My first trip this year brings me to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. When you hear about Kota Kinabalu, there are two things that come to mind: sunsets and Mount Kinabalu. Truth be told, I had no idea what to expect during our city tour. I only had my mind fixated on reaching the summit of Mount Kinabalu – the highest mountain in Malaysia which I will be posting a separate blog about. Who would have thought that this trip would offer a few surprises on the culinary side of things and more.
We booked a direct flight via Air Asia from Manila to Kota Kinabalu. Travel time from Manila takes just two hours before arriving in this region of Borneo.
We checked-in at The Klagan Hotel. Rooms were spacious and standard in terms of what it offers. My only comment is that some rooms are quite far from the elevator. It felt like a maze just to get to ours. I suggest that you request a room closer to the elevator. You will thank me later for that tip!
For lunch, we headed to Palm Cafe located at the Centre Point Mall. Contrary to its name, Palm Cafe is more like a cafeteria. Don’t be fooled by how the place looks. A must try when you dine here is their Laksa Melaka. I was probably too hungry at this point that I completely forgot to take a photo of the food we ordered.
We headed to the Atkinson Clock Tower after lunch then headed to Signal Hill Observatory. Both places can easily be ticked off your list. Their names already suggest the only thing you will need to see and do when you get there.
Since we had some time to spare, we also tried their local breakout room called Escape. We played both The Circus located at Warisan Sqaure on Day 1 and The Maze located at 1Borneo Hypermall on Day 2. On a high note, we managed to complete both escape rooms on time. Good job to us!
Before sundown, we headed to Tanjung Aru beach to catch our first glimpse of the famous sunset at Kota Kinabalu. Although I’ve had my fair share of stunning sunsets, the Kota sunset is a must-see if you get to visit this side of Malaysia.
For dinner, we headed to Fatty Kee located at Ang’s Hotel. This place is flocked by locals which is a good sign! We had to wait a few minutes before we were able to get a table. As soon as one group leaves, there’s another group waiting outside to be seated.
A must-try is their Oyster Chicken Wings. We also ordered other dishes such as Braised Pork and Assam Fish Curry which are quite good.
We ended our first day with some drinks at El Centro. Time for a well-deserved rest after Day 1.
– The Tourist Pao