Friday, June 24, 2011

Kota Kinabalu: Day 1

Leaving the Kota Kinabalu International Airport in a rented car, we made our way through the traffic to locate our hotel-Imperial Boutec which is located within the Plaza Warisan along Fuad-Stephen Road. Did not expect that it would be on 7th floor and within a mixed development complex but it's practically an ideal location given to the facts that it is only a walking distance to all the 'markets' and there're more retails and eateries outlet on the lower level which would enable us for a quick getaway if we need to.

It was a brief checked-in and we immediately head-out to Monsopiad Cultural Village in Penampang which is roughly about 15km away from our hotel. The entrance fee is RM55 for each adult and children under 12 is free. We join in the aerlier group for the guided tour and the whole experience has been very educational. We now have a better understanding of particular culture of Kadazan tribe in Sabah. We are lucky that our arrival has coincide with the time-slot of the cultural show, which basically a composition of traditional dance accompany by live music of traditional instrument. It is so interestingly colourful!

We spent almost 2 hours at the village and when we reach the city centre it was already 6pm. We decided to head for the craft market or locally known as the Filipino Market where we get to buy some souvenirs, and enjoy a refreshment of coconut drinks at the nearest market.

sunset reflection

sunset view of South China Sea