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Exploring East Borneo: Day 4

On the itinerary for my last day in Sabah, were some stops at the Borneo Museum and the Puh Toh Tze Temple. But I decided to make the day flexible instead and then get ready to leave for the airport by sundown.

The night before, I had thought of going to one of the famous islands to check out the beach scene but I decided against it thinking that I might get pressed for time.

I guess my feet had their own agenda for the day.

KK Esplanade

I went walking around the city and took pictures of KK Esplanade. Next thing I knew, I was approached by one of the ferryboat dispatchers telling me he could get me to Manukan Island for RM30.00 back and forth. I gave in to my impulse and got aboard the speedboat. For once, I’m glad to have given in.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park:

Manukan Island

From the ferry point by the KK Esplanade, it only took about 10-15 minutes for me to get to Pulau Manukan which is one of the islands that comprise the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Entrance to the Park cost me only RM10.00.

I had the speedboat all to myself, for just RM30.00 to the island and back.

The boardwalk and the dock at Manukan Island.

Taking in the beach scene...

Mastering the art of self-timer photography

The State Mosque: Masjid Negeri

On the way to the airport for my flight back home, I made sure to drop by and see the beautiful State Mosque.

The State Mosque can accommodate up to 50,000 worshippers and has beautiful gold inlays.


Exploring East Borneo : Day 3

Gaya Street Fair

Got up late and grabbed quick breakfast at Fong Ip. It’s Day 3 of my East Borneo Experience and I decided to spend the first half of the day immersing myself in Gaya Street’s Sunday Fair.

Gaya Street was already bustling with the mid morning crowd; the fair officially opens at 6:00 am and commences at 1:00pm. From previous research, Gaya St. used to be name Bond St. and for more than a hundred years, has been known as one of the main business areas in Kota Kinabalu with mostly family-owned businesses being passed on, generation to generation.

Masjid Bandaraya

After some kopi and Chicken Curry Paratha at Old Town White Coffee by then end of Gaya Street, I got a cab to take me to the City Mosque, Masjid Bandaraya also known as the the “Floating Mosque”.

Garama River Cruise & Firefly Tour

By 1:00 pm, the tour bus for the river cruise picked me up and off we went on a 2 hour drive to the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu.

Spotted: Long-tail Macaques by the river

I didn't have a telephoto lens so I couldn't take shots up close myself.

The river cruise took us to see Proboscis Monkeys in the wild and witness fireflies lighting up the darkness of the Garama river as twilight faded into night.


Ending the cruise with a hearty dinner, I found myself back in the city after 2 hours and capped the day with a visit to the city’s night market in Kampung Air.