Welcome to Kota Kinabalu, located in East Malaysia. Better known as “KK” to its many international visitors, this resort city—set in gorgeous tropical surroundings—has lots to offer. Its proximity to the South China Sea makes it a fantastic trip if you love fishing and scuba diving, and its blend of natural beauty, historical buildings, and modern construction have made it a growing tourist destination.
Kick off your Kota Kinabalu tour by exploring the downtown area. Just a half-mile from the waterfront is a tall piece of history: the Atkinson Clock Tower. Built in 1905, this tower stands 50 feet high and was at one time the only land-based point of reference for incoming ships. Today, it’s one of the major landmarks on any Kota Kinabalu sightseeing bucket list.
Kota Kinabalu is right on the South China Sea, so get ready to enjoy its warm, blue waters. Book a boat tour for scuba diving or snorkeling and get up close and personal with the local sea life. If you find the swimming critters irresistible, then stop by the Green Connection Aquarium once you’re back on dry land. That’s where you can really learn about the aquatic creatures that call the South China Sea home.
In the evening, head for the boardwalk that runs along the waterfront. This is the place to find all the food, drink, and merriment you could hope for. Explore the Filipino Night Market, a famous and fabulous group of vendors offering delicious food and souvenirs. From flowers, fruits, and vegetables to fresh-caught fish, pearls, and local crafts, this is the place to find dinner or the perfect gift for your friends back home.
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Fancy something more unique than your average spa? Then head on to Kampung Luanti, Ranau for a fish massaging session!
In the Local KadazanDusun dialect, ‘tagal’ means ‘no fishing’, and the main purpose of the ‘tagal’ is to preserve the environment as well as the ecosystem to benefit the future generation. ‘Ikan Pelian’ or Malaysian Mahseer comes from the family of Cyprinidae. These fishes are specifically trained by the villagers to perform the healing massage activities.
The fish massage is deemed to have a curative effect on those who suffers from psoriasis. Come to Kampung Luanti for regular fish massages and you will enjoy smoother and suppler skin – just like a baby’s bottom.
If the idea of fishes nibbling off your dead skin doesn’t thrill you, try other activities such as jungle trekking and camping. Should you intend to stay longer, Kampung Luanti is also equipped with a homestay programme to make visitors feel at home every time.
It takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes by road to Ranau from Kota Kinabalu. You can get a taxi or you could rent a car and drive to Ranau.
Local (Within Ranau )
Adult > 18 years old : RM 3.00
Children < 18 years old : RM 1.00
Local ( Outstation)
Adult > 18 years old : RM 5.00
Children < 18 years old : RM 2.00
Adult/Children : RM 10.00
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Borneo Bird Festival 2015
The much-anticipated Borneo Bird Festival 2015 happens this October! Grab the chance to see vibrant-coloured feathered beauties while supporting the cause to promote eco-tourism and environmental conservation.
The three-day festival takes place at Kinabalu Park, Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to various species of birds, both endemic and otherwise. Borneo is estimated to have a total of 688 resident and migratory birds and 59 endemic; 33 of these endemics reside in Sabah’s hill slopes and montane forests. Kinabalu Park is also one of the 55 IBAs (Important Birding Area) in Malaysia. The park itself covers an astounding 75,730 ha that stretches over the districts of Kota Belud, Kota Marudu and Ranau. A melting pot for plant biodiversity, the park is estimated to have between 5000 to 6000 vascular plants, harbouring more than half of all of Borneo’s plant species. Take for example the unique Low’s slipper orchid (Paphiopedilum lowii) which is the only epiphytic slipper orchid of Borneo or Pinhead Orchid (Podochilus tenuis) known to be the smallest orchid in Borneo. Other wildlife that you may find in the park are Monekys, Gibbons, Slow Loris and Civets that feed on Fig Fruit trees.
During this festival, take part in various activities: guided bird walks, photography contests and many more. An array of activities and exhibitions take place at various locations around Borneo, including the Borneo Bird Race where teams seek, identify and record as many bird species as possible at designated locations, guided bird walks, colouring competition for children and birding photography contests. Expect amazing prizes up for grab with sponsors like Nikon, Canon, Kowa Optics, Investline, Lee Photo as well as IJM plantations.