Back in KK


2170 km later we are back in KK and TH hotel. 382 ringit spend on 166 litre of petrol during 31 days.

After this road trip we did not have any more adventures Idea for how to spend our remaining days in Borneo so we made it simple. Enjoying the dance performances in Imago shopping mall and the sunset spotting outside the fish market. And as the finale watching the movie Kong: Skull Island (and after that I have stopped eating squid).


Sunset in Kota Kinabalu

And the car are dropped off at the car rental office at the airport.

From our notes………

Petrol 1: one of the challenges was to calculate how long the petrol would last as all the long distances we drove up the mountains had no petrol station at all. We made it a routine that whenever we passed a petrol station we filled up the gas tank.

Petrol 2: first pay, then fill up the thank. Not always easy to know the exact amount – and going on a long ride you need to have the gas tank full (some petrol station accepts credit card and there it was no problem, fill it up first, then pay)

Parking1: first you park, then you pay. Simple, if you only could find out where to pay. In the parking house, the automat paying machine is not necessarily placed on each floor or close to the exit.

Parking 2: In Sandakan we had parked on the Street, and received a parking fee on our return. But how and where should we pay the 0.80 ringit? Parking guides were walking around we were told, wearing green vest. We never saw any. Then you could also pay at any of the parking kiosk inside city, we never found a kiosk that were open. After several days we gave up and the receptionist at our hotel promised to handle this for us.

Parking 3: Stop the car, and it is considered parked! But when we tried to do the same, less than 5 minutes later we had a parking ticket (and yes, it was not a good parking close to a corner, but at least we did not stop the car in the middle of the road as so many others) of 100 ringit, then we had to figure out how to get to the police station to pay for it

GPS map: most of the time it works well, only a few road junction and roundabouts not updated. But you need internet coverage – and on many of the places in the more remote areas internet coverage was lacking

Printed road map: works also off-line, but the infrastructure is developing faster than the road map industry, and our map was printed 2007 and at least 3 of the roads ( rather big roads) we used did not exist on our map.

Tipping: after tipping at a restaurant in Keningau, first our waitress smiled and said thank you. On our way the rest of the serving staff said thank you and on the outside the chief smiled and said thank you while chopping vegetables and meat.

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