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A 4095 meter tall mountain

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boars, snakes and many crocodiles.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

TAR Marine Park is the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and light jungle treks. The marine park is made up of five small islands: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik. The best beaches and probably also the best corals can be found around Gaya island; the biggest of the five islands. The marine park is only a 20 minute boat trip away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater cave is the world's longest cave with a length of over 110 kilometers. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

Walk, eat and explore in Api-Api

The best breakfast suggestion place is at Fook Yuen is available at three places that is Damai, Kolombong and also at Jalan Sagunting(Gaya street). Nothing best compared to a cup of coffee and a piece of toasted bread in the early morning or evening tea. Head over to Fong Ip café for breakfast on a Sunday morning.


Bread and a cup of Teh-C at Fong Ip Cafe

In case you want to try hand-made noodles, then go for duck noodle or Tuaran noodle. The texture of Tuaran noodle is special handmade yellow egg noodles that uses only egg yolks, which is different than normal yellow is normally fried with beaten eggs, slices of barbequed or non-barbecued pork, slices of sweet barbecued pork or char siew, chun kien (known as egg rolls). FYI, chun kien is made of minced pork and wrapped with thin slice of egg. Meanwhile in Kedai Kopi New Mui Vui, is this famous Guo tie (dumpling) dip in vinegar or ginger sauce. The main ingredients of the Guo tie are cabbage and grounded meat.

For dinner, visit Da Jia Lai Restaurant in Bundusan area. And another branch is situated in Asia City. Those who fancy of seafood should order Dong Feng Luo (东风螺) fresh from the tank you can choose which seafood that you desire.

Another place of suggestions for seafood is:

  • Supertanker
  • Salut Seafood Restaurant

Located in Jalan Laiman Diki, Kanpung Air, Restoran Sri Melaka is one of my favourite place to eat during childhood. It is famous for baba nyonya cuisine. One of favourite dish is the sayur pucuk manis dried shrimp.

Hmm.. now, thinking what to buy for souvenirs? I suggest buying some key chains from Gaya Street. I personally love to come here to have a walk in the early morning of Sunday because it’s morning market is only available on Sunday.

In case you want to have some fruits, let’s go for Tarap fruit is a type of local fruit in sabah named Marang in Philippines. Want to buy some food stuffs, go to the Filipino market. Buy Kuih Cincin. Small packets may cost around RM5. Meanwhile, try another famous crackers which is the keropok amplang. It is made of fish paste.


Keropok Amplang

Wanted to have steak for lunch or dinner? Then choose Upperstar. Why? Because it offers an affordable price with wide ranges.


Nasi Lemak

Besides, Kota Kinabalu Food Festival is held every year. The purpose of the festival is to discover and promote different varieties of dining experiences. Want to do some Shopping or eating, then go 1 borneo, Suria sabah or Imago, the newly opened shopping mall.

P.s: Do visit Rumah Terbalik (the Upside Down house) as well…


About the author

Karen Khong is blog owner at She loves eating, travelling and exploring new things during her free time. She holds a BA majoring in Software Engineering at UNIMAS.

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1 comments on Walk, eat and explore in Api-Api

  1. Solid Explorer Unlocker
    1 year ago
    February 17, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    really nice website. thanks for sharing


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