It seems quite different in Sabah. It is about the same latitude as Penang, but east, so the sun rises much earlier, and by 8PM I feel it is already 10.30PM. It seems there much cleaner – little litter – and with few motorbikes and better drivers the town seems more relaxed.
The centre is only about 15 minutes drive from the airport. The taxis charge RM30, which is rather a lot – it seems they have fixed this fare. When you buy at the airport taxi coupon counter it is also RM30.
There is a great deal of information online anyway about Sabah, so I will just write a little from my perspective. Before arriving I didn’t think there was so much to do in KK itself, and we really just stayied there as a base for other activities. About all I did in KK itself was “climb” to the Signal Hill lookout.
There are resort hotels out of town, and if you want to play golf and hang around a pool, then it may be for you. But we wanted the city centre, and easy access to activities and facilities, so stayed in two different hotels near the waterfront. But the first morning in KK I said at reception I wanted to go for a walk for some exercise and asked how I could walk up Signal Hill. “Catch a taxi”. Well, I found how to get there easily enough by myself.
This is a really easy walk, and you get a view, albeit not very lofty, of KK. I couldn’t really find street names – even on Google Maps. So, on the map below, the big red arrow points to where you start the walk.
I would suggest doing this walk before it gets hot – even though it is short and easy.