Sensational Sabah: Malaysian Borneo's Picturesque Province
Collected by Alison Cornford-Matheson, AFAR Local Expert
Sabah is one of two Malaysian provinces located on the island of Borneo. It is home to white sand beaches, lush jungles teeming with wildlife found nowhere else on earth, bustling cities filled with great food and smiling people. What are you waiting for?
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu may just have it all - sunshine, colourful architecture, great food, friendly people and proximity to beautiful beaches and incredible nature. It's the perfect place to base yourself to explore the province of Sabah on Malaysian...
Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Get ready for your jaw to drop. Tanjung Aru Beach, also known as First Beach, is the type of place people go to take it all in. They literally line the shore with camera in hand to see one of the greatest shows on Earth - a sunset in Borneo. Even...
Jalan Pantai, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88999 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
The brand new Horizon Hotel in Kota Kinabalu makes a perfect base for exploring Malaysian Borneo's Sabah province. The rooms are spacious and modern and are decorated in rich mahogany colours with bright white linens. The bathrooms boast...
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
If you love exploring markets, like I do, Kota Kinabalu's Central Market is not to be missed. Located on the busy waterfront, the Central Market is a riot of colourful produce. Here you can find dozens of varieties of bananas, prickly rambutan,...
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
To market, to market! Take me to the market; that's where I like to get my feet wet (related: it's a terrible idea to wear flip flops to the market). Last week I waxed poetic on my love for bamboo basket makerel in Bangkok. I don't know what sort...
Sabah Wildlife Department, W.D.T. 200, Sandakan, Jalan Sepilok, Sepilok, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
There are only two places left on earth you can see orangutans in the wild and one of them is Borneo. One special place in Sandakan, in the northern Sabah province of Malaysia, is helping protect these incredible animals - the Sepilok Orang Utan...
Sungai Klias, Sabah, Malaysia
If you want to photograph Sabah Borneo's charismatic wildlife, there's no better way to get up close and personal, without stressing the animals, than by boat. If it's monkeys your after, the Klias River has many varieties, from the big-nosed...
Lembah Danum, Jalan Sandakan-Lahad Datu, Kota Kinabatangan, 90200, Kota Kinabatangan, Sabah, Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysia
During my trip with Wildland Adventures in the depths of the Danum Valley Conservation Area in Sabah, Malaysia there is a weather tower which overlooks the valleys and hills of this vast wilderness reserve. Where an early riser can go in the...
Kolombong/Bdc Industrial Estate, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Sabah | Borneo From behind the door we could hear a tribe of men yelling – something like a war cry. The gate swung open, about 10 headhunters eyed us as they walked by, spears in hand. They spoke in some tribal language and even got in our face...
Kinabalu Park, 89300 Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia
Kinabalu Park is home to one of the greatest concentrations of plant species on earth, an estimated 6000, ranging in size from the world’s smallest flower, to its largest. There are 711 documented species of orchids here alone. Unless you're a...
Kampung Kinaratuan, 89300 Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia
The rafflesia is the world’s largest bloom and can be over 100cm in diameter. It only grows in a few places on earth. One of those places is the rain-forests of Borneo. It is the state flower of Sabah, Malaysia and Kinabalu National Park is a good...
89300 Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia
For someone who is terrified of heights, being 41 meters from the ground on a rope ladder, is not a way I'd normally pass my time. However, for this view, I made an exception. While the main attraction at Poring Hot Springs, in Kinabalu National...
Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia
It takes two days to make the 8.5km climb to the top of Mt. Kinabalu - the tallest peak in Southeast Asia. Located in Borneo - it's a challenging climb – the first is spent going up, up, up from 5000 ft. to about 10,000 ft. where you hunker down...
Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysia
About 4 hours southwest from Sandakan we started a 3 day tour staying at a lodge directly on the riverbank of the Kinabatangan, the biggest river in Sabah, Borneo and second longest in Malaysia. On boat safaris and tours through primary...
89740 Kuala Penyu, Sabah, Malaysia
Malaysian Borneo is a wildlife lover's dream. There are weird and wonderful species found in the province of Sabah, unlike anywhere else in the world. One of the most famous inhabitants is the Proboscis Monkey, easily identified by their prominent...