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Sabah – one of 13 states of Malaysia, second largest in the country, is located on the northern part of the island of Borneo. The state is famous for its tourism, particular eco-tourism and is often referred to as “Land below the Wind”. If you’re on a holiday here, here are some activities you should not miss on.
The Turtle Islands Park in Sandakan is a good place to learn and witness the cycle of life that the turtles go through. Here visitors will see mother turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs, and also get to help out the baby turtles to venture into the sea when they are released from the hatchery. A good exhibition centre on the first floor of the administration building also has tons of valuable information on the sea turtles. This visit also teaches us the importance of keeping the environment clean and chemically free, especially the sea and ocean.
After about four years of closure for repair, the railway service from Kota Kinabalu to Beaufort is back in operation again since March 1st, 2011. Now the public can enjoy this historical route once more, which began service about a 100 years ago. These almost new trains are bought from southern China. These trains are very comfortable, with cushion seats, air-conditional and a small washroom for nature call. The journey from Kota Kinabalu to Beaufort takes about two hours and fifteen minutes.
The Kota Kinabalu to Beaufort route, is a wonderful train ride back to the British Colonial era in Sabah, then North Borneo. Passengers will get to experience the west coast country side, passing rivers, villages and padi fields and the beautiful sceneries at the Kimanis beach. At one point there is even a tunnel crossing, where everything goes dark for a couple of seconds. Get the camera ready for those station-stops which are right in the centre of the towns. Here one can see many two storey wooden old shops in small towns like Bongawan, Kimanis and Membakut. Some were built even before the Second World War.
Sabah is located on the northern part of the Borneo Island, the third largest island in the world. It has a land mass of 73,619 square kilometres, which is just slightly bigger than the Washington state of USA. Two thirds of Sabah shoreline are surrounded by seas and with its long shoreline, it also comes with many tropical islands, as many as one hundred, which range from the habitable big ones to exotic tiny ones.
Last century a prize winning book called “Land Below the Wind” which was written by celebrated American writer Agnes Keith, has created a lot of interest from the Western world to explore this wonderful mysterious land. Today with avid promotion done by the state government in many developed countries and also via words of mouth, Sabah is fast becoming the popular choice for an ultimate tropical vacation.