SABAH - MALAYSIA

 

 

SABAH

EAST MALAYSIA

 

 

 

Sabah, located in the northeast section of the huge island of Borneo, is also known as the land below the wind because it is positioned below the typhoon belt. With an area of more than 74,000 square kilometers, it is no surprise that it is the second largest state in Malaysia and also a state with some amazing tourists attractions and places of interest. Sabah is the perfect travel destination for tourists looking for great outdoor adventures and eco tourism. This comprehensive travel guide on Sabah allows you to choose and learn more about all the main attractions located in this famous tourist area.

 

Pulau Sipadan (Sipadan Island) in SabahOverlooking the South China Sea in the west and with both the Sulu Sea and Celebes Sea in the east, Sabah is a haven for naturalists because of its ecological systems and is world renowned for its spectacular view. Kota Kinabalu, its capital city, serves as the gateway to the varied attractions of the state. Known as Jesselton during the British era, unfortunately, it was totally destroyed during the last World War. The present day town has blossomed into a thriving commercial centre and holiday destination and it is one of Photo: Pulau Sipadan in Sabah     the busiest town in this part of the world.

 

A short boat-ride away takes one to the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, a haven for camping and sea sports. A two and a half hour ride from the town brings you to the 754 square kilometers Kinabalu Park and Mount Kinabalu, the pride of Sabah. This 4095 meters peak is easily accessible and is a favorite for jungle-trekking and mountain-climbing and offers a breathtaking view of the lush surroundings. If you are lucky, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the exotic Rafflesia, the world's largest flower.

 

Mount Kinabalu in SabahThe world's largest Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre is located at Sepilok, a 20-minute drive from the town of Sandakan. Here, one can observe first hand, these primeval apes (in their natural habitat) roam and play in non-captive breeding and this place is definitely a place that you should not missed visiting. Further south, in the interior of the state, lies the Danum Valley Conservation area, a lowland tropical forest endowed with an abundance of flora and fauna. Several hours away into the hinterland of Sandakan at Sukau, nature lovers will have a thrilling once-in-a-lifetime experience of sighting the unique proboscis monkey in its natural habitat, a variety of wildlife and perhaps, the rare clouded leopard.                         Photo: Mount Kinabalu

 

Sabah is an enchanting mosaic of cultural diversity with at least 31 indigenous groups with their rich cultures and interesting traditions. The tamu, a weekly open bazaar, offers a vivid glimpse into the colorful blend of local cultures. The tamu is where natives gather to trade in farm produce, local curios, handicraft, food and even buffaloes. Kota Belud is a favorite spot for tourists to capture this exotic occasion and they can also witness first hand the daily activities of the locals.

 

The Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary in SabahFor those who are keen to taste the thrills of whitewater rafting, Sabah is the perfect destination. Its fast flowing rivers and turbulent rapids have attracted an increasing number of rafting enthusiasts and has become a favorite among tourists who come here seeking water adventures. The Padas River offers a challenging and heart-stopping experience of this sport. The Kiulu River is also another popular spot for whitewater rafting as well as wholesome family fun.

 

The engrossing thrill of turtle-watching can be experience on the beautiful islands of Selingan, Bakungan Kecil and Gulisan which are Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary    located about forty kilometers from Sandakan. Here, tourists can witness almost every night, especially during the peak season between July and September, turtles crawling to the beach to lay eggs. Layang-Layang, an oceanic atoll located 165 nautical miles north-west of Kota Kinabalu, is the ultimate destination for serious divers. Its 2000 meters drop provides excellent wall-diving and the opportunity to see fascinating seascapes and encounter diverse species of sea creatures and corals such as turtles, manta rays and sharks. The island is also a sanctuary for numerous migratory birds and you will never run out of things to do while you are here vacationing.

 

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