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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.

Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail

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.

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 one of the top ten longest caves in the world with a length of over 189km. 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!

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 boards, snakes and many crocodiles.

Sabah

Map Sabah

Sabah is the second biggest and most northern located state of Malaysia. This part of Borneo neighbors the Philippines on the north, and the Indonesian island Sulawesi (Celebes) on the east, both separated by sea. Sabah counts approximately 4 million inhabitants. The Philippines have been claiming a big area on Sabah for years. Some people refer to Sabah as 'the land beneath the winds' because of its location just south of the typhoon-prone region around the Philippines. During the Second World War Sabah suffered from the Japanese occupation, as they left serious skin marks during their stay.

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Amazing adventures

Kinabatangan River in Sabah

Sabah is especially popular with the more adventurous tourist. There are many amazing things you can experience during your stay. Sabah has the best dive spots (for example Sipadan and Mabul), there are several rivers to raft on (Padas or Kiulu), and various jungle treks can be made, for the beginner and the advanced trekker. It is also possible to climb Mount Kinabalu, at a height of 4,095 meters the highest mountain in Malaysia. Standing on the summit of this mountain is quite the accomplishment. We did the trail in 2006 and we both remember the climb very vividly; standing on top was an amazing experience. Other great things to do on Sabah are exploring the countryside with a 4x4, or doing a river cruise on the Kinabatangan River. Don't forget to visit beautiful national parks. Wildlife regions like Danum Valley, Maliau Basin, Tabin and Kinabalu National Park (Heritage Site) are absolutely worth a visit.

 

Places to start your adventure

Mount Kinabalu in Sabah

Kota Kinabalu is the biggest city on Sabah. It is a nice city that is rapidly becoming more and more modern. Other bigger cities on Sabah are Tawau, Sandakan and Sukau. All of these cities function as a base location for numerous nice trips. Kota Kinabalu is the perfect place to stay at if you would want to snorkel at one of the many small islands, or if you are planning to visit the great Mount Kinabalu. Tawau is the starting point for a nice trek to Danum Valley; Sandakan is the base location for numerous nice trips; including Sepilok and trips to the famous turtle island or Lankayan Island nearby. Sukau is a popular starting place for travelers that are planning to visit the Kinabatangan River; do to some nice river cruises.

 

Map of Sabah

Below you can see a map of Sabah. You can simply scroll through the map with your mouse. Use the markers on the left to zoom in or out of the map.

 

How to get to Sabah

Outside Kota Kinabalu in Sabah

AirAsia usually offers tickets to Sabah (Kota Kinabalu, Tawau and Sandakan) for very nice prices, which makes it very affordable to combine your trip through the Peninsular Malaysia with a visit to Sabah on Borneo (same goes for Sarawak of course). For example; if you make your reservations in time (as in at least 6 months prior before departure) you can find a one way ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu for RM79 per person. Kota Kinabalu functions as AirAsia's hub on Sabah; so you can fly from both Tawau and Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu (and back). Other airlines in Malaysia that often have great discounts on tickets to Sabah are Malaysia Airlines and Firefly.

 

Things to do on Sabah

Things to do on Sarawak

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