Exploring Sabah: Paradise of Borneo

Sabah is a stunning Malaysian State, situated towards the northern area of the beautiful island of Borneo. Among the country’s largest states, Sabah occupies the second position and its capital is the well known Kota Kinabalu.

In ancient times, this paradise of Borneo was better known as the “Land below the Wind” since it is located beneath the typhoon belt. When it comes to diverse tourist attractions, Sabah is no exception. For instance, it is home to the 4,101 metres high Mount Kinabalu, different types of flora and fauna and even one of the largest rainforests in the world. It is also a culturally diverse destination with 31 indigenous groups of people such as Kadazans, Kedayans, Rumanau, Rungus, Bajaus, Minokok and much more.

Sabah is a geographically varied destination with three of Malaysia’s highest mountains located towards the western area. The jungles here are categorised as rainforests and features various plants and animals. Kinabalu National Park is Sabah’s most prominent attraction that was listed a World Heritage Site in year 2000 mainly for its richness in plant variety.

The central and eastern part of Sabah usually features low mountains and plains whilst Kinabatangan River is the most notable highlight in this particular area. Among Sabah’s many other significant wildlife regions are Danum Valley, Imbak Canyon, Maliau Basin as well as Tabin.

Its national parks such as the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary and the Crocker Range Park are exceptionally popular among travellers. The fascinating Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park and Pulau Sipadan are also worth visiting.

Sabah is home to many important and sacred places of worship such as the majestic Sabah State Mosque in Kota Kinabalu. Other attractions in this intriguing destination include Sabah Foundation Building, the small town of Kota Belud, Tuaran, Penampang, Sandakan, Gomantong Caves, Semporna and Kudat.

It is easy to access Sabah since its capital receives a large number of international flights. The transport network here is also extensive with buses, rail, taxis and even boats readily available. The best way to enjoy the tranquillity and lushness of Sabah is to stay at a well appointed Kota Kinabalu luxury resort such as Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa Kota Kinabalu that offers luxury and elegance for a memorable stay.