|PLACES OF INTEREST
Nature and Adventures
One of the few hanging structure in the world, the Sabah Foundation
Building is a magnificent glass-shrouded tower of 72 sides rising
30 storeys into the sky domination the landscape. It is located at
likas bay, about 10 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu, and is a must
on any visitor's itinerary. This proud, imposing building is symbol
of Sabah, dynamic, innovatived spirit.
| Kinabalu Park
Dominating the Sabah skyline from every perspective is Mount
Kinabalu, which at 4,101 metres is one of the highest mountain
south-east asia. The mountain and the surrounding area make up the
Kinabalu Park, a reserve covering an area of 754 sq km (291 sq
miles). This park, which is only a two-hour drive from Kota
Kinabalu,is home to an incredibly diverse range of flora and fauna,
including the rafflesia, the largest flower in the world and the
nepenthes (picther plant) and More than 1,000 species of orchids.
There are two ways of exploring this nature's treasure trove. The
More energetic and adventurous one can hike up the summit trail to
the peak of Mount Kinabalu. The ascent and descent will take two
days. Those with a More leisurely visit in mind could stay for a
few days at the park's chalets .
You can see typical Longhouses in the northern and interior parts
of Sabah as you journey away from the town. Each longhouse is
divided into apartments for individual families. Cooking, weaving,
beading and rice winnowing all take place within the longhouse. The
Longhouses of the rungus people are located near kudat, three
hours' drive north of Kota Kinabalu. It is possible to visit and
even stay in these Longhouses. It is polite to repay their
hospitality with gifts.
| Mengkabong Water
Thirty minutes away from Kota Kinabalu is the famous Mengkabong
village which is a remarkable sight - a village built on water. The
houses are built on stilts and connected by narrow, wooden planks,
the houses extend further out to seal.
| Mount Kinabalu
The outstanding attraction of Kinabalu Park is 4,101 metres high
summit of Mount Kinabalu. Kinabalu was born only 11/2 million years
ago; when a mass of granitic rock that had been cooling and
hardening under the surface for several million years began to rise
and break through the overlying crusts of softer rocks.
| Poring Hot Springs
About 43 km from the Kinabalu Park headquaters is the Poring Hot
Springs. The major attraction here are the open air sulphur baths,
located in a beautiful landscaped garden. For those who want to
stay overnight, various type of Accommodation are available.