Sabah is a state located on the Malaysian part of the island of Borneo. Situated on the northernmost tip of the island, it is the second largest state on Borneo. The city of Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state and is regarded as one of Malaysia’s fastest growing cities. It is a major fishing destination both locally and internationally. It is also a popular gateway for travelers visiting Borneo or just Sabah.
Sabah is mostly a hilly area. Central and eastern Sabah are marked by low-laying mountain ranges, plains and some hills. Western Sabah is home to Malaysia’s three highest mountains and several mountain ranges. Sabah is also home to Malaysia’s largest forest-covered floodplain, which throngs with exotic tropical wildlife. More than 75 percent of the Sabahans live in the coastal plains, where towns and urban centers have sprung up. The major towns include Ranau, Semporna, Sandakan, Tawau and Lahad Datu.
The most popular destination is Mount Kinabalu, which is often the primary reason why tourists visit Sabah. The state has several natural attractions to offer, which include the Kinabalu National Park (a world heritage site), Sipadan National Park, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Poring Hot Springs and the Danum Valley.
The flavorful cuisine of Sabah packs in the mixed influence of Malay, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Thai, Indonesian and other Asian cuisines. The street food has Western influences as well, making Sabah a great place to eat for tourists from around the world. Food is in fact, a major attraction in Sabah and must not be ignored.
Activities in Sabah
Sabah ensures that you have plenty of things left to do even after having visited the major tourist attractions. Activities such as paragliding (Lohan Hill and Kokol), camping (Lohan Hill and Tunku Abdel Rahman Island Park), snorkeling (Sipadan, Layang Layang and Mabul), white-water rafting (alongside Kiulu and Padas rivers) and venturing into the jungles from camps located around the Batu Punggul area and Kinabatangan River are just some of the several things you can enjoy. North Borneo Steam Railway, which operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and the Sabah Jungle Railway, which operates daily, offer some other great things families can enjoy together.