7 places to visit in Kota Kinabalu on a 3 day 2 night visit….

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Here are the list of places we got to visit on our little short trip to KK and Kundasang and each of this places are truly unique and special in their own way… very highly recommended to add into your own itinerary of places to visit too should you find yourself in Kota Kinabalu…

KDCA Cultural Village

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Our first stop was at this little village situated in the compounds of the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association hall in Penampang… this village is known to be a popular destination among tourists….

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It is the place where tourists get to see some traditional houses of different indigenous ethnics Sabah is famous for… Tourists are welcomed to try activities such as playing with traditional music equipments and even trying out the sago worms if you dare….

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We had lunch served while watching their local and traditional performance…..

Address – Mile 4 1/2, Jalan Penampang, W.D.T 39, 89509 Penampang

Website – https://www.kdca.org.my

Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum

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Did you know there are about 42 indigenous groups in Sabah, and some have over 10 sub-ethnics so that’s an estimate of over 200 tribes, and each has their distinct costumes… Sabah is ad
after all considered a melting pot of different cultures..

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Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum is a mini museum in Tuaran that showcases Malaysian traditional costumes here worn on Barbie and Ken dolls… The costumes are all painstakingly made to resemble the actual human costumes with full accessories and their traditional costumes which are all hand sewn.

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The museum also offer services to tourists who might like to try on some of the traditional costumes from Sabah for a small fee…

I sure did enjoy myself dressing up as you can see… hehehe

Address – Kg Lakang, Tamparuli, 89208 Tuaran

Website – http://www.chanteekborneo.com

 

Desa Cattle Dairy Farm

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A trip to Kundasang is not complete without a visit the Desa Cattle Farm… a dairy farm owned by the Desa Cattle (Sabah) Sdn Bhd where most of Sabah’s cow milk and dairy products are produced…

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The farm covers an area of 199-hectare and has been considered Sabah’s “Little New Zealand” with geographic panorama scenery view almost looked like in the said country, with grass (seeds) imported from Australia and Holstein Friesian cows imported from New Zealand grazing in those green pastures…

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The farm itself is impressive and tourists and local visitors get to witness daily milking sessions, see how the milk is processed….

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And squeeeee…. meet and feed the little calves and goats and all with the amazing backdrop of the majestic Mount Kinabalu…

Address – 89308 Kundasang

FB – https://www.facebook.com/desadairyfarm/

Poring Hot Spring

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Poring Hot Springs is a popular hot spring place among Sabahans and local tourist located 40 kilometers (or 25 miles) from Kinabalu Park….

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The hot sulphur spring is believed to have therapeutic properties and can be beneficial for certain skin diseases…

The heat and minerals also can soothe muscles and improve blood and lymphatic circulation, thereby improving our health and skin…

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On our very short stop, we only had the opportunity to soak our weary feet at the foor bath area while waiting for some others who decided to experience the canopy walk to feel the thrill being up in high altitude among tree tops….

If you have more time you might want to visit the Poring Orchid Conservation Centre, the tropical garden and the Rafflesia flower site which is located nearby too..

Address – 89300 Ranau

Sabah Tea Garden

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The Sabah Tea Garden is a sprawling tea plantation surrounded by lush greenery of never-ending rainforests in the cool mountain air…. It is the perfect place to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life…

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The Sabah Tea Garden is proudly the only organic tea farm in Borneo and one of the very few in the world…. Visitors can enjoy various recreational activities such as the obstacle-crossing in Sapaon Recreational Area, the night walk to check out the unique insect life and the trek along the trails to the peak of Kamunsu Hill…

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Since we were on a rather tight schedule, we only had some lunch there as well as a brief little tour of the verdant tea gardens…

Address -17, Kg. Nalapak, Jalan Ranau-Sandakan, 89309 Ranau

Webaite – http://www.sabahtea.com.my/

“Tagal” Sungai Moroli

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‘Tagal’ means ‘no fishing’ in the local KadazanDusun dialect…. and well…the main purpose of ‘tagal’ here in this Moroli River is to preserve the environment and the ecosystem to benefit our future generation….

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The Moroli River is rich with ‘Ikan Pelian’ or Malaysian Mahseer which crowd the river waiting to “interact” with humans by nibbling and rubbing against your feet…. It is a ticklish sensation but fun experience since these fishes are all wild fishes in the river…

Address – Ranau Tagal Sg. Moroni

Where to stay –

Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu

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This 4-star Business Class City Centre Hotel in Kota Kinabalu is just a mere 5-minute walk to Oceanus Waterfront Mall, with accommodation overlooking the South China Sea (if you get the sea view, but if not, head to the executive lounge’s viewing deck and enjoy the breathtaking view there, especially during sunset)…

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The property has 5 dining venues, a pretty well equpped fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool….

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Elegantly furnished, every room is fitted with a satellite flat-screen TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The en suite bathroom comes with a shower, soap and shampoo…

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Other facilities include a ballroom and meeting facilities which hosted MPC and TPN’s B2B event..

Address – No. 4 Lorong Api-api3, 88000 Kota Kinabalu

Website – http://www.promenade.com.my/kota-kinabalu/

Hotel Perkasa Kundasang

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The Hotel Perkasa Kundasang is situated atop a hill approximately 5,000 feet above sea level…

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The rooms are tastefully designed, the old school way…but is cosy and comfortable even without an airconditioner or fan… because, here in the hotel, the airconditioning is 100% natural fresh air…

The rooms are equipped with private bathroom, shaver outlets, colour TV, in-house movies, hair dryer, elecric kettle to boil your water…

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We definitely had a cosy night stay there, and our morning was even more magnificent because the viewing deck behind the hotel offers some of the most breathtaking views of Mount Kinabalu especially early in the morning…

Address – W.D.T. 11 89809 Ranau

FB – https://www.facebook.com/Perkasa-Hotel-Mt-Kinabalu

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