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Located on the third largest island in the world, Sabah is one of the fourteen states of which Malaysia is made off. This second largest state of Malaysia shares the island of Borneo with Sarawak, Kalimantan, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam. This is one place that is blessed with vast diversities in nature, scenic beaches and amazing mountain peaks, not forgetting that it is also home to one of the highest mountain of South East Asia, Mountain Kinabalu. Whether you are looking for a beach holiday or an escape from the hustle and bustle of city center to enjoy Mother Nature at its very best, Sabah is definitely an ideal retreat. Rich in history and culture, it has 35 recognized ethics group, with Kadazan-Dusun being the largest ones. This is followed by Bajau, Murut and Rungus. Apart from their respective mother tongues, the Malay and English language is widely spoken as well.
Following is the travel itinerary for 4 days/ 3 nights in Kota Kinabalu and Kundasang.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT KOTA KINABALU AIRPORT / KUNDASANG
The tour starts upon pick-up at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport. You would be heading in the direction of Kundasang. En route, these are the following places that you would be visiting:
Source: Photo take from gogosabah.com
Otherwise known as Menara Tun Mustapha, this building is unique in terms of shape and architecture. Completed in the year of 1977, this 30 stories high circular tower is made up of steel and glass and was one of the three buildings in the world that was based on this design concept at that time. Housing the organization that is focused towards the economic development of the peninsular, it consist of an auditorium, two mini theaters, an exhibition foyer, gymnasium, kindergartens and also a research library.
THE FLOATING MOSQUE
Source: Photo taken from sabahtourism.com
Situated at the shore of Likas bay, this mosque is partially surrounded by a man made lagoon, hence giving rise to its nick name. This Islamic contemporary of an architecture host similar features as the Malawi Mosque in Medina. Known as one of the largest and the most beautiful mosque in the state, it consist of a prayer hall with three madrasahs, which are able to accommodate around 12,000 people at one go. It is so easy to get lost in the feeling of peace and serenity that surrounds you while visiting this holy ground.
UPSIDE DOWN HOUSE
Source: Photo taken from followmywanders
Being the first of its kind in the South East Asia, this unique building is located along the main highway which leads towards Mount Kinabalu. This fully furnished kampong house is equipped with kitchen, living room, bedrooms, toilets, veranda and garden. Of course, you would be viewing all this upside down. Inside, one would be able to enjoy the distinct Sabahan décor and features. This quirky architecture has been featured in the Malaysian book of records and is privileged to be one of the only five upside down structures in the world.
TAMPARULI SUSPENSION BRIDGE
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Well placed on the drive over to Kundasang, this suspension bridge is located at the old part of Tamparuli town before a newer and sturdier bridge was constructed. If you’re one of those adventurous type, do have a walk on this suspension bridge. With a clear view of the river flowing beneath you, it is easy to just lose yourself in the beauty of the scenic view and Mother Nature that surrounds this particular bridge.
Source: Photo taken from climbingmountkinabalu.com
Dubbed as the “toilet stop” for those whom are heading to Kinabalu Park, this place has become a must stop center for tourist. It is one of the best places to catch a view of the majestic Mountain Kinabalu as there are several strategic spots that you could visit here. One such spot is the watch tower. This 15-meters watch tower is located just opposite the landscape which allows an unhindered view of the elevated mountain top. Another spot is a platform that is located at the edge of the town. With literally nothing obstructing the view, this is an amazing photography spot that should not be missed.
Source: Photo taken from Sabahuptodate
One of the smallest town in Sabah, Kundasang is well known for its richness in flora and fauna as well as the freshness of fruits and vegetables that can be found in the local markets. Located just 6 KM away from the Kinabalu Park, this is a famous tourist destination, whereby people drop by here just to enjoy the scenic view and its cool weather.
Upon reaching the town of Kundasang, you would be checking into your hotel for an overnight stay at this lovely town.
DAY 2: KUNDASANG/ KOTA KINABALU TOUR.
After having a scrumptious breakfast, head on over for your tour to explore some of the most wonderful and scenic places in the town of Kundasang.
DESA DAIRY PARK
Source: Photo taken from zayan.my
Also dubbed as the New Zealand of Sabah, this scenic place is located at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu. This 199 hectares of site houses a cattle farm that produces about 900,000 liters of milk annually. Consisting mostly of the Friesians milking cows, which are one of the highest milk producers among the cattle breed, this is the place to be to capture amazing photographs. Besides that, one could also learn the milking process and join in on certain activities such as feeding the calves with bottled milk.
KUNDASANG WAR MEMORIAL
Source: Photo taken from kakijalan.com
This is a memorial that is dedicated to all of the British and Australian soldiers whom lost their lives in the Sandakan Prisoner of War camp, which was established by the Japanese. Besides reflecting the lives of the soldiers that were lost during their death marches to Ranau, it also reflects the sufferings endured by the locals of Sabah. This memorial is divided into 4 main areas, which are The Australian Garden, The English Rose Garden, The Borneo Garden and the Contemplation Garden. Besides the contemplation garden, which consists of a passage filled with names of the victims etched upon the marble panels, each one represents the origin country of the victims.
LOCAL FRUIT MARKET (PASAR SABAH)
Source: Photo taken from curioustraveller.com
As farming and agriculture is one of the most important source of economic for the locals, it is no surprise that the local markets are famous for its fresh fruits and vegetables. Here you could have your pick at the variety of local greeneries for a reasonable price.
Source: Photo taken from tripadvisor
This hidden gem holds one of the most scenic view at its peak, right after Mount Kinabalu. With a walk of around 10 minutes to reach this spot, this is a place where you would be enveloped by the presence of Mother Nature herself. With the cool wind on your face and the view of foggy mountain ranges in the distance, this is a place where one could just unwind, relax and enjoy the chilly weather.
After an amazing sightseeing in the town of Kundasang, it is time to head back to Kota Kinabalu. On your way back, you would be making some pit stops at the following spots.
MARAKAU VILLAGE FISH SPA
Located within the town of Ranau, this village is a living example of what conservation and preservation of Mother Nature can bring about. What is now a very famous tourist attraction, this river was once neglected and buried under tons of rubbish. An initiative taken by a local man to preserve and clean the river now attracts many visitors, both local and international. Here, one could be close to Mother Nature while experiencing the rush of the slithering fishes around your ankle. It is one experience that should not be missed.
Source: Photo taken from borneoadventure.com
Having had the opportunity of being one of the first World Heritage Site designated by the UNESCO in Malaysia, this national park is home to extensive amount of floras and faunas. With over 4,500 species of both plants and animals, it plays an important role of being one of the most significant biological site in the world. Here, you can just leave behind the stress and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature surrounding you. There are enormous number of activities that can be done, besides the obvious hiking up the Mount Kinabalu. One could enjoy mountain biking, golfing, birding as well as taking farm tours.
KAMPUNG AIR NIGHT MARKET
Source: Photo taken from idealtravelx.com
This exquisite night market offers a variety of South East Asian cuisine to choose from. Whether it’s Malay, Indonesian, Filipino or Borneo inspired delicacies, your mouth is sure to water as you would be hit by the various delicious aromas of food being cooked, grilled or barbequed. You could also get your souvenirs from the stalls here as local handicrafts such as bags, jewelry item and clothes are sold. You could also find crystals in all shapes, colors and sizes at a reasonable prices.
After a full day of tour, you would be checking into your hotel for an overnight stay at Kota Kinabalu.
DAY 3: KINABALU TOUR
After breakfast, you would be transferred to the jetty for your upcoming tour.
Source: Photo taken from gosabah.my
With only 25 acres large and being one of the smallest island of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, you would be greeted by thousands of fishes on your way to this beautiful island. This is a fantastic place to swim, snorkel, dive and relax. With its pristine white beach and crystal blue water, it is definitely a sight to be feast upon. This is an ideal place to have a picnic as well, as there are many seating and tables provided under the shade.
TANJUNG ARU BEACH
Source: Photo taken from tripadvisor
After a brief rest from all the swimming and snorkeling, it’s time to head over to the Tanjung Aru Beach to catch a glimpse of the amazing sunset. Named after the Aru trees that lines up along this beach, one could just sit back, enjoy a sip out of their coconut or sugarcane juice and watch as the sun dips down into the horizon.
Source: Photo taken from jomjalan.com.my
Located at the highest point in the city, this is the best place to get a good view of the whole of Kota Kinabalu. The night view with all the lights on is simply amazing. You could just enjoy the panoramic view while having dinner in one of the many cafes or restaurants located at the top of this hill.
Later, you would be transferred back to your hotel at Kota Kinabalu for an overnight stay
DAY 4: DEPARTURE
After breakfast, you would be brought to the local market before checking out.
Source: Photo taken from trip advisor
This huge market consist of various amount of goodies, from the products of the sea that are mostly dried and packed, to the freshly harvested vegetables and fruits. You could also find souvenirs to be brought back home at the handicraft section of this market. This is a one stop center where one could bargain the prices of the goods here for a fairly reasonable price.
Later you would be transferred to the Kota Kinabalu International Airport to catch your flight back home. On your way there, you would pass by the Sutera harbor jetty which is located along the coastline of the city center.
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