The Sabah State Museum and Heritage Village is filled with priceless historical value that would show you how the indigenous people in Sabah once live their life. Built in 1985, the museum complex now, is where the British North Borneo Governor's Istana were once standing tall and strong.
The museum has been divided into several different parts, namely the Main Building, Science and Education Center, Heritage Village, Sabah Art Gallery and the Museum of Islamic Civilization. Visitors may see various galleries of ceramics and ethnography among many others. So, make sure to not miss any parts of the museum.
By visiting the museum, you can witness with your own eyes the beauty of the traditional weapons and costumes that the indigenous once wore, and still are wearing 'till today. Visitor can even enter and experience the different types of traditional houses of the indigenous group of Sabah in the Heritage Village on the Museum grounds, and join in the cultural activities held there.
But, be reminded that picture taking inside of the main museum building is strongly prohibited by the museum authorities.
Take the No.13A bus towards Penampang or Donggongon from bus station in front of the Marina Court, just beside the Promenade Hotel. Do inform your stop to the driver or bus conductor (if there's any). After being dropped off a the bus stop nearby the museum, you will then have to walk up to the main building. Bus fare is RM1.00 while taxi fare is approximately RM15.00
From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Daily
Locals - RM2.00
Foreigners - RM15.00
Tel : 6 088-253199, 6 088-263551
Fax : 6 088 240230
Website : http://www.museum.sabah.gov.my
Email : email@example.com
Tun Mustapha Gallery was officiated in 2006, to commemorate the services of Sabah's reputable political figure who goes by the same name. Tun was a visionary leader and a key figure in Sabah's independence. He was also a freedom fighter during World War II, a nationalist activist, a leader who inspired many and the first Chief Minister of Sabah - these are only some of his success and excellence.
This beautiful gallery is located at the premises where the State Assembly was from 1980 to 1995, and it captures Tun Mustapha's life and struggles. It presents a glimpse of the successes and tribulations of life with a detailed description accompanying each image displayed. The gallery also exhibits many personal artifacts that belonged to Tun Mustapha, including medals, awards and custom apparel. His old golf hat is also exhibited there. According to the story, his wife threw the hat out of their home during a heated argument. The hat was found by the driver and kept them all these years before he became a resident of this gallery.
Tun Mustapha was not only a great fan of golf but also a talented musician. His violin collection can be seen here. One story says that he was spared for being murdered by one of the Japanese army after listening to his violin croon two Japanese songs during the Second World War.
The gallery also has a gift shop that sells high-quality craft items, which are inspired by traditional ethnic motifs of various ethnic groups in Sabah.
8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., Monday to SaturdayClosed on Sundays (*Except during school holidays)
College and Higher Learning Institutions students: RM3.00
Government Officials/ NGO: RM3.50
Mykad Holders (Adults): RM5.00
College and Higher Learning Institutions students: RM3.00
Government Officials/ NGO: RM3.50
Mykad Holders (Adults): RM5.00
Foreign Visitors: RM15.00
Mohd Iizham bin Datuk Hj Majin (Manager of Tun Mustapha Gallery)
H/P No: 012-8305354
Le Meridien is famous for their signature coffee and they’re constantly coming up with new brews every quarter of the year. This year’s first quarter, they've introduced their new signatures, the Neve Fondete, Cappuccino Viennese and Dolce Fondete. Sounds fancy? Wait until you try them yourselves! And try it before 31st March, because they’re going to introduce a new batch of coffees starting April.
Yesterday, their master barista Sharif Azlan and his team of coffee extraordinaire demonstrated their coffee-making skills in front of the local food bloggers and the media lots. It’s smooth, it’s silky and it’s sweet with a hint of bitterness made from only the finest, premium-quality coffee. The java-making demonstration was made to make sure that the guests understood the flavor and texture which is in that cuppa joe.
But who’s Sharif Azlan? He’s the brew master, which was professionally trained with top notch skills and a whole lotta innovative thinking. He obtained his skills whilst seeking for knowledge at the UNIVERSITÀ DEL CAFFÈ, Illy.
Photos by Helsley Mostajap
So, head down now to the Le Meridien Hotel, and experience the joy in every cuppa joe, while it last.
The Handicraft Market is a great place to get cheaper handicrafts, handmade by the local (well, most of it). This hot spot (which is also known as the Philippine Market by the locals) is a great place to go to if you're looking for souvenirs to bring back as gifts or to simply impress your friends back home.
With so many choices to choose from, you can find good quality sarong and shirts with the famous Mount Kinabalu on it, to accessories such as hand bags, necklaces, bracelets, brooches and even earrings. And for those who have a craving for wooden craft work, the market gives an endless variety of such beautifully hand crafted exotic wooden mask or figurines to a simple wooden picture frame.
You will never know what treasure you might unravel when you visit here. A great piece of advice, never be afraid to give bargaining a try. You may find yourself getting what you what for a very great price, and be sure to keep you valuables close.
The Handicraft Market is located along the same stretch as the Waterfront in Kota Kinabalu City. It is a 5 to 10 minute walk from the city centre.
From 7:30 a.m to 7.30 p.m. daily
Jesselton Point Waterfront is one of the must go area when visiting Kota Kinabalu City. Formerly known as KK Ferry Terminal, it is now one of the city's main attraction. With breath taking sunset view while you're enjoying your light snack with your significant other or with your friends, it's imperative to make your way here at least once while you're in the city. But the excitement doesn't end once the sun sets on the water, because this place will be a place to hang out under the moonlight and stars.
Located north of the city, the amazing scenic area has a strong historical feel to it. Jesselton Point is the main boat terminal for anyone who wish visit any of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and Gaya Island. But, other than being the boat terminal, Jesselton Point is also a place of good eateries, water activity and for sports too! One of the popular place to eat there is the authentic Indonesian cuisine at the Nasi Padang Ibu restaurant. If you're a more sweet tooth-kinda person, or you just want to cool down after a whole day under the sun, then the delicious gelato at the Dream Cones is a must try.
We mentioned water activity, and by that we mean fishing. Have a relaxing day near the port, sinking your bait in the deep water while sipping on those beer, waiting for a fish to bite. All you need to do is pay a RM10 entry fee to be able to fish at the port. But, the fishing gears won't be provided. So, you need to bring your own rod and bait.
If you want a more laid back activity, why not just take an evening stroll at the port with your loved one and watch as the sun sets while the cooling Sabahan breeze gently brushes your skin.
In the future, Jesselton Point Waterfront will plan an expansion to accommodate more activities on the port, either recreational purposes or commercial. But worry not, it's beauty will be preserved, if not enhanced.
Jesselton Point Waterfront is open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Ferry and boat terminal Operates daily from 6 a.m .to 6 p.m.
For passanger heading to Labuan F.T and Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is;
RM 7.20 send (Adults)
RM 3.60 (Children under age of 12)
For More Information
088-240709 (8am - 5pm),
|Launch of the programme|
Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa (Kota Kinabalu) recently launched a food and beverage loyalty programme known as the STAR Treats. Although the programme focuses on promoting the dining privileges at the resort's seven dining establishments with entitlements in participating Shangri-La properties in
Malaysia, additional membership benefits include priority invitation to special events, annual birthday and anniversary surprises, valet parking as well as complimentary dining vouchers redeemable at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu.
Membership is available in two tiers; standard (MYR388.00++) and premium (MYR588.00++) and is renewable every 24 months.
“STAR Treats is our way of thanking the local community for their valuable support and patronage with us for more than 30 years. It is a rewarding dining programme for our customers and they will enjoy better value when dining in our premises. Although there is a membership fee, the returns are immediate as members will receive dining vouchers equivalent to the cost of the membership fee,” says Craig Powell, general manager of Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu.
Find out more about Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu’s STAR Treats food and beverage loyalty programme by calling the restaurant marketing manager at (60 88) 327 868 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Craig Powell, officiating the launch of the loyalty programme|
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 news
What to do on Sundays, in Kota Kinabalu Central Business District? Sunday market! Originally named Bond Street, the now known as Gaya Street is the place for businesses for well over a hundred year. Well, of course you won't see shops made from bamboo or atap roof anymore, but here's where family business that has been passed down from generations of family thrived.
Now, every Sunday the famous Sunday Market will be opened along the stretch of Gaya Street from 6am till 1pm. We said 6am, but stall owners usually starts setting up their stall at 4 - 5am. These stalls are usually identified by giant umbrellas with table-full of displayed items. 6am might seem too early, but you need to be early to avoid the sun's stinging ray. Traffic along Gaya Street will be closed off to make sure your toes are safe from being ran over by a passing car.
There's no limit of what you can find at the Sunday market; shoes, local veges, yummy street foods, local fruits, plants, decorative items, arts, crafts and even pets! And, haggling is a must. But, make sure to wear comfy footwear or you might need to sit halfway through Gaya Street. To really enjoy the Sunday Market, you need to slowly stroll down the road and take your time on each stall, buy light food and munch on it while you're walking under the huge trees to the sound of birds chirping and people haggling. But, do come early as it'll get pretty crowded as the sun gets higher.
A short stroll from anywhere around the city or take the City Bus route C from the bus stop in front of the Promenade Hotel. The bus fair would be RM1 but make sure you inform your bus driver of your destination.
Do you guys know that, the Island of Borneo has approximately 10% of the world's orchid!? The Orchid De Villa, which was established in 1995, has been conserving and commercializing orchid planting over 50 hybrid species of orchids, which is displayed within their Hybrid Garden and 300 other species of Borneo wild orchid including the rarest of the rare, covering over 12 acres.
Just recently, The Orchid De Villa has started the Borneo Orchid Discovery Tour, where the visitor can partake in a tour which will allow them to explore the villa for approximate 2 to 3 hour long. The tour also includes various activities, complimentary homemade snack, mineral water and cold towel along with complementary gift for all. Visitor are also be entitled to get 10% percent discount on hybrid orchid purchases.
Within the villa, visitor would be given a tour through the orchid farm first, which covers one thirds of the area, learning the results of crossing various species. Visitor will will then pass though a fishing pond and visitors can join in the fish feeding lesson. Next up, visitors will then pay a visit to the cacti garden, cottages and other amenities here.
Monday -Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Special arrangement for Sunday visits)
Malaysian (Adults) - RM50.00/person
Malaysian (Children) - RM25.00/person
Non-Malaysian (Adult) - RM80.00/person
Non-Malaysian (Children) - RM40.00/person
Off Jalan Kiansom Km 6
Kg. Kawakaan/Kitobu, Inanam Sabah
P O Box 21724, 88775 Luyang Kota Kinabalu Sabah
Tel: +6088 380611, +6088 380612
Fax: +6088 435596
Just a couple of kilometres from the busy and noisy Kota Kinabalu city, lies the serene and tranquil Kota Kinabalu Wetland Center. Not so long time ago, this place used to be called the "City Bird Sanctuary". But now, this whole place (24 hectares) is covered with mangrove forest and is being used as a model wetland center for the sole purpose of conservation, education, recreation, tourism and most importantly, for research which is being managed by a local NGO, Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society.
Walking along the boardwalk for 45-minutes (1.5 km) will definitely give you the peace and calm you wouldn't get in the city. With all of the interesting birds to look at as they casually sit on the branches near you or the different plants and animals that roam the sanctuary, and the unique ecosystem of the mangrove forest that grows on salt water, there are a lot to discover here.
Up to date, there are about 80 species of birds can be seen here at the sanctuary in harmony with the other wildlife that took cover here, including the monitor lizard, fiddler crabs, mudskipper and many other rare and common animals and insects.
Things To Do:
Apart from the self-guided and guided walk around the wetland, there are also Environmental Education programmes, bird-watching sessions and corporate volunteer programmes, which requires notice in advance.
Taking a bus ride to the sanctuary will cost around RM2.00 to and fro. Do take bus No. 1, headed towards Likas Square and inform the driver of your destination beforehand.
Tuesdays through Sundays, 8am till 6pm
*closed on Mondays, except when falls on public holiday
*open on all public holidays
|Adult||Children (7yrs & above)|
|Free admission for children 6yrs and below|
Tel: 6 088 246955
Fax: 6 088 247955
The newly opened KK Esplanade welcomes everyone to just stop for a while to enjoy the warm breeze from the sea and feel the sun on your skin as it goes down far beyond the horizon. Surrounded by many shopping complexes and also famous landmarks like the Hyatt Regency Hotel, and the wet market, just beside it.
Not only is it a place to take a breath and rest for a while, the Esplanade also provides an alluringly beautiful backdrop for your selfies or group photos with glimmering sea water, overlooking the distant islands while the fishermen's boat float gently on the calm waters of Borneo.
Fish statuettes decorated the place to amuse the visitors, especially the little ones, situated on the edge of the city.
More Information:Contact Kota Kinabalu City Hall
Or visit their website at www.dbkk.sabah.gov.my
"The Green Connection", as the name suggests, reconnects the visitors with Sabah's beautiful nature. The family oriented conservation center showcases the magnificently diverse aquatic life that can be found in Sabah. It also offers knowledge to the visitors through interactive activities regarding the importance of making sure that the aquatic biodiversity and its wildlife here in Sabah is conserved.
This conservation center allows the visitors to experience the nature as it is by going through limestone caves, dense jungles, mangrove area, coral reefs of Sipadan, the Northern Tip of Borneo, and Pulau Tiga. Don't worry, because you'll be escorted by experienced guide in their respective feilds.
Witness different kinds of marine life here at the conservation center that lives in different types of habitat. You may see many freshwater aquariums modeled to mimic the natural habitat of the fishes, for instance the Kinabatangan River, the Bornean mangrove area, lakes and ponds, as well as paddy fields. From the aquariums, aquatic creatures like the catfish, pig-nosed turtle and blade fish can be seen in the Kinabatangan River aquarium while the mangrove ray can be seen in the Bornean freshwater mangrove model fish tank.
If you're fascinated by the underwater beauty of the Pulau Sipadan, then you really need to see the Sipadan-model coral tank! The tank is filled with man-made coral reefs which is made from coral rubbles, cement and popcorns, also known as the bio-rock. Deemed as one of the biggest coral tank in South East Asia, the model tank houses various types of marine life, from the big guys, to the puny little fishies. Feel like diving in? No problem! You can opt to dive into the tank during feeding time for a chance to swim with the sharks.
Daily from 10a.m. to 6p.m.
Adult: RM 25.00 per person
Child (2 to 16 years old): RM 15.00 per person
Infant (less than 2 years old): FREE
*school and youth groups can arrange a visit by appointments only
Situated about 10 minutes from the city center, The Green Connection is reachable by bus, or taxi. If you feel like taking the public bus, then you should be on the CITY BUS route #1 or any bus that's headed to Tuaran, Inanam, Menggatal or Telipok. Either way it wil cost about RM 1.00 per head. Taking taxi on the other hand, will cost around RM 10-15 one way. To make sure you're headed in the right direction, do mention "KM2, Jalan Tuaran, The Green Connection Aquarium".
Kompleks Badan Sukarela, Lrg Bunga Matahari 2,
KM 2, Jalan Tuaran, Likas,
88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Telephone number: +60 88-263326
Fax number: +60 88-263327
It’s only a day before March and that basically means that the fourth edition of Kota Kinabalu Food Festival 2014 (KKFF ‘14) is just around the corner! KKFF recently announced that Sri Pelancongan is officially endorsing the 3-day gastronomical celebration which will be held from 18th to 20th April at KK Times Square. This year, KKFF introduces its new theme “Dining Under the Stars” and will be showcasing the city’s most delicious food and beverages with an emphasize on local F&B.
Participating outlets will be showcasing their exclusive KKFF ’14 menu while visitors will have the opportunity to purchase “Dine in Urself” discount vouchers. What to expect at KKFF ’14? Everything that tickles your taste buds from gourmet/street food, vegetarian delights, everything durian, halal food and exotic delicacies. But what’s a festival without exciting activities and entertainment, right? There will also be lucky draws, a special cooking demonstration by a professional chef, exotic food tasting, starlight cinema and interactive rolling music troupe.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 upcoming events
Celebrate Valentine's Day this year at Circle Restaurant, Le Meridien Hotel; experience a special international and interactive buffet curated by Executive Chef San. Discovery gifts for the ladies are also included. Make your celebration extra special by top up RM100++ per pax to enjoy the wine buffet. Or indulge in a romantic 6-course dinner for two, showcasing the restaurant's Wagyu beef (marble score 11).
*SPG members enjoy a 15% discount on food.
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Monday, February 10, 2014 food
The pinnacle of Chinese New Year might have subsided but Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu wishes to keep the spirit alive with a special high tea on February 9th. Priced at RM38++ per adult and RM19++ per child (aged 6-12), Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu honors the auspicious occasion with their best New Year high tea menu.
Speaking of menus and celebrations, Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu is also hosting a Valentine's Day set dinner priced at RM120++ per couple for a 4-course dinner (inclusive of a door gift). If you have yet to plan anything romantic, it's not too late to grab the phone and make your reservation!
We hope everyone had a wonderful Chinese New Year dinner!
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu is no stranger to hosting auspicious celebrations for its guests and members of the public; this year they were treated with a 5-star lion dance performance on the second day of Chinese New Year to usher in the year of the horse.
The spectacular performance by Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Yick Nam Inanam enthralled everyone, especially the hotel's foreign guests who had never witnessed such a grand appreciation for centuries old tradition. The award winning troupe showcased their acrobatic skills; the lion set out on a quest to pluck the auspicious green vegetables, hanged high from the ground. The lion dance is an important tradition for the Chinese community which believed the lions and the drum beats to bring good luck, fortune and happiness.
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu’s Board of Directors, comprising Chairman Datuk Gordon Leong, Director Chua Soon Ping, and hotel’s general manager
Arifin Darmawan, Director of
Sales and Marketing Reuben Lim and Director
of Finance Wilis Prastowo among
others, were all present during the performance.
The 8 lions, representing prosperity, later visited all public areas and back areas of the hotel property to “bless” the offices and bring good luck. A few more lions continued to entertain the throngs of hotel guests and local patrons by posing for pictures and showing them their dance moves.
About Hyatt Regency KinabaluHyatt Regency Kinabalu, a 288-room hotel, is located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu’s business, shopping and entertainment hub, overlooking the beautiful coral islands of the
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Parkand the South China Sea. Hyatt Regency Kinabalu offers newly renovated guestrooms, exceptional service, modern comforts, and a dazzling choice of local and international cuisine. Reservations for Hyatt Regency Kinabalu can be made by calling +60 88 22 1234 or visiting www.kinabalu.regency.hyatt.com
About Hyatt Regency HotelsHyatt Regency offers a full range of services and facilities tailored to serve the needs of meeting planners, business travelers and leisure guests. Properties generally range in size from 200 to over 2,000 rooms and are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world. Hyatt Regency convention hotels feature spacious meeting and conference facilities designed to provide a productive environment. Hyatt Regency hotels in resort locations cater to couples seeking a getaway, families enjoying vacation together and corporate groups seeking a relaxed atmosphere in which to conduct business and meetings.