rental service is good or not.
You can google information from the internet.
You might found a good and bad rental service operators from the search finding.
Read the other customer testimonials to get an idea of the quality of their services.
Book before arriving
To facilitate you, make a reservation before departure.
There are some motorbike rental operators in Kota Kinabalu who provide online booking system for example NAKRIDE.(Incoming)
It allows you to book in advance.
So, do not hesitate to find a motorbike rental when arriving at the destination.
Motorbike is available as soon as you touch down, making it easier and saves time.
In order to confirm the reservation, you will be provided with information about the location for the motorbike to be taken.
Do not forget to save your booking receipt for confirmation, and do not forget to pick up the motorbike on the location you were told, at the time of the appointment.
Check the motorbike condition
After getting the motorbike, don't just go straight without having inspection.
It is crucial to check the motorbike to make sure it is in good condition.
You know, if any damage to the motorbike that causes you to be hit by the roadside, it will be a bad experience for you.
That's why you have to make sure that the rental operator you are dealing with, provide a good quality services.
Not only that,
Helmet, raincoat and other accessories, also important to wear.
Check also the petrol level, and normally good operator would provide a full tank for their customer.
Lastly, ride safely and obey the traffic laws. It is a must to follow this rule.
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Currently, we have been around almost all cities in Malaysia.
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