Must-see attractions in Sabah

  • Botanical Garden

    Mt Kinabalu & Kinabalu National Park

    Many of the plants found on Mt Kinabalu and in Kinabalu National Park are cultivated in the Botanical Garden, north of the visitors centre. Guided tours…

  • Sunday Market

    Kota Kinabalu

    On Sundays a lively Chinese street fair takes over a section of Jln Gaya. It's vividly chaotic, with stalls cheek by jowl hawking batik sarongs, puppies…

  • Sabah Art Gallery

    Kota Kinabalu

    The first 'green' building in Sabah has outdoor sculpture displays and hosts contemporary art exhibitions by the likes of Francis Cheong and Awang Fadilah…

  • Fuk Tek Kung Temple


    With its triple-tiered roof topped with dragons and its gate the brightest thing in Kudat's drab centre, this impressive Chinese temple by the main square…

  • Ranau Night Market


    Packed with aromas and produce from all over the region, this is where locals come to haggle and barter every Saturday evening. It's especially photogenic…

  • Pulau Balambangan


    This large island is known for its 12 beautiful caves, one of which you can explore.

  • Rungus longhouse, KK, Sabah, Malaysia

    Sabah Museum

    Kota Kinabalu

    About 2km south of the city centre, this museum provides an introduction to Sabah's indigenous cultures, with displays focusing on the traditional attire,…

  • Monsopiad woman shows tourists around traditional house at Kadazan-Dusun Monsopiad Cultural Village.

    Monsopiad Cultural Village

    Kota Kinabalu

    Monsopiad is named after a legendary warrior and headhunter. The highlight of this tacky but fun place is the House of Skulls, which supposedly contains…

  • Bukit Belanda


    Bukit Belanda – Dutch Hill – is a 420m hill located behind the village of Bilit. The land is owned by the citizens of Bilit, who, despite pressures from…

  • Bukit Gemok Forest Reserve


    About 10km from Tawau's centre, this reserve is great for a day visit, the jungle filled with chattering monkeys and popular with local picnickers. About…

  • Butterfly Farm

    Poring Hot Springs

    If you've got some time before or after taking a bath (if you're staying the night, for instance), you might like to sample the butterfly farm above the…

  • Sandakan Heritage Museum


    This small museum near the beginning of the Heritage Walk is a bit neglected but worth a look for the old photos and memorabilia of Sandakan's tumultuous…

  • Museum of Islamic Civilisation

    Kota Kinabalu

    This collection of historical objects from all over the Islamic world is very engaging. Look out for replica mosques from Melaka and Sandakan, ornate…

  • Kampong Buli Sim Sim


    This traditional Malay stilt village, located about 3km east of the city centre, is the original settlement Sandakan grew from back in 1879. It's still an…

  • Rumah Terbalik & the 3D Wonders Museum


    Sabah has few 'quirky' sights… Enter 'Rumah Terbalik' – the Upside Down House – a modern, tastefully decorated house, but…upside down! Even the furniture…

  • Tanjung Aru

    Kota Kinabalu

    This pretty sweep of sand begins around the Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and stretches south to the airport. Tanjung Aru is a locals' beach, full of…

  • Puh Toh Tze Buddhist Temple

    Kota Kinabalu

    This impressive temple features a stone staircase-pavilion flanked by 10 Chinese deities leading up to a main temple complex dominated by Kwan Yin,…

  • Tampat Do Aman Nature Reserve


    Part of the 2.4-hectare property of Tampat Do Aman, this small nature reserve, across the road from the eponymous jungle camp, has several walking trails…

  • Chimney


    Formerly part of an old coal-mining station, this is the only historic monument of its kind in Malaysia, and has good views along the coast. Next to it is…

  • Atkinson Clock Tower

    Kota Kinabalu

    The modest timepiece at the foot of Signal Hill is one of the only structures to survive the Allied bombing of Jesselton in 1945. It's a square, 15.7m…

  • Sam Sing Kung


    The Sam Sing Kung temple (also pronounced 'Sam Sing Gong') dates from 1887, making it the oldest building in Sandakan. The temple itself is a smallish, if…

  • Chinese Temple


    Built by the Hokkien people and also known as the 'eighth' temple, this temple conducts a colourful ceremony of the ninth emperor, a deity in Chinese…

  • Mosque


    Dominating the waterfront with its elegant golden cupola and soaring minarets, this sky-blue mosque is probably the best-looking thing in Semporna,…

  • Central Market

    Kota Kinabalu

    The Central Market is a bustling spot for people watching, with locals going about their daily business as they shop for fresh produce.

  • Stilt village and State Mosque in Kota Kinabalu, Asia's fastest growing city and capital of Sabah, northern tip of Borneo, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Asia

    State Mosque

    Kota Kinabalu

    Sabah's State Mosque is a perfect example of contemporary Malay Muslim architecture: all modernist facade and geometric angles. The building is south of…

  • Che Sui Khor Moral Uplifting Society

    Kota Kinabalu

    About four minutes' drive northeast of KK, this complex has an 11-storey pagoda that shimmers in orange and green. The society espouses believing in the…

  • Mosque


    The Tawau Mosque (or New Mosque) can hold an astonishing 17,000 worshippers and is the largest mosque in Sabah. Built at an equally staggering cost of…

  • Malaysia Fountain


    The fountain commemorates the independence of Sabah on 16 September 1963 with the departure of the last Governor of British North Borneo.

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