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1. 3 star & below  Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley, Sabah
2. 4 star (resort)  Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang
3. 4 star (city)  Holiday Inn, Melaka
4. 5 star (resort)  Shangri-Las Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang
5. 5 star (city)  Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur


1. Natural Attraction / Eco-Tourism / Agro Tourism Danum Valley, Sabah
2. Man-Made Attraction Menara Kuala Lumpur
3. Culture & Heritage Mari-Mari Cultural Village, Sabah


1. Adventure  Green Trekkers Sdn Bhd, Selangor
2. Special Interest  Metro Green Adventure Sdn Bhd, Penang
3. Nature  All Borneo Connection Tours Sdn Bhd, Sabah
4. Luxury  Borneo Nature Tours Sdn Bhd, Sabah


1. North Zone Gurney Plaza, Penang
2. South Zone Johor Bahru City Square, Johor
3. East Coast Zone KB Mall, Kelantan
4. Central Zone Sunway Pyramid, Selangor
5. Sabah & Sarawak The Spring Shopping Mall, Sarawak


1. Malay Restaurant  The 39 Restaurant, PNB Darby Park Executive Suites, Kuala Lumpur
2. Chinese Restaurant  Golden Phoenix, Hotel Equatorial, Penang
3. Indian Restaurant  Naan, Flavours of India, Shangri-Las Rasa Ria Resort, Sabah
5. International Restaurant  Coast Restaurant, Shangri-Las Rasa Ria Resort, Sabah

Lundu  | Kuching | Sarikei | Sibu | Bintulu | Miri | Limbang | Lawas | Kota Kinabalu | Tawau | Sandakan


2,239 kilometre-long
Pan-Borneo Highway

The Pan-Borneo Highway was built in 1986 to link the two East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak.

It begins in the district of Sematan in Sarawak, and passes through Kuching, Serian, Sri Aman, Sarikei, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, Limbang, Lawas, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau.

From Sibu one can take off from the main route of Pan Borneo Highway and travel by boat on the mighty Rejang River passes through Kanowit, Kapit to Belaga the heart of Sarawak

Sri Aman Town is off the Pan Borneo Highway

Between Sabah and Sarawak, the highway passed through two halves of  Brunei.

As of today, the Pan-Borneo Highway is 93 percent completed, with a remainder of a 50-kilometre missing link from Kalabakan to Serudong.

There are several bus companies covering different section of the Pan-Borneo Highway. But there is one bus company cover the whole route. Salam Bumimas Express has buses from Kuching-Miri-Kota Kinabalu-Tawau.

Document Download : Budget accommodation along the Pan Borneo Highway


There are a few important town and cities out of Pan-Borneo Highway.  One of  these is Labuan Island.


Welcome to Tawau Division

Welcome to Tawau, the land of eco-treasures. Tawau changed so much for the last 10 years. Today its no longer a clutch of old tin roofed shop houses but a bustling modern city-to-be.

Tawau is Sabah's third largest town after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. This fast-developing town is known for its fresh and cheap seafood. It is also the largest agro-tourism destination in the state where diving enthusiasts amazed by the awe-inspiring underwater world of Mabul, Mataking, Kapalai and the legendary Sipadan Island.

The Tawau residency comprises the provinces of Merotai, Kalabakan, Kunak, Semporna and Lahad Datu.

The Tawau Division area covers 15,213 Squares Kilometers consisting of four districts in the south-eastern part of Sabah. These districts are :-
Tawau  - 6,125 Sq. Km
Lahad Datu - 6,500. Sq Km
Kunak  - 1,144 Sq. Km
Semporna  - 1,444 Sq. Km

Tawau Town lies on the northeastern shore of Cowie Harbor, an inlet of the Celebes Sea. Once notorious for smuggling with the Philippines and neighboring Kalimantan, the town is now the administrative and service centre for a developing agricultural district of cocoa, oil palm, and sea foods. Since 2000 Tawau has an international airport, this sleepy town is sleepy no more...

Semporna is a quiet small town in Tawau Division with a population of only 133,000 in 2006. Most Malaysian do not even know such a town, yet Semporna is a well known name in the diving world of the western countries....

Tawau has long been a good gateway to Indonesia. Tawau has a consulate issuing visas (while Embassies are in capital city Kuala Lumpur).

Tawau is located in the south-east coast of Sabah and the gateway to BIMP-EAGA, and hence derive tremendous amount of economic benefits. With a new airport, seaport and good communication infrastructure, Tawau is now set to become Sabah's fastest growing town after Kota Kinabalu.
Here you will witness businesses growing, Industries and agriculture developing. The largest township development in Sabah is in Tawau's Bandar Sri Indah.
You also see cultural life of the local people is enriching. Here you meet some of the friendliest, warmest people in Malaysia - and join in their colorful festivals, traditions and believe that will take you back centuries.

If you yearn for the exhilarating sense of adventure, Tawau is a place for jungle trekking, or deep sea diving or you can of course tee off in the best in Asia championship golf course.
The "Lost World of Sabah" is only 200km from Tawau. In this district you experience the wonders of eco-treasures in well preserved original tropical rain forests. In January 2007, American scientists measured The world tallest tropical tree in Tawau. This giant tree together with 5 other giants hit the list of Top 30 tallest trees of the World, making Tawau the home town of tallest trees in this planet. Ecotourism is travel with ethics...

Getting to Tawau

By Air to Tawau

1. From Kuala Lumpur :

Air Asia flies direct to Tawau daily
Malaysia Airlines flies to Kota Kinabalu with connecting flights to Tawau daily

2. From Kota Kinabalu :

Malaysia Airlines flies from KK to Tawau daily

3. From Singapore :

Malaysia Airlines flies to Kota Kinabalu on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
SilkAir flies to Kota Kinabalu on Monday and Friday ;

Tawau MAS Office:
Ground and First Floor, TB 319 Block 38,
Jalan Hj Sahabudin, Fajar Complex, Town Extension II,
P.O Box 547, 91008 Tawau, Sabah Malaysia

Air Asia, which fly directly from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, KLIA and Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru takes about 2 hrs and 30 mins.


By Land to Tawau :
Your journey will start from Kota Kinabalu. First, take the East-West Highway from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan. Next, turn to the East Coast Highway which links Tawau and Sandakan. For public transport from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau, you can either take an 8 hours express bus or by 45 minutes plane. On the long journey you can see a lot of things and great sceneries including the Mount Kinabalu. 

Long-distance buses terminate at Sabindu bus station on the eastern end of Jalan Dunlop (which runs parallel to the shore), opposit the state library.  Here you also find landcruisers to Keningau. There's a bus to Sandakan (6hr) and KK (12hr) at around 8am and another at 8pm.

The Short-distance minibus station : Previousely this station was in Jalan Stephen Tan.

The Local minibus station : Serving minis bus services to nearby plantaations such as Apas and Merotai

More information on How to get to Tawau...

Places of interest in Tawau, Semporna, Kunak and Lahad Datu

Accommodation in Tawau

There are plenty of accommodation to choose during your visit to Tawau. Ranging from the backpackers up to 4 star hotels, you may select the most suitable accommodation according to your budget. List of hotel is available at our Accommodation list.

To meet the increasing number of visitors to Tawau, several new hotels buildings have added to the sky line of Tawau and the 3 newest hotels opened in 2008 and 2009 are the MAY BLOSSOM HOTEL, KINGSTON EXECUTIVE HOTEL and the tallest PROMENATE HOTEL.

Another new hotel under construction and due to open in 2011 is the Shervinton Hotel Tawau, an executive boutique hotel right in the middle of Tawau Town Center.

Tawau City Planing

Malaysia city plan - Development Plans by Town and Regional Planning Department, Sabah :
  Adopted by CTCPB : ( 1 Plan)
1 Tawau Scheme
  Adopted by Local Authority : (9 Plans)
1 Tawau Comprehensive Development Plan
2 Tawau Local Plan 1990
3 Miles 26 Apas Balung New Town Plan
4 Kalumpang New Town Mile 38, Jalan Tawau
5 Bandar Tawau II
6 Bandar Tawau III
7 Kalabakan New Town Plan
8 Kinabutan Besar Town (Mile 6)
9 Pusat Perniagaan Pantai Sabindo
  Draft Plan : (9 Plans)
1 Tawau District Land Use Planning Scheme
2 Pulau Sebatik Land Use Planning Scheme
3 Tawau District Land Use Planning Scheme
4 Batu Lapan Jalan Apas Town Plan
5 Sebatik Island New Town Plan
6 Merotai New Town Plan
7 Bandar Tawau IV
8 Serudong Laut Town Plan
9 Wallesbay Town Plan

Agricultural and Industry of Tawau


TIMBER of Malaysia

Swallow's Nest (Birds' Nest)    

Swallows' Nest in Tawau

Aquaculture - Tiger Prawn    

Tiger Prawn Farming in Tawau

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   The first medical herb garden in Tawau




   About Cocoa
   Cocoa Village of Teck Guan
   Cocoa Museum of Teck Guan

Tropical Fruits in Tawau   

Rumpai Laut - Seaweed


Rumpai Laut - Seaweed   (Eucheuma - Kappaphycus alvarezii)
Seaweed (Rampai Laut) culture in Semporna started in 1970s by Department of Fisheries Sabah as a supplementary income-generating activity among the fishing communities in Semporna....

Oil Palm    

   World's first oil palm-based pulp and paper mill
   Palm Oil for cooking
   Oil Palm Tree

   POIC Palm Oil Industrial Cluster

   Oil Palm Fiber

More about Tawau Tourism

Travel information on Tawau tourism for your next vacation:

Discover Tawau's Eco Treasure. Tawau is well-known for its eco-tourism. The eco-tourism industry is increasingly popular in Tawau. Although the attractions are not in the town itself, Tawau is used as a transit for the popular natural destinations. Young adventures meet here as traveling starting point to natural wonders such as Pulau Sipadan and Mabul in Semporna. Other attractions such as the beautiful Forest Centre at Luasung near Danum Valley, Maliau - the LOST WORLD OF BORNEO etc....

Explore the underwater world in Semporna

Introduction and information on Tawau, Sabah

The ethnic groups in Tawau
The pople of Sabah

There are  32 indigenous ethnic groups in Sabah , speaking  over 50 dialects and languages. They are well represented in Tawau Making Tawau an multi-cultural and multi-religious region ....

Government Departments

Government Departments / Statutory Authorities/
Trade Chambers/
State Economic Development Corporations

Communities in Tawau

Education in Sabah, Malaysia

More About Tawau

Geography of Tawau Division :

1 Climate

2 Geology

3 Land

  1. 1 Mountain ranges
  2. 2 Forests
    3 Caves
    4 Islands
    5 Extreme points

4 Bodies of water

1 Lakes
2 Rivers

5 Wildlife

6 Natural disasters

1 Flooding
2 Seismic activity

7 Natural resources

1 Minerals and petroleum
2 Forestry
3 Land use

8 Human geography

9 Political geography

Introduction to TAWAU CITY, SABAH     

Environment of Tawau (air, water, plastic pollution)
Illegal squatter dwellings in Tawau
Development Plans / Current Construction Projects
Development Opportunities in Tawau, Malaysia
Artist in Tawau :
Merotai Area
Sister City of Tawau : Ru Gao 如皋


 Edited on Wednesday May 20, 2015 01:35:28 PM  by Michael

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