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6 Eco Tourism Must-See in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Yeahā€¼ļø SiennyLovesDrawing šŸ‘©šŸ» has recently participated in MITA business networking šŸ¤ trip of 3ļøāƒ£D2ļøāƒ£N to Sabah state, East Malaysia šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾

It’s a collaborative šŸ¤ efforts between MITA, MPC, Tourism Productive Nexus & Sabah Tourism BoardšŸ˜ Curious šŸ¤” about what’s happeningā“ā‰ļø

Do click in the above main tweets šŸ“ŒšŸ“Œ thread @ Twitter for a summary of all exciting activities ya šŸ¤—

Yesāœ…, Sabah tourist destinationsšŸ“šŸ“definitely more than just the famous šŸ‘šŸ»šŸ‘†šŸ»hiking šŸ§—ā€ā™€ļøšŸ§—ā€ā™‚ļøsite, the summit of Borneo & the MalaysiašŸ‡²šŸ‡¾’s 1ļøāƒ£st World UNESCO Heritage ~ Mount Kinabalu ā›° or beautiful šŸ˜šŸ¤© diving site ~ Semporna Island šŸšŸ–šŸŒ“


So, she šŸ‘©šŸ» is gonna sharing šŸ‘©šŸ»ā€šŸ’»šŸ“ here the 6ļøāƒ£ must-visit eco šŸ’š tourism destinationsšŸ“šŸ“in Sabah from her recent travelling experience to appreciate;

āœ… The rich heritage, art & culture of Sabah local indigenous communities šŸ‘«šŸ‘­šŸ‘¬

āœ… The precious natural šŸ’š eco environment with rich flora šŸŒ±šŸŒæšŸŒ³ & fauna šŸ„šŸ®šŸŸ

āœ… The shopping (including online) šŸ›’šŸ› šŸ‘©šŸ»ā€šŸ’»šŸ‘ØšŸ»ā€šŸ’» for Sabah locally produced souvenirs šŸ’šŸŽ

So, enjoy the details of each Sabah’s tourist destinations šŸ“šŸ“

āœ… Heritage, Art & Culture of Sabah local indigenous communities šŸ‘«šŸ‘­šŸ‘¬

1ļøāƒ£ Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) Cultural Village

This cultural village is a nonāŒ-political association of 40 indigenous ethnic communities of Sabah šŸ‘«šŸ‘­šŸ‘¬ & specially catered for the Kadazandusun tribes & 4ļøāƒ£ major Dusun tribes in Sabah i.e. Dusun Tindal Kota Belud, Dusun Papar, Rungus & Murut šŸ˜Š


This village features 11 different ethnic tribes houses šŸ šŸ”šŸ˜ in 1ļøāƒ£ village i.e. The Penampang Traditional House,Ā The Tenom Traditional House,Ā The Beaufort Traditional House,Ā The Kota Belud Traditional House,Ā The Kuala Penyu Traditional House,Ā The Keningau Traditional House,Ā The Tambunan Traditional House,Ā The Papar Traditional House,Ā The Ranau Traditional House,Ā The Tuaran Traditional House &Ā The Kudat Traditional House šŸ˜€

Do enjoy vBlog šŸ“¹šŸŽ„ created by SiennyLovesDrawing šŸ‘©šŸ» for sharing here,

Highly recommended šŸ‘šŸ»šŸ‘†šŸ»as after your visit, you will understand better the differences between todayā€™s culture & the culture that the ancestorsā€™ lived in years āœŒšŸ»šŸ™ŒšŸ» Also have an opportunity to witness the ancestorā€™s lifestyle at their respective homes šŸ šŸ”šŸ˜ which are built exactly similar to years ago šŸ˜²šŸ‘šŸ»


Each of the houses šŸ šŸ”šŸ˜ with different hands šŸ¤ššŸ»on & interactive activities between the indigenous communities & the visitors šŸ‘«šŸ‘­šŸ‘¬ e.g. traditional games, traditional cooking demo & classes,Ā  headgear (named Sigah) folding, block printing, blow pipe making & demonstration etc. šŸ˜€

It operates as a museum šŸ› to preserve Kadazandusun ethnic culture with aims toĀ share the knowledge, history, culture & tradition of Kadazandusun šŸ¤©


Hmm…Guess whatā“ā‰ļø

You can also taste the “disgusting šŸ˜±” (personally to SiennyLovesDrawingšŸ‘©šŸ») local delicacy named butod i.e. the sago worms šŸ› which the local indigenous communities believe high ā¬†ļø in protein šŸ‘šŸ»


Do shopping šŸ›’šŸ› for some local handmade souvenirs šŸ’šŸŽ e.g. necklace, bracelet, bag etc. from its souvenir šŸ’šŸŽ shop which indirectly will contribute to the local heritage & cultures preservation funding šŸ’°

Admission fee šŸŽŸ is required āœ…

AddressšŸ“: Kadazandusun Cultural Association Sabah, Hongkod Koisaan, KM. 8, Jalan Penampang, 89509 Penampang, Sabah, East Malaysia

Operating hoursšŸ•™: 9ļøāƒ£am to 5ļøāƒ£pm daily

WebsitešŸŒ: http://www.kdca.org.my/

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

2ļøāƒ£ Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum

This miniature museum šŸ› is a brainchild of the founder named Anne Antah šŸ§•šŸ½ She has started it with 7ļøāƒ£ pairs of the most common costume dolls šŸ‘« creation in 2011 i.e. Kadazan Penampang, Kadazan Papar, Bajau Samah, Rungus, Murut, Lundayeh & Dusun Lotud šŸ˜


With the realisation that not āŒ many young generation šŸ‘¶šŸ»šŸ‘§šŸ»šŸ§’šŸ»šŸ‘¦šŸ»šŸ§‘šŸ» has adequate āœ… information šŸ“Œabout the traditional costumes, she šŸ§•šŸ½ has then build this miniature museum šŸ› as a centre for local Malaysians šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾, visitors & culture-enthusiasts šŸ‘«šŸ‘¬šŸ‘­ to learn the heritage cultural of the Borneans šŸ‘šŸ»šŸ™ŒšŸ»

SiennyLovesDrawing šŸ‘©šŸ» really impressed šŸ˜šŸ¤©with this miniature museum & created a vBlogĀ  šŸ“¹šŸŽ„ for sharing here, do enjoy ya šŸ˜„šŸ˜

You have to be at this museum šŸ› personally to view with you own sight šŸ‘šŸ‘šŸ‘€ the great šŸ‘šŸ» detailed works done on each costumes

Guess whatā“ā‰ļø

During your visit, you will gain in depth understanding about Sabahā€™s people šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾šŸ‘«šŸ‘­šŸ‘¬ & their heritage culture in miniature scenes & dolls šŸ‘« which all dressed up in traditional costumesšŸ‘˜šŸŽŽ, houses šŸ˜šŸ˜ & structures which all scaled to depict scene based on local folklore & legend šŸ˜šŸ¤©


Highly recommended šŸ‘šŸ»šŸ‘†šŸ»when you are travelling to Sabah, you have to visit to this ~ The Malaysia šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾ 1ļøāƒ£st Book of Records šŸ“œ, the Malaysia šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾ ‘s 1ļøāƒ£st miniature indigenous costume museum šŸ›

You may redeem an exclusive printed postcard šŸ”– as souvenir šŸ’šŸŽ from your visit too



Admission fee šŸŽŸ is required āœ…

All guests šŸ‘«šŸ‘­šŸ‘¬ are welcome šŸ™šŸ» to dress šŸ‘˜šŸ‘”šŸŽŽšŸ‘— up in the traditional costumes with accessories for photos šŸ“ø / videos šŸ“¹šŸŽ„ opportunity

Not just with its physical souvenir šŸŽ stalls within the museum šŸ› , this creative arts museum šŸ› also owns an online shop šŸ‘©šŸ»ā€šŸ’»šŸ‘ØšŸ»ā€šŸ’»šŸ›’šŸ›of local gifts šŸ’šŸŽ & souvenirs in particular the Kain Chanteek (locally made textile) via šŸŒĀ www.shopinborneo.com , plenty of promotions avilable for your happy šŸ˜ƒ online shopping šŸ‘©šŸ»ā€šŸ’»šŸ‘ØšŸ»ā€šŸ’»šŸ›’šŸ›

AddressšŸ“: Kg Lakang, Tamparuli, 89208 Tuaran, Sabah, East Malaysia

Operating hoursšŸ•™: 8ļøāƒ£am to 6ļøāƒ£pm daily

WebsitešŸŒ: http://www.chanteekborneo.com/

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

āœ… Natural Eco šŸ’š Environment with rich Flora šŸŒ±šŸŒæšŸŒ³ & Fauna šŸ„šŸ®šŸŸ

3ļøāƒ£ Poring Hot Spring ā™ØļøšŸ’¦šŸ’§

Definitely a must visit placešŸ“to de-stress šŸ˜Œ & soak away the sores & aches of your muscles in this spring šŸ’¦šŸ’§ā€™s hot ā™Øļø sulphuric minerals especially for the healing properties which popular & believing among the local communities šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾šŸ‘«šŸ‘¬šŸ‘­

Also called as Poring Springs/ Poring, a hot water spring ā™ØļøšŸ’¦šŸ’§with its source deep under ā¬‡ļø the fertile ground of Mount Kinabalu ā›°

Guess whatā“ā‰ļø

It’s hot ā™Øļø enough to boil an egg šŸ„š However she šŸ‘©šŸ» forgot to buy eggs šŸ„ššŸ„š & bring along during her recent visit šŸ˜Œā˜ŗļø Oppsss…

Within the park, you may visit the butterfly šŸ¦‹ farm, the Poring Orchid šŸŒŗConservation Centre, the tropical gardenšŸŒæšŸŒ±šŸŒ·šŸŒ», the Poring šŸ¦‡šŸŽšŸŽ‹ canopy šŸŒ³šŸŒ³walkway, the Rafflesia flower šŸŒŗ site etc.

SiennyLovesDrawing šŸ‘©šŸ» really enjoyed šŸ˜ this hot spring ā™ØļøšŸ’¦šŸ’§& felt very comfy šŸ˜Œ & light after a good šŸ‘šŸ» dip ā™ØļøšŸ’¦šŸ’§with her friends šŸ‘­šŸ‘­šŸ‘«

Do remember to bring along your rubber sandals/ slippersšŸ‘£, change of clothesšŸ‘ššŸ‘•, towel & swimwear šŸ‘™ for your hot spring ā™ØļøšŸ’¦šŸ’§visit yašŸ˜

Also to remember drink more water šŸ’¦šŸ’§after your hot spring dip ā™ØļøšŸ’¦šŸ’§ ya

Admission fee šŸŽŸ is required āœ…

AddressšŸ“: Poring Hot Spring, Sabah, East Malaysia

Operating hoursšŸ•™: 8ļøāƒ£am to 6ļøāƒ£pm daily

WebsitešŸŒ: https://wikitravel.org/en/Poring_Hot_Spring

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

4ļøāƒ£ ā€œTagalā€ Sungai Moroli, Fish šŸŸ Massage

Hmm…Why not a unique spa šŸ’†šŸ»ā€ā™€ļøšŸ’†šŸ»ā€ā™‚ļø from your usualā“ā‰ļø

Do enjoy an experience once for the fish šŸŸ massaging šŸ‘£ session @ Kelah fishĀ šŸŸ sanctuary, Kampung Luanti, Ranau

In the Local KadazanDusun dialect, ā€˜tagalā€™ means ā€˜no fishing āŒšŸŽ£ ā€™ & the main purpose of the ā€˜tagalā€™ is to conserve & preserve the environment šŸ’š as well as the ecosystem to benefit the future generation šŸ‘¶šŸ»šŸ‘§šŸ»šŸ§’šŸ»šŸ‘¦šŸ»šŸ§‘šŸ»

ā€˜Ikan šŸŸ Pelianā€™ , ‘Ikan Kelah’ or Malaysian Mahseer šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾šŸŸ comes from the family ofĀ Cyprinidae. These fishes šŸŸšŸŸ are specifically trained by the villagers šŸ‘¬šŸ‘«šŸ‘­ to perform the healing massage šŸ‘£ activities. Wow šŸ˜²ā€¼ļø

Ohh ya…The Kelah fishes šŸŸšŸŸ are huge here, not to worry as the fishes šŸŸšŸŸ got no āŒ teeth, so will not bite, instead lots of fish kisses to your feet ya šŸ‘£

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

Admission fee šŸŽŸ is required āœ…

AddressšŸ“: Kg. Luanti, Ranau, 89300 Sabah, East Malaysia

Operating hoursšŸ•™: 8ļøāƒ£am to 5ļøāƒ£pm daily

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

āœ… Sabah’s Locally Produced Souvenirs šŸ’šŸŽ

5ļøāƒ£ Desa Dairy Cattle šŸ„šŸ® Farm

No need āŒ to travel āœˆļøšŸ›« to New Zealand šŸ‡³šŸ‡æ , Malaysia šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾ also owns a mini New Zealand. Hurrayā€¼ļøšŸ˜²šŸ˜ƒ


This farm šŸ®šŸ„ is located at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu ā›° & offers beautiful šŸ˜šŸ¤© green šŸŒ³šŸŒ³ scenery. It’s definitely a breathtaking destination for pre-wedding šŸ‘°šŸ»šŸ¤µšŸ»photo shooting šŸ“øšŸ“ø (a permit šŸ†— application is requiredāœ…) with breathtaking Mount Kinabalu ā›° as backgroud with its cool breeze šŸŒ¬šŸ’Øfrom KundasangšŸž

Guess whatā“ā‰ļø

This cattle šŸ„šŸ® farm is producing approximately 900k litres of milk šŸ„› annually with its approximately 200 hectars farm šŸ„šŸ® All the milking cows šŸ„šŸ®here are Friesians i.e. the highest ā¬†ļø milk šŸ„› producers of all cattle šŸ„šŸ® breeds imported from New Zealand šŸ‡³šŸ‡æ

Not just that, many milk šŸ„› lovers ā¤ļø will queue up long just to taste its fresh cow šŸ„šŸ® milk šŸ„› , fresh goat šŸ milk šŸ„› , yogurt, gelatošŸØ šŸ¦etc.

Highly recommended šŸ‘šŸ»šŸ‘†šŸ»it as an educational destination for with a family šŸ‘Øā€šŸ‘©ā€šŸ‘§ā€šŸ‘¦šŸ‘ŖšŸ‘Øā€šŸ‘©ā€šŸ‘§ getaway or a school šŸ« trips. Many exciting educational activities are available for the young generation šŸ‘§šŸ»šŸ§’šŸ»šŸ‘¦šŸ»šŸ§‘šŸ» e.g. bottled milk šŸ¼ feeding the calves šŸ®šŸ„, fresh grass šŸŒ±šŸŒæ feeding the goats šŸšŸ , milk šŸ„› processing, milking šŸ„›process, milk šŸ„›making etc.

Feeding activities required a fee šŸ’µāœ… to purchase the milk šŸ¼/ grass šŸŒæšŸŒ± While there are specific timing/ schedule šŸ•› for the raw milk šŸ„› processing. Do contact šŸ“žā˜ŽļøšŸ“±& check out the details before your visit šŸ˜€


Before make a move from this farmšŸ„šŸ®, donā€™t forget to do a healthy shopping šŸ›’šŸ› for some local produced milk šŸ„› souvenirs šŸŽ from this dairy farm šŸ®šŸ„especially the popular Desa Cattleā€™s milk šŸ„› in a box,Ā  milk creamy ice cream šŸ¦ etc.

AddressšŸ“: Ranau, Sabah, East Malaysia

Operating hoursšŸ•™: 8ļøāƒ£am to 5ļøāƒ£pm daily

WebsitešŸŒ: http://desaplus.com/

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

6ļøāƒ£ Sabah Tea šŸŒ±šŸŒæšŸƒā˜•ļøšŸµ Garden

1ļøāƒ£ said no āŒ trip to the Sabah Tea šŸŒ±šŸŒæšŸƒā˜•ļøšŸµ Garden would be complete without a taste šŸ˜‹šŸ¤¤of Sabahā€™s finest tea ā˜•ļø šŸµ Yeahā€¼ļø

Sabah Tea šŸŒ±šŸŒæšŸƒā˜•ļøšŸµ Garden is the only organic tea farm šŸŒ±šŸŒæšŸƒā˜•ļøšŸµin Borneo & 1ļøāƒ£ of the few ones in the world šŸ—ŗšŸŒ

She šŸ‘©šŸ» had a lunch dining šŸ½šŸ“with friends šŸ‘«šŸ‘­šŸ‘¬ here with a seat facing this 2.5k hectare tea šŸŒ±šŸŒæšŸƒā˜•ļøšŸµ plantation for a beautiful šŸ˜šŸ¤©stunning view, as well as enjoy a cuppa of hot Sabah Tea ā˜•ļø Pandan šŸŒæšŸŒ± teh tarik. It’s smooth, fragrant & not too sweet to enjoy šŸ˜‹šŸ¤¤

You have to enjoy a beatiful šŸ˜šŸ¤© walk šŸš¶šŸ»ā€ā™€ļøšŸš¶šŸ»ā€ā™‚ļøinto this organic tea plantationšŸŒ±šŸŒæšŸƒā˜•ļøšŸµ, apprecicate & touch the tea leaves šŸƒ, as well as snapping photos šŸ“øšŸ“ø & videos šŸ“¹šŸŽ„ for sharing in social medias šŸ˜‰

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 ā›° / to embarking on a night šŸŒƒšŸŒŒ walk šŸš¶šŸ»ā€ā™‚ļøšŸš¶šŸ»ā€ā™€ļøto check out the unique insect šŸœ šŸžšŸ•· life

Guests šŸ‘«šŸ‘­šŸ‘¬ can also opt for a stay vacation šŸ›ŒšŸ›€šŸ»šŸšæšŸ›‹ either in a traditional long house, a cosy bungalow / camping ā›ŗļø to enjoy the starry sky šŸŒŒ etc. A variety of tour packages are available to cater for your choice, do exploring for your visit ya šŸ¤—

Free šŸ†“ admission šŸŽŸ, however a small fee āœ… is required for a tea šŸƒšŸƒadventure tour/ day tour (not available for public holidys) to its tea šŸƒšŸƒfactory

AddressšŸ“: 17,Ā Kg. Nalapak,Ā Jalan Ranau-Sandakan, 89309 Ranau,Ā Sabah, East Malaysia

Operating hoursšŸ•™: 8ļøāƒ£am to 4ļøāƒ£pm daily

WebsitešŸŒ: http://www.sabahtea.com.my/

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

Ohh yaā€¦Do check out SiennyLovesDrawingšŸ‘©šŸ»ā€™s top contributoršŸ‘†šŸ»account via šŸŒĀ https://www.tripadvisor.com.my/members/siennylovesdrawingĀ forĀ her recent reviews on the Sabahā€™s tourist attractions, food & accommodation stay yaĀ šŸ‘©šŸ»ā€šŸ’»šŸ“

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