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Sabah : East Malaysia / BORNEO MALAYSIA - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
  Welcome
 
  Sabah Map 1
  Sabah Map 2
   
  Eco Treasures
  Celebrations & Festivals
  Unique Ethnic Group
 
  PLACES OF INTEREST :
 
  Beach Holiday
  Island Holiday
  National Parks
  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
 
  TENOM:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Agriculture Park
 
  KOTA BELUD:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Pulau Mantanani Island
  Tamu (Sunday Market)
 
  KUALA PENYU:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Pulau Tiga Park
 
  KUDAT:
 
  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
 
  PAPAR:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  SIPITANG:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  TUARAN:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Crocodile Farm
 
  SANDAKAN:
 
  General Info
 
  Tourist Attraction
  Agnes Keith House
  Gomantong Cave
  Lower Kinabatangan River
  Rainforest Development Centre
  Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary
  Turtle Island Park
 
  LAHAD DATU:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Danum Valley
  Tabin Wildlife Reserve
 
  SEMPORNA:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  TAWAU:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Bukit Gemok
  Tawau Hills Park
 
Labuan (Federal Territory) : East Malaysia / BORNEO MALAYSIA - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Sarawak : East Malaysia / BORNEO MALAYSIA - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
 
 
 
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA
WELCOME
 
 

Sabah

Nature?s Wonderland...

 

 

Sabah is known as the ?Land Below the Wind? and once out of Kota Kinabalu (KK) the capital, much of the state

remains forested.

Orang Utan - Sabah, BORNEO MALAYSIA

 

Sabah sits at the tip of Borneo, the world?s third largest island. Its coastline of 1,440 km (900 miles), washed by the South China Sea on the West and the Sulu Sea and Celebes Sea on the East, that encloses an inland area of 74,500 sq. km. (29,399 sq. miles). Lying just north of the equator, Sabah enjoys a sunny tropical climate where it?s summer all year - round. Daily temperatures range from 74 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (23 to 33 degrees Centigrade), with cooler weather up in the mountains. A land blessed with nature?s most bountiful treasures, Sabah - is also known by the famed romantic name of ?The Land Below The Wind.  There are over 32 ethnic communities speaking 80 dialects in Sabah.

 
 
ECONOMY
 

Sabah?s economy depends on agriculture, forestry, manufacturing and tourism. Exports include palm oil, cocoa beans, rubber, logs, sawn timber and crude petroleum.

 
 
 
HISTORY
 

In the 9th century A. D., Sabah was ruled by various tribal chieftains who generally maintained power over their individual territories. There were some trade links with China and later with the Spanish and Portuguese. By the 15th century, Sabah had become a vassal of the Sultan of Brunei. In 1704, the Sultan of Brunei ceded the land east of Marudu Bay to the Sultan of Sulu. In the early 1880?s, Moses, an American trader, obtained a lease over Sabah from Brunei. The lease was eventually passed to Alfred Dent, an Englishman. Dent founded the North Borneo Chartered Company and in 1881, he signed a treaty with Brunei and Sulu, converting the lease into a cession. The British North Borneo Chartered Company had control until the Japanese Occupation. After World War II, Sabah became a British Crown Colony. In 1963, it gained independence and joined Malaysia.

 
 
 
 

TIPS FOR TRAVELERS

Mount Kinabalu - Sabah, BORNEO MALAYSIA

 

CLIMATE:

Equatorial/Tropical

 

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES:

32?C in the lowlands and 21?C in the highlands

 

RELATIVE HUMIDITY:

85?95%

 

CURRENCY:

Malaysian Ringgit (RM). Foreign currencies can be changed at banks and hotels as well as licensed moneychangers. Most hotels charge a nominal fee for currency conversion.

 

MAJOR CREDIT CARD AND CHARGE CARDS:

VISA, American Express, Diners Club and MasterCard.

 

BANK HOURS:

Monday - Friday: 9:30 am ? 3:30 pm

Saturday: 9:30 am ? 12:00 noon

Closed: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month

 

MONEYCHANGERS:

Moneychangers can be found at major shopping centre

 

LOCAL TIME:

Standard Malaysian Time is 8 hours ahead of GMT

 

ELECTRICITY:

240 volts AC/60-cycle system

 

LANGUAGE:

Malay is the official and national language. However, English is widely spoken.

 
 
 
IMPORTANT NOTES
 
  • Credit cards are not widely accepted outside Kota Kinabalu, so be sure to travel with cash.

  • When visiting a longhouse, please respect people?s privacy and do not enter private quarters without an invitation.

  • Make your presence known whenever you enter a village. Do not walk under a house or longhouse.

  • Always remove your shoes before entering any home or longhouse.

  • Ask for permission before taking photographs.

 
 
 
TRANSPORTATION
 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM THE AIRPORT

Taxis are available from the airport into the capital city and major hotels.

 

By ROAD

Overland journey by bus or car is easy to arrange between Kuching (Sarawak), Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei Darussalam) and Kota Kinabalu (Sabah). Passports are stamped at all the borders.

 

BY RAIL

Borneo?s only railway service in operation is in Sabah. It runs from Tanjung Aru railway station in Kota Kinabalu to Beaufort and Tenom. The journey to Beaufort takes less than 2 hours, and to Tenom about 5 hours, the ride by railcar through the Padas River gorge to Tenom is particularly interesting to visitors.

 

BY FERRY

Ferry services between Kota Kinabalu and Labuan operate every day from 7:10 am to 3:00 pm

 
 
 
CUSTOMS & COURTESY
 
  • Islam is the official religion in both Malaysia and Brunei. Proper dress and manners should be adhered to at all times. Before entering a mosque, visitors should remove their shoes and women should ensure that their head, knees and arms are covered.  They should not pass in front of people at prayer, and should not touch the Qur'an.

 

  • It is impolite to point with your index finger (use the right thumbs instead) or to beckon someone with fingers and palm facing upwards. Instead the whole hand should be waved with palm facing downwards. Gifts, particularly food, are passed with the right hand.

 
 

TRAFFICKING IN ILLEGAL DRUGS CARRIES

THE DEATH PENALTY

 
 

SABAH

HOW TO GET THERE

 

Often called the ?Land Below The Wind? because it lies below the typhoon belt, Sabah occupies the eastern part of North Borneo and is East Malaysia?s second largest state with an area of 74,500sq km. Sabah has the South China Sea on the west and the Sulu and Celebes seas on the east and a coastline of some 1,440km. Sabah is mountainous with lush tropical rainforests and i t s population of nearly two million i s made up of 3 2 colourful ethnic communities. Kota Kinabalu, the capital, is a fertile lowland plain where most commercial and administrative activity is concentrated. It is the eastern gateway to Malaysia with direct air links to Brunei, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan.

 
 
BY AIR
 

Kota Kinabalu, the state capital, is the modern gateway to the rest of Sabah. Direct flights between KK (the name by which Kota Kinabalu is fondly called) and the regional capitals of Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Kaoshiung, Hong Kong, Taipei, Guangzhou, Xiamen and Shanghai in China, Sydney, Manila, Manado & Balikpapan Indonesia, Brunei, make Sabah easily accessible to travellers everywhere.

 
 
 
GETTING AROUND
 

BY ROAD

There is an excellent road system linking the principal cities. Express buses link major towns while mini-buses are used for shorter distances and within town areas. Shared taxis, mini-buses, ordinary buses and boats are the means of getting around.

 

BY AIR

For journeys to towns further away, MAS operates daily flights to Labuan, Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Tawau.

 

BY RAIL

There is a rail line from Beaufort and Tenom in the south but rail transport is otherwise little developed.

 

BY RIVERS

In the interior regions, rivers form the ?roads?, linking riverine communities and villages with travel by sampans (small boats) or longboats.

 
 
 
 
WELCOME
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA