Monthly archives: July 2015


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JULY 2015: OVERVIEW: My costs start in Kota Kinabalu (“KK”) and include: A total of 8 nights in KK itself A round trip to Labuan Island; 4 nights in Labuan; a 1-day car rental in Labuan A day trip from KK to the Klia Wetlands for a River Cruise Transport to and 2 nights in Kudat; a round trip to Banggi Island Transport to and 6 nights in Sandakan A day trip to Sepilok to see the Urang Utan, Sun Bear, and Rainforest parks Transport to and 2 nights in Semporna 7 all-inclusive nights as a TRACC Turtle Conservation Volunteer on Pom Pom […]

Sabah – Malaysia – GRANDPAcking Costs



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JULY 2015: Click here to read our Malaysian Retirement Reviews. GETTING ON TRACC: Pom Pom Island is idyllic. A desert island paradise. You can walk around the whole island in 30-45 minutes. You can kayak around it in just over 1 hour. And, as I found out on my penultimate day, you can snorkel around the reef crest in about 2.5 hours. If you haven’t done so already, click here to find out how we ended up as Tropical Research And Conservation Centre (TRACC) Volunteers on Pom Pom Island in the first place. To find out more about TRACC Borneo, itself, click […]

Pom Pom Island – Malaysia – Another TRACC Record



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JULY 2015: Click here to read our Malaysian Retirement Reviews. WARNING: At the moment, the trip to TRACC Pom Pom Island (that I describe, below) is not yet suitable for GRANDPAckers. The appropriate facilities are not yet in place. Read here for more details. However, when TRACC get their facilities right, this trip is definitely worth putting on to your ‘bucket list’. YOU SAVE YOUR LIVING ALLOWANCE: So, you are GRANDPAckers and it has been 4 months since you went on the Andaman Sea Liveaboard SCUBA Diving trip. You live in a GRANDPAcking Retirement Location where you (typically) have about 35% of […]

Semporna – Malaysia – Information



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JULY 2015: Click here to read our Malaysian Retirement Review. OVERVIEW: In summary so far… I didn’t like KK, nor Labuan, nor Kudat… things weren’t looking good. I was thinking about giving up on Borneo completely. In the end, I decided to ‘hang in there’ and it was a choice of heading back to KK to catch the over-night bus to Semporna or to catch the bus from Kudat to Sandakan. A opted for the latter as it got me closer to Semporna anyway. GETTING THERE: The Sandakan Express Bus leaves Kudat at 9:30am, costs MYR60 and arrives in Sandakan at about […]

Sandakan – Malaysia – Information



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JULY 2015: Click here to read our Malaysian Retirement Review. INTRODUCTION: For more general information on things like getting to Sabah, prices, and communications please read my post on Kota Kinabalu. GETTING THERE: Kudat is near the ‘Tip Of Borneo’; I thought that it might be worth checking out. I walked to Padang Merdeka bus station from my hotel; it was only a 5 minute walk. I read that the bus to Kudat left at 9:00am, so I turned up at 8:30. Just as well… as it left at 8:30. The price to Kudat was MYR25. It took 3.5 hours to get there. […]

Kudat – Malaysia – Informaton



Labuan - Street Market
JULY 2015: Click here to read our Malaysian Retirement Review. OVERVIEW: One of the main reasons why I went to Sabah was to have a look at Pulau Labuan. Pulau Labuan is one of the three ‘duty free’ islands in Malaysia (Langkawi and Tioman are the other two). Labuan is also being touted as the ‘next Penang’. Langkawi and Penang have both already made it into my list of Retirement Locations. I just had to go and have a look at Labuan. I, also, had wider hopes for Borneo… especially because of its ‘nature lovers paradise’ marketing and because of the many […]

Kota Kinabalu – Malaysia – Information