If I had suggested to you on where and what you should do in Sabah, Malaysia, you would have probably raised your eyebrows and replied, “Sorry, I never heard that place before.”
And this is the best time for some of you who loves traveling and start to do some research on Google or TripAdvisor, read, check out the hottest activities in The Land Below the Wind, and even talk to other travelers about places that you have never heard before in Sabah. And that’s how makes your journey more fascinating and incredibly valuable by indulging the mystery, distance and the unpredictable.
If Bali is a country whose people and stories captivated you, Sabah turned out to be the top destination for wildlife and ecotourism in general. Sabah is famous for the wonders of nature, from the most pristine beaches with the sapphire blue sea, one of the best dive sites, the world’s biggest flower, Borneo’s tallest Mountain, a paradise of fresh seafood, the primeval rainforest, and of course the orangutans and proboscis monkeys.
THE TOP 10 BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD TO RETIRE
No jokes! You read it right. Based on the latest 2016 Retire Overseas Annual Index, Kota Kinabalu is no.6 on the list of Best Places In The World To Retire! If you are a tropic lover who loves basking in the sun, Kota Kinabalu is the best choice with the spectacular scenery of sunset. The existing expat community chooses Kota Kinabalu for its great weather, affordable cost of living, golden sandy beaches, fresh and live seafood.
Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu is heaven for the seafood lover. These two cities are famous in serving mouthwatering fresh seafood with reasonable price. With a diverse range of seafood restaurants to choose from, the main attraction is the live display of seafood, from fishes to lobsters and crabs, which you are free to select and they will cook it to suit your taste bud.
ISLAND AND BEACHES
I must say the tranquil sea and white sandy beach on a tropical island; Sabah is irresistible. Sipadan Island is one of the top three diving sites in the world. It has frequently featured in National Geographic and Discovery Channels. If you dive in Sipadan Island, diving with Barracudas in the thousands surrounding you is an unforgettable experience! Another favorite island for Europeans is Mataking Island. Mataking is a sandy beach with dazzling crystal clear water, romantic sunset, and luxurious resort. You can have your dream wedding in underwater or the chapel of the island! Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park is the best beaches in Kota Kinabalu which only take 10-15 minutes by speedboat. Caution: You might just want to fling off all your clothes and wade into the ocean.
KLIAS RIVER SAFARI
It will be your most fantastic experience ever by cruising throughout the Klias River Safari to see the fascinating proboscis monkey and other wildlife. You need to take a tour by making an advance booking through your hotel facilitator, and perhaps if you are lucky enough you will be entitled to get a discount! At 5 pm, you will join with others on a boat, and the real adventure begins! You will encounter with silver leaf monkeys, macaques, lots of birds, and fireflies too! You might have an imagination about a big Christmas tree twinkling in the dark.
Mount Kinabalu probably will be on your bucket list on your trip to Sabah. The majestic mountain always welcome novice and experienced hikers or climbers. Nevertheless, you have to ensure your physical condition, mentality, and your budget for the expedition.
GEAR UP, GET ENGAGE AND BUILD MARKETING STRATEGY
Sabah Tourism Board is looking for innovative and cost-effective ways to take full advantage of this trump card and keep up with other competitors around the world.
1. FOSTERING INTO ECOTOURISM
Sabah is emerging as one of the favorite global destination for eco-tourism and adventure travel. Sabah is best known as a natural draw for international travelers hunt for genuine wilderness, adventure, and cultural experiences.
Sabah has an excellent record as an uncrowded and full of an adventurous holiday destination with a broad diversity of wildlife. The natural environment also attracts the travelers who are searching for an adrenaline rush with activities such as hiking the Mount Kinabalu, cruising the Klias River, kayaking in Padas River and jungle trekking in Danum Valley.
2. GLOBAL ACCESSIBLE AND INTERACTIVE WEBSITE
Sabah Tourism Board allied with the traveling agencies in customizing the website with interactive designs to target the market with simple visual aids or scenery videos about the beautiful panoramas of Sabah. Presenting the costs in local currency also can boost the targeted market especially with international foreigners for comparing the prices. It is vital to provide travelers with necessary information such as the weather forecast, currency, choices of cuisines, and local customs.
3. MULTI-SEASONAL AS A STEPPING STONE
Sabah Tourism Board building a multi-seasonal capacity as a stepping stone to drive growth and maximize the profits. There are lots of cultural activities and exciting events such as the famous Harvest Festival, Flower Festival, National Day, Borneo Bird Festival, Moginakan Festival and Bamboo Music Festival. For those who loves adventurous activities can try out abseiling, biking and bask in the scenic view of Sabah, exploring the green jungles and plantations through quad biking or even get yourself inspired by the marine life up close and personal via sea walking. After the long tiring journey, travelers can get the chance to have reflexology or spa in Jari Jari Spa who won an International Award or Mandara Home Spa, which located in Sutera Harbour Resort.
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