Faces of
Malaysia
Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Kinabalu National Park

address: Kinabalu National Park, Sabah, Malaysia
mount-kinabalu-total-view.jpg, Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site located 90km from Kota Kinabalu, offers jungles trekking and climbing Mount Kinabalu - the tallest mountain in the Malay Archipelago at 4,095 metres.
Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site located 90km from Kota Kinabalu, offers jungles trekking and climbing Mount Kinabalu - the tallest mountain in the Malay Archipelago at 4,095 metres.

Kinabalu Nationa Park

Getting There:
1-2h bus ride from Kota Kinabalu - direct mini buses or long distance buses to Ranau, Sandakan or Tawau (will pass by the park entrance)
6h bus ride from Sandakan

Entrance Fee:
RM15 adults, RM10 children (for Malaysians: RM3, RM1)
additional RM120 fee for climbing Mount Kinabalu


Accommodation at Kinabalu National Park
Hostels:
Kinabalu Mountain Lodge
D’Villa Rina Ria Lodge

click here for hotels at Kinabalu National Park

 

Mount Kinabalu Climb

  • highest mountain in Malaysia at 4095m
  • best weather around April, high season: around Chinese Year (Jan or Feb), April - June
  • during rainy season (November, December) and bad weather the climb to the summit may not be allowed
  • temperatur ranges from 25 degrees as at the base to 0 degrees at the top
  • only 135 climbing permits issued per day, best to book well ahead
  • climb to summit: 8.72km (day: 6km to Laban Rata (4-5h), day 2: 2.72km ascent to summit (3h))
  • recommended to climb around full moon as it illuminates the rope that marks the path
  • the climb doesn't require climbing skills, just a good general fitness
  • two main routes: Timpohon Gate (6 km to Laban Rata, closes at 10.30am) and Mersilau (8 km to Laban Rata)
  • most climbers take 2 days for the trip with an overnight break in Laban Rata (altitude 2700m)
  • not all accommodations are heated and it can get cold in Laban Rata
  • to catch the sunrise at the summit most climbers begin the ascend at 2.30am from Laban Rata
  • be careful, higher slopes can be slippery way down: second breakfast at Laban Rata, lunch at Park HQ

Prices

  • cheaping was to self-organize the climb including all fees (permit, guide, accomodation, transport, etc.): from about RM1500
  • cheaper if you travel in a group so you can share to cost of the guides and transport
  • most people opt to book tours in advance
  • only 135 climbing permits issued per day, best to book well ahead
  • 3D2N bookings (from RM1800 / Malaysian: RM1400) have higher priority over 2D1N (from RM1300 / Malaysian: RM1200)
  • more information here: Climbing Mt. Kinabalu on a budget

Accommodation in Laban Rata

  • Lemaing Hut
    hostel type accommodation, can accommodate 30 persons, close to Laban Rata Resthouse
  • Laban Rata Resthouse
    main facility, heated accommodation, the only restaurant in Laban Rata

Further Information

 


Mount Kinabalu virtual walk
If you think you will be the first one to climb Mount Kinabalu, think again. The cameras of Google Street have been here before. image: Google Street View
 

lower peak (south peak)

map and location of Kinabalu National Park

Related Flyers / Brochures

Sabah Tea Garden

brochure about Sabah Tea Garden near Poring (Sabah, 1 hour from Kinabalu Park) and its overnight packages
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The content and images of this flyer / brochure are courtesy of: © Sabah Tea Garden It was released sometime around 2010. Some information might not be up-to-date anymore.


Hotels in in Kota Kinabalu
HOSTELS
in Kota Kinabalu
Borneo Backpackers
Hostel in the southern part of KK city center
Kinabalu Mountain Lodge
Accommodation located about 3km away from Kinabalu National Park
Things to do & see
Things to do & see
Sungei Palas Tea Centre, Cameron Highlands
The tea center by BOH Plantations at the Sungei Palas tea garden is located just above Brinchang. Located on a hilltop, amidst rows of tea bushes and close to Gunung Brinchang, it offers spectacular views from a 20 foot overhanging platform and tours through the tea factory ... more

Mangrove River Tour, Cherating
A must-do in Cherating is a boat tour into the mangrove forest. The guides are good in spotting various animals, includings snakes. ... more