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6 Eco Tourism Must-See in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Yeah‌ SiennyLovesDrawing đŸ‘©đŸ» has recently participated in MITA business networking đŸ€ trip of 3ïžâƒŁD2ïžâƒŁN to Sabah state, East Malaysia đŸ‡ČđŸ‡Ÿ

It’s a collaborative đŸ€ efforts between MITA, MPC, Tourism Productive Nexus & Sabah Tourism Board😁 Curious đŸ€” about what’s happening❓⁉

Do click in the above main tweets 📌📌 thread @ Twitter for a summary of all exciting activities ya đŸ€—

Yes✅, Sabah tourist destinations📍📍definitely more than just the famous đŸ‘đŸ»đŸ‘†đŸ»hiking đŸ§—â€â™€ïžđŸ§—â€â™‚ïžsite, the summit of Borneo & the MalaysiađŸ‡ČđŸ‡Ÿ’s 1ïžâƒŁst World UNESCO Heritage ~ Mount Kinabalu ⛰ or beautiful đŸ˜đŸ€© diving site ~ Semporna Island 🏝🏖🌮


So, she đŸ‘©đŸ» is gonna sharing đŸ‘©đŸ»â€đŸ’»đŸ“ here the 6ïžâƒŁ must-visit eco 💚 tourism destinations📍📍in Sabah from her recent travelling experience to appreciate;

✅ The rich heritage, art & culture of Sabah local indigenous communities đŸ‘«đŸ‘­đŸ‘Ź

✅ The precious natural 💚 eco environment with rich flora đŸŒ±đŸŒżđŸŒł & fauna 🐄🐼🐟

✅ The shopping (including online) 🛒🛍 đŸ‘©đŸ»â€đŸ’»đŸ‘šđŸ»â€đŸ’» for Sabah locally produced souvenirs 💝🎁

So, enjoy the details of each Sabah’s tourist destinations 📍📍

✅ Heritage, Art & Culture of Sabah local indigenous communities đŸ‘«đŸ‘­đŸ‘Ź

1ïžâƒŁ Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) Cultural Village

This cultural village is a non❌-political association of 40 indigenous ethnic communities of Sabah đŸ‘«đŸ‘­đŸ‘Ź & specially catered for the Kadazandusun tribes & 4ïžâƒŁ major Dusun tribes in Sabah i.e. Dusun Tindal Kota Belud, Dusun Papar, Rungus & Murut 😊


This village features 11 different ethnic tribes houses 🏠🏡🏘 in 1ïžâƒŁ village i.e. The Penampang Traditional House, The Tenom Traditional House, The Beaufort Traditional House, The Kota Belud Traditional House, The Kuala Penyu Traditional House, The Keningau Traditional House, The Tambunan Traditional House, The Papar Traditional House, The Ranau Traditional House, The Tuaran Traditional House & The Kudat Traditional House 😀

Do enjoy vBlog đŸ“čđŸŽ„ created by SiennyLovesDrawing đŸ‘©đŸ» for sharing here,

Highly recommended đŸ‘đŸ»đŸ‘†đŸ»as after your visit, you will understand better the differences between today’s culture & the culture that the ancestors’ lived in years âœŒđŸ»đŸ™ŒđŸ» Also have an opportunity to witness the ancestor’s lifestyle at their respective homes 🏠🏡🏘 which are built exactly similar to years ago đŸ˜ČđŸ‘đŸ»


Each of the houses 🏠🏡🏘 with different hands đŸ€šđŸ»on & interactive activities between the indigenous communities & the visitors đŸ‘«đŸ‘­đŸ‘Ź e.g. traditional games, traditional cooking demo & classes,  headgear (named Sigah) folding, block printing, blow pipe making & demonstration etc. 😀

It operates as a museum 🏛 to preserve Kadazandusun ethnic culture with aims to share the knowledge, history, culture & tradition of Kadazandusun đŸ€©


Hmm…Guess what❓⁉

You can also taste the “disgusting đŸ˜±” (personally to SiennyLovesDrawingđŸ‘©đŸ») local delicacy named butod i.e. the sago worms 🐛 which the local indigenous communities believe high âŹ†ïž in protein đŸ‘đŸ»


Do shopping 🛒🛍 for some local handmade souvenirs 💝🎁 e.g. necklace, bracelet, bag etc. from its souvenir 💝🎁 shop which indirectly will contribute to the local heritage & cultures preservation funding 💰

Admission fee 🎟 is required ✅

Address📍: Kadazandusun Cultural Association Sabah, Hongkod Koisaan, KM. 8, Jalan Penampang, 89509 Penampang, Sabah, East Malaysia

Operating hours🕙: 9ïžâƒŁam to 5ïžâƒŁpm daily

Website🌐: http://www.kdca.org.my/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/KDCA-Cultural-Village-KCV-RW-1882000735216642/

2ïžâƒŁ Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum

This miniature museum 🏛 is a brainchild of the founder named Anne Antah đŸ§•đŸœ She has started it with 7ïžâƒŁ pairs of the most common costume dolls đŸ‘« creation in 2011 i.e. Kadazan Penampang, Kadazan Papar, Bajau Samah, Rungus, Murut, Lundayeh & Dusun Lotud 😍


With the realisation that not ❌ many young generation đŸ‘¶đŸ»đŸ‘§đŸ»đŸ§’đŸ»đŸ‘ŠđŸ»đŸ§‘đŸ» has adequate ✅ information 📌about the traditional costumes, she đŸ§•đŸœ has then build this miniature museum 🏛 as a centre for local Malaysians đŸ‡ČđŸ‡Ÿ, visitors & culture-enthusiasts đŸ‘«đŸ‘ŹđŸ‘­ to learn the heritage cultural of the Borneans đŸ‘đŸ»đŸ™ŒđŸ»

SiennyLovesDrawing đŸ‘©đŸ» really impressed đŸ˜đŸ€©with this miniature museum & created a vBlog  đŸ“čđŸŽ„ for sharing here, do enjoy ya 😄😁

You have to be at this museum 🏛 personally to view with you own sight 👁👁👀 the great đŸ‘đŸ» detailed works done on each costumes

Guess what❓⁉

During your visit, you will gain in depth understanding about Sabah’s people đŸ‡ČđŸ‡ŸđŸ‘«đŸ‘­đŸ‘Ź & their heritage culture in miniature scenes & dolls đŸ‘« which all dressed up in traditional costumes👘🎎, houses 🏘🏘 & structures which all scaled to depict scene based on local folklore & legend đŸ˜đŸ€©


Highly recommended đŸ‘đŸ»đŸ‘†đŸ»when you are travelling to Sabah, you have to visit to this ~ The Malaysia đŸ‡ČđŸ‡Ÿ 1ïžâƒŁst Book of Records 📜, the Malaysia đŸ‡ČđŸ‡Ÿ ‘s 1ïžâƒŁst miniature indigenous costume museum 🏛

You may redeem an exclusive printed postcard 🔖 as souvenir 💝🎁 from your visit too



Admission fee 🎟 is required ✅

All guests đŸ‘«đŸ‘­đŸ‘Ź are welcome đŸ™đŸ» to dress 👘👔🎎👗 up in the traditional costumes with accessories for photos 📾 / videos đŸ“čđŸŽ„ opportunity

Not just with its physical souvenir 🎁 stalls within the museum 🏛 , this creative arts museum 🏛 also owns an online shop đŸ‘©đŸ»â€đŸ’»đŸ‘šđŸ»â€đŸ’»đŸ›’đŸ›of local gifts 💝🎁 & souvenirs in particular the Kain Chanteek (locally made textile) via 🌐 www.shopinborneo.com , plenty of promotions avilable for your happy 😃 online shopping đŸ‘©đŸ»â€đŸ’»đŸ‘šđŸ»â€đŸ’»đŸ›’đŸ›

Address📍: Kg Lakang, Tamparuli, 89208 Tuaran, Sabah, East Malaysia

Operating hours🕙: 8ïžâƒŁam to 6ïžâƒŁpm daily

Website🌐: http://www.chanteekborneo.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Chanteek.Borneo/

✅ Natural Eco 💚 Environment with rich Flora đŸŒ±đŸŒżđŸŒł & Fauna 🐄🐼🐟

3ïžâƒŁ Poring Hot Spring â™šïžđŸ’ŠđŸ’§

Definitely a must visit place📍to de-stress 😌 & soak away the sores & aches of your muscles in this spring 💩💧’s hot ♚ sulphuric minerals especially for the healing properties which popular & believing among the local communities đŸ‡ČđŸ‡ŸđŸ‘«đŸ‘ŹđŸ‘­

Also called as Poring Springs/ Poring, a hot water spring â™šïžđŸ’ŠđŸ’§with its source deep under âŹ‡ïž the fertile ground of Mount Kinabalu ⛰

Guess what❓⁉

It’s hot ♚ enough to boil an egg đŸ„š However she đŸ‘©đŸ» forgot to buy eggs đŸ„šđŸ„š & bring along during her recent visit 😌â˜ș Oppsss…

Within the park, you may visit the butterfly 🩋 farm, the Poring Orchid đŸŒșConservation Centre, the tropical gardenđŸŒżđŸŒ±đŸŒ·đŸŒ», the Poring 🩇🎍🎋 canopy 🌳🌳walkway, the Rafflesia flower đŸŒș site etc.

SiennyLovesDrawing đŸ‘©đŸ» really enjoyed 😁 this hot spring â™šïžđŸ’ŠđŸ’§& felt very comfy 😌 & light after a good đŸ‘đŸ» dip â™šïžđŸ’ŠđŸ’§with her friends đŸ‘­đŸ‘­đŸ‘«

Do remember to bring along your rubber sandals/ slippers👣, change of clothes👚👕, towel & swimwear 👙 for your hot spring â™šïžđŸ’ŠđŸ’§visit ya😁

Also to remember drink more water 💩💧after your hot spring dip â™šïžđŸ’ŠđŸ’§ ya

Admission fee 🎟 is required ✅

Address📍: Poring Hot Spring, Sabah, East Malaysia

Operating hours🕙: 8ïžâƒŁam to 6ïžâƒŁpm daily

Website🌐: https://wikitravel.org/en/Poring_Hot_Spring

FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Poring-Hot-Springs/150838218299533

4ïžâƒŁ “Tagal” Sungai Moroli, Fish 🐟 Massage

Hmm…Why not a unique spa đŸ’†đŸ»â€â™€ïžđŸ’†đŸ»â€â™‚ïž from your usual❓⁉

Do enjoy an experience once for the fish 🐟 massaging 👣 session @ Kelah fish 🐟 sanctuary, Kampung Luanti, Ranau

In the Local KadazanDusun dialect, ‘tagal’ means ‘no fishing ❌🎣 ’ & the main purpose of the ‘tagal’ is to conserve & preserve the environment 💚 as well as the ecosystem to benefit the future generation đŸ‘¶đŸ»đŸ‘§đŸ»đŸ§’đŸ»đŸ‘ŠđŸ»đŸ§‘đŸ»

‘Ikan 🐟 Pelian’ , ‘Ikan Kelah’ or Malaysian Mahseer đŸ‡ČđŸ‡ŸđŸŸ comes from the family of Cyprinidae. These fishes 🐟🐟 are specifically trained by the villagers đŸ‘ŹđŸ‘«đŸ‘­ to perform the healing massage 👣 activities. Wow đŸ˜Č‌

Ohh ya…The Kelah fishes 🐟🐟 are huge here, not to worry as the fishes 🐟🐟 got no ❌ teeth, so will not bite, instead lots of fish kisses to your feet ya 👣

This fish 🐟 massage 👣 is deemed to have a curative effect on those who suffers from psoriasis. So, a regular fish 🐟 massages 👣👣& surely you will enjoy smoother & suppler skin 😍 Hmm…One said simply like a babyđŸ‘¶đŸ»’s skin đŸ‘đŸ»đŸ˜ƒ

Admission fee 🎟 is required ✅

Address📍: Kg. Luanti, Ranau, 89300 Sabah, East Malaysia

Operating hours🕙: 8ïžâƒŁam to 5ïžâƒŁpm daily

FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fish-Spa-Kg-Luanti-Ranau/207666489254559

✅ Sabah’s Locally Produced Souvenirs 💝🎁

5ïžâƒŁ Desa Dairy Cattle 🐄🐼 Farm

No need ❌ to travel âœˆïžđŸ›« to New Zealand 🇳🇿 , Malaysia đŸ‡ČđŸ‡Ÿ also owns a mini New Zealand. Hurray‌đŸ˜Č😃


This farm 🐼🐄 is located at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu ⛰ & offers beautiful đŸ˜đŸ€© green 🌳🌳 scenery. It’s definitely a breathtaking destination for pre-wedding đŸ‘°đŸ»đŸ€”đŸ»photo shooting 📾📾 (a permit 🆗 application is required✅) with breathtaking Mount Kinabalu ⛰ as backgroud with its cool breeze 🌬💹from Kundasang🏞

Guess what❓⁉

This cattle 🐄🐼 farm is producing approximately 900k litres of milk đŸ„› annually with its approximately 200 hectars farm 🐄🐼 All the milking cows 🐄🐼here are Friesians i.e. the highest âŹ†ïž milk đŸ„› producers of all cattle 🐄🐼 breeds imported from New Zealand 🇳🇿

Not just that, many milk đŸ„› lovers ❀ will queue up long just to taste its fresh cow 🐄🐼 milk đŸ„› , fresh goat 🐐 milk đŸ„› , yogurt, gelato🍹 🍩etc.

Highly recommended đŸ‘đŸ»đŸ‘†đŸ»it as an educational destination for with a family đŸ‘šâ€đŸ‘©â€đŸ‘§â€đŸ‘ŠđŸ‘ȘđŸ‘šâ€đŸ‘©â€đŸ‘§ getaway or a school đŸ« trips. Many exciting educational activities are available for the young generation đŸ‘§đŸ»đŸ§’đŸ»đŸ‘ŠđŸ»đŸ§‘đŸ» e.g. bottled milk đŸŒ feeding the calves 🐼🐄, fresh grass đŸŒ±đŸŒż feeding the goats 🐐🐐 , milk đŸ„› processing, milking đŸ„›process, milk đŸ„›making etc.

Feeding activities required a fee đŸ’”âœ… to purchase the milk đŸŒ/ grass đŸŒżđŸŒ± While there are specific timing/ schedule 🕛 for the raw milk đŸ„› processing. Do contact đŸ“žâ˜ŽïžđŸ“±& check out the details before your visit 😀


Before make a move from this farm🐄🐼, don’t forget to do a healthy shopping 🛒🛍 for some local produced milk đŸ„› souvenirs 🎁 from this dairy farm 🐼🐄especially the popular Desa Cattle’s milk đŸ„› in a box,  milk creamy ice cream 🍩 etc.

Address📍: Ranau, Sabah, East Malaysia

Operating hours🕙: 8ïžâƒŁam to 5ïžâƒŁpm daily

Website🌐: http://desaplus.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/desadairyfarm/

6ïžâƒŁ Sabah Tea đŸŒ±đŸŒżđŸƒâ˜•ïžđŸ” Garden

1ïžâƒŁ said no ❌ trip to the Sabah Tea đŸŒ±đŸŒżđŸƒâ˜•ïžđŸ” Garden would be complete without a taste đŸ˜‹đŸ€€of Sabah’s finest tea ☕ đŸ” Yeah‌

Sabah Tea đŸŒ±đŸŒżđŸƒâ˜•ïžđŸ” Garden is the only organic tea farm đŸŒ±đŸŒżđŸƒâ˜•ïžđŸ”in Borneo & 1ïžâƒŁ of the few ones in the world đŸ—ș🌍

She đŸ‘©đŸ» had a lunch dining đŸœđŸŽwith friends đŸ‘«đŸ‘­đŸ‘Ź here with a seat facing this 2.5k hectare tea đŸŒ±đŸŒżđŸƒâ˜•ïžđŸ” plantation for a beautiful đŸ˜đŸ€©stunning view, as well as enjoy a cuppa of hot Sabah Tea ☕ Pandan đŸŒżđŸŒ± teh tarik. It’s smooth, fragrant & not too sweet to enjoy đŸ˜‹đŸ€€

You have to enjoy a beatiful đŸ˜đŸ€© walk đŸš¶đŸ»â€â™€ïžđŸš¶đŸ»â€â™‚ïžinto this organic tea plantationđŸŒ±đŸŒżđŸƒâ˜•ïžđŸ”, apprecicate & touch the tea leaves 🍃, as well as snapping photos 📾📾 & videos đŸ“čđŸŽ„ for sharing in social medias 😉

An educational visit to enjoy a variety of recreational activities e.g. obstacle-crossing in the Sapaon Recreational Area, trekking along the trails to the peak of Kamunsu Hill ⛰ / to embarking on a night 🌃🌌 walk đŸš¶đŸ»â€â™‚ïžđŸš¶đŸ»â€â™€ïžto check out the unique insect 🐜 đŸžđŸ•· life

Guests đŸ‘«đŸ‘­đŸ‘Ź can also opt for a stay vacation đŸ›ŒđŸ›€đŸ»đŸšżđŸ›‹ either in a traditional long house, a cosy bungalow / camping â›ș to enjoy the starry sky 🌌 etc. A variety of tour packages are available to cater for your choice, do exploring for your visit ya đŸ€—

Free 🆓 admission 🎟, however a small fee ✅ is required for a tea 🍃🍃adventure tour/ day tour (not available for public holidys) to its tea 🍃🍃factory

Address📍: 17, Kg. Nalapak, Jalan Ranau-Sandakan, 89309 Ranau, Sabah, East Malaysia

Operating hours🕙: 8ïžâƒŁam to 4ïžâƒŁpm daily

Website🌐: http://www.sabahtea.com.my/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/sabahtea/

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