Borneo 1999

The Tanjung Aru is a 500 room hotel run by Shangri-La

Located 10 minutes away from the city, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu, is a luxurious, tranquil retreat that provides the setting for a tropical getaway. Sophistication surrounds you in a lavishly decorated suite inspired by Borneo's rich cultural heritage. You wonder, "What to do in Kota Kinabalu?" Exciting adventures beckon as you set out to discover all Kota Kinabalu’s delights. Making your way to Kinabalu National Park, you are thrust into a jungle paradise of natural wonders, rugged landscapes and scenic beauty. From the Rafflesia, large flower in the world, to the famous orangutans in their natural habitat, breathtaking sights await you every step of the way.

We had one interesting moment in the hotel, when I was having a bath there was a knock on the door which Chris answered. It was room service with a birthday cake for me. She assured him that it was not my birthday and that he should take the cake away. She had not realised that I I a "birthday" date on my club membership on a date when we were on holiday and I had to grab the cake back from the startled man, who must have thought that we were quite mad.


Kinabalu National Park

Kinabalu Park, established as one of the first national parks of Malaysia in 1964, is Malaysia's first World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO for its "outstanding universal values" and the role as one of the most important biological sites in the world with more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna, including 326 bird and around 100 mammal species, and over 110 land snail species. Located on the west coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, it covers an area of 754 square kilometres surrounding Mount Kinabulu, which at 4,095 meters, is the highest mountain on the island of Borneo. The park is one of the most popular tourist spots in Sabah and Malaysia in general. In 1967, more than 987,653 visitors and 43,430 climbers visited the Park.

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