Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia. It is located in East Malaysia, the Borneo and is known as the Land below the Wind. It is a state which is rich in its nature and wildlife. There are lots of attractions to offer for its visitors, like national parks, exotic wildlife and some best scuba diving sites renown to the world. Other than that, there are historical sites and museums, heritage trails, caves, river cruises and colorful customs of people and so much more to explore here in Sabah. It is definitely a not to be missed state to visit in Malaysia.
Visitors should take up the challenge to climb the highest mountain in Malaysia, the Mount Kinabalu standing at 4,095 meters located in Kinabalu National Park. The climbing journey is separated into 2 days. The climbing time on first day takes about 4-7 hours and will stop at Laban Rata, at the height of 3,272 meters. Then continue the next morning at about 3am to catch up with the sunrise when you reach the summit. All successful climbers to reach the summit will be given a certificate of achievement by the Kinabalu National Park.
Hot Spring Soak, Canopy Walk and Rafflesia Viewing
After the climb, visitors can relax while soaking away the sores and aches of your muscles at the Poring Hot Springs, located about 40 kilometers from the Kinabalu National Park. The sulphuric minerals from the hot springs coming from underground naturally are believed to provide healing properties. In addition, you may then walk along the lush canopy of the Menggaris Tree, known as the king of the forest. The walkway is 157.8 meters long and 41 meters high. From above, you can have a panoramic view of the entire Poring Hot Springs area including the butterfly farm, the Poring Orchid Conservation Centre, the tropical garden and the Rafflesia Flower Site as well. Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower is a rare flower to be seen. It takes up to 15 months to bud and only bloom for 7 days. Here you get to see this rare and exotic flower right in front of you depending on the blooming season.
Orang Utan Viewing and Jungle Trekking
The Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre was set up since 1964 to rehabilitate the orphaned baby orang utan. It is a lush 4,300 hectare forest reserve and visitors are able to watch the orang utan up close in their natural habitat. The center is located in Sandakan, Sabah. On the other hand, you may want to jungle trek through the 5 kilometers trail in the mangrove forest, Sepilok Laut. There are chalets for accommodation in the forest or you may choose to take a boat to return after the trek.
Diving and Watching the Turtle Lay Eggs
Sabah is famous of its many best diving spots in the world. Among all, Sipadan Island is one of the top ten best dive destinations in the world. Others are the Mabul Island, Kapalai Island, Mataking Island, Mantanani Island and Layang Layang Island. Most of the islands have their own beautiful dive resort and visitors are advised to pre-book their accommodation. Besides, visitors have the chance to watch the turtle lay eggs at the Turtle Islands Park and Lankayan Island. There are limited numbers of visitors allowed to stay overnight at the Selingan Island in Turtle Islands Park in order to observe the green or hawksbill turtles come ashore to lay their eggs late at night.
With so many exciting activities in Sabah, paying a visit to this state is a must while having vacation in Malaysia.