Best of Borneo - Sabah (Malaysia)

Located in the northern side of the Borneo Island, Sabah is part of East Malaysia. A direct flight from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu via Silk Air or Air Asia is approximately only 2 ½ hours away.


Kota Kinabalu is one of the “Eight Great Places To Watch The Sunset” according to a blog on Huffington Post. Check out the Sunset Bar at Shangri-la’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa or the Breeze Beach Club at Sutera Harbour Resort.




If you wish to explore the island life, don't forget to drop by Gaya Island which is just a 20-min ferry ride from Kota Kinabalu where you can find the world's longest island-to-island zip-line - the Coral Zip-Line (Gaya Island to Manukan island). While you're at Gaya, enjoy water sports or simply bask under the sun.


water sports


Like they say, you haven't been to Japan if you didn't visit Mount Fuji, likewise, you haven't been to Kota Kinabalu if you didn't visit Mount Kinabalu. Make a trip to the Kinabalu Park to visit the Poring Hot Spring, Sabah Tea Garden and Desa Cattle Farm. Wake up to by sunrise (6am) to catch the best view of Mount Kinabalu.


Landscape Sabah


White water rafting in Padas is an adventure of its own. Padas rafting is suitable for adrenalin seekers. If you don’t want to make your way back to Kota Kinabalu that night, check yourself into the Tempurung Beach Lodge by Kuala Penyu where you can join a tour to see the Proboscis monkey and fireflies before having dinner and heading back to the lodge.


River rafting Sabah


Staying within the city center gives you an opportunity to explore the city on foot. Several beach resorts are also close in proximity if you are looking for a secluded and relax-by-the beach holiday, the Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort and Nexus Karambunai Resort & Spa are ideal choices.


 Landscape Sabah


Among the local fare are Bak Kut Teh and Sang Nyuk Mien (pork noodles). For hawker food like dumplings, grilled fish and noodles, head to Lido Square food court. There are also many seafood restaurants within the city centre where you can try a good spread of delectable seafood.


Be immersed by the culture of Sabah at the Mari Mari cultural village. You are welcome to participate in fun local activities with native villagers in their traditional costumes.


culture of Sabah


Sabah is a playground for different types of travellers. From gastronomic adventures to light and easy trips to the islands or beaches, there is pretty much something for everyone. Other activities of interest that people flock to Sabah for, are customised tours such as: photography (culture, nature, underwater, landscape etc) tours, bird watching, memorial tours and orchid tours.


If you happen to be in Kota Kinabalu on a Sunday, take a walk through the Sunday Market at Gaya Street. The Handicraft Market, which is a stone's throw away, is open daily. Fresh, frozen and dried seafood, and birds' nests are available in abundance and suitably packed for your flight.


Visit the website of Sabah Tourism Board for more information.


Photo credits: Sabah Tourism Board


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