Kinabalu Park and Garden Lodge

We found a fireplace in Sabah, from Garden Lodge of Kinabalu Park.

Day 4 of our Sabah trip, after our cool Desa Cow farm tour, we drove up 1500m to Kinabalu Park (Kundasang)
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Initially, we thought we will be occupying one or two rooms, not the whole bungalow! Kids wasted no time playing hide & seek.

Garden Lodge’s rate is RM3000 per night, what indulgence!
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Exclusive lodges, these are the most expensive accommodation at Kinabalu Park (maps available on Amazing Borneo website). Our neighbour Submit Lodge has only one floor, but still retails at RM2000.
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The English cottage feel and design, adults just want to relax and chill.
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Consisting of two floors, we can choose from two bedrooms and multiple toilets. Every room comes with its own heater, no aircon needed. Temperature will drop to 15 degrees in the evenings.
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Spacious Hall, but we found it too quiet in the evening. We can hear distinct cricket symphony performing in the backyard 🙂
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Comfort and luxury, we can enjoy both at Garden Lodge. The highlight for the kids must be the fireplace, giving us an advance Christmas feel 🙂
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Video (link) : Celebrating advance Christmas with Garden Lodge fireplace

Majestic Mount Kinabalu in the background, we see her on our way to breakfast and dinner.
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No one can resist taking selfie wefie with HER as backdrop. Imposing.
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Slow 10min walk to our canteen. We really do not mind as the cool weather is between 15 to 20 degrees. Breathe in more fresh air.
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Simple buffet spread for your meals, at Balsam.
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kinabalu botanical Garden
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We visited Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden too, a 15min walk from our bungalow.

Up close with nature, if the season is correct, you might get to visit the huge Rafflesia too.
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We were blessed with good sunny weather throughout our stay in Sabah, even though it was forecasted to rain.
The good weather allows us to fully enjoy day activities in our itinerary 🙂

One of the trails displayed at Balsam, the peak is only 4000m, we can do it :p
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I hope to climb Mount Kinabalu with Boon Wee soon, you can review our friend’s fun but tiring episode here.

Do pop by our Sabah itinerary and photos below.
Sabah 8D7N itinerary
– Sabah Day 1 – Street food discovery
– Sabah Day 2 – White Water Rafting!
– Sabah Day 3 – Twin Islands Hopping
– Sabah Day 4 AM – Desa Cow Farm
– Day 4 PM – Kinabalu Park
– Day 5 – Poring Hot Spring + Waterfall + Canopy walk
– Day 6 – Gaya Island Resort – Luxury Villa
– Day 7 – Gaya Island Resort Family Activities

More photos have been uploaded on our Fanpage album :
Day 1 and 2 – Klagan hotel, White Water rafting
Day 3 – Water sports, Island hopping
Day 4 – Desa Cow Farm and Kinabalu Park
Day 5 – Poring Hot Spring and vicinity
Day 6 – Gaya Island Resort
Day 7 – Snorkeling and private beach
Day 8 – Hiking, Home sweet home

Disclaimer : Garden Lodge 1N stay and meals are sponsored by Amazing Borneo.

Desa Cow Farm in Sabah

We know Desa Cow Farm offers kids and family an opportunity to feed farm animals.
What we did not know was the nice cool temperature, around 20 to 25 degrees aircon weather!

Look at the pockets of clouds floating across, and the green grassy meadow. This could be a scene out of New Zealand. Sabah? Unbelievable!
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One of Sabah’s iconic bridge. Tourists will normally pass this suspension bridge at Tamparuli. Our guide told us the name came from someone who mis-heard “temporary” hee hee. Any Sabahan can verify?
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Kids were curious to see cars giving way to each other on the single lane. No traffic lights 🙂
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At the other end of the bridge lies a small marketplace. Visitors can buy some local produce or souvenirs.
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But walk another 3 min infront and you will catch a glimpse of Mount Kinabalu!
If you are lucky, you can even see Mount KK’s peak and grandeur.
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Pineapples anyone? We noticed the folks around this area loves pineapples?
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Our friendly guides from Amazing Borneo, Stephanie and Eric 🙂 We got a comfortable 10 seater van to ferry us all over Sabah.
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As we near our destination and our ride climb higher, certain sections of the road is covered in fog!
Desa Cow Farm


Desa Cow Farm
is located at Kundasang, about 2 hours plus drive from KK city.
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Climb the rocks to get a better view, and photo op.
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Besides enjoying the cool scenery, kids enjoyed feeding milk and grass to the cows, and ice cream for themselves.
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We ended up feeding more cows and goats than expected and itinerary was delayed. Nevermind, as long as the kids are enjoying themselves 🙂
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Kids disliked the cow’s long yucky tongue, too slimy and sticky haha.
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The cows outdoor seem to be enjoying a better (greener) lifestyle.
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Kids now understand how milk are extracted and process into ice cream 🙂
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At high attitute, the sky is always blue and cloud white. Hundreds of Instagram worthy photos await.
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We spend almost two hours at Desa Cow Farm, entry is free. Bottled milk for the cows cost RM1.50, and grass (for goats) RM1.00. We will recommend Desa Cow farm for all animal-loving families.

-GPS 6.016596, 116.591522

Do pop by our Sabah itinerary and photos below.
Sabah 8D7N itinerary
– Sabah Day 1 – Street food discovery
– Sabah Day 2 – White Water Rafting!
– Sabah Day 3 – Twin Islands Hopping
– Sabah Day 4 AM – Desa Cow Farm
– Day 4 PM – Kinabalu Park
– Day 5 – Poring Hot Spring + Waterfall + Canopy walk
– Day 6 – Gaya Island Resort – Luxury Villa
– Day 7 – Gaya Island Resort Family Activities

More photos have been uploaded on our Fanpage album :
Day 1 and 2 – Klagan hotel, White Water rafting
Day 3 – Water sports, Island hopping
Day 4 – Desa Cow Farm and Kinabalu Park
Day 5 – Poring Hot Spring and vicinity
Day 6 – Gaya Island Resort
Day 7 – Snorkeling and private beach
Day 8 – Hiking, Home sweet home