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Kota Kinabalu is the number one travel destination in Malaysia's Sabah region. It's definitely worth visiting for great beaches, hiking, and wildlife watching. Popular attractions include Mount Kinabalu, Sepilok and KK Bird Sanctuary for rainforests. Go to the Green Connection, Semporna or Tunku Abdul Rahman park for aquatic life. Explore this Kota Kinabalu travel guide to find out more about all the interesting stuff to see and do there.
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When you're in Sabah, visit the world heritage site, Kinabalu National Park and climb Mt Kinabalu!  You will need to do a booking to climb the mountain at least 6-8 months in advance as the compulsory overnight stay at the lodge on the 11,000ft sells like hot cakes! You can make your reservation by calling Sutera Sanctuary Lodges, the company that manages the climbing and accommodation packages at the Kinabalu National Park.  The number to call is (6 088) 243 629 or you may log on to http://www.suterasanctuarylodges.com.my for more information.  And if you're a hardcore nature buff you would love to see more of Borneo's nature and wildlife, try out Danum Valley, the Maliau Basin,Tabin Wildlife Reserve or the Kinabatangan River.  It's worth it! And if your dream is to get a PADI's diving license, try it here in Borneo.It seems cheaper obtaining the dive license here. We have one of the most beautiful diving sites in the world --Sipadan and Layang-Layang Islands being two of the most recommended dive sites.
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shagri-la!!!!for those of you with young children you and your kids are going to love it!fantastic mini club!!!they even have a kids pool with a tent for sun protection!rooms FANTASTIC!dont go to the cheap wing where they offer you free drinks at the floor club.i've heared the rooms are not nice.the new wing has massive and beautifull rooms.you can have your own barbeque at the beach at night which is worth it!!beleive me.there is a mini market in the hotel that sell you everything very cheap so you dont need to by everything from the bar.there is an icecream man that is dressed everyday with a different costume that goes arround the pool and sells ice cream,the kids love him!for yous with young children GO!now there are so many options for everyone,there is a small pier at the hotel thet with 2eur or even less you can take a little boat and go to the marine park and see beatufull small tropical islands.there are only like 10 minutes from your hotel.you MUST go and swim and see them.the only bad thing about the hotel are the jelly fishes at the hotels beach but dont worry,many pools but you also have the choice of the boats to the tropical islands.
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When visiting Malaysia, the visitor should observe local customs and practices. Some common courtesies and customs are as follows:- It is polite to call before visiting a home.
Shoes must always be removed when entering a Malaysian home.
Drinks are generally offered to guests. It would be polite to accept.
The right hand is always used when eating with one's hand or when giving and receiving objects.
The right forefinger is not used to point at places, objects or persons. Instead, the thumb of the right hand with the four fingers, folded under is the preferred usage.
Shoes must be removed when entering places of worship such as mosques and temples. Some mosques provide robes and scarves for female visitors. Taking photographs at places of worship is usually permitted but always ask for permission first.
Toasting is not a common practice in Malaysia. The countrys large Muslim population does not drink alcohol.
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