Sandakan the East Coast of Sabah. Stunningly Beautiful. Fun filled trip of gorgeous scenery, friendly orang-utans and proboscis monkey, seafood, seafood and more seafood!
It was my first time to the east of Sabah. Yes, I’m a 19 yr old Sabahan who was just given the privilege to visit this magnificent place. I’ll admit, I’m glad that only now was I given the opportunity to go, because if it was say 10 years ago? Well, I don’t think I would appreciate it that much. Now that I’m much older, I have grown to appreciate nature more. Which is what this trip was all about, Nature. From the bottom of my heart, I say this place is truly amazing. Just a 7 hours drive (if you’re driving super fast) from Kota Kinabalu. But trust me, it is all worth it. You can even stop by Kundasang, which is a 2 hour drive from KK, have lunch there maybe? and continue your journey to the east. Can’t really express my feelings through words but lets just say the trip has given me the chance to reconnect to nature to recreate myself.
Have you ever just got so lazy to blog your holiday trip that you decided to just post pictures? But then why do you use WordPress? I mean we have Facebook and Instagram for that right? Well, what if your best friend force you to blog about it because she wants to know everything that happened? What if the only reason she did that was because when she asked you to tell her your experience you said, “Just wait, I’ll blog about it’. Well she waited and its been good heavens 3 months! 3 months have passed since that trip and all that had happen became a distant memory. You’re not sure what to write, what to say, where to even begin! So, have you ever? Well, I have and it was the trip my family and I took during the Hari Raya Holiday.
Hat Yai, Thailand. Beautiful place, honestly not really. It was full of rats. Okay, let me just stop myself right there and start from the beginning. It was a 4 days 3 nights kind of trip. Most of it include shopping, eating, shopping and shopping. We stayed at this hostel kind of place where they called “hive” or something. It was really cute, everyone had their own private compartment with a bed, a lamp and even small drawers. The WiFi there was super good (ON THE FIRST NIGHT!). For some weird reason the Internet modem broke or so they say. Anyway, the food there tasted somehow “Malaysian-ize”. Could be because Hat Yai is at the border, really near to Malaysia. So, they were a few Malaysian that migrated there. Oh right, communication. If you’re able to speak Thailand then lucky you. But if not, your only hope would be Chinese Mandarin because English is a big no no. In my case, since I was able to converse in Chinese (Not fluently -hehe), we were able to survive 3 nights there. Lastly, bringing up the rat part again. Well, when I was there there was security guards everywhere, literally, even at the far end corner that you thought there wouldn’t be any, there were. So due to this advantage; mum, sis and I decided it would be safe to walk back and forth in the middle of the night (without dad and bro) to shop. Funny story was, the night time was the rat’s favourite time. So everytime when we head back from the night market, stalls or shopping malls to our “hive”, the rats be showing up. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t say its a really dirty place. It actually isn’t, frankly, its cleaner than Malaysia. You see, the garbage we see here would be merata-rata tempat. Yet, the ones in Hat Yai would be in just one bundle in a single spot, which would clear up the very next day.To wrap it up, I’ll just like to put it out there that the only thing I miss (as of now) would be the leg messages. #noregrets
The adventure starts here
Cute little individual compartment for each of us
Buildings there had cute colours, like this one
Thailand’s Famous Tom Yam
Some sort of Bak Kuh Teh i think
Feeding the elephant with Bananas
Notice how all of us (incl. Dad and Aldo) were wearing our orange family shirt
Lunch – Got myself some sort of curry noodle, which tasted so good!
Jody ordered Thai’s famous Mango sticky rice
Dad ordered pork, not surprise
Steamboat for Dinner
The Green Tea Ice cream was heaven
Pork rice for breakkie
Venturing in the streets on a late afternoon
The only “strange” street food I saw there
Early dinner at Lee Garden Hotel’s 33rd Floor Sky Buffet
The view in the evening from the 33rd floor
Matcha Green Tea has become an essential
Last meal before flying back
HAT YAI > KUALA LUMPUR