If you take this tour on Wednesdays, you will get to experience the special highlight at Tamparuli Town centre - "Wednesday Weekly Tamu (Market)"
Get a peek into the lives of the local folks as they conduct business in little stalls. Fresh produce is often on display, as well as a variety of unique delicacies such as bambangan (a sour mango-like fruit preserved in jars and often served to complement main meals) and rice wine, known as tapai or lihing. Browse for different types of fruits depending on the seasons, and if you wish, buy and eat on the spot to experience life like the locals. You can find just about anything here, from clothing to livestock - so it's sure to be a shopping experience like no other!
We’ve combined the scenic nature trails of UNESCO World Heritage Site Kinabalu Park with the rustic appeal of a local cow farm, ending off with a scenic cruise along Kota Kinabalu’s waterfront. This Full-Day itinerary takes you on a journey of discovery to visit Sabah’s most-celebrated highlights while at a pace relaxing enough to soak in Sabah’s natural beauty.
The most sought-after culinary experience in North Borneo is Kota Kinabalu’s First and Only Dinner Cruise, taking you across the sultry South China Sea at its most beautiful sunset hour and into the night where city lights take over the coastline. The 2 hour voyage will be a feast for the senses with scenic views, an international buffet spread, and music from our live acts -- so bring both your camera and dancing shoes.
About Kinabalu National Park : Kinabalu National Park is Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, floristically fantastic with an estimated 5,000-6,000 vascular plant species and identified as a globally important Centre of Plant Endemism. Set at 1,500m above sea level, this 754sq kilometer park features one of the tallest mountains in all of South East Asia as its centerpiece, Mount Kinabalu. Rising at 4,095.2m with cloud-hugging peaks that catches breaths, enchants eyes and shading valleys below, this majestic mountain is certainly a sight to behold from Kinabalu National Park. Also within the park is a botanic garden boasting plant species endemic to Mount Kinabalu as well as nature trails varying in length, from 20 minutes to 2-3 hours.
About Desa Cow Farm: A popular tourist attraction, the Desa Cow Farm is known as the little New Zealand of Sabah. Offering vast, green pastures where Fresian cows roam free, this 199-hectar stretch produces nearly a million liters of fresh milk annually. Learn the ins and outs of how milk is processed and have yourself fresh milk yoghurt right after! Get up close and add a personal touch to the experience by bottle feeding calves, an activity families will surely enjoy. With Mount Kinabalu as your backdrop, don’t miss out on a chance to snap some photos while you’re there!
About North Borneo Cruises: Kota Kinabalu delivers some of the best sunsets in the whole of South East Asia—even better when paired with a unique dining experience on the North Borneo Cruises. Take sightseeing up a notch with coastal views from a breezy upper-deck and create treasured moments under a starlit sky as you glide pass Kota Kinabalu’s waterfront.
Upon pick up from the hotel lobby, you will be whooshed straight into Sabah’s lush countryside-- with a couple of interesting pitstops along the way for some famous local eats, handmade folk souvenirs, and perhaps a taste of some exotic fruits.
The first ½ hour drive ushers you through scenic landscapes and lush paddy fields laced with rustic local villages and finally into Tamparuli Town. Take a walk on the famous “Jambatan Tamparuli” suspension bridge and soak up the small-town charm.
Continue your journey through the mountainous roads winding along the Crocker range for another hour, till the next brief stop at Nabalu Handicraft market. Nabalu is a rustic point perched on the hillside, where the local natives gather to sell local produce, fruits, home grown vegetables and handicraft souvenirs.
When the roads grow narrow and the landscape gives you rear view mirror licks of fresh green sceneries, you have reached the Desa Cattle Farm—A 199hectar stretch of pristine farmland on the foothills of Mount Kinabalu.
Cattle graze the green valley pastures to provide nearly one million liters of mountain-fresh milk annually, all while travelers both near and far enjoy the outrageously scenic view that plays backdrop to this dairy farm. You can get close to the cattle, bottle feed the calves and enjoy some fresh milk or yogurt produce straight off the farm.
Proceed for lunch at the restaurant in Kinabalu Park.
Upon arrival at Malaysia’s first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kinabalu National Park, you will notice a cooling change in the air temperature. Kinabalu Park itself boasts an estimate of 4,500 species of plants which include 1,500 species of orchids, 77 of which are endemic to Kinabalu. The park also supports 289 species of birds and 290 different types of butterflies. Enjoy the refreshing and cooling air as you proceed for a guided walk along the nature trails in the Botanical Garden, to learn more about the Kinabalu Park’s biological treasure trove.
Your tropical evening on the North Borneo Cruise begins right after a good walk from Kinabalu National Park. Get ready to become acquainted with the charms of Kota Kinabalu on a whole new level.
By 16:50hrs, All aboard! Your evening unfolds along the sultry sun-tinged South China Sea, cruising pass the islands and water villages that dot Sabah’s west coast.
You are free to wander around the vessel. Panoramic ocean views, warmth of the setting sun and gentle sea breeze grace the upper-deck while a live band serenades the ethnic themed air-conditioned restaurant below with acoustic favorites.
Dinner will be served buffet style. Time to sink your teeth into Sabah’s most sought after culinary experience. As the sun sets and the stars come out, Kota Kinabalu’s coastline now comes alive with dazzling city night lights. The North Borneo Cruise will glide across the Waterfront as you indulge in dessert or your next glass of wine.
Your rendezvous at sea comes to an end at 1900hrs. You will disembark from the cruise at the Sutera Marina Jetty, and bid goodbye as you return back to your respective hotel.
|Meals||01 Lunch, 01 International Buffet Dinner|
|Includes||Hotel Pickup & Drop off, Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), Meals as Stated, All Entrance Fees and Jetty Fees, Live Entertainment on North Borneo Cruises, and English-Speaking Guide|
|Excludes||Personal Travel Insurance, Personal Expenses, Alcohol (Optional), Any Items Not Mentioned|
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