Hotel Review : Hyatt Regency Kinabalu – The Interior and Exterior

Written by @Lan & Edited by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)
Staycation October 7-9, 2016

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Being a business hotel, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu is undeniably one of the leading 5 Star hotels in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Offering premium hotel products to business and even casual travelers, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu has 288 rooms which include the spacious Presidential Suite on the 14th floor. Guests staying in Club Floors will have access to the elegant Regency Club Lounge that offers privileged experience. Location wise, it is located in the prime area of the city thus giving guests access to many important places, from shopping malls to major financial institutions, Segama Waterfront and on Sundays, the weekly held Gaya Street Market is just few blocks away.

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Hyatt Regency Kinabalu : An Introduction entry to our Homecoming!

Written by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members unless stated otherwise)

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Strategically located in the city center, it’s one of the most ideal place to stay in Kota Kinabalu City. Nestled next to Segama Waterfont, it offers the best views of the city or the South China Sea. Picturesque view of the nearby Islands, access to nearby Wisma Merdeka Shopping Mall and abundant eateries around are among the factors why most visitors opt to stay at this luxurious 5 star hotel. Welcome to Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, a place that will please even the most discerning guests, a place that we address as home.

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North Borneo Railway : Part 3-Photo Gallery

Content arranged by @Lan & Edited by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)

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In part 1 (link), we published an entry describing the history of North Borneo Railway while in part 2 (link), we wrote about our own experience being on board the train, a return trip to Papar from Tanjung Aru Railway Station. In this part 3, we will be sharing some of the photos, showing all the places that we’ve seen during that memorable trip on September 24, 2016. We do hope that you will be inspired to do the same journey and after that, do share your experience with us!

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North Borneo Railway : Part 2-The Experience

Written by @joehairie. Content arranged by @Lan.
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)

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It left our beloved civilization, from the concrete jungle into the real green jungle.  It went through some villages, mangroves, jungles and plantations until it reached a small town where the locals were a bit slower in doing things in comparison to those in state capital. They looked pretty happy with what they are doing daily. We both kind of loving that way of life, free from the city’s stress. There’s no massive traffic jam here. Local kids were excited to see the train coming, waving hands as if they are mates of us. We saw them waved again during the return trip. Did they actually wait? Welcome to North Borneo Railway, Arman said to us and we wish you the same, this is part 2 of 3 in regard to our experience on board North Borneo Railway, a great service by Sutera Harbour Resort & Sabah State Railway Department.

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North Borneo Railway : Part 1- About & History

Content arranged by @Lan & Edited by @joehairie
(Train ride on Saturday: September 24, 2016)
Photos by curiostraveller.com team members
Photos copyright belongs to curiostraveller.com, North Borneo Railway & Sutera Harbour Resort
Special Mention & Credit: North Borneo Railway by Sutera Harbour Resort & Sabah State Railway Department, The Engine Museum (United Kingdom), Our Angels (Tracy, Ana & Clara)

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No other experience on other train service is able to beat our experience being on board the North Borneo Railway. The experience will last forever in our thoughts. Yes, this is not the Eastern & Oriental service but this service is in North Borneo, Sabah Malaysia, it’s a ride on a classic train. Not the Shinkansen or bullet train as in Tokyo to all over Japan either but the return trip to Papar from Tanjung Aru station by North Railway Borneo took us to the ‘past’. It made us understand one big thing, the history. It made us ably to appreciate all the elements of a classic train by just being on a single ride! A ride of a lifetime that we strongly recommend to all of you, without any hesitation, not even a second!

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Sandakan @ Sabah, Malaysia: Our Travel Journal (Part 3) Rainforest Discovery Center, Sepilok

Written by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com unless stated otherwise)
Special Mention: Borneo Sandakan Tours, Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan & BIG Air Asia, Official Website of RDC Sepilok

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Our Travel Journal continues with one amazing feature in regard to Environmental Education (EE), right here in Sandakan, Sabah. Welcome to the Rainforest Discovery Center (RDC), Sepilok. RDC evolved from small, cozy environmental education center in 1996 into one of Sabah’s most popular EE centers. It is in within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, home of the orang utans at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. The RDC is managed by the Sabah Forestry Department. Thanks to Gary of Borneo Sandakan Tours, we finally were able to visit this place after skipping it in our previous visits to Sandakan.

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Sandakan @ Sabah, Malaysia : Our Travel Journal (Part 2)-Getting to Sandakan is now made easier by AirAsia

Written by @Lan & edited by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)
Special Mention: BIG AirAsia, Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan & Borneo Sandakan Tours
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Pushing other big names in the aviation industry, AirAsia is again the Asia & World’s Best Low Cost Airline for 7th consecutive year. We are happy to see that AirAsia is servicing the route from Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur. For our recent trip from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan, we chose to depart on the earliest AirAsia flight which was at 0700 HRS. The reason, hoping to see that majestic Mount Kinabalu from inside the plane. Being a budget airline, the airline is about a straight forward service, you get what you paid for, it’s a no frills airline but it gets you to the destination. Traveling to Sandakan from Kota Kinabalu is now made easier by AirAsia. There are several flights to choose from, be it early morning, mid day or early evening. This entry is meant as a guide for future travelers to Sandakan, especially for the first timers.

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Sandakan @ Sabah, Malaysia : Our Travel Journal (Part 1)-As we see it

Written by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com unless stated otherwise)
Special Mention: Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan, Borneo Sandakan Tours & Air Asia. 

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Located on the north-eastern coast of North Borneo (Sabah), Malaysia, Sandakan is the second largest town after Kota Kinabalu city. Dubbed as the ‘Little Hong Kong’ and has great links to the past, this town is easily accessible by air or road, from major towns in Sabah.  We traveled to this town recently and produced this Travel Journal, presented to you in separate entries. It is about how we see this town according to our own perspective, as travel bloggers. Much has been written about this town, from the history to the food trail and adventurous activities but still many will skip this town when they tour around Sabah. Honestly, we want to change that perception. Being Sabahans, we think that Sandakan has much better offerings for visitors to Sabah.

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