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Indonesia Beyond Bali (Part 2): Where to Go and What to See in Indonesia (That Are NOT Bali)

Hi everyone! 😀

FYI, I had to postpone my Java-Bali-Gili trip due to some family matter to September. And for those who don’t know, ironically I’m an Indonesian who’s never been to Bali. So yes, the trip is going to be my first time touching down on the island of gods. Or Pulau Dewata, as we Indonesians dub the island.

Anyway, you’ve probably read my previous post that was published last week in Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day. Well, this post is gonna be the second part where I’ve compiled the list of recommended places to visit in Indonesia… Those that are NOT Bali.

I mean, as an Indonesian myself, I’m so sick of ignorant travelers who think of Bali as the whole country and not just a small province in a country called Indonesia. So, what kind of places do we have this time? Let’s check out!

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(Review) Yomi Hotel: Where to Stay in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

I can’t believe that the series of my Borneo trip will come to an end in a few minutes. And this post, in particular, is going to be the last post that I’m going to write, covering the places I’ve been in Borneo.

Now that I’ve shared with you what I did during my stay in Kota Kinabalu, it’s time for me to share my view on the accommodation I booked for the trip. By far, the best accommodation where I stayed throughout Borneo would be The Room in Miri. So, what’s my view of the hotel where I stayed during my stop in Sabah?

Well, I chose Yomi Hotel for this trip. Apart from the affordable night rate, the fact that they provide breakfasts for the guest is also my main consideration before finally booking the accommodation.

So, how did I find Yomi Hotel in Kota Kinabalu?

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A Guide for City Dwellers in Kota Kinabalu: Enjoying the City for a Day Without Stopping by Mount Kinabalu

Whenever you heard the word Kinabalu, I suppose you’d be more familiar to the highest peak of Borneo: Mount Kinabalu. It is one of the world heritage sites in which some consider a must visit place when in Borneo. In fact, it was also one of the places that I wanted to go long before I planned out my trip to Borneo.

However, I decided to skip Mount Kinabalu and focus on the city of Kota Kinabalu instead. For so many reasons.

I mean, a few years back I felt like I wanted to go since I was still in the mainstream mood to follow the hypes. You know, YOLO stuff. But as of now, my consideration is more than just YOLO stuff. It also has something to do whether I’m gonna enjoy it or I do it just for the sake of people telling you to do it.

Easy for me, as the packaged tour to Mount Kinabalu from Kota Kinabalu kinda stopped myself from going to the mount itself. I figure, I might not be the only one who could just skip Mount Kinabalu during my Borneo trip.

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Island Hopping in Sabah: Manukan Island from Kota Kinabalu (Jesselton Point)

As much as I wanted to go to explore Mount Kinabalu, I had to skip it as it turned out to be so expensive. I only spared 3 days in Kota Kinabalu, and I tried to make the most out of it to explore the city itself. One of the dos in the city, through some research prior to my departure, is island hopping to some islands that I could do from Kota Kinabalu.

At first, I was considering to book a tour for the activity. Lucky for me, I met a fellow traveler Yukyeong in Brunei. She told me that she was in Kota Kinabalu a few months before she came to Brunei. And she suggested me to just book the tour go-show from Jesselton Point.

During her trip, she booked the tour online and she found out that the price was much cheaper around Jesselton Point. She also told me that one of the popular islands to go from Kota Kinabalu is Manukan Island, the island that she stopped by in her last travel too.

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Review: Jesselton Express (Subsidiary of Sipitang Express), A Public Bus from Brunei to Kota Kinabalu

Slowly but sure, the story of my Borneo trip will come to an end now that I’m gonna talk about how to get to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah from Brunei.

There are a few options that you could choose if you’re planning to travel within the route. Apart from the fastest way through a flight, you could also opt for either by bus or by ferry. For my Borneo trip, I chose the public bus as the way of my travel. Although to be honest, if I could go back to Borneo, I’d totally go for the ferry option just for the sake of experience.

As usual, I rely on Easybook for all the reservations for my transport during the trip. And this time, I chose the one and only option for Brunei-Kota Kinabalu trip by bus: Sipitang Express.

So, why did I end up using Jesselton Express instead of Sipitang in the title of this post? Well, this one will be explained later. Keep calm, and carry on. 😉

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