Sabah

Sabah Soujourn 2013 – Part 9 – Sandakan Hotel

We stayed at the Four Points Sheraton in Sandakan. It’s a really nice hotel, let down by being understaffed. First we stayed in an executive room, then later a standard room. If you can afford it, and this hotel can be very affordable, this is the nicest place to stay. Even room service is affordable.

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The Sharaton – view from the hill

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viewed from the harbourside

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entrance

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first floor lobby – this is where you check in

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to the left of the front desk on the first floor is a door leading to the mall

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hallway to rooms

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executive room on 23rd floor

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executive room

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executive room – glass panel, – with blind when necessary, from bathroom.

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bathroom

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view of bathroom

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mini bar

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view

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view of central market with big roof, below

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pool

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pool was on the 13th floor

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view from pool

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view of town from pool

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hotel sa soon from waterfront

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view at dawn

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breakfast on 13th floor

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breakfast

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my breakfast

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my breakfast

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my breakfast

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my breakfast

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my breakfast

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my breakfast

We changed from an executive room to standard room. The main difference was it had no bath – and the price was half.

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standard room

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standard room

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standard room

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standard room

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view from this room

Sabah Soujourn 2013 – Part 6 – Sandakan

Sandakan seems like it is in the middle of nowhere. It is quiet, clean, quite small and friendly.  From KK it is a short flight, but apparently not an easy drive.  When you arrive the airport is tiny, with only a couple of luggage carousels.  Then it is about 30 minutes drive to the town. The taxi voucher is RM30 to the town. And by the way, a taxi will charge RM30 for the trip back to the airport from town.

The following photos are intended to give an idea of the inner city of Sandakan.

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It’s only about a 40 minute flight – but not an easy drive – to Sandakan. It feels like we are going to the middle of nowhere.

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flying out of KK

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enroute from KK to Sandakan

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a small airport

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A big sign you see on the way into town from the airport

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many houses on stilts on the water that you can see on the way to Sandakan

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the mosque

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the Sheraton on the left, where we stayed

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street in Sandakan

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street in Sandakan

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street in Sandakan

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street in Sandakan

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very very old looking local buses

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a local market

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a local market

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a local market – big pail of milo

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a local market

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a local market

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a local market

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a local market

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a local market

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a local market

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the Malaysian navy

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the hotel from the waterfront

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waterfront restaurants

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waterfront restaurants

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waterfront restaurants

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near the waterfront

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sculpture

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sculpture

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waterfront

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waterfront

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Sandakan streets

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Sandakan streets

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Sandakan streets

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waterfront

Sabah Soujourn 2013 – Part 5 – Kota Kinabalu (KK) – hotels and waterfront

In KK we stayed in two different hotels. The first was Gaya Central.

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This is near the waterfront, and not too far from Jesselton Terminal. RM157 for a night. The room has a shower, but no bath, and a safe. The staff were friendly, if not all that knowledgeable. Breakfast was OK. Here are a few photos.

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the view from the window

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the view from the window

Below is Signal Hill lookout, where a went for a walk as depicted in a previous blog in this series on Sabah.

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Signal Hill lookout – you can just see this in the previous photo, on the left.

Following are some photos of the waterfront, starting at the east and moving west.

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And then a little further along is the tousit waterfront area, as depicted in another blog in this series. Opposite this is the second hotel we stayed at in KK.

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This is the Klagan hotel. Again, it is near the waterfront.We were given an upgrade – delux with bath & separate shower. The price was RM225 per night. The staff were helpful and friendly, there was a safe, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, and amenities in the room. And breakfast was good.

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stairs from the 10th floor to the breakfast room

The following is breakfast…

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Sabah Soujourn 2013 – Part 4 – Kota Kinabalu (KK) – Little Italy restaurant

And as for eating in KK?

Every morning we had a big breakfast at the hotel.

After that we were busy with excursions, and only had two nights free to eat in KK. For one we were very hungry and ate in a nearby hawker centre before we starved.

For the other we wandered around. On the waterfront there are plenty of tourist establishments, with quite high prices.

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A couple of blocks in the food is much cheaper.

Little Italy was recommended by a friend, and was full of patrons, with quite a queue outside.  As most waiting groups were larger, we two actually got a table after only a couple of minutes wait.

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The service was not particularly good – I gave up and went and fetched menus, for example, but they were rushed off their feet.

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The food was good though, and the house wine reasonably priced.

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ravioli

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scaloppine

We had hoped to visit again before leaving KK, but we ran out of time.

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