Situated on the most beautiful island of Borneo, Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia. A state that is simply blessed with nature’s diversity, unique cultures, fun, adventures and beautiful beaches, not forgetting the charming Kota Kinabalu that would take your breath away! If you’re planning a trip to somewhere locally, here’s the best top places that you should not miss out!
1.Mari Mari Cultural Village
You could visit the various traditional homes of the ethnic communities in Sabah, which are built by decendants of the tribes they represent. A chance to also see blow-pipe making, tattooing, fire-starting and an insight of the mystical beliefs!
2. Gaya Street Sunday Market
Located in the Central District of Kota Kinabalu. You are able to shop for batik sarongs, fruits and flowers, arts and craft, footwear, antiques and souvenirs, cakes, even pets and herbs!
Kota Kinabalu’s one stop dining and entertainment centre! Plenty of food outlets to choose from as well as a good view of the sunset over the South China Sea.
4.Atkinson Clock Tower
One of the most enduring landmarks in Kota Kinabalu, it stands prominently on a bluff along Signal Hill Road adjacent to the old Police Station. The oldest standing structure in the whole of Sabah that survived the destruction of Jesselton town during World War II.
5. Sabah State Museum and Heritage Village
The Museum consists of the Main Building, Science and Education Centre, Heritage Village, Sabah Art Gallery and Museum of Islamic Civilization. One of the most interesting museums based on culture and historical stories.
6. Jesselton Point Waterfront
This place offers casual dining, leisure and retail experiences with its array of alfresco F&B outlets, and handicraft stalls. There are also boat rides available as well as island hopping tours.
7. KK Esplanade – Tip: One of the best places for photography!
Surrounded by famous landmarks such as the Hyatt Regency hotel and Wisma Merdeka shopping complex, this esplanade is a perfect place to chill out and enjoy the atmosphere of KK city.
8. Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
Island Hop to islands such as Sapi Island, Gaya Island, Mamutik Island and Manukan Island. One of the best islands to be in especially with the beautiful clean beaches, and soft white brown sand. Best for those that are beach bums, loves diving and snorkeling.
9. SEAFOOD : New Gaya Seafood Restaurant, Salut Seafood Restaurant, Gayang Seafood Restaurant
What’s life without food in Malaysia? The best affordable seafood is a MUST HAVE when you are on vacation in Kota Kinabalu. It’s freshly cooked for a mouth-watering experience, cooked by the locals of Sabah.
10. Tanjung Aru Beach
One of the most beautiful beaches in Sabah, located at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 6kilometre’s away from the city centre. This beach is the heart of all locals of Sabah, and has the ringside seat to the greatest sunset on earth every evening.
11. Pasar Kraftangan
Located along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Handicraft Market, which is also known as the Philippine market among locals, this is a destination that must be visited to get a gift and souvenirs when you visit Sabah. Jewelries, fridge magnets, keychains, things handmade with love and care, is available at this market.
Seems interesting right? So start planning a trip to Sabah real soon!