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Travel Blogs from Ranau
The morning arrived. I didn't sleep well. I was too excited and nervous. Thinking how is my condition these days. How is my condition today! I had no clue, I felt good but worried which made me think again on how much I really wanted it if it makes me so nervous.
5:00 am, my eyes wide open. Quick cold shower and breakfast in a dark quiet room full of insects and I was off back to the office where on the way I decided to smoke my first and last cigarette up till the moment ...
... headache. Once we started ascending, the only effects that i had from altitude was shortness of breath and pins and needles in arms and hands. It wasn't bad and everyone had trouble breathing, so we had to stop very frequently especially after steep parts. When i finally got to the top of the mountain, I was so hyperventilating that my guide was getting me to do deep slower breaths. The rest house where we stayed for the night was very basic - i think we ...
... look like a trail. If you do not pay attention, you might end up getting lost.
After about 30 minutes perhaps (or eternity to some of us), we reached the bat caves. The area around the bat caves smell like bat's poo though. There was a signboard placed at the entrance of the cave prohibiting visitors from entering the cave. Nevertheless, we weren't interested in looking at bats. We took a break at the caves before continuing our trek upwards.
... is RM20 one way (either by long distance bus heading to Sandakan or minibus). Accomodation costs vary, and you need to book ahead to book beds in the huts. We booked last minute and got a package and accidentally had signed up to do the Via Ferrata activity with Mountain Torq! It's kinda like rock climbing down the mountain whilst being hooked in by a harness. Whilst fun, didn't really need to do it, but it was the only way we could secure beds at the ...
... but we were told of a special food night market that we needed to check out. This semi-outdoor food court was comprised of street style vendors who had solidified a space and set up shop for good. The 20m by 20m area was filled with plastic tables which were numbered and a main stage for life music. We wandered around all the stalls before finally placing our orders at various vendors and making sure to give our table number. They had a waitress walking around ...
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