Biking on Atolls

Biking on Atolls

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Kota Kinabalu

I think when I last left off I was in Kota Kinabalu in Borneo. Not really as interesting a city as some but looks like it is on the way to improving with a nice riverside walk under construction. What the city did have that I had not seen outside an airport for a while is a Starbucks. So in my one evening there I first went to the night market and had dinner at a cost of about $1 then a Starbucks coffee for about $3.

Speaking of the night market, the Lonely Planet guide mentioned it had one of the best in SE Asia, so after walking around during the day I was just thinking about how I was going to locate the night market. I happened to look out the window of the hotel I was staying at and the streets below had magically transformed into the night market! So turns out it was not difficult to locate. There was a section devoted to dining (where I had my $1 meal) a section to selling fish, chicken, etc., another for fruits and vegetables, another for eggs, one just of racks of clothes, another for misc. - jewelry, sunglasses, and just about everything else.

Met a couple of UC Davis students where I was staying that were traveling all around the area on there own. One was continuing on her own up the Malaysian peninsula and over to India. Quite an adventure! Still I was thinking I would be very worried if it were my own daughter making the trip.

The Welcome sign - for those arriving by boat.

Kota Kinabalu Night Market (view from my hotel). The Le Meridian hotel is the building at the end of the street.

McDonalds delivers????? Click on the photo to zoom in and you can see the sign on the door for 24 hour delivery service.

This is where I took my clothes to be cleaned.

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