The driver explained to me the various checkpoint as I had to fill in and extra immigration form for Brunei when entering the enclave
I just wish I stole some snacks from the Minibar as I am kind of hungry but it’s not like they will ban you from entering Brunei just for taking minibar snacks.
I do regret that I haven’t given myself the time to see Brunei but at least I got into my 32nd nation and I saw the giant mosque on the river
The bus drove past the royal palace but there was no time to stop and take a photo. The palace much be allot larger than the one in Kuala Lumpur as it has some sort of lake.
Got through the first checkpoint stamped out of Brunei, then drove 100m through no man’s lands to be stamped in Malaysia. 1 hours later stamped out of Malaysia then stamped into Brunei again.
At 10.30 AM I finally left Brunei after only 17 hours spend in the country. I had to get stamped into Malaysia again but I have to be stamped out of Sarawak as they have separate immigration controls than Sabah and Western Malaysia
Stopped off at Lawas for like a whole hour for lunch. I was able to buy another red shirt that I will probably get sweaty in an instance.
It’s good to be heading into Kota Kinabalu instead of spending another night in Brunei. Things are so mjuch cheaper in Malaysia than they are in Brunei or Singapore. Hell you can pay for anything in Brunei with Singapore dollars and get changed In Brunei Dollars as both currency trades 1 to 1 so everyone wins somehow
When I got to the Sabah/Sarawak border I was stamped out of Sarawak then my passport was passed across to be stamped into Sabah. I have to fly out back to Kota Kinabalu on Wednesday and Friday so I’ll get another set of Sabah stamp
When you land at KL airport or any border crossing in WEST Malaysia you are given a stamp that says permitted to stay for 90 days in West Malaysia and Sabah. So if you leave either west Malaysia or Sabah and visit Sarawak then you need extra stamps along with all the other border crossing stamps on the way from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu.
I arrived in Kota Kinabalu around 5PM in the afternoon. I noticed there were allot more tourists in Kota Kinabalu than either: Miri or Kuching. It just seems everyone wants to go to
Kota Kinabalu and I don’t even know what’s there!
I made my way to a giant mall in the middle of town where I was overcharged at the Starbucks for a large Americano (Black Coffee) because they didn’t have any small cups. Also the Wi-Fi was crap and I couldn’t even log into their Wi-Fi because there are too many idiots using it!
As I left Starbucks I told the workers how much their Wi-Fi sucks and I swore to god never to buy anything from Starbucks again as they are so overrated
I ended up staying at Borneo Backpackers in the southern part of town for only 35 MYR a night. I was in a dormitory with West Africans and I assumed they were Nigerians. I don’t think anyone from West Africa would go to South East Asia unless they were involved in criminal gangs .
I stayed out of my hostel that night as I walked around town at 7pm. I admired seeing the British built clock tower as it was a reminder that Sabah was once known as “North Borneo” under British rule and it was originally part of the Sultan of Brunei but he gave Sarawak to the Brookes and Sabah to the British but he got to keep his Kingdom.
I spent like 2 minutes standing near a round a bout, waiting for the cars to stop coming by. Why can’t they have pedestrian crossings all around town? Crossing the street in Kota Kinabalu is very dangerous and your likely to get hit by a car.
I had a walk around town as I was looking for some cheap clothing in the malls. I brought a green shirt with a yellow Tang on it since Sabah is a great place to go diving.
I went back to my Hostel at 11pm and just went to bed. I was very cautious of attempted theft. So I slept with my bag right next to me and my wallet and money belt in my pillow.
In the middle of the night I started feeling so damn lousy. A mysterious illness was running through my system making me feel like sick. I was going to visit Manila in 2 days’ time and going from Malaysia to either Thailand or Philippines is pretty bad because there are so much shady people in those nations.
If someone comes up to you in a place like Manila or Bangkok your best to say “Sorry mate I can’t help you”
I pulled a calf muscle as I slept that night as it was so painful to walk onto it. I feel like I am going to bail out on this holiday.