Ten Best Destinations at West Coast, Sabah, including popular destination like Kinabalu park, the marine park and the butterfly park.
An old house with a rich history at the western hill of Sandakan town.
After paying the entrance fee, and walk through a small hut that acts like a time travel portal, visitors are transported back in time to a period that resembles the British era of North Borneo from 1930 to 1950. Upon passing a small garden with its well kept lawn, a beautiful and charming British style colonial house appears and it is begging for the visitors to come in for an historical experience. This house,“Newlands”, was once occupied by the Great American writer, Agnes Keith. She even wrote her award winning book, Land Below the Wind which described her Borneo experiences, at this very house. Apart from Land Below the Wind, she also wrote two other books, namely Three Came Home, and White Man Returns. These three books help to promote Borneo and in particularly Sabah tremendously to the Western World. Restoration of the house was started in 2001 by Sabah Museum, and in 2004 the house was opened to the public. In honour of Agnes work the Malaysian government has named the house Agnes Keith House, a special tribute to this award winning American authoress.
A visit to the only ogranic Tea Garden in Sabah.
One of Sabah most recognized products and always a gem as a souvernir or gift is no doubt the famous Sabah Tea. Mostly wrapped in green package with Mount Kinabalu as its background, Sabah Tea can be bought in tea bags or plain simple tea leaf. Besides as gift Sabah Tea is also served in many of the cafes and restaurants in hotels and resorts around Sabah. A visit to Sabah Tea Garden will give guests a more inside knowledge on how these teas are farmed, haversted and processed.
Sabah most visited destination has to be Mt. Kinabalu, since becoming Malaysia’s first world heritage site in the year 2001, many people around the world have climbed to the summit of Mt. Kinabalu, at 4093 metre. No climbing experience is needed to scale this mountain, just an average fitness will do. Watching sunrise at Low Peak, the highest point of Mt. Kinabalu, has been an unforgetable experience for the climbers.
All the peaks of Mt. Kinabalu is scalable, but a special permit must be obtained from the Sabah Park, before one is allowed to scale these peaks, other than Low’s Peak. On the journey to the summit, climbers will come across a few peaks, like South Peak, St. John Peak, Ugly Sisters Peak and Donkey Ears Peak. Some of these peaks are notable for their shapes and some are just plain ordinary.
Low’s Peak (4,093 m) is the highest point of Mt. Kinabalu, and this is where climbers come to see the beautiful sunrise and the enchanting surrounding scenery. On the summmit, Low’s Peak, one can see as far as the landscape allow, and the Tip of Borneo is visible on a clear day, so are the many islands just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu.
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, dub the Rainforest City, is undoubtably the most alive and active city in the whole of Borneo island. Everything is packed within 10km of the city radius. Hotels, Resorts, Malls, shopping centres are just a stone throw away from each others, and the Airport is only about 6km from the City. Nightlife in KK is definitely the finest in Borneo, Pubs, disco, cafe, restaurants lot of places for the party animals to last until the wee hours in the morning. A wide variety of foods from different cultures can be found here too, Chinese, Western, Japanese and local are a plenty. Seafood restaurants are hot venue here, night after night I see tons of Local and tourist alike willing to pack up this places and they left with a happy price tag too.