Sabah Attractions
Padas River White Water Rafting - Sabah Attraction

Looking for some serious wet and wild fun? Then get ready to strap on your life jacket and safety helmet to brave the raging Padas River for some rafting adventure.

Padas River White Water Rafting (Tenom) - Sabah Attraction

With cutesy names such as Merry-Go-Round and Scooby Doo, don’t judge the rapids by their names as each of the seven swollen rapids will ultimately challenge your survival (and paddling) skills to the very core. The tumble of this Grade III to IV river is guaranteed to put even the biggest adrenaline junkie’s heart in his mouth.

This exhilarating excursion covers a distance of 30 kilometers—making it the longest rafting route in Borneo by far. Padas River has also been rated to have some of the best and safest rapids in South East Asia. It is suitable for rafters aged 12 to 55.

Padas River White Water Rafting (Tenom) - Sabah Attraction

When not screaming over whiplashes of water, take the time to drink in the beauty of unadulterated nature at its best. With chirping birds and scrims of majestic trees engulfing the river, Padas white water rafting should be high on your list of nature-adventure must-dos in Sabah.

Padas River White Water Rafting (Tenom) - Sabah Attraction

At the end of the journey, you’ll feel quite warrior-like for your feat in conquering the Padas rapids. Three cheers for courage!

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park - Sabah Attraction

The marine park is a cluster of islands comprising Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug, all only 10 - 20 minute speedboat ride from the city of Kota Kinabalu. The five islands of the Marine Park are characterized by shallow waters, sumptuous coral gardens and all boast splendid white sandy beaches.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park - Kota Kinabalu - Sabah Attraction

Flora and Fauna

The plant life features a mix of typical shoreline vegetation like the Pandanus dubius and Podocarpus polystachyus. Representative of the latter group is Keruing, with their narrow crowns of large dark green leaves and unique ridged two-winged fruits. The Seraya, Kapur and Selagan Batu are also in abundance. The only undisturbed coastal dipterocarp forests are on Pulau Gaya, where the Hopea phillipineansis and Quassia borneensis are found. The Fish Tail and Nibong Palm flourish in the shady gulley.

The park is home to the bearded pig, scaly pangolin, rats, squirrels and monkeys. Snakes and monitor lizards make up the reptile population. Large birds such as the white breasted sea-eagle, pied hornbill and green heron are found in large numbers. Smaller varieties such as the sandpiper, the pink-necked green pigeon, bulbul, flycatcher, sunbird and swiftlets also flourish within the park.

One of the most intriguing birds around is the Megapode or Burung Tambun, a 'chicken look-alike' with large feet that ironically, meows like a cat! It lays its eggs in huge mounds of sand and leaves them at the edge of the beach. The fermentation of the leaves produces the heat, which is necessary to incubate the eggs for successful hatching.

The best coral reefs are those between Sapi Island and Gaya Island. The colourful and delicately beautiful corals are living organisms which feed on the plankton floating in the sea. The reef is home to many different kinds of fish like butterfly fish, parrot fish, clown fish and dragon fish. If you're lucky, you will stumble upon the bigger species such as red grouper, barracuda and catfish. Other interesting marine life to look out for are mollusks, giant clams, sea cucumbers, the beautiful feather starfish, sea urchins in brilliant hues, cowrie and scorpion shells .


Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (Manukan Island) - Sabah Attraction

Shaped like a boomerang, Manukan covers 51 acres and is the second largest island in the group. The surrounding crystal clear water is ideal for snorkeling, diving and swimming. Trails around the island provide endless hours of trekking in the cool, shady forest. Facilities such as chalets, clubhouse, restaurants, souvenir centre, diving centre, a swimming pool, tennis and squash courts are provided to make your stay an enjoyable and fun-filled experience.


Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (Sulug Island) - Sabah Attraction

This 20-acre island, being the least developed and the farthest from the other islands has an almost untouched quality making it ideal for those seeking tranquillity. The shoreline is filled with rock and beautiful patches of reefs at the southern end. Corals such as the Acropora, Echnipora, Montipora and Seriapora are a visual delight as it comes in a variety, delicate shape and brilliant colours.

Facilities such as changing rooms and toilets; picnic shelters and tables are provided for day trippers. There are no accommodation facilities but overnight camping on the island is allowed with prior permission from the Park Warden.


Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (Sapi Island) - Sabah Attraction

This island has a distinct advantage of having some of the nicest beaches with white sand, sparkling crystal clear water and a coastline fringed with beautiful coral reefs. It is the ideal place for snorkeling, diving and swimming. If you can do neither of this but do not want to be left out from discovering underwater treasures, take a glass boat rental service instead. Hiking trails through the interior provide an excellent opportunity for nature appreciation. There are no accommodation facilities but picnic shelters, barbeque pits, tables, changing rooms and toilets are provided for day use. Camping is allowed with the permission of the Park Warden.


Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (Gaya Island) - Sabah Attraction

The island is located about 15 miles off Kota Kinabalu. The 3,665 acre island has 16 miles of shoreline and stretches consisting of fine white sand. Popular beaches include Bulijong Bay and Police beach that comes with a quarter mile of beautiful sand sloping, perfect for swimming, snorkeling and diving. The untouched coastal dipterocarp forest makes it ideal for trekking and graded nature trails. It also provides opportunities to study the various species of plant and animal life within. Facilities include public shelters, changing rooms and public toilets

To dive in the marine park you must contact one of the local dive centers based in Kota Kinabalu who also offer a full variety of PADI courses ranging from Discover Scuba to Instructor.

Among the sandy seabed a good variety of marine life can be found such as Scorpion fish, Blue-spotted rays, cuttlefish, mantis shrimps and the occasional green or hawksbill turtle. At some locations, rare creatures such as the harlequin ghost pipefish and mandarin fish can be found especially with the help from local dive guides.

During the cooler months from November to February, plankton blooms attract krill which in turn attract whale sharks, the world's largest fish. At times, the density of the krill can be so thick in these murky conditions underwater encounters with these colossal animals can be exciting as they suddenly appear out of the gloom.

Non-diving visitors can still have as much fun in the islands with other optional activities such as snorkeling in Pulau Sapi and Manukan and seawalking in Pulau Sapi. If water sport is your cup of tea, you may contact any local tour companies for more information regarding the water sport activities that are available.

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is open daily from 8.30am to 5pm.

Getting there

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is accessible via 15 – 20 minutes speedboat ride from Kota Kinabalu. The departure and arrival point for the boat transfers is at the Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal, situated next to the Malaysia Royal Custom Department. Boat transfers to the islands are available daily from 7.30am to 5pm.

Boat transfer fares to the Islands are listed as follows:


*Fare per pax/boat

Adult (return)

Children (return)

Manukan Island



Mamutik Island



Sapi Island



Sulug Island



Two island hops



Three island hops



Four island hops



Boat charter for one island


Boat charter for Malahom Bay


Boat charter for Police beach


* A levy of RM50 per boat will be charged for special pick up times or overnight stays

The following rates are not inclusive of charged terminal fee (RM7.20 for adults, and RM3.60 for children under 12); each entrance fee is valid for 5 islands per day.


Other fees and additional charges are listed as follows:




Entrance fee


Children below 18 years of age


RM3 per pax

RM1 per pax


RM10 per pax

RM6 per pax

For Info

Sabah Parks
Lot 45 & 46, 1st - 5th Floor,
Block H, Signature Office
KK Times Square
Coastal Highway
88100 Kota Kinabalu

Telephone: 088-486 432/486 430/486 420 (General Line)
Fax: 088-486 435 (General)

Kota Kinabalu City Tour - Sabah Attractions

Kota Kinabalu is the state capital of Sabah, and without a doubt, it is also one of the most lively cities on Borneo Island. In term of passengers arrival in Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu International Airport has the second highest load. For many visitors, Kota Kinabalu is the main entry point for their exploration of this beautiful place called Land Below The Wind. For a good orientation on Kota Kinabalu, visitors can take the 3 hours Kota Kinabalu City Tour. Price starts from RM 80 and minimum two persons.
Below are the list of interesting places that are covered by most of the tour companies:

  • Kota Kinabalu City
  • Atkinson Clock Tower
  • Observatory Tower (Signal Hill)
  • Tun Mustapha Building
  • University Malaysia Sabah
  • City Mosque
  • Poh Toh Tze Temple
  • State Museum
  • Handicraft Market

Kota Kinabalu City
Kota Kinabalu, dub the Rainforest City, is undoubtably the most alive and active city in the whole of Borneo island. Everything is packed within 10km of the city radius. Hotels, Resorts, Malls, shopping centres are just a stone throw away from each others, and the Airport is only about 6km from the City. Nightlife in KK is definitely the finest in Borneo, Pubs, disco, cafe, restaurants lot of places for the party animals to last until the wee hours in the morning. A wide variety of foods from different cultures can be found here too, Chinese, Western, Japanese and local are a plenty. Seafood restaurants are hot venue here, night after night I see tons of Local and tourist alike willing to pack up this places and they left with a happy price tag too.

Kota Kinabalu City View

Despite all the traveling advise from some other governments, KK is a safe place to visit anytime of the year. Weather wise we are blessed. We get great Sunshine through out the year, plus blue sky almost an everyday occurrence. Even during the monsoon season, we are likely to experience a strong down pour during the late afternoon from about 4 to 6 pm. Just right to cold off a hot tropical city and get ready for the evening parties. Sabah is name Land Below The Wind for a good reason, every year when the typhoon season hits Philippine and Hong Kong, we are only slapped with a few rain storm. No serious flooding and time spend in Hotels, splendid.

Kota Kinabalu City View

To chill up or to escape the cold winter, KK really has a lot to offer. The warm climate here, the relax pace of life here, and most of all the friendly people in KK. With budget airline Air Asia pulling the string, 10 Daily flights to and from Kuala Lumpur, Daily flight to Macau, Shenzen, and Manila (Clark) and low price has been an important factor too. Flights from KK to Singapore will be commencing soon. Five stars Resorts, and Hotels are at a reasonable rate, plus great services too. For the past 2 years a lot of Back Packer Hostels had mushroom up in KK, one will sure get a good value with so many competitors around. Starbucks and others cafes also have good Wifi access to keep up with family and friends.

Gaya Street Kota Kinabalu

Note on Gaya Street, formerly known as Bond Street, is one of the oldest streets in Kota Kinabalu, if not the oldest. Bond Street has been existed since way back in 1890, when Sabah was under the administration of British North Borneo Company. Today Gaya Street has become a kind of novelty, it is well known for its Gaya Street Fair. Every Sunday morning from 6:30am to 1pm, traders will set up stalls on the whole length and breadth of the street. Crafts, produces, foods, animals, flowers, clothes, all are on parade here, and surprised at what one can find here.

Atkinson Clock Tower
Atkinson Clock Tower - Kota Kinabalu Atkinson Clock Tower - Kota Kinabalu
This building structure is the oldest in Kota Kinabalu, and it was built in 1905. The Atkinson Clock Tower was built for the remembrance of Francis George Atkinson who passed away because of malaria.
The Atkinson Clock Tower is one of the few remaining historical building in Kota Kinabalu. This 15.7m-high wooden structure is located at the hill slopes just nearby the Gaya Street area. It was first built in 1905 in memory of Francis George Atkinson, the first District officer of Jesselton during the time of the British North Borneo Chartered Company.
Today, the Atkinson Clock Tower is managed and well preserved by the Sabah Museum and it still serves to keep the Kota Kinabalu city time till today.

Observatory Tower (Signal Hill)

Observatory Tower - Kota Kinabalu

Observatory Tower - Kota Kinabalu

Take a bird's eye view of Kota Kinabalu City from the Observatory Tower up at Signal Hill. Check out the Tunku Adbul Rahman Park which consists of five islands, all of them are visible from here.
A natural area where you can enjoy the beautiful skyline of the city with a view that extends to the islands. Sad to say that most part of the coastal line has been blocked by tall structures. However, you still can see some blue sea at far end. Not a good vantage point to view the beach but to have a bird's eye view of the city.
Walk cut across Gaya Street then you will see a small mountain. Cross a street & you will see a football field. Take that road & walk up the slope. I think it will take about 15 to 20 minutes. No admission fee is required.

Tun Mustapha Building

Tun Mustapha Building (Yayasan Sabah) - Kota Kinabalu

The Yayasan Sabah Tower (officially known as Menara Tun Mustapha) was built in 1977, is the third tallest building in Borneo after The Ministry of Financial Building in Bandar Seri Begawan,Brunei Darussalam. This 30-storey circular glass sculpture that reaches 122 meters high is located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. It is named after Tun Datu Mustapha, a former Chief Minister of Sabah. The building used to be known as Sabah Foundation Building (Bangunan Yayasan Sabah). It is home to the ‘atmosphere’ restaurant at the 18 floor, which slowly spins to provide a complete view of Likas Harbour. It makes one rotation per hour.

In 1997, urban climber Alain Robert successfully scaled the building together with government approval for a fundraiser.

Other Information

  • Location : Sabah Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Status : Complete
  • Also known as : Yayasan Sabah Tower, Menara Tun Mustapha, Sabah Foundation Building , Bangunan Yayasan Sabah
  • Opening : 1977
  • Use : Office, restaurant, Museum
  • Elevator count : 18
  • Cost : (US$20 million)
  • Developer : Mori Building Co.

Amosphere @ Tun Mustapha Building (Yayasan Sabah) - Kota Kinabalu

From its revolving vantage point at the 18th floor of the Menara Tun Mustapha building, Atmosphere offers sweeping views of Kota Kinabalu city, the Crocker Range and the South China Sea.The menu offers luscious Pacific-Rim inspirations such as Tuaran Oyster Bisque with a small number of Asian favourites such as the turmeric-marinated grilled sea bass. Locals say the Chocolate Volcano dessert is to-die-for.

Atmosphere Revolving Restaurant & Bar

18th floor, Menara Tun Mustapha (formerly Yayasan Sabah)
Likas Bay
Tel:+6088 425 100


University Malaysia Sabah

University Malaysia Sabah - Kota Kinabalu

Surely this is the most beautiful University in Malaysia, this university complex is located on a small hill and is sandwiched between the South China Sea, with a few islands on sight, and the majestic Mt. Kinabalu. University Malaysia Sabah has roughly about 10,000 to 13,000 students from all over Malaysia and some foreigners.

City Mosque Kota Kinabalu

City Mosque Kota Kinabalu

Built on a 2.47 acres site at the Likas bay, the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is exemplary of the Islamic contemporary architecture. Situated near the sea, this majestic white mosque boasts similar features to the Nabawi Mosque in Medina. This floating mosque has a prayer hall which houses three madrasahs and accommodates from 9, 000 to 12, 000 people at a time.
By far the largest mosque in Kota Kinabalu, the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is even possibly the most beautiful one in Malaysia – the man-made lagoon which surrounds it gives a serenely gorgeous and dramatic look to the mosque on a full moon night.

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is open for public visits daily except Fridays from 8am to 5pm. There are no fees charged on visitors

Poh Toh Tze Temple

Poh Toh Tze Temple - Kota Kinabalu

One of the sight seeing spot for Kota kinabalu city tour is Puh Toh Tze, a Buddhist temple, located off the Tuaran road just 20 minutes from the city. This temple was built in 1980 with the traditional Chinese roofing and structure.

Poh Toh Tze Temple - Kota Kinabalu

There are ten large statues of deities adorn the temple with the Goddess of Mercy, Kwan Yin, standing tall at the main entrance to greet visitors.
The Poh Toh Tze opens daily from 08:00 to 17:00. Visitors can tour this temple on their own. Taxi from the city centre is approximately RM15 - 20 per way.

State Museum
Built in 1985, the Museum complex is sited where then British North Borneo Governor's Istana was once located. The Museum consists of the Main Building, Science and Education Centre, Heritage Village, Sabah Art Gallery and Museum of Islamic Civilization.

Sabah State Museum - Kota Kinabalu

Inside are various Galleries housing Natural History, Ceramics, Ethnography and Archaeology exhibits, among others ...

Ceramics, traditional weapons and costumes reflect the diversity of the State's culture and traces Sabah's early trade links with the neighbouring countries of Southeast Asia and China. The museum also houses musical instruments, tools and ritual paraphernalia.

Sabah State Museum - Kota Kinabalu  Long House

Sabah State Museum - Kota Kinabalu  Long House

There is a Heritage Village on the Museum grounds where you can enter and experience different types of traditional houses of the various indigenous groups of Sabah. Cultural activities are held here from time to time.

Sabah State Museum - Kota Kinabalu  Long House

Sabah State Museum - Kota Kinabalu  Long House

The Sabah State Museum is located on Jalan Bukit Istana Lama, Kota Kinabalu, 4 km or about 15 minutes from the KK (Kota Kinabalu) City Centre.

Getting There
By bus, take the No.13 (towards Penampang) from either bus stations in front of City Hall or Wawasan Plaza in KK and indicate your stop to the driver. You will have to walk up to the main building. Bus fare is RM1.00.
By taxi, the fare is approximately RM12 to 15.00 for up to 4 persons.

Opening hours
Daily from 9.00am till 5.00pm

Admission fees
My-Kad - RM2.00
Others - RM15.00

Picture-taking is only allowed outside the buildings.

Tel : 6 088-253199/263551
Fax : 6 088 240230
Website :
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Handicraft Market (filipino market)

Handicraft Market (Filipino Market) - Kota Kinabalu

Handicraft Market (Filipino Market) - Kota Kinabalu

Handicraft Market (Filipino Market) - Kota Kinabalu

Many tour companies will end this tour at the Handicraft Market, formerly known as Filipino Market. Located near the KK Central Market on Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, the Handicraft Market is the place for souvenirs hunters. Tourists and even locals will come here to bargain and search for items like batik, t-shirt, key chain, post card, local handicraft, stones, and many other tourists' takeaways. This market opens from 10am to 6pm.

Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre - Sabah Tourist Attractions

Sandakan is the second largest city located on the east coast of Sabah. Sandakan is well known as the gateway for ecotourism destinations where fauna, flora and cultural heritage are the main attractions.

Out of many interesting places around Sandakan such as Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Turtle Island Park, Kinabatangan River and Gomantong Caves, the top tourist spot is Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre.

Tourists come all the way just to have close contact with orang utan, ‘Man of the forest’ in Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre.

Just 5 minutes walk to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, Sepilok Jungle Resort offers comfortable lodging for visitors around the world to get close but un-intrusive glimpse of this nature paradise.

The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1964 to return orphaned "apes back to the wild. The centre was being administered by the wildlife section of the Forestry Department which in 1988 was upgraded as a department under the Ministry of Tourism and Environmental Development. All administration and management was given to the new Wildlife Department of Sabah.

The objectives of the project have expanded in recent years. While Orangutan rehabilita­tion is stilt the primary goal at Sepilok, present aims include public education on conservation, research and assistance to other endangered species such as captive breeding of the rare and endangered rhinoceros.

This centre is now under the supervision of more than 37 staff, including a Wildlife Officer who is also officer-in-charge of the centre, a veterinary doctor, wildlife rangers and general workers.

The centre has a reception centre, information centre, offices for wildlife staff, an animal clinic, quarantine area and enclosures for various animals such as the rhinoceros.

Sepilok, renowned for its orangutan rehabilitation project, has stimulated a greater local and international awareness of the protection laws for endangered species, and the Centre has resulted in an increase in detection and confiscation of illegally held captive animals

As Sandakan was almost totally destroyed in World War II, there are few surviving buildings of any age. Some of the main sights today include:

  • Agnes Keith House, also known as Newlands – two-storey home of local author Agnes Newton Keith and her husband Harry Keith (Conservator of Forests and Curator of the North Borneo Museum). The Keiths lived on this site from 1930 to 1952: they rebuilt the present house on the foundations of their pre-war home which had been destroyed in World War II. Mrs. Keith wrote several books about Sabah and its people, including Land Below the Wind, Three Came Home, and White Man Returns, and a novel, Beloved Exiles
  • Sandakan War Memorial Park – built on site of the Taman Rimba, Mile 7 prisoner-of-war (POW) camp
  • Japanese Cemetery – housing a memorial to the Japanese war dead on Borneo
  • Parish of St Michael and All Angels – this beautiful granite church was built in 1897 and was one of Sandakan’s few surviving pre-war buildings. It was recognized as one of the world’s heritage since year 2005.
  • Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple – completed in 1987, this fiery red and gold temple overlooks the town centre
  • Sam Sing Kung Temple – completed in 1887, it is the oldest building in Sandakan
  • Sandakan Mosque – completed in 1988, it lies next to the bay and Kampung Buli Sim Sim
  • Kampung Buli Sim Sim – stilt fishing village on the original site of Sandakan town
  • Sandakan Market – one of the largest and busiest in Sabah
  • Crocodile Farm – located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) out of town, it houses more than 2,000 of the reptiles in concrete pools
  • Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary – a perfect Proboscis Monkey observation spot for tourists who wants to have a closer look at these monkeys in their natural habitat
  • Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Berhala Island
  • Selingan Island (Turtle Island)
  • Gomantong Cave
Desa Dairy Farm, Mesilau Highland, Kundasang - Sabah Attraction


Desa Dairy Farm is located at the foothill of Mt. Kinabalu, at the Mesilau Plateau, Kundasang, Ranau. It is one of the subsidiaries of Desa Group of Companies which is wholly owned by the state government of Sabah, Malaysia.

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Desa Dairy Farm provides good education for children even adults to understand how fresh milk is being processed from raw to finish product. The best time to visit the farm is around 2:30pm as milking session is starting at 3pm every day. You can see all the cows are lining up waiting for milking.

Desa Dairy Farm, Mesilau Highland, Kundasang - Sabah AttractionDesa Dairy Farm, Mesilau Highland, Kundasang - Sabah AttractionDesa Dairy Farm, Mesilau Highland, Kundasang - Sabah Attraction

Friesian Cattles are reared in this farm to produce around one million liters of high quality fresh milk annually. The processing plant is fully automated at all stage of production. Fresh milk in original & chocolate flavors is available for sales at the lobby. Some souvenir also available and it is always nice to grab something for friends and family other than fresh milk!

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You can see Desa Dairy Farm far from the main road in Kundasang. It is not hard to find but there is no public transport to reach there. If you stay in Kinabalu Park or resort nearby, you may ask for transport from the reception. All the local folks know how to get there! You can see Australian Memorial Park at your right hand side on the way up to the farm

Desa Dairy Farm, Mesilau Highland, Kundasang - Sabah Attraction

Mt. Kinabalu is just in front of you on your way in to Desa Dairy Farm if weather condition is good. You are viewing another side of Mt. Kinabalu! The cold weather, farm fencing, and Friesian cattle make you totally away from all the pressures and stressful life from the reality world. If you already arrive in Kinabalu Park or nearby resort, try to experience Desa Dairy Farm and take some nice photos along the way. “It’s not just about the milk!!! It is the DESA DAIRY FARM EXPERIENCE.”

Entrance fees for adult: RM 2.00
Desa Cattle (Sabah) Sdn Bhd
Mesilau Highland, Kundasang, Ranau

Kinabalu National Park - Sabah Attraction

Kinabalu National Park, about 90 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu, is one of the world's most significant natural environments.

The park is home to thousands of types of flora and fauna that are native to the area, and several hundred that are found only in the park.

Kinabalu National Park - Sabah Attraction

As such, Kinabalu National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000, the first in Malaysia. While its tourist trails are well-worn, the majority of the park is an unspoilt paradise for rare flora and fauna.

For those who aren't keen on testing themselves on Mt Kinabalu's slopes, there is still much to enjoy from a visit to the park.

The presence of Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia, is one of the contributing factors to the wide variety of animal, bird, insect and plant life found in the park.

The terrain ranges from lush, green rainforest at the park's lowest altitudes, while further up the mountain, rhodendron and coniferous forest is prevalent. At the highest altitudes, stunted plant growth and small marsupials survive in a harsh environment.

Orchids and carnivorous pitcher plants are among the park's most famous plants, although they are rare along the park's most worn tourist trails. However, they are all on display in a botanical walk near park headquarters, where visitors can view some of the area's most beautiful flora.

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The most famous of the pitcher plants endemic to Kinabalu National Park is Nepenthes raja, a giant pitcher plant whose bell can hold more than three litres of water. There are a number of other species of pitcher plants in the park, and these can be seen just off some of the tracks in the park.

Kinabalu National Park is also home to the world's largest flower, the Rafflesia, which blooms exceptionally rarely and then only for a matter of days.

Unlike most of its floral brethren, the Rafflesia emits a foul smell, reminiscent of rotting meat. The stench attracts flies and insects, which the plant then feasts upon.

With a diameter of up to one metres and a potential weight of 10 kilograms, the blooming of the Rafflesia is an event keenly awaited by botanists around the world.


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