As mentioned before, this is kind of an ad hoc trip without planning. So didn't expect much and just read over some of the blogs for references. Our first priority buying a one-way ticket to Sabah was definitely Airasia, cheap yet didn't have the delay problem before.
Flight schedule: (Airasia: HKD458/ person + Malaysia Airlines: free)
1950- 2255 AK238 (Hong Kong to Kota Kinabalu)
1130- 1430 KA1348 (Kota Kinabalu to Hong Kong)
Taxi to hotel
KK Suites Hotel
Finished work and rushed home to pack my baggage. (Yes! I can pack in half an hour!) Then took the airport bus and got all the way to the airport. Again, after getting the boarding passes, went to Page One to get the complimentary copy of magazines/ newspaper for free using the DBS credit card. This time we had an extra one in Relay for HKD1 using Standard Charter credit card.
Didn't have meals on board and knowing that we wouldn't be able to find any restaurants at midnight upon arrival, we decided to eat at Sawasdee Thai at terminal 2 beforehand. (HKD118)
Flipped through all those magazines on the flight and arrived there in a blink. There was a massive number of tourists going through the custom. The waiting area was tiny and the queues were finally ended up in a mess, making the waiting time even longer!
Picked our baggage quickly to catch a taxi. Our hotel was around 20 minutes ride away from the airport. Taxis from the airport didn't follow the meter. We bought a ticket from the taxi stand with the address of our hotel told. (RM32) The fare was calculated according to the area.
KK Suites Hotel was located in the middle of Gaya Street, just right at the city hub and closed to everything. Even the Sunday market was just within reach. It couldn't said to be great but fine and spacious in this cheap price. (HKD870 /4 nights) And the next day the staff told us we would have vouchers for breakfast every day next door! What a great deal!
Total expenses for 2 =HKD1904 + RM32
Dinner @Sawasdee Thai HKD118
Taxi to hotel RM32
KK Suites Hotel HKD870 for 4 nights