Sabah, located on the island of Borneo in the eastern part of Malaysia, is a fascinating destination for travellers who enjoy a close experience with nature. The island's many natural attractions are complemented by a fascinating local culture that has preserved centuries-old ways of living into the present day.
Discover Sabah, from Sabah Tourism Board's Website
Harvest Festival (Pesta Ka’amatan)– 30 and 31 May annually
One of the well-known festival in Sabah is Pesta Ka'amatan or Harvest Festival which begins on the first of May and celebrated throughout Sabah. In Asian cultures, rice is regarded as an important staple food therefore majority of native Sabahans consider rice to be more important than any other food item.
Kota Belud “Tamu” (Open Market)– early October annually
The picturesque town of Kota Belud is positioned approximately 70 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu. Renowned as one of Sabah’s scenic and culturally diverse districts, Kota Belud is popularly known among locals as the ‘Land of the Cowboys of the East’.
This exceptional town is a fusion of different cultures and customs and is home to the Bajau Muslims, the Kadazan Dusun and Irranun mores. For hundreds of years Kota Belud has played a vital role as Northern Borneo’s cultural centre.
Mari Mari Cultural Village – open daily except Mondays
Situated amidst a remote forest setting in Kionsom, Inanam, Mari Mari Cultural Village is away from the hustling and bustling city.
Mari Mari Cultural Village offers glimpses into the lives of Sabah’s rich culture with its distinctive houses, costumes and traditional skills of five major Sabah’s ethnic groups; the farmers and traders Dusun and Rungus, the hunters and fishermen Lundayeh, the cowboys and sea gypsies Bajau, and the famously feared warrior tribe Murut.
This tour offers you the opportunity to see and experience the culture and lifestyle of the indigenous ethnic groups of Borneo in the olden days.
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque (Likas Floating Mosque) – open daily
This majestic mosque boasts similar features to the Nabawi Mosque in Medina. The man-made lagoon which surrounds it gives a serenely gorgeous and dramatic look to the mosque on a full moon night.
The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is open for the public to visit; however, all visitors are required to register with the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque Tourism Management.
When visiting the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, visitors are required to abide to the following rules:
Kinabalu National Park
Home to Mount Kinabalu, the Kinabalu National Park is (Malaysia's first World Heritage Site) and is a paradise of flora and fauna which thrive in the cooler mountain air.
During certain seasons of the year, the famous Rafflesia, largest flower in the world, can be sighted in the park. The park is also a haven for pitcher plants, wild orchids and a multitude of moths, butterflies and bugs which make for a fascinating study.
Poring Hot Springs
Poring Hot Springs is a natural outlet for clear spring water heated deep inside the earth. Hot springs are believed to provide cures, and relieve pains and aches.
In addition to the hot spring pools, a trek along any of the trails at Poring will bring one alongside a fascinating display of flora, and sometimes, fauna. Not to be missed is the exciting Poring Canopy Walk.
White Water Rafting at Kiulu River
Kiulu River, located just 45 minutes from the resort, is a popular white-water rafting destination. A uphill drive brings guests to the starting points.
Kiulu River is the tamer of the two rivers nearby. The Padas River, which is a further 1 hour from the resort in the opposite direction, provides an extra challenge for more seasoned and adventurous rafters.
Proboscis Monkeys and Fireflies at Klias
Journey 108km from the resort to the Klias wetlands for a cruise down the river in an open boat in search of the proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, the rare silver languor, and other wildlife along the riverbank.
As dusk settles in with a sunset, enjoy the secret rhythm of fireflies and their flickering lights!
A majority of these malls offer attractive and reasonable yet fixed prices and are generally open for trading from 10am to 10pm.
This phenomenal city also offers the typical Asian style street markets providing the visitor the opportunity to shop whilst experiencing the local way of life. For instance, the Gaya Street Sunday Market is a gathering place for hawkers trading an extensive array of traditional products and food items.
To purchase traditional handicraft and souvenirs, visit the Kota Kinabalu Handicraft Market. A lot of the villages and towns in Kota Kinabalu feature Sunday Flea Markets selling products from fruits, vegetables, orchids, arts and crafts to even traditional music instruments.
Perched on the northern tip of the island of Borneo, the Malaysian state of Sabah is a tropical paradise of natural wonders, scenic beauty and cultural diversity.
Sabah is famous for its unique blend of ancient traditions handed down through the millennia. In this fascinating cultural and adventure tourism destination, you'll find such exotic sights as the Rafflesia (the largest flower in the world), Asian elephants, proboscis monkeys, and of course, the famous Orang Utan.
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, offers guests a number of transportation options, including private airport transfers.
Whether arranging a private car hire or e-hailing services, our staff is there to assist and ensure you arrive at your selected destination comfortably and on time.