27th April 2019 – Kota Kinabalu

We had a lazy start with breakfast at 9.30. Lots of our fellow travellers have already left but Cat is still here and of course Peter who travels on with us on the next trip. We also met Nizam at breakfast and had a chance to day some final farewells to a great guide.

Between us we decided that we’d stay around KK today and so at 11am we meet again and got a taxi up the hill to the observatory which gave views over the city.

The temperature is again very warm but definitely not quite as humid as in Sarawak. Next we walked down the hill, through a park and along to the clock tower.

We walked back to the hotel, which wasn’t far, and caught another taxi to the Sabah museum. We spent a pleasant hour looking some the history of Sabah and some of the exhibits, including from the headhunters trail!

As we were staying to get hungry, we caught yet another taxi back to near our hotel and had a light lunch in a trendy backpackers coffee shop. (the distances in the city are not far, but as it’s so hot, and the taxis so cheap, it’s worth doing!)

We then walked along toward the port and to one of the hotels which has a sky bar overlooking the bay.

View from the sky bar

We each had a couple of drinks before walking back to our hotel. We said our farewells to Cat as she is doing it this evening before having a rest and as I’m writing this, were just about to go to our second group briefing.

We met up with our new group at 6pm and, surprisingly, there is only one non European on this trip. The one Australian was arriving late so didn’t make the briefing. Our group this time is therefore 3 Swiss, 1 French, 1 German, 5 British (albeit that one is currently living in Australia) and an Australian. Our leader, Hasif, have is the usual introduction and then we headed out for food at a Malaysian restaurant.

We’d finished eating by 9 and some of its went for a couple of drinks at the BB bar before turning in just before midnight.

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