Sabah is divided into several divisions and the divisions further divided into districts. Sabah is a legacy of British North Borneo days. Some of its divisions include West Coast, Kudat, Interior, Sandakan, and Tawau. The capital of Sabah is Kota Kinabalu, and it is the main entry point into Sabah. The city is rapidly growing surrounded by islands, national park, golf courses, and beach resorts. Other cities in Sabah include Sandakan, Tawau, TEnom, Semporna, Ranau and Kota Belud among many others.
Sabah is one of the cultural cities in Malaysia. It has diverse cultures since it has a population of 2.5 million with a mix of native groups. Sabah has both Muslim and non-Muslim groups. Visitors can enjoy various festivals in Sabah. One of them is the Kaamatan also known as Harvest Festival, which takes place in May. Another popular event is Harvest Queen in Kadazan. Here, girls all over the state compete for the crown. Schedule your travelling time such that you get to attend the festival, and you can be sure to have fun.
Getting in Sabah
Sabah maintains its strict immigration rules to avoid immigration to the state. As a foreigner, you will be required to fill a second immigration form. Ensure you have an extra stamp on your passport. You can travel by air, and you will land at Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Some foreign carriers served by the airport include Eastar Jet, Dragonair, Silkair, Shanghai Airlines and Indonesia Air Asia among other airlines. If you are using a train to get in, you will use the North Borneo Railway. You can get out by using a boat through Labuan Island to Brunei.
There are varieties of fresh juices in the city. Supermarkets and mini markets also stock cheap liquors. You can also get other alcoholic drinks like whisky and beer.
Most towns in Sabah are safe, so you can freely shop around with fear. However, the rule of not showing off still applies especially in public. However, you need to be watchful with your things to avoid being pick-pocketed.
Memorable places to visit in Sabah
• Sabah state mosque
• Signal hill
• Atkinson clocks tower
• Night market
• Kinabalu National Park
• Mount Kinabalu
How to save money in Sabah
• Avoid package tours because they are costly
• Book flights in advance
• Always, bargain especially in markets
• Eat in market stalls or at local restaurants since they are cheaper Kota Kinabalu local food is excellent too
• Use public transport like buses since their bus service is excellent
Food tips in Sabah, Malaysia
The food reflects the diversity of Sabah. Be prepared to enjoy amazing foods. You get a variety of dishes including Western foods, Indian, Malay, Indonesian, Philippine and Chinese foods. KK Kota Kinabalu restaurant offers you a variety of food choices to choose from, and visitors are sure to enjoy finger leaking foods and excellent services.
Some of the amazing dishes to try out when you visit Sabah include:
• Nasi lemak
• Ikan Bakar
• Banana leaf
• Nasi Iskandar
• Roti canai
• Curry laksa and Assam Laksa