About Sabah

Sabah is a tropical paradise located in the north-east of the island of Borneo. In ancient times it was known as the ‘Land Below the Wind’ because it lies below the typhoon zone.

As Malaysia’s most eastern state, Sabah attracts visitors for its scenic beauty, rugged landscape, outdoor activities and cultural diversity.

A pristine natural environment, wildlife wonders, enchanting islands, tropical jungle, cultural diversity and a rich history combine to make Sabah the perfect destination for a “get-way-from-it-all” holiday adventure.

It is also the country’s premier destination for golf. Two of Malaysia’s best resort courses – Sutera Harbour and Dalit Bay Golf Club at Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort – are on the doorstep of Kota Kinabalu, the usual entry point for visitors from Kuala Lumpur and regional centres in South-East Asia including Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Taipei, Seoul, Manila and Brunei.

Among many of Sabah’s attractions is Sabah Fest, a cultural extravaganza held in May each year (Apr 30-May 1, 2012). The two-day event presents Sabah’s magnificent cultural and natural heritage that is richly embedded in its folklore.

The Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival (June 17-18, 2012) is another annual highlight. Staged in the picturesque nature resort city of Kota Kinabalu, the festival brings together a musical melting pot of talents from around the world.

The Gaya Street Fair is held in the heart of Kota Kinabalu every Sunday morning from 6.30am to 1pm. The street is closed to traffic to make way for the colourful fair featuring local products including batik sarongs, fruits and flowers, arts and craft, footwear, antiques and souvenirs. It is an ideal way to experience the cross-section of the local population when entire families come out to enjoy a Sunday outing.