Rafflesia Flower


Rafflesia is claimed to be the largest flower on earth, and it can be found only in the rainforests of South East Asia. Rafflesia is rarely seen, because it needs the perfect condition of right humidity and warmth for it to blossom. As many as seven to nine months are needed for the Rafflesia to grow from bud to flower. After blossom the Rafflesia flower will last only 4 to 5 days, as the strong smell of the flower attracts small animals to feast on it.

Kedai Kopi Kah Hing

noodles with mixed pork soup

Tuck away at a quiet corner, unknown to many people, is this simple kopitiam, Kedai Kopi Kah Hing, that serves lovely pork mixed noodle. For those KK Lites who are lucky enough to have found Kah Hing Kopitiam, many have been coming back for more.

kah hing kopitaim

Pork mixed, or “Chu Chap” to the Chinese, is a mixture of pork body parts like heart, kidney, intestine, slice meat, egg rolls and meat ball. All these body parts are cooked and served with hot soup. The soup is boiled with special ingredient like herb and spices, which probably is in house secret recipe.

Sutera Sanctuary Lodges

Located at the ground floor of Wisma Sabah, Sutera Sanctuary Lodges manages many of the accommodations, like chalets, lodges, hostel, and resthouse, for Sabah Parks. Places that come under the management of Sutera Sanctuary Lodges are Kinabalu Park, Laban Rata Resthouse, Mesilau Nature Resorts, Poring Hot Spring, and Manukan Island Resort.

Climbers who wish to climb Mt. Kinabalu, must secure a bed at any of the following resthouses: Laban Rata Resthouse, Gunting Lagadan Hut, Waras Hut, or Panar Laban Hut. Permit to climb Mt. Kinabalu will only be issued by Sabah Park when one has secured a bed on the day of climb. These places are heavily booked throughout the year, it is advisable to book six months ahead to avoid any disappointment.

Kota Kinabalu Central Markets


Before the arrival of the supermarkets and hypermarkets chains, the Kota Kinabalu markets are the most important markets for supplying fresh produce, vegetables, and seafood. Most of the daily consumption commodity for KK Lites can be found here. Even till today it is still very busy and buzzing with life. Many restaurants, kopitiams, and canteen- operators do their daily shopping for fresh ingredients at these markets regularly, if not daily. Even household aunties come and sort after fresh produces for their family daily meals.

Tamparuli Suspension Bridge


London has its Tower Bridge, San Francisco is famous for its Golden Gate Bridge, and Sabah although lesser well known, is famous for its Tamparuli Suspension Bridge. This suspension bridge is located at Tamparuli town, a small town 30 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu by car, and many travellers may pass through here while on their way to Mt. Kinabalu, and Poring Hot Spring.

The local Kadazandusun tribe has been using suspension bridges for ages, crossing the many rivers generated by the Crocker Ranger. Even though the Tamparuli Bridge is not the original one, as floods after floods had eventually damaged the old one. After a few reconstructions the present bridge is a new one, which was completed just a few years ago, as mentioned by one of beautifulkk.com readers.


A walk across the Tamparuli Suspension Bridge gives one an edgy feeling, as one can feel the bridge swings and sways. For people who are used to solid ground this can be an interesting walk. And for those who have height phobia this would be an ultimate challenge.

Poppea Garden Cafe

poppea garden cafe

Poppea Garden Cafe is a nice and lively eatery located at the northern corner of City Mall. City Mall is about 10 minutes by car from Kota Kinabalu. This cafe serves mostly Chinese cuisine, and a little bit of western cooking is on the menu. Do note that Poppea Garden Cafe do not serve pork. The walls inside this cafe is quite interesting and is also very pleasing to the eyes, with the use of bright colours and funky design.

pineapple fried rice

A look at the menu shows that Poppea Garden cafe does put some effort into their food presentation. Nice plates, like square ones and strong colours are in use too. Try order the Pineapple Fried Rice (RM 7.90), not only the rice with the crunchy pineapple makes it so tasty, but also the way it is presented is so appealling, with the pineapple shell as its bowl, splendid idea.