Sabah is one of the 13 states in Malaysia that is situated on the beautiful island of Borneo. The capital of Sabah is Kota Kinabalu which is one the must visit city when touring the state.
The following are some of the must visit places when in Kota Kinabalu:
1. Gaya Street
Gaya street or often referred as Bond Street is the main street in Kota Kinabalu. Every Sunday morning, the street is closed to traffic. You can find almost anything from fruits to handicraft when touring the street.
2. Wisma Tun Mustapha
Wisma Tun Mustapha which was formerly know as Sabah Foundation Building is a distinct landmark of Sabah. This 30 storey tower was built in 1977. You cannot claimed to have visited Sabah if you did not visit this historical tower.
3. Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary
In short it is also called KKCBS by the local. The beautiful natural sanctuary has a 24 hectares of mangrove wetlands which is used as a environmental nature education centre and a home for many birds, crabs, prawns and fishes. You can find more than 80 species of birds. The sanctuary is supported by WWF Malaysia.
4. Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
It is also called TAR in short. This is a marine park which consists of five islands, Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik and Sulug island. It is a great place for relaxation, snorkel and scuba diving. The popular interest in this park is the giant claim which one of the rare species in the world.
5. St. Michael Church Penampang
The church was built in 1936 by Farther August Wachter. It is built from solid rocks which were blown, extracted, cut and shaped into sizes of one foot thick and three feet in length. Look out for the unique architecture of the building.
6. Mount Kinabalu
Mount Kinabalu is the majestic summit of Borneo. It is the highest mountain between Himalayan and the Snow Mountain of Papua Barat. This magnificent granite massif stands at 4,095.2m or 13,435 feet high.
7. The Poring Hot Springs
Poring is Kadazandusun word for the bamboo species growing locally. The hot springs are hot with sulphuric minerals and claimed to have medical curing power. Surrounding the hot springs are butterfly farm, orchid conservation centre, tropical garden, canopy walk and the world rare and biggest flower, Rafflesia which take up to 15 months to bud but only last 7 days in bloom.