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Top 10 reasons to travel to Sabah

February, 2017

Many of you have heard about Sabah, the second largest state in Malaysia –  also known as the Land Below the Wind. With the population over 3.1 millions of people, blessed with unique cultures, beautiful beaches and diving spots, nature, and wildlife diversity, This is a place that you should never miss on your travel bucket list.

Sabah will always have something unique to offer to you. So, if you have not yet made any vacations plan, be sure to mark Sabah as one of your lists. Here,we will provide you the top 10 reasons why you should travel Sabah.

Top 10 reasons to travel in Sabah
Kota Kinabalu City view from Signal Hill Observatory Tower. Photo: Rosmadi Shakri
1. Kota Kinabalu –  Nature Resort City
The capital city of Sabah, formerly known as Jesselton during the British colonial era days. You will never missed a chance to visit Kota Kinabalu (KK) city as it is the main gateway to other destinations in Sabah.

You can head to the Signal Hill Observatory Platform to enjoy the KK city view and islands. Take a walk along the KK city Waterfront to experience the food and nightlife entertainments, or you can go further south to the Filipino handicraft market to purchase inexpensive textiles, pearls and other souvenirs to bring back home. Shop till you drop in KK’s shopping malls or you can go for a Sunday Market at Gaya Street area. One of the best thing in KK is you will be fascinated with the variety of cuisine offered not only in hotels, restaurants but also by hawker’s stall.

You can read our blog post on Kota Kinabalu previously known as Api Api.

2. Islands in Sabah
Sabah also was known as the “Maldives of South East Asia”, as it has dozens of islands that are open for tourist. Who can resist with the clear water and white sandy beaches of this beautiful tropical island? Sabah offers a various experience on where you can go for a diving and other activities.

You can go for Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP) island hopping – consist of Manukan, Mamutik, Sapi and Sulug island, in a day. Apart from diving, you can also go for a birdwatching in Mantanani Island. Get close to the marine life to dive in Mabul Island, Kapalai Island and the most famous diving spots – Sipadan Island.

You can read our blog post on Top 5 Islands in Sabah.

3. Habitat for Wildlife
Half of Sabah is covered with forest, most of it as forest reserves and it is a home for the most unique and rarest wildlife. This gave many reasons to not only travelers but also wildlife experts,filmmakers, conservationists to travel all the way to discover wildlife in Sabah.

You can either meet Orang Utans at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, or you can go for a river cruise at Kinabatangan river to discover Proboscis Monkey and majestic birds. Pygmy elephants and Clouded Leopard spotting in Danum Valley Conservation Centre or in Deramakot Forest Reserve. Spotting the Bornean rhinoceros and tembadau in night safari at Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Moreover, you can choose to swim with turtles in coral reef around Turtle Island Marine Park.

You can read our blog posts on the Mammals Of Borneo : Kinabalu National Park6 Borneo Tours of Wildlife Will Leave a Permanent Exotic Experience in Your Life, Borneo Reptilians and Borneo Amphibians.

4. Nature
Sabah is a perfect place for nature lover where it is rich with natural resources and tropical rainforest. You will get the chance to experience the real beauty of nature and getting to know some rare and exotic flora in Sabah.

Take a nature walk around the Kundasang Kinabalu park, where you can get a majestic view of the Mount Kinabalu. Exploring the natural bird-nesting caves in Sabah – Gomantong Caves, Madai Caves, and Batu Punggul Caves. Jungle trekking in the Kawang Forest Reserve; the unique Lupa Masa Jungle Camp;  or to Maliau Basin, where you can experience a peaceful, natural and beautiful environment

Top 10 reasons to travel in Sabah
Top 10 reasons to travel in Sabah
Sabah diverse cultures. Photo: EstherK Borneo
5. Sabah Culture
There are more than 30 different ethnics group, with each different language, culture and heritage, living together in Sabah. You are welcome to experience the uniqueness of the various culture in Sabah.

Get to know various traditional homes of Sabahan ethnic in Mari-Mari Cultural Village in Kota Kinabalu, or stopping by to the living museum-Monsopiad Cultural Village to understand the unique ingenious architecture, simulated lives and ritual ceremonies. There are other places you can visit as well, such as Kadazan Dusun Culture Association Cultural Village, Meranjak homestay, Linangkit Cultural Village, Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Costume Museum.

6. Historical Places
Another reason to visit Sabah is due to the state’s rich with history. There are few historical landmarks you can go for a visit. Get to know the history during the World War II, by visiting the Kundasang War Memorial park and Sandakan Memorial Park. You can also visit the Mat Salleh Memorial Tambunan, Petagas Memorial Garden, Atkinson Clock Tower, North Borneo Railway and much more.

You can read our blog post on The Atkinson Clock Tower of Jesselton, British North Borneon

10 reasons to travel in Sabah
Top 10 reasons to travel in Sabah
7. Tip of Borneo
Going to the northern point of Borneo, where the South China Sea meets the Sulu sea. Tip of Borneo is located in Kudat, a limited development but possess a fascinate view of the scenery. Tip of Borneo also known as Tanjung Simpang Mengayau meaning the junction to the battle at the tip and it used to be a watch-point for pirate invasion hundred of years ago.

Best thing is, it is open to all and the entry is free! You can experience not only the scenic view, but also can do activities such as fishing, surfing, camping, and much more.

8. Best place to Stargaze
Not most of people know that Sabah’s offer the places for you to enjoy stargazing. It is recently becoming popular in the tourism industry.  With its low levels of light pollution and less cloudy skies, you won’t missed the chance to capture the beautiful night sky and horizon. There are few best places to stargaze in Sabah, but one of the best locations for stargazing would be in Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, Kudat.

You can read our blog post on Top 5 Places in Sabah To See Stars .

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Pantai Indarason Laut, Kudat. Photo: Christianto Soning
Top 10 reasons to travel in Sabah
9. Sunsets View
You will never get bored of looking the sunsets while in Sabah. It is not a once in a lifetime events, but a daily occurrence. The air in Sabah is clean and giving clear view of sunsets, added with the dense cloud of the tropical climate created a more colourful and magnificent sky for sunset. Thus, most people refer to Sabah sunsets as “the most beautiful sunset in the world”.

You can check our post on Sunset in Borneo Sabah.

10. Mount Kinabalu
Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia with 4095 meters high above sea level. If you are up to the challenge, you can get 2 days 1-night package to climb up to the Low’s Peak Summit. Currently, there are two summit trails – Ranau trail and Kota Belud Trail (New!). Ranau trail is used by the climbers daily and Kota Belud trail is considered to be more challenging. Unfortunately, Mesilau Trail will be closed due to the inaccessible path from the recent earthquake. Thus, all climbers will ascent and descent via Timpohon trail from now. It is advisable for you to book early to avoid disappointment as Mount Kinabalu only limit 135 climb permits per day which issued by Sabah Parks.

You can read our blog post on Mount Kinabalu Climb History .

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