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TRAVEL / OCT ‘2014

Salamat Datang – Welcome to Malaysia!

Malaysia is the next place you should visit for your family holiday. Ranging from seeing, and even feeding the native Orang-utan to the five-star, family-friendly resorts.



Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah and is located on Borneo. It’s a great place to travel with family for several reasons:

  • The weather is usually around 30°C for much of the year
  • The Australian dollar goes a long way
  • No jet lag as it is a short flight from Perth
  • Food food food! The food’s fantastic and ranges from Malay, Chinese, local and Western
  • Malaysia loves tourists of all ages


There are also many fun and interesting things you can do in Kota Kinabalu that cater for all the family, big and small, including:

  • Diving
  • Jungle Trekking
  • Golfing
  • Aquarium and Marine Museum
  • Gaya St Sunday Market
  • Waterworld Theme Park
  • Kinabalu Park, Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site.


For more information visit


Orang-utan Sanctuary

The highlight of any trip to Kota Kinabalu would have to be a visit to the Orang-utan Sanctuary which is located at the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort. It provides a home to endangered species of animals until they are ready to be returned to their natural habitat.

There are many activities on offer at the Sanctuary which cater for different ages including:

  • Orang-utan Viewing and Canopy Walkway
  • In Search of the Orang-utan
  • Jungle Walk
  • Bird Watching


 One of the most exciting and interesting activities for children would have to be ‘Ranger For The Day’. It is a half-day programme where children assist the rangers with their daily duties.

Highlights include:

  • Special Ranger uniform to keep
  • Feeding the animals
  • Taking care of the animals
  • Fun and educational



We stayed at the Rasa Ria Shangri-La which was a fantastic resort. It’s very family friendly, yet has all the touches you expect from a high end property. The staff are wonderful and go out of their way to be helpful, learn your name and also bond with your children.


  • Family friendly
  • Beautiful location
  • Golf
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Horse riding
  • The Spa at Dalit Bay
  • Kids Pool
  • Kids Club


We had never used a Kids Club before but the one at this resort was excellent. We would let our daughter go some mornings then come back at lunch time. The advantage of the Kids Club is that the children are being cared for in a safe and secure location while allowing the adults some “grown up” time.

Some of the activities on offer for the children include:

  • Batik Painting
  • Face Painting
  • Nature Detective
  • Traditional Dance
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Lighting Ceremony


For more information visit


Getting There

Currently, Malaysian Airlines is offering non-stop flights from Perth to Kota Kinabalu, which takes 5 hours and 50 minutes.   Alternatively, you could do a stopover in Kuala Lumpur and for a spot of shopping and sightseeing!

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Colleen has roamed the world for many years on her own and with her husband and daughter, Rebekah. During this time, Colleen has been a teacher and an award-winning recipient of Flight Centre both in Australia and overseas. Colleen will guide you through family travel the way she knows best!