||Sabah State Mosque, Kota Kinabalu
This resplendent structure, with its majestic
domes and gold inlay motifs, is a spectacular sight,
ideally located as a place of worship for Kota Kinabalu's
Muslim inhabitan3ts and visitors.
Building, Kota Kinabalu
The 30-story circular glass building,
supported by high tensile steel rods emanating from a
central building, is an architectural and engineering
feat. It is one of only four such buildings in the world.
Belud is a small town located 77 km from Kota Kinabalu. Every Sunday
it comes alive in a scene of
blazing, riotous colour when the "Tamu," or
open market, takes place.
Tuaran is the location of the region's
agricultural station. Nearby is Mengkabong, a Bajau
village built over water. Also close by is Tamparuli, a
town specializing in the production of local handicrafts.
Another village that offers an insight into
Sabah's varied ethnic groups, Penampang is home to the
Kadazan people. The village is located 13 km south of
Sandakan is busy port on the Sulu Sea, about
386 km from Kota Kinabalu. The forestry exhibition in
Sandakan showcases the astounding variety of flowers and
plants found in Sabah; the Sandakan Orchid House has a
collection of rare orchids. Along the Labuk Road from
Sandakan is a crocodile farm, housing about 1,000
crocodiles of various sizes.
The journey to the Gomantong Caves takes a
whole day; first a boat-ride across the bay from
Sandakan, then a drive by landrover through 16 km of
dense jungle. Within the marvellous caves, swifts build
their nests high on cave walls and roofs. These nests are
considered a delicacy, and are carefully collected by
native men climbing on tall bamboo poles. Tours can be
arranged through the Forest Department in Sabah or a
Located on the southeast coast of Sabah,
Semporna is the jumping-off point for Pulau Sipadan, a
diving paradise, and Pulau Gaya, the island where Sabah
pearls are cultured.
A long way from Kota Kinabalu (238 km), Kudat
is, nevertheless, worth a visit, as it is home to the
colourful Rungus tribe. The journey to the village is an
attraction in its own right, winding through the region's
varied terrain of mountains, valleys, and jungles.