Back in KK (Kota Kinabalu) after hitch hiking a mini van from Mount Kinabalu, there was only once place left to visit,the famous night market. On our 1st stop over we hadn’t been very adventurous in the evenings. However after meeting so many travellers who raved about the night markets we had to go check out what the fuss was about.
First we stumbled across the clothes and souvenir market. John loves these tourist t-shirts and soon had added a Sabah Borneo one to his collection.
The only thing missing was a cockney voice shouting “4 t shirts for a tenner love”
As we turned the corner we felt like we were back in London, walking through Petticoat Lane. The streets were packed full of rails of second hand clothes, cheese cloth shirts and Levi’s. The only thing missing was a cockney voice shouting ‘4 t shirts for a tenner love ‘, instead we could hear ‘very good price’ miss.
Outside there were several tailors using fabulous old singer sewing machines. They almost looked like the window display from All Saints. This Handicraft Market used to be known as ‘Pasar Filipino’ due to the large number of Filipino goods on sale here.
Soon our noses guided us to the food market. The aroma of satay barbecuing was fantastic. There was a great mix of tourists and locals enjoying the local delights.
Next up was the fresh food market, not such pleasant smells. Our feet were wet as we walked through the fresh fish market, Karen got snap happy. Until a little local of about 5 years old, told her off for taking too many photos.
To finish the evening it was time to have a drink and check out the local night life. It all seemed to be happening in the Irish bar – surprise surprise! The bar was called Shamrock’s Irish Bar and Wikitravel describes it as “The usual Irish fare – with outdoor seating!”… ahem!
The last task for KK was to get some Indian food for lunch before our flight to Bali.