Perched at the foothill of Mt. Kinabalu, Kundasang is famous for its temperate vegetation, and has a sizable farming community in and around this area. The Kundasang market with its many stalls are situated along the Kundasang- Ranau road, and it is here that most of these farmers sell their vegetables. Produces that are common at the Kundasang market include vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, mushroom, leek, beet root, Chinese cabbage, carrot and many more.
With an average altitude of five thousand feet above sea level, Kundasang has a temperate climate and enjoys a much cooler weather compared with Kota Kinabalu. Kundasang areas also have a fantastic scenic view of Mt. Kinabalu. Many entrepreneurs have banked on this two unique factors and start building chalets, hotels and rest houses at Kundasang. Today there are many chalets, hotels and even resorts to choose from at Kundasang area, from budget to the high end markets all are being catered for.
At an altitude of 6,000ft on the Mesilau Plateau, not far from the Mesilau Resort and about 1km from the Kundasang Golf Club House, the highest golf course in South East Asia. There lie these newly built chalets called Philip Garden Chalets. Since it opened for business in late 2007, Philip Garden Chalets, with its well designed and homely chalets, has been well received by the general public. Philip Garden Chalets was originally a vegetable farmland, because of the stunning view that it offers, the owner has decided to put aside the upper part of the farmland and built four chalets for rent, what a great way to share this spectacular scenery of Mt. Kinabalu with the holidays goers.
Upon entering each chalet, there is a spacious living area and a TV set next to the entrance. Light blue is the main theme here as almost the whole interior of the chalet is painted with a light blue colour. The kitchen at the far end is very well planned with a dinner table that sits six and is connected to the kitchen. The Kitchen is also fully equipped with a refrigerator, cooking utensils and crockery. On the other side of the living area are two bed rooms. The two bed rooms are separated with a washroom in between. One room has a double-bed and the other one has four single decker beds. Each of the beds also comes with a nicely patterned comforter that is vital for a good night sleep. Lastly the washroom has a hot water heater installed, which is a very much welcome addition at this climate.
The deck outside each chalet also offers scenic view of the valley below, especially Philip’s garden which is planted with tomatoes, cabbage and spring onions. The owner also allows the customers to have some vegetables ripped fresh from the garden for dinner, free of charge. Customers can also sample the mulberries that are planted a few feet below the chalets.
Be prepared with warm clothing because when night falls the temperature here can plunge to 15 degrees celsius. Other than TV for entertainment, stars gazing is one of the best activities at night. The milky-way is unfolded before our very eyes on the night sky. Thoushand, million or trillion of stars are on display, one is going to be in awe with the beauty of the universe. One can also try to figure out the many constellation from the heavens. The stars are very much brighter here compared to those in the cities, as the air are thinner because of the high altitude, and the air here are not polluted. Another major factor is that there are not much artificial lights around because of less habitats at the plateau.
With Philip Garden Chalets close proximity to Mt. Kinabalu, especially the southern side, the view of Mt. Kinabalu from here is unmistakeably one of the best from Kundasang. The Mt. Kinabalu view from Philip Garden Chalets is the side that is less well known to the world, as it is seldom shown in books and magazines. Early morning is the best time to take pictures of Mt. Kinabalu, before the white clouds rise up to cover the mountain. The southern side of Mt. Kinabalu, with its many jagged peaks, is the most prominent view from Philip Garden Chalets. From here one can also catch a clear view of the uneven wall face below the jagged peaks.
The rate per Chalet is at RM 250 on weekdays, and RM 300 on weekends. On public holidays and school holidays the rate will go up to RM 350. Do book early especially on the school holidays, as many Sabahans will bring their families to Kundasang for a family getaway. Savours a truly relaxing retreat at Philip Garden Chalets, a secluded hideout of chalets at 6,000 ft on the Mesilau Plateau.
Near-by interesting places to visit are Mt. Kinabalu, Kundasang Town, Desa Cattle Farm, Kundasang War Memorial, Poring Hot Spring, Raffelsia flower area, Sabah Tea Garden, and Moroli River (Fish Therapy). For other accommodations at Kundasang, click here.
For booking and enquiries, please contact:
Philip Garden Chalets
tel: +6013 896 38 99 (Kota Kinabalu)
or +6013 896 56 88 (Kundasang)
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