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Agnes Keith House

An old house with a rich history at the western hill of Sandakan town.

After paying the entrance fee, and walk through a small hut that acts like a time travel portal, visitors are transported back in time to a period that resembles the British era of North Borneo from 1930 to 1950. Upon passing a small garden with its well kept lawn, a beautiful and charming British style colonial house appears and it is begging for the visitors to come in for an historical experience. This house,“Newlands”, was once occupied by the Great American writer, Agnes Keith. She even wrote her award winning book, Land Below the Wind which described her Borneo experiences, at this very house. Apart from Land Below the Wind, she also wrote two other books, namely Three Came Home, and White Man Returns. These three books help to promote Borneo and in particularly Sabah tremendously to the Western World. Restoration of the house was started in 2001 by Sabah Museum, and in 2004 the house was opened to the public. In honour of Agnes work the Malaysian government has named the house Agnes Keith House, a special tribute to this award winning American authoress.

Five Days in Kota Kinabalu

A five days travel itinerary that will help you to explore the West Coast of Sabah.

Borneo International Marathon

This year Borneo International Marathon, dubbed the beautiful run, is going to be held on 11th October, 2009. Registration starts on 2nd March, 2009, contact the organiser for more information. The Borneo International Marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42 kilometres that is run as a road race.

International runners are most welcome to join the Borneo International Marathon, after the race, they are welcome to spend sometime in Sabah to enjoy Sabahan warmest hospitality. Local runners who are keen on becoming a marathon runner can take up this opportunity to try out such a race, before venturing into other marathons outside Malaysia.

Besides the Full Marathon Open Category where participants must be 18 years and above, the Borneo International Marathon is also divided into a few other categories. One of the categories is the Veteran Full Marathon for participants age 40 and above. Also in the programme are the Open Half Marathon and Veteran Half Marathon, both categories will need participants to complete a 21 kilometres run. There is also a 10 Kilometres Race for 10 years old and above, as well as a 10 Kilometres Veteran that comes with 2 hours limit time frame. Note: The Full and Half Marathon events are both sanctioned by SAAA under the IAAF Rules.

Tip of Borneo

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A three hours drive through picturesque padi fields and lush green forests toward the north of Kota Kinabalu, will inevitably lead one to the Tip Of Borneo, which is about 40 kilometres from Kudat. Ever since the road to the Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, the local named for Tip of Borneo, was sealed a few years back, and proper facilities like car park, cafeteria, and toilet are in place, this wilderness headland at the northwestern most tip of Borneo island has become a very popular spot for both locals and tourists alike.

From the car park a small clay paver road, dotted with many Rungus' motifs, leads to the promontory, which is decorated by a truncated globe monument and a flagpole. The truncated globe monument seems like an eye-catching point for many visitors, as many of them are seen happily queuing up to take photos with the shorten globe for remembrance.


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Kundasang War Memorial

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Located at the foothill of Mt.Kinabalu, and just a short distance from the Kundasang food and vegetable market, lies this mysterious fort called the Kundansang War Memorial. Kundasang is a small town on the edge of the Mt. Kinabalu National Park, about 70km from Kota Kinabalu City. Because of its temperate climate, Kundasang is famous for its vegetables, and there are numerous resorts and lodges that dot around the hill slopes. These resorts and lodges are great for holiday getaway and most of them command a great view of Mt. Kinabalu.

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