Kundasang which is located in Malaysian Borneo is a popular destination for leisure travelers. 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.
Things To Do in Kundasang (2020)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.