After a week of chilling in Kota Kinabalu, I’m finally leaving. I really liked my time here, mostly because of the people I spent it with. There isn’t too much to do here except some shopping and beaches, but that was fine by me. I feel recharged and I’m ready to go for a little while.
In about one hour, I’ll take a 2 hour bus to the Kinabalu national park where I’ll get a good night’s sleep before a two day hike up and down the (little over) 4000m peak of Mt. Kinabalu. On our second day of the hike, we’re supposed to wake up at 3am, go up the remaining 1000m (or so) granite peak in time to catch the sunrise. Apparently totally worth it. I’m excited to see it with my own eyes.
After hiking that mountain, I’ll take a night bus to Semporna. This area apparently has some of the best diving in the world. On October 20th, I’ll dive Sipadan. From what I’ve read and heard, this place is one of, if not the, best diving spots in the world. Oh, I got my diver’s certification yesterday! Diving’s cool. I’m not sure I have the amount of excitement other diver have for it. Personally, I’d rather be on land than under tons of water, but it’s still a very interesting world down there.
After doing those things, I’ll head over to Thailand. I’m not really sure what I’ll do there. I know I want to climb the highest mountain and probably take a cooking class. I got the name of a hostel from a couple I met here and this place is super nice and has cooking classes. So I’ll give that a shot. Beyond that, not sure at all… I still need to buy my plane ticket to leave Malaysia!