Places of Interest in
Updated on : 2 April 2013 TUE 2:30PM
|Attraction around Lahad Datu :
Danum Valley Conservation Area
Madai - Baturong Forest Reserve Nature Centre
Tabin Wildlife Reserve
|Lahad Datu has a strong influence
Lahad Datu is home to the Segama Dusuns, Idahans and the Bagahak Dusuns.
Prior to the building of the Segama bridge, visitors from Sandakan and the West Coast would cross the ferry into Lahad Datu. The ferry terminal in Lahad Datu was located in Bukit Balacon, the heart of Dusun Segama territory.
People visiting Lahad Datu then would first encounter the Dusun Segamae people. There was a hive of activity back then on both sides of the river, with business mostly conducted by the Segama Dusuns.
On the other side of the district, visitors coming in from Tawau and the south would first encounter Silam and Sapagaya, two areas which are dominated by the Idahans. Most roadside stalls then were operated and manned by the Idahans.
Things began to change in the early 1980s when thousands of Indonesians suddenly became citizens.
Up to the early 1990s, for instance, the market in Batu Satu (Mile 1 Segama) were dominated by Dusun traders.
Similarly the minibus operations between Segama and Sapagaya and the town centre were operated by Dusuns and Idahans, respectively.
But aggressive competition from foreign business people proved no match for the locals and many of them began to move elsewhere or close shop.
The food of the Bagahak Dusuns, Segama Dusuns and Idahans.
The Dusuns of Segama, for example, are known for various delicacies such as tinambak (quite similar to hinava in Penampang) and sindara (a delicacy made of wild boar fat and skin).
Another popular dish of the Segama Dusuns is marang which is a chilli sambal made using dalit (red durian).
A popular place to sample food of the Segama Dusuns would be Ah Chan's food stall in Bukit Balacon. Ah Chan's food stall is visited by many of those from the West Coast.
Lahad Datu is also known for its distinctive varieties of hill rice.
In Kampung Sri Darun in Tungku, for example, the Bagahak Dusuns plant a type of hill rice which is white in color. However the smell is extremely fragrant. Unfortunately their numbers are rapidly dwindling as many are opting for oil palm which is more lucrative.
In the Segama area alone, right up to as recently as 2001 we could still see large tracts of land planted with hill paddy. Today, these paddy lands have been replaced by oil palm. One would have to travel to villages such as Sinduron or Tawayari in upper Segama to see any rice planting now.
Some of these hill rice do occasionally find their way to the Lahad Datu market at times.
The Idahans also have some very tasty delicacies to their credit.
Tembak which is preserved and salted oyster and alau which is mashed dalit mixed with salt and eaten with rice are some of Idahan specialties.
KE SMK AGASEH
by the lower Kinabatangan River
Sukau is south of Sandakan over a
long dusty sand road, with lots and lots of bumps in it for about 30
Greenview is closer to town (1.5km), though the prices are a bit higher. Sukau B&B is about 2.5 km further from town and is a bit less $ and all shared bath Rm30.00 per person.
Sukau Bed & Breakfast Guesthouse is the last guesthouse along the road Sukau road; the road ends here, beyond it the forest begins. Built high on stilts over the river, 1km east of the Sukau village, this friendly guesthouse is one of the last places to flood when the river rises. It's also one of the last places to sell accommodation only. It can arrange boats and transfers on request.
Road condition to Sukau. The road into Sukau has been upgraded from gravel to tar in 2008
Where is the lower Kinabatangan and Sukau? How to get there?
Sukau is one of the villages along the river accessible by road. Sukau is the gateway to the amazing nature of Kinabatangan.
From Sandakan, take a drive for 2 hour to reach the village of Sukau . The last 1 hour driving is on a stretch of gravel road which is currently being tarred.
Darvel Bay Plaza
Purchasing power of the middle class in Lahad Datu is strong. Sabah Urban Development Corporation (SUDC) aims to turn Lahad Datu into a vibrant town with modern shopping facilities through Darvel Bay Plaza on a five-acre site as part and parcel of the Darvel Bay Commercial Centre development, with financial assistance from Sabah Credit Corporation (SCC).
Ready for business in mid 2010, this largest shopping complex in Lahad Datu will introduce a brand new shopping experience, offering an interesting mix of retail, supermarket, food court, homewares, IT, high fashion and modern cafes - all under one roof.
The development of Darvel Bay Plaza is timely and in line with Sabah government effort to have sustainable economic growth in Sabah. Darvel Bay Plaza will complement the commercial, industrial and other economic-based activities in Lahad Datu and its surrounding neighbours. The development of Darvel Bay Plaza is considered timely and in line with the strong macro-economic outlook for Lahad Datu.
The Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) Lahad Datu project that is currently undergoing rapid development will be generating more opportunities like employment and so on, which will increase the purchasing power of locals.
Lahad Datu is one of Sabah's main ports and entry points for traders and tourists going in and out daily between here and the Philippines.
Darvel Bay Plaza has a gross development value of about RM170million with a total floor area of 600,000 square feet and a retail area of 250,000 square feet. Some 12,487 square feet of the area has been allocated for the central atrium.
The shopping complex has two storeys of retail spaces and ample parking areas with 645 bays of car park. About 30 per cent of the shop lots have already been taken.
Besides Darvel Bay Plaza, SUDC also has other projects throughout the State and some of these completed projects include the Tawau Light Industrial Estate, Kuhara Court Condominium, Marina Court Condominium, Lok Kawi Heights, Sandakan Industrial Estate, Lahad Datu Industrial Estate, Keningau Industrial Area, Asia City Complexes and many more since its inception in 1973.
Eastern Plaza Shopping Complex and Kuhara Hotel project in Tawau are completed in 2008.
|Lahad Datu is also the base of Borneo Child Aid Society (Locally Humana Child Aid Society Sabah) which provides education for more than 5000 children of plantation workers and others without access to basic education.|
|Room Type :
Airconditioned 1 Rm 45.00
MDLD 3688, Tingkat 1, Jalan Urusetia Kecil, Peti Surat 60447, 91114 Lahad Datu, Sabah.
...developing into a Small-Medium City...
Batu Tulug Archaeological Museum
Road condition : Good
|KFC LAHAD DATU|
RUMAH TUMPANGAN TABIN
Home to over one million swiftlets. The swiftlets' nest are
collected for the famous Chinese Delicacy, bird's nest soup, and
fetch a good price locally and abroad. Twice a year, in the caves
men can be seen scaling bamboo ladders to heights of about 90m to
collect this delicacy off the cave walls. The swiftlets’ neighbors
are bats, more than a million of them, living above an enormous
guano pile. The sighting of bats, swiftlets, birds and butterflies
is virtually guaranteed, with the occasional bonus of small mammals,
including orang utan. Harvesting of the nests is a spectacular and
dangerous operations which is only carried out twice per year,
usually around March to April and August to September. To find out
the exact harvesting times you need to contact the Wildlife
Department at 6089-666550 for more details.
Two varieties of swiftlets make edible birth nests. Good quality birds nests can fetch more than US$ 1000 per kilo! Although the visit is more spectacular during nest collection seasons, the lime stone cave is most impressive all year round with sightings of animals and insects.
The Gomantong limestone caves are the source for the swiflets' nests that the soup is made of. These caves are 5 km south from the road leading to Sukau. The caves are a good 20 km from the main highway. Visitors may go in, but many do not as the whole place buzzes with insects.
The limestone Gomantong Caves are 45 minutes from Sandakan, and are the world’s biggest bird’s nest caves. Expert skill is involved as the harvesters ascend the bamboo ladder to collect the precious nest of the swiftlet bird, which are used for bird’s-nest soup.
One of the last remaining reserves of primary lowland rainforest, this 438 sq. km. area is said to have the world's most complex eco-system. Home to over 275 bird species, numerous reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and insects, its uniqueness lies in the dipterocarp forests covering over 90% of the area, a haven for various indigenous plant species and over 110 mammals, including the rare Sumatran rhino, clouded leopard, orang utan and proboscis monkeys.
An untouched paradise in the heart of the natural world, it is located 80 km. inland from Lahad Datu. A journey by car takes 2 hours but permits have to be obtained beforehand. A better alternative would be to arrange for transport with local tour agents.
Overnight stays are advised to better appreciate the variety of wildlife. Viewing platforms and the 27-metre high tree-top canopy walkway give a majestic view of the forest and is perfect for bird-watching. Engage an experienced guide to lead you on a night drive in search of nocturnal creatures or to trek over the 50 km. of hiking trail through forest habitats.
A nominal fee that contributes toward conservation activities is charged upon entrance to Danum Valley.
Borneo Nature Tours Sdn Bhd
Tel: 089-880 207 / 880 206 Fax: 089-885 051 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Road condition : 1st part Good. 2nd part gravel road
Palm City Centre, Lahad Datu town centre,
Lahad Datu is a town and district located in Tawau Division, in the east of Sabah, eastern Malaysia occupies the peninsula on the north side of Darvel Bay. The population of Lahad Datu District was estimated to be around 118,000 in 1991 and 156,059 in the 2000 census.
Lahad Datu is surrounded by stretches of cocoa and oil palm plantations. The town has an airport for domestic flights.
Basically a planters' town, surrounded by miles of cocoa and oil palm plantations. It is also the gateway to the virgin rainforests of the renowned Danum Valley Conservation Area, the Tabin Wildlife Reserve in the east and Madai Caves further south.
Lahad Datu is used as a stopover town for most international travellers. There is no real tourist industry in the town. Because of the local oil palm industries is booming, a few international style hotels is growing up. Hotel with international standard are Asia Hotel, Executive Hotel , Grace Hotel and the newest De Leon Hotel. They are all in the same town centre area within walking distance to eachother. Asia Hotel has the advantage of being close to the bus station.
More about Hotels in Lahad Datu
A settlement is said to have existed here as early as the 15th century as excavations have unearthed potteries confirming contact with the imperial dynasties of China. Just east of Lahad Datu, lies the village of Tunku, which achieved notoriety as the base of Illanum pirates and slave traders in the 19th century. In August 2000, Eco-Challenge Sabah 2000, the world's toughest adventure race, covered areas like Silam, Danum Valley and Madai. Hundreds of international media and professional support teams from all over the world converged at Lahad Datu, the gateway to pristine rainforests wonders that has wowed many a celebrity and royalty.
Danum Valley Conservation Area
The Tabin Wildlife Reserve occupies a large part of the peninsula forming the northern arm of Darvel Bay. Large mammals such as the endangered rhinoceros, elephants and wild oxes still roam about freely here. Tabin has several intriguing mud volcanoes that provide mineral salts for the wild animals. Efforts are being made to provide some basic facilities for visitors at these popular look-out spots.
Described by WWF as "the best managed edible birds' nest cave in
the world", Gomantong Caves has been the focus for birds' nests for centuries.
Historical records have traced it as a source of this precious delicacy to the
Chinese Emperor centuries ago.
Gomantong Hill is the largest limestone outcrop in the lower
Kinabatangan area, and contains at least nine caves. For centuries, the
Gomantong Caves have been renowned for the valuable edible birds' nests made by
two of the four species swiftlets that roost in the caves. During the harvesting
month visitors may be able to witness the birds' nest collectors action. This is
an age-old tradition and the trade history of bird nest spans several hundreds
It is said that the Chinese Imperial merchants sailed up
Kinabatangan River in search of the precious bird's nests. Its floodplain is one
of the most exceptional areas in Malaysia. Influenced by the tides of the Sulu
Sea and rainfall in the interior, the lower part of the river plain floods
regularly. Thus over the centuries, 5 distinct habitats have evolved,
waterlogged and dry forests, saline and freshwater swamps and limestone forests,
each contributing towards some of the most diverse concentrations of wildlife in
Kinabatangan River starts deep in the heart of southwestern Sabah, where trickles spilling down from the watersheds of Trus Madi and the Maliau Basin merge with countless other rivulets to form small streams. These streams grow into the Kuamut and Milian rivers, always moving steadily to the northeast, then merge into one large river, by now the color of kopi susu or milky coffee from silt washed off the sides of the steep slopes down which it flows. The volume of water increases and picks up speed as it moves ever onwards, finally threading through coastal mangroves and spilling out into the Sulu Sea. This is the Kinabatangan, at 560 km, Sabah's longest river and the second longest in all of Malaysia.
Each year, the lashing rains of the northeast monsoon cause the
river to swell rapidly. Unable to disgorge into the sea quickly enough, the
river frequently overflows its banks and spreads across the flat land of its
lower reaches, creating a huge floodplain. The lower Kinabatangan teems with
both animal and plant life, making it the best area for viewing wildlife, not
just in Sabah but in all of Southeast Asia.
The conservation of the Kinabatangan is vital, not only in terms of saving
Sabah's wildlife but for the indigenous Orang Sungei whose lives depend on the
river, and for safeguarding the region's fresh water supply. In order to protect
this priceless heritage for all, the 26,000-hectare Kinabatangan Wildlife
Sanctuary was declared Malaysia's first Gift to the Earth in 1999. In 2001, the
Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary was gazetted as a Bird Sanctuary, and work to
gazette the area as a permanent wildlife sanctuary is currently underway.
When to visit
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