October 2007 Volume 80 October 2007 Volume 80

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Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Special Food Issue
INSIDE: Kota Belud Tamu Besar, 4X4 Borneo Safari, Sabah map and more!

ADVISOR YBhg. Dato’ Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin EDITOR Melissa Leong DESIGNER Trevor Thomson Lam C.W. What’s New At Kadaiku design by Charlieking Padasian PUBLISHER Sabah Tourism Board 51 Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu TRANSLATORS Chin Yen Sang (Chinese) Rie Harada (Japanese) Emzee Lee (Korean) Cover photo by Eddie Angat/Sabah Tourism DESIGNED & PRINTED BY

3 Feature Personality
Albert Balcells, Director of Skyrunner World Series


Happenings & Highlights
Pesta Gong Matunggong Hari Raya Aidilfitri Invitational Water Colour Painting Exhibition 4X4 Borneo Safari Tamu Besar Kota Belud MV Doulos Comes to KK

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Eating Out
Eurocafe, Waterfront Sate Mesra

Editorial Y

ou know what I love most about being Malaysian? The food! To us, food isn’t just sustenance. It is part of our culture and perhaps even an art form perfected over time. This month, I had a wonderful time researching local delicacies and international favourites to be featured in the October issue. It’s a tough job but somebody has to do it! Sabah is a gastronomical paradise: Not only can you find the best in Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Korean and the like, we are also known for our abundant seafood, fresh from the sea and onto your plate. If you’re a bit more adventurous, the ethnic local food is a must-try. Read all about it in our feature article on page 10. October is also special as we celebrate the Hari Raya Aidilfitri. After a month of fasting, the Muslim community greets the Hari Raya, which marks the New Year according to the Islam calendar. This is a great opportunity to savour ‘Raya’ delights during ‘open house’ – a Malaysian practice where friends and family visit the homes of those celebrating the season. Check out our Kadaiku section for gift ideas when visiting an open house. Other exciting events for this month include the 4X4 Borneo Safari, which takes high-powered vehicles through challenging terrain across Sabah, and the Gong Festival (Pesta Gong) in Matunggong. Not to be missed is the colourful Kota Belud Tamu Besar. Hailed the mother of all ‘Tamu’ (open air market), experience the tamu at its grandest scale,

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Spa Essentials
SEAH Hair Spa

Places of Interest
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park


Food, Glorious Food!

Enjoying fresh seafood at Mabul island


Through The Lens
‘Makan’ Time in Sabah

bargain with local traders and witness the Cowboys of the East in their vibrant attire and bell-decked horses. For a complete list of events, refer to our Calendar of Events. We hope this magazine will help you in planning your holiday in Sabah. Our friendly tourist assistants at the Sabah Tourism Board and Sri Pelancongan Sabah information centres in KK city are ever-ready to answer your questions. Leave your worries behind and have an unforgettable holiday right here in Sabah Malaysian Borneo. Jumpa lagi!


Kuih Muih Melayu


What’s New at Kadaiku
Sabah Souvenirs & Handicrafts

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Bahasa Malaysia Section Chinese Section Japanese Section Korean Section Directory Listings Sabah Map & Listings Weston Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Melissa Leong Editor

Pesta Nelayan Menumbok October 2007 This is a festivity for fishermen held at Mempakul, Menumbok beach as they celebrate their industry with various games and competitions such as beach volleyball, fishing, cooking and many more. Organiser: Pejabat Daerah Kecil Menumbok For further info: Ag. Damit @ Ag. Sahzain Pg. Abd. Razak Tel: +60 87 831216 Fax: +60 87 831071 Email: Agdamit.Pgabdrazak@sabah.gov.my

Hari Raya Aidilfitri 13 – 14 October 2007 After a whole month of fasting, the Muslim community in Malaysia celebrates ‘Hari Raya’ with joyous family gatherings and open houses. Join in the merry-making and taste the delicious traditional Malay favourites such as rendang and ketupat. For further info: Email: info@sabahtourism.com Invitational Water Colour Painting Exhibition 18 October – 19 November 2007 Sabah’s artists display their most recent works of art in water colour of more than 30 paintings depicting a delightful and fascinating collection of everyday life, culture, nature in various approaches and media. Organiser: Sabah Art Gallery For further info: Datuk Mohd. Yaman Hj. Ahmad Mus Tel: +60 88 268875 Fax: +60 88 210040 Email: gallery_9@msn.com

Pesta Gong Matunggong 2007 24 October 2007 This event celebrates the gong, one of Sabah’s vital traditional musical instruments. The picturesque town of Matunggong in Kudat comes alive in this festival, where most of the gongs are produced. Organiser: Matunggong District Office For further info: Encik Arnold Joibi Tel: +60 88 613760 Fax: +60 88 613786 Email: Arnold.Joibi@sabah.gov.my 4 x 4 Borneo Safari 28 October – 4 November 2007 A very unique event that takes you deep into the heart of Sabah with powerful 4WD vehicles modified to challenge the tracks in one of the world’s most beautiful jungle terrains. Fit for those who love adventure and challenges that are out of the ordinary. Organiser: Kinabalu Four Wheel Drive Club For further info: Thomas Chin Mobile: 013 8647737, 014 6723723 Email: thomas@glob.net.my Tamu Besar Kota Belud 2007 27 – 28 October 2007 The ‘Tamu’ is Borneo’s traditional open market. On this day, the Bajau horsemen known as ‘Cowboys of the East’ dress in their traditional

best and ride their extravagantly decorated horses. Other highlight include the crowning of the Ratu Sarempak (Sarempak Beauty Queen) and an exciting buffalo-riding race. A wild, wild east experience with a Borneo twist! Organisers: District Office of Kota Belud Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd For further info: Mohd. Najib Muntok Zachary Mobijohn Tel: +60 88 976621, 232121 Fax: +60 88 977064, 265540 Email: zachary@sabahtourism.com MV Doulos – World’s Largest Floating Book Fair In Kota Kinabalu 13-25 October All aboard the MV Doulos as it makes its way to the port of Kota Kinabalu this month! Built in 1914, Doulos is the world’s oldest ocean-going passenger ship and today it serves as the world’s largest floating book fair. You can also meet the 350 volunteer multi-cultural crew from 50 different nations and explore the vessel on October 13 and 19 (1pm-5pm), 14 and 21 (2pm-5pm) and 15 (11am-5pm). The MV Doulos will be open daily from the 13th to the 25th from 10:00am to 10:00pm except for Sunday the 14th and Monday the 22nd (opening hours will be from 2:00pm to 10:00pm) at Berth 8, Kota Kinabalu Port. Don’t miss this great opportunity! Admission is free. Organiser: GBA, (Gute Buecher fuer alle e. V.) For further info:Lissi Ottacher Tel: +6012 829 6965 / 088-251523 Email: lissi.ottacher@gbaships.org

Feature Personality 3

Albert Balcells,
Director of Skyrunner World Series


Albert chats with (l-r) Sabah Tourism Chairman, Tengku Adlin and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah, Datuk Masidi Manjun

With the Spanish mountain runners during the recent TM Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon

or Albert Balcells, the sky really is the limit. As the Director of the Skyrunner World Series, Albert travels the world to organize and witness various mountain races or sports at high altitude which make up the Skyrunner World Series. Mt. Kinabalu is proud to be part of this prestigious world series and one of only two Asian countries to hold the honour. The other is Mt. Ontake in Otaki, Japan. Runners gather points by competing in various mountain races in the 7-series circuit, culminating in Zegama, Spain this year. This year, the TM 21st Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon took place on August 25 and 26, setting the stage for top world mountain runners to challenge each other in what is dubbed the World’s Toughest Mountain Race. Top runners such as Spain’s Agusti Roc Amador and Italy’s Dapit Fulvio are among the famous faces who participate each year without fail, bringing a competitive edge to the race. With each visit, Albert never ceases to be amazed with the grandeur of Mt. Kinabalu. “Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in the race circuit at the moment at 4,095.2 metres. The others average 3,500 metres or so. Also, unlike the other race courses which are gravel-based, the granite course here offers a different kind of challenge, so you need a different technique,” he said. When asked if the European runners had an added advantage because of their physique, Albert begged to differ. “Technically, many people think just because the Europeans might have longer legs and are taller it means they are better athletes. I think the more important thing here is technique and skill. For example, the European runners might reach the peak faster but Malaysian runners are much faster going down. This is because they have the home advantage and are familiar with the terrain. So again, it’s not always about the physique,” said Albert, who hails from Spain. “You should remember

that a smaller physique is sometimes a good thing as it makes it easier for the runner to carry their own weight – Look at Ricardo Mejia (2006 Mt. Kinabalu International Men’s Open Champion)!” Albert added that he was impressed with the performance of local runners considering that they were up against professional mountain runners. “The European runners have more exposure and many of them are professional athletes, which mean they can train all year round. However, for your local runners, they only have time to train closer to the event and yet they perform as well as, if not better than, the worldclass runners. This proves that they have the potential given the right training and exposure,” he commented. His advice for budding mountain runners? “You must be in the game for many years, which means start as young as possible. You must have the drive and motivation to succeed. Exposure and proper training are also vital,” he said. The Sabah runners were not the only thing that impressed Albert. He admits he is smitten by Sabah’s charm. “Every year, Sabah is the one leg in the circuit that I always look forward to! Although I’m at work, it’s also like a holiday for me,” he said, adding that he loves meeting people and learning new cultures. During his time here, he has explored Sabah’s many tropical islands and he admits he is particularly fond of the lush green rainforests. “It’s very beautiful here. Sabah is like another home for me. I love coming back here, the people are very friendly and it’s good to see they are passionate about this kind of sport,” he said. Albert was also a professional athlete but an injury forced him into early retirement. “I love the industry. so now instead of participating, I am on the other side, organizing events for athletes,” he explained. He stressed the importance of the media bringing light to sporting events such as the annual Climbathon in order to generate an interest, especially among the younger generation. “I look forward to coming back, definitely,” concluded the Spaniard with a smile.


Happenings & Highlights

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Hari Raya Aidilfitri Hari Raya Aidilfitri 13-14 October 13-14 October

Pesta Gong Matunggong 24 October



fter a month of fasting, the Muslim community celebrates Hari Raya Aidilfitri. This joyous occasion is marked with family gatherings in the spirit of ‘balik kampung’, in which family members return to their villages or hometowns to celebrate Hari Raya with extended family. It is also a time for forgiveness, whereby the younger generation greet their parents on the morning of Hari Raya decked in their new clothes and ask for their parents’ forgiveness. As with most celebrations in Malaysia, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is also a time to experience an ‘open house’. This is a time where Muslim families play host and invite family and friends to their homes to celebrate the festivities – a great opportunity to sample delicious Malay ‘kuih’ (cakes) and dishes such beef rendang and ‘ketupat’. Resorts and hotels also offer a variety of Raya buffet spreads so be sure to check them out. Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a Public Holiday and the official dates are subject to change. For more information, e-mail info@sabahtourism.com

his month, the residents of Matunggong, Kudat celebrate the Gong, an age-old musical instrument, vital in almost any ensemble. A majority of gongs in Sabah are made in the village of Sumangkap, Matunggong. The art of gong-making is passed down from one generation to the next, using traditional tools and methods. The gong is unmistakably the backbone of most traditional musical ensembles in Sabah and is also used as bridewealth. This month, come and join the local residents as they celebrate this prized musical instrument through various cultural displays, handicraft-making exhibitions, gong and kulintangan (small brass gongs) performances and many more activities. For more information, please contact Arnold Joibi (Assistant District Officer of Matunggong) at telephone no. 088-613760, fax no. 088-613786 or Balwant Singh Kler at telephone no. 088-232121 or fax no. 088-265540. E-mail balwant@sabahtourism.com

Invitational Water Colour Painting Exhibition 18 October – 19 November


ocal talents bring Sabah’s beauty to life through water colour masterpieces. Come and marvel at depictions of everyday life in Sabah, colourful flora and fauna and a celebration of culture at the Invitational Water Colour Painting Exhibition at the Sabah Art Gallery. The Sabah Art Gallery is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm. For more information, please call 088-268875 or e-mail gallery_9@msn.com

Happenings & Highlights


4X4 Borneo Safari 28 October – 4 November


t’s back! Adventure enthusiasts are rearing to go into the jungles of Sabah in their powerful 4WD vehicles during the annual 4X4 Borneo Safari. This year, participants are flagged off from the Sabah Tourism building in Kota Kinabalu and will make their way to the districts of Penampang, Kimanis, Beaufort, Sipitang, Tenom and Keningau. More than 300 participants are expected to challenge the rugged terrain, some from as far as Japan, New Zealand, Holland and Australia. Participants will travel through mountains, valleys, streams and rivers, putting their stamina and skills to the test. Points will be allocated during the many special stages set throughout the event and tasks include deep-river crossing, map reading, bridge building and mud side clearing. Participants may lose points for speeding, dangerous driving and vehicle equipment abuse. For more information, please contact Thomas Chin at 088-268996, fax 088-258996 or e-mail thomas@glob.net.my

Kota Belud Tamu Besar Kota Belud Tamu Besar 27-28 October 27-28 October of all (open market) takes place Kota The mothermonth tamuyear, theairtamu is celebrated at aingrand Belud this during the Tamu Besar (literally translated as ‘Grand Market’) Once a
scale and visitors from far and near flock here to join the festivities. The tamu is a fantastic place to mingle with the locals and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the local market. Fresh vegetables, local delicacies, handicrafts and even livestock are up for sale. The highlight of the Tamu Besar is the parade by the Bajau horsemen (known as the Cowboys of the East for their excellent riding skills) who proudly ride their colourfully decorated horses. The town field also comes alive with various traditional sports such as buffalo racing – truly a unique event! The fairest of them all is crowned during the Ratu Sarempak pageant (Sarempak is the ornate golden headgear often worn by Bajau maidens). Venture to the district of Kota Belud this month for a tamu like no other!

Getting there:
Kota Belud is almost two hours away by road. You can take a taxi from the city centre (rates may vary). A bus ride from the city centre to Kota Belud town is approximately RM7.00 per person (one way). For more information, contact Zachary Mobijohn at 088232121 or Encik Edris bin Haji Yahya at 088-976621/624. E-mail zachary@sabahtourism.com

Sabah Bids Farewell to Silkairs’ Joshua Ganesan and Welcomes New Manager
Sabah Tourism Board hosted a farewell dinner for Silkair’s Sabah station manager Joshua Ganesan and bid ‘selamat datang’ to new station manager Jack Lim at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Resort’s Shang Palace. The dinner was attended by Minister of Tourism, Culture Datuk Masidi (right) presents a souvenir to Joshua (left) and Environment Sabah, Datuk Masidi Manjun who expressed his sincere appreciation and acknowledged the importance of maintaining the good rapport between the State and Singapore’s Silkair.

Kudat Riviera Wins Accolades at Property Awards
The luxury homes of Kudat Riviera won two awards at the prestigious International Property Awards presented by International Homes Magazine and in association with CNBC. The awards ceremony was held in London, where Kudat Riviera was named Best Architecture (Multiple Units), Malaysia and Best Development (Malaysia).

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Happenings & Highlights

Russian Troupe Wins 3rd Sabah International Folklore Festival Dance Competition The Russian cultural troupe won first place in this year’s 3rd Sabah International Folklore Festival Dance Competition. Coming in second and third place respectively were the troupes from Poland and Kazakhstan. The event took place at the Sabah Cultural Centre, Penampang. Also performing during the festival were cultural groups from India, China, Japan, Singapore, Brunei and Thailand among many others. Kinabalu Daya Hotel Opens New Wing Located in the heart of KK City, Kinabalu Daya Hotel recently introduced its new wing which features 36 rooms, bringing the total of existing rooms to 119. Room rates range from RM160 to RM320, which includes breakfast. For more information, visit www.kkdayahotel.com

MV Doulos – World’s Largest Floating Book Fair In Kota Kinabalu, 13-25 October


ll aboard the MV Doulos as it makes its way to the port of Kota Kinabalu this month! Built in 1914, Doulos is the world’s oldest ocean-going passenger ship and today it serves as the world’s largest floating book fair. The vessel is operated by a German non-profit charity organization, GBA, (Gute Buecher fuer alle e. V.) and aims to promote education and international understanding through its Floating Book Fair and cultural exchange programmes. More than 8000 book titles will be on sale, covering business, music, hobbies, general knowledge, language and children’s interest, including a selection of Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese books. This time around, you can meet the 350 volunteer multi-cultural crew from 50 different nations and explore the vessel on October 13 and 19 (1pm-5pm), 14 and 21 (2pm-5pm) and 15 (11am-5pm). Don’t miss this great opportunity! The MV Doulos will be open daily from the 13th to the 20th from 10:00am to

10:00pm and on Sunday the 14th and 21st and Monday the 22nd,opening hours will be from 2:00pm to 10:00pm. at Berth 8, Kota Kinabalu Port. For more

information, please call 012 829 6965

Eating Out


Euro Café
dash Asian, of European and top with Throw inofacourse!ofLocatedaatportionKinabalu’s Waterfront,itEuro a laid-back dining atmosphere, and what do you get? Eurocafe Kota Café offers the best of both worlds. This is a great place to sample delicious Asian favourites as well as scrumptious Western delights. If Euro Café sounds familiar, chances are you’ve seen this quaint café along Beach Street in the heart of the city. They have since moved to the more bustling Waterfront. For starters, try the roasted chicken salad. Moving on to the main course, your waiter may recommend the house favourite: Shanka Cordero, the Lamb Shank, served with vegetables, a special sauce and your choice of rice or pasta. There are plenty of EuroWestern dishes on the menu so take your time making the right selection! But if it’s local flavours you want, order the Nasi Goreng Kampung – a delicious plate of fried rice with anchovies, fried chicken wing topped with a sunny side up egg. Looking for a Chinese twist? Try the sweet and sour fish or chicken, served with tangy sauce, fresh green peppers, tomatoes and rice. Eurocafe also serves a variety of desserts but the Pisang Goreng with Ice Cream deserves a special mention! Pisang Goreng (banana fritters) are a classic Malaysian favourite, only this time they’re served with a refreshing dollop of vanilla ice cream .The combination is heavenly! The best part is you can enjoy a hearty meal at Euro Café without causing much damage to your wallet. For the budget conscious, be sure to check out the RM1.00 Menu from 5 pm to 8 pm daily, valid for a limited period only. Imagine enjoying local favourites such as mee goreng (fried noodles), nasi goreng (fried rice), chicken curry and much more at only RM1.00 per serving! Don’t miss Happy Hours for great beer and stout offers as well. Also on the menu are a range of fresh fruit juices, soft drinks and cocktails. Euro Café operates under a giant canopy in the middle of the Waterfront so it’s hard to miss. The café stretches out to the deck so you can enjoy your meal watching the sunset on the horizon. Another interesting aspect of the café is the open-air foot reflexology, which has proven to be a hit among tourists. Catering services are available and Euro Café accommodates up to 200 people, ideal for private functions. For Euro-Asian delights, it’s got to be Euro Café! Euro Café opens daily from 4:00 pm till midnight. For reservations and enquiries, please call 088-272420 or visit the website at www.eurocafe.com.my

Sate Mesra


ate Mesra opened its doors on 9 September at City Mall, Kota Kinabalu, offering diners the best in Malaysian favourites in a comfortable atmosphere. Sate – or satay – as you may know, is a classic Malaysian musthave: delicious chunks of skewered meat cooked over flames to juicy perfection. Sate Mesra’s combo meals are a good place to start. The set meal comes with sticks of satay (choose from beef, chicken, fish, prawns and even ‘Bishop’s nose’, a polite way of referring to the chicken’s posterior!), dipped in peanut gravy and complemented bwith pieces of cucumber, nasi himpit (compressed rice), a spring roll and a soft drink. But satay isn’t the only musttry on the menu. Highly recommended is the Tom Yam Goong, a mouthwatering bowl of soup with prawns, vegetables and noodles. You can also enjoy the tom yam with a plate of rice. Speaking of rice, why not try the Nasi Lemak, served with either chicken curry or beef rendang? There are plenty of Malaysian delights on the menu, including Kampung Fried Rice, Fried Noodles and Oxtail Asam Pedas. Looking for laksa? Sate Mesra serves an impressive array of laksa from around Malaysia: Laksa Sarawak, Penang, Johor, Kelantan and Melaka! For a Western twist, they also serve Fish & Chips and Chicken Chop. At teatime, sample their choice of cakes, perfect with your favourite brew. Sate Mesra can cater up to 80 diners at a time and offers buffet-style dining as well. Malaysian favourites with a ‘Mesra’ (friendly) touch! Sate Mesra is located at L-S-O-3,S-1-3, Ground & 1st floors, City Mall, Jalan Lintas, Kota Kinabalu (next to Starbucks) Opens daily from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm.


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SEAH Hair Spa,
Patrick Saloon


our body is blissfully kneaded, your sore feet tenderly rubbed and even your nails are manicured to perfection. But how often do you de-stress your hair? Believe or not, your hair has special needs, but more often than not we think a quick wash and trim are all we need. Not quite the case according to the experts at Patrick Saloon. I had the opportunity to experience the SEAH Hair Spa package, designed to give your hair the attention it deserves. Before the session starts, your hair condition is determined to identify the ideal range of products to be used. SEAH Hair Spa caters to four types of hair: demoisturised (normal to dry hair), coloured (colour-treated and highlighted hair), sophisticated (delicate, dry and matured hair) and stressed (damaged, formed and bleached hair). It turned out my hair was definitely ‘stressed out’ so it was time to give it some TLC! The Hair Spa experience begins with a hair wash with the Expert Massage shampoo. This is no regular hair wash. My shampoo specialist (as I like to call her) used special massaging techniques, gently rubbing and kneading certain points on my scalp, slowly moving to the nape of my neck. Simply blissful! After some 20 minutes, the suds were rinsed off and a conditioner applied. To create a healthy shine, purify and regenerate the hair, a cream mask was applied all over and thoroughly rubbed in. The hair was then wrapped in a towel and left for 15 minutes. While waiting, I enjoyed a relaxing shoulder, neck and back rub. Don’t be shy to speak up and let them know if they are applying the right pressure – the friendly masseuse will be more than happy to oblige. At the sound of the buzzer, it was time to rinse off the mask. My hair was then gently towel dried and blow-dried to perfection. I’m truly impressed: Not only does my hair feel significantly softer and lighter, it smells absolutely wonderful. I was told this was one of the signature features of the SEAH Hair Spa, a lovely lingering scent. The whole package lasts for approximately an hour and a half. So the next time you feel tired, stressed and in need of some pampering, a relaxing Hair Spa experience

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Lok Kawi
Wildlife Park

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ango with the tiger or gaze at the gibbons. Forget Animal Planet, this is the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. Situated some 25 km southwest of Kota Kinabalu city, a half-hour drive is all it takes to get you and your family to Sabahís first wildlife park. The Wildlife Park is run by the Sabah Wildlife Department under the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment and is home to more than 100 animal species. The park stretches across 280 acres of land, giving plenty of space for creatures great and small to wander about! Its inhabitants include a variety of felines such as the clouded leopard and the tiger. Other stars of the park are none other that the darling of Sabah, the Orang Utan and its unmistakable cousin, the Proboscis Monkey! If youíre lucky, you might run into a ranger on duty with a baby proboscis monkey clinging fondly to him. The aviary is also a must-visit. Step into a Jurassic Park-like atmosphere where colourful feathered friends of all sizes fly freely around you! Feeding time is an especially exciting time when you can see the birds jostling for fruity snacks from the rangersí bare hands. The Sun Bears are also a hit in the Park with their lovable antics as they balance on tree trunks and wade in their pool. Donít miss the elephants ñ then again, itís quite impossible to! The gentle giants are truly breathtaking especially up close. The little ones will love the Childrenís Zoo where they can ride on an elephant and pet the animals. Other animals to see are the civets, otters, gibbons, barking deer and mouse deer, just to name a few. Further inside the park is the Botanical Information Centre. This is where your visit to various gardens begins. Learn more about medicinal and herbal plants, or discover the beauty of Sabahís pitcher plants and ferns. The Park also has a souvenir shop and several resting huts along the way. Donít let a little rain (or sun, for that matter) stop you from enjoying a pleasant stroll in the park ñ bring an umbrella or rent one for only RM1.00 at the entrance. As in other zoos and wildlife parks, visitors are reminded to abide by the rules and the regulations of the Park at all times. The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is open daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Entrance fees are RM10.00 (MyKad holders 18 years old and above)/RM5.00 (MyKad holders below 18 years old) and RM20.00 (non-MyKad holders 18 years old and above)/ RM10.00 (non-MyKad holders below 18 years old). Entrance is free for senior citizens (60 years and above) and handicapped MyKad holders as well as students below 17 years old in school uniform. For more information, please call 088-765793 or fax 088-765762.


Food, Glorious Food!
by Melissa Leong In the spirit of doing what the Romans do when in Rome, one must eat like a true-blue Sabahan when in Sabah. We have everything to satisfy even the fussiest of palates. Your gastronomic affair begins right here!

Sabah boasts the widest array of fresh seafood – and when we say fresh, we literally mean right out of the sea! Seafood is particularly abundant in the east coast of Sabah (think Tawau and Sandakan) but the west coast offers just as much. From tender groupers to exotic-looking shells, seafood dining in Sabah is one great adventure you cannot miss. Check out Kam Ling Seafood in Bandar Sabindo, Tawau – a real hit with locals and visitors. In Kota Kinabalu, Salut (088-301300) and Gayang (088-229066) seafood restaurants are a 25-minute journey by road from the city centre, but the feast that awaits you will be worth the trip. Along the Waterfront you can savour the catch of the day at Portview Seafood Restaurant (088-242875) while enjoying a nightly cultural show. Still can’t decide? The massive Sri Selera Kampung Air (behind the Golden Screen Cinemas in Kampung Air) offers a line-up of seafood restaurants. And did we mention how affordable seafood is in Sabah?

International Delights
Whether it’s a creamy plate of pasta or a serving of sushi, chances are you’ll find them all in Sabah. There are plenty of Italian restaurants in town and Little Italy (088-232231) located at the ground floor of Hotel Capital and across from Wisma Merdeka, is a good place to start. Also in town are the classy Luna Rossa (088-266882, beside Bulatan Perdana along Jalan Sulaman), Bella Italia (088-313366) at Jesselton Hotel) and Grazie (019-5315246, Wawasan Plaza). Japanese restaurants are also aplenty including Kawana (088-252748) along the Waterfront and KK’s oldest Japanese eatery Nishiki (088-230582, Jalan Gaya, just a stone’s throw from the Sabah Tourism Board information centre). For fusion fare, why not visit Toscani’s (088-242879, Waterfront) which serves an array of tapas and seafood. Want a dining experience like no other? Then make your way to @mosphere (088-425100/111). The restaurant is located on the 18th floor of Menara Tun Mustapha and is the only revolving restaurant in Sabah that offers a breathtaking 360 degree view of the city.

Kedai Kopi (Coffee Shop)
Want to dine like a Sabahan? Then a visit to any one of our ‘kedai kopi’ or kopitiam will give you a taste of that. Ask any of the locals and they will tell you there’s nothing quite like kedai kopi fare. Classic must-eats include a bowl of ngiu chap (beef noodles), a delicious mixture of beef meatballs, tender beef slices and tripe with mee hoon (noodles) in a tasty beef broth. Kon lau mein (home made noodles topped with a special sauce and your choice of meat) is a breakfast favourite, often served with a bowl of wonton soup. Up for something full of spice and everything nice? Try a bowl of laksa (noodles in a creamy soup, often served with chicken, prawns or seafood) or tom yam soup. Malaysian favourites are also available, such as nasi lemak (rice served with sambal, anchovies, eggs, peanuts and slices of cucumber, all wrapped in a banana leaf), roti canai and Claypot Chicken Rice – hearty meals that are hard to resist!

Only in Sabah!
Every place has its unique delicacy and Sabah is no exception. Many restaurants and coffee shops proudly incorporate local food in their menu, but the best place to sample and purchase authentic Sabah delights is at the local ‘tamu’ (open market). Among the delicacies to look out for is the bambangan, a sour mango-like fruit preserved in a jar which is eaten to complement almost any dish. For the more adventurous, try the nonsoom (preserved pickled fish in a jar) – definitely an acquired taste! Hinava is a popular Kadazandusun favourite – a delicious mix of fresh fish, red chillies, shredded ginger, sliced shallots and plenty of lime which ‘cooks’ the fish. To make your culinary adventure complete, have a sip of lihing (rice wine), always served at social gatherings as a beverage of choice, or used to add a distinctive flavour to chicken soup. But if it’s really fresh food you want, it doesn’t get any fresher than a plate of live sago worms, or butod as the locals call them. Delicious!

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A typical ‘kedai kopi’ scene

Claypot chicken rice

A breakfast favourite - a bowl of ngiu chap

Mouthwatering steamed prawns

Bambangan in a jar

Savouring the delicious ‘butod’! (sago worm)


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(Malay cakes and desserts)
fter a month of fasting and abstinence during Ramadhan, the Muslim community celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri in the month of Syawal. Bulan Puasa (or Fasting Month) is the perfect time to catch a glimpse of Malay cakes and desserts in their glory. Food stalls are opened every evening (a few hours before ‘buka puasa’ or the breaking of fast is observed) in various locations, serving a variety of goodies from nasi lemak to fried chicken. However, it is the traditional cakes and desserts that sell like hot cakes (pardon the pun). Hari Raya is also a wonderful time to savour some of the best kuih muih. The serimuka is a two-tiered cake, usually sold in bite-size pieces. The lower layer is steamed glutinous rice and the upper layer is made of custard, usually coloured green. The mixture of sweet and savoury flavours makes this truly unique. Also popular is the pulut panggang. A mixture of sambal and shrimp is stuffed

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Kuih Muih

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into a roll of glutinous rice, wrapped in banana leaves and then roasted. Simply delicious! You might also come across a type of cake called wajit, which is also steamed glutinous rice wrapped in banana leaves. However, gula melaka or palm sugar is added, which gives the wajit its brown colour and sweetness. On a hot day, cendol is just what you need. The mixture of coconut milk and gula melaka together with green jelly known as cendol makes a perfect drink/dessert. However, perhaps the most popular favourite is the pisang goreng or banana fritters. Sliced bananas are dipped into batter and deep fried until they turn golden yellow. The crispy yet tender texture makes this dish Malaysian favourite at tea-time. Some eat them plain while others like to dip the fritters in sambal or even chilli sauce.


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Tamu Besar Kota Belud 27-28 Oktober


4x4 Borneo Safari 28 Oktober – 4 November

ini kembali! Peminat kembara tidak sabar meredah hutan rimba Sabah dengan menggunakan kenderaan 4WD mereka pada acara tahunan 4X5 Borneo Safari. Tahun ini, peserta dilepaskan dari bangunan Pelancongan Sabah di Kota Kinabalu dan akan menuju daerah Penampang, Kimanis, Beaufort, Sipitang, Tenom dan Keningau. Lebih 300 peserta bakal berdepan laluan sukar, ada yang datang sejauh Jepun, New Zealand, Belanda dan Australia. Peserta akan mengharungi bukit bukau dan sungai, menguji kelasakan dan stamina mereka. Mata akan diberikan dalam beberapa peringkat khas yang ditetapkan sepanjang perjalanan dan tugasan termasuklah menyeberangi sungai dalam, membaca peta, membina jambatan serta melepasi laluan berlumpur. Peserta boleh kehilangan mata kerana memandu laju, memandu secara berbahaya dan salah guna peralatan kenderaan. Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Thomas Chin di talian 088-268996, faks 088-258996 atau e-mel thomas@glob.net.my

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Mari Makan!

Sate Mesra

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Mesra membuka pintunya SateSeptember di City Mall, pada 9 Kota Kinabalu, menawarkan hidangan terbaik kegemaran orang Malaysia dengan suasana yang selesa. Sate, seperti yang anda tahu, adalah kemestian klasik rakyat Malaysia: daging kecil yang dicucuk dan disalai di atas api. Hidangan kombo Sate Mesra adalah hidangan yang sesuai untuk dimulakan. Set hidangan ini terdiri daripada beberapa cucuk sate (pilih antara daging lembu, ayam, ikan, udang atau buntut ayam), dihidangkan dengan kuah kacang dan potongan kecil timun, nasi himpit serta minuman sejuk. Tetapi sate bukan satu-satunya

hidangan utama dalam menu. Paling disyorkan ialah Tom Yam Goong, semangkuk sup udang pedas, sayur-sayuran dan mee yang lazat. Anda juga boleh menikmati sup tom yam dengan sepinggan nasi. Anda boleh juga mencuba Nasi Lemak, dihidangkan dengan kari ayam atau rendang daging. Ada banyak makanan Malaysia dalam menu, termasuk Nasi Goreng Kampung, Mee Goreng dan Asam Pedas Ekor Lembu. Inginkan laksa? Sate Mesra boleh menghidangkan bermacam jenis laksa dari seluruh Malaysia: Laksa Sarawak, Pulau Pinang, Johor, Kelantan dan Melaka! Untuk hidangan barat, mereka turut menghidangkan Ikan dan Kentang serta chicken chop (ayam yang di gril dengan sos istimewa). Untuk waktu minum petang, bermacam jenis kuih disediakan, disesuaikan dengan minuman anda. Sate Mesra boleh menyediakan makanan untuk 80 orang dalam satu masa dan turut menawarkan hidangan ala-buffet. Hidangan kegemaran Malaysia dengan sentuhan ‘Mesra’! Sate Mesta terletak di L-S-O-3, S-1-3, Ground & Tingkat 1, City Mall, Jalan Lintas, Kota Kinabalu (bersebelahan Starbucks). Dibuka setiap hari dari 9:00 pagi hingga 11:00 malam.

bu segala tamu (pasar terbuka) berlangsung di Kota Belud pada bulan ini semasa Tamu Besar (secara harfiah diterjemah ‘pasar besar’). Diadakan setahun sekali, tamu ini diraikan di kawasan yang besar dan pengunjung dari jauh dan dekat berkumpul di sini untuk menyertai kemeriahannya. Tamu adalah tempat yang sesuai untuk bergaul dengan penduduk tempatan dan mengalami sendiri pemandangan, bunyi dan bau pasar tempatan. Sayur-sayuran segar, makanan tempatan, kraf tangan malah binatang hidup ada dijual. Kemuncak Tamu Besar ialah perarakan penunggang kuda Bajau (dikenali sebagai Koboi Timur kerana kemahiran mereka menunggang kuda) yang dengan bangga menunggang kuda mereka yang telah dihias berwarna warni. Padang pekan tersebut juga menjadi meriah dengan pelbagai sukan tradisional seperti perlumbaan kerbau – satu acara yang memang unik! Yang tercantik antara semua akan ditabal ketika Ratu Cantik Sarempak (Sarempak adalah perhiasan keemasan di kepala yang sering dipakai oleh gadis-gadis Bajau). Berjalan-jalanlah ke daerah Kota Belud bulan ini untuk tamu unik yang tidak seperti yang lain! Untuk ke sana: Untuk ke Kota Belud mengambil masa hampir dua jam menggunakan jalan raya. Anda boleh mengambil teksi dari pusat bandaraya. Tambang bas dari pusat bandar ke pekan Kota Belud berharga RM7.00 seorang (sehala). Untuk maklumat lanjut, hubungi Zachary Mobijohn di talian 088-232121 atau Encik Edris Haji Yahya di talian 088-976621/624. E-mel zachary@sabahtourism.com

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Pusat Beli-belah di Kota Kinabalu
menawarkan Kota Kinabalu menarik untuk pelbagai tempat membeli-belah. Daripada barangan berjenama sehinggalah yang murah, Bandaraya KK ada semuanya. Mulakan perbelanjaan anda di Centre Point Sabah, tempat terletaknya Pacific Ngiu Kee Department Store. Di tingkat bawah, berjalan-jalanlah di City Parade untuk pelbagai pilihan pakaian, barangan sukan serta telefon bimbit dengan harga berpatutan. Di tingkat empat, Palm Square menawarkan jenama-jenama terkemuka: antaranya Guess, Elle, MNG dan Diesel antaranya. Wisma Merdeka terkenal dengan butik yang mengetengahkan fesyen-fesyen terkini dari Taiwan, Korea dan Hong Kong. Mereka yang sabar akan pulang puas hati kerana membeli dengan harga yang berpatutan! Wisma Merdeka juga adalah tempat sesuai untuk membeli telefon bimbit, permainan (PlayStation & Xbox) serta DVD. Mencari barangan berkaitan komputer? Kompleks Karamunsing (terletak berdekatan Hotel Berjaya Palace) adalah tempat untuk dituju. Pastikan anda mengunjungi Signature Department Store yang menjual segalanya daripada barangan elektronik sehinggalah peralatan taman. Baru dibuka ialah Warisan Square yang berdepan Waterfront. Jika anda mencari barangan berjenama dan bermutu, inilah tempatnya. Datanglah ke Padini Concept Store, Esprit, Quicksilver, Salabianca, Times Bookstore dan Island Shop, antaranya. Anda boleh hilangkan dahaga di San Francisco Coffe atau Starbucks. Mahukan makanan? Cubalah Kopitiam yang unik, Olde Station, hidangan kegemaran Asia di La Manila atau ikan dan kentang yang lazat di Fish & Co. Tarikan utama Wawasan Plaza tidak lain ialah Parkson Grand, Supermarket Giant dan Handicraft Centre di Tingkat Satu.

Taman Hidupan Liar Lok Kawi
harimau atau ungka. Lupakan Saksikanlahrancangan Animalintai Terletak Planet: Ini ialah Taman Hidupan Liar Lok Kawi. sekitar 25km di barat selatan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu, hanya setengah jam pemanduan diperlukan untuk membawa anda dan keluarga anda ke taman hidupan liar pertama di Sabah itu. Taman Hidupan Liar ini diuruskan oleh Jabatan Hidupan Liar Sabah di bawah Kementerian Pelancongan, Kebudayaan dan Alam Sekitar dan menjadi kediaman kepada lebih 100 spesies mamalia. Taman ini meliputi kawasan keluasan 280 ekar, memberikan banyak ruang untuk dihuni pelbagai jenis haiwan dan binatang kecil! Antara hidupannya termasuklah pelbagai jenis binatang buas seperti harimau bintang, musang, dan sudah pastilah, harimau. Binatang lain di taman itu tidak lain tidak bukan ialah haiwan kesayangan Sabah, Orang Utan dan yang jelas saudaranya monyet belanda! Jika anda bernasib baik, anda mungkin terserempak dengan anak monyet belanda yang berpaut manja pada ibunya. Lau burung mesti dikunjungi. Melangkah ke dalam suasana ala Taman Jurasik. Di sana pelbagai jenis burung dengan pelbagai saiz dan bulu yang berwarna-warni terbang bebas di sekeliling anda! Masa memberi makanan amat menarik. Anda boleh melihat burung berebut-rebut mendapatkan makanan buah dari telapak tangan renjer. Beruang Sun juga terkenal di taman ini dan gelagat menarik ketika mengimbangi diri di dahan pokok dan berlegar di dalam kolam. Jangan lepaskan peluang menyaksikan gajah – sememangnya, mustahil untuk dilakukan! Gergasi lembut ini sememangnya

menakjubkan apatah lagi dari jarak dekat. Si kecil pasti menyukai Zoo Kanak-Kanak. Di sana mereka boleh menunggang gajah dan membelai binatang. Banyak lagi haiwan lain boleh ditemui, antaranya seperti ungka, rusa dan kancil. Jauh di dalam taman ialah Pusat Maklumat Kajian Tumbuhan. Di sinilah kunjungan anda ke pelbagai taman bermula. Pelajari lebih banyak tentang tumbuhan perubatan dan herba, atau ketahui kecantikan tumbuhan menjalar dan paku pakis yag terdapat di Sabah. Taman ini turut memiliki sebuah kedai cenderamata dan pondok untuk berehar di sepanjang laluan. Jangan biarkan sedikit hujan (atau panas mentari) menghalang anda daripada menikmati keseronokan bersiar-siar di taman ini – bawalah payung atau sewa untuk hanya RM1.00 di pintu masuk. Sama seperti zoo atau taman hidupan liar lain, pelawat diingatkan agar mematuhi undang-undang dan kemestian taman ini sepanjang masa. Taman Hidupan Liar Lok Kawi dibuka setiap hari dari 9:30 pagi sehingga 4:30 petang. Bayaran kemasukan ialah RM10.00 (pemegang MyKad berusia 18 tahun ke atas), RM5.00 (Pemegang MyKad berusia 18 tahun ke bawah), RM20.00 (bukan pemegang MyKad berusia 18 tahun ke atas) dan RM10.00 (bukan pemegang MyKad berusia 18 tahun ke bawah). Masuk percuma untuk warga emas (60 tahun ke atas) dan pemegang MyKad kurang upaya selain pelajar bawah 17 tahun yang memakai pakaian seragam sekolah. Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi talian 088765793 atau faks 088-765762.

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* most tamus operate as early as 6am and close by 2pm.

Sabah State Museum Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Jln. Bukit Istana Lama, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-253199/263551 Sabah Islamic Civilisation Museum Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Jalan Menteri, off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-538227/538228 Sabah Ethnobotanical Heritage Museum Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Bukit Istana Lama, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-253199/263551 Second World War Memorial Petagas Open daily Tel:088-253199 Kinarut Mansion Ruins Museum Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Tel: 088-253199/263551


Kota Kinabalu Penampang Tuaran

Gaya Street Fair - Sunday Kampung Air - Sunday Donggongon Thursday & Friday Pekan Tuaran - Sunday Tenghilan - Thursday

Ranau Kudat

Agnes Keith House, Sandakan Mon - Sun: 9.00am - 5.00pm Tel: 089-222679 Sandakan Memorial Park Mon - Sun: 9am-5pm Sibuga Forest Reserve Mile 7, Jalan Labuk, Sandakan Tel: 016 8221616 (Doris) Sandakan Heritage Museum Mon - Sun: 9am-5pm Wisma Warisan, Sandakan Tel: 089-222679 Batu Tulug Archaeological Site Museum, Kinabatangan Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Tel: 088-253199

Bukit Tengkorak Archaelogical Site Museum, Semporna Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Tel: 088-253199

Pekan Kundasang - Friday Matunggong Lama - Saturday Matunggong Baru - Thursday


Lahad Datu Semporna Tenom

Murut Museum (Sabah Murut Cultural Centre , Tenom) Mon – Sun: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Lembaga Kebudayaan Negeri Sabah (Tenom Branch) W.D.T 72, 89909 Tenom. Tel: 087-734506 Mat Salleh Memorial, Tambunan Open Daily Kg. Tibabar, Tambunan Tel :088-253199/ 263551 Kundasang War Memorial, Open daily including Public Holidays Tel: 019 899 2041 (Mr. Sevee Charuruks)

Pekan Lahad Datu - Sunday Pekan Semporna - Sunday Pekan Tenom Wednesday & Sunday

Sandakan Tawau

Sandakan Town - Sunday Gua Mantong Jaya - Sunday Bandar Tawau - Sunday


Kota Belud

Pekan Kota Belud - Sunday

Teck Guan Cocoa Museum Mon-Fri: 8am -11:30am 1:30pm-4:30pm Sat: 8am-12pm Sun: Closed Mile 2, Tanjung Batu Laut, Teck Guan Factory, Tawau Tel:089-775566 ext 2601

No.51, Jalan Gaya, 88000, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-212121 Fax: 088-212075 Email: info@sabahtourism.com Website: www.sabahtourism.com Open: 8:00am to 5:00pm (Mon-Fri) 9:00am to 4:00pm (Weekend & PH)

Sabah Tourism Board

Lot 4, Ground Floor, Block L, Sinsuran Complex, 88000, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-232121 Fax: 088-265540 Email: info@sabahtourism.com Website: www.sabahtourism.com Open: 8:00amto 5:00pm (Mon-Fri) 8:00am-4:00pm (Weekend & PH)
Yayasan Sabah Ambulance 088-326655 Information Services 088-280600/ 280631/ 280641 International Telephone Directory Assistance -108

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Tourism Malaysia (Sabah)

Lot 1-0-7, Ground Floor, Block 1, Lorong Api-Api 1, Api Api Centre, 88000, Kota Kinabalu Tel:088-248698/ 211732 E-mail: enquiries@tourism.gov.my Website: www.tourism.gov.my Open: 8:00am to 5:00pm (Mon-Fri) Closed on weekends
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Fire Department - 994 Ambulance /Police -999 Police Hotline HQ SABAH – 088-253555 KK – 088-221191 Airport - 088-238555

Queen Elizabeth Hospital 088-218166 Damai Specialist Centre 088-222922 Sabah Medical Centre 088-211333


Monkey Sanctuary

cruise along mocha-coloured water, a humble abode by the riverbank, green canopies teeming with wildlife and a breathtaking sunset: All this can be found a mere 2 hours from Kota Kinabalu city. The Weston Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary is located in the quaint district of Weston, namely along the Si Jam Jam river. The rustic lodge is surrounded by a mangrove forest, home to a variety of wildlife that thrive in their natural habitat. Upon arrival at the lodge, the air of serenity and tranquility is unmistakable. Sometimes the only sound you hear is the rustling of the leaves and a bird or two chirping in the distance. The double storey lodge has an upper deck ideal for lazy afternoons or for those who simply wish to soak in the scenery.There are currently 4 bedrooms and bathroom facilities. In the evenings, guests can opt to enjoy a barbecue on the upper deck or a batik painting session. The highlight of a visit to the Weston Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary is none other than a cruise along the river. This is the best opportunity to view the beautiful wildlife that call the Weston mangrove swamp their home. Monitor lizards, macaques, otters, flying fox and crocodiles are just some of the ‘local residents’ you might spot along the way. This is also a birdwatchers’ paradise, home to a multitude of birds including colourful kingfishers, egrets and eagles. But the real star of the swamp is none other than the Proboscis Monkey, often spotted lounging on tree branches with his harem or leaping through the air from tree to tree. You can also try your hand at catching prawns and fish - who knows they might end up on the barbecue! Mudtrekking is also one of the many activities offered at the sanctuary. Clad in a mudtrekking suit, this is the best way for guests to explore the mangrove! A guide will bring you through the vegetation, explaining the sights as you make encounter mud lobster nests, snapping shrimp and many other interesting creatures. After a long day of river cruising, fishing and mudtrekking, return to the lodge and make your way to the upper deck to catch a glimpse of the glorious sunset. Watch as the skies transform from one dramatic hue to the next - be sure to have your cameras ready! Many visitors have claimed that they have never witnessed a sunset quite like one you will see in Weston. Discover a place of hidden charm right here at the Weston Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. For more information, please contact Helen Kou at 016 831 7329 or Kenny Wong at 016 832 2443.

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