Sabah - State And Attractions | Situated on the beautiful island of Borneo, Sabah is one of the thirteen states which Malaysia is made of. Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia and shares the island of Borneo with Sarawak, Brunei, and Indonesian Kalimantan.
Sabah is richly blessed with nature diversity, unique cultures, fun adventure, beautiful beaches, and fantastic cuisines for the adventurous taste buds. We have it all, from the world’s largest flower - the Rafflesia, one of the highest mountains is South East Asia - Mount Kinabalu, to one of the world’s top dive sites - Sipadan Island.
Not only will you be amazed by the places to see and things to do here, you will also be treated with unique Sabahan hospitality. Explore the unique culture and tradition of Sabah and get ready to experience sweet memories to last a lifetime!
Travel TipsSabah is a state with a democratic political system with universal suffrage. Here, the Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Head of State of Sabah) sits on top of the hierarchy, followed by the State Legislative Assembly and the State Cabinet. A general Election takes place every five years for both the State and the Federal level officials.
Sabah’s economy was traditionally lumber dependent. However, with the increasing depletion of natural forests as well as ecological efforts to conserve the rainforest; palm oil has proven to be a more sustainable resource.
Other than that, Sabah’s economy is highly dependent on agricultural products such rubber and cocoa. Sabah also exports other produces such as vegetables and seafood. Tourism, particularly eco-tourism, is presently the second largest contributor to the economy.
Urban centres and ports
There are currently 7 ports in Sabah: Kota Kinabalu Port, Sepanggar Bay Container Port, Sandakan Port, Tawau Port, Kudat Port, Kunak Port, and Lahad Datu Port. These ports are operated and maintained by Sabah Ports Authority. The major towns and city are:
1 Kota Kinabalu
4 Lahad Datu
Places of interest in Sabah
1. Kinabalu Park – the highest mountain in Malay archipelago (excluding New Guinea) and the 10th highest mountain in political Southeast Asia, with an altitude of 4,101 metres (13,455 ft).
2. Tabin Wildlife Reserve - Stronghold for rare large mammals like Bornean elephant, Sumatran rhinoceros, Bornean banteng and Bornean clouded leopard.
3. Danum Valley Conservation Area - another important reserve for large mammals of Borneo, including Bornean orang-utan
4. Turtle Islands Park – conservation efforts for endangered sea turtles
5. Tunku Abdul Rahman Park – A national park consisting of five islands off the coast of Kota Kinabalu
6. Sipadan Park – Located near Semporna, the oceanic island of Sipadan has a very rich underwater ecosystem.
7. Pulau Tiga Park
8. Crocker Range Park
9. Tawau Hills Park
10. Poring Hot Spring
11. Up Side Down House
12. Tanjung Simpang Mengayau
13. Sabah Tea Garden, Ranau
14. Sepilok Sandakan
15. Taman Pertanian Tenom
16. Taman Hutan Hujan Sandakan
17. Maliau Basin Lost World