Sabah is home of a myriad of wildlife, such as the orangutan, proboscis monkeys, macaques, and pygmy elephants. From climbing Mount Kinabalu, which is the tallest mountain in Malaysia, that sits in a UNESCO World Heritage site, to soaking in the natural hot springs of the Ranau Highlands, Sabah is full of natural wonders.

A trip to Sabah should include visits to the capital, Kota Kinabalu, and Sandakan, as there are some interesting places to visit in Sabah to attract history lovers. In 1879, Sandakan became the capital of British North Borneo and these days you can visit Chinese temples, churches and English tea. There are memorials dedicated to the brave Australian and British soldiers who lost their lives in Sandakan. Step back into history at Sandakan Memorial Park and the Kundasang War Memorial in Ranau to pay homage to the men who served during World War II.

Here are some other activities that you can expect on your trip to Sabah!


Chill out on Mari Mari Sepangar Island, which is one of the best places to visit in in Sabah to enjoy a few hours downtime or to stay for a few days if time permits.


Try your hand on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or dive the deeper ocean with the island’s experienced divemasters.


Visit the Sabah Tea Gardens and take a tour around the mountain-based plantation.

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Try a fish foot massage and spa at Kampung Luanti, which is just a 2km drive from Sabah Tea Plantation.

Last reviewed: September 9, 2020

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