Top 11 Things to Do in Kundasang 2021
3 days 2 Night Mount Kinabalu Climb
Mount Kinabalu at 4,095m is the highest mountain in Malaysia and listed as one of the top climbable mountains in the world. Situated in Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO heritage site, it is home to thousands of flora and fauna species.
Mount Kinabalu is sacred to the local Sabah Dusun-Kadazan native tribe as it is always often referred to Aki Nabalu which name derives from the native language ‘Grand Father / Ancestor ‘ . It is no mystery why the elders refer to the mountain as Aki, they believe that all spirit belong to the mountain and will return there after their time in this realm has finished. Thus Aki is the guardian who keeps the mountain, and lead the souls back to the mountain when its their time. Native of Sabah has always revered Aki Nabalu for this reason.
Desa Dairy Cattle Farm
The real attraction here is the cattle farm, producing about 900,00 litres of milk per year. The farm is 199 hectars and most of the milking cows are Friesians, the highest milk producers of all cattle breeds.
It is an ideal destination for the whole family, where there are activities such as feeding the calves with bottled milk, feeding goats with grass, how milk is processed as well as the milking process are available for all. If you have ever wondered how milk is made, Desa Cattle Farm is the place for you.
Before leaving, don’t forget to get some souvenirs especially the popular dairy products like Desa Cattle milk in a box as well as their ice cream. A visit here is both educational and fun!
Hounon Ridge Farmstay Camping
Hounon Ridge Farmstay and Camping is located at Kampung Himbaan, Bundu Tuhan, Ranau. The farm-stay is 9 kilometres from Puncak Borneo Resort, 11 kilometres from Kinabalu park, 16 kilometres from Kundasang and 100 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu.
The name Hounon in local language means ‘covered by mist’.
Ridge Farmstay and Camping has different types of room: family room, standard room, dormitory, camping site; accommodation prices depends on time of booking and day of booking. Rates are lower on weekdays.
Hounon Ridge Farmstay and Camping is also a great place to escape for those who work in an office or are overloaded with work and need some rest and peace and relaxation.
There were more things that make Hounon Ridge Farmstay and Camping special: it is nestled in a tropical rainforest ecosystem, it boasts a tropical lush green environment, and in the night it has a sky literally covered in glittering stars.
Kundasang War Memorial
Established in 1962, this was one of the first memorials to commemorate the brave Australian and British Prisoners of War who died in Sandakan and during the infamous death marches to Ranau during World War II. The memorial also remembers the people of North Borneo who risked their lives to help the POWs.
The Memorial is made up of four beautiful gardens ?the Australian Garden, the English Garden, the Borneo Garden and the Contemplation Garden and Pool ?to represent the different nationalities. With its towering pine trees and blooming roses, a walk in the gardens is reminiscent to that of a stroll in a quaint English garden. The scent of roses lingers in the air and the serene atmosphere makes the Kundasang War Memorial an ideal place to contemplate and remember the heroes of the war. Visitors can also opt to view a brief video on the history of the Sandakan Death March.
Poring Hot Spring
Visitors wishing to spend the entire day relaxing can dip into a hot sulphur bath which helps to reduce stress by relaxing tense muscles as well as promote good sleep.
Sulphur rich hot springs are also thought to have healing benefits including treating skin irritations and allergies such as psoriasis and eczema including dry scalp.
Visitors with children will have a great time splashing in the swimming pool. Those wanting more of a nature adventure however, can explore the surroundings by trekking through lowland forests, mountain streams and waterfalls or visit the tropical gardens, butterfly farm and orchid conservation centre. Lucky trekkers might even catch a rare glimpse of the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia.
Don’t forget to conquer the 41m-high canopy walkway which is one of the main highlights! It takes about 30 minutes hike on gravel trail to the starting point of the canopy walkway from the ticket inspection and registration counter. The Canopy walkway is a suspension bridge constructed with ropes, steel cables, aluminium ladders, walking planks to cover the open rungs of the ladders and netting at both sides for safety. Visitors planning to experience the canopy walkway need to purchase the entrance ticket at the park’s entrance.
Sabah Tea Garden
Sabah Tea is the only organic tea farm in Borneo and one of the few in the world. A trip to the tea garden is both educational and fun, one where visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational activities such as obstacle-crossing in the Sapaon Recreational Area, trekking along the trails to the peak of Kamunsu Hill or embarking on a night walk to check out the unique insect life.
Visitors can opt to stay in a range of accommodation, be it a traditional long house, a cosy bungalow or-those who wish to sleep under the stars, a campsite. Other facilities include an event hall, restaurant, souvenir shop and a soccer field. Freshly-made tea pancakes and Sabah Tea Pandan teh tarik are popular menu items available only at the Tea House.
A friendly reminder that no trip to the Sabah Tea Garden would be complete without a taste of Sabah’s finest tea!
Sosodikon Hill is a vista point from where you can view the majestic Mount Kinabalu).
The pathway is easy enough to hike, and it is lined with beautiful flowers and adorable stone structures. At the top, you can see the most incredible view of Mount Kinabalu, surrounded by verdant greenery that stretches for miles. If you come to Kundasang, you would want to come here if only for the view.
Umea Glam Kundasang
Experience a sense of Norway in glamping domes decked out with wooden Nordic styled floors and dark furniture with a view of the valley right before your eyes! Umea Glam Kundasang is named after a city in eastern Sweden and it has four different themed domes named after famous cities and transit stations from the country. It’s a lovely weekend getaway from the city with family and friends as it provides facilities and add-ons that can accommodate groups. It is also located in a strategic location with nearby attractions that include Kundasang farmers market and Desa Dairy Cattle Farm.
The Kundasang market is located by the road side about 6 km from Mt. Kinabalu Park on the way to Poring Hot Spring. The local farmers here sell all sorts product ranging from fresh vegetables to flowers, fruits and even raw honey.
This is a “must stop” market place for local visitors to Mt. Kinabalu park and Poring Hot Spring as the product here are usually much cheaper than those in the city.
Arnab Village is the largest rabbit park and the first in Sabah. It has a collection of more than 1000 rabbits. The rabbits in this farm are from different species such as Angora, Lionhead, Satin, Rex, Netherland Dwarf, New Zealand White, and Holland Loop. Observe the rabbits in their natural habitat while feeding these fluffy bunnies. Apart from the rabbit, visitors will also be able to see and observe persian cats and hamsters.
It have facilities such as toilets, resting hut, souvenir shop, information desk/ticket counter and parking area.
Mesilau Highland Strawberry Farm
Mesilou Highland Strawberry Farm is famous for its strawberries, boasting of a farm planting strawberries. It’s a place for visitors to visit and pick some strawberries to bring back home. Besides that, there are also photogenic areas that visitors can take lovely photos as memories keepsake. A cafe there sells snacks and strawberry-related desserts like ice cream, cakes, milkshakes, and drinks. It is undoubtedly an exciting place to visit if you are a fan of strawberry!