Kundasang, Sabah is the place all of us have always drawn as a child – a small wooden house with a magnificent view over the paddy fields and the majestic mountains beyond. If you are keen in exploring the best of Sabah, Kundasang is guaranteed to take your breath away with its majestic views.
A sanctuary away from the city, prep yourself before a Kundasang trip with our comprehensive guide on what to know and where to go for your next visit to the Land below the Wind.
Take our words, do not leave Kundasang without visiting these places:
Where to Go?
1. Get the NZ feels at Desa Dairy Farm
These lush green hills overlooking a dairy farm is not the New Zealand outback; this is Desa Dairy Farm in Kundasang, Sabah. Still, you can get photos to trick almost anyone into believing that you were in New Zealand. (Psst… We won’t tell! 😉)
After a trip to watch the processing of milk and feeding the adorable calves with bottled milk, get some souvenirs, especially popular dairy products like fresh milk, natural cheese and gelato ice-cream.
Admission Fee: RM5 (adult) and RM4 (children)
Opening Hours: 8am to 5pm
2. Sip in tranquility at Sabah Tea Garden
Whether you’re a tea person or not, you will appreciate a trip to the sprawling tea plantation in the cool mountain air. Take a tour at the Tea Factory at an additional fee to watch how tea is processed. For the adventurous, trek along the trails to the peak of Kamunsu Hill in the early hours to catch a magnificent view of sunrise or embark on a night walk to check out unique insect species.
Save the best for the last – have a sip of Sabah’s finest tea without which your Sabah Tea Garden visit wouldn’t be complete. Take your pick from 8 flavors – cinnamon, ginger, geranium, lemongrass, pandan, tongkat ali and misai kucing.
Admission Fee: No admission fee for entrance, RM14 for a guided tour of the tea factory
Opening Hours: 8am – 4.30pm
3. Defeat gravity at The Upside Down House
The Upside Down House will literally turn your world upside down. The attraction features a traditional
Sabah ‘kampung’ house with a living room, bedrooms, a toilet, kitchen and veranda, all upside down!
Being the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, this architectural wonder has also been included in the Malaysia Book of Records. Best of all, the place is wheelchair-friendly!
Note: While indoor photography is prohibited, visitors are allowed to pose with outdoor upside-down attractions.
Admission Fee: RM12.70 (adult) and RM5.30 (children)
Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm
4. Visit the fresh market of Kundasang
Once a quiet village, the now small town of Kundasang is home to independent traders selling produce harvested from the farmland nearby. Visitors will not miss the Kundasang fresh market, a stretch of stalls along the Kundasang-Ranau highway.
Other than local produce and flowers from the surrounding nurseries, drop by for souvenirs such as handicraft and clothes, all on sale at a good bargain.
5. Remember the fallen heroes at Kundasang War Memorial
Established in 1962, Kundasang War Memorial was built to commemorate the brave Australian and British prisoners of war who died in Sandakan and during the infamous death marches to Ranau in World War II. The memorial also honors the North Borneo heroes who risked their lives to help the prisoners of war.
What makes the garden unique is its four beautiful gardens – the Australian Garden, the English Garden, the Borneo Garden and the Contemplation Garden and Pool – to represent the different nationalities of the fallen heroes.
Admission Fee: RM2
Operation Hours: 8.30am to 5.30pm
6. Get close to the birds with Tandem Paragliding Ranau
To compulsive thrill seekers, the sky is the limit. With nothing between you and the sky, Tandem Paragliding Ranau gives you the wings to fly like a wild bird. Suspended in a harness some 700 metres or so above, fly on top of the lush Kokol Hill forest as you sing to R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly”.
Note: The key factor of a flight is ideal wind and weather conditions. There will be no refunds in case inclement weather persists. Instead, the session will be rescheduled to a later date.
Fee: RM190 (Malaysian), RM250 (non-Malaysian)
Operation Hours: 10am to 5.30pm
What to Know?
|How to get to Kundasang?
The best way to get around Kundasang is to rent a car. Alternatively, a bus ride to Kundasang from Wawasan Terminal, Kota Kinabalu will cost you RM20.
|The best time to visit Kundasang
Though Kundasang opens its doors all year round, the best time to visit the place is anytime between January and April. Heavy rainfall is expected from May to December.
|How long does it take from KK to Kundasang?
Kota Kundasang is approximately 2 hours drive from Kota Kinabalu.
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