Things you should not miss when in Sabah
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1. Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary: Around 300 wild monkeys reside here, the proboscis monkey found only in Borneo. You will be delighted to see the Orangutan right in front of you. This place is a natural habitat for the monkeys and if you are lucky enough you will get to see the staff offering food to the monkeys and they in turn enjoying the food is a site worth seeing. You will get to see a variety of monkeys in this place. I must say that the staff is also friendly and informative. If you are in Sabah, this place is a must visit.
2. Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre: The smallest bears ever, watch them up close from an elevated viewing area or grab a telescope for further examination as you watch these beauties live in action in the wild.
3. Tambunan Rafflesia Reserve: This Park is dedicated entirely to the world’s largest flower, Rafflesia, and the 12 species found here are native only to Borneo and Sumatra.
4. Tawau Hills Park: A park replete with natural trails that will take you on a tour that crosses the Sungai Tawau stream, Bukit Gelas Falls, 11 hot springs and many such wonders. The park is home to numerous plants and animals species that are justbeautiful to watch. There are several low land orchids here but the one that I found to be the most spectacular was the elephant’s ear orchid. It is home to an abundant selection of flora and fauna and serves as oone of the best places if you are visiting with your friends and family. The plush greenery has made this one of the perfect places for a picnic or a hangout. If you are one of those who enjoy camping, the management allows you to spend a night here in the camps under a blanket of stars.
5. Mt Kinabalu: This one needs no introduction. Its wild granite spherical peaks at 4,095 m above sea level, glinting in the morning sun, is a remarkable sight. The climb to the top of Mount Kinabalu is definitely exhausting but once you reach the top you feel quite rewarding. The mountain has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Sabah culture is diverse due to a wide range of different ethnicity. In the coastal areas, the Bruneian Malays and West Coast Bajaus have influenced Sabahan culture on the west coast side while in the east coast either East Coast Bajau, Bugis or Suluk cultures influence it with Islam being the important part of their lives. Christianity plays an important part to the indigenous cultures in the interior side in the daily lives of the Kadazan-Dusun,Lundayeh, Murut and Rungus beside their old practice of the traditional Animism and Paganism.