Savvy and experienced global travellers now search for a long remembered richness of diversity and culture that was lost in the quest for predictability and manufactured luxury. This is our challenge and our opportunity
gaya street sunday market
Shop for goods and wares in an outdoor market
Gaya Street, located in the central business district of Kota Kinabalu and originally named Bond Street, has been the centre of the city’s trade and commerce for over 100 years. Today, generations-old businesses still thrive in the shoplots, while every Sunday, the entire stretch of the street is closed off for a vibrant and colourful outdoor market. Locals and tourists alike throng this market for its potpourri of wares, from fresh produce, flowers and cakes and biscuits, to souvenirs, arts and craft items and antiques
This is the best pplace to escape the tropical heats.
Malaysia’s first Unesco World Heritage Site is Kinabalu Park in Kundasang, about 90km from the city of Kota Kinabalu. Within this park, which spans more than 75,000ha, stands Borneo and Malaysia’s highest peak, the majestic Mt Kinabalu, visible on clear days from anywhere in the park. The park has also been designated a Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia, as it is exceptionally rich in species with examples of flora from the Himalayas, China, Australia, Malaysia, as well as pan-tropical flora.
KOTA KINABALU CITY TOUR
An interesting jaunt through the city
Once called Jesselton, Sabah’s capital city, Kota Kinabalu, sits on a beautiful coastline dotted with islands and against a backdrop of undulating hills, among which rises the majestic Mt Kinabalu. The fast-growing city pulsates with swanky malls at various turns and is known for its bustling markets, modern boardwalk and beaches. Imbued with an easy-going vibe and old-world charm, the city has several sites of interest that are a must-visit for any first-time traveller to KK.
KINABALU heritage walk
The history of Sabah’s capital city comes alive
Formerly known as Jesselton, the capital city of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, is nestled between scenic coastlines on one side and rolling green hills on the other. The city pulsates with swanky malls and expensive condominiums at turns, but it still manages to retain its old-world charm and heritage. There’s no better way to get to know this city than to walk the streets and take in the sights, sounds and smells that make KK so special.
mari-mari cultural village
Learn about Sabah’s ethnic tribes
The indigenous people of Sabah are made up of 32 officially recognised ethnic groups with their own unique culture, food and language. To learn about some of these groups, a visit to the Mari Mari Cultural Village is a must. Framed in a lush forest setting in Kionsom, Inanam, about 20km from Kota Kinabalu, Mari Mari will immerse you in the history, traditional customs, way of life and belief systems of the Kadazandusun, Rungus, Lundayeh, Bajau, and Murut tribes.
A visit to the local markets
“Tamu” is the Kadazan word for “Market”. Every major district in Sabah has its own Tamu. It is a place where the locals gather weekly to market their produce, from farm produce to local handicrafts. Take a walk through the Tamu with a local guide to get a glimpse into the Kadazandusun Culture.
tip of borneo
A geographical and cultural excursion
About 215km north of Kota Kinabalu is the laidback coastal town of Kudat, once an important trading post and capital of Borneo in the late 19th century. Kudat is where people make a pit stop on their way to the Tip of Borneo, the crop of rock that represents the island’s northernmost point. Kudat is also famous for its rich cultural heritage that comprise a warm mix of Chinese, Bajau, Filipino and Rungus, a sub-tribe of the Kadazan-Dusun and the main ethnic group of the area.
TRADITIONAL HOME COOKING EXPERIENCE
Experience the local delicasy
Shopping with our traditional chef at the local market, search and identify our traditional ingredients look for the right spices and groceries needed for our traditional Borneo, Malaysian style home cooking.