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THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018

Kaamatan Harvest Festival - Sabah

Be mesmerized by Sabah’s Kaamatan Harvest Festival when you visit Sabah at the end of May! Kaamatan or Pesta Kaamatan is a harvest festival and is one of the important and meaningful celebrations for the Kadazan Dusun community in Sabah. The word Kaamatan is a Kadazan-Dusun term for harvest. It is widely celebrated throught out Sabah. The Kaamatan or Harvest Festival is celebrated by the tribe of Kadazan/Dusun to celebrate good harvest, but the Kaamatan Festival is also celebrated by all other races in Sabah, usually celebrated throughout month of May. The highlight of the Kaamatan festival activities is the grand Unduk Ngadau (Harvest Festival Queen or better known as Miss Kaamatan), followed by the traditional dance, carnival, events and ceremonies by the Bobohizan, the Kadazan Priestess. Bobohizan plays an important role in Kaamatan because she is the one who will determines the official harvest festival date as well as officiating the Kaamatan Festival or better known by the local as Tadau Kamaatan.

 

However, Kaamatan is not just about celebrating the beginning of harvest. To understand more about Kaamatan Harvest Festival, there is a myth to be told. The Kadazan-Dusuns believe that in the days of yore the people suffered a great famine. It all begins with their God, Kinoingan, who took pity upon them. He sacrificed his daughter, Huminodun, by cutting her into small pieces in order to save the people from suffering. Her flesh was sown over the land and from these sprang the first rice plants. The Kadazan-Dusun believes that the spirit of Huminodun is embodied in the rice which is known as Bambarayon or Bambazon. Therefore, Kaamatan is celebrated to fulfil these five major purposes which are to welcome Bambazon to the Tangkob (a large rice storage container), to restore Bambazon that was lost during careless harvesting and processing of rice through the Magayau ritual ceremony, to feed the Bambazon with special food such as rice wine, fermented rice known as tandut, eggs, salt and feathers of a slaughtered chicken and, friendship and merry-making feast.

 

Throughout the whole month of Kaamatan Harvest Festival, there are ritual stages that are important for this festival. The first one is Kumogos Ceremony. It is held before the harves begins. The Bobohizan will tie up 7 stalks of the best rice from the rice field. These stakes of rice will be harvested only after whole rice field has been completely harvested. This ceremony is important to inform the other spirits to not disturb the farmers at work. The second stage is Kumotob Ceremony. After the first stage, Bobohizan will select another 7 stalks of the best rice from the area that is not yet harvested and will tie them up together. Then, she will place them in a basket which the local called as tadang that is specially to keep rice. It will be placed there until it turned into seeds for the next planting season. The third stage is Posisip Ceremony. In this ceremony, the Bobohizan will take the 7 stalks of rice which was placed in the tadang earlier to a rice hut. She will then put the rice into a bamboo pole kept in the tangkob while reciting chants to call for Bambazon to stay in the rice hut until the next planting season. The fourth stage, which is the Magavau Ceremony is the most important ceremony throughout the harvest festival. This is where the restoration and offerings of food to Bambazon is done. The last stage is Humabot Ceremony, which is held on the last day of Kaamatan. This is where a variety of entertainment and activities are held throughout the day. The highlight of the event would be the selection of the Unduk Ngadau, also known as Miss Kaamatan as it symbolizes Huminodun.

 

If you plan to visit Sabah at the end of May, take the opportunity to experience Harvest Festival vibe in Sabah and feel the uniqueness! You may visit our website SarawakBorneoTour.com and check out our Sabah tour packages. Do take note that Kaamatan Festival falls on 30th and 31st of May which is considered as a Public Holiday in the entire state of Sabah. Plan your trip well and make sure you have everything you need as most of the shops will be closed.

 

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SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018

Mari Mari Cultural Village, Sabah

 

Mari Mari Cultural Village is located deep in the countryside away from the modern and developing Kota Kinabalu city. The village is a 30 to 40 minutes’ drive from Kota Kinabalu city. This museum is located deep in the jungle. It is a reconstruction of the houses of each of the five indigenous tribes of Sabah where it gives you a walk through the history, culture, tradition and provides a good understanding of the tribes of Sabah. The five tribes as mentioned are the rice farmer Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse resident Rungus, the hunters and fisherman Lundayeh, the cowboy and sea gypsy Bajau, and the famously feared headhunting tribe of Murut. It aims to share the knowledge, history, culture, and tradition of Borneo with you. Other than that, this museum is not only to preserve their ancestors’ tradition but they perform dances to give the best authentic experience for you so that you feel like you are brought back in history.

 

There are 3 sessions for the tour around the village which is at 10 a.m., afternoon session at 2 p.m. and evening session at 6 p.m. There will be a walking tour of the village by a guide who walks you through the area. You will get the opportunity to explore the lifestyle of how the indigenous ethnic groups of Borneo used to live back in the olden days when electricity had not yet discovered. You will be guided to each different tribe houses and learn about their different lifestyle, culture, and history. Each tribe will demonstrate on how they hunt and make fire. Basically, you will see how they live their lives in the old days. However, you also will get a first-hand experience to live their lifestyle. They will teach you to light a fire with a bamboo stick, will treat you to local food, which includes delicacies such as sago worms with rice wine. You will learn how to shoot from an air weapon such as bamboo with arrows. Not to forget, there are also food demonstrations. You will have a chance to try the drinks they used to make such as ginger tea.

 

Why is it a “must place to visit” when you are in Sabah? Culture and tradition is slowly fading away. It is a great place to experience the lifestyle of rural natives which not many still live in this type of condition since most live in modern houses these days. Other than that, it is a great way to escape for the hustle and bustle of big city, where you can immerse with the quiet and tranquil nature. You will get a relaxed and leisure sightseeing activity especially those with families. Besides, it is an eye opener for the major tribes in Sabah, where you can gain knowledge about their culture, how their great ancestors used to live and what their spiritual beliefs living in the jungle were. As I mentioned before, you will get the opportunity to participate and experience in a few of the demonstrations such as blowing the Murut blowpipe and many more fun activities!

 

Most of the performers and guides in the village are local natives that live nearby. They are more than happy to share their lifestyle. At the same time, every dollar you spend goes back towards helping the local native people preserve their ancestors’ culture and tradition. Please wear comfortable and suitable clothes for leisure walking. Only cash is accepted for entrance fee tickets. Enjoy Mari Mari Cultural Village. Go https://goo.gl/7QuB5Z to book Mari Mari Cultural Village tour with us.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2013

North Borneo Railway Train Schedule

Train Schedule

The North Borneo Railway runs two weekly return departures (Wednesday, Saturday) from Kota Kinabalu to Papar, year round. Lasting approximately 4 hours, passengers experience the lush landscape of the coastal and rural regions of Sabah. A typical ‘tiffin’ colonial lunch will be served on the return trip.

Itinerary :
9.30 am                    Boarding at Tanjung Aru Station – Breakfast is provided
10.00 am                  Depart from Tanjung Aru Station for Papar
10.40 am                  Stop at Kinarut Town – visit Tien Shi Temple or traditional shops
11.00 am                  Depart from Kinarut Station
11.45 am                  Arrive in Papar Town – visit local wet market and shops
12.20 pm                  Re-board train for return journey
12.30 pm                  Depart from Papar Station for Tanjung Aru
12.40 pm                  ’Tiffin’ Lunch onboard
1.40 pm                    Arrive at Tanjung Aru Station

 

Breakfast & Tiffin Set Lunch :

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013

The wonderful food in Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is famous not only for its mountains, seasports and islands but also for their fresh seafood given that South China Sea is just surrounding the Sabah state. I recently took a promotion flight with MASwings airline to Kota Kinabalu for a 3 days break. To start off the trip, my flight was smooth and pleasant with efficient service by the crew. I have always been a seafood lover and really looked forward to really dig in. For anyone who loves seafood, you must not miss their heavenly seafood when you are in Kota Kinabalu.

 

If you do not mind a rather packed restaurants at most times, and the place may be messy and crowded, with  no menu, then check out Welcome Restaurant. The seafood there is cheaper compared to other restaurants. The food is tasty too. Order dishes like sauté crabs, famous local Tuaran noodles, stir fried  vegetables with shell fish, shellfish cooked in Serai” soup, and many others, we are sure you will like it after eating there. The price is slightly cheaper compared to other touristy restaurants.

 

Another restaurant corner worth mentioning is SEDCO Village. It is actually a square corner with several restaurants operating from there. There are simply a very wide variety of seafood to choose from, from lobster to prawns and mantis to crabs that is at least Rm80 per kg and fishes of all types etc. If you have a camera with you, I am sure you will take many photos of the place with the wide variety of seafood.

 

Ikan-ikan located  in the same vicinity as SEDCO village and Welcome restaurant, is also a seafood restaurant. The price is slightly higher than Welcome restaurant but the place is comfortable, air-conditioned, clean and the waitresses there change your dirty plates quite often. The choice of seafood on display is not as much as in SEDCO but I think most restaurants sell  about the same variety of food. What I remembered about this restaurant is their pickled papaya which was a good appetizer before my main course and I enjoyed eating them.

 

If you are looking for somewhere cheap and do not mind the hawker stall food, then you should check out the food stalls near Filipino market. There is an abundant choices to choose from. It will simply leave you wanting some if you see the BBQ food there.

 

The much talked about Roasted coconut is something that is worth trying if you are in Kota Kinabalu. It is slightly further away from Kota Kinabalu city located at Kampung Salut but if you have the time, it is worth to try the roasted coconut, coconut pudding served in plastic cup and some roasted shellfish ( locally known as Lokan). The coconut water would be steaming hot after being roasted. It actually tasted like sweet soup. The flesh is fragrant and soft but crunchy. If you take the larger coconut, it may be more than enough for you to finish if you are a hungry.

 

This roasted coconut has been much talked about everywhere outside Sabah as you don’t usually get to eat roasted coconuts anywhere. So if you are there, it is worth it to try them and not missed it.

 

I definitely had a pleasant flight with MASwings airline and will definitely fly with them again to beautiful Sabah to taste their local seafood.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013

Mari Mari Cultural Village and Monsopiad Cultural Village, Sabah

Sabah is popular with its diverse ethnics and rich history. The Mari Mari Cultural Village and the Monsopiad Cultural Village are two of Sabah’s popular tourist spots in learning and finding out more about the culture and history of these ethnic groups in Sabah.

 

Together with MASWings, let us unfold the two cultural villages and see what do these two have in store for us.

Mari Mari Cultural Village is situated in a remote forest in Kionsom, Inanam. It is an ideal setting for a cultural village which preserves the environment of the tribes long ago. Situated 25 minutes away from the city and in a remote forest, you could enjoy only the sound of nature and the closeness of what the tribes feel years ago. Entering the village requires you to cross a hanging bridge to cross the river and get to the other side.

 

Upon entering the village, you will be introduced to a variety of ethnic tribes in Sabah such as the Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus and Dusun. You will also be shown their traditional homes and how each and every house has a different look and feel. Besides that, the different ethnics at the cultural village will even demonstrate their traditional way of cooking food in bamboo and the brewing of Montoku, known as rice wine which is the favorite drink of the Dusun tribe.

 

Other tribes present there will also demonstrate the different kind of skill sets such as the traditional way of lighting a fire by the Rungus tribe, the extracting of tree bark in order to make various items such as ropes, vest, floors, and walls by the Lundanyeh tribe, and also blowpipe making by the Murut tribe. There are many more demonstrations in the cultural village itself such as dances and musical performance. Besides that, they will even teach you how to cook or craft using their traditional way if you are interested in learning.

 

The Monsopiad Cultural Village on the other hand, is another cultural village worth going to. The Monsopiad Cultural Village is founded in 1996 making it Sabah’s first living museum. The cultural village is situated beside the Penampang River and is surrounded by many other traditional buildings. It takes about an hour and a half from Kota Kinabalu and if you are wondering where the name Monsopiad comes from, the name is taken from a fearsome warrior who lived in the village of Kuai long time ago.

The Monsopiad Cultural Village is a Kadazan cultural village allowing you to learn more about the Kadazan tribe. Upon arriving at the village, you will be treated to various Kadazan displays such as their ceramic jars, padi grinders and bamboo items. You will also be shown the costume of Bobohizan Inai Bianti, a direct descendent of Monsopiad. There are lots of other interesting things being shown at the cultural village alone such as a massive monolith holding a dozen legends, and also the House of Skulls, where you will be shown 42 skulls which are also trophies of war from Monsopiad.

 

There are a lot more to the cultural village and it will not be interesting if you don’t see it for yourself. Let MASWings Airline fly you to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and learn more about the various ethnics in Sabah.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2012

The colourful Gaya Street and Filipino market in Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Gaya Street market and Filipino market in Kota Kinabalu Sabah are the most famous markets that visitors to Sabah must try out if they are looking for a wonderful shopping experience. The atmosphere and variety of goods being offered in these two markets will make your visit there a worthwhile experience.
Gaya Street market is located at the Kota Kinabalu Central Business District right at the centre of downtown Kota Kinabalu. The Gaya Street market opens every Sunday from 6.30 am in the morning until 1 pm in the afternoon. The residents of Kota Kinabalu would normally spend their weekend browsing through the various wares that Gaya Street market has to offer with their family.  The area comprising the Gaya Street market starts from the Jesselton Hotel all the way to the Kota Kinabalu municipal building.
 
In Gaya Street market, you can find many stalls selling many types of goods that you can find under the sun. As you walk through this Sabah market, you’ll be astounded by the choices of goods on offer here. They have stalls selling various types of souvenirs, daily hardware, traditional local handicrafts, local paintings and even live animals. It is can be an overwhelming sensation to see the range of goods being offered at this wonderful Sabah market. The Gaya Street market will indeed give you an experience unlike any other.
The Filipino market Kota Kinabalu lies further down the road opposite the Centrepoint Shopping Complex in Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens. The immigrant-run Filipino market is also in downtown Kota Kinabalu. Like the Gaya Street market, the Filipino market is no less impressive in the range of goods that it has to offer you. The Filipino market’s attraction is that the atmosphere makes you feel as if you’re shopping in a typical market in the Philippines without even having to leave Sabah.
Filipino market in Kota Kinabalu
You can find a number of uniquely Filipino products such as Filipino food and handicrafts being on offer here. There are also several tailors operating here should you feel the need to do some clothing alterations. The arguably most famous product on offer at this Sabah market that people keep talking about is the cultured pearl. You should get one as a momento of your visit here. After all, it is only five ringgit per piece.
When the sun goes down, you will find a wonderful selection of fresh seafood produce, meat, poultry, vegetables and fruits on sale here. The fresh fruits on sale here is definitely worth a try. You must not miss tasting the delicious local red durian sold here. It is very unforgettable. Apart from the fresh produce, the Filipino market also has stalls selling both local and Filipino food that are hard to resist. The grilled seafood is very amazing ranging from various types of fish, prawns and even big fat juicy lobsters!
After you have been to these wonderful Sabah markets, you will surely want to return here for a repeat visit. The Gaya Street market and Filipino market offers you a wonderful slice of the vibrant Kota Kinabalu shopping experience that you must not miss. Why don’t you come and see for yourself what these wonderful Sabah markets have waiting for you?
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2012

The best of Sabah traditional food

Sabah is undoubtedly famous of its iconic Mount Kinabalu and beautiful sandy beaches. Do you know that Sabah also has a special collection of mouthwatering traditional cuisine? For food lovers out there, Sabah traditional food is something that you will never forget. With its diverse ethnic population, each of this group offers their own distinct Sabah traditional food. You must not miss trying out Sabah traditional food when you are here. The unique Sabah traditional food will astound and delight...

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012

The vibrant Sabah Harvest Festival

If you are in Sabah during the beginning of May you will be able to enjoy the colourful Sabah Harvest Festival or Kaamatan that is celebrated by the Kadazandusun people of Sabah. This vibrant Sabah Harvest Festival will sure to dazzle you with its showcase of rich Kadazandusun cultural heritage.

The Kadazandusun of Sabah celebrates the Sabah Harvest Festival or Kaamatan annually to give thanks for the bountiful rice during the rice harvesting period. Kaamatan is the largest festival in Sabah and is celebrated statewide by the Kadazandusun people. The Kadazandusun has been celebrating this Sabah festival for several generations from the time when these people were collectively agrarian rice planters. During the harvest time the Kadazandusun community would work hand in hand gathering the rice stalks with special knives said to be able to appease the rice spirits.

 

This festival in Sabah begins on the first of May and reaches its climax by the end of May where there will be a lot of festivities and merrymaking. One important feature of this festival in Sabah is where the local Kadazandusun high priestess would conduct a ritual inviting Bambaazon, the rice spirit, to the festival. It is believed that this festival in Sabah will not be able to commence until this spirit is present. In the far-flung past, this ritual would be conducted under the first full moon in the rice field where there would be a procession through the field led by a warrior wielding his sword to ward off evil spirits.

 

Apart from seeing the traditional thanksgiving ritual, you will also be able to see various events such as cultural shows, exhibitions, traditional Kadazandusun games and buffalo races being held to celebrate this Sabah festival. Every year since 1960, this Sabah festival has been celebrated on a statewide scale where the Kadazandusun community would showcase their rich cultural heritage through traditional songs, dances, cultural shows, agricultural exhibitions, handicraft sales and of course. The local community would turn out fully decked in their colourful traditional attire. The special rice wine called tapai is served throughout the festival. You will be amazed at the various colourful activities being held during this Sabah festival.

 

This year’s Kaamatan was celebrated all month long with various events being held throughout Sabah. The beginning of the festival was marked with a colourful cultural show held in Kota Kinabalu JKKN complex that presents a rich blend of the state’s cultural heritage. Towards the end of May, there was a Kaamatan grand finale celebration held by the Kadazandusun Cultural Association in Penampang. This place was where all the main festivities were held towards the final two days in the month of May. If you are in Sabah for the next Kaamatan festival, do make sure you mark these important dates!

 

By the end of this wonderful Sabah festival, you are guaranteed to leave Sabah with lots of wonderful memories on the ever-vibrant and colourful Sabah Harvest Festival. Why don’t you take a trip to Sabah during the month of May and experience the sights, sounds and colours of the Kaamatan festival yourself?

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012

Desa Dairy Farm- The only place in Sabah where you feel like being in New Zealand

 

If you are keen in enjoying the glorious beauty of Sabah with its iconic mountain and beautiful beaches, you are guaranteed to discover that the Desa Dairy Farm in Kundasang will completely take your breath away with its panoramic view of the ever-present Mount Kinabalu, cool climate and lush green landscapes. You would feel as if you are in a typical New Zealand pastoral farm setting!
 
 
The Desa Dairy Farm lies at the foot of Mount Kinabalu in the Mesilau Highland, Kundasang. The 199 hectares Desa Dairy Farm is the largest of its kind in Sabah. The beautiful Desa Dairy Farm is only 30 minutes drive away from the Kinabalu National Park. There are over 600 cows living here. If you are on a bus or driving the uphill road from there you will be treated to the beautiful scenery along the way. The green vegetable farmland area surrounding the mountain is indeed a majestic sight to behold. Your journey to Desa Dairy Farm is arguably a wonderful experience in its own right.
 
 
The Desa Dairy Farm in Kundasang is at around 2000 metres above the sea level. It’s not surprising the air is refreshingly crisp and cool. The moment you enter the Desa farm area you will be struck by the breathtaking view of the green meadows stretching to as far as your eyes can see. I have to warn you though that you may need to bear with the stench of cow dung when you are there.
 
You will also see the beautiful Friesian cows grazing freely around the field. The presence of these majestic beasts makes you feel as if you’re no longer in Sabah. Instead the atmosphere is more similar to a typical New Zealand farm. Did you know that pregnant cows are even segregated from the rest of the gang for peace to enjoy their pregnancy.
 
You will notice that around 133 hectares of the Desa farm area is planted with unique plants that you can’t find anywhere else in the Kundasang area. You will see plants such as the white clover, Kikuyu and Narok Setaria littering the whole pasture. Do take your time to explore the vast green landscape of the Desa farm to just simply absorb and let the sight overwhelm your senses.
 
Apart from the magnificent scenery, you could also see dairy milks are collected in the milking station at 3pm daily. It is really interesting to see the Friesian cows lining up at the processing centre waiting for their turn to be milked. These cows don’t even have to be guided to line up at the automated milking station. It’s as if they know what to do when they reached the station. Each of these delightful Friesian cows can produce up to 14 litres of milk a day. You can either arrange for a guided tour or you can just simply turn up here to see the milking process by yourself.
 
You can purchase the processed milk which is available at the Desa Dairy Farm lobby from 11am onwards. You'll surely notice the freshness of its taste.. If you want a lasting memento of your visit, t-shirts, mugs and refrigerator magnets are also available for sale here. Do get something from the Desa farm to bring back to the folks at home.
If you really want to experience the beautiful scenery of an unspoiled farmland, the Desa Dairy Farm in Kundasang is the place for you to be in. You don’t even have to fly all the way to New Zealand to do so. It is definitely worth the RM3 admission price! 
 
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THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012

7 Reasons Why You Should Come To Sabah

Sabah Borneo is growing into a big tourism industry player, offering its own unique appeal to tourists from all over the world. Whether it is the white sandy beaches, lush jungles, exotic wildlife, or a rich cultural experience that you're looking for, Sabah has all of these to offer.

 

There are seven reasons why you should put Sabah as your next holiday destination if you are planning to go on your own or with friends or family.

Number one on the list is the islands of Sabah. Sabah is well-known for its surrounding islands, making it a popular destination among tourist both from far and near. The most famous island in Sabah is the Sipadan Island which keeps attracting thousands of visitors each year. Sipadan is an oceanic island formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct undersea volcano rising 600m from the seabed. The geographic position of Sipadan at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin puts it in the centre of the richest marine habitat in the world. There are more than 3000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species that have been classified in this rich ecosystem. Sipadan is well known for its unusually large numbers of green and hawksbill turtles that gather here to mate and nest. Among other islands worth visiting are Mabul Island, Mataking Island  and Survivor Island (Pulau Tiga).

 

If you are into sea turtles then this should be your second reason why you should come to Sabah. Turtle Park Island consists of Selingan, Bakungan Kecil and Gulisan islands. The park is a safe haven for the endangered green and hawksbill turtles. This gives you the rare opportunity to watch turtle landings. Selingan, the largest of these three islands, houses the park's headquarters, a turtle hatchery, tourist accommodations and basic facilities. The other two islands are used for conservation activities.

 

The third reason for you to come to Sabah is that you can get up close and personal with the wildlife of Borneo.  Lok Kawi Wildlife Centre offers just that. This centre consists of two components: the zoological and the botanical. The main objective of the park is to become a family-oriented park. The Borneo Pygmy elephants, Sumatran rhinoceros, Orang Utan, Proboscis monkey, Malayan tiger, as well as some different species of deer are among the inhabitants of the zoo (zoological component). The botanical component offers visitors the opportunity to go jungle trekking along the botanical trail. Other wildlife centres worth visiting are the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Klias River and many others.

 

Getting to know the various cultures here in Sabah should be your fourth reason to come to Sabah. Visit Mari-Mari Cultural Village in Kota Kinabalu where you will be introduced to various traditional homes of Sabahan ethnic communities, consisting of the Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus and Dusun people.  Do stop by at Monsopiad Cultural village, a living museum located 16 km or about half an hour away from the Kota Kinabalu, and be prepared to be teleported back to the times of ancient Borneo through the display of unique ingenious architecture, simulated lives and ritualistic ceremonies. You will also get acquainted with each village tribe as you enter their homes and experience their rich culture. There are other places to visit as well such as the Kadazan Dusun Culture Association Cultural Village, Maranjak homestay, Linangkit Cultural Village and others.

 

The fifth reason why Sabah needs to be in your list is due to the state’s rich history. There are two well-known World War II memorials located in Sabah; the Kundasang War Memorial Park and the Sandakan Memorial Park. Kundasang War Memorial Park was one of the first memorials to commemorate the brave Australian and British Prisoners of War who died in Sandakan and during the infamous death marches to Ranau during World War II. The memorial also commemorates the people of North Borneo who risked their lives to help the POWs. The Sandakan Memorial Park commemorates the tragedy and atrocity which struck Sandakan between January and August 1945. The Memorial Park bear witness to the death of approximately 2400 Australian and British prisoners of war held by the Japanese in the Sandakan POW camp during the beginning of Allied victory in the Pacific war. There are also other historical monuments or places in Sabah such as the North Borneo Railway, St Michael’s and All Angels Church, Atkinson Clock Towers and many others for you to see.

 

The sixth reason to go to Sabah is the famous Sabah Waterfront, your one-stop entertainment and dining centre. As you walk along the waterfront you will have a lot dining place to choose from. You could also find nice souvenir shops here if you are looking for a memento of your trip to Sabah. The Borneo Trading Post here offers a good selection. If you're looking for antique goods, head on to the Nan Hai Treasure Gallery where you can find authentic Chinese artifacts recovered from the sea.

 

The seventh and final reason why you should come to Sabah is Mount Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in Borneo Island. Located within Kinabalu Park, listed by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Site, thousands of tourist visit Mount Kinabalu each year.  It takes two days to ascend Mount Kinabalu. However visitors would not have to worry of not having previous experience in mountain climbing. The summit of Mount Kinabalu offers a spectacular sunrise view that will make the two day effort worthwhile.

 

So plan ahead to where you want to go when you arrive here in Sabah, Borneo. We hope that we have given you a few ideas on where you should head to. For more info please e-mail your inquiries to Cutiborneo@yahoo.com or check out the amazing package deals on our web site.

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