We made our way to the Low Cost Carrier Terminal on the morning of Sep 21 by cab. We took the Air Asia flight AA5122 outbound to Kota Kinabalu, a flight duration of two and half hour eastward. We arrived at 12.45pm and was picked up by a driver to our Gaya Centre Hotel. The drive to the hotel was a mere 15 minutes and my first impression was KK is it is quite developed judging by the number of high rise buildings, broad roads and general impression of well-being. Today is meant to be restful so after lunch at the hotel cafe we just relaxed in our room. It was a standard twin but very clean and sufficiently appointed for a comfortable stay. I understand the hotel used to be an office block which the owner bought over and converted into a hotel 2 years ago. A good move as Sabah is strong in tourism.
Touch Down at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Terminal 2
Nice and Clean Toilet with Shower Room
Room 610 is non-smoking and faces the waterfront and the adjacent shopping mall, the Suria Sabah. At the 6th floor height we were above the street noise and commanded quite a good view of the sea and the cluster of islands that collectively formed the Tunku Abdul Raman Park. However a vacant land if developed will surely block off the scenic view. I'm glad to have chosen this 3-star hotel which I recommend to budget conscious travellers. During our 3 days stay I observed the occupancy rate was pretty high with guests mainly from Peninsula Malaysia and China. The selling point must be its location - near to shopping malls, waterfront, the Jesselton Point and the Sunday market and eateries along Gaya Street and the waterfront of course.
View from the Window of Room 610
View of Gaya Centre Hotel with Suria Sabah Shopping Mall. Taken from Water Front.
KK faces westward so enjoy daily sunsets in the horizon. Just before 6pm we strolled to the waterfront and waited to see the evening sun submerged under the sea, and watch speedboats and fishing boats cruise the waters. In the distance I spotted several larger ships anchored off the Sepanggar Port which is the seaport for KK.
Sunset over the South China Sea. Time 6.05pm, September 21, 2012
Waterfront View of Rear of Suria Sabah and Part of the Jetty
From the Boardwalk of Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens.
After the sun has set the the crowd started to build up along the stretch of board walks next to the sea we looked for food and found one stall, Nadirasa Resipi, enticing because of the larger number of people dining there. The operator, Haris, is a pleasant English speaking Malay who help his customers choose the type of seafood to cook. My wife and I decided on stingray and squid to go with white rice and honeydew and pineapple juice. Fortunately we didn't order fish or prawns or else we surely won't be able to finish the food. We took another stroll before calling it a day.
Haris taking order. Notice the table clothes are white? His trademark.
Grilled fish, prawns and other seafood.
Haris says Victory or Visit Us!
Honey Fried Squid (Sotong)
Burrrrp! A filling dinner for RM52 (USD17) for Two