"After a legendary karaoke night with only Chinese people, we headed for our very last stop: Kota Belud. Small green islands with white beaches on a turquoise blue sea in the middle of nowhere.
Our hotel consisted of four huts on a hill, with a view of all that beauty and in the background even Mount Kinabalu. Bikini on and in the hammock on the beach, great! Our activities were limited to a bit of snorkeling, scrambling over the rocks to a private beach and, in Peter's case, smashing the local Speedy Gonzales spider in our cabin (of course I was safely outside with the door clamped shut). We ate what was on the pot (BBQ!), Only had electricity when the sun was shining, a lot of Nemo families spot."
Kota Belud is located roughly in the middle of the highway connecting the capital, the state of Kota Kinabalu and Kudat, which is near the northernmost tip of Sabah (the tip of Borneo). The population of Kota Belud is estimated to be around 15,000
Once you reach Kota Belud you will notice buffalo everywhere, by the side of the road, or crossing the road, or standing relaxed on a paddy field. The city is considered the unofficial capital and gateway to the heart of the Bajau people on the west coast. However, the town is about 3 km from the coast. The population of Kota Belud is divided between Bajau-Sama, Dusun and Illanun groups. There is a Chinese minority, consisting mainly of Hakkas. In the center of the town you will find a Chinese temple, although the Kota Belud Mosque is the symbol of Kota Belud. It is known for its open-air market, or tamu, which is held every Sunday. Once a year, the tamu is held on a much larger scale. During this time it is known as the Tamu Besar or Grand Market.
The open-air market “Tamu” is held every Sunday. On this day, farmers and artisans come together to sell their products in the market. The tamu is also a social gathering. It is a very effective tool to hear news from the interior and to tell other messages. While the Tamu markets in Kota Kinabalu and other major cities have become a tourist attraction and have lost some of their authenticity, for the true experience of a market, visitors should visit the smaller towns and distant villages.
The tamu is a fascinating experience, a true immersion in the local culture, discovering some of the charm that Sabah must have had in the past. Walking among people of different tribes, farmers, fishermen and hunters, artisans and artisans, you can see the real daily life of Sabah, meet the authentic people and their traditions.
It's also a great place to buy authentic products and exotic food ingredients. It's a place to socialize with the locals and explore the destination's colorful culture.
The best way to experience the melting pot of Sabah is to visit the great
Tamu Besar held annually in Kota Belud on the last weekend of October. It is a lively interplay of farmers, fishermen and sellers, who gather in the largest open-air market to sell a range of products and everyday goods. This is a great place to buy cheap souvenirs, taste local food and observe the traditional way of life. Main highlights include a colorful parade by the Bajau riders (who are also affectionately known as the cowboys of the east), a traditional cooking competition, the white-rumped Shana flute competition, the Ratu Serimpak beauty pageant, and the water buffalo race. A perfect melting pot with many activities for all ages.The best way to experience the melting pot of Sabah is to visit the great
Tamu Besar held annually in Kota Belud on the last weekend of October. It is a lively interplay of farmers, fishermen and sellers, who gather in the largest open-air market to sell a range of products and everyday goods. This is a great place to buy cheap souvenirs, taste local food and observe the traditional way of life. Main highlights include a colorful parade by the Bajau riders (who are also affectionately known as the cowboys of the east), a traditional cooking competition, the white-rumped Shana flute competition, the Ratu Serimpak beauty pageant, and the water buffalo race. A perfect melting pot with many activities for all ages.
Some locals think it is a sport to get out on the weekend. They then climb Bukit Bongol, which means bare in Malay, the Bongol hill is so called because there are no trees on the hill and the hill is mostly covered with grassy plains. Bukit Bongol (Bongol Hill) offers panoramic views of Mount Kinabalu, the South China Sea and a long stretch of beaches along the Kota Belud coastline. Bongol hill has 10 hills for hikers and there are many trails to reach the top.
The bus to Kota Belug departs from the bus terminal next to Merdeka field in Kota Kinabalu. Buses run back and forth in Kota Belud daily from 7am to 5pm.
However, there is no set schedule; buses leave as soon as they are fully occupied. The journey time of 90 kilometers is about an hour and a half and the bus fare is about RM25 per person each way.
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Dragon Pearl Beach Resort
Designed for both business and leisure travel, Dragon Pearl Beach Resort is ideally situated in Kota Belud; Located in the heart of the city, this 1-star hotel enjoys an excellent location with major attractions within easy reach. Thanks to its convenient location, all major attractions are close to the hotel.
At Dragon Pearl Beach Resort, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. This hotel has many facilities that will convince even the most demanding guests.
Guests can choose from 16 rooms, all of which are pleasantly and comfortably furnished. The complete list of recreational opportunities is available at the hotel, including boats, hiking trails, snorkeling, private beach, diving. Dragon Pearl Beach Resort is an ideal place of stay for travelers seeking charm, comfort and convenience in Kota Belud.