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Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu & Kozan Teppan-Yaki

For your information, there are two Shangri-La Resorts in Sabah; which are Shangri-La Tanjung Aru and Shangri-La Rasa Ria. 
Previously, I blogged about Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu.
For this post, I will share about my experience staying in Shangri-La Rasa Ria Kota Kinabalu.

Talking about location, Shangri-La Rasa Ria is situated nearly an hour from Kota Kinabalu International Airport. So, either you need to do early arrangement with the hotel for the pick-up, or taking Grab (approx. RM60-70 per way) or perhaps, you can consider to rent car from a reliable and trustworthy car rental such as Mirai Travel. Despite the location which it's quite distance away from the city centre, this hotel is absolutely the perfect spot for you to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and take this moment to unwind your body, soul and mind.   

With just shy of 500 rooms and suites, Shangri-La Rasa Ria is split into two distinctive wings - the Garden Wing and Ocean Wing. Both wings have their own gracious lobby for the guests to do check-in and there are plenty of spacious parking lots too.  

So which is better?
Rooms in Garden Wing are popular among the family, especially with small children as the children's facilities are more closer, such as kids club, swimming pool with slides and an outdoor playground. Whereas for the rooms in Ocean Wing, each and every room has its own oversized outdoor bathtub built at the private balcony. Because we don't have any lil kid and the outdoor bathtub looks pretty inviting, hence we chosen to stay in the Ocean Wing. 

#1: Garden Wing - Perfect for family with children 

#2: Ocean Wing 

Right after we parked our car, we went to the open-air lobby at the Ocean Wing building. The check-in process was pretty fast and smooth - they just required our identification card for verification and after that, we're given two room cards. 

#3: Check-in process at Ocean Wing's lobby 

#4: Ocean Wing Junior Suite Seaview King Room 

To our surprise, the room is indeed spacious and enormous. Furnished in warm earthy tones with natural wood furnishing, the room is well-equipped with:
  • Luscious king-sized bed
  • Marble-clad bathroom with twin hand basin, a separate toilet and shower room 
  • Walk-in wardrobe with dressing table and ironing facilities
  • Flat screen television with numerous in-house movie channels
  • A dining table and writing desk 
  • Mini bar including mini fridge, kettle, coffee and tea facilities. They even stocked some snacks and soft drinks.
  • Cozy long couch next to the bed
  • Large private balcony with oversized outdoor bathtub and sitting area
#5: Large bathroom with a separate toilet on the left side and shower room on the right side 

#6: L'Occitane toiletries 

#7: Walk-in wardrobe with dressing table

#8: Mini bar stocked with snacks and soft drinks  

#9: Private balcony with oversized outdoor bathtub and sitting area

#10: And the best part of our room - facing the sparkling South China Sea 

#11: Can even witness the most gorgeous sunset view from the balcony 

Date Stayed: 15 January - 16 January 2022 (1 Night)
Type of Room: Ocean Wing Junior Suite Seaview King 
Room Rate: RM600 per night (Booked from the official website)
Breakfast: Included

As for our dinner, my husband and I decided to dine-in at Kozan Teppan-Yaki which located below of the main lobby at the Garden Wing. You don't have to worry about walking from one wing to another cause both wings are connected internally. 

#12: Kozan Teppan-Yaki located at the below main lobby of Garden Wing 

Kozan Teppan-Yaki offers 4 different sets of Teppanyaki and both of us chosen the Kaze set which indicates the wind in Japanese. All sets are inclusive of appetizer, sautéed mixed vegetables, garlic fried rice, Japanese pickles, miso soup and dessert of the day. 

Our Kaze (wind) set comes with:
  • Hokkaido scallop
  • Tiger prawn
  • Norwegian salmon
  • Boneless chicken thigh 

#13: Kaze (wind) set Teppayaki 

For more info Kozen Teppan-Yaki especially of their menu, you can check out here.


For Ocean Wing guests, we got to enjoy our breakfast at Oceano Modern Grill where they served breakfast in ala carte buffet style. We even got the choice either to sit indoor or outdoor and definitely for sure, we opted for the latter seating. Not just that we able to enjoy the extravagant breakfast with gorgeous view, we're also enjoy listening to the birds' chipping in the early morning. Such a relaxing and peaceful environment!    

#15: Outdoor seating for breakfast 

#16: Breakfast at Oceano Modern Grill

There are two main pools within the resort, one for each of the wing. Ocean Wing's pool is more bigger but less crowded compare to the one in Garden Wing. Garden Wing's pool is towards more kids oriented with a water slide. The perk of being Ocean Wing's guest, you can access to both side of the pools. 

#17: Pool at Ocean Wing. More bigger and less crowded. There is even an infinity jacuzzi. 

#18: Pool at Garden Wing. More kids oriented with a water slide 

#19: Mini outdoor playground for the little kids 

#20: Sunrise jungle trekking at Rasa Ria Reserve. You can read my post here.

#21: Early bird catches the early sunrise with a glimpse of Mount Kinabalu 

#21: Highly recommend to book the room with seaview because this is Sabah bah!

If you are looking for a family-friendly hotel, then Shangri-La Rasa Ria will be the best option as this resort offers plenty of activities to do. Apart from the swimming pools, recreational facilities, golf course and a nature reserve, there is even a stunning 3km white sandy beach where you and your family can enjoy the swim there and some watersport activities. 
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Central Europe [Part 7]: A Day Trip to Innsbruck From Salzburg

 << Previous Post: Hello Salzburg Again! <<

Austria is one of the countries in Europe that I don't mind going back over and over again. Being a landlocked country in Central Europe lying in the Eastern Alps, Austria offers sunny alpines meadows, snowcapped sky-high mountains and sparking turquoise lakes. Besides that, there is an abundance of castles, palaces and buildings, among other architectural works along with classical art and music can be found within the nation. 

To date, I have been to Austria three times.
First time back in 2008 where my friends and I had brief and short trip to Tyrol
Second trip in 2017 where I did my solo trip to Vienna, Salzburg and Hallstatt
Third trip in 2022 with my husband where we covered places like Hallstatt and Salzburg. And I managed to tick off another city of Austria which is Innsbruck. This has been one of my wishlists. 

We chosen Salzburg as our base as the journey to Innsbruck takes nearly 2 hours via train. 

One of the main reasons why Innsbruck is in my wishlist is because of Swarovski Crystal World museum (Swarovski Kristallwelten). Saw few of my friends had been to this place and immediately added into my travel bucket list. However, this crystal museum is not situated in the city centre of Innsbruck and you either need to take shuttle bus or take another train ride.  

Opening Hours: 9am to 7pm (Last entry is 6pm)
Admission Fee: You can check out the latest fee here. It's best to purchase online for cost-saving. 

1) Shuttle Bus Service 

2) Taking trains
We opted for this means of transportation and the following is the route: 
  • Train ride from Salzburg Hbf → Wörgl 
  • Then, change train at Wörgl → Fritzens-Wattens Bahnhof
  • From Fritzens-Wattens Bahnhof, we walked for almost 30 minutes to Swarovski Kristallwelten
(This is the cheapest option where we don't have to fork out any single cents of money as our train rides were covered under Eurail Global Pass)

Another bucket list ticked off 

Cinderella Slipper 

The Art of Performance - Elton John from the movie Rocketman 

Studio Job Wunderkammer 

Crystal Cloud & Mirror Pond

Established since 1803, Cafe Munding is the oldest cake shop in the very heart of Innsbruck. Not far away from the famous landmark of the Golden Roof, this cafe serves variety of cakes, pastries and even ice-cream. 

Opening Hours: 8am to 8pm

This is my pick - Raspberry with pistachio cake  

Exploring the city's medieval old town is one of the things I will always do in any part or city of Europe. Here in Innsbruck, you will see row and row of colourful buildings set against the Austrian Alps. 

The Golden Roof, one of the most recognised landmark in Innsbruck

Stadtturm, the town hall tower with an observation deck 

Hard Rock Cafe 

Triumphpforte, one of the best known sights in Innsbruck  

15 minutes walk from Innsbruck Hbf to Aldstadt (Old Town)

Can't leave any city without getting any magnet - It's a must for me. How about you? 
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Central Europe [Part 6]: Hello Salzburg Again!

<< Previous Post: My Second Visit To Hallstatt, Austria <<

After spending 3 days and 2 nights in Hallstatt, my husband and I moved forward to the next city of Austria which is Salzburg. This is my second visit to the birthplace of the world's greatest classical composer, Mozart but it's first time for my husband. You can read my previous post of my first visit to Salzburg back in 2017 here.


#1: Scenery train view from Hallstatt to Salzburg 

Because we bought Eurail Global Pass from Klook, therefore we're heavily relied on taking trains from one point to another point. And we used Rail Planner apps to plan the entire of our trip. 

There are no direct train servicess from Hallstatt to Salzburg and some require at least one or two transfers.

The following are the route we took:
1) Hallstatt → Attnang-Puchheim 
2) Attnang-Puchheim → Salzburg Hbf 
(All these train rides are covered under Eurail Global Pass)


Previously during my maiden visit to Salzburg, I booked and stayed in International Youth Hostel Salzburg but I would love to experience staying in different hostels. Hence for this round, I picked The Key Eco Rooms - sits in between Salzburg Train Station and city centre. 



The Key Eco Rooms  
Date Stayed: 28 October - 30 October 2022 (2 nights) 
Total Room Rate: RM576 for Private Twin Room with Shared Bathroom (Booked from Booking.com

Things I Like About This Accommodation:
  • Within 10 minutes of walking from Salzburg Central Station, Mirabell Palace and Gardens, etc   
  • Communal kitchen where guests are allowed to cook their own meals  
  • Even it's shared bathroom and toilet, but it's pretty clean. 
Things I Dislike About This Accommodation:
  • Very few toilets to be shared among many rooms and there are few floors without any toilet, especially the floor we're staying. So it's quite inconvenient where we need to purposely walk down the stair just to get to the bathroom and toilet.

The ideal way to get around Salzburg is on foot because the city is a compact city with most of the main attractions are just within walking distance.

The first place we visited when we arrived in Salzburg is Mirabell Palace & Gardens as the distance from our accommodation to here is less than 10 minutes walk. Mirabell Palace is open to visitors for free of charge. 

#5: Mirabell Palace and Pegasus Fountain 

#6: Top photo took back in 2017 and bottom photo took in 2022

#7: One of the shooting location for "The Sound of Music" where the song Do-Re-Mi was filmed here

#8: Beautifully manicured Mirabell Gardens 

From Mirabell Palace & Gardens, we walked to Altstadt (Old Town). 

#9: Makartsteg Bridge (Love Lock Bridge)

#10: What a great day to spend at Salzach River

#11: Everything is about Mozart in Salzburg; Cafe Mozart, Mozart's Birthplace and even on Swatch

#12: Altstadt (Old Town)

#13: Walk up to Hohensalzburg Fortress for the best view of Salzburg 

#14: Kapitelplatz, a huge square in the center of old town 

#15: First gelato we had throughout our trip

#16: One of the best views on our way back to our accommodation 

That's pretty sum up our day in Salzburg. As our age are catching up, we try to avoid our itinerary being too packed with visiting too many places and attractions. What matters the most is spending quality time with your loved one.  
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