Place of Interest

Want to visit Sabah but don’t know what to places you should go? Sabah have plenty of exciting places for you to go and enjoy your vacation. Here we listed few places that we personally think all tourist should go when they come here in Sabah.

Mount Kinabalu.
The number one people should go if they visit Sabah is Mount Kinabalu. Standing 13,435.7ft above sea level, it is the highest mountain in South East Asia. It has become the famous attraction for Sabah.

Mount Kinabalu is known to be one of the most accessible mountains in the world. No specialized mountain climbing skills are required to ascend it, though along certain sections on the summit trail, hikers will need to rely on guide ropes to make the ascent and descent. The trail that most tourists use is described as a 'trek and scramble'. Locals are reported to begin climbing the mountain from the age of 3 and the oldest person to reach the peak was 80 years old. However, how much one enjoys the climb depends strongly on how fit you are and how well you acclimatise to the thin air at the higher levels.

Although it is possible to climb to the top and back in less than four hours, most climbers take two days, with an overnight break at Laban Rata (3,272.7m above sea level). The final attack on the peak takes place in the early hours of the second day (most begin at 2:30AM) in order to catch the sunrise at the top. By mid-morning the mist begins to roll in, obscuring the breath-taking views.

Kota Kinabalu City.
            Once you arrive in Sabah, it is essential for the tourist to take a walk around the Kota Kinabalu City. Kota Kinabalu was formerly known as Jesselton, named after Sir Charles Jessel, one of the Directors of the British North Borneo Chartered Company, or BNBCC. During WWII, Kota Kinabalu and other towns throughout Sabah suffered heavy allied bombing which all but leveled them. Emerging from the War, the BNBCC discovered it was too costly to rebuild, so in 1946, Sabah became a British Crown Colony - until 1963, when Sabah was granted Independence within the Federation of Malaysia.

On 30th September 1967, Jesselton was renamed Kota Kinabalu. 23 years later, on 2 February, 2000 she was proclaimed a city. As the capital of the State of Sabah, KK is also the gateway to other major towns and districts and has a population of around 300,000 .

In the vicinity of the city, there are various places of interest. Many can be explored on foot while others may be reached by bus or taxi.

Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, is also known as the Northernmost tip of Borneo, is located in the district of Kudat, in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. 

Imagine standing on a cliff, watching the waves below you crash against the rocks as the blue-green sea stretches on for miles. A white sandy beach and swaying green coconut palms in the distance add colour to the amazing sight before you.

Located at the northern extremity of Borneo, about 170 km from Kota Kinabalu, this is the meeting point of the Sulu and South China Seas. It was recently launched as Sabah’s latest attraction; an event that drew some 3,000 people to the Tip of Borneo. A bronze ‘globe’ marks the location of Tanjung Simpang Mengayau on the globe at latitude 7 degrees north and longitude 116 degrees east. A map featuring the island of Borneo is embossed in bronze and laid on a flat surface at an angle with inscriptions to mark the Tip of Borneo.

 Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary

 Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary is the most mesmerizing place for animal lovers to visit, as they see orphaned orang-utans being trained by their trainers, to make them apt for living in their natural surroundings. One can have a close view of these animals and the best time to be with them is at 10.00 a.m. and at 2.30 p.m. when these primates come down from the trees for their daily feedings of bananas and milk.

How to get there? If you are not on any tour, public buses and taxis are available from Sandakan town. The Labuk Road Bus Company vehicles depart from the front of the Sandakan Town Council (Majlis Perbandaran Sandakan or MPS) from 6.00 am onwards. Fares are RM2.10 one way, but it will only stop at the junction to the Centre. You will have to walk about one and a half km in. You can hire a taxi for a return trip for about RM100.00 negotiable. The distance between town and the Centre is approximately 23km.

 Located only about 15 minutes by speedboat from the famous Sipadan Island, Mabul has gained its own recognition as one of the best muck-diving (a term used to describe limited visibility dives at shallow sites with usually sandy bottoms) sites in the world.

Mabul is also renowned for its amazing array of macrolife, making it an underwater photographer’s dream location to capture some of the rarest ecological species on film. Flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, spike-fin gobies, frogfish and moray eels are just some of the spectacular critters you will encounter beneath the waters of Mabul. Although all the excitement is underwater, you can always set your scuba gear aside for a day to laze on Mabul’s soft sand to work on your tan.

How to get here? From Kota Kinabalu, take a 55-minute flight to Tawau and enjoy an hour’s drive to Semporna. From here, Mabul is another 45 minutes by speedboat. Be sure to pre-arrange transportation with your respective resort/dive operator. 



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