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Sabah Has it All. It is richly blessed with a stunning nature, unique people, and cultural diversity. Visitor to this paradise on earth can enjoy fun adventures, beautiful beaches, amazing diving, and snorkeling sites as well as fantastic cuisines. To put it short and clear, this land 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 that make Malaysia and the second largest state in Malaysia. 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 state´s 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, Sabah shares maritime borders with Vietnam to the west and the Philippines to the north and east.
In Sabah Borneo, people greet you by “Selamat dating”, meaning welcome or Terima kasih to mean thank you, with a smile. This land is 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. 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, Sabah
Mount Kinabalu (Malay: Gunung Kinabalu) is the highest mountain in Malaysia at 4 095 m of elevation. It is in Ranau district, West Coast Division of the state of Sabah, Malaysia. The mountain is part of Kinabalu Park that 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. The mountain 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. The Park hosts up to 6,000 species of plants, over 300 species of birds, and more than 100 mammalian species identified.
Kinabalu Park is a major tourist destination in Sabah and the whole Malaysia. 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. 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, Kota Kinabalu´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 Kota Kinabalu fell into the hands of the British Empire in the 19th century.
The British installed their first settlement in the area, the British North Borneo Company (BNBC), nearby the Gaya Island. Next, the Japanese occupied the city during the World War II. After the war, it returned under British colonization and gained the title of capital of the North Borneo. By the formation of Malaysia, North Borneo became Sabah and Jesselton Kota Kinabalu, after Mount Kinabalu.
Kota means in Malay fort. Kota Kinabalu 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 a major tourist destination since located close to Kinabalu Park. This latter is in turn one of the major tourist attractions in Sabah.
Sipadan & KK’s islands: Diving, Snorkeling & 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. The surrounding ocean waters and the numerous off coast islands make of Sipadan a unique environment. It is part of the world´s richest marine habitat and one of the best diving destinations worldwide. 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. Besides the numerous places to see and things to do here, the unique Sabahan hospitality and kind guest treatment will certainly amaze and impress you.