Yeah, yeah! We are going to Kota Kinabalu
! No, we are not climbing Mount Kinabalu
but we are definitely going there to “meet” the mountain! Sabah
, here we come!
The scenery from the plane after it left the ground from the LCCT Terminal
The plane was flying beside the rising sun!
From the plane, we walked a few steps into the Immigration!
But we are Malaysians wor!
Oh, just show our MYKAD
( Malaysian identity card).
Yah, I passed him my boarding pass too.
The officer passed me back my MyKad, the boarding pass and the above!
What is it?
It is a permit to enter and remain in Sabah for 90 days from the date of entry.
Huh? Why do we need a permit to enter part of Malaysia?
The following are printed on the “permit”:
1) issued for free
2) to be used within Sabah
3) is not a work permit
4) must be produce at the Immigration upon departure
(yes, DO NOT lose it!)
5) valid for 90 days only
Hey! We are Malaysians from the West visiting the East mah!
Isn’t this 1Malaysia?
Isn’t East Malaysia and West Malaysia; MALAYSIA
Why do we need such document???
Step out of the Immigration counter and you can collect your luggage!
In fact, we saw the other end of the belt as we were walking into the building.
I was tempted to take a “ride” on the belt into the building!
Imagine bypassing the Immigration check and get caught!
This is how the airport looks like!
Another few steps and we were out of the building!
Out of the airport into the vehicle that took us around!
It will be cheaper if you could pre-book your driver and vehicle. Pay only one price! The price includes cost of vehicle, driver, petrol and parking (if any). The driver eats on his own (feel free to treat him for a drink or even a meal or two) and finds his own accommodations. There is no extra charge for “overtime” but you could tip the driver for his good service at the end of the days!!!
We wanted a driver because we did not want to tire ourselves with driving and finding our way. Also, it is always good to have a local to take you to the local places to eat and shop. A good driver can be a good guide and someone who can bargain prices for you!
However, do not just rely on him.
Have your own itinenary and discuss it with him.
He could give good suggestions too but you have to be specific and ask questions.
In other words, know what you want to do, where you want to go and how the arrangements going to be.
Have a local (or google) map so that you know the locations of the places for better planning.
Please note that the common language here is Bahasa Malaysia (with their local slang) although many can speak English.
Even Chinese looking people may not be able to speak Chinese although there are many who speak Mandarin and/ or Cantonese.
Our (very accommodating, reliable and drive safe) driver,
Paul @ 012-8278090.
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