Things To Do in Kundasang (2020)

Kundasang which is located in Malaysian Borneo is a popular destination for leisure travellers. The town is part of the state of Sabah, which is well known because of its world heritage status. Nevertheless, Kundasang has managed to build a reputation of its own and attracts thousands of tourists all year round. It is a destination that is perfect for anyone looking for stunning scenery, culture, history, and unique Malaysian delicacies.

What To Do in Kundasang

Climb Mount Kinabalu

Adventurous travellers need to place climbing Mount Kinabalu on top of the things to do in Kundasang trip list. The mountain which is the utmost peak within the southeast part of Asia is breathtaking at first glance and worth conquering for many adventure lovers. Trekkers will take at least two days to get up the mountain and is considered a moderate climb. If you have no experience in trekking then it would be highly recommended to train yourself before climbing Mount Kinabalu.

[Update] Due to the resurgence of COVID-19, Mount Kinabalu will be temporarily closed from 25 Oct to 8 Oct 2020 due to sanitation work.

Here are some Mount Kinabalu packages
2D1N All-Inclusive Mount Kinabalu Climb Package
2D1N Mount Kinabalu Climb Via Ferrata (Walk The Torq)
3D2N Mount Kinabalu Climb and Kinabalu Park Stay
Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Mount Kinabalu

Explore Desa Dairy Farm

The lush greenery and many herds of cattle seen at Desa Dairy Farm, also dubbed as "The Little New Zealand" of Sabah, have made it quite popular among tourists visiting Kundasang, especially family with kids. The farm covers more than 200 hectares and produces milk and cheese. Visitors to the farm can expect a day filled with fun and knowledgeable facts on the processing of fresh milk.

During the visit, tourists can feed animals like cows and goats with bottled milk and grass as they take in scenic views of the expansive farm. And of course, tourists can also stop by the shop to purchase some freshly-made yoghurt ice cream, cheese and milk. Overall, Kundasang is a destination that can only be experienced by visiting the town in person and taking in all its majestic sights.

[Update] During RMCO, Desa Dairy Farm will be temporarily closed until further notice to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Some travel packages that include Desa Dairy Farm
Kinabalu Park with Rumah Terbalik and Desa Dairy Farm
2D1N Kinabalu Park, Poring Hot Spring and Desa Dairy Farm Tour

Soak Up the Goodness of Poring Hot Spring

A trip to Kundasang is never complete without visiting Poring Hot Spring. After a long day of walking and sightseeing, soaking your tired feet in natural springs can help to ease the tension while absorbing all of its health benefits. For those who need extra privacy, private indoor bathtubs are available for rent at MYR15 per hour (for standard bathtub) and MYR20 per hour (for deluxe bathtub).

Not only that, visitors can choose to go for a short trek and walk along the canopy treetop suspended bridge at a high of 60m above the ground. If you are lucky, you might even be able to spot the rare Rafflesia flower in full bloom.

Here are some relaxing packages to Poring Hot Spring
Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Spring Tour
2D1N Kinabalu Park, Poring Hot Spring and Desa Dairy Farm Tour

Sip at the Tea Garden 

Sipping tea in a tranquil tea plantation is a great way to spend your day in Kundasang. The plantation is open from as early as 8:30 am giving visitors a chance to explore the different types of tea as part of their trip. They also get to taste different flavours of tea like lemongrass, cinnamon, geranium, ginger and pandan.

Additionally, you can book a tour of the factory to watch the process of making various tea from start to finish. Fortunately, entrance to the garden is free but the guided tour attracts an RM14 cost. After the tour, you can also stop by the cafe to sample their tea-infused cuisine such as Sabah Tea pancake, chicken soup, ice cream and many others.

You might like this package at Sabah Tea Garden
2D1N Kinabalu Park, Poring Hot Spring and Sabah Tea Garden Tour

Have a short hike at popular trails in Kundasang

If you have a keen interest in climbing and hiking, Kundasang is a perfect place for you. Even if you don't have the time for Mount Kinabalu climb, you can still trek at some of these popular hiking spots in Kundasang, including Maragang Hill, Sosodikon Hill, Tinorindak Hill, Kimondou Hill, Lugas Hill and many others. These trails not only offers a good little exercise but also boasts an incredible view of Kundasang highland. Make sure to check out these 5 Best Hiking Trails and Its Nearby Attraction in Sabah.

Here are some trekking packages at Kundasang
Maragang Hill - Crocker Range Trek Day Tour
Guas Nabalu Homestay with Nuluh Lingion Trek

Visit Kundasang War Memorial

Learning about the history of Kundasang is an excellent way of learning about people and their heritage. The best way to do so is by visiting the war memorial in the town which consists of four gardens to represent different nationalities.

Kundasang War Memorial was set up in honour of prisoners of Australian and British descent who died during the infamous death marches to Ranau which took place in World War 2. Additionally, the native population of Sabah who suffered and sacrificed their lives is also honoured at the memorial.

The serenity the gardens exude serve as a place not just for walks of reflection and remembrance but also of contemplation and to remember the heroes that have sacrificed their lives for our future.

Buy local snacks, handicrafts and souvenirs at Nabalu Handicraft Market

While enroute to Kundasang, you might want to make a quick stop at the Nabalu Handicraft Market. Here you can find local snacks, crackers, delicious fruits such as the famous Tarap, pineapples and rambutan, as well as handmade bags and souvenirs at a great bargain.

Just 5 minutes walk from the street stalls, there is a viewing platform where you can catch a clear view of Mount Kinabalu standing majestically right in front of your eyes.

Where to Stay

Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Kinabalu Park

Situated within the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Kinabalu Park, Sutera Sanctuary Lodges offers a wide variety of lodges suited to every kind of travellers from backpackers, families to large groups. Guests staying here will also be treated with an incredible view of Mount Kinabalu and quality amenities provided in every lodges, including comfortable beds, hot shower and complimentary tea/coffee.

[Update] Due to the resurgence of COVID-19, Mount Kinabalu will be temporarily closed from 25 Oct to 8 Oct 2020 due to sanitation work.

Price: From MYR390
What you'll get: Comfortable beds, hot shower, complimentary tea/coffee and balcony. In some lodges, you'll also get living room, kitchenette and fireplace
Instant Book: Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Kinabalu Park

Sutera Sanctuary Lodges' Garden Chalet offers premium accommodation catered for families and groups.

Kinabalu Pine Resort

Kinabalu Pine Resort, a 2-hour ride away from Kota Kinabalu, boasts a convenient location with a great view of Mount Kinabalu and valleys to boot. With a wide range of lodges to choose from, guests will get numerous of room amenities including WiFi access, heated shower and balcony.

Price: MYR154 - MYR230 per night
What you'll get: Kinabalu Pine Resort stay, breakfast, mountain view & WiFi connection.
Instant Book: Kinabalu Pine Resort

Nabalu Lodge Kundasang

Strategically situated near to many tourist' hotspots, Nabalu Lodge Kundasang is a perfect place for families to stay after a day out full of fun activities in Kundasang. A stay in Nabalu Lodge Kundasang will let you enjoy a comfortable cosy bedroom at night and incredible views of Mount Kinabalu in the morning.

Price: From MYR90 per night
What you'll get: Stay at Nabalu Lodge Kundasang, breakfast, garden / mountain view & WiFi connection.
Instant Book: Nabalu Lodge Kundasang

Gathering Village

Whether it's for a family weekend gathering, birthday party or just a catch-up with friend, renting a chalet is always a good choice. Gathering Village offers you a cool and cozy place which can accommodate up to 10-25 pax, loaded with numerous amenities such as comfortable bedrooms, fully functioning kitchen, private balcony, bbq & steamboat facilities and a beautiful garden. On top of these facilities, you will also get an unobstructed view of Mount Kinabalu as well as a tranquil scenery of the surrounding greeneries. Get comfortable just like a home away from home.

Price: From MYR598 per night
What you'll get: Chalet for 10-25 pax, 3-5 bedrooms, kitchen, steamboat and BBQ facility, private dining, balcony and living room.
Instant Book: Gathering Village

Best Time to Visit Kundasang

The weather in Kundasang comprises of a tropical climate with varied amounts of rainfall throughout the year. Its average temperature is about 21 degrees annually which is quite pleasant for its location. Due to its wonderful weather, the town sees an influx of both local and international tourists all year round.

The excellent weather in Kundasang may make it look like you can arrive at the destination on any month of the year. However, some periods are considered the best time to visit Kundasang, which is from January to April. The first four months of the year have minimal rainfall, allowing visitors to explore and enjoy their trip fully.

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