Sabah is Malaysia’s second largest multi-ethnic state in Sabah. The people of this country consist of various races with their respective cultural backgrounds. The original population consists of at least 30 groups using more than 50 languages and no less than 90 dialects. Among them are Kadazandusun, Bajau, Brunei Malay, Murut, Kedayan, Bidayuh, Melanau and many more. Sabah is home to many types of Pearls. Pearls are beautifully harvested from the sea and collected either sold raw or arranged into jewellery pieces such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. Pearls in Sabah are sold at much lower prices than in many other countries, with the same quality as everywhere. Besides, Sabah let you find a variety of markets, handmade crafts, crystals, antiques, fresh seafood, local cakes, exotic vegetables and fruits, and dry salty fish. The unique delicacies and souvenirs can be found at Kota Kinabalu, Kota Belud, Tamparuli, Papar, and Donggongon. Jalan Gaya Market was located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu. This is a popular place for locals and visitors to shopping every Sunday. Antique gongs, handicrafts, potted plants, orchids, animals, crystals, ceramics, clothing and accessories, local cakes and biscuits are just some of the hundreds of items offered. In addition, Tawau is where you will be if you are on a trip to Sipadan or a world-class dive site on the east coast of Sabah. On the return trip, be sure to take Tawau’s famous dry food such as shrimp and fish. For beauty and health, there is no better place than Sandakan to buy quality bird’s nest. This is a local harvest in Madhu and Gomantong Caves. Furthermore, Sabah got Tanjung Simpang Mengayau that also known as Tip of Borneo. This dramatic promenade is located at the northern end-mostly borneo, the third largest island in the world, after Greenland and New Guinea. It is located on Kudat Peninsula, about three and a half hours (or 215 kilo meters) drive from Kota Kinabalu City. Simpang Mengayau means ‘prolonged junction’ as it is the South China Sea that still exists and meets the Sulu Sea that flows from the east. Tourist that comes to visit Simpang Mengayau will able to enjoy stunning views. The sunset and full moon are just beautiful and the island of Kalampunian lighthouse is a memorial of treacherous beaches and past wrecks. To the left is the beautiful beach of Kalampunian Beach. It is a beautiful, easy walk to the flagpole, the Globe and the rocky outcrops that make up the “Tip of Borneo”. Sabah have it all, from the world’s largest flower – the Rafflesia, one of the highest mountains in South East Asia – Mount Kinabalu, to one of the world’s top dive sites – Sipadan Island. Sabah is also known for her great natural treasures which include the world-renowned Danum Valley Conservation Area and Tabin which is Sabah’s largest wildlife reserve.
2 trails to the summit, Ranau trail and Kota Belud trail. Ranau Trail will take an easterly course while the second trail, Kota Belud trail will take the westerly course from Laban Rata also ending at Sayat Sayat. While you do not need special skills to climb, you must at least have the basic fitness level.
Sabah has great outdoor rock climbing opportunities and also offers a great selection of indoor climbing opportunities. For the brave, why not attempt to abseil Mount Kinabalu and marvel at the spectacular view that Mount Kinabalu has to offer.
In Sabah, you could experience white water rafting at Padas River which gives you Class 3 and 4 rapids, while Kiulu white water rafting is more suitable for family with children as it gives you Class 1 to 2 rapids. All rafts big and sturdy, with an experienced expert guide who controls the steering of the rafts.
Exploring the lush green forest and with the mystery that surrounds the jungles. Exotic flora and fauna abound. Wild orchids of every imaginable hue. Pitcher plants that gulp down insects and flies. And of course, there’s the Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world.
Another outdoor recreational activity which is slowly gaining popularity in Sabah is biking. Sabah is known for scenic roads, natural areas, cultural and historic attractions and biking is a great way to discover all this at your own pace.
Parasailing is a recreational activity where you are able to enjoy the bird’s eye view of the destination of your choice. Experience the sheer freedom and rush of being hosted up in the air. While attached to a canopy wing, you, in your harness, will be lifted up and through the air by a moving boat.
Quad biking (ATV: All-Terrain Vehicle) is available at the Kiulu Farmstay. Explore and have fun navigating these tough looking four-wheelers through the home of the Dusun ethnic group, passing green jungles and plantation and through locals’ farms.
17 endemic birds to Borneo can be found and Crocker Range Park (Rafflesia Forest Reserve and Keningau head-station of Crocker Range). A few prime bird watching areas in Sabah are located in Lahad Datu (Danum Valley Conservation Area and Tabin Wildlife Reserve), Sandakan (Rainforest Discovery Centre-RDC) and Ranau (Poring Hot Springs).
Sandy beaches, tropical islands, blue waters, coral reefs and atolls, Sabah has several dive sites rated to be amongst the top ten in the world and many more yet to be truly explored.