Sabah is often referred to as the "Land below the Wind."Sabah, the second largest state in Malaysia, is located in East Malaysia and to the north of Borneo, formerly known as North Borneo. Sabah was ruled by the British from 1881 until September 16, 1963 when it gained independence from Britain, together with Sarawak, and comprised the Federation of Malaysia with Malaya and Singapore.It is now the Federal Territory, and also serves as the only offshore financial center of Malaysia.
Mabul is located in Semporna, Malaysia.It is an island located in the ocean between the Philippines and East Malaysia with about 2000 residents. The sea surrounding Mabul island is suitable for snorkeling and leisure activities, and is one of the world's top "muck diving" locations.The island is perched on the northwest corner of a reef which spans an area of 200 hectares and is surrounded by sandy beaches.The water surrounding the island is home to huge numbers of tiny sea creatures and a variety of other organisms, such as shrimps, eels, gobies, etc.
Address:Close to Sipadan and Seaventures Rig Resort, about 30 minutes by boat from Semporna to Mabul.
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
This is a typical contemporary Islamic structure, located at Likas Bay.This city mosque is one of the largest Muslim mosques in the city, even in a country with the most magnificent mosque in Malaysia.Built on an artificial lake at Likas Bay, the mosque appears as if it is floating on the water.The stunning white building integrates perfectly with the blue sky, just like the famous Nabawi mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia.
Address:Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu, Jalan Pasir, Kampung Likas, 88450
Semporna is located on the east coast of Sabah, East Malaysia, and is a small town with a small population. It is the gateway to the diving paradise of Sipadan, where diving tourism leads the development of local economy to a certain extent. There are numerous dive shops, hotels and restaurants, making it conducive to tourism in many respects.
Address: Tawau Airport is 80 km from Semporna, approximately 70 minutes by car.
Sabah is not the best choice for shopping as the prices are relatively high, however the local arts and crafts are exquisite and worth buying.It is well worth taking a look around Sabah's specialty market.There are a variety of dazzling handicrafts, such as handbags, purses, wooden photo frames, and ethnic dolls, as well as wind chimes, bracelets, necklaces, rings, broaches, and other colorful decorations, and of course there are Buddy clothes and all kinds of T-shirts with "Sabah" printed on them.
Gaya Street (Sunday market)
Gaya Street, formerly known as Bond Street, is the city’s main street, which was rebuilt in the fifties and sixties and is lined with traditional buildings whose ground floors are used as stores with accommodation above.There is a temporary market every Sunday morning where you can hear the shouts of vendors throughout the whole street. A range of goods are sold, such as fruits and vegetables, fish (both for pets and for eating), potted flowers, small pets, books, clothing, dolls, souvenirs and handicrafts, antiques, homemade pastries, food, Tenom coffee, and native herbs, etc.
Address:Jalan Gaya, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88000.
located 20 minutes’ drive from the downtown area, is the largest and newest mall in Sabah.It offers catering, shopping, and entertainment facilities along with various fashion shows on weekends, where stars from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, as well as other places, often appear on the stage.
Address:Jln Sulaman, Kota Kinabalu, 88400
Sabah is the land of succulent tropical fruits and mouth-watering seafood.You will need an empty stomach.In Sabah you will find roadside stalls, SUGARBUN restaurants, award-winning restaurants, supermarkets, and many other places serving diverse ethnic specialties such as Chinese, Indian, and Malaysian cuisines.
Yu Kee Tea Room
Bak kut teh is one of Malaysia's famous dishes, and is also the specialty of the Yu Kee Tea Room.It is a soup cooked with pork and pork bones with traditional Chinese herbs, and its unique flavor is known throughout Malaysia.The strong aroma of garlic and herbs permeates the pork and accompanies the flavor of the meat, giving it a unique taste.The soup is made with lean pork, so you don't have to worry about piling on the pounds.
Address:74 Jalan Gaya, KotaKinabalu, Sabah.
In Sabah’s major cities, mini-buses operate on fixed routes from and to the downtown areas.The routes are printed on the sides of the mini-buses.The low fares and frequent trips make mini-buses the ideal means of transport for visiting the city's attractions.However, as the buses are small, and most of them do not have air conditioning and get very crowded at peak times, they are not as comfortable as taxis.
If you are unsure of the way and do not want to get lost, consider taking a taxi.You can find taxi stands close to restaurants, major shopping malls, or shopping centers.Taxis in Malaysia are black and yellow or red and white in color, printed with "Teksi," "Teksi Bermeter," or "Kereta Sewa," and most of them are air conditioned.
Sabah is located in the tropical climate zone and has a lot of rainfall. The period from October to March is the rainy season, when there is a great deal of rainfall, and of course, the air is very humid.May to September is the dry season.The average annual rainfall in Sabah is up to 3800 mm.In summer, the temperature can reach above 30 ℃, while the lowest temperature in winter is 20 ℃, and so it is best to travel to Sabah during the spring and autumn seasons.