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  Eco Treasures
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  PLACES OF INTEREST :
 
  Beach Holiday
  Island Holiday
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  Tamu Sunday Market
  Golfing
 
  KOTA KINABALU (KK):
 
  General Info
 
  Tourist Attraction
  Aquarium & Marine Museum
  Handicraft Market
  Jesselton Point Waterfront
  Kipandi Butterfly Park
  Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
  Monsopiad Cultural Village
  Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
 
  BEAUFORT:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  KENINGAU:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Crocker Range National Park
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Agriculture Park
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Pulau Mantanani Island
  Tamu (Sunday Market)
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Pulau Tiga Park
 
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  General Info
 
  Beautiful Beaches
  Island, Diving & Fishing
  Tanjung Simpang Mengayau
 
  Rungus Longhouse
  Honey Bee Village
  Gong Making
  Tamu Kudat
 
  KUNDASANG & RANAU:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Fish Massage
  Kundasang War Memorial
  Sabah Tea Garden
 
  Kinabalu Park
 
  General Info
  Flora & Fauna
  People Of Mount Kinabalu
  Poring Hot Springs
 
  Trails Of Wonder
  The Summit Trail
  The Mesilau Route
  Climbing To The Peak
  Via Ferrata
  Trails Map
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Crocodile Farm
 
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  Tourist Attraction
  Agnes Keith House
  Gomantong Cave
  Lower Kinabatangan River
  Rainforest Development Centre
  Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary
  Turtle Island Park
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
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  Bukit Gemok
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SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA

KOTA KINABALU : Tourist Attraction

 
 

TANJUNG ARU BEACH

 

Tanjung Aru, only 15 minutes from Kota Kinabalu, is a good place to begin your holiday. You can sunbathe on ivory-coloured sand or relax under cool casuarinas and swaying coconut palms. It is a beach with sparkling waters offering hours of exciting sea sports, from water skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling to scuba diving. Those keen on deep sea fishing or cruising around the islands can arrange to charter a boat at the Marina through the reception at Shangri-La?s Tanjung Aru Resort.

 
 
 

SUN SET CRUISE

 

One of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of KK is on board a cruise. As evening beckons, watch the colours in the sky change from blue to various shades of red and orange and the skyline of the city lights up. Most cruises which circle around the nearby islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park, take about Iwo hours. Some offer free-flow wine and beer plus sumptuous seafood buffet dinners. Departures (daily, weather-permitting) ore from Jesselton Point or Sutera Harbour Resort at around 5 to 5.30 pm. As prices vary, do call to check what's included. Some boats have more facilities than others.

 
 
 

GAYA STREET

 

Originally named Bond Street, Gaya Street located in the Kota Kinabalu Central Business District has been the centre of business for over a hundred years. The wooden shops with nipah roofs are long gone but here is where generations-old family businesses are still thriving passed down from father to son.Every Sunday morning, the length of Gaya Street is closed off to traffic to make way for the Fair.

 

Shop for anything under shady trees and over-sized umbrellas, like batik sarongs, fruits and flowers, arts and craft, footwear, antiques and souvenirs, cakes, even pets and herbs!. This is the best place to experience the cross-section of the local population when entire families enjoy a Sunday outing.

 

The Gaya Street Fair is on every Sunday from 6.30 am to 1.00 pm.

 

Getting There:

A short stroll from anywhere around the city or take public transport into town.

 

 

 

SIGNAL HILL

 

A natural area where you can enjoy the beautiful skyline of the city with a view that extends to the islands. You can get there by a short taxi ride.

 
 
 

MENARA TUN MUSTAPHA

 

With its unique architectural design, this 32-floor government office building is arguably one of the city?s most outstanding landmarks. For sweeping views of Likas Bay and its mesmerizing sunset, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kokol Hill and Mount Kinabalu in a distance on clear day, head up to @mosphere, the modern dining restaurant on the 18th floor. Also located in the premises is the Tun Mustapha Gallery, which was established to honour the late former Chief Minister of Sabah and leader who was instrumental in leading Sabah to independence.

 

Open: Tue - Sun, from 9:00am - 6:00pm.

Closed: Mondays, except during School and Public Holidays.

T: 088 326 683.

 

How to get there: Bus - UMS, No. 5A, departs at bus station in front of City Hall or Wawasan Plaza.

 
 
 

ORCHID DE VILLA

 

Located in the village of Kampung Kawakaan, Inanam, about 45 minutes? drive from the city. Includes more than 200 species of wild exotic, rare species of Borneo species.

 

Admission rates: MYR10.00 (adult & below 18 yrs).

Open: 8:00am - 5:00pm, daily.

 
 
 

KLIAS RIVER CRUISE

 

Cruise on the Klias or Garama River through the mangrove swamps to search for Proboscis monkeys (endemic to Borneo) and other wildlife species such as Macaques, Silver Languor as well as birds and reptiles. In the evening, after a sumptuous traditional Malay dinner (included in most packages), relax at the jelly and enjoy a spectacular view of the forest being lit up by hundreds of fireflies. The river is located at the Klias Wetlands near Beaufort, about 1.5 - 2 hours? drive from the city. Visitors can choose to do day trips or overnight stays and several types of accommodation are available.

 
 
 

WHITE WATER RAFTING

 

Padas River

in the southeastern part of Sabah is a favourite for white water-rafting. On some excursions, getting there involves a fun. Two-hour ride on the colonial-style steam locomotive or diesel train from the Beaufort Railway Station to the starting point of the river. Covering a distance of 9km, the class 3-4 river holds many exciting and tough rapids and rafting takes about 1&1/2 hours.

 

Kiulu River (class 2-3)

Is another popular and milder site, located 42 km north of Kota Kinabalu, or an hours drive from the oily.

 
 
 

KOTA KINABALU WETLAND CENTRE

 

Look out for some 80 species of resident and migratory birds in this 24-hectare sanctuary in the city - the only remaining patch of what was once an extensive mangrove forest. A 1.78km-long boardwalk, interspersed with resting huts, observation towers, and an outdoor classroom have been built for the convenience of visitors. Recommended bird-watching times are between 7:00 - 9:00am (you can walk in before the office opens at 8:00am and pay on your way out) and 4.30pm - 6:00pm.

 

How to get there: From Likas Bay, head towards the 1st traffic light stop opposite Likas Square then turn right towards Signal Hill through Jalan Bukit Bendera Upper. The sanctuary is located on the third junction on the left.

 

Open: Tue - Sun, 8:00am - 6:00pm.

Closed: Mon except public holidays.

 

Entrance fees: MYR10.00 (adult) & MYR5.00 (students & chIldren)

T: 088 246 955.

 
 
 

PADANG MERDEKA / INDEPENDENCE FIELD

 

This was originally a recreational field where football was first played in 1901. When North Borneo (Sabah) gained independence in 1963, it was the venue for the Proclamation of Malaysia. Today, Padang Merdeka is used for cultural celebrations such as Chinese New Year, Christmas carol singing and harvest festivals.

 
 
 

MALAYSIA MONUMENT

 

The Malaysia Monument was erected next to the City Council building to commemorate the independence of Sabah and the state joining the Federation of Malaysia on 16 September 1963. From there, the tour takes you to the City Council building.

 
 
 

CITY COUNCIL

 

In 1902, the Jesselton Sanitary Board was set up to oversee the administration of the town but it ended during the Japanese Occupation of World War II. In 1954, it was upgraded to a Town Board under the new Municipal & Urban Authorities Ordinance. When Kota Kinabalu achieved city status on 2 February 2000, it became a City Council.

 
 
 

NORTH BORNEO WAR MEMORIAL

 

The memorial was unveiled on 8 May 1923 to commemorate the death of 13 local North Borneo soldiers who enlisted in the British Forces during World War 1. Another plaque was added in remembrance of members of the Australian Armed Forces (1939 - 1945) who died during World War II. The third plaque pays respect to the members of the Malaysian Armed Forces who lost their lives during the Indonesian Confrontation from ?1963 to 1966.

 
 
 

JESSELTON HOTEL

 

Located at Gaya Street, Jesselton Hotel is the first post-war modern hotel. Visitors are welcomed by the doorman attired in a colonial uniform complete with a sun hat. The hotel may be unassuming in looks but many famous personalities have stayed there including boxer Mohammad Ali, Pope John Paul II, Tun Mahathir Mohammed and even Lady Mountbatten. Jesselton Hotel remains the only premier boutique hotel with a colonial ambience in Kota Kinabalu

 
 
 

AUSTRALIA PLACE

 

Australia Place may just be a small lane in the city centre but its historical significance cannot be denied. It was so named by the local people to refer to the camp site established by the Australian Liberation Forces when they landed in Jesselton in 1945.

 
 
 

SABAH TOURISM BUILDING

 

This two-storey historical building was one of three remaining buildings that escaped bombing during the last world war. It was officially opened by Governor A.C. Pearson on 16 March 1918 as a printing office. During the pre-and post war years, it housed different offices such as a treasury, audit, bank agency and post office. The building was gazetted as a historical building on 13 July 1988 and is now the office of the Sabah Tourism Board.

 
 
 

KOTA KINABALU COMMUNITY CENTRE

 

The centre was built in 1958 and renamed Independence Building as many historical events had  taken place there.

 
 
 

MUSEUM KOPITIAM

 

This unique coffee shop serves tourists more than just old-fashioned toasted bread as it has many historical artifacts of World War II. The wall is adorned with the chronological history of World War II in Sabah or North Borneo as it was known then. There is also a corner filled with spiritual poems written for the soldiers of the Australian Liberation Forces. Surrounded by such memorabilia, visitors get to feel the vibes of the place steeped in history. After a two and a half hour tour nothing is more welcome than a cup of hot coffee or a cold drink straight from the bottle. Don?t forget to order the delicious charcoal toasted bread or the tasty Anzac (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) biscuits so-called because the Anzac soldiers used to receive them from their families during the war.

 
 
 

ATKINSON TOWER CLOCK

 

From the Museum Kopitiam, visitors can see a towering clock tower. Atkinson Clock Tower was built in 1902 and completed in 1905 to commemorate the first District Officer of Jesselton, Mr Francis George Atkinson, who died of malaria at the age of 28. A two-faced clock was presented by Atkinson?s mother Mary Edith, as a memorial to her son. Gazetted as a historical building by Sabah Museum in 1983, it was one of the three buildings still left standing after the war. The original clock was replaced in 1964.

 
 
 

MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC CIVILISATION

 

Six impressive galleries which exhibit the history of Muhammad?s struggle to spread the Islamic faith.

 

Location: Jalan Menteri, off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman.

 

Open: daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

T: 088 538 228.

 
 
 

PETAGAS WAR MEMORIAL

 

 

A poignant reminder of all those who lost their lives defending Sabah against the Japanese Occupation during WW II. Located across the highway from the KK International Airport.

 
 
 

SABAH MUSEUM, HERITAGE VILLAGE & SABAH ART GALLERY

 

Deemed as one of the best in the region, the Sabah Museum is made up of the Main Building, Science and Technology Centre, Conservation Centre and Heritage Village. Inside the Main Building are the Ethnography, Natural History, Ceramics, Archaelogy, History and Islamic Civilization galleries. At the Heritage Village, there are 11 replicas of traditional houses of the various indigenous people of Sabah.

 

Among them are the Bajau house - complete with a wedding dias, Murut longhouse, which features a lansaran (trampoline), Chinese farmhouse with earthen floor, Bamboo house and House of Skulls. Also within the compound of the Sabah Museum is the Sabah Art Gallery, which has over 1,500 pieces of art work in its permanent collection in the form of paintings, carvings, sculptures and installations, mostly by local artists Special exhibits and sales are sometimes held at the Gallery and selected venues in the city.

 

Location: Jalan Bukit Istana Lama.

Open: daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Admission rates: MYR15.00 (Students in uniforms & disabled citizens, Free).

T: 088 253 199 / 263 551 (Sabah Museum) & 268 798 Sabah (Art Gallery).

 
 
 

PLACES OF WORSHIP

 

SABAH STATE MOSQUE

Located in Sembulan, this beautiful State landmark has a single minaret that stands about 65.5 metres alongside a massive golden dome encircled by 16 smaller domes.  All visitors are required to enter from the front entrance or the main entrance (not at the back or side door) for safety of their belongings. Visitors / Tourist guides must report to the Security Officer/Information Officer prior to entering the mosque. Visitors are required to be silent while inside the mosque.

 

ST. MICHAEL?S CHURCH, PENAMPANG

Its foundation stone was laid in 1936 but construction stopped during World War II and resumed only in 1947.

 

PUH TOH TZE TEMPLE

Located off Tuaran Road.

 

SIKH TEMPLE

Built in 1924, the Gurdawara off Jalan Sat Mat Salleh is one of the five Sikh temples in Sabah.

 

 

Important Notes: When visiting oil places of worship including temples and churches. oil visitors must be properly dressed - shorts and sin glets are not allowed and th mosques, women are required to wear robes or head scarves (provided at the Sabah State Mosque). At mosques, shoes must be removed te fore entering.

 
 
 
 
 
KOTA KINABALU : Tourist Attraction
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA