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Hi Sinjin, thanks for those images!
Everything in Sabah is booming, from tourism to development!
November 17th, 2007, 08:18 PM
November 18th, 2007, 04:37 PM
seem like you're in love with sabah.;)
November 21st, 2007, 05:06 AM
Anyone mind to post a picture of tuaran mee^^?? LOL!! :lol: Am missin' it hard out man... Gosh~
December 6th, 2007, 10:21 PM
wenos paisajes ahhh
December 6th, 2007, 10:22 PM
todo muy bonito seeeeee
December 6th, 2007, 10:24 PM
malsasi good xD
December 31st, 2008, 08:00 AM
A new era of lifestyle, fashion and entertainment
have been heralded in 1Borneo, Kota Kinabalu.
Cultural show at 1Borneo rainforest - PHOTOS COPYRIGHT TO ROL EZAM
At ChinaTown YuYuan Garden located at 1Borneo - PHOTOS COPYRIGHT TO ROL EZAM
A fashion show held at 1Borneo - PHOTOS COPYRIGHT TO ROL EZAM
By Rol Ezam in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Sabah has long been known for its nature-based attractions such as Mount Kinabalu, the Pulau Sipadan, watching Borneo pygmy elephants, the unique proboscis monkeys and the occasional orang utan along Kinabatangan river.
But the state is now on its way to offering visitors an opportunity for real shopping experiences, and leading the way is 1Borneo. Billed as the largest lifestyle mall in this corner of the world, 1Borneo has a total area of 4.8 million square foot and is home to more than 300 world-class shops; 1Borneo rainforest, the nation's first handicraft and cultural centre in a mall; 1Borneo Seaworld, a 750,000 million litre walk-through aquarium; an eight-screen movie theatre, four international and regional hotels and more.
Located within Kota Kinabalu, 7km northwards along the Jalan Sulaman Highway surrounded by lush greenery overlooking the majestic Mount Kinabalu and the Crocker Ranger; 1Borneo is set to be the ultimate shopping experience for locals and foreign tourists alike.
During the launching of the Malaysia Savings Sale 2008 at 1Borneo in Kota Kinabalu on November 30 by Dato' Sri Azalina Dato' Othman Said, the Minister of Tourism said malls like 1Borneo, which offers tourists a fine example of retail experience where everything from accommodation, F&B and entertainment to retail and spas are available under one roof, can and will bring tourists to its doors.
"I've been informed that from January to September of this year, Sabah has recorded 1,707,835 tourist arrivals - 1,165,821 domestic and 542,014 international tourists. The figures reflect a rise in the number of domestic tourists by about nine per cent this year,"
Bruneians can take this huge opportunity especially parents to bring their kids shopping for 2009 school session needs during this year-end holidays and grab the unbelievable offers that outlets at 1Borneo has to offer.
Fashionistas can now splurge at French Connection, Mango, G2000, Esprit, Eclipse, Salabianca, Braun Buffel, M.O Outlet and many more outlets, which have taken residence in 1Borneo.
Fashion is incomplete without accessories like time pieces from Tag Heuer and Rolex, sparkling jewelleries from Habib Jewels, Lazo Diamond and Axxezz topped off with sexy stilettos courtesy of Nine West and Charles & Keith.
M.A.C, The Body Shop and Clinique are just some of the international make-up and skin care brands that the beauty-conscious can indulge in this one-stop hypermall.
Shoppers can also dine at al-fresco at Dome Café, NewYork New York and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf or delight their taste buds with oriental flavours of Hong Kong Recipe and Sushi King. For desserts, diners can drop by at Yogurberry and Big Apple Donuts & Coffee.
Food connoisseurs will be happy with the spread of authentic cuisine peppered across the mall like Basil Leaf Café, Michi Japanese Restaurant and Penang Village.
Another spot at the hypermall that is gaining much attention is the 1Borneo Rainforest, a cultural and handicraft centre with a twist. With a cave-like exterior complete with greeneries amidst the swanky facades of retail outlets, it's a treasure trove of Sabah and South East Asia culture all under one roof. Breaking new grounds in Sabah is the soon to be opened, 1Borneo Seaworld, an underwater park of oceanic wonder with over 500 species of marine life. Children and young-at-heart adults will be spellbound with the myriad of excitement awaits them at Toys'R'Us, Booboo Land and X-Terminator.
With nearly another 1,000 more hotel rooms in 1Borneo, travellers will be at more ease to rest and relax in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Whether you are a business traveler, holidaymaker or a budget conscious tourist, the four hotels in the hypermall will surely to meet your demands. Novotel 1Borneo, Mercure Kota Kinabalu, Courtyard Hotel @ 1Borneo, Tunes Hotels.com are only 10 minutes from the city centre and just 20 minutes from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport. At 1Borneo guests can virtually enjoy shopping and touring effortless under one roof.
December 31st, 2008, 08:04 AM
4 international & regional hotels
Seaworld Marine Park
Rainforest Cultural & Handicraft Centre
Boobooland Amusement Centre
YuYuan Garden - Largesst SEA Indoor Chinatown
U-bowl 36 lanes Bowling Centre
Prince Tower SuperCondo
January 9th, 2009, 08:14 AM
Mabul,Mantanani,Lankayan,Layang Layang and Roach reef
January 9th, 2009, 08:16 AM
Pulau Layang Layang
Off the mystical island of Borneo lies a little gem, a sparkle within the deep blue sea. Like a mariner’s dream, it stands all alone, a striking haven in the wide ocean awaiting a visitor.
This is the intriguing island of Layang Layang, a coral-blessed, deep sea atoll off the coast of Borneo, Malaysia. It’s a refuge where a kaleidoscopic underwater world like no other exists. This marine heritage is a geographical wonder as well, with the atoll rising from the deep blue depth of 2,000m, hardly breaching the surface.
Also known as ‘The Jewel of the Borneo Banks’, Layang Layang has created for itself a calm lagoon which teems with wildlife. As many as 13 coral reefs have formed here, creating a magnetic underwater scenery. Diving is the pinnacle of Layang Layang’s beautiful experience – expect a vacation like no other on this isolated atoll.
by Darren A.
black tip sharks on slumber
January 9th, 2009, 08:22 AM
Diving around Kapalai is exceedingly easy and shallow but quite spectacular: the sandy bottom and the spare coral heads host an amazing array of small, often yet-to-be classified, shamelessly colorful subjects, making the diving here an unforgettable experience.
Home to the weird and techno-colored flamboyant cuttlefish rumbling on the bottom like a miniature tank rippling with fluorescent waves of vermilion, purple, chocolate brown, bright yellow and blinding white, all the time waving and flourishing its paddle-shaped front tentacles like some samurai of yore, looking more like a sensuous orchid than a predatory cephalopod ; it is the domain of the invisible frogfish found in Kapalai in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors- which despite sometimes being as large as a melon will often escape even from the most trained of wildlife spotters.Swimming, creeping, crawling or just simply lying still on the surrounding sand bottoms, hiding among the branching colonies of the shallow surrounding coral reef, ambushing their unwary prey from the hideouts offered by the resort stilts and a few artificial reefs dotting the bottom, an amazing number of rare and unbelievably colorful species play their game of life and death, offering discrim nating visitor unsurpassed opportunities for interesting observation and macro photography for any discerning photographer.
Though diving is the highly commended activity in Kapalai, there are other water activities one can indulge in such as swimming, snorkeling as well as ocean kayaking while looking at the many colorful fishes swimming freely just a few inches beneath.
January 9th, 2009, 08:26 AM
The Reef Dive Resort at Mataking Island is an exclusive romantic& diving destination in the Celebes Sea, located just 40 minutes boat ride from Semporna, East Coast of Sabah in Malaysia.
It is a promised island with majestic treasures, natural warmth and friendship for holiday makers, spa lovers, honeymooners and divers alike. Whether it is a retreat for yourself or exciting undersea exploration, you’ll find Mataking the perfect choice.
The resort is caressed by the tropical sea breeze. Our executive chalets and deluxe rooms designed in traditional architecture offering simply elegant and exquisite accommodation for up to 70 guests in a serene and cozy environment.
Enjoy Malaysian and International cuisine with an enticing spread of fresh local sea food or relish the weekend barbecued favorites at our sea facing restaurant
Big eyed jack fish
Jaw fish with eggs!!!!!
Peacock mantis shrimp
January 12th, 2009, 05:10 AM
Maliau Basin, Sabah - The Lost World
by Dennis Kramer
January 12th, 2009, 05:41 AM
Kinabatangan River - Corridor of Life
courtesy pics of Sabah Tourism
The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary lies within the vast floodplain of the Kinabatangan river - one of the longest rivers in Malaysia. At 27,000 ha, the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is part of an important network of conservation areas in the lowlands of eastern Sabah. Together with existing Forest Reserves, a natural corridor of natural vegetation links the lower tidal reaches of the river (which are fringed with mangrove forests) to the seemingly endless Forest Estates in the upper catchment of the Kinbatangan river. With a rich array of unique habitats, a diverse wildlife fauna and a rich culture and history of the Orang Sungai (in Malay, river people): the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is by far the most fascinating of natural protected areas in Sabah. Visiting this area can be the most amazing experience for any nature lover.
The Kinabatangan river begins its course deep in the forested interior of Sabah. Where the river meets the lowlands, a rich mosaic of lowland forests, forested swamps and islands of limestone outcrops are found. These natural forests represent one of Malaysia"s largest floodplain forests. Floodplain forests are unlike the lowland forests that were once common throughout Eastern Sabah. Forests that develop here need to be able to tolerate periodic inundation of flood water that are common during the seasonal monsoons season. In areas where the land remains under water for long periods, the forest give way to open woodlands or to herbaceous swamps that are sometimes almost entirely carpeted with sedges and grasses. Ox-bow lakes are also a common feature of the floodplain. These are large meanders of the river that have been cut-off from the main channel due to a process of erosion and deposition. Over time, these lakes too will be part of the floodplain landscape as the lakes fill up with alluvial sediments and begin to be colonised by swamp vegetation.
It is not surprising that given this rich mosaic of habitats, the abundance and rich diversity of wildlife are so apparent in the floodplain. The exceptional variety of primates that share these forests are astounding: Orang Utans, the agile Gibbon, Borneo"s Proboscis Monkey are the three of its most charismatic primates and less often seen are the nocturnal flying lemur, slow loris and tarsiers. During the drier months of the year, the Asian Elephant (which are one of Asia"s most highly endangered species) roam these forests during their annual migration to the floodplain. When forest fruits begin to ripen, the hornbills and an array of wild and endangered birds, feast on a multitude of fleshy fruits that can be found in these forests. With the large network of swamps and lakes in the region, a large number of aquatic animals inhabit the Kinabatangan: community of freshwater fish; freshwater rays and sharks; crocodiles and wild otters.
Since the early days of trade in Borneo, the Kinabatangan river has been one of the major access routes to the natural resources of the forests and caves - rattans, resins from forest trees and edible bird"s nests have been but the few valued harvests of the Kinabatangan. Small settlements established where such resources were near-at-hand. The Orang Sungai (a broad term that has been given to the people who settled along rivers) are of a mixed and diverse heritage. The true natives had intermarried over the centuries with traders and settlers that have made their way to the Kinabatangan. Over all this time, the forest and rivers have been central to the livelihood of the people here. Working to maintain this balance between the wise use and conservation of this unique floodplain has been the key to the conservation efforts here. WWF-Malaysia"s projects" director wrote that, "....right here in the lower Kinabatangan, some of Malaysia"s and Borneo"s rarest wildlife achieves its greatest abundance alongside people collecting rattan and fishing for their livelihood". A balance can be achieved, which should be the goal for the future of the people and forests of the Kinabatangan.
Source: NST Travel Times
by Living Album
January 12th, 2009, 10:04 AM
............FROM MOUNTAIN HIGH .......................TO OCEAN DEEP
Sabah Tourism (http://www.sabahtourism.com/sabah-malaysian-borneo/en/home/)
Sabah Travel Guide (http://www.sabahtravelguide.com/welcome.asp)
world heritage - Mount Kinabalu Park
world class dive paradise - Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai, Mataking, Lankayan, Layang-layang, more...
world top ten turlte nestling area - Turtle Islands Park (Selingan, Bankungan kecil & Gulisan)
world famous Survivor island - Pulau Tiga Marine Park
one of the world most complex ecosystem area - Danum Valley, Maliau Basin, Tabin Wildlife Reserve
world largest wildman rehabilitation centre - Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary
world largest flower - Rafflesia
world best managed edible birds' nest cave - Gomantong Caves
one of world only four single column structure tower - Menara Tun Mustapha (Yayasan Sabah)
world top three sunset spot - KK city
world class resort & golf club
Sutera Harbour Resort
Shangrila Tanjung Aru Resort (STAR)
Karambunai Nexus Resort
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort
January 12th, 2009, 10:18 AM
Kota Kinabalu City Center
Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Tun Mustapha Tower
1 Borneo Hypermall
http://i342.photobucket.com/albums/o417/cth2206/1borneo_m1.jpgsabah travel guide
KK Times Square signature Office
KK City Mosque
Sabah State Mosque
January 17th, 2009, 06:10 AM
world’s highest and Asia’s first via ferrata
Perhaps most of you may not know what is VIA FERRATA. In fact it's an Italian word meant "Iron Road".
So, Kinabalu Via Ferrata is an "iron road" or "iron track" that was fixed at between 3,200m to 3,800m above sea level on Mount Kinabalu in Sabah by a group of professional rock climbers and it's the first of its kind in Asia.
Kinabalu Via Ferrata is also the highest Via Ferrata in the world.
As because the Mt Kinabalu summit trail had been walked by several hundreds thousand visitors over the decades, the Kinabalu Via Ferrata offered an option to any climbers or non climbers to expereince the thrill of mountain climbing while taking in the spectacular surroundings.
When you are climbing Mount Kinabalu, you will need to stay a night at Panar Laban. The next day at 3.00am, you will proceed to the summit of Mount Kinabalu to see the marvelous sunrise of Borneo Island.
Kinabalu Via Ferrata offers 3 options for you to experience i.e The Low's Peak Circuit, The Preamble and Walk The Torq as back up.
According to the Kinabalu Via Ferrata founder Mr Wilfred Tok, as long as you are not afraid of heights, on your way coming back from the summit of Mount Kinabalu, you can begin to experience it.
At Sayat Sayat, you will have to gear up with the necessary safety equipments and be guided to walk The Low's Peak Circuit of the Via Ferrata to Panar Laban.
Or you are coming back to Panar Laban through the normal summit trail to gear up the necessary safety equipments and be guided to walk The Preamble of the Via Ferrata which starts with ascending and both are in a few hours duration.
You may ask how safe are the activities? Kinabalu Via Ferrata ensures that safety standards are at all times. All Via Ferrata guides undergo regular skills certification and upgrading with training standards and syllabus endorsed by the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation(UIAA). Regular safety checks and maintainance are also conducted on the Via Ferrata equipments.
For more information about the activities, please visit www.mountaintorq.com
January 19th, 2009, 08:58 AM
January 23rd, 2009, 02:01 AM
Breathtaking view from Shangri-la Rasa Ria Hotel facing majestic Mount Kinabalu
February 16th, 2009, 09:49 AM
SUTERA HARBOUR, Kota Kinabalu
February 16th, 2009, 09:51 AM
STAR, Kota Kinabalu
February 16th, 2009, 09:51 AM
Some say it's Heaven
February 16th, 2009, 09:52 AM
Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort, Kota Kinabalu
February 20th, 2009, 04:35 AM
Miles & Miles of Idyllic Cruising Coastline
by Jan Strode
February 20th, 2009, 04:36 AM
Some Say It's Heaven
February 20th, 2009, 04:43 AM
February 24th, 2009, 02:26 AM
QUOTE from nazrey
Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
The oldest Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre is located at Sepilok, which is a 20-minute drive from Sandakan, Sabah. An area of 11,000 acres of virgin equatorial rainforest has been set aside as forest reserve and orang utan rehabilitation centre. Here, you can experience a close encounter with the "Wild Man of Borneo."
Orang Utan (http://www.pbase.com/mr2c280/malaysia_sepilok)
by Paul Middleton (http://www.pbase.com/miggy/sabah)
February 25th, 2009, 09:50 AM
Koala Bear reaching the top of Mount Kinabalu
February 26th, 2009, 04:13 AM
Mount Kinabalu 4093m
Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in south-east asia and offers a unique climb from tropical luxuriance through montane oak forest to the rocky sub-alpine summit plateau. The climb starts from Mount Kinabalu Park Headquarters, only a couple of hours drive but already more than 1500m above Kota Kinabalu on the coast. Here is ample accomodation from dormitories to comfortable two person cottages. The climb is usually done in two days from here. The use of an authorised guide is compulsory while a porter is an optional luxury.
Many of the trees and flowers are unique or extremely rare but to the uninitiated novice in matters botanical there is no doubt that the pitcher plants steal the show. Even the most casual observer cannot fail to notice these impressive insect guzzling monsters with up to a pint of liquid waiting to lure and drown the passing fly or mosquito. Just above the tree line at 3350m is a comfortable rest house where most parties spend the night.
Before dawn next morning everybody is up and climbing by torchlight towards the summit. A steep rock step is aided by a fixed rope which, continued all the way to the summit even where the way became quite flat. Many people have been lost on the mountain in the past, some never to be seen again. The rope and the compulsory guide make this now extremely unlikely even in the thickest mist. Nevertheless the early start is a good idea to enjoy the views before the regular mist descends on the summit.
It is not a good idea to climb too quickly as the wait for sunrise at the summit is exceedingly cold. The arrival of daylight reveals the remarkable summit plateau of the mountain, a vast expanse of smooth rock with a weird assortment of rocky pinnacles rising from it. By good fortune for the peak bagger the highest pinnacle, Lows Peak, is also one of the easiest. On the way down you can take a glimpse into the dizzy gash of Lows Gully which splits the eastern side of the mountain. With the early start the descent to Park Headquarters is easily done in one day, now with the glow of satisfaction of having climbed one of the world's most spectacular and interesting mountains. :)
February 26th, 2009, 04:15 AM
source: downbelow (http://www.downbelow.co.uk/index.html)
Located 20km from the Southeast coast of Sabah in Borneo is the island Sipadan. Famous among the diving community it is described as one of the best dive destinations in the world. At only 20 hectares in size it is Malaysia's only oceanic island. Visitors can no longer stay overnight on the island but Sipadan is easily reached via a 20 minute boat ride from Mabul Island, where a number of resorts are located. Click here for our accommodation recommendation. Permits are now required by divers and number restrictions are in place. They are authorized on a first come first served basis so pre-booking is recommended.
Surrounding Dive Sites of Sipadan.
The Drop Off
Voted "Best Shore Dive in the World" by Roldales Scuba Diving Magazine. The site is a shear 600m wall to the ocean floor and located just a few metres from Sipadans sandy beach. White tip reef sharks lay in small caverns and on ledges below, turtles lazily pass by, there are schools of jacks, myriads of tropical reef fish, bumphead parrot fish and if dived in the early morning one may see a single or small groups of hammerhead shark. Generally the current is light here and the site is suited to all divers.
The Turtle Tomb Cave
Slightly east of the jetty at 18m is the cave entrance. A labyrinth of tunnels and chambers made famous in the 70's by Jacques Cousteau, the limestone cave is a resting place for turtles who ventured inside, became disorientated and sadly drowned. From inside the cave the entrance is marked by a blue hazy glow, it appears mysterious and enchanting. This is an advanced dive and a guide is mandatory.
A fantastic corner dive and arguably the best on offer here, good corals in the shallows sloping to sand then onto the wall. One can hope to see schooling fish including barracuda and jacks, tuna, grey reef shark, white tip shark, turtles and plenty of the usual reef suspects. Currents are temperamental and the less experienced diver should stay with their guide.
Various healthy corals occupy this sloping reef with many smaller reef fish, turtles and white tip reef sharks. Take time here to look for the macro life on offer such as nudibranchs.
A large centre section of the east facing wall of the island. This area is in fact more than one dive site. Many turtles, sea fans and barrel sponges on deeper parts of the reef. Look out in the blue from time to time as anything can pass by including the resident school of hammerheads. Suitable for any level of diver, if the current is strong stay close to the reef and enjoy the ride !
With a particularly stunning top reef of healthy soft and table corals, anemone's and countless colourful reef fish this site is a wild and natural aquarium. Turtles, bumbhead parrot fish, white tip reef sharks and a very large school of jacks are resident and often seen here. Again watch out in the blue, anything can pass by. Sightings of mobular ray, and hammerheads are intermittently reported.
Located at the southern most point of the island, the sloping ledge of the islands reef is a textbook coral ecosystem. Suffice to say schools of jacks, rainbow runners, turtles, white tip reef sharks, leopard sharks, the occasional thresher shark can be seen perusing the area. Strong currents are possible but its generally a novice dive for those staying close to the reef.
An area of rubble and coral heads, home to white tip reef sharks, moray eels and turtles, napoleon wrasse and the odd mobular ray that passes by. The area can be choppy on the surface and some shallow corals have been damaged by strong surge. A suitable site for all divers providing the weather is kind.
Hanging Garden and West Ridge
As the name suggests, located on the western side of the island with lots of overhangs, sea fans and barrel sponges. Turtles, white tips, leopard sharks, pygmy devil rays and eagle rays.
A good early morning site for observing the school of resident bumphead parrot fish. On the northern point and west of the drop off this wall has many overhangs and inlets sheltering large schools of fish. Solitary giant barracuda can be seen on the top reef and close to the drop off. This site is suitable for all level of divers.
March 10th, 2009, 06:12 AM
Kudat Riviera super-luxury-tourism villa: resort in Kudat
An exclusive retreat boasting individual luxury estates, The Kudat Riviera invite you to experience the resort - an escape from all worries in a tropical paradise...
Kudat Riviera super-luxury-tourism villa: resort in Kudat have secured two prestigious awards for Sabah last month at the Cityscape Asian Property Award Show, highlighting once again the growing potential and popularity of Sabah in the eyes of the world.
These recent accolades, commending the Kudat Riviera by Exquisite Borneo Villas for two categories, one for Best Developer - Waterfront Development (Future) and the second for Best Developer - Corporate Social Responsibility, join the growing list of accolades being garnered by the Kudat Riviera, and setting the path of success for this prestigious tourism development at the northern tip of Sabah.
Other awards achieved in 2007 included two awards from the prestigious CNBC/Daily Mail International Property Awards in categories for Best Architecture and Best Development, and also the Top of the Region - Finest Development in the Asia Pacific Region from Asia Pacific Tropical Homes Magazine.
EBV has introduced and pioneered the super-luxury villa market to Sabah's tourism industry with its Kudat Riviera villa resort.
It is set to open its doors at the end this year. The Kudat Riviera will position Sabah alongside its neighbours Bali and Thailand, which avidly market luxury villas to the high-end tourism market as a cornerstone of their tourism plans.
Bali, Thailand, Boracay, the Indian Ocean and Caribbean have offered super luxury private villa estates to the premium top-end tourism industry as an exclusive alternative to hotels for many years, creating successful markets for high-yield, low-impact tourism.
Minister of Tourism Datuk Masidi Manjun said, "The luxury tourism villa market is a great and long-overdue move to help boost Sabah's image and global awareness. As well as filling a missing gap in Sabah's tourism accommodation portfolio, this move puts Sabah on the global map and as a result, indirectly helps all sectors of the tourism industry in Sabah from backpacker-level up to our five-star hotels.
"The greater the awareness for the destination, the greater the demand for all levels of foreigners to visit us; so all players in the tourism industry get to benefit, not only hotels but ground operators, activity and wildlife centres, water sports operators, shops and restaurants to name but a few. We welcome and appreciate EBV's efforts to bring the luxury villa market to Sabah, and see it being the start of a significant uplift in awareness for Sabah."
With the successful marketing of the Kudat Riviera, the global trend of growth in this lucrative villa market is now set to boom in Sabah, one of the few remaining destinations that has not capitalised on to-date. Many overseas investors and high-end luxury hotel groups are now looking closely at Sabah to further develop this market, which will do wonders for Sabah's tourism industry as a whole.
A spokesperson for EBV said, "The villa market can and should be an ever-expanding one for Sabah. Bali alone has well in excess of 2000 villas, with Thailand closely following behind. While EBV has introduced their first 30 exclusive luxury villas and Nexus Resorts Karambunai has played a role with their investment-home development, there is still substantial room for further growth in this market.
"Great interest and plans are already in place for others to follow suit and Sabah being a diverse destination holds many different location types for villas - surrounding the mountain, on islands, Sabah's coastline beaches and in rainforest/wildlife areas.
"It is very important that things are kept focused though. The global target audience for this high-end market is very particular and it is vital that strong environmental consideration and a medium-to-low density philosophy are maintained. It is simply not the case to cram as many units in one piece of land possible for maximum short- term gain.
"The international new-age jet-set simply will not buy them and will not come on holiday to stay in them. The key selling point is the fact that units occupy large areas of private land affording privacy and exclusivity, and that they see Sabah is devoted to protecting, and not over developing small areas of land.
"Strong environmental practices need to be in place by default primarily to protect Sabah's natural wonders, but also to ensure the investors and visiting guests are interested in the first place.
"This has been the backbone of the Kudat Riviera's success to date, as so many destinations have developed and the premium tourists now seek the opposite. It is also vital to have the global sales and marketing ability to sell and rent such villas. EBV is fortunate to have the backing of parent company, Touchdown World Travel Group, a European-based global tour operator and tourism marketing company with extensive marketing reach and experience in this market segment in over 70 countries worldwide."
EBV's Kudat Riviera will feature 30 exclusive private villas, complete with private butler and staff, their own private swimming pool and tropical gardens, offering the ultimate exclusivity to guests in Sabah.
Each private villa estate sits on a land plot of between 1-6 acres of beachfront, hilltop land and private coves, spread over 6 kilometres of idyllic coastline. Also featuring several restaurants, recreational facilities and a luxury spa, The Kudat Riviera, or ‘KR' as it is known, has become a destination in itself.
The villa owners are resident overseas and many have supported the Malaysian government's Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) initiative.
They may visit their residence only once or twice a year, and the rest of the time EBV will manage and rent out their properties to high-end tourist guests as part of the super-luxury KR resort.
A spokesperson for EBV and the Touchdown Group said, "Concentrating on low-impact and environmentally-friendly ‘responsible' tourism, EBV's tourism villa project prides itself on the use of natural materials throughout, extensive private land plots with minimal number of people per acre and a low-impact footprint on the natural environment.
Imagine going to a hotel where your room is 6,000 square feet (a villa) and you have a private pool and garden over an acre in size! Not only that but you have a private butler and staff to look after you throughout your stay, as well as private chefs to cook for you in your villa if you don't want to visit one of the many resort restaurants.
"From KR, guests can charter a helicopter, yacht or four-wheel drive and visit the many other varied attractions of Sabah, including idyllic islands, Mt Kinabalu, Sepilok or any of the other wonders of Sabah. It's the perfect holiday and destination for our esteemed guests".
KR is scheduled to open its doors to world later this year with its Phase-One portfolio of seven luxury villas, restaurants and activities/tours and excursions. This will grow over the following 12 months to its full compliment of 30 villas and the Coconut Reef Club Spa.
Already, the Kudat Riviera is becoming a desired place to visit by mega-yacht owners from around the world with its crystal clear waters and idyllic beaches, supported by a luxury resort infrastructure. In the past two months, two such yachts graced the shores of Kudat, enjoying the Rungus hospitality and the fresh fish offered by the local fishermen who enjoy engaging with the international jetsetters on-board the yachts.
The Touchdown Group has placed a massive effort on marketing Sabah as a destination for mega-yacht owners, and sees Sabah as the potential epicentre of the growing popularity of the South East Asian cruising circuit.
Last year, Touchdown brought in and handled seven mega-yachts with a combined value of some US$100-200 million. Owners and guests on board relax and enjoy the wondrous clear seas and idyllic islands, but also regularly venture ashore to buy provisions and gifts, charter helicopters to take them around Sabah to visit the many tourism attractions in the State, and more often than not, the owners donate large sums of money towards nature conservation, particularly for the orang-utans and sea turtles.
The greatest benefit is their high-end profile, which provides greater awareness for Sabah as a destination suitable for the rich and famous.
All in all, the introduction of both the luxury tourism villa market and mega-yacht marine tourism industry sector in Sabah benefits the State's tourism industry immensely.
March 27th, 2009, 10:09 AM
Climbing Mount Kinabalu
April 5th, 2009, 10:15 AM
From Kota Kinabalu, the journey takes about 2 hour on the mountain road. The first main landmark you see is probably the Kinabalu Park Headquarters, which entrance is located right by the roadside. Continue further for about 10 minutes until you get to Kundasang town.
Kundasang is a real highland town without all the pretentious colonial-or-theme-park trappings as you would find in the rest of Malaysia (read; Cameron Highlands, Fraser's Hill, Genting Highlands or even Bukit Tinggi Resort).
The town can be considered a backwater, but its charms remained unperturbed by many years. The major icon of this town is a giant monument in the shape of a cabbage, signifies the town's main highland crop. The vegetable stalls on the side of the main road offer delectable and refreshing choices of fresh greens and exotic fruits.
During my tour of Mt Kinabalu and its surrounding, I started my journey very early in the morning. By 6am, I was already at the vegetable roadside stalls, watching the hectic trader's life about to take place against the dark-blue hue of the sky and the silhouette of glorious Mt Kinabalu.
By the time the sun has risen to my shoulder's height, Kundasang town and the valley turns into a mesmerizing green meadowland and rolling hills. Kundasang is located about 1,600 meter above the sea level, hence the early morning is agreeably chilly.
A good place to see the sunrise over Mt Kinabalu is at Kinabalu Pine Resort, which has a nice gazebo overlooking the mountain. Only a number of people were there to see it, hence it was far from crowded. I even had a chat with a tourist who just had climbed the mountain before and proudly shown his photographs at the Low's Peak.
April 11th, 2009, 04:57 PM
Only had been in Sabah last year. Nice experience.
May 2nd, 2009, 04:21 AM
SABAH, LAND BELOW THE WIND
Sabah is a Malaysian state located on the northern portion of the island of Borneo. It is the second largest state in Malaysia after Sarawak, which it borders on its south-west. It also shares a border with the province of East Kalimantan of Indonesia in the south. In spite of its status as a Malaysian state, Sabah remains a disputed territory; the Philippines has a dormant claim over much of the eastern part of the territory. The capital of Sabah is Kota Kinabalu, formerly known as Jesselton. Sabah is known as "Sabah, negeri di bawah bayu", which means "Sabah, the land below the winds", because of its location just south of the typhoon-prone region around the Philippines.
The western part of Sabah is generally mountainous, containing the three highest mountains in Malaysia. The most prominent range is the Crocker Range which houses several mountains of varying height from about 1,000 metres to 4,000 metres. At the height of 4,095 metres, Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia and the mountain is the fourth tallest in Southeast Asia behind Hkakabo Razi of Myanmar (5881 m), Puncak Jaya (4884 m) and Puncak Trikora (4750 m) of Papua, Indonesia . The jungles of Sabah are classified as rainforests and host a diverse array of plant and animal species. Kinabalu National Park was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 2000 because of its richness in plant diversity combined with its unique geological, topographical, and climatic conditions.
Lying nearby Mount Kinabalu is Mount Tambuyukon. At a height of 2,579 metres, it is the third highest peak in the country. Adjacent to the Crocker Range is the Trus Madi Range which houses the second highest peak in the country, Mount Trus Madi, at a height of 2,642 metres. There are lower ranges of hills extending towards the western coasts, southern plains, and the interior or central part of Sabah. These mountains and hills are traversed by an extensive network of river valleys and are in most cases covered with dense rainforest.
The central and eastern portion of Sabah are generally lower mountain ranges and plains with occasional hills. Kinabatangan River begins from the western ranges and snakes its way through the central region towards the east coast out into the Sulu Sea. It is the second longest river in Malaysia after Rejang River at a length of 560 kilometres. The forests surrounding the river valley also contains an array of wildlife habitats, and is the largest forest-covered floodplain in Malaysia.
The northern tip of Borneo at Tanjung Simpang MengayauOther important wildlife regions in Sabah include Maliau Basin, Danum Valley, Tabin, Imbak Canyon and Sepilok. These places are either designated as national parks, wildlife reserves, virgin jungle reserves, or protection forest reserve.
Over three quarters of the human population inhabit the coastal plains. Major towns and urban centers have sprouted along the coasts of Sabah. The interior region remains sparsely populated with only villages, and the occasional small towns or townships.
Beyond the coasts of Sabah lie a number of islands and coral reefs, including the largest island in Malaysia, Pulau Banggi. Other large islands include, Pulau Jambongan, Pulau Balambangan, Pulau Timbun Mata, Pulau Bumbun, and Pulau Sebatik. Other popular islands mainly for tourism are, Pulau Sipadan, Pulau Selingan, Pulau Gaya, Pulau Tiga, and Pulau Layang-Layang.
May 2nd, 2009, 04:22 AM
Kota Kinabalu International Airport
facing the Majestic MOUNT KINABALU
Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) (IATA: BKI, ICAO: WBKK) is located about 8 km from the city of Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, Malaysia. It is the second busiest airport in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur International Airport with around 4 million passengers using this airport annually for domestic and international flights. It is also the main gateway into the state of Sabah. In 2006, about 2 million unique tourists visited Sabah, and it is estimated that this number will exceed 2.5 million by the end of 2007.
Terminal 1 is the main terminal of KKIA. It is accessed via Jalan Putatan in Petagas nearby Kepayan. Currently its technical facilities includes 12 gates, 5 airbridges, and 4 baggage claim belts. It has the capacity of handling 2.5 million passenger annually. It also features duty-free shops, other shops, lounges, travel agents, restaurants, and many others. It is currently undergoing a massive renovation and expansion (see above). Malaysia Airlines is the main operating airline in this terminal.
* Asiana (Seoul-Incheon)
* Cathay Pacific
- Dragonair (Hong Kong)
* Domodedovo Airlines Charter
* Far Eastern Air Transport (Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan)
* Korean Air (Seoul-Incheon) Seasonal
* Layang Layang Aerospace Regional
* Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Labuan, Miri, Sandakan, Tawau, Bandar Seri Begawan, Cebu, Guangzhou, Kaoshiung, Hong Kong, Manila, Seoul-Incheon, Singapore, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita)
* Royal Brunei (Bandar Seri Begawan)
* Singapore Airlines
- Silk Air (Singapore)
* TransAsia Airways (Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan) Charter
What is today Terminal 2 used to be the original terminal building of the airport when it was first built. It is accessed via Jalan Mat Salleh in Tanjung Aru and is located on the other side of the runway from Terminal 1. Terminal 2 has recently undergone a major renovation and extension and it re-opened on January 1, 2007 in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007. Although it is renovated to serve the low cost carriers, namely AirAsia, it is not a low cost carrier terminal (LCCT) as that of Kuala Lumpur International Airport, as other full service airlines may use the terminal. It has 26 check-in counters for domestic and international flights and six parking bays for B737 and A320 aircraft as well as seven luggage x-ray machines, a VIP room and 13 immigration counters. AirAsia will make Kota Kinabalu the main hub for flights from China to Malaysia due to Kota Kinabalu being the nearest Malaysian hub to China.
AirAsia is expected to start flying to Shenzen, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Indonesia in 2007. Sabah Government is optimistic in targeting more visitors from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan and Russia.
* AirAsia (Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Manila-Clark, Miri, Penang, Sandakan, Tawau, Macau)
- Thai AirAsia (Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi)
* FlyAsianXpress (Bintulu, Kudat, Labuan, Lahad Datu, Lawas, Limbang, Miri, Mulu, Sandakan, Sibu)
* Transmile Air Services Cargo
* Sabah Air Regional
KKIA Terminal 1
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KKIA Terminal 1
KKIA Terminal 2
May 3rd, 2009, 09:24 AM
FUTURE WORLD-CLASS LEISURE AND TOURISM SPOT
The 2km long KK Waterfront development(click me:)) (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=609331&page=4)
Kota Kinabalu City Waterfront http://www.kkcwaterfront.com.my/
JESSELTON WATERFRONT http://www.jesseltonwaterfront.com/
Suria Sabah http://www.suriasabah.com.my/
KKTIMESSQUARE the mall http://www.asianpac.com.my/kkts/themall/location.html
Harbour City http://www.harbourcity.com.my/
South China Sea Place http://sudc.com.my/?p=163
May 3rd, 2009, 09:26 AM
:)world heritage:) - Mount Kinabalu Park
ABOUT MOUNT KINABALU
Mount Kinabalu towers 4095 meters (13,435 feet) above sea level. It is the highest mountain between the mighty snow-capped Himalayas and Wilhelmina (4509 meters / 14,793 feet) in Irian Jaya. It is also one of the most accessible and spectacular mountains in the world. Because of the earth movement, in is still growing with the rate of 5 mm (1/4 inches) a year.
Ever changing, it is the mountain of tropical rainforest, colorful blossoms and golden sunset, but also dark and violent storms. At times, a ghostly mist shrouds the mountain and it is easy to believe the local Kadazandusun's claim that it is the homeland of their spirit world.
In 1964 Kinabalu Park was established to protect Mount Kinabalu and its plant and animal life. Its 754 square kilometer (291 square mile) terrain stretches upward from lowland rain forest to montane forest, cloud forest and sub alpine meadow, before finally reaching a crown of bare granite. Only at Mount Kinabalu can you eat breakfast in a lowland rainforest, lunch in a cloud forest, and enjoy dinner in a subalpine meadow!
The trail to the highest peak winds along the southern side of the mountain. It is an 8.5 kilometer (5.25 mile) trek to the top. For most people, from a 9 month-old baby (carried by father) to an 83 years-old New Zealander, the journey takes two days.
The Kinabalu Park Headquarters is located 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah's capital city. More than one million visitors have enjoyed the park since it opened. In the year 2000, UNESCO have declared Mount Kinabalu as The World Heritage Site.
Summit Trail of Kinabalu(Day Climb)
Summit Trail of Kinabalu(Night Climb)
You will arrive in Laban Rata (on the Summit Trail of Mount Kinabalu) at about 2.00pm the most. You can have some meals to regain back your energy in the resthouse's restaurant. Bear in mind that the prices of the food there is quite expensive. It is because the raw material are brought up there everyday - by foot. For example, the ordinary 'mee goreng' (fried mee) is about RM8.00 to RM10.00 per plate (normally it would cost about RM3.50 everywhere else). Be prepared with some extra money, so that you can have your meals properly - at about 10,000 feet above sea level! The restaurant serve local and some western dishes.
Most of the Mount Kinabalu climbers will sleep early, the latest is at 9.00pm after having dinner. It is because you have to wake up early - at about 2.00am, to continue for the second phase of the climb. If you are susceptible to mountain sickness, you may feel some headache, nausea, muscle ache and giddiness just before dinner time. You can take some medication to relieve the symptoms before you go to sleep. If you want to know more, check through medical advice page.
The next phase of climb will begins at about 3.00am, when you are woken for an early breakfast (at least a hot drink is advisable). You do not have to bring your alarm clock, as the noise of other climbers and guides will definitely wake you up. The restaurant is open at that time, but you can have you own hot drinks at your own hostel. As there will be only one stop at Sayat-Sayat Hut for another registration, given a whistle for safety precaution and refilling your water, it is advisable for you to bring your own small water bottle. You will now head up to the Summit of Borneo - the Low's Peak.
Above Laban Rata, the trail continues as a series of wooden ladders, fashioned out tree roots and branches. This is where a good torchlight is essential. As most of the time you have to hold something for stability, it is best if you have a headlight. This gives way to flatter, more easy walking just below Sayat-Sayat, when the true edge of the tree-line is reached. It would take about 45 minutes to Sayat-Sayat. This is the highest mountain hut at 3810 meters (12,500 feet). The dwarfed vegetation at this altitude contrast sharply with enormous silver black dome of the summit.
At some places, the trail is about 70°! Never leave the rope!
Ropes are fixed at difficult places, but these are more to inspire confidence than from necessity. Please be close to the rope. You would not get lost if you stay close by. There are some places where the trail is very steep, almost 70° angle. Be very careful.
Tough grasses and other plants cling to rock cervices, flowering and fruiting only a few centimeters tall. You will pass the 8km mark with the South Peak and St. John's Peak on your left. From here the bare granite slabs stretch endlessly ahead to the pile of jumbled rocks that is Low's Peak - reached at last in time to catch the sunrise.
The view of the surrounding peaks is magnificent. By 6.00am, you will be able to see most of the peak very clearly. This is usually the best time to take pictures of the sunrise and the peak. By 7.00am, most of the climbers will start to climb down the summit, back to Laban Rata.
On the way down, try to ask your guide to show you what they call it as 'sacrifice pool'. It is actually a pond where the early explorers reported that their Kadazandusun guides performed religious ceremonies to appease the spirit of the mountain as well as the ancestral spirits who lived there. If you are lucky and the the weather is cold enough, you can see a layer of ice formed on the surface of the pond.
Further down on your right will be the South Peak. If the weather is clear, you will also be able to see Kundasang and Ranau town from here. Along the summit plateau, you will walk down with your Ugly Sister's Peak and Donkeys Ears on your left. Soon, you will arrive at Sayat-Sayat Hut and you can refill your water bottle with the mountain water. (Some climbers keep the water from Sayat-Sayat as a souvenir - it's the water from 13,000 feet above sea level). 45 minutes later, you will arrive in Laban Rata.
May 3rd, 2009, 09:29 AM
Climbing the Majestic Mount Kinabalu
The Night Climb Experience by David Chew
All of us did not sleep for the whole night despite hiking through Mersilau’s trial, maybe we were too excited or perhaps it was too early too sleep. There is no electrical socket in the room in Laban Rata for you to charge your hand phone or re-chargeable battery needless to say about TV or any nightlife. You are expected to sleep at 7pm and there are signs that warn you against making any noise after 8pm. The beds were quaky every time somebody move and the door give out a loud sound, the heater were too hot, don’t turn it on if you are comfortable wearing your jackets to sleep. I think the electricity will be cut off after 9 pm and will only be on again by 1.30am, keep your head lamp beside you as the power trip is very frequent there.
By 1.30am there will be a lot of noise, every now and then you’ll hear a “boom” sound, somebody just jumped down from the double story bed to the wooden floor and everybody is busy preparing for the climb. There is no hot water in the toilet and washing your face with the icy cold tab water will definitely make you fresh. Eat as much power or energy bars for breakfast as you will need a lot of energy for the next 6 hours. After your breakfast it is advisable to take 2 pcs of anti nausea table as most of the people will have altitude sickness. It will get worse when you climb up later. Don’t bring too much weight, a bottle of 500 ml water will not be enough but you can re-fill at the check point. Bring some chocolates to help you to boost your energy later. Reload the batteries on your camera ahead as most of the people will arrive at the summit plus minus a few minutes during the sunrise. You can’t afford to lose any second at that moment as it is the most valuable moment of the whole journey. If your gloves are not water proof bring some latex glove and wear it first before putting on the cotton gloves, there is a high chance of raining or your hand will be in contact with water during the climb. The outside temperature will be approx 3 to 8 degree Celcius and sometimes the wind can be quite strong, for Asian people who are not used to cold weather put on more clothes and don’t under estimate the weather. The best shoe for this climb will be the “kampong adidas” rubber molded shoe with soft studs which you can purchase very cheaply at Tamparuli (opposite library) or at Kundasang market.
Check with your guide what time the sun will rise and how long he estimated you to reach the peak, our guide advised us to leave at 2.15am but due to our lateness we depart at 2.45am and we reached the summit approx 5 to 10 minutes after the sunrise. My advise is always trust and listen to your guide he know what is the best for you.
The night journey started with the rocky trail to the smaller building above the main building at Laban Rata. After that there will be a lot of wooden staircase which were quite slippery and wet. People seem to be climbing in a straight line and just after 5 minutes you’ll see some people stop to have a rest. Well the oxygen is thin and you’ll get tired very easily, after a while you’ll reach an area where there is a white rope. This is where the real climb begun. There is no more soil and plant after here, there are just big boulders. If the climb is steep hold on the rope tightly and take a steady step each time. Look out the people in front of you, they may just stop at the middle of the 45 degree cliff. When you climbed up this first 45 degree cliff you are actually at the edge of another big cliff, at this time you won’t see much as it is too dark, actually the cliff on your right is about 200 meters down. OK I shouldn’t scare you but just lean your body near to the wall and hold on the rope tight and walk steadily, if should be fine. After a while you’ll reached the check point, by then you’ll consumed more than half of your water and remember to refill it here.
After this it is quite safe, the path will be very wide but by this time you are already tired, your legs are pain, your head is heavy and you are having difficulties in gasping the air. Forget all that just take a long breath via your mouth and nose at the same time and take a small step at a time. Just keep moving and don’t stop. It was tough and a lot of people were almost giving up. Your guide will be your motivator, he’ll stand beside you and motivate you to move on. I saw some people just walk 1 to 2 inches a step and the head was always down like a zombie. My wife crawled with both her hands and feet and one of our friends sit down and slide on his buttock going backwards, the other guy asked our guide if he can get the certificate if he gave up at this point. I bend my head down and walk with my feet bend open like a penguin and stop for a while in 20 feet or so. No matter what it is or how you chose to do it just kept on moving.
At approx 4.30 am you’ll see the peak which was printed on our one Ringgit note on your left ( if the sky is bright enough and there are no clouds ) after a while you’ll see a bright orange color lamp post ahead you, well that is the summit. By this time you can see there is a line of head lamps of people ahead of you, they are already climbing up the summit, at this moment this is my greatest motivation, I managed to walk faster and catch up with my team members and then took over them.
Then we reached the foot of the final peak, but I saw there was an orange light on my right, damn!!!! That was the sunrise on the horizon and we were at the bottom of the last peak, our guide told us that if you still want to take some photographs of the sunrise you got to climb up the last peak in less than 3 minutes or you’ll missed it, ( the last peak is blocking the view of the sunrise, you have to get on top in order to see the sunrise ) At this point I couldn’t careless about my tiredness, breathing difficulties or what so ever. I just took a very deep breath and I dashed to the summit by using both of my hands and feet without stopping. I was panting like a horse when I reached the summit. At that time there were about 30 to 40 person whom already reached the summit. The first person I saw was an “aunty” aged about 50 to 55 years old we met during our Mersilau’s trail she was waving to me. Damn again……despite hard training and going to the gym for last 6 months I lost at an “aunty”???? Damn lousy I am….or maybe she used to be an athlete. Without wasting any time I took out my camera and started to photograph the amazing view of the sunrise, this is what it is all about, to enjoy the sunrise at almost 4100 meters above sea level. It was simply amazing and made all the effort you put it worth. Nevertheless after just taking 5 photos my camera ran out of batteries, damn I should changed it yesterday. By the time I’ve change the batteries the sunrise has finished, the sky was not orange anymore.
At time everybody started to pose at the Low’s peak signboard, it is a very small space, the highest peak is just a piece of rock measuring 1 to 2 cubic meters. So quickly take your photos and give way to the others. Most people would spend about 30 to 45 minutes at the summit area despite the guide’s advised which was just 15 minutes. On the way coming down from the summit there were still a lot of magnificent views. At 6.00am the sky was as bright as 9am it was perfect for taking photos. By 6.30 am it was already as bright as noon ( I think so ) and people have started to walk down back to Laban Rata, the walk were slow as everybody still have not taken enough photos. The sun was so bright plus the altitude sickness gave me a severe headache. I wish a have some strong pain killers at this moment. Coming down was not as tiring but it is hurting your knees, if you wear a knee guard it will definitely help. Our guide advised us to walk down zig zag this will reduce the direct pressure on your knees.
Be careful on choosing the route you take, always look for the smoothest route, think fast and think smart, if not you’ll just endangering yourself. My headache unable me to think properly I mis-judged many times and I slipped some two dozen times. Luckily I did not hurt myself. Pain or no pain, tired or not just don’t think about that and just keep on moving you’ll reached the check point, again remember to fill up your water as it would have been almost finish by now. They will ask you if you wanted to purchase your certificate, if you used the Mersilau’s route you are entitled with two certs, it’s just RM12 for both. You’ll collect it when you reach KK park’s office.
The route after this was the most dangerous as you’ll be climbing down the cliff again. Be careful and listen to your guide and don’t play a fool. If you fall it is going to be very serious here. Most of the time you have to go down buttock first and your hand have to hold the rope for your balance.
Most of the people will reach Laban Rata at about 9 to 9.30 am, they will stop serving breakfast at 10 am, so if you are late you will miss the free buffet breakfast, the ala-cart ones is still available but it is very costly. Packed lunch will not be provided so “pandai-pandai lah” ( be clever ) to pack some of the buffet breakfast with you. If you use Timpohon route most of the people reach Timpohon by 2.00 to 3.00 pm. If you are not staying in KK park you might want to call your taxi to wait for you at KK park at 4pm ( there is handphone line along the way down ) When you reach Timpohon there will be a shuttle service to bring you back to KK park and the buffet lunch is served until 4pm, again if you reach there after 4pm, you have to pay for your lunch.
Hope you find this helpful….cheers enjoy your climb, if you make it to the summit this will definitely boost your self confidence. Lastly, don’t do this if you are not fit, you’ll regret it.
reaching top at early morning
Poring Hot Springs and Canopy Walk
June 8th, 2009, 01:29 PM
August 16th, 2009, 04:09 AM
Sabah finds silver lining
BY RUBEN SARIO
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s international diving haven Pulau Sipadan has been dropped in the running for listing as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, but state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the concerted effort in promoting the island has created more awareness about the state and Malaysia.
Sipadan was initially nominated along with more than a dozen renowned islands, mountains, historical sites and hundreds of other attractions worldwide for listing as one of the seven new wonders, a global exercise conducted online by the new7wonders.com website.
Crystal clear: The blue water of Pulau Sipadan. — By Philip Hii
The volcanic island off Sabah’s east coast Semporna district made it to the top four in the island category, by way of an online voting system, thanks to a campaign by the Sabah Tourism Board early this month.
However, Sipadan was absent when the website invited votes for the New Seven Wonders of the World from a list of 14 landmarks including the Statue of Liberty in New York, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and the Great Pyramids of Egypt.
In a statement via SMS late Wednesday, Masidi said the state government accepted the website’s decision but noted that the selection of final 14 contenders was done by a panel of experts and not through global voting.
“Sipadan lost to equally worthy contenders that are unique in their own ways. Sipadan is a unique creation of God, but God also created other natural wonders,” he said.
Masidi said the fact that Sipadan had made it among the top four candidates in the island category showed international appreciation for its special features, which include being the country’s sole oceanic island rising some 600m from the seabed.
“The beauty of Sipadan has without doubt become more known, so has Sabah and Malaysia,” he added.
August 31st, 2009, 09:14 AM
Tambunan is a valley district located in the Interior Division of the state of Sabah. The district covers an area of 1,347 sq. km.. Its population was estimated to be around 27,852 in 2000, based on the 2000 Population and Housing Census conducted by the Department of Statistics, Malaysia.. Almost the entire population are Dusun, while the rest are Malay, Chinese and other Sabahan ethnic groups. It is located 80 kilometers east of Kota Kinabalu, 48 kilometers south of Ranau and 48 kilometers north of Keningau. At an average altitude of 750 meters, this valley, which is part of the Crocker Range, experience mild tropical climate all year long. The valley is peppered by terraced padi fields and 70 picturesque villages. The dense forests of bamboo around Tambunan are a legacy of the British colonial period, during which time an edict stated that 20 bamboo sprouts had to be planted for every bamboo cut.
Paddy fields in Kampong Tinompok, TambunanTambunan is connected to Kota Kinabalu via the Kota Kinabalu-Tambunan-Keningau Highway.
East of Tambunan is Sabah's second highest mountain, Trus Madi (2642 meters).
The Mat Salleh Memorial, located in the middle of paddy fields at Kampung Tibabar, is a concrete structure erected in memory of Datu Paduka Mat Salleh. Better known as Mat Salleh, he led a rebellion against the British North Borneo Company in the late 19th century. The rebellion against British rule was due to the locals' dissatisfaction on alleged exploitation by the Company. He was killed in a gun battle with the British police on 1 February 1900. In recognition of Mat Salleh as one of Sabah's earliest freedom fighters, the State Government of Sabah built the memorial fort at the exact site of where he was killed.
Near the Mat Salleh's fort is the Tun Datu Mustapha Memorial the famous Sabah statesman.
Tambunan is noted for the quality of its Lihing and Tapai, or rice wine.
Outside of Tambunan is the Rafflesia Forest Reserve, devoted to the world's largest flower, the Rafflesia.
The road north of Tambunan to Ranau is considered one of the worst in Sabah, with numerous patches broken gravel, fallen roads and precarious water-filled ledges. The conditions have deteriorated due to increasing numbers of sinkholes and landslides and the slow rate of repair.
August 31st, 2009, 09:30 AM
road to heaven
August 31st, 2009, 01:04 PM
QUOTE from nazrey
by Henry & Tersia
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September 20th, 2009, 11:27 AM
September 27th, 2009, 08:29 AM
by nova renata
September 27th, 2009, 08:47 AM
Pulau Mantanani is a group of three isolated islands northwest of Kota Belud, 80 km north of Kota Kinabalu. It was so isolated in fact that not until recently, only a few locals knew the existence of the islands.
But most popular attraction of Pulau Mantanani are the dugongs (sea cows). Here you can swim with them. The island is virtually unknown to most people, although the indigenous Ubian fishing tribe here have for years sighted dugongs.
The sheltered bays around the Mantanani Islands seem to provide the ideal habitats for dugongs. Sea grass beds are found on shallow sandy areas within the encircling fringing reef of the islands. A small human population has caused minimum pollution and there is little noisy boat traffic.
Near Mantanani Islands many local fishermen have seen dugongs for as long as they can remember, although the sightings are less frequent in recent times. Fortunately, the local people are not used eating dugongs.
The dugong (Dugong dugon) is endangered by hunting (men and sharks) and by destruction of its natural habitat.
In many regions worldwide dugongs are facing the threat of extinction, and it is likely that this is also the case in Sabah.
In the World Conservation Union Red Data book dugongs are listed as "vulnerable to extinction" and the international trade in dugong artefacts has been prohibited in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
The most famous dugong is Nicky, a young male dugong who frequents the warm tropical waters around the Mantanani Islands. Nicky gets his name from the small cut or "nick" in his left tail fluke, and this is the way you can recognize him. He is a juvenile male of about 2 meters (6.5 feet) in length - he still has much growing to reach maturity (mature dugongs are up to 3 meters or 10 feet long).
Usually you can see Nicky alone, although there are other dugongs in the vicinity. Sometimes you can see a mother and her calf.
Dugongs are often called sea cows due to their large size and herbivorous nature. While they may consume over 15 different species of sea grasses, their preferred varieties (which are found in abundance on Mantanani) are species of the genera Halodule and Halophila. Dugongs consume vast quantities of sea grass: a fully-grown dugong will eat up to 35 kg per day, a tenth of its body weight. As they pluck up the sea grass, the dugongs leave tell-tale meandering paths of white sand in their wake -- a feeding trail.
Dugongs do not consume the blades of the grass alone, but pluck up the nutritious rhizomes, or roots, growing under the sand. Since they require such large quantities of sea grass each day, they may have to move between feeding sites allowing grazed areas to regenerate. Despite their large dimensions of over 3m in length and 350 kg, dugongs can reach top speeds of 25 kmh. The average cruising speed of 10 kmh can be sustained for long periods and the dugong may travel for hundreds of km in just a few days. The pectoral flippers are used for steering and braking, and also for sculling to keep the head above water when it breathes in choppy seas.
Mantanani Island Resort is located at the western end of the largest island and lies on the edge of an enchanting white sandy bay. Nestled among the tall coconut trees are 9 rustic beach chalets that come with attached bathrooms, hot showers and air conditioning.
The resort caters not only to divers and bird watchers but it is also the perfect getaway for anyone who appreciates the serenity and tranquillity of a paradise island.
To get to Mantanani, one would have to take a direct flight from KLIA to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. From Kota Kinabalu, make your way to Kota Belud by road, which takes about an hour. Once in Kota Belud you would have to take a speedboat, which can take up to another hour to get to Pulau Mantanani.
November 23rd, 2009, 02:40 PM
:drool: Simply Heaven! :drool:
Mount Kinabalu from Mengkabong River Tuaran
Misty morning in Tambunan valley
Sunset at Sutera Harbour
Sunset at UMS Jetty
Others Sunset At Sutera Harbour
December 6th, 2009, 10:39 AM
Nature in SABAH
by Mikey G Thong
December 10th, 2009, 03:00 PM
Rainforests at Sabah
January 31st, 2010, 04:47 AM
Chinese New Year at Sabah
-The Dragon, Unicorn and Lion Dance Annually Festival
The Dragon, Unicorn and Lion Dance Festival 2009 was held at Padang Merdeka, Kota Kinabalu last Saturday, 17th January 2009. More than a dozen dance troupes from schools, clubs and associations from all around Sabah took part in this grand event which was held in celebration of the coming Chinese New Year.
The highlights of the festival were the dances, performed using props shaped into one of the three mythical creatures of Chinese folklores – the Lion, the Dragon and the Unicorn. These dances were performed with martial arts discipline but with the grace of a dancer, perfectly choreographed to deliver breathtaking stunts.
January 31st, 2010, 04:55 AM
Chinese New Year Carnival
The Carnival was filled with celebration and anticipation of the Lunar New Year and it was apparent on the faces of so many people that came to Lintasan Deasoka. With the crowd full of joy and merriment from the spirit of such festivities in welcoming the Lunar Year, many were also present to check out what items that catches their eye at the market because this only happens once a year. The streets were brightly lit with Chinese lanterns (which is also known as ‘Tang Lung’ ) hung along the market; coruscating and resplendent amidst the multifarious vendors along the stretch of Gaya Street.
Cultural performances could also be seen upon the stage which also included traditional Chinese songs and dances performed by so many talented and charming young performers and artists. From the 21st to 22nd, the performances included a singing competition as well, both which were performed by students from local schools in Kota Kinabalu city. The performers mostly in their traditional Chinese costumes frolicking and enjoying themselves whilst putting on a good show, made their whole performance much more breathtaking and awe-inspiring.
March 1st, 2010, 03:31 PM
Lion,Dragon and unicorn dance in KK
April 1st, 2010, 03:31 PM
Costa Classica on the left and Costa Allegra at the right docking at kk port
May 1st, 2010, 02:26 PM
by Matsuo Amon
May 8th, 2010, 12:46 PM
by Bite Flower Bear
May 8th, 2010, 01:01 PM
by Mr. Bu
May 8th, 2010, 01:04 PM
May 8th, 2010, 01:08 PM
by Mr. Bu
May 9th, 2010, 04:37 PM
May 13th, 2010, 03:09 PM
May 21st, 2010, 01:09 AM
by Craig M. Ansibin (http://www.panoramio.com/user/4454030)
May 31st, 2010, 03:34 PM
big credit to Nora Carol
July 11th, 2010, 02:26 PM
August 9th, 2010, 03:08 PM
September 1st, 2010, 07:42 AM
SABAH, North Borneo
September 1st, 2010, 07:45 AM
SABAH, North Borneo
September 12th, 2010, 04:26 PM
Aerial views of Kota Kinabalu, by splendorb:
September 14th, 2010, 07:01 AM
big credit to Nora Carol
September 15th, 2010, 04:52 AM
Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary, Sandakan
By Kevin & Louise
October 31st, 2010, 03:41 PM
Photos I took around Kota Kinabalu
These are taken from the suburbs of KK, in Penampang:
November 10th, 2010, 05:37 AM
The Peak > The Peak Vista > Likas Bay > Wisma Perindustrian > Likas Square
January 1st, 2011, 07:07 AM
Desa Cattle Farm@Kundasang
January 2nd, 2011, 02:18 PM
Mount Kinabalu from the Valley of God (Kampung Bundu Tuhan)
January 10th, 2011, 02:57 PM
January 10th, 2011, 02:58 PM
Maliau Basin - The Lost World
January 11th, 2011, 02:59 AM
January 20th, 2011, 09:19 AM
Sabah sure is a beautiful place!!
January 20th, 2011, 10:27 AM
The last photo is actually oil palm plantation, how monotonous the trees are despite the green colour, and it is vast! I hope now would be the end of land alienation for such plantation.
February 3rd, 2011, 12:39 AM
I really love looking the photos, they are all great and its very refreshing in my tired eyes. Good shot man.
Dub Turbo Beat Maker Software (http://www.squidoo.com/dubturbo-beat-maker-software)
February 16th, 2011, 07:14 AM
This location is near where? So nice and simply out of the world ! :)
February 16th, 2011, 02:35 PM
^^ from north looking south... probably Kota Belud area
February 17th, 2011, 11:49 AM
probaly kiulu river:)
March 2nd, 2011, 03:28 PM
Imbak Canyon Conservation Area
Imbak Canyon, located almost right in the middle of Sabah, just north of the famous Maliau Basin. The canyon is actually a 25 km-long valley, hemmed in on three sides by impressive sandstone ridges, the highest peak of which sours abruptly to 1120 meter above sea level.
April 30th, 2011, 04:10 PM
City of magical lights after sunset from Inobong Substation
Credit to owner: firstname.lastname@example.org from Panoramio
Full size :)
April 30th, 2011, 04:53 PM
May 9th, 2011, 03:32 PM
Amazing shot of Mount Kinabalu and Kundasang Valley
the main road, desa cattle farm and golf club can clearly see
compared to the map exclusive done by me :lol:
May 13th, 2011, 01:59 PM
May 13th, 2011, 02:04 PM
July 2nd, 2011, 12:12 PM
Sabah AgroPark, Tenom
July 17th, 2011, 09:20 PM
Chack it out !!
July 22nd, 2011, 05:09 PM
August 13th, 2011, 01:12 PM
Serenity- Mabul Island, Sabah (http://www.flickr.com/photos/balqish/6017703917/) by Ruwaida Angelina (http://www.flickr.com/people/balqish/), on Flickr
September 13th, 2011, 03:12 PM
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort
September 20th, 2011, 05:02 PM
October 11th, 2011, 04:03 PM
December 14th, 2011, 01:38 PM
The View From Kapalai
December 14th, 2011, 01:42 PM
December 14th, 2011, 01:42 PM
December 30th, 2011, 01:18 PM
Wind Paradise Mongolian Resort - First Mongolian Resort In Malaysia
Located in the chilly and rolling hills of Kundasang, this is the first Mongolian Resort in Malaysia. Welcome to The Wind Paradise Mongolian Resort.
Wake up to a beautiful view of the countryside and the fresh mountain air. Kundasang is at the foot of Mount Kinabalu and is a great place to get away during the holidays.
The Wind Paradise Mongolian Resort is off the beaten path, near the Desa cattle ranch. The design of the huts are in authentic Mongolian style called a Yurt, and can sleep 3 to 4 persons. You will be sleeping on beds, no reason not to be comfortable, you are after all on a holiday.
The Wind Paradise Mongolian Resort offers conventional rooms as well as the Mongolian Yurt. The design of the resort is in typical Kundasang design, wooden structures that reminds you that you are out in the countryside.
January 2nd, 2012, 05:49 AM
Tambunan - Switzerland of The East
January 2nd, 2012, 09:34 AM
Tambunan - Switzerland of The East
Beautiful photos. But, I think the slogan is more suitable to Himalayan nation of Bhutan. I think Tambunan can be called as 'tropical Appalachian of the East' :D
January 5th, 2012, 04:10 PM
POM POM ISLAND
Sabah - Pom Pom Island (http://www.flickr.com/photos/zenlee/6640980977/) by ZenLee (http://www.flickr.com/people/zenlee/), on Flickr
Sabah - Pom Pom Island (http://www.flickr.com/photos/zenlee/6597345439/) by ZenLee (http://www.flickr.com/people/zenlee/), on Flickr
Sabah - Pom Pom Island (http://www.flickr.com/photos/zenlee/6597378313/) by ZenLee (http://www.flickr.com/people/zenlee/), on Flickr
January 15th, 2012, 02:19 AM
January 17th, 2012, 03:50 PM
94m-long dragon the biggest draw at festival
KOTA KINABALU: A performance featuring a re****cord 94m-long dragon was the highlight of a festival held to usher in Chinese New Year.
This was among those put up by nearly 100 troupes performing at the Dragon, Lion Dance and Unicorn Festival launched by Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman at the historic Padang Merdeka here on Saturday.
The public was also entertained by a 24-drum performance by Chung Hwa primary school.
Noting that the festival had attracted thousands of people of various communities and religions, Musa said this reflected the uniqueness of Malay*sians, especially those in Sabah.
“It is good to see that Chinese New Year, like other festivals, is being celebrated by Malay*sians of all communities by attending open houses and other activities.
“This demonstrates that unity and harmony among the people of Sabah have always been strong,” he added.
February 2nd, 2012, 02:00 PM
Nexus Resort Karambunai
Kota Kinabalu - Malaysia (http://www.flickr.com/photos/eden_viaggi/6806135567/) by Eden Viaggi (http://www.flickr.com/people/eden_viaggi/), on Flickr
February 6th, 2012, 05:53 AM
February 12th, 2012, 01:58 PM
pulau banggi ( banggi island )
Pulau Banggi is part of a group of islands located within the Kudat Division and is off the northern coast of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo. With an area of 440.7km square, it is the largest island in Malaysia followed by the islands of Langkawi and Penang. The area around Pulau Banggi has the second largest concentration of coral reefs in Malaysia and contains an important mix of habitats including mangroves, seagrasses and open sea providing safe haven for endangered animals such as turtles and the dugong.
The Sabah State Government has proposed Pulau Banggi, along with neighbouring Pulau Balambangan, Pulau Malawali, Pulau Balak and Pulau Molleangan amongst others, for gazettement as the Tun Mustafa Park under the jurisdiction of Sabah Parks. This Kudat-Banggi conservation area forms the southern half of the Balabic Straights which separate Borneo from the Philippines and is the meeting place of the Sulu and the South China Seas. The Tun Mustafa Park being over 1 million hectares will be the biggest marine protected area in Southeast Asia.
To reach the main town of Karakit on Pulau Banggi there are daily one hour ferry services that depart from the northern fishing town of Kudat. Kudat is a three hour drive from Kota Kinabalu – the state capital of Sabah, Malaysia.
Diving around Pulau Banggi is astounding and bursting with diversity, due to its proximity to the Balabic Straight Corridor the currents can provide more than a challenge. The corridor serves as a passageway for marine life forms from plankton to whalesharks and all the creatures in between such as dolphins, various species of sharks and whales, turtles, and shoals of oceanic fishes. Dive sites are encased in a stunning variety of corals such as gorgorian fans, bubble coral, staghorn, lettuce corals and many other hard and soft corals. Making their home in the corals are batfish, squid, shrimp, eels, nudibranchs and countless other creatures. There are several merchant ship wrecks in the area, two of which lay in 20-25m of water, and another that is laying at 50m. There are records of countless others just waiting to be discovered.
Thick virgin rainforest covers more than 70% of Pulau Banggi which is largely unaffected by development, and gorgeous white sand beaches wrap around most of the coastline. Over 20,000 people of various ethnicity call Pulau Banggi home. The main town on Pulau Banggi is the town of Karakit; here you will find the Bonggi Resort on the waterfront. They have basic rooms with fan and shared bathroom, or you can go a step up with air-con and attached bathroom. For the more adventurous, Banggi-style wooden huts are available and those who are both adventurous with no fear of heights can opt for the tree houses that present beautiful views of the sea and surrounding islands.
Pulau Banggi has something for everyone, be it lazing on the pristine beaches, wildlife and bird watching, jungle trekking, deep-sea fishing, island hopping, exploring local cultures, scuba diving snorkelling and swimming.
pulau banggi ( banggi island ) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shuttershuk/6333442834/) by ShutterShuk (http://www.flickr.com/people/shuttershuk/), on Flickr
DSC01391 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shuttershuk/4666805544/) by ShutterShuk (http://www.flickr.com/people/shuttershuk/), on Flickr
February 20th, 2012, 02:32 PM
Tatagan Island, Semporna
Tatagan Island (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wanzai99/6899683213/) by wanzai99 (http://www.flickr.com/people/wanzai99/), on Flickr
February 24th, 2012, 07:15 AM
Braving dangers to capture Sabah’s beauty from airby Anna Vivienne. Posted on February 24, 2012, Friday
At 9pm tomorrow, 25 Feb, a new documentary that features two professional photographers Jonathan Tan and Cede Prudente flying paramotors and braving risky weather conditions to capture breathtaking bird’s-eye views of Sabah’s tropical rainforest and sea will be aired over the Bio Channel (Astro 731).
The ‘Shoot for the Sky’ documentary will take viewers to various locations, including the mangroves on Sandakan coastline, Semporna islands, the reefs and home of the sea gypsies and foothills of Mount Kinabalu.
According to its director Julian Shori, the production of the show involved huge physical and emotional challenges.
“It all started in Kuala Lumpur when we had to pack and transport over 500kg of equipment to Sandakan. We encountered many technical, logistical and weather problems.
“In the early stage, the fuel was contaminated and could not be used. So the engines had to be emptied and cleaned, then refueled.
“We also had to travel by boat each day from Semporna to the islands and had to return by late evening with the heavy equipment,” he said.
Julian said the time for taking better photographs varied from location to location.
“In the Sepilok area, good lighting for photographs was in the early morning and late afternoon. At the islands, the ideal lighting condition was around noon when the light was from above. At the mountain the only time they could photograph the eastern ridge was in the early morning,” he said.
“So it was a nightmare for me. Could they ever accomplish their mission with all these conditions and all the obstacles in our way?
“This programme was completely unscripted and therefore the talents were not directed at all in anyway. We, the crew and I, had to anticipate what would happen and be there when it did.
“It was difficult to say the least, but we succeeded in most situations,” he said, adding that “Murphy’s Law” was their guide all along, which means that if anything goes wrong, it will go wrong.”
Julian said they spent four days in Sandakan as they realised that Cede and Jonathan needed some more time training with their cameras.
They then spent three days in Semporna and two days in Kinabalu Parks.
The weather conditions posed a safety risk, with the winds frequently changing in strength and direction. .
“They were in some form of danger most of the time. We were concerned about their safety most of the time. At the Sepilok Forest Reserve, the take-off and the flight over the forest and water were quite dangerous,” said Julian.
“But most of all my concern was whether they were paying attention to James who was the safety officer as well as trainer. They were at times so absorbed with the view that they forgot to pay attention to James’ instructions,” he said.
James Matthews Irving Gibss of Sydney, Australia is the director of Air Venture, a sports aviation training business.
Cede and Jonathan underwent an accelerated training course with Air Venture and it proved to be all they need to safely tackle the challenges.
“After their training week I was very pessimistic about their success, but after we started on our journey I was amazed at the determination and persistence of the two new pilots and my pessimism turned to cautious optimism,” Julian said.
“I am glad that we have managed to accomplish what we did and the two pilots accomplished their mission,” he said.
So come tomorrow, Sabahans and other viewers can follow Cede and Jonathan to enjoy spectacular sights of the Land Below the Wind, which is home to one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests.
source: The Borneo Post
Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/02/24/braving-dangers-to-capture-sabahs-beauty-from-air/
February 24th, 2012, 06:10 PM
Just retin from sabah last week. Great experience except for the food poisoning the entire family got thanks to kundasang's water supply.. Or dirty restaurant
February 24th, 2012, 11:52 PM
Just retin from sabah last week. Great experience except for the food poisoning the entire family got thanks to kundasang's water supply.. Or dirty restaurant
Oh, how pity. I think that might also caused by flies from nearby cabbage farms. My family and I stayed in Kundasang Pine resort few years ago, and in the morning, flies were all over the place on our breakast! Very annoying.
May 21st, 2012, 04:39 PM
May 23rd, 2012, 05:51 PM
Tip Of Borneo
The Blues (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nelzajamal/7238664174/) by nelza jamal (http://www.flickr.com/people/nelzajamal/), on Flickr
May 28th, 2012, 01:50 PM
Sea of Mantanani (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8408876394/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Lingisan Island of Mantanani (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8398321126/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Mantanani Kecil Island (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8409354060/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
June 3rd, 2012, 10:50 AM
Kapalai Island (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8397527233/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
June 10th, 2012, 05:02 PM
Kelapuan (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tehky/7302299636/) by 阿呆 tehky (http://www.flickr.com/people/tehky/), on Flickr
Kelapuan (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tehky/7171918159/) by 阿呆 tehky (http://www.flickr.com/people/tehky/), on Flickr
Kelapuan (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tehky/7302213134/) by 阿呆 tehky (http://www.flickr.com/people/tehky/), on Flickr
Kelapuan (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tehky/7302147624/) by 阿呆 tehky (http://www.flickr.com/people/tehky/), on Flickr
Kelapuan (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tehky/7302120666/) by 阿呆 tehky (http://www.flickr.com/people/tehky/), on Flickr
June 16th, 2012, 12:00 PM
June 24th, 2012, 05:12 PM
July 2nd, 2012, 03:40 PM
The South Peak (3,933m) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/djsitaun/5435059356/) by djsitaun (http://www.flickr.com/people/djsitaun/), on Flickr
Until my last breath (http://www.flickr.com/photos/djsitaun/5437751880/) by djsitaun (http://www.flickr.com/people/djsitaun/), on Flickr
July 11th, 2012, 04:28 PM
Semporna Island in the east coast of Sabah, Borneo is world famous as a diving destination, especially the Islands off- Semporna - Mabul, Kapalai, Mataking, Pandanan, Sipadan and more... Also, the little islets around Tun Sakaran Marine Park, is now introduced as a photography hotspot for its dramatic natural landscape, the spectacular marine ecosystem, turquoise water of its seas, and the unique Bajau sea gypsies...
July 15th, 2012, 03:14 PM
Mataking Island (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8407986661/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Pulau Tiga (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8400965466/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Beach of Pulau Tiga (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8399905763/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
July 19th, 2012, 05:31 PM
POM POM ISLAND
August 8th, 2012, 01:45 PM
Dolphin spotted in TARP!
South of Gaya and east of Sapi
October 14th, 2012, 03:42 AM
October 14th, 2012, 03:43 AM
December 4th, 2012, 04:31 PM
January 1st, 2013, 12:06 PM
Dream World Resort, Kundasang. (Panorama) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/albert_song/8216381792/) by Albert Song (http://www.flickr.com/people/albert_song/), on Flickr
Kundasang, Sabah. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/albert_song/8223323320/) by Albert Song (http://www.flickr.com/people/albert_song/), on Flickr
February 2nd, 2013, 01:08 PM
Gandakut, Kota Belud
March 17th, 2013, 09:56 AM
Kiansom Waterfall (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8411873898/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Ginseng Falls of Maliau Basin (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8401024526/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Langanan Waterfall (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8400627203/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Maliau Falls of Maliau Basin (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8397457969/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Madai Fall (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8411805628/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Takob-Akob Fall of Maliau Basin (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8398497412/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Imbak Fall (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8400226325/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
March 17th, 2013, 10:03 AM
Mt. Kinabalu (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8389962736/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Mt. Kinabalu (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8389962736/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Mt. Kinabalu (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8389944102/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
March 17th, 2013, 10:05 AM
Mt. Kinabalu view in Kundasang (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8409175444/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Montane Forest of Sabah (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8397953389/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Montane forest & Ultrabasic rocks of Mt. Tambuyukon (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8399788275/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Sea of Cloud (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8398326490/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
March 17th, 2013, 10:13 AM
Morning of Maliau Basin (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8399043944/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Sunrise of Maliau Basin (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8397412333/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Mountain and forest in fog (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8400493991/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Skybridge of Maliau Basin (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8408928174/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Tall trees infested by strangler fig (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8399028660/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr
Rafflesia keithii (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysabah/8398436466/) by sabahborneo (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysabah/), on Flickr