One destination we were not particular interested in before going to Sabah was the Kinabalu Mountain (or Gunung Kinabalu) but as we were passing this spot on the way to Sandakan (and the orangutangs in Sepilok) why not make a stop over. And some cooler weather could be nice. It was rather easy driving to get there, road condition good and not to much traffic, and of course, beautiful views.
Could not view the full mountain as the top were hiding in the clouds, and at the time we reached the park entrance we could not see anything. A combination of fog, rain and low hanging clouds created a ”a white wall” in front of us, not a slightly spot of the Mountain at all.
Luckily the car was included in the park entrance and we were allowed to drive inside the park. Yes – this Asian way of Jungle tracking we like! When we see a spot we liked, we parked the car and entered into the Jungle. The sight was still close to zero, but at least some huge insects and butterflies were spotted. When going further up in the park the car would not start!!!! Being 1800 meter over sea level and humid weather is not ideal. After a few more attempt it started, but for the rest of the time we did not turned the engine off when stopping.
Now it was time to find a place to sleep, heading towards Kundasan we found nice bungalows on the top of the hill. Rather expensive as they were quite simple but very relaxing drinking a good hot cup of Tea on our balcony. It is strange how fast the cooler weather starts getting too cold. We were wearing several layers of clothing, drinking a lot of hot Tea, still freezing. Our land-lady on the other hand were wearing a thick knitted Norwegian Sweater (bought in Norway a couple of years ago when she and her husband visited the Norwegian fjords).
Day two, do we see some some blue sky?? We are heading back to Kinabalu Park, but as we get closer we only see the ”white wall” again.
Now we give up and goes to Poring for a bath in the hot spring. That is at least the right thing to do on a rainy and cold day. Even if not everyone wears a bathing entire!
On our way back we passed a sign saying Rafflesia flowers blooming, but as the way into the flower was so muddy and slippery due to all the rain we thought we would get a second chance at a later time. How stupid can you be not going to see the Rafflesia as you picked the one day of the year when it was blooming????