Sabah Has it All: Unique People, Culture and Sunning Nature. This part of Borneo, Malaysia is richly blessed with nature diversity, and unique cultures. Likewise, the visitor here can enjoy fun adventures, beautiful beaches, amazing diving and snorkeling sites and fantastic cuisines. The pearl of Borneo got it all. From the world’s largest flower – the Rafflesia – to one of the highest mountains in South-East Asia – Mount Kinabalu. And, naturally, one of the world’s top diving sites, the Sipadan Island.
Welcome to Sabah “Selamat dating”
Sabah, pronounced in Malay: [saˈbah] is located on the northern beautiful island of Borneo. It is also one of the thirteen states which Malaysia is made of and the second largest state in Malaysia. In addition, the state shares the island of Borneo with Sarawak, Brunei, and Indonesian Kalimantan.
Kota Kinabalu City is the state´s capital, its economic hub, and seat of its government. As of 2019, Sabah had a population of over 3.9 million. The other major towns are Sandakan and Tuwau. Sabah shares land borders with the other Malaysian state of Borneo, Sarawak to the southwest. And the Kalimantan region of Indonesia to the south. In addition, it has maritime borders with Vietnam to the west and the Philippines to the north and east.
People here greet you by “Selamat dating”, meaning welcome and/or “Terima kasih” for thank you, with a smile. Sabah is undoubtedly unique in its culture, nature and hospitality. Moreover, Sabah has to offer to its visitor a countless of natural sites, cultural spots, and tourist attractions. Hence, the space may not be enough to list all of them here. Therefore, we suffice here to present the top sites.
Mount Kinabalu and Kinabalu Park
Mount Kinabalu (Malay: Gunung Kinabalu) is the highest mountain in Malaysia at 4095 m of elevation. It is in Ranau district, West Coast Division of the state of Sabah. The mountain is part of Kinabalu Park which is protected as World Heritage Site. This is due to its “outstanding universal values”and its role as one of the most important biological sites in the world.
Malaysia created Kinabalu Park (Malay: Taman Kinabalu) in 1964 as one of its first national parks. Mount Kinabalu and its surroundings are among the most important biological sites in the world. The reason hides behind their unique ecosystem and extremely rich fauna and flora. This natural reserve hosts up to 6,000 species of plants, over 300 species of birds, and more than 100 mammalian species identified.
The Park is a major tourist destination in Sabah and whole Malaysia. In order to protect the site, only a maximum of 185 climbers can daily conquer the unique Kinabalu. This includes tourists, Malaysian and people of the state of Sabah. Furthermore, the climbers have also to reserve, in advance, an accommodation on the site and a local mountain guide.
Kota Kinabalu, Capital City of Sabah
Kota Kinabalu (in Malay: [ˈkota kinaˈbalu]; formerly known as Jesselton) is the capital city of the state of Sabah. Located on the northwest coast of Borneo, it faces South China Sea. Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park borders it to the west and Mount Kinabalu to the east.
According to the population growth forecast, KK´s population would surpass the threshold of 560 000 by the current year 2021. First, under Bruneian Empire´s influence in the 15th century, the current capital of Sabah fell next into the hands of the British Empire in the 19th century.
The British installed then their first settlement in the area and called it the “British North Borneo Company (BNBC)“, nearby the Gaya Island. Next, Japan occupied the city during the World War II. After the war, it returned under British colonization and was declared capital of the North Borneo. By the formation of Malaysia, North Borneo became Sabah and Jesselton likewise Kota Kinabalu, after Mount Kinabalu.
Kota means in Malay fort. It got its status of city in 2000. Often know as KK, also internationally, Kota Kinabalu is the inevitable gateway to visit Sabah and Borneo. Moreover, it became likewise a major tourist destination since located close to Kinabalu Park. The latter is in turn one of the major tourist attractions in Sabah.
Sipadan and KK’s islands: Diving, Snorkeling and Hiking
Sabah got it all. From the world’s largest flower – the Rafflesia – to one of the highest mountains in South-East Asia – Mount Kinabalu. And, naturally, one of the world’s top diving sites – Sipadan Island. Furthermore, the surrounding ocean waters and the numerous off coast islands make of Sipadan a unique environment. Consequently, It is part of the world´s richest marine habitat and one of the best diving destinations worldwide.
Moreover, Sabah is also known for its great natural treasures. These include the world-renowned Danum Valley Conservation Area and Tabin which is Sabah’s largest wildlife reserve. Not only will you be amazed by the places to see and things to do here, you will also be treated with unique Sabahan hospitality.