Singapore – Artificial Intelligence

Singapore might be a tiny island but its tourism industry is huge. It is one of the main contributors to their GDP. Every year, Singapore attracts more than 10 million visitors (more than twice its population size) from all over the world.

Merlion (Mermaid tail + Lion head) – a Singapore icon – locating prominently on Singapore river bank

Then, why do people go to Singapore since it doesn’t offer any decent natural beauty?

My boss (an American who visits Singapore occasionally for business purposes) once told me that Singapore is Asia for (Western) beginners. It’s a melting pot of different cultures, races and languages. It’s  “East meet West”.

Singapore makes up for its lack of natural beauty by creating World-class artificial attractions: the world tallest Ferris wheel (beating the London eye), the world highest swimming pool, the world most expensive standalone casino property, world class night life and entertainment, man-made beaches (sand bought from overseas)…

When is the best time to visit?

The answer is: Anytime. Because the weather in Singapore is the same year round, hot and humid. They do have something called The Great Singapore Sales spanning from May to mid-July but personally I think it’s just marketing gimmick  It’s nothing like the Black Friday in the US. There are pretty much the same stuff at a little tiny bit cheaper. It’s not worth the effort to arrange your travel schedule around this.

Languages

One important thing that makes Singapore more approachable for foreigners is that its citizens can speak fluent English (with interesting accents which some call Singlish). They has followed the Cambridge education system since colony time. Now, some schools are adopting the American system.

Transportation tips in Singapore

Train system (more often referred to as MRT – Mass Rapid Transit): It’s recommended to use the public transport in Singapore because it’s convenient (3-5 mins of waiting for train, 5-10 mins for bus) and it’s very very easy to navigate (so much simpler compared to New York train system). Train ticket costs from SGD1.1 to SGD2.8 depending on the distance. You can easily reach any tourist attractions using this train system.

Singapore train network (MRT)

Tickets are easily purchased at automated ticket booths at any train stations. Tickets are sold as single trip with $1 deposit. You have to keep the ticket, which looks like a plastic credit card, and return it at the automated ticket booths to get back the deposit after checking out. There are also day passes to choose from.

Taxi: Use it if you can afford it (around SGD3/first km) and want  convenience or if you are lost. Note that when you use taxis, the price shown on the meter is not always the total price. There are hundreds of different kind of surcharges: peak hours, tolls (lots of them, chance is if you are on highways, you’ll meet at least one), phone booking service charge, flaggin down at CBD areas, night surcharges… Hence, the total cost might end up double or even triple the amount shown on the meter. Ask for a receipt if you are in doubt. Not all taxis are equipped with credit card payments. It’s extremely hard to catch a taxi during rush hours. There are many times I have waited an hour or more for taxis, calling every single company I know and hitting their busy lines.

For more on what you can do in Singapore, visit here

 

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Singapore by train

Singapore is man-made in perfection…

Singapore can be explored easily by the public train system which is more often referred to as MRT (Mass Rapid Transit). There’s a separate post giving tips on using the trains and taxis in Singapore.

Here is a quick snapshot of most of the touristy places listed by their nearest train stations. Most of these stations are of course surrounding the central area of Singapore

Central area network map

1. The historical & museum stuff

– From Outram Park to Chinatown (purple line): the names say it all, it’s the Chinatown area

Little India (purple line)

– Douby Ghout (interchange station among red, yellow, purple lines), City Hall (interchange between green and red line) – There are a few museums within walkable distance such as National Museum of Singapore, Peranakan Museum, Singapore Art Museum

2. Local cuisine in local setting

Newton (red line): Newton circus foodcourt, quite famous among tourists, offers all the local delicacies in the alfresco setting (which can get really hot during the day)

3. Night life: bars, pubs, clubs

Clarke Quay (purple line): There are hundreds of bars, restaurants and clubs lining along Singapore river.

4. Shopping malls:

The stretch from Douby Ghaut station to Orchard station (red line) is like the Las Vegas strip with casinos replaced by shopping malls, hundreds of them. Walk from one station to the other for a day of shopping spree.

5. Other Entertainment

Bayfront (yellow line): Marina Bay Sands is an indoor integrated resort which has a casino, a giant shopping mall, performance halls, a science museum. It also has a Skypark that offers a 360 degree view of Singapore and also the tallest swimming pool in the world – the Infinity Pool. Unfortunately, the pool is only accessible to hotel guests. Another nearby attraction is Gardens By the Bay.

– Esplanade (yellow line): House of the art. There are free performances during weekends on the Theater by the Waterfront.

– Harbour Front (purple):  a gateway to Sentosa island which has Universal Studios.

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Bali, Indonesia – 5 days

Indonesia – Bali – 5 days

One of our RoadTripWorms dudes had a very interesting experience in Bali, Indonesia in 2011. He has a very fun style of writing that it needs to be reposted in its entirety for your enjoyment. He also offered some very practical and “essential” tips for your trips to Bali. Enjoy!

Most of the photos here are taken by the author himself, unless otherwise credited.

Places I’ve visited in Bali are marked by yellow stars 

June 2011

Since I just came back from Bali, and it’s still hot, I’d like to note it down. In case someone may find the information useful for their future trips 😉

Disclaimer: the information and opinions below are entirely my personal experience. I am not in association with any travel agents, nor do I represent any official tour organization 😛

In case you are a lazy reader, I’ve summarized things in a couple of lines. If you are not, jump over and continue reading.

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0. READ THIS CAREFULLY, it saves you money, a lot 😀

1. Stay in Kuta, for the best experience of entertainment, food, tourist information, shopping, and many others. Trust me, the place where you stay does not matter, so forget about Sanur, Dusa Nua, Ubud, etc.

2. Prepare at least IDR1,000,000 (Indonesia Rupiah) a day, if you want to go for a tour, otherwise, stay at the hotel and enjoy the swimming pool. Half-day private car (they call it taxi) costs 280k – 320k rupiahs for about 6 hours, from 1pm to 7pm. Full day service costs 350k – 400k rupiahs. Don’t pay more.

3. Wherever you go, ignore all the ‘friendly’ tour guides and their questions when they approach you. You will end up paying for all these questions and answers. If you got to pay, 20k rupiahs is good enough.

4. There’s a 150k rupiah ‘passenger service charge’ at the airport, when you check out. So be prepared, cash only. It is worth noting that exchange rate in Singapore is  6780 rupiah for 1 SGD, and it’s 6600 rupiah for 1 SGD at the airport. Taxi voucher from the airport to your hotel can be purchased in a small kiosk outside the arrival hall, ignore the taxi drivers trying to ask you to go with you, and don’t give your luggages to anyone, you won’t lose it, but you’ll need to pay for ‘luggage handling service’.

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Ok, let’s start.

I’ve read a lot about hotels and places to stay in Kuta. They said that Nusa Dua and Sanur are very peaceful, and that Kuta and Legian are only for surfers, you cannot swim there, and that the north coast is beautiful. That may be true, but it does not matter. The peacefulness is boring, and you cannot find a proper restaurant to eat, and they cut your neck for taxi. North coast is as far as heaven, and it’s difficult to visit other places. Last but not least, I’ve been to a few beaches there, and all of them are not swimmable (or you can swim at any of these).

Kuta beach – courtesy of http://www.uncommonadventures.com

I stayed in Sanur for 2 days, and later at Ubud for 2 days. I ended up spending all the 4 days on the taxi from one attraction to another. I actually enjoyed Kuta beach more than Sanur. I realized that a majority of guests in my hotel enjoy swimming in the hotel’s pool, and the beach is mainly for sunbathing. (For guys only: if you are looking for naked sunbathing ladies, Kuta has much better chance :D)

 There are many attractions to visit in Bali, temples, mountains, caves, etc. so you may end up spending just one day or less at the beach. Therefore it’s very important to stay somewhere that gives you easy access to car rentals or taxi services. I tried to get it in Kuta in the 1st day, Sanur the 2nd day, Ubud the 3rd and 4th days. I think you get the best and cheapest services in Kuta.

Day 1

Let’s go to some of the details. I will start using ‘we’ instead of ‘I’, as I did not go there alone 😀 The first day, my wife and I reached Bali airport at around 7pm, got a bit messed up with the ‘visa on arrival’ and ‘no visa needed’ queue. Got out around 8+pm, and enjoyed the taxi queue for 1 hour. That was crazy, a damn long line for a very small taxi kiosk, and taxi drivers arround kept asking you to go with them for 1.5 times the price.

Bali roads are pretty good. We arrived at the hotel at 9+. The hotel, Sanur Beach Hotel, was rated at 4* or 5* on Agoda, Hoteltravel, etc. but there was no bathtub. The room was large though, and the view from the balcony was not bad. We realized that there were no tooth paste nor toothbrushes. “We don’t provide that, but you can buy it here”, said the manager. Ok, 30k for 2 Oral-B.

Day 2

Morning breakfast was amazing, with great food, and great view too. We took a walk along the beach (Sanur), before taking shuttle bus to Kuta. We spent about 2 hours on the beach (Kuta), and on the road. The beach was great, and shopping experience was good too, way more exciting than Sanur 😦 Internet cafes are all around, a mango smoothie cost 42k rupiah and it was too sweet :”>

By noon, we stopped by a tourist information table (they are everywhere) at the gate of the Kuta Square and got a private car for the afternoon tour at 280k rupiah. We walked around a little bit more while waiting for the car to come at 2pm.

Our first stop was GWK, the giant statue, quite amazing! It cost 50k (to enter, of course, not that the statute is for sales)

G.W.K

 

More G.W.K

The 2nd destination was Dreamland, a new resort and beach, totally not worth visiting, they are new, and not quite ready for tourist I think (but it was so crowded).

After that, we went all the way to Uluwatu to enjoy the sunset.

Uluwatu – Bali

More of Uluwatu

Not bad at all, but be careful of the monkeys, they may take your cap, or your sunglasses. If you want, you can check out the fire dance, costing 70k per person.

We ended our day in Jimbaran with grilled seafood dinner with candles and live music on the beach. Romantic view, awesome food which cost a fortune *actually value is available upon request*. We reached home at 8pm and my wife went for a face massage while I enjoyed internet at the hotel lobby.

Day 3

Breakfast was good, as usual. After a long painful negotiation process, we got a car for 320k, throw our luggage on the car, and started the trip, without lunch.

We first visited the batik factory (well, very small though), and the silver and gold factory where many handmade jewelries are available at reasonable cost. Then we went to Mengwi, the royal temple. It was empty, but worth visiting anyway. We bought some snacks, and continue to Tanah Lot. It was beautiful. Friends, buy your souvenirs, sarong, and whatever things you want to buy here. Things are the same all around Bali, but here you have the largest collection, variety of choices, and very good price (negotiable :P).

It took about 90 mins or so, to reach our next hotel in Ubud, the Champlung Sari Hotel. Fun fact: the roads there are so dark that we even thought it was earth hour. The hotel was next to monkey forest, very cosy, and very dark also. Great welcome drink, huge room with rice field view. There was bathtub, thanks god (though I only used it once). But as soon as I jumped in to the bathtub, I found that there were shampoo, conditioner, but no shower gel (then bathtub for what?).

We went out for the dinner, cross the very dark monkey forest road and reached some brighter road. We stopped by a tourist information table and get a car for our next day’s full day tour, 350k. Finally, we arrived at a nice restaurant, Pundi Pundi, by the lotus pond. Very good food, at 220k (cheapest meal since the day we arrived, except for the no-food meals). Back to the hotel, internet was available at the lobby, and there are mosquitoes as complement, fortunately no monkeys. TV show  ‘MasterChef Australia” wrapped up the day.

Day 4

We woke up early the next day, breakfast was so so, the chef was lazy, so he made the omelettes in advance, hence it was cold when we arrived. We managed to see monkeys running cross the breakfast hall 😀 9am, we started the trip which very soon became the worst experience of our Bali time.

Our first stop was the Elephant Cave, 15k/person. Not so bad.

Elephant Cave – Bali

We went down, and a guy came and said: “may I check your tickets?” and then “that’s ok, please start from here, this is “so and so” made in 8th century, blah blah blah” and at the end of the tour “for me, can I get some tips, normally they give us 10-15 USD (~100k – 150k)”. I felt like getting robbed and it completely destroyed our mood. Very soon after that, our driver let us know we should give at most 20k, and he said sorry for not telling us earlier.

We next stopped by the coffee plantation along the way. The beautiful, green and cool coffee forest calmed us down. We had a chance to try ginger tea, lemon leave tea, kakao, bali coffee and ginseng tea, for free. They taste great and we ended up buying a box of organic handmade lemon tea for 100k. We next climbed up the mountain (by car, of course) to view the Kintamani volcano, I hardly can find a word to describe how beautiful the scene was :”>.

Kintamani volcano – Bali

We stopped to have lunch at a restaurant on the mountain, where you can view the valley, rice fields, and other mountains. The buffet lunch cost only 80k/person which was amazingly cheap. After lunch, we arrived at the Besakih temple, one of the most famous temples in Bali.

Basekih temple – Bali

We were stopped at about 1km away and the guy told us that we need to walk in. 15k for the tickets, and you have to rent sarongs before you can go up (wth, all the other temples we visited, they lent us sarong for free x(). The lady told us 50k for 2 but we managed to get these at 20k and started moving up. Very soon someone asked to check the tickets (damn) and told us that we need to get a tour guide as that day was the full moon day (Vesak day) and they are having a ceremony!?!?!? We angrily escaped from all the crazy things, and started climbing up the hill (the temple is at the top of the hill). As soon as we reached the gate, a gang of guys stopped us, and said we must have a local guardian to move up, or we will have to stop and go back. That was totally ridiculous, and many other tourists are being stopped like us. They asked us for 10-15 USD again and we almost came down to go home. In the end after a lot of “ding dong”, we paid another 20k and were ‘allowed’ to go in. The temple was beautiful, but apparently it took too much to see the beauty of it. The ‘guardian’ took us to somewhere in the middle where he left us and told us to continue ourselves!?!?!?!

Besakih temple – Bali – worth all the crazy troubles getting here

After all these,  we left for our hotel, had the shower, enjoyed a good dinner, checked mail with mosquitoes and watched the MasterChef.

Day 5

Our last day started with the same so so breakfast, we soon went out to get a car to visit Bedugul, a mountain-lake-temple attraction in Bali. We told the guys there we wanted to visit Bedugul, and after that go straight to the airport. They all told us that it would be very far, and asked for 550k or even 700k. Fortunately, we saw the driver who took us the previous day (he also stayed near the monkey forest) and we agreed at 400k (crazy, right?).

Bedugul was worth the time and money. It was not that far, only 80 mins from monkey forest.

Bedugul – Bali

More of Bedugul – Bali

 We next had another mountain side buffet lunch at 80k, before buying some stuffs at a local market and went directly to the airport where we arrived some 3 hours before the flight (so again, it’s not far at all, and seemed like all the tourist information guys were bluffing). The procedures were pretty fast, but as soon as we reached the custom, we were asked for 150k/person for the service charge!@#$^?  Since we did not have enough cash left, we had to do some exchange in the airport.  Fortunately, that was the last bad experience we had there.

After 2 hours surfing internet at Coffee Bean cafe. We jumped on the plane and went back to Singapore safely. My wife said she never wanted to return to Singapore that badly 🙂

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Vietnam – Hochiminh city – 4 days

Since I was born in Vietnam, most of my friends would come to me for travel advices whenever they want to have a quick getaway to Hochiminh city (aka Saigon). Shameful to say, I don’t think I know the city very well since Saigon changes almost every day and I can’t keep up (that also explains why most of the photos here I have to credit to the Internet). Nevertheless, here are some of the advices that you could use if you have a weekend free in Saigon. I will include the names in Vietnamese so you can easily show them to your taxi drivers or ask locals for directions.

1. Places that are picture worthy

1.a Places inside the city

Notre Dame Cathedral ( goes by a Vietnamese name as “Nha Tho Duc Ba”).

Notre Dame Cathedral

– Next to Notre Dame Cathedral, there’s a central post office (Buu Dien Thanh Pho) that still retains most of its French architecture.

– From Notre Dame, you can take a walk to the Opera House (Nha Hat Lon). It’s a fair bit of walking but it will lead to you to the city central through some of the nicest streets of Saigon. Pay visit to some art gallery along the way if you are interested.

– From Opera House, you can walk to the Parliament house (Uy Ban Nhan Dan Thanh Pho). At night, the Parliament House is lit up very nicely. I’ve seen lots of photographers practicing their skills there.

1.b Places outside the city. It’s better if you can follow a tour group. The hotel receptionists will help you book your tour. Ask for “Sinh cafe tour group”. They are experts in organizing tours for foreign tourists so their guides can speak English (fluently, but I cannot guarantee their accents).

– Can Gio tour (1 day). They will take you to places like this (the brackish water area)

Can Gio tour – picture from Internet

– The floating market at Mekong Delta (1 day). I’ve heard a lot of feedback that this floating market is not as good as the one in Thailand so if your schedule is tight, you can skip this.

Floating market – Picture from the Internet

– Cuchi tunnel (1 day).

Cu Chi tunnels – picture from the Internet

2. Things/ places to shop

– “Ben Thanh” market. It’s a central, indoor market (closed at 5pm). You can find: local bags, clothes, shoes, dry local snacks, beautiful textiles. There are also tailors that offer to make your clothes within 1 or 2 days. This place is popular among tourists so most vendors can communicate in English but you have to haggle hard (start at half price and work it up).

Night market: It’s at the outdoor of Ben Thanh market. Opens from 7pm onward. You can find fake branded clothes, bags here. Also bargain hard. (Adidas, Nike tshirts are about USD5 each).

Saigon square: It’s an indoor market, closed at 6pm. I don’t remember the exact address but it is walkable from Ben Thanh market. It sells almost the same things as the night market but with more varieties.

3. Things/ places to eat:

Of course the best way is to have a local to bring you to hard-to-reach corners for really authentic Vietnamese food. However, the followings are really popular among tourists.

 – “Ngon” restaurant at 160 Pasteur street. They have wide varieties of local cuisines ranging from the Northern delicacies to Southern ones so you can try a little bit of everything. It’s very affordable ($5-$10) and the ambience is really nice with al fresco outdoor sitting. Try to be there a bit earlier than others (say 11h for lunch and 18h for dinner) or else you have to queue up long time because the place is always very packed by tourists.

– “Bach Dang” ice cream. It is walkable from Ben Thanh market. Try their coconut ice cream (ice cream served in a fresh coconut)

– Local fresh seafood: Ngoc Suong restaurant at 106 Suong Nguyet Anh st.

4. Transportation: It’s best that you travel by cab (no booking fee, no surcharge anytime and it’s very affordable)  but only use these following 2 companies:

– Mai Linh taxi. Call 38 38 38 38

– Vina Sun taxi. Call 38 27 27 27

Other companies are very likely to tout.

Mount Kinabalu – a MUST in everyone’s bucket list

An overview of Mount Kinabalu – excerpted from Wiki

Kinabalu from a distance – it looked rather erie, forewarning what is waiting for us ahead…

Mount Kinabalu is a prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in the Southeast Asia. It is located in the East Malaysia state of Sabah and is protected as Kinabalu National Park, a World Heritage Site. Kinabalu is the highest peak in Borneo’s Crocker Range and is debatably  the highest mountain in Southeast Asia. Mount Kinabalu is also the 20th most prominent mountain in the world by topographic prominence.

In 1997, a re-survey using satellite technology established its summit (known as Low’s Peak) height at 4,095 metres (13,435 ft) above sea level,

Low’s Peak can be climbed quite easily by a person in good physical condition and there is no need for mountaineering equipment at any point on the main route. Other peaks along the massif, however, require rock climbing skills.

Map of the hiking trail

Mount Kinabalu hiking trail

Mount Kinabalu can be attempted in two days. If you start from Timpohon gate, it will take you about 6-7 hours to reach Laba Ratan rest house at about 3300m elevation. You would have dinner there and take a quick rest/nap till 2am of the next day to start ascend to the summit. That later part would take approximately 4 hours and hopefully you could make it for the sun rise. The descending part will start from there, straight down to Timpohon gate.

Preparation

For more details about all the costs involved and what to prepare, you can research Wikitravel site.

Part 1: Timpohon gate to Laba Ratan hut – about 7 hours from 1500m to 3300m elevation

The first half of the trip should go pretty well. The scene doesn’t offer anything spectacular. There are some pretty rough patches but mostly very easy to walk with clearly laid out steps.

Most of the first part of the hike would look like this

The weather can change very rapidly. One minute it is shining, the next it can be pouring heavily. So be prepared for this. Bring layer clothings, water proof hiking boots and rain coats.

I ran out of water so I drank the mountain water because according to the above mentioned  Wikitravel site that I found, it was supposed to be safe to drink. No it was not. It made my tummy feel funny.

Tip 1: DON’T DRINK THE MOUNTAIN WATER. Bring plenty of water with you. They did sell water at the hut but it cost something like RM10 a bottle.

The mountain water that almost killed my Kinabalu dream

After 7 hour of hard labor, you would reach Laba Ratan hut for dinner and energy recharge.

We were so excited to see this at last … Pendunt hut where we would have a quick nap

The hut looked cozy but there was no heater. It was so cold. We couldn’t book the one with heater.

Tip 2: BOOK EARLY because it’s crowded up there. We booked 1 month in advance but still couldn’t get the heated huts.

The super packed hut where everybody scrambled for food which tasted pretty decent. But who cared, at that time I could gobble down anything.

Part 2: Laba Ratan hut to Low’s Peak Summit – about 4 hours from 3300m to 4100m elevation

After a quick and much needed rest, your guide will come and wake you up at around 1.30 am.

Tip 3: bring INSTANT CUP NOODLES for an enjoyable and energy packed quick breakfast.

Although this part of the hike is supposed to be much shorter than the earlier part, it is much more dangerous. There are neither laid out foot steps nor stairs. There’s only a big rope for us to hold on to and pull ourselves up on almost vertical giant rocks. I almost couldn’t pull myself up at one part but fortunately my partner was right behind me pushing my butts up.

Most of the time you would look up and see butts and probably would also push some strangers’ butts

 

Tip 4: keep going, DON’T LOOK DOWN at all costs. Doing all these in the dark kinda helped because you don’t know how dangerous the situation is and you just kep moving and following others.

People mostly give up during this part. Just take it slow and take as much rest as you need. You would appreciate a good pair of hiking boots with really good traction.

Almost there

A little bit more

The last 200m which also poses great difficulty… so near… yet so far…

Finally we made it, though a little bit later for the sun rise.

What you could see from the summit would make all your effort worthwhile.

Looking at South Peak near by which is not reachable without climbing equipment

It’s time to descend, which is not much easier. Some parts, it’s better to crawl.

Walking down – looked like it’s flat, but it’s going down at least 45 degrees

The view was so spectacular looking down

Part 3: Via Ferrata walk – the highest Via Ferrata in the world – this is optional but it’s recommended to try with a good guide that is patient and can carefully show you how to use your equipment properly. Ours was not. Consequently, we suffered through the Via Ferrata walk. It was supposed to be an almost effortless trip that a seven-year-old kid could easily attempt but it turnt out to be hard labor for us because we used too much strength. The guide ignored our suffering. But still, we enjoyed it even sometimes my partner screamed: I wanted to turn backkkk.

Tip 5: Choose a good guide for your Via Ferrata. If you have recommendations for some good guides, let us know at the Comments 🙂

 

Mama I miss you

After Via Ferrata walk, you can have a quick lunch at the same Laba Ratan hut before descending down to mountain gate. The descending part will not tire you very much but will take a quick toll on your knees.

Part 4: Descending to Timpohon gate

Tip 6: BRING CLIMBING POLES even while descending. It would help your knees. Wear your knee supports if you have them.

Most people take only 4 hours to complete this stretch but we took almost 6 hours. Partly because it was raining so the steps were slippery. The sky also went dark pretty fast which even slowed us further down.

Next morning, you probably couldn’t walk normally and the pain may last for a week.

Tip 7: BRING COUNTER PAIN and apply generously immediately after the climb.

If you have time, you can spend a day or two at Kota Kinabalu city. It has beautiful beaches and awesome fresh seafood.

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A list of MUST HAVE items for the trip (besides other stuff that you might need, but these items are MUST HAVE)

–       Good walking boots – preferably water proof because it is very likely to rain

–       Hand gloves – this is not because it’s too cold. This is to protect your hands while you try to pull yourselves up by a rope

–       Rain coats – the disposable ones work fine

–       Head-mounted torch light – you must free your hand to hold onto whatever you can

–       Counter Pain cream

–       Anti-motion sickness peels – some people suffer from altitude sickness even though normally they don’t suffer from motion sickness. This is the number one reason people give up the climb even though some are physically fit

–       At least 2 litters of water for each person – keep the empty bottles to top them up at the hut. By all means, don’t drink the so-called-untreated-but-drinkable water on the mountain

–       Energy food such as chocolate, instant noodles or muesli bars

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If you also had great experiences conquering Mount Kinabalu, please share them with us at RoadTripWorms@gmail.com. This definitely must be in every road-trip-worm’s bucket lists.