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  Beach Holiday
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  KOTA KINABALU (KK):
 
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  Tourist Attraction
  Aquarium & Marine Museum
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  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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  Pulau Tiga Park
 
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  Fish Massage
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  Kinabalu Park
 
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SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA
PLACES OF INTEREST : Tamu Sunday Market
 
 

TAMU

SABAH MARKET

 

Hand woven baskets and conical hats dyed in vibrant yellow, green and red placed on mats alongside fresh tropical fruits are a common sight at open markets in Sabah.

 

Several steps away, betel-nut chewing elderly women, their heads wrapped in cloth to keep the sunlight away, offer green leafy vegetables harvested from river banks and hill slopes. The open market, or ?tamu?, dates back to the time when shops were unheard of. Farmers from the mountains, fishermen from coastal and riverine areas and skilled craftsmen used to walk for miles once a week to gather at a common ground to barter their wares.

 

The tradition lives on till today, although most now travel by van or pick-up trucks to ?tamu? grounds in different parts of the state. The open markets are held on a fixed day of the week for specific districts, with the more notable ones being the Kota Belud ?tamu? on Sundays, the Tamparuli ?tamu? on Wednesdays and the Pekan Nabalu ?tamu? on Thursdays. Though buffaloes are no longer traded at these markets, pungent smelling traditional herbs, medicines and ointments that promise to rid 1,001 ills, are still on offer. Some even use plastic film roll covers to ?suck out? bad blood from customers who feel lethargic.

 
 

 

Locally grown tobacco, salted fish, live chicken and fish add to the mixed scents at these gatherings, which start early in the morning when its cooler and end at about 2pm. Though most ?tamu? offer a range of similar products, some have their own specialties. At the Kota Belud ?tamu? are traders selling sharp and gleaming parang of different sizes. In the past, the parang were purchased for use at farms but many, especially tourists, now purchase the items as souvenirs or gifts.

 

Kota Belud, about an hour?s drive from Kota Kinabalu, is also the venue for the annual ?tamu besar? (grand market), which is listed in Sabah?s calendar of events. This year?s extravaganza, which will once again feature buffalo races, is scheduled for Nov 25 and 26.

 

Brass gongs that are used in many ceremonies by Sabah?s ethnic communities are available at some open markets along with silverware and other trinkets. At Pekan Nabalu and the Gaya Street ?tamu? in Kota Kinabalu, orchids are a common sight along with ferns and other potted plants.

 

Shoppers will never go hungry as traditional cakes, such as the crispy and sweet ?kuih cincin? and freshly fried ?penjaram? that the Bajau ethnic group is famous for, is a permanent feature at the ?tamu?.

 

The carnival atmosphere and the chance to catch up with old friends are among the reasons the ?tamu? is still popular in Sabah. Going by the traffic jams that these open markets cause every week, it is safe to say that the ?tamu? is very much part of the heartbeat of Sabah and is here to stay.

 

Over in Penampang, which is 30 minutes from Kota Kinabalu, and in small towns like Tambunan and Tenom, fermented river fish and bottled wild ginger mixed with chillies and lime are sold to those who can stomach the taste and the smell.

 
 
 
PLACES OF INTEREST : Tamu Sunday Market
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA