I would classify Sabah as the Hawaii of Malaysia. The perfect blend of islands and also the glorious majestic mountain. If enjoy the pace where stress-free zone with minimal distraction (limited mobile coverage in most of the place) Sabah is for you.
We have short listed some of the best things (or MUST DO THINGS) in Sabah.
Desa Cattle Farm
Many call this place as the New Zealand mainly due the weather, the vibe, and graceful mountain to top of all that. The beautiful farm covered with by misty and Holstein Friesian cows. You can walk around the farm or watch milking sessions at factor or feed the calves (they are super adorable).
Other than feeding the calves, you can enjoy their dairy products. Personally, I love the gelato there (freakin’ delicious). If you are not a fan of the gelato then they have milk, cheese, yogurt specially for lactose lovers.
Entrance Fee : Rm5
Kundasang War Memorial
Maybe a little history while you’re in town? Even as a Malaysian, I did not know anything about the history of Kundasang — especially during the war. It was at the Kundasang War Memorial (located in the center of town) that I learned about the fate of the Australian and British POWs that marched all the way from the Sandakan POW camp (260km away) to the camp in Ranau. More than 2,000 soldiers died during that period of Japanese rule in World World II. It is known as the Death March.
The memorial also features lovely gardens filled with plants and flowers that can only be found at such a high elevation. #instagram-worth-spot
Entrance Fee: RM2 (locals) and RM10 (tourists).
Poring Hot Springs
It’s about 45-minute drive from Kundasang. This hot springs is one of the popular spot not only for tourists but even for locals. People go there just to chill at the hot springs water. This (sort-of) semi man-made hot springs is done up and divided into little concrete pools.
Besides that, there are other interesting things to see and experience in Poring. Butterfly farm, hanging bridge and waterfalls. We loved going on the hanging bridge after a 10-minute climb up a small hill. We didn’t go to waterfalls as I was too lazy hike another 4km through the jungle to get to there. If you are nature lover then Poring is highly recommended.
Entrance fee: RM3 (locals), RM15 (tourists)
Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park is a marine park that cover five small islands:
- Gaya Island
- Manukan Island
- Mamutik Island
- Sapi Island
- Sulug Island
Perfect for one-day island hopping. These islands are just too beautiful with clear water, rich corals and tonnes marine species. Perfect sport for snorkelling. They will stop at at each islands for an hour plus. #instagram-worth-spot
While we were on the way to Mt.Kinabalu park and Poring hot spring, we did a quick pit stop at Nabalu market. One of the well known market known for local products, souvenirs and foods. If you are lucky enough with good weather, you will get a nice shot of Mt.Kinabalu. Additionally, if you are tribal arts/crafts collector, you will love this place. They have tonnes of it with reasonable price.
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