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 of the garden depart at 9am, noon and 3pm and cost RM5.

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1. Kundasang War Memorial

2.94 MILES

At Kundasang, beside the KK–Ranau Hwy, 10km east of Kinabalu National Park headquarters, is this poignant memorial conceived in 1961. It commemorates the…

2. Ranau Night Market

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4. Butterfly Farm

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5. Orchid Conservation Centre

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6. Sabah Tea Garden

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7. Mahua Waterfall

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8. Tambunan Rafflesia Reserve


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