Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

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April, 2018

Sabah Borneo’s geographical structure is not only a mix of beaches and tropical rainforest, but it also has mountainous terrain, which is mostly in the western part of Sabah Borneo. Apart from that, this mountainous terrain has one of Malaysia’s highest mountain being part of it, located on the Crocker Range; Mount Kinabalu is truly a sight to see (4,095 meters above sea level). There are also several mountains and hills in Sabah Borneo that are traversed by an extensive network of river valleys and most are covered with dense tropical Borneo Rainforest. With these mountainous terrains of Sabah Borneo, it is not a surprise that Sabah Borneo is also rich with many spectacular waterfalls, some are not known to many and probably have not even been discovered yet! For the ones that are known or have been discovered, below is the list in which you can put into your Borneo Holidays wish list.

1) Langanan Waterfall, Poring Hot Spring, Ranau

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Langanan Waterfall, Poring. Photo: Epicphals

Langanan Waterfall is located in Poring Hot Springs, Ranau, and it is considered one of Sabah Borneo’s highest waterfalls at about 120 m in height. It is suitable for adventurous trekkers as it requires about 2 hours (or more) trekking through the lowland tropical forest in order to reach the waterfall. Just don’t forget to wear leech socks and wear some waterproof shoes or jungle rubber shoes known as Adidas Kampung to avoid the slippery ground.

2) Kipungit Waterfall, Poring Hot Spring, Ranau

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Kipungit Waterfall, Poring. Photo by: Wen0329

Kipungit Waterfall is also located in Poring Hot Springs and it takes about 20-minutes walk from Poring Hot Springs to reach there. With a height of only about 12 meters, this waterfall offers a perfect place for group or families to go for a picnic and enjoy the refreshing bath.

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3) Mahua Waterfall, Tambunan

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Mahua Waterfall, Tambunan. Photo: Borneo Rimbawan

Take a 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu City, passing through small villages and forests on the Crocker Range, until reaching the serene district of Tambunan, where it houses one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Sabah; Mahua Waterfall. A pristine natural waterfall that is nestled deep in the tropical forest of the Crocker Mountain Range, it became one of the top local destination among the locals for a weekend getaway. Apart from that, Mahua Waterfall area also offers nature enthusiast to witness the various species of flora and fauna.

4) Ulu Kionsom Waterfall, Inanam

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Ulu Kionsom Waterfall, Inanam. Photo: Bearnerd Bondly

Ulu Kionsom Waterfall is the closest recreational park in Kota Kinabalu City, as it is only about 20 km away from the city or a 30-40 minutes drive from the city. To reach the park, you will pass the entrance of Mari Mari Cultural Village, which is one of the famous tourist destination that showcases Sabah Borneo’s cultural heritage. The recreational park is also known as waterfall park because of its unique features of having multi-tiered cascades of waterfalls over a hill slope. The lowest level is easily accessible via a cement walkway and it is a famous spot for families as well as groups to gather for picnic. However, the upper tiers can only be accessed through a steep jungle trail from the entrance. Please be cautious when walking every step as it is slippery!

5) Gelas Hill Waterfall, Tawau Hills National Park

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Bukit Gelas Waterfall, Tawau Hills Park. Photo: Zulhelmy Abdul Rahim

Gelas Hill Waterfall is located in Tawau Hills Park, which is about 24 km and a 30-minute drive from Tawau Town. A lush green forest and protected park that offers naturalist with its diverse species of flora and fauna that can be found there. To reach Gelas Hill Waterfall, a jungle trail is provided and you will need to walk through the trail for about 2.4km (Note: Be careful when walking on a jungle trail when it is raining, as it will be very slippery and muddy). However, once you reach Gelas Hill Waterfall, get ready to be in awe by the marvelous waterfall view and feel the tranquility of the area. In addition, Gelas Hill Waterfall is also known for its famous picnic spot for families and friends, some adventurous and nature lovers can also camp there in order to experience more on the nature’s beauty in that area.

6) Tawai Waterfall, Telupid

Tawai Waterfall is considered the biggest and least-known waterfall in Sabah Borneo. With its height about 95 meters, it is located deep inside the Tawai Forest Reserve, a Class I protected forest managed by Telupid Forestry Department. Therefore, you would need to apply for a permit from Sabah Forestry Department Headquarters before entering the protected area. To reach Tawai Rainforest Camp, you would need to drive about 4 hours to reach Telupid Town first from Kota Kinabalu City, and another hour drive from Telupid Town to Tawai Rainforest Camp (depends on weather and road condition). Once arriving at Tawai Rainforest Camp, continue on a jungle walk and witness many species of Borneo Pitcher Plants along the way until you are welcomed by the spectacular view of the waterfall. Don’t forget to wear proper hiking shoes and bring some drinking water while trekking to the waterfall.

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Tawai Waterfall, Tawai Forest Reserve Telupid.

6) Murug Turug Waterfall, Tamparuli

Murug Turug Waterfall is the newest tourist destination especially for those who are into hiking activity. One of the hidden gems in Sabah Borneo and located at Minangkob Village in Tamparuli district, which only takes about 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu City (For more information, you can check on their facebook page). Before reaching there, you will need to make some booking first before going there, and there are three packages offered ( Package A: Murug Turug Waterfall – 4km return; Package B: 5km return – 3 waterfalls; and Package C: 12km return via Malas Kalas Trail & witness 7 waterfalls) for you to choose. In addition, if you are interested to experience the natural wonders of Murug Turug, be sure to wear proper hiking shoes or the jungle rubber shoes which known as “Adidas Kampung” when you go for a hike and exploring the area. Moreover, feel free to bring some extra clothes, just in case you feel tempted to go for a swim at the clear emerald green river of the waterfall.

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Murug Turug Waterfall, Tamparuli. Photo: Kierra Sally Tan

8) Madai Waterfall, Kunak 

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Madai Waterfall, Kunak. Photo: Imran Kadir

Listening to the gushing sound of waterfalls are always nice to hear, especially when you are there to witness it yourself. A delightful sight when you get to see the 40-meter Madai Waterfall, which is located in the Madai Baturong Forest Reserve, about 15 km from Kunak Town. It attracts many locals and tourist to witness this interesting waterfall which is often referred to as the twin waterfall because it cascades down on two separate sides but merges together when there is a heavy downpour of rain. However, be cautioned not to swim beyond the shallow part of the river because it is known that there is a deep hole at the center of the pool area, plus there is no lifeguard in that area. Therefore, for safety precaution, you can just soak your feet in the shallow water and be mesmerized by the beautiful sight in front of you.

9) Maliau Waterfall, Maliau Basin Conservation Area 

Maliau Waterfall, Kunak. Photo: Patrick

An unusual sight if you get to see the 7-tiered Maliau Waterfall for your holiday adventure in Sabah Borneo. It is located deep within the Maliau Basin Conservation Area or known to many as “The Lost World of Sabah”. If you are an avid trekker, this place is considered an adventure to you with its surrounding unspoiled nature, rare species of plants, animal sightings and the Maliau Waterfall as your reward. However, you must obtain a permit to enter Maliau Basin in advance from Yayasan Sabah before deciding to go there. Moreover, you will need to venture into the pristine rainforests that took about 2-3 days(depends on weather condition) to reach Maliau Waterfall.

Apart from these nine waterfalls discussed above, there are still many waterfalls in Sabah Borneo that are yet to be explored. Whatever it is, all waterfalls in Sabah Borneo are amazing when you get to witness it firsthand, and it will be hard for you to not remember the delightful sights of waterfalls as well as its beauty. Can’t wait to dip into the cooling waters of the waterfall? Then, start planning yourself to make a trip to Sabah Borneo!

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Tawau – 5 Things to do for Sabah Borneo Holidays!

Tawau – 5 Things to do for Sabah Borneo Holidays!

Tawau – 5 Things to do for Sabah Borneo Holidays!

Have you ever been to Tawau before? It is the third largest city in Sabah Borneo and it plays an important role as major producer of tobacco, cocoa, and palm oil. It is located on the south east coast of Sabah Borneo, and shares a border with North Kalimantan, Indonesia. However, most travelers will only stop by Tawau for a short trip as it is a main gateway to the fabulous world’s top diving spots of Sipadan Island, which is located in Semporna.

Although Tawau itself is not popular among tourists, it actually has many interesting destinations that no one ever notice before. So, here are 5 things you can do in Tawau after your diving activities in the islands of Semporna.

 

Tawau - 5 Things to do for Sabah Borneo Holidays!

You can find the Tawau Mural Art at the town area

1) Teck Guan Cocoa Village & Cocoa Museum

Tawau - 5 Things to do for Sabah Borneo Holidays!

Teck Guan Cocoa Village Entrance

Since Tawau is one of the biggest producer of cocoa in the world, for sure there will be a production area in Tawau, and it is known as Teck Guan Cocoa Village & Cocoa Museum. The cocoa museum was open for public in 2004, located within a village area called Tanjung Batu, which is roughly 20-30 minutes drive from Tawau City. However, an advanced booking is needed before going for a tour at the cocoa museum and it is recommended to go there in the morning. Fret not, there will be an in-house guide to show you around the museum, starting from watching a 20-minute short clip on cocoa history, to cocoa sampling kitchen, and finally to cocoa processing factory. In addition, you can also experience the nature and fresh air by going for trekking along the tropical rainforest of Cocoa Culture Spring which is about 1-2 km that will lead you to the waterfall.

2) Tawau Tanjung Market

Tawau - 5 Things to do for Sabah Borneo Holidays!

Colorful local vegetables at the Tawau Tanjung Market

Looking for the best dried seafood in Sabah Borneo? Then, you should make a visit to Tawau Tanjung Market to purchase it. Equipped about 6000 stalls inside it, this 3-storey market is known to be the largest indoor market in Malaysia! This is because you can find everything here under one roof, as it offers almost all kinds of daily essentials and other goods, from the freshest vegetables, sea and agriculture produce, local snacks, dried seafood, handicrafts, pots and pans, toys to clothings. Apart from that, you can also find interesting products from Indonesia that are being sold there too. This is a good place for you to come as your last stop to purchase souvenirs or dried seafood before departing. Just don’t forget to haggle (even the locals do too!) when buying something from the market.

3) Eating in Tawau

Tawau - 5 Things to do for Sabah Borneo Holidays!

Fresh Seafood can be found in Tawau!

When coming to Tawau, you should not miss out to taste the delicious food that can be found in Tawau! One of the top things that you need to do in Tawau as the food is a mix of Indonesian and Sabah fusion, due to Kalimantan Indonesia being the neighboring state to Tawau. Moreover, Tawau is also known for not only among the freshest seafood in Sabah Borneo, it is also considerably cheap too! So, if you are a foodie type of traveler, a visit to Tawau will be like a food paradise for you.

4) Gemok Hill Nature Reserve

Tawau - 5 Things to do for Sabah Borneo Holidays!

Strap those hiking shoes and starts to explore the Gemok Hill Nature Reserve

An avid hiker? Then, you should hike and explore the untouched Borneo Jungle which can be found in Gemok Hill Nature Reserve. It is a perfect place for a day hike, where the jungle offers you with it abundance of Borneo Wildlife, interesting species of plants and the tranquility greenery environments. There are seven resting huts provided for you to catch a breath as it will be an hour plus (depending on your fitness level) in order to reach the hill. After hiking, don’t miss out to go on the amazing canopy walkway which is known to be one of the longest canopy walkway (231 meters) in Sabah Borneo. Be amazed to witness the stunning scenery of Tawau Town, the picturesque coastline and the surrounding area.

5) Tawau Hills National Park

Serene river amidst in the tropical Borneo Jungle in Tawau Hills National Park

For nature lovers, a visit to Tawau Hills National Park is a must! It is located about 20 km away from Tawau Town which takes around 30 minutes to reach the quiet and secluded park while passing by hills of oil palm plantations. This park offers many locals and travelers a place for picnic, swim at the river, camping sites and chalets. However, the main highlight activities that can be done in the park is to witness some of the world’s tallest tropical trees, hiking through the lush greenery Borneo Jungle, witness diverse species of flora and fauna, birding activities, visit the spectacular Gelas Waterfall, Sulphurous Springs, as well as climbing the Magdalena Hills(1310m).

There you go, these 5 things to do in Tawau will surely fill your Borneo Holidays with the memorable and exciting trip before or after you go to Semporna for diving activities! Spend a day or two in Tawau and you will eventually experience the unique adventure that you thirst for. Happy travels!

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You need to eat this for your next trip to Sabah Borneo

You need to eat this for your next trip to Sabah Borneo

You need to eat this for your next trip to Sabah Borneo

Have you ever eaten Ayam Penyet before? A delicacy that you should try whenever you visit Southeast Asia. Ayam Penyet is actually a fried chicken that smashed so the meat will be softer. It served with sambal (hot chili paste or sauce), slices of cucumbers, fried tofu, tempeh and white rice. Though Ayam Penyet itself is from Indonesia, you can also find the food in Malaysia! Malaysian adores the food and opened few franchises selling Ayam Penyet.

Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo

Jom Penyet logo

Sweat not, if you are traveling in Sabah Borneo, you can still get the chance to taste Ayam Penyet too! It is none other than Jom Penyet, located at the level 3 Aeropod building in Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu City. The newest food outlet in Kota Kinabalu City which served Malay-Indonesian cuisine. It opens daily from 8 am to 10 pm. Though at times, they do cater for private functions. Some said you can get the best and delicious Ayam Penyet there, and we could not agree more! It’s such an honor for Top Peak Travel to get invited for food tasting. We can tell you that the food there is so yummy and worth for the price.

Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo
Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo

The interior and exterior of the outlet are of modern concept and we love to see how they decorate the settings. Simple but pleasing to the eyes. The walls at the indoor dining area are creatively drawn like a comic book (wait till you see their menu!). Apart from that, sitting in the dining area will give you a chance to see some actions from the kitchen. There is a large see-thru glass wall that separates the indoor dining area and the kitchen. The best thing is, it is an air-conditioned area and you can bring your kids to dine in there to escape the heat.

Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo

Besides, if you are the type of person prefer to enjoy eating in the open-air, you can sit at the outdoor dining area. Moreover, you’ll be in awe to see the beautiful garden settings that you can see outside. Making it perfect spot for casual dining while enjoying the yummy food in Jom Penyet. There is also a beverage station and a couple of dining tables before the entrance to the indoor dining area.

Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo
Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo

Apart from that, one of the things that might fascinate you is their menu! The menu is creatively drawn like a cartoon artwork. When you browse through the menu, it’s kind of like you are reading a comic book. This is definitely a creative way of presenting the restaurant’s unique features.

Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo

Interesting and creative way to browse through the menu

Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo
Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo

Finally, the food comes. Here’s what we had:

Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo

So many yummy food in one big bamboo tray!

The food set for us is quite well-presented and it is a set for about 6-8 pax. It consists of Ayam Penyet, charcoal-grilled Tenggiri Fish, grilled lamb, sambal and side dishes. It’s time to eat! The dishes are so delicious, even the food portions given to us is big too. Not forgotten, the sambal is to die for because it is oh-so-spicy-but-wonderful!

In short, every food we tasted is so delicious and it is a must to try. Not only that, all the staff are friendly and attentive towards their guest. We hope Jom Penyet will become as one of the popular spots for anyone to enjoy Malay-Indon cuisine in Sabah Borneo! Want to know the must eat food in Sabah Borneo? Read our articles here: Must-Eat food in Sabah Borneo

Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo

Check out Jom Penyet latest menu! To know more about them, feel free to check their Facebook page – Jom Penyet.

Before that, don’t forget to share our blog, show to Jom Penyet staff and claim your a FREE ‘Ice Cendol’ dessert!

Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo

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Fun Activities To Escape The Heat in Sabah Borneo

Fun Activities To Escape The Heat in Sabah Borneo

5 Fun Activities To Escape The Heat in Sabah Borneo

10

April, 2018

Kota Kinabalu City, the capital city of Sabah Borneo welcomes you with delicious local food, unique culture and interesting sights. Kota Kinabalu City is a small city in which you can walk around for a day or two in your Borneo Holidays. But, the only challenge is braving the sun and heat if you choose to walk.

Yup, the sweltering heat of this tropical island is the neverending hotness that we have to endure on a daily basis. As a concerned local in Sabah Borneo, here are some activities that can keep you away from the heat in Sabah Borneo. Be sure to thank me later 🙂

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

Surfing in Kudat beaches. Photo : Charles Mawan

1) Island Hopping at Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) Islands

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

A visit to TARP Islands is a must when you are in Kota Kinabalu City for a day trip! It consists of Gaya Island, Sapi Island, Manukan Island, Mamutik Island and Sulug Island. These islands are a paradise for day trippers. You can have a lot of fun on these islands, with beach activities such as snorkeling and diving. Moreover, these islands are only 20 minutes by boat from Kota Kinabalu City. You can choose to go for parasailing, banana boat ride, snorkeling, or you can swim by the beach. No matter what kind of activities offered here, I’m sure you will never want to leave this water paradise!

2) Underwater Sea Walking

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

As weird as it sounds, but you can actually do sea walking activity in Sabah Borneo! Of course, you will need to wear a helmet that acts as a breathing pipeline. What’s more, you will be amazed at the beautiful view of marine life. Additionally, you will get an up-close experience with the cute coral fish. It’s a perfect activity for you to spend with your family. This is a Must-Do activity on your Kota Kinabalu Tour!

3) Coral Flyer Zipline

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

Ready for an adrenaline rush in Sabah Borneo? The Coral Flyer Ziplines offer you a memorable experience for your Borneo holiday. It’s known to be one of the longest island-to-island flying fox activity in Kota Kinabalu. The activity is easy and safe is their number one priority. So, enjoy the thrills and have fun!

4) White Water Rafting

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

Are you the type of person seeking adventure for your Borneo Holiday? Then, bring your travel buddies and go White Water Rafting. An adrenaline-rush activity with some exciting and tough rapids. You can choose to go for a relaxed excursion of Kiulu River (Class 1-2) or challenge yourself to Padas River(Class 3-4). Whichever you chose, these activities are definitely the highlight of your Borneo holiday!

5) Discover Scuba Diving

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

When you are in Sabah Borneo, diving is a must to escape the heat. If you are not ready to take the plunge and get diver certified, you can try Discover Scuba Diving. A wonderful experience for you to learn diving skills and see the beauty of the underwater world. You will learn to wear scuba equipment, basic safety rules and breathe underwater. What’s more, when you take part in the Discover Scuba Diving, you are on your way to becoming a certified PADI diver!

There you go! These are our choices of five cool activities that you can do in Sabah Borneo to escape the perpetual heat. We hope you will have an enjoyable time in Sabah Borneo, despite the heat. Oh, one more thing, if you’re ever in need to arrange your travel plans in Sabah Borneo, feel free to reach out to us!

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Surround yourself with nature for Borneo Holidays

Surround yourself with nature for Borneo Holidays

Surround yourself with nature in

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holiday

Last January, I went to Tawau to attend one of my best friend’s wedding. Tawau is the third largest town in Sabah Borneo, after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. Besides, Tawau is also the main gateway to the world’s top dive destination in Sabah Borneo – Sipadan Island.

Last January, I went to Tawau to attend one of my best friend’s wedding. Tawau is the third largest town in Sabah Borneo, after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. Besides, Tawau is also the main gateway to the world’s top dive destination in Sabah Borneo – Sipadan Island.

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Feel free to read the history and some information about Hills Park 

Tawau Hills Park is a recreational park and conservation area that is about 20 km away from Tawau Town. Getting there will be hard for non-local, as there is no bus available there. It is best to go there by using a taxi or Uber/Grab. Luckily for me, most of my friends live in Tawau, so I manage to get there without difficulty. The road from Tawau Town to Tawau Hills Park is quiet and secluded while passing by hills of oil palm plantations.

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Entrance/ conservation fee before enter the park 

There is an entrance/ conservation fee that you will need to pay before entering Tawau Hills Park. With its size of 28,000 hectares, this park is open daily from 8 am until 4.30pm. Various comfortable facilities are available at the park for visitors. Such facilities are:

  • Canteen
  • Public toilets and shower rooms
  • Barbecue and picnic area
  • Suspension bridges
  • Jungle trails
  • Accommodations and hostels
  • Meeting/seminar/workshop room
  • Soccer Field/ Mini Hall & Court Games, and
  • Surau
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Tawau Hills Park Map Trail

Tawau Hills Park is also known by the locals as “Table”, which is based on a waterfall’s name. It became as one of the perfect places for family/group activities to do during the weekend or holidays. Several activities to do there are:

  • Picnic and barbeque
  • Swim in the river or the Sulphur Hot Spring
  • Jungle Trekking Canopy Walkway
  • Visit botanical garden
  • Climb Mount Magdalena (1,312m) or Mount Lucia (1,202m)

If a day trip in the park is not enough for you, you can go do an overnighter at Magdalena Chalet or Bombalai Jungle Lodge. Besides that, there is a hostel available in the park, but it is a bit far from the headquarters. This hostel is for those who are going for climbing Mount Magdalena or Mount Lucia.

Unfortunately, my friends and I miss the chance to go for climbing activity at the Tawau Hills Park. So, if you like climbing, be sure not to make the same mistake like we did and left our hiking shoes at home! Since we don’t have that much time left in Tawau, we spent most of our time at the main headquarters park area.

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Tawau Hills Park Area

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

One of the tallest tree I’ve seen!

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Greenery everywhere in Tawau Hills Park 

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Where shall we go?

Frankly speaking, being in Tawau Hills Park gave me a peace of mind and tranquility far beyond me chilling at home. Breathing in the cool clean air and swimming in crystal clear river while surrounded by lush green trees. Somehow, I regretted not bringing my hiking shoes that day, so I can explore more of the park area. I have read in one of the blogs that Tawau Hills Park do have some amazing waterfalls and Sulphurous Hot Springs (darn it!).

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Feels the tranquility of the park area 

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Crossing the suspension bridge to go the other side

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Apart from that, I manage to meet a few long-tailed macaques wandering around the park area. But, be aware and do not get close to the macaques. because they are mischievous animals and will grab anything from you. Funny thing is, it happened to us that day.(haha!) We were holding a plastic full of snacks, all of sudden one of the macaques jumped from the tree and frightened us. Lucky for us, we manage to run away from the macaques as fast as we could. (Haha!) It was unfortunate that it also happened to another visitor who left his backpack unattended. A group of cheeky macaques managed to steal a bag of chips and other things from his backpack! (Note: Keep an eye on your belongings and bags when visiting any Park)

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Spotted LingZhi Mushrooms that are known to have many health benefits especially on lower the blood pressure and reduce allergies

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Spotted a dragonfly that its body is almost similar colour like a tree branch

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

I find this flower very beautiful, which can be found near the headquarters park office

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

And I spotted a tiger leech at the toilet door! (oh gosh!)

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Where can you get this beautiful view like this?

Around 4 pm, time to head back to Tawau town, but it was not enough for me to explore Tawau Hills Park. I am sure to visit Tawau Hills Park again soon and this time I won’t be going for a short trip there. Planning to visit Sabah Borneo for Holiday? Be sure to put Tawau Hills Park as one of your must-visit for Borneo Holidays! Check out our choices of travel destination for this 2018, click here.

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Ultimate Guide to Gaya Street Sunday Market

Ultimate Guide to Gaya Street Sunday Market

Ultimate Guide to

Gaya Street Sunday Market

12

March, 2018

Will you be spending your weekend Borneo Holidays in Kota Kinabalu City? If you are, don’t forget to drop by Gaya Street Sunday Market. Gaya Street is well known as Bond Street during the British Colonial era, established in 1902. Besides, Gaya Street is also known as Chinatown of Sabah Borneo as there are many Chinese coffee shops and restaurants operating in this area. One of the many attractions here is the Chinese architectural arch which was built in 2005.

Main attraction which pulls local and tourist alike to come here during the weekend is the Gaya Street Sunday Market, located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu City and held on Sundays. Locals and travelers will roam around the market to see some local goods and food sold at the market.

 

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Every sunday, early in the wee hours of the morning, the road from the Chinese architectural arch to Jesselton Hotel area will be closed. The market will start as early as 6 am in the morning until 1 pm in the afternoon. If you’re not a fan of having tan lines, make sure to use sunscreen and a hat as the weather tends to get hotter pass 8am.

From selling local handicrafts, freshly ground coffee beans of the famous coffee from Tenom Town, everyday clothing, sunglasses, hats, accessories, local handmade soaps, arts and crafts, to local jungle produce, you’ll be sure to find interesting things which you can take back with you as gifts or remembrance.

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

You can see Chinese Architectural Arch at the Gaya Street Sunday Market

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu
Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Gaya Street Sunday Market is famous amongst the local and tourist alike. Do be mindful when strolling along the market!

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Antiques and traditional instruments from Sabah Borneo sold at Gaya Street Sunday Market

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu
Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Fancy for some unique pottery vase as souvenirs? Check out this hand-carved pottery vase made by locals and based on Borneo tribal motif.

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

How about some local made necklaces and crafts that you can bring back to your hometown? There are various designs and patterns that you can find at the Gaya Street Sunday Market. Be sure to use your negotiation skills when you bargain for a cheaper price.

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu
Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Have you ever seen these many colorful dreamcatchers in front of you? Fascinating, right?

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu
Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Myriad of seashells! Handpicked or farmed by locals, and some even crafted intricately for interior designs

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

If you’re into local produce without leaving the city, here is the best place to try some!

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Did you know locals plant their own roselle fruits? It is deemed to give many health benefits to anyone. Some locals usually use roselle to make juice/tea drink, cakes, or even homemade jam.

You can also find handmade natural soap bars sold there too. Made by the locals using the natural jungle produce, herbs, flowers, or more. There is one handmade soap bar that caught my attention, which is Montoku soap bar! Montoku is a traditional alcoholic beverage for Kadazandusun tribe, and now it can be used as soap too. Wow!

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu
Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Want to beat the heat? Have some ice cream! The Caprilla ice cream truck is the oldest ice cream truck since 1987 and it is still operating until now. (Photo: AYK26)

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Green water fountain in the middle of the market and also a roundabout for vehicles.

Gaya Street Sunday Market is also a perfect place for street photography. You can take pictures of almost everything there to show off its striking beauty and colorfulness. Although it will be very hot and crowded, it is still worth it in your Borneo Holidays trip! Want to know other interesting things to do in Kota Kinabalu City? Click here to read!

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