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Sabah: a nature lover’s paradise



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This spectacular corner of Malaysia occupies the northern fringe of the island of Borneo and is blessed with superb white sandy beaches and coral islands and large tracts of virgin tropical rainforests. Sabah is also the home of Mount Kinabalu, at 4,095 meters, the highest peak in Southeast Asia; the orang utans; and some of the most stunning diving sites in the world.

Sabah is a paradise for nature lovers. The core of this state features a vast expanse of almost impenetrable tropical jungle that harbours an astonishingly rich variety of flora and fauna. Mighty rivers carve their way through the dense jungle while towering mountain ranges overlook the central and coastal plains. The remote reaches of this state are still unexplored and scientists are still finding new species of flora and fauna.

Places to visit and things to do in Sabah
Kota Kinabalu
The capital of Sabah is Kota Kinabalu (KK), a bustling port city, and with its convenient international airport, functions as the gateway to the treasure chest of natural wonders that Sabah is world-renowned for. In addition, superb white sandy beaches and the breathtaking Mount Kinabalu are just a short boat-ride or drive away. The city has a modest number of sights to boast such as the State Mosque and the Sabah Museum. The promenade, with its wide selection of Western and local restaurants and bars is a favourite hang-out for the locals and tourists. The city also has several markets, including a souvenir market and the fish market, which are well worth a visit. For a different market experience, plan a visit to a Tamu, a colourful Sunday market where the indigenous people sell cattle, agricultural produce and handicrafts. The Tamu can be found in Kota Belud or Tuaran, just north of Kota Kinabalu.

Sabah State Mosque, Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu (KK) vies with other...
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