Experience Sabah trip – Tagal Tinopikon, Tuaran Beach and Kundasang Trip

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What places around Kota Kinabalu you will recommend your visiting friends and family? Together with my family from Kuala Lumpur, we visited a few local places around Kota Kinabalu during our 5 days 4 nights trip. Our trip consists of local foods, beach and mountain experience.

 

Tagal Tinopikon Park  – Experience Local village foods and play with fishes

Location: Located alongside Donggongon – Tambunan road

Tagal means no fishing in local Kadazan-Dusun language. at Tagal Tinopikon Park, we get to experience local village foods and play with the fishes by the river. You need to drive to get there as it is located 30 minutes from KK city center and no public transportation available.

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The entrance to the village

Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

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Local vegetable

Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

River fish cook with white chili and pineapple.

Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

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Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

Linopot, rice mix with mashed yam – Linopot – Rice or mashed yam wrapped in leaves – Sabah Eats

Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

Lunch with linopot and local vegetable

Lokam Bakar, coconut pudding and grilled coconut at Sulaman Road, Tuaran

GPS Location: 6.1019272N 116.1716866E

For the adventurous type, try the Lokam (clams) and grilled coconut at the wooden stall along Sulaman road.

 

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Grill corn, too bad they used regular corn instead of the one found alongside the road to Kudat.

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coconut drink is also available

Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

This is how they grilled the Lokam. They still using firewood to grilled the lokam.

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That’s how a grilled coconut looks like.

Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

Delicious Lokam served with homemade chili sauce. There are many stalls alongside Sulaman Road selling the same foods. The best way is to go to the stalls with many customers as there is no signboard differentiate each stall.

Nexus Resort, Karambunai

Location: Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai, off Jalan Sepanggar Bay,

Website: http://www.nexusresort.com

The beach fronting Nexus resort is amazing. Perfect for getaway and relaxation. The facilities at Nexus look aged but the amazing beach and pool make up for it.

 

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Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

We had this beautiful beach all to ourselves

Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

fun at the pool

Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

We had our buffet dinner at Penyu Restaurant. Great food after an exhausting day

Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

Morning Scenery at Nexus Resort

Sinalau Bakas (grilled wild boar) alongside Tamparuli – Kundasang Road

Location: Kampung Kelawat, Jalan Tamparuli – Kundasang

Smoked wild pork is very popular in Sabah, the Kadazan-Dusuns call it sinalau bakas. The bakas, although much leaner than domestic pig, is wonderfully fatty and depending on where they root for nutrition—wild herbs, agricultural crops like palm oil or corn or just plain old lalang—the grassy taste is the very best as it doesn’t cram in flavor but rather spreads, unevenly to all the different parts, making the experience on the tongue a little more unusual Cooking wild pork in the Tamparuli-Kundasang area has got it down to a fine art.

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Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

Bakas with a cold beer, heaven!

Souvenir stalls alongside Tamparuli – Kundasang and Nabalu Town

Stalls alongside Tamparuli – Kundasang road is great for souvenir hunting. We spotted a different type of peanuts known to local as Kacang Madu. Taste the same but love the spot on it.

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Kundasang Town – The cabbage capital of Sabah

Kundasang Town is renowned for its vegetable market which opens 7 days a week. There are many resorts scattered around the valley. Kota Kinabalu citizens love to travel to Kundasang for its temperate weather and the amazing view of Mount Kinabalu from Kundasang valley.

 

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cabbage statue, the new landmark of Kundasang town

Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

H Benjamin Residence

Website: http://www.hbresidence.com

Located at 1,700 meters above sea level deep in Mesilau, H.Benjamin Residence is a newly-opened 16-room hotel offering a quiet and comfortable stay. H Benjamin Residence offers a comfortable stay and good food at an affordable price. The drive to HB was a little tricky as its location is deep inside Mesilau village. We pass by Desa Cattle Farm, small villages and Kundasang Golf Course and Clubhouse before we finally reached H Benjamin Residence.

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The restaurant at H Benjamin residence offers good food at affordable price.

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Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

Happy bunnies at H Benjamin Residence

Desa Cattle Dairy Farm

Opening hours: 8am to 5pm

GPS Location: 6.0158825N 116.5916777E

Address: Kundasang, Sabah, Malaysia

Desa Cattle Farm is the “must visit” place when visiting Kundasang. Des Cattle Farm located at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu offer one of the most scenic views of Mount Kinabalu. The scenery is breathtaking and the cool breeze makes us feel relax away from all the stress.

Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

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Tuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon tripTuaran, Kundasang and tinopikon trip

We drop by Restaurant Wun Chiap at Tamparuli on the way back from Kundasang for the famous Tamparuli mee.

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Famous Ngiu chap Laksa (mix beef in curry broth) at Kedai Kopi Yii Siang.

The beef lover must try the beef noodle before leaving Kota Kinabalu. Check out our guide to best Beef noodle in Kota Kinabalu http://www.sabaheats.com/kota-kinabalu-beef-noodle-guide/

 

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Joanne Lee

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I cook, I eat and I always looking for good food!

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