|Up at the crack of dawn for our 10 hour bus journey to Kota Kinabalu on what turned out to be a really nice bus. On arrival we were amazed by the fact that the city was very clean and as this port was heavily bombed by the Allied forces in the war against the Japanese army, they have been able to rebuild a more modern city.
Our one and only tour here was a full day tour to Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Springs. We were the only two people on this tour as all the others appeared to be up Mount Kinabalu but unfortunately (thankfully) we didnt have time for this. Our first stop was the Ranau War Memorial which paid homage to the Australian, British and Borneo soldiers who died in the prisoner of war camps and on the death marches from Sandakan, which were over 250km long. Out of over 2,000 men held here only 6 survived. This was a lovely war memorial which consisted of 3 gardens dedicated to each country and was a fitting tribute to them.
We then continued on to Poring Hot Springs to be informed that they were currently undergoing refurbishment so we couldnt use them but we had really come here for the canopy walk and that was thankfully open. The walkway is 157meters long and some 41meters high and didnt feel as sturdy as the one at Taman Negara, but still had lovely views from the canopy. After the canopy walk we decided to head up to the local waterfall and also the Bat Cave which was a bit of a climb but housed lots of bats.
Next up was the Kinabalu Park where we had a fantastic view of Mount Kinabalu which at 4,101meters is the highest mountain in South East Asia. After a quick walk around the local exhibition we met the local nature guide for a walk around the local botanical garden. The guide was learning english so it made for an interesting tour but a fun one!
The next day we were heading out back to Kuala Lumpur via the airport which was currently under construction. As we approached the airport we did wonder if in fact it had been completed.