Kota Belud |
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Places of interest in Kudat
|Attraction around Kudat:
Gombizau Honey Bee Farm
Kampung Bavanggazo (Rungus Longhouse)
Kampung Sumangkap Gong Factory
Kudat Golf Club
Maranjak Longhouse Homestay
The Tip of Borneo - Tanjung Simpang Mengayau
The first group of Chinese pioneers arrived in 1883, followed by a steady flow of Hakkas who cleared the jungles to establish coconut plantations and small farms.
These Hakka Chinese built their own homes, churches and schools.
Early 20th century, they began planting rubber.
Other Chinese dialect groups eventually made Kudat their home, but the district remains dominated by the Christian Hakka of the Basel Church.
Ferry to Pulau Banggi
Tip of Borneo - Simpang Mengayau
Pulau Banggi and
|Blessed by its location by the sea, is a spacious, clean and
attractive town with plenty of trees and open spaces. "Old" Kudat is
focused around the main street, Jalan Lo Thien Chok, where
traditional fan-cooled coffee shops, mixed traders and provision
shops arc joined by more modem shops and hotels. Reflecting Kudat's
multi-ethnic population, Chinese temples, mosques and churches all
sit in happy proximity.
In the 1970s, a massive project reclaimed 500 acres from the sea to the northwest of the fishing harbor. Part of this is occupied by 3-storcy shop houses with spacious walkways, and a large open market or tamu ground, with the general market nearby. This newer area of Kudat, Pekan Tomborungus, is the site of the Tuesday evening open market or tamu, as well as the annual Pesta Kelapa, which celebrates the once all-important coconut, held here each September.
One of the most striking features of Kudat is the 2-kilomelrc Sidek Esplanade, running along the bay. This spacious, attractive esplanade has plenty of seating (making it a popular place to relax at sunset), play areas for children, plenty of room for jogging or strolling, and several food stalls.
Kudat boasts a modern sports complex, opened in 2002, as well the Kudat Golf Club, which has an attractive 18-hole golf course. A new three-star resort, the Kudat Golf and Country Club, sits adjacent to the golf course overlooking a small marina.
Kudat is renowned for its seafood, and popular places for enjoying this arc the food stalls next to the Pasar Ikan or fish market, and a group of Muslim footstalls set up every early evening near the town green or padang. :
Kudat - a small town in the north of Sabah. About 3 hours from Kota Kinabalu by car.
Population is only 26,750 (year 2000 census), comprising mainly
of Rungus (rural areas); Bruneis and Chinese (town area) and ethnic entities
Obian/Ubian, Suluk, Bajau, Irranun/Illanun.
Getting to Kudat
On you journey, stop by at the many markets, visit the 'one
village one trade' kampungs of Gombizau (honey), Sumangkap (gongs), Tinanggol
(beads) and Bavanggazo (longhouse living culture). Meet the locals and chat with
them; stroll through the fish markets of Kudat where some of Sabah's best
seafood comes from. And enjoy a sumptuous meal, be it for lunch or dinner, of
the best the seas can offer at unbeatable prices. Relax on some of the most
beautiful beaches you'll ever see, and if you are a diver you will find the area
not only intriguing for its marine life, but also for the treasure trove of
ancient wrecks that can be found in the north of Sabah. Who knows, you might
even make an important discovery...!
1) There are several simple and clean hotels in town.
KUDAT GOLF & MARINA RESORT
Wholly Owned by Tangamahir Sdn. Bhd.
Off Jalan Urus Setia, 89057 Kudat, Sabah, Malaysia
2) There is the Kudat Marina & Golf Club Resort
3) Bavanggazo, a traditional longhouse for tourist
4) Sunjamal Resort, a uniquely designed, small retreat run by a Swiss lady that will appeal to the most discerning traveler.
HOTEL IN KOTA MARUDU
Rate : Suite : Rm 78.00
Twin Rm 65.00
Single Rm 63.00
Family Rm 118.00
Kudat in Sabah’s early colonial history played an important role but is nearly forgotten today. The northern tip of Borneo played an important role as an outpost for various traders, such as the Bajau from the southern Philippines, and the Bugis from the Celebes who continued to sail until the middle of the 20th century around Borneo to Singapore and back each year.
Magellan’s chronicler, Pigafetta, who has left a wonderful
account of Brunei’s capital in 1521 sailed to Balambangan and Banggi to repair
their vessels after their stay in Brunei. Magellan’s fleet by then consisted of
only two ships of the original five, and both were loaded with valuable spices.
Only one ship, the Victoria, made it back to Spain.
Around Kudat you find the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches, wonderful sunsets and glorious mornings for long walks and bird spotting.
Places of Interest in Kudat
Thanks to the upgraded road and formal Chief Minister, Datuk Chong Kah Kiat, that Kudat has received a little more attention, and the development of a tourism infrastructure that also satisfies the demands of international tourists.
Driving to Kudat takes more then 3 hours, with many stops on the route you might as well take an entire day.
From KK to Kudat one will pass through Tuaran, Kota Belud, and Kota Marudu, all have a Sunday tamu!
The Kota Belud Tamu is of course the most famous and invites for a longer stop-over to watch the colorful displays and the traditional trading. Have lunch in Kota Belud, too, before you head for the longer stretch up north.
You will encounter several road-stalls on your way, some of them selling deliciously charcoal-fire roasted maize, others handicraft, and others again local medicinal herbs and roots.
A stop-over is a must if you are interested in native medical lore, you will find anything, from concoctions to ‘buang panas’ (remove heat from the body), to herbs for gastric problems, high blood pressure, diabetes and fevers.
The area is home to the famous ‘tongkat ali’, Sabah’s own, natural ‘Viagra’. Here you can buy entire roots at reasonable prices.
And if you want some traditional Sabah handicraft you also have to stop at some of the stalls:
1) bubuh (traditional fish traps) of all sizes,
2) woven rattan baskets and carriers,
3) winnowing trays and
You can’t lost on your way to Kudat. For one, the signboards are very clear, and secondly, there is only one road with one junction after Kota Belud!
No traffic lights! And generally very light traffic, so the driving on the good road is a real pleasure. But be careful and watch out for pedestrians, domesticated animals, and the odd monitor lizard, as well as civet cats!
About 45 kilometers before Kudat you come to one of the first tourism
attractions developed in the area: Kg Gombizau, the ‘Honey Village’. Kg Gombizau
is a ‘one village, one trade’ example, and most of its inhabitants are rearing
honey bees. You can drive up to the village, where you have to pay a small
entrance fee to go and see how the honey is collected. It is a good idea to buy
some local honey here, which has many benefits for your health. A bit further
north from Kg Gombizau is Kg Sumangkap, another ‘one village one trade’ example,
and an extraordinary one: Kg Sumangkap is the gong-village of Sabah. A visit to
the village will show you how gongs are made, and the locals will be happy to
tell you more about the importance of this instrument, so typical throughout
Kota Belud district spreads across the lushly beautiful
Tempasuk plain, watered by rivers rushing down from the granite
flanks of Mt Kinabalu. Viewed from the west, the mountain is at its
most dramatic, rising up almost directly from the plain, with paddy
fields and water buffaloes dotting the tranquil landscape. Along the
coast, sheltered bays and attractive beaches can be found, while to
the northwest of Usukan Bay, the island group, Mantanani. is home to
a small dive resort.
In 1906, after the British established an administrative post for the Tempasuk district, the township of Kota Belud or "Fort on the Hill" grew up near the site of the market or tamu which was held every 20 days. Once considered a wild and remote outpost, Kota Belud soon attracted many Bajau, as well Irranun, Obian and a number of Chinese traders. They joined the indigenous Dusun people to make up the fascinating mixture of peoples that is a striking characteristic of Kota Belud even today.
Usukan Bay Wreck Diving
available at Usukan Bay
REFERENCE PRICE PER PERSON
|1||Day Trip Usukan Bay Wreck Diving||RM380.00
(Minimum 3 persons)
* All the above packages are inclusive return hotel (ex: city hotel) & boat transfers, jetty fee, packed lunch, use of snorkeling / diving equipment and accompanied by a professional Dive Instructor / Dive Master
* This package is suitable for advanced divers or those who have logged more than 100 dives in their logbook. This is due to the depth and diving conditions involved.
* Exclude dive computer
|HOW TO GET TO KUDAT AND KOTA BELUD
Mini-buses for Kota Belud
leave from the bus station in front of Centrepoint Complex, in Kota
Kinabalu, throughout the day; the fare is RM10. Air-conditioned
buses for Kudat and Kota Marudu, leaving from near the Padang at
7.30 am, 6.30 am, 12 noon and 1 pm, can be taken as far as Kota
Belud (RM10), or on as far as Kudat for the same fare. In Kudat,
buses for Kota Kinabalu leave from next to the Telekoms office,
opposite the clothing market near Hotel Sunrise.
|The indigenous Dusun of Kota Belud have worked as farmers for
countless generations. Although sharing similar beliefs and legends,
in the days before modern transport, they were divided into separate
groups by geography. Those living in the north of the Tempasuk
plain, towards the Kudat district, arc known as the Dusun Tabilung,
while those around the Tempasuk river basin are the Dusun Tempasuk.
The group living to the south, bordering Tuaran district, call
themselves Dunun Tidal.
Like the majority of the Kadazandusun, as Sabah's largest indigenous ethnic group is known today, most Kota Belud Dusun are Christian, yet their ancient myths are still remembered and their dramatic traditional dress, with magnificent silver ornaments, is still worn with pride on ceremonial occasions.
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