Kundasang, which is located in Malaysian Borneo, is a popular destination for leisure travellers. The town is found in the state of Sabah, at the foot of Mount Kinabalu - Malaysia’s tallest mountain and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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 (2022)
What To Do in Kundasang
Climb Mount Kinabalu
Adventurous travellers need to place climbing Mount Kinabalu at the top of their list of things to do in Kundasang! 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.
Here are some Mount Kinabalu packages
Explore Desa Dairy Farm
The lush greenery and herds of cattle seen at Desa Dairy Farm, also dubbed as "The Little New Zealand" of Sabah, has become very popular among tourists visiting Kundasang - especially families with kids. The farm covers more than 200 hectares and produces fresh milk and cheese from its herd of black and white cows. Visitors to the farm can expect a day full of fun and knowledgeable facts on the processing of fresh milk.
During your visit, tourists can feed baby farm animals like cows and goats with bottled milk and grass as they take in scenic views of the expansive farm and Mount Kinabalu. And of course, you must stop by the shop to purchase some freshly-made yoghurt ice cream, cheese and milk.
[Update] Desa Dairy Farm is now reopened and requires online booking to reserve a slot. Daily slots are limited and walk-in visitors are not allowed, so make sure to book ahead at Desa Cattle Dairy Farm (Admission Ticket)!
Some travel packages that include Desa Dairy Farm
Ride an ATV through Kundasang
An adventurous, fun-filled, and action-packed ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) ride with Mount Kinabalu as your backdrop. This is an alternative fun way to see the sights around Sabah's favourite destination you may miss out on when travelling the conventional way by car or van.
Try out this ATV Adventure At Mount Kinabalu where you can choose between the Earthquake Historical Site or Desa Dairy Farm Route
Make a Pit-stop at Hooga Cafe / Visit Kundasang Farm Ville
The Red Bus from one of the newest attractions in Kundasang can easily be spotted from the roadside on your way to Desa Dairy Farm. Located only 3 kilometres from the dairy farm, Hooga Cafe is a nice and cosy restaurant suitable for lunch and dinner. It is connected to Kundasang Farm Ville, which is a great place for families with young kids or for couples. Apart from the many photo op locations in the Selfie Garden, Farm Ville grows hydroponic vegetables and strawberries that visitors can choose to harvest for a small fee.
Source: Farm Ville’s Facebook
Cuddle The Furry Alpacas
The Alpaca Club features adorable alpacas all the way from South America for visitors to interact with. Nestled in the foothills of Mesilou, the Alpaca Club is the first alpaca themed attraction in Sabah. Did you know that alpacas are the smallest members of the camel family? Visitors can get up close to these fluffy creatures and it is a great family-friendly activity in Kundasang that your kids will love!
Book a visit to Kinabalu Park With Rumah Terbalik & Alpaca Club
Take a Stroll through Spring Garden Mesilou
Spring Garden boasts an array of beautiful flowers that bloom all year round. Visitors can enjoy the fantastic gardens and immaculate landscapes with amazing views of Mount Kinabalu. A great place to spend a quiet and relaxing time to soak up nature. If you’re up for a small hike to the river, there is a short trail that is easily doable.
Source: Spring Garden’s Facebook
Go Paragliding with a Scenic View of Mount Kinabalu
Take sightseeing to a whole new level with a paragliding adventure at Lohan Village, Ranau! Ranau is surrounded by lush greenery, clear rivers and mountain ranges, which makes it perfect for adventurers to soar through the air to get a magnificent bird’s eye view of Kundasang and Ranau. You will be guided by an experienced tandem pilot to ensure your safety throughout.
Priced from only RM199/pax, this includes a FREE Go-Pro video recording. Grab this limited time offer here.
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
Sip Tea at the Sabah 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 vast gardens 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 teas 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 cuisines such as Sabah Tea pancake, chicken soup, ice cream and many others.
You might like this package at Sabah Tea Garden
Have a Short Hike at Popular Trails in Kundasang
If you have a keen interest in climbing and hiking, Kundasang is the perfect place for you. Even if you don't have the time to climb Mount Kinabalu, 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 offer a good bit of exercise but also boasts an incredible view of the Kundasang highlands. Make sure to check out these 5 Best Hiking Trails and Its Nearby Attractions in Sabah.
Here are some trekking packages at Kundasang
Visit Kundasang War Memorial
Learning about the history of Kundasang is an excellent way of getting to know the local culture and its heritage. The best way to do so is by visiting the Kundasang War Memorial located right in the heart of the town.
The Kundasang War Memorial was set up in honour of the Australian and British prisoners of war who died during the infamous death marches from Sandakan to Ranau during the second World War. Additionally, the memorial honours the native population of Sabah who suffered and sacrificed their lives to aid Allied forces during this time. This is represented by the four peaceful gardens found throughout the memorial grounds.
The serenity the gardens exude serve as a place not just for walks but reflection and remembrance, to honour the heroes that gave their lives for our future.
Buy local snacks, handicrafts and souvenirs at Nabalu Handicraft Market
While en route 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.
Try Sinalau Bakas, Smoked Wild Boar Meat (Non-Halal)
Making a trip up to Kundasang, visitors will be able to spot smoke from barbeque pits and signs on the stalls displaying “Sinalau Bakas”. In the local language, Sinalau Bakas translate to smoked wild boar - marinated wild boar meat smoked on an open barbeque pit. Sinalau Bakas is a traditional food for the Kadazandusun people of Sabah and they usually hunt for wild boars in the jungles near their villages. Some places serve wild boar soup too. Try it with “Linopot” - a traditional type of leaf-wrapped rice found in Sabah.
What to Eat in Kundasang
BW Bus Restaurant 小陈巴巴 (Muslim Friendly)
For a very unique dining experience, visitors get to eat inside antique buses that were converted into modern dining cafes serving delicious western food and good coffee.
Source: BW Bus’s Facebook
Restoran Puteri Nabalu (Muslim Friendly)
Puteri Nabalu serves Dusun/Kadazan cuisine. Among the many dishes available here are Pinarasakan Sada Takob-Takob, Om Sokok Bird Soup and Hinava Sada. Perhaps the name is a bit foreign to those who are not Sabahan? Try asking the servers about the local cuisine they serve - they will be more than happy to explain! You may be interested to try the Naig Totidong or Nasi Beras Bukit which is a form of mountain brown rice wrapped in the Tarap plant leaves. Unique and appetising!
89 Station (Non-halal)
89 Station is located right after the Kinabalu National Park entrance, on the way to Kundasang town, right by the roadside. There are many choices of meat including pork, deer, ostrich and even seafood including fish and prawns. A value for money restaurant and highly recommended for those visiting the Kundasang area. Visitors can also try the fish maw soup and fried local mushroom dishes.
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 traveller from backpackers to families and large groups. Guests staying here will also be treated to an incredible view of Mount Kinabalu and quality amenities provided in every lodge, including comfortable beds, hot showers and complimentary tea/coffee.
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
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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 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.
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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.
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Whether it's for a family weekend gathering, birthday party or just a catch-up with friends, renting a chalet is always a good choice. Gathering Village offers you a cool and cosy place that can accommodate up to 10-25 pax, loaded with numerous amenities such as comfortable bedrooms, a 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 greenery. 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 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 in 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.