Friday, February 28, 2014

My Mount Kinabalu Climb Cost

Here to share the cost of my climb including one way transportation from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu City + Climb Package + Transport back to Kota Kinabalu City.



Malaysian (Me)
1
3 days 2 nights climb package direct from Sutera (Dorm Package from Mesilau)
482.00
2
Transport from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur


a) Train from SG to KL
45.00
3
Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu (inlcuding sky bus from KLSentral to LCCT - RM7.70)
102.70
4
Transport from Kota Kinabalu airport (BKI) to Kota Kinabalu City
5.00
5
Transport from Kota Kinabalu City to Kota Kinabalu Park
25.00
6
Shuttle van from Timpohon Gate to Kota Kinabalu Park (RM16.50 for 2-4pax) 
8.25
7
Kota Kinabalu Park Fee
3.00
8
Mount Guide (2-4 pax rate RM142.50)
71.25
9
Certificate
12.00
10
Kota Kinabalu Park to Kota Kinabalu City (Share taxi) RM150
37.50

Total
791.70

DIY Mount Kinabalu Climb Cost in Summary

I did my mount Kinabalu climb on Mid of Feb 2014. Here to share the total cost for the whole climb.
Total Cost for the climb is RM 639.00 while my friend (non-Malaysian) have to spend RM888.00.
For the details of the 3 days 2 nights package, you can get it from my previous post here [Mount Kinabalu Climbing Package 2014]

*More person will be shared out the guide fee and the shuttle from Timpohon Gate to Kota Kinabalu Park.
*Now you only can arrange the climb via Sutera or any other agency.



Malaysian (Me) Non-Malaysian (My friend)
1
3 days 2 nights climb package direct from Sutera (Dorm Package from Mesilau)
482.00
719.00
5
Transport from Kota Kinabalu City to Kota Kinabalu Park
25.00
25.00
6
Shuttle van from Timpohon Gate to Kota Kinabalu Park (RM16.50 for 2-4pax) 
8.25
8.25
7
Kota Kinabalu Park Fee
3.00
15.00
8
Mount Guide (2-4 pax rate RM142.50)
71.25
71.25
9
Certificate
12.00
12.00
10
Kota Kinabalu Park to Kota Kinabalu City (Share taxi) RM150
37.50
37.50

Total
639
888

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mount Kinabalu Climbing Package 2014

Here is the package quoted by Sutera. For the updated price, please contact Sutera. [Link Here]

3Day 2Nights Mount Climbing Packages (2014)
Via Timpohon Trail & Mesilau Trail
International Rates (Dorm Packages) Via Timpohon
International Rates (Double/Twin Packages) Via Timpohon
RM 792.00 per person
Inclusive of:
Accommodation:
Day 1 – 1 Night at Kinabalu Park Hostel
Day 2 – 1 Night at Laban Rata Hut
Meals Arrangement:
Day 1 – Buffet Dinner at Balsam Restaurant-Kinabalu Park
Day 2 – Buffet Breakfast & Packed Lunch (to be collect) at Balsam Restaurant-Kinabalu Park and Buffet Dinner at Laban Rata Restaurant
Day 3 – 2am Early Supper & Buffet Breakfast at Laban Rata Restaurant and tea-break at Balsam Restaurant-Kinabalu Park

Sabah Parks Climbing Fees to be include for registration:
Climbing Permit: RM 100 per person
Climbing Insurance: RM 7 per person
RM944.00 per person
Inclusive of:
Accommodation:
Day 1 – 1 Night at Kinabalu Park Lodge
Day 2 – 1 Night at Laban Rata Hut
Meals Arrangement:
Day 1 – Buffet Dinner at Balsam Restaurant-Kinabalu Park
Day 2 – Buffet Breakfast & Packed Lunch (to be collect) at Balsam Restaurant-Kinabalu Park and Buffet Dinner at Laban Rata Restaurant
Day 3 – 2am Early Supper & Buffet Breakfast at Laban Rata Restaurant and tea-break at Balsam Restaurant-Kinabalu Park

Sabah Parks Climbing Fees to be include for registration:
Climbing Permit: RM 100 per person
Climbing Insurance: RM 7 per person
International Rates (Dorm Packages)Via Mesilau
International Rates (Double/Twin Packages) Via Mesilau
RM 719.00 per person
Inclusive of:
Accommodation:
Day 1 – 1 Night at Mesilau Hostel
Day 2 – 1 Night at Laban Rata Hut
Meals Arrangement:
Day 1 – Buffet Dinner at Renanthera Restaurant-Mesilau
Day 2 – Buffet Breakfast & Packed Lunch (to be collect) at Renanthera Restaurant-Mesilau and Buffet Dinner at Laban Rata Restaurant
Day 3 – 2am Early Supper & Buffet Breakfast at Laban Rata Restaurant and tea-break at Balsam Restaurant-Kinabalu Park
Transfer:
Day 1 - 1  Way Transfer from Kinabalu Park to Mesilau

Sabah Parks Climbing Fees to be include for registration:
Climbing Permit: RM 100 per person
Climbing Insurance: RM 7 per person

RM 822.00 per person
Inclusive of:
Accommodation:
Day 1 – 1 Night at Mesilau Lodge
Day 2 – 1 Night at Laban Rata Hut
Meals Arrangement:
Day 1 – Buffet Dinner at Renanthera Restaurant-Mesilau
Day 2 – Buffet Breakfast & Packed Lunch (to be collect) at Renanthera Restaurant-Mesilau and Buffet Dinner at Laban Rata Restaurant
Day 3 – 2am Early Supper & Buffet Breakfast at Laban Rata Restaurant and tea-break at Balsam Restaurant-Kinabalu Park
Transfer:
Day 1 - 1  Way Transfer from Kinabalu Park to Mesilau

Sabah Parks Climbing Fees to be include for registration:
Climbing Permit: RM 100 per person
Climbing Insurance: RM 7 per person
Malaysian Rates (Dorm Packages)Via Timpohon
Malaysian Rates (Double/Twin Packages)Via Timpohon
RM 536.00 per person
Inclusive of:
Accommodation:
Day 1 – 1 Night at Kinabalu Park Hostel
Day 2 – 1 Night at Laban Rata Hut
Meals Arrangement:
Day 1 – Buffet Dinner at Balsam Restaurant-Kinabalu Park
Day 2 – Buffet Breakfast & Packed Lunch (to be collect) at Balsam Restaurant-Kinabalu Park and Buffet Dinner at Laban Rata Restaurant
Day 3 – 2am Early Supper & Buffet Breakfast at Laban Rata Restaurant and tea-break at Balsam Restaurant-Kinabalu Park

Sabah Parks Climbing Fees to be include for registration:
Climbing Permit: RM 30 per person
Climbing Insurance: RM 7 per person
RM 654.00 per person
Inclusive of:
Accommodation:
Day 1 – 1 Night at Kinabalu Park Lodge
Day 2 – 1 Night at Laban Rata Hut
Meals Arrangement:
Day 1 – Buffet Dinner at Balsam Restaurant-Kinabalu Park
Day 2 – Buffet Breakfast & Packed Lunch (to be collect) at Balsam Restaurant-Kinabalu Park and Buffet Dinner at Laban Rata Restaurant
Day 3 – 2am Early Supper & Buffet Breakfast at Laban Rata Restaurant and tea-break at Balsam Restaurant-Kinabalu Park

Sabah Parks Climbing Fees to be include for registration:
Climbing Permit: RM 30 per person
Climbing Insurance: RM 7 per person
Malaysian Rates (Dorm Packages)Via Mesilau
Malaysian Rates (Double/Twin Packages)Via Mesilau
RM 482.00 per person
Inclusive of:
Accommodation:
Day 1 – 1 Night at Mesilau Hostel
Day 2 – 1 Night at Laban Rata Hut
Meals Arrangement:
Day 1 – Buffet Dinner at Renanthera Restaurant-Mesilau
Day 2 – Buffet Breakfast & Packed Lunch (to be collect) at Renanthera Restaurant-Mesilau and Buffet Dinner at Laban Rata Restaurant
Day 3 – 2am Early Supper & Buffet Breakfast at Laban Rata Restaurant and tea-break at Balsam Restaurant-Kinabalu Park
Transfer:
Day 1 - 1  Way Transfer from Kinabalu Park to Mesilau

Sabah Parks Climbing Fees to be include for registration:
Climbing Permit: RM 30 per person
Climbing Insurance: RM 7 per person

RM 552.00 per person
Inclusive of:
Accommodation:
Day 1 – 1 Night at Mesilau Lodge
Day 2 – 1 Night at Laban Rata Hut
Meals Arrangement:
Day 1 – Buffet Dinner at Renanthera Restaurant-Mesilau
Day 2 – Buffet Breakfast & Packed Lunch (to be collect) at Renanthera Restaurant-Mesilau and Buffet Dinner at Laban Rata Restaurant
Day 3 – 2am Early Supper & Buffet Breakfast at Laban Rata Restaurant and tea-break at Balsam Restaurant-Kinabalu Park
Transfer:
Day 1 - 1  Way Transfer from Kinabalu Park to Mesilau

Sabah Parks Climbing Fees to be include for registration:
Climbing Permit: RM 30 per person
Climbing Insurance: RM 7 per person



Note : Sabah Park Fees :-
Entrance Fee to Kinabalu Park, Return shuttle Park to Timpohon gate, Mt.Guide and Certificates are NOT included for above price which payable to Sabah Park upon arrival in CASH term only.  Kindly find attchment for your references.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Kota Kinabalu Air port to Kota Kinabalu Town (City)

Now you do not need to take taxi or take the small town bus and have another town bus changed at the Wawasan terminal. How to get your self to the lots kinabalu town area from the airport? At terminal 2, after you departure and before the big glass door to exit the terminal, look at your left hand side where there is a small counter showing airport bus right Infront of the 24hrs store. What you need to do is just tell the girl which hotel you are in and she will be able to advise you which stop you need to drop by. How much is the cost? RM5 for adult and RM3 for children. Yes only RM5. I remember I took a taxi before just to get to the airport from Kota Kinabalu town area around August 2013 and it cost me about RM30.
Now, no more worries. Below sharing some photos on the bus schedule. I was staying in Borneo backpacker and I need to drop at the Merdeka Field which is the last stop.
Happy travelling to Kota Kinabalu!!!
Kota Kinabalu terminal 2 shuttle bus ticketing counter.

The terminal shuttle bus which is clean and comfortable.

Here is the timing from terminal 2 to kota Kinabalu.

From kota Kinabalu to terminal 1 & 2

Sample of the bus ticket from airport terminal 2 to kota Kinabalu town .



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, best ride ever

I want to blog about this long time back but yet to find time to do this. I had my life time first KTM(kererapi tanah Melayu) train ride last year when I need to travel to Kuala Lunpur for my life time first Marathon. I bought the train ticket online about 1 mth before my departure date. 
For online booking, you can visit the link here. You need to create an account and payment will be via credit card. https://intranet.ktmb.com.my/e-ticket/login.aspx

Why I said the ride is really good? Well, I am 5.6 foot tall and I always have issues with my legs taking couch. Getting the ride with a bed is what I need where I can lie down straight and have some rest. I bought a class 2 bunk bed (lower bunk) whih cost me RM45. Yes Rm45 departure from Johor Sentral train terminal. (Tips to save more $: for traveling from Singapore, you can choose to depart from Woodlands train station, but that will cost you SGD45. If you are able to travel to Johor Bahru, just need to clear the Singgapore custom and take the bus to cross the bridge and clear the Malaysia-JB custom, walk less than 100m and you are in the JB Sentral, the building is linked with JB custom and fully air conditional)
How is the bed? With rm45 and linen, it's really worth the money. The train normally will be schedule around 11:35pm (there also have morning ride, but I prefer the night ride where I can sleep through). The bed equipped with blanket and a pillow with window and reading lights. After the ticket check, you can just close the curtain and you have your own space and enjoy the night view of the ride as well.

After my first ride, I started to get addicted with the train ride and now flying from KL is one of my alternative. I just reached KLSentral this morning (after work last night, I took the train from Singapore to KL again). Now waiting at the LCCT for my flight to call off, where am I going again? I will try to post it as soon as possible.

As for the train ride, here is another tips to pick the bed, I prefer lower bunk, as I don't need to climb up especially with my luggage. If you have big luggage, you can leave it in the walkway but have to ensure it's not blocking the walk way. I use to put my backpack on the bed with me near the legs area. I prefer pick the bunk in the middle of the coach, why?! As if you pick near the doors, people may walk in and put for toilet or smoke break, if you are a light sleeper, that may affect your sleep. 

Don't worry you will be over slept and miss the station, the staffs will come and call you up when it's near to KL Sentral stations. 

With only RM45, you get a bed to sleep, you get to travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and have the morning wake up call service. Isn't it awesome?

Below are some photos for sharing. Enjoy your trip.
JB Senteal train waiting area.

Everyone queue up to enter the boarding area.

Try to look for the coach, don't worry there are staffs in blue shirt, just show them your ticket and they will tell you where to go.

M6, that's where my bed is.

All the bunk bed, just raise up your head, the numbers with arrow showing up there.

Well, the 'atas' in Malay means top, and 'bawah' means bottom, 15, 13 is upper bunk and 16,14 is lower bunk. 

That's my bed, clean linen with pillow and blanket and windows with curtain.



Close the curtain and on the reading light, that's how the place looks like, you have your own aircon space. Leave your shoes outside. Keeping the place clean is everyone's responsible.


The shared toilet. It's cleaner than I expected.

Reached KL Sentral !!!
















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