Kundasang – a town in the district of Ranau, Sabah.
A retreat, I’ll say.
Also the home to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Borneo’s Crocker Range and the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago, and the highest mountain at home.
1. FEED THE SQUIRRELS
Location: Timpohon Gate, Kundasang, Sabah
You can buy packets of nuts from the counter and feed the squirrels. They seemed to have learned how to grab food from the visitors’ hands and dash away with their cute legs to a safe spot on the tree to munch on the nuts that they took.
The squirrels were really adorable but extremely shy!
2. Take a picture at the Mt. Kinabalu Information Centre
Location: Mt. Kinabalu Information Centre
Hours: N/A (outside of the Info Centre)
They do have some pretty nice views there, yet we only took photos with the background full of trees.
3. Poring Hot Spring
Location: Poring Hot Spring, Ranau, Sabah
Fee: Entrance fee (RM3 for locals; RM15 for foreigners)
Roughly 1 hour 15 minutes from Kundasang, Poring Hot Spring is situated in lowland rainforest. It can be accessed with a canopy walk.
There are sulphuric minerals in the hotspring, said to have healing properties, making it famous amongst the locals.
With the signboard at the entrance to Poring Hot Spring. At the starting point of the canopy walk, a worker would be standing there.
He warned us that only one camera was allowed to be used to capture images during the canopy walk. If they see two cameras, we’d have to fork out extra payment depending on the number of pictures we took.
There were notice boards around saying that only ONE camera is allowed. We understood and agreed to use Simon’s phone to capture our pictures.
So here it goes, the almighty and expensive picture of me crossing the canopy walk without fear:
After the canopy, we arrived at Poring Hot Spring where we dipped ourselves in the mildly hot and water and played in a swimming pool that’s freezing to the bones.
4. DESA Dairy Farm
Location: DESA Cattle Dairy Farm
Entrance Fee: (Adults: Locals RM3; Foreigners RM5 / Children: Locals RM1; Foreigners RM3)
Extra fees apply for feeing the cattle, buying the ice-cream and watching how they collect the milk.
Ah, DESA dairy farm, the New Zealand in Malaysia. It is located at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu offering an amazing and breathtaking scenery.
You can taste the ice-cream and milk from the local cows, feed the cattle in close, as well as watch how they collect milk from the cows.
5. Try "Sinalau Bakas" (Grilled Wild Boar)
Location: Along the long stretch of winding hilly road down.
Hours: Differs from stalls to stalls. Most of them close around the evening.
Price: Varies (Roughly RM22/kg)
Sinalau Bakas is Sabah’s most popular food. They’re called grilled wild boar in English. You can find them all the way downhill (or uphill) of Kundasang, where stalls after stalls scattered throughout the roadside could be seen.
All of them had the sign “Sinalau Bakas” hung up in front of their stalls. They are considered exotic, and are the local’s favorite!
We waited a really long time for the meat to cook thoroughly. They did it with charcoal. The meat was really hard to chew on; nonetheless, the fragrance was hard to resist.
We left the stall with a mixture of charcoal with a hint of wild boar scent on our clothes.
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in a nutshell
Kundasang is the perfect place to go on a retreat with family and friends! Take advantage of the cool weather and picture yourself being in New Zealand!
If you have more time to spare, challenge Mt. Kinabalu instead!