Best Tourist Places to Visit in Sabah, Malaysia, Asia

Best Tourist Places to Visit in Sabah, Malaysia, Asia

Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia lying on the northern parts of the country and Kota Kinabalu being its capital city. Initially called as Jesselton, Sabah is also referred as “The Land below the Wind” because the region is more prone to tornadoes, typhoons, gayle and hurricanes. Sabah covers a total area of 73631 sq kms and is known for some of the finest universities, colleges, schools, transportation and hospitals. Sabah coordinates with 5.15’ degree North Latitude and 117.0’ degree East Longitude.


Sabah Meaning & History:

It is believed that Sabah got its name due to presence of a type of a banana found in the coastal region of the state. Another theory says that Sabah name derived from Malay word “Sabak” meaning a place where palm sugar was extracted. Sabah was ruled by Srivijiya rulers during the 7th century and later was taken over by the Sultanate of Brunei. In the year 1761, Sabah saw the arrival of British in the island country and continued to rule so for quite long time. Japanese forces attacked Sabah during II World War and the region came under severe bombings by the allied forces.


Major tourist attractions in Sabah:

Sabah has many tourists’ attractions to visit like;

  • Mount Kinabalu
  • Kinabalu National Park
  • South Sea Sanctuary
  • Sabah Indoor Climbing Centre
  • Sutera Harbour Golf Club
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
  • Floating Mosque
  • Sapi Island
  • Sabah State Museum
  • Tanjung Aru Perdana Park
  • Tabin Wildlife Reserve
  • Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
  • Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
  • Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre
  • Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary
  • Signal Hill Observatory Tower
  • Water World Theme Park
  • Sandakan Prison Camp Memorial
  • Turtle Island Park
  • Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
  • Orangutan Sanctuary
  • Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple
  • Sandakan Rainforest Park
  • Gomantong Cave Sandakan
  • Sandakan Heritage Museum


Sports, cuisine and dances in Sabah:

Sabah is well known for some of the major sporting activities like soccer, badminton, karate, cycle racing and tennis. Many such sporting activities keep taking place every year in Sabah which attracts many tourists from all parts of the world. Sabah is also well known for local cuisines and recipes which include recipes made out of meat, chicken, pork and beef. Besides Sabah is also famous for serving some authentic sea foods like tunas, mackerels, squids, crabs, dried prawns and soups. Sabah is also rich in culture, art and dance where many traditional dances like daling-daling, Sumazau, Magunatip and Nona Mansaya are staged and performed in every shows and theater festivals that take place from time to time in Sabah.


Connectivity to Sabah in Malaysia:

Sabah is well linked by several Highways, Expressways and Bypasses quite adequately. Regular bus services are available from Kota Kinabalu to many major cities located in Sabah. It is also well connected by light transit rail network and mono rail between different cities situated in state of Sabah. Sabah is also connected by air link and the major airport is located in capital city Kota Kinabalu which has flights to various local as well as international destinations.


Hotels in Sabah:

There are many excellent hotels providing world class accommodation facilities to the tourists. Hotels in Sabah range from ordinary budget ones to high end luxury class hotels that has host of amenities and services and it is up to the tourists to select the hotel as per their requirements and budget. List of hotels located in Sabah is as follows:

  • Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort
  • Hotel Eden54
  • Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
  • Hotel Sixty3
  • Hotel Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
  • Horizon Hotel & Spa
  • Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
  • 1 City Hotel
  • The Jesselton Hotel

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