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you’re in RANAU!
Ranau is a small town which is located in Sabah, the island of Borneo. It is situated in the West Coast division of Sabah, where it is noted as a hilly geographical structure and the major producer of highland vegetables in Sabah. Ranau is inhabited almost entirely by the Dusun community and is on the highway which is connecting Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan. Ranau is also known for its tourist destinations,one of is the being Mount Kinabalu (the tallest mountain in Borneo).
However, if climbing Mount Kinabalu is not your cup of tea, there are actually few other places that travelers can go to to spend their trip in Ranau. Here, we will give a few examples of interesting places in Ranau for travelers to go.
1. Kinabalu National Park
Walking around on the trails will allow travelers a chance to exercise those seldom used muscles and adjusting to the altitude before climbing the summit of Mount Kinabalu. In addition, travelers can have a greater chance to see birds and other small wildlife. Kinabalu National Park also has a botanical garden, where travelers can see some rare flowers that can be found in Borneo.
2. Desa Cattle Dairy Farm
Apart from visiting Desa Cattle Dairy Farm to take in the fascinating scenery there, travelers can also do a few other activities, such as feeding calves with bottled milk, feeding goats with grass, Raw Milk Processing and Milking Process. Travelers also can purchase some souvenirs there especially the popular dairy products like Desa Cattle’s milk in a box, ice cream, yogurt, and many more to satisfy your sweet tooth.
3. Mesilau Nature Park
Mesilau Nature Park also serves as an entry point to the Mesilau trail, which used to be an alternative starting point to the Summit trail (originally started from Kinabalu Park headquarters), in order to conquer Mount Kinabalu. However, the Mesilau trail is recommended for those who are fit and sturdy due to its uneven trail which goes in a vertical manner compared to the Timpohon Summit Trail. Travelers can enjoy a nature walk in Mesilau as there are several trails that travelers can embark on, such as Kogonon trail and Nepenthes Raja trail. There are also an impressive numbers of bird species and insects that can be found in Mesilau for travelers to see.
4. Poring Hot Spring
Apart from just soaking inside the hot spring, travelers can also venture towards other attractions in the Poring Hot Spring, such as the butterfly farm, Poring Orchid Conservation Centre, the tropical garden, Rafflesia Flower site, Poring Canopy Walkway, Kipungit waterfall, Bat cave and Langanan waterfall. For more information, you can read here.
5. Lupa Masa Jungle Camp
Another interesting place for travelers to go in Ranau would be the Lupa Masa Jungle Camp. It is a place where travelers can simply just relax and enjoy the surrounding nature. A unique jungle camp that is located on the lower slopes of Mount Kinabalu National Park. The word ‘ Lupa Masa’ literally translated from Malay language means forget time, which many travelers tend to not realize the time during their stay there. It’s a place for travelers to snub their busy schedule and follow the primitive tempo of mother nature.
Just a 45 minutes walk from the village of Poring, travelers can go towards the camp and experience the jungle with guided help. Main activities that travelers can do in Lupa Masa Jungle Camp are jungle-based activities, such as guided day or night walks, wildlife sightings, bird watching, jungle survival courses, or for a relaxing time they can go for a swim in the waterfalls and rivers. We also provide a tour to Lupa Masa Jungle Camp, check out our website here.
6. Mamut Copper Mine
Here is another interesting place that not a lot people know about. Ranau was home to the largest mining project in Malaysia – Mamut Copper Mine. However, it ceased operations in 1999 because of an overflow of mixed copper flowing into the fields which caused many farmers to lose their crops and homes. Now, it has become one of the main attractions for the locals or tourists to visit, due to its incredibly beautiful scenery and refreshing air. There are basic accommodations available there, namely the Mount Kinabalu Holiday Camp.
7. “Tagal” Fish Spa Sungai Moroli, Kampung Luanti
8. Sabah Tea Garden
A trip to Sabah Tea Garden is both fun and educational for travelers as they can enjoy few activities while in Sabah Tea Garden, such as obstacle-crossing in the Sapaon Recreational Area, jungle trekking along the trails to the peak of Kamunsu Hill, swimming in a cool and pristine mountain water, a night walk and a tea factory tour. Needless to say, travelers could have a glimpse of sustainable agricultural practices and human development in harmony with nature on this trip. Most importantly, travelers could also enjoy freshly-made tea pancakes and Sabah Tea Pandan teh tarik from the Tea House. For more info, travelrs can check their website at Sabah Tea.
9. Kundasang War Memorial
10. Lohan Paragliding
Fret not, travelers who wishes to experience this adventurous activity but does not know how to paraglide, there will be tandem masters who will be flying together to the landing area. Travelers could also get the chance not only to experience flying but also viewing the scenic view of Borneo jungle and districts in Sabah.
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