Ba Lin Roof Garden

If there is an award for roof top bar or cafe on Borneo Island, Ba Lin Roof Garden in Sandakan will definitely be high on the list of winners. Located on the eighth floor of Nak hotel, the beautiful Ba Lin Roof Garden is a secret that is dying to go public. The cafe and bar open daily from the late afternoon until midnight. Take a lift from the ground floor of Nak Hotel and head straight up to the seventh floor where the lift would stop. Then one would have to walk up another floor to the eighth floor where a small wooden door awaits. The small wooden door acts like a password, once inside guests will pretty much feel that they are ushered into a fantasy world unlike any other places in Sandakan.

Well designed furnitures, special rooms, pockets of small garden and the rooftop views are surely going to get the guests attention. The Ban Lin Roof Garden is designed in three levels, where each level is placed on top of the other while becoming smaller in size. For drinks, guests are served with cocktail, wine, liquor, whisky and beer. Non-alcoholic drinks like soft drinks, coffee and tea are also available. To fill up the stomach, a simple western menu with items like burger, spaghetti and sandwich will do the trick. But the best things up at Ba Lin Roof Garden are the evening and night views, where guests can marvel at nature and chat the night away.

Nipah Resort

After a long day watching the proboscis monkeys, silver-leaf monkey and hornbills at Labuk Bay, Nipah Resort offers guests a good night sleep at the wonderful surrounding of the swampy forest. One would like to know that nipah is a local tree which belongs to the palm family. Guests can choose the exclusive chalets which were built on stilt and wooden structure, and these chalets also blend in well with the surrounding nature. Each chalet comes with a king size bed or twin bed, air-conditioner, and an attached bathroom. For a good relaxing time, guests can sit down at the classy balcony at the front of the chalet. Here guests can absorb the calm nature of the swampy forest, where only the sound of insects can be heard, a big contrast from the big city night life. The chalet would be an excellent choice for couples.

For the bigger group like next of kin the family house will be just right. The larger chalet contains a living room plus dining area, and three bedrooms. Each bedroom has a built-in bathroom equipped with cold and hot shower. Six to eight persons can easily fit in. The family house also has a small balcony with sitting area. Talking about early bird, one might get to see hornbills munching fruits on some of the trees right around the building.

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Proboscis Monkey is endemic to the Borneo Island and they are not found anywhere else on earth. It is also educational to known that Nasalis Larvatus is the scientific name of the proboscis monkey. Their habitats are mostly swampy mangrove wetland as well as the river floodplain. In Sabah the proboscis monkey is found in quite a few places, which include the Klias Peninsular and Usukan area on the west coast, and in the east coast they are mostly sighted around the Kinabatangan river and the Labuk Bay area.

Dream World Resort

Dream World Resort is the latest accommodation with state of the art facilities to open for business in Kundasang. Since its soft opening on May, 2010, the resort has received many favourable reviews from the public. Located high on the Sinar Hill, and on the same altitude with the Desa Cattle Farm, this place has a view second to none.

Warisan Square

Tagged as the “most trendy shopping centre” in Kota Kinabalu, Warisan Square has the most concentrate of brand name retailers in a mid-size shopping mall. Warisan Square uses a “street mall” concept where visitors will walk and shop along the open-air area and the indoor air-conditioned shopping podium.

Poppea Garden Cafe

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poppea garden cafe

Poppea Garden Cafe is a nice and lively eatery located at the northern corner of City Mall. City Mall is about 10 minutes by car from Kota Kinabalu. This cafe serves mostly Chinese cuisine, and a little bit of western cooking is on the menu. Do note that Poppea Garden Cafe do not serve pork. The walls inside this cafe is quite interesting and is also very pleasing to the eyes, with the use of bright colours and funky design.

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pineapple fried rice

A look at the menu shows that Poppea Garden cafe does put some effort into their food presentation. Nice plates, like square ones and strong colours are in use too. Try order the Pineapple Fried Rice (RM 7.90), not only the rice with the crunchy pineapple makes it so tasty, but also the way it is presented is so appealling, with the pineapple shell as its bowl, splendid idea.

The Waterfront Kota Kinabalu

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Every day around the late afternoon the Waterfront begins to come alive, as workers come to set up their premises and the chefs start to prepare their special Ala carte. By evening the whole place will be bustling with people looking for a great dinning experience from the many restaurants at the Waterfront.