Sabah, situated at the northern part of Borneo, caressed by the South China Sea on its west, Sulu and Celebes seas on its eastern coastline, seems almost unfairly blessed with nature’s beauty. With its timeless rainforest and captivating ancient caves, alluring beaches and idyllic islands, it encapsulates the very best of the third largest island in the world. Sabah is well known as “THE LAND BELOW THE WIND", because it is located just south of the typhoon-prone region, making it free from typhoons. Home to 32 different indigenous groups that consist of over 30 ethnic races, Sabah is often described as the people that makes visiting Sabah so special.
The mountainous terrain of Sabah ranges from long white sandy beaches to coastal mangroves, from rivers to fertile plains, from limestone caves to ranges covered with rainforest, all this culminating in the majestic granite massif of Mount Kinabalu, top 5 highest mountains in Southeast Asia. Standing at 4,095m tall, Mount Kinabalu is the focal point of Kinabalu Park and the pride of Sabah. Such is the importance of this mountain that the state capital was renamed from Jesselton to Kota Kinabalu in 1964. Not forgetting Sabah’s extensive coastline populated with coral reefs and teaming with marine life, treasured marine heritage islands glittered with crystal-clear waters, all of which present Sabah as picturesque scenery, destined to fulfill the dream of a tropical island paradise!
Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah. Often referred to as KK, it’s a coastal city partly surrounded by rainforests. KK is well-known for its bustling markets, modern boardwalk, beaches and waterfronts. It is also a gateway to Kinabalu National Park, the home of 4,095m-high Mount Kinabalu.