Tawau has always been side-lined by travellers who usually head straight away to Semporna, a gateway to the beautiful islands on Celebes Sea that promises world class dive sites such as Sipadan, Kapalai, Mabul, and Mataking. Most of the time, travellers – especially divers and snorkellers – would just take a shuttle from Tawau International
Located on the east coast of Borneo Island, Sandakan is a town that is rich in history and the gateway to many eco-tourism destinations due to its proximity to unique wildlife attractions. As a matter of fact, the richness of wildlife and nature here is one of the major reasons why travellers from all around
Mabul Island Mention Mabul Island and visions of swaying coconut trees, idyllic water villages and fascinating marine life come to mind. And that’s just above the water. Located around 15 minutes by speedboat from the world famous Sipadan Island, Mabul is recognised as one of the best muck-diving (a term used to describe limited visibility
If Maldives is famous for its wondrous island resorts sitting on pristine white atolls, Sabah on the other hand is popular as the tropical getaway not just due to its clear waters and amazing underwater marine life but also its wondrous flora and fauna, local culture, highlands and mountains. Backpackers – like my mates and I from UiTM Shah Alam Recreational Club comprising young mountain climbers – usually go for both so as to stretch our budget while experiencing what this impressive state has to offer.
Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has come up with a list of the seven best sites for diving in Asia-Pacific, including Malaysia’s own Kota Kinabalu. The list, which was based on in-country tourism expertise and customer review data, has noted Kota Kinabalu and its surrounding areas in Sabah as a much sought-after diving destination for both domestic and international travellers.
The past few months have been hectic for us, as we had been heavily involved in large scale programmes such as the Kembara Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia to Central Sarawak, Kembara Kraf Selangor 2013, Malaysia Tourism Hunt (MTH) 2013, all of which are covered within the pages of this issue. Speaking of MTH, which is Tourism Malaysia’s laudable effort, it encourages international tourists to drive around Malaysia on their own and take advantage of the country’s good road systems to know more about the destinations and people. We therefore invite all travellers coming into Malaysia to consider renting a decent car (equipped with navigation system of course) and begin exploring the country independently and flexibly, allowing them to uncover more interesting facets of Malaysia along the way.
2013 is thought to be challenging as the effects of recession in the US and Europe will be felt in Asia. However, in the current news, it is predicted that the economies within the Asian region will still remain resilient, albeit going on a slower pace compared to 2012.
In its effort to protect the Kinabatangan flood plain, WWF-Malaysia engages its stakeholders and partners (government agencies, oil palm companies, tour operators and the local community) to address the issues of reforestation, protection and management of the area.
This issue we feature the highly tasteful close up images of Terengganu craftsmanship on the cover, which are adapted from the cover of the recently launched ExxonMobil Subsidiaries in Malaysia Calendar 2013.
Sabah Fest 2012, a Handicraft and Food Showcase will also be held at the Outdoor and Gallery area of Kompleks JKKNS located at Jalan Penampang.
Unexpected encounters with horn bills that glide right overhead, peacocks walking by during breakfast, a friendly bear cat greeting you from a tree or the occasional wild rabbit, iguana or squirrel crossing your path are all part of the magic of this remarkable resort.
Gaya Travellers is proud to declare that we now have officially visited all states in Malaysia and we have Tourism Malaysia to thank for that final tick on our checklist!