Be captivated by one of the most biodiverse destinations in the world
Magnificent view of Mount Kinabalu from Panataran River in Kota Belud (Photo by Chong Chao Sheng)
Situated on the northern part of Borneo in Malaysia, Sabah is a destination filled with exotic, diverse, and unique cultures, beaches and food. It is the complete destination for business and leisure. Sabah is gifted with white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and hundreds of islands. These islands are well-known for scuba diving, water sports, snorkelling or just for plain relaxing. Some have planned destination weddings by the beaches, against a backdrop of beautiful sunsets.
As a start, you could visit Kota Kinabalu, Sabah’s state capital. Popularly known as KK among the locals, one of the locations you must visit when in KK is the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park which comprises Sapi, Gaya, Manukan, Sulug and Mamutik Islands. The five islands are located between KK and there is even a 250m zipline from Gaya Island to Sapi island using the Coral Flyer for a taste of adventure.
The state is also blessed with a rich cultural heritage with more than thirty different races and ethnicities. All these different groups live together and form a homogenous community, where they still retain their customs, traditions, arts, and festivals. Pay a visit to the Mari Mari Cultural Village which homes the Kadazan-Dusun, Rungus, Lundayeh, Bajau, and Murut tribes. At the village, you can grab a chance to see the making of different types of rice wine, clothes made from the jackfruit bark, witness the blowpipe demonstration and fire-starting demonstration using bamboo, as well as an in-depth look at the mystical symbolism of the cultural activities. Don’t forget to also sample the Sabahan traditional delicacies from each ethnic group.