Mount Kinabalu: The Little Hut (Part 3 of 7)
“This article is part of the Mount Kinabalu article which is divided into 5 parts for easier reading. If you missed the previous parts of this article, click here”.
For the second night of our Mount Kinabalu adventure, we stayed at a lovely place called ‘Little Hut’ which is situated in the Mesilau Valley in Kundasan. The huts are built and maintained based on a home stay concept but with exceptionally complete facilities (yes, includes wifi) and beautifully designed architectural huts in par with any boutique hotels.
The route leading to the Little Hut is a bit complicated to navigate if you don’t already have a map. Getting there brings you through many scenic moments; small farms, wooden bridge, small waterfall, orchid gardens, tuck shops, and many ‘kampung’ (malay word for village) huts and houses. One will be able to witness the locals doing their everyday chores in their normal everyday life. Simple and humble, a far cry from the life in the city.
Arriving at Little Hut feels like a sudden change of scenery. After driving pass many kampung huts and houses, the scene of the modern yet simple Little Hut against the scenic view of the kampung will put you in a breath-taking moment.
As soon as we arrived, when the car doors were opened, my group members was caught in so much awe that they forgot how tired they were, even forgot that they needed a shower and just started taking pictures everywhere around Little Hut. There’s just so much photography opportunity at that place; uniquely designed huts, many variety of beautiful flowers, farmland that stretches all the way to the land below, and most amazing of all, scenic view of the mountain against the evening sun. There were two friendly dogs that came from the nearby houses to greet us strangers. They seemed extremely happy with our arrival, running back and forth as we laughed at their behaviour!
Little Hut actually consists of 4 huts: the largest being ‘Bizza Hut’ which accomodates up to a maximum of 5 people (right most in the picture), ‘Incredible Hut’ which caters for 3 (middle hut with the red doors), ‘Unbreak My Hut’ which is specially designed for couples (left most in the picture), and ‘Hut Attack’ which can provide for 4 persons (not shown in the picture).
Fully equipped kitchen with a gas stove and other necessary utensils such as knifes, chopping board, pots & pans, spoons and forks. The owner was gracious enough to have already bought us various vegetables in addition to the ones that we already bought this morning!
(Left) Yun Hung making himself cosy. (Right) Even the washroom gives out the aura of innocence with its very white and clean ceramic basins and a touch of fresh flower.
(Left) The master bedroom of Incredible Hut, which opens up to a fantastic view of the Mount Kinabalu from a large verandah. Have your group gather and just spend these cherished moments with each other against the backdrop of farms and mountains. (Right) Another bedroom in the Incredible Hut which was mine for the night!
Living room of the Incredible Hut which became our ‘online’ area. Free coffee and tea packets are also provided along with the kettle to boil water. Wifi is available in the Little Hut for your convenience. But I do suggest that you keep your online activities to a minimal so as to get closer to nature.
Here’s how the land below looks against the evening sun. How simple the life here is, free from the hectic pressure of the city. I have a feeling that if I spent another night at this magical place, I would not want to go back home anymore!
As evening came, the golden hour of outdoor photography has left and it was time for us to retreat into our little huts to prepare for our humble and warming steamboat dinner. We quickly started on the food preparations together.
After all the celebration, the laughter and giggles started making way to yawns. It was a sign for us to head for our beds and to rest for another exciting day the next day. The temperature was much cooler at night than when we first arrived. The thick duvet that was provided was extremely comfortable, shielding us from the chilling cold outside. In no time at all, we all fell asleep and entered into a deep sleep.
I made sure I got up early in the morning as did not want to miss the sun rise here. Indeed it was a magnificent sight to behold. Imagine waking up to a cold misty morning before the sun is up, then slowy, the sun rays starts penetrating the skyline, waking the roosters and the other animals to sound their horns. In perfect synchronization, soft breeze started to work its way, blowing the flowers gently, as if they were dancing to the beat of the morning music beautifully sung by the roosters, the goats and of course the melodious birds.
The sunbeam penetrates its way into the Little Hut. I just stood there to enjoy the warmth of the morning sun touching against me.
When the sun showed its face, it opened its mouth to blow into the valley a soft breeze. The flowers started their morning dance in perfect synchronization to the beat of the morning music, beautifully sung by the roosters, the goats and the melodious birds.
The host was so kind that she gave us freshly steamed jagung bukit (which means corns from the hills in malay). The jagung had different tones of yellow on it, and tasted different from the jagungs normally sold in the cities. The texture was soft and it was definitely juicy with every bite. Loved it to the max!
It was time for us to set off for another adventurous day. We were blessed with extremely good weather that morning, so much so the magnificent of Mount Kinabalu was displayed to us. We saw with our very own eyes the challenge that lies ahead in front of us in the next few days as we continue our adventure to the summit of Mount Kinabalu!