Taking the Kinabatangan River Cruise will enable you to venture deep into the thick tropical dipterocarp rainforest, limestone forest and swamps. The Kinabatangan River and its surrounding areas have the largest concentration of wildlife in the South East Asian region and an excursion into the forest on a boat cruise will give you the opportunity to spot and observe the wildlife at their natural environment. Here you can see some rare animals such as the orangutans, proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, rhinoceros and various bird species that are endemic to this area. This is also the place to be for bird watcher as all the eight species of hornbill found in Borneo make these areas their home. For more information about Kinabatangan River and Cruise, click on the link.
Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (ICCA) is another mysterious and uninhabited area that is located in the center of Sabah in the Tongod District, Sandakan. This area is surrounded by the famous lost world of Sabah i.e. the Maliau Basin and the Danum Valley. With many part of the virgin rain-forest still waiting to be explored, this area is a place to go if you are looking for nature and adventures in your vacation. Trek deep into the pristine tropical dipterocarp rain-forest to have the opportunity to spot some rare animals such as the Red Leaf Monkey, pygmy elephants, and if you are lucky, the Sumatran rhinoceros. Click on the link for more information about Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (ICCA) and its attractions.
Visitors and tourists who wished to know more about the cultural, ancient history and tradition of the main ethnic group in Sabah i.e. the Kadazandusun, should visit this place. This place is a collection of traditional Kadazandusun buildings which is built to celebrate and remember Monsopiad, the great warrior and head hunter. He is believed to have live some three hundreds years ago in this area, defending his village from pirates and invaders. Here you can also experience the traditional music and dance of the Kadazandusun people such as the ‘Sumazau’ and ‘magunatip’ or bamboo dance. For more information about Monsopiad Cultural Village, click on the link.
The Tun Mustapha Tower (formerly known as The Sabah Foundation Building) is a unique 30-floor cylindrical tower. Built in 1977, this tower has remained the tallest building in Sabah till this day and has become a must visit place for tourist to take their photos during their Sabah, Borneo Vacation. The tower’s present name was given in honor of Sabah’s first governor i.e. Tun Datu Haji Mustapha bin Datu Harun or Tun Mustapha for short. Tun Mustapaha is also Sabah’s third Chief Minister (1967 to 1975) and is one of the founding fathers of modern Sabah. Visit this website for more information about “The Tun Mustapha Tower” (Sabah Foundation Building).
Do you know that the world’s largest individual flower i.e. the Rafflesia flower (scientific name: Rafflesia arnoldii) is native to the forest of Sabah ? If you want to know more about this flower and to experience it yourself, then a visit to the Tambunan Rafflesia Forest Reserve is a must during your Sabah, Borneo Vacation. Learn more about these gigantic flowers at the information center, which is located near the main entrance of this forest reserve. The Rafflesia Flower is categorized as “carrion flower” due to the smelly decaying scent of its flower. The flower can grow to about 3 feet in diameter and weigh up to 20 lb. It is a parasitic plant, which is rootless, stems less, without leaf and chlorophyll or the ability to produce its own food. Click on the link for more information about Tambunan Rafflesia Forest Reserve, the place where you can see the world’s largest individual flower .
If you want to experience and see the wonder and beauty of Sabah’s tropical ocean creatures and reef, but are unable to go for the snorkeling or diving trip in the tropical islands around Sabah, Borneo coast, then head on to UMS (University of Malaysia Sabah) Aquarium & Marine Museum which is located near the city of Kota Kinabalu. Here, visitors can view a replica of Pulau Sipadan deep dive diorama to appreciate its beauty and splendor. Visitors can also view and enjoy the beauty of various sea creatures and tropical reef corals that live along the coast of Sabah, Borneo in the display aquarium. Visit this site for more information and guide about UMS (University of Malaysia Sabah) Aquarium & Marine Museum.
If you are looking for caves to explore during your Sabah vacation, then you should visit Gomantong Cave, which is located near the city of Sandakan. The Gomantong Cave is a series of about nine limestone caves complexes that is world famous for its bird’s nest. However, only two of the caves complex are open to visitor i.e. the Black Cave (local name: Simud Hitam) and the White Cave (local name: Simud putih). For those who prefers a more casual and tourist friendly cave, then the Black Cave should be your choice as boardwalk have been built to give visitor an easy access into the inside chambers of the caves. For the more experience cave explorers or climbers, then a visit to the White Cave that has more challenging and steeper rocks is a must. Visit this page for more information and guide about spelunking in Gomantong Cave.
Tun Fuad Stephens Park at Bukit Padang, Kota Kinabalu is the place for tourists to go and unwind after a busy and tiring day of sightseeing. Come and relax at this park, which has been landscaped to resemble a tropical forest environment with its cool fresh air. Relax and sooth your tired feet under the shady trees as you breathe in the cool fresh air. There is also a lake in the middle of the park, which seems to enhance the peacefulness and tranquility of the place. Click on the link to continue reading more about Tun Fuad Stephens Park.
Gaya Street Sunday Market (formerly known as Bond Street) is the place to go you are in the city center of Kota Kinabalu on a Sunday morning with nothing to do or if you need to do some souvenir or handicraft buying. This is an open-air market, which sells various local product from traditional handicraft, various local food, tropical fruits, antiques, pets, flowers and many other things all at a fairly reasonable price if you know how to bargain. This market is held every Sunday from about 6.00 am – 1.00 pm. However, the best time to visit this open-air market is in the early morning before 9.00 am when the sun is not that hot yet and the place yet to be crowded with too many people. Get more information about Gaya Street Sunday Market by clicking on the link.