Looking for a local market, with local delicacy and local souvenir, yet you do not have the time and means to visit a far, here is someplace that you will be interested to stop-by....
Gaya Street Tamu (Every Sunday early morning until noon)
situated in Gaya street, Kota Kinabalu
with a verity of products that sells there, you could say its a flee market...
On the main street, the stalls give way to souvenirs and handicrafts in the form of T-shirts, trinkets (most are novelty items that become useless after the first glance or use), sea shells, wooden carvings, antiques, brassware, tribal masks, wind chimes, rattan baskets, ceramics, blow-pipes, clay jars and much more. For the fashionable, peruse a range of traditional clothing from different cultures found in Sabah such as Batik (silky fabric woven with floral motifs), cosmetic jewelry (most made of plastic) and fashion apparel.
you'll come across stalls that sell live animals - Some are household pets while others are sold as food. Puppies and kittens along with hamsters, guinea pigs, mice and aquarium fish are displayed openly in cages or tanks and sold like stock at the market. Box turtles, bull frogs and snakehead fish are other more exotic animals.
and many more!!
Gaya Street is the city's tourist belt, lined with numerous
backpacker lodges, hotels, restaurants and shops. the strategically in the central location
that can be reached from anywhere within the city center. While it has a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, it's only on Sunday. You will discover unique traditional and
modern products from Borneo sold openly. From early morning till late
afternoon, the entire Street is occupied with make-shift stalls over a half
kilometer into an adjoining back alley, where there is a
large space that used to house a taxi depot. Over here, the traders mostly sell
local fruits and vegetables along with ornamental plants.
Food stalls are available in the market and visitors
will enjoy an endless selection of freshly prepared local
snacks, dishes and drinks.
Walk along and you'll find some truly unusual items
on sale among the stalls; sling bags made from large toads, complete with hind
legs and fake eyes; cultural blades in many different forms and sizes; small
plants with a minty fragrance that claim to repel mosquitoes; energy drinks
packed in recycled mineral water bottles that look and taste like antiseptic
solution; household pesticide and hardware tools you would find in an industrial store.
Towards the northern end of the Gaya Street, there is a
corner where disabled people sell their services and products in the form of
foot massages, paintings, handicrafts and song.
there is also other place that you could visit
Tamu (Market) in the town every Thursday and Friday where thousands of people gather to buy households products, foods, and traditional handicrafts such as bangles, headbands or gongs.
situated in the Penampang District
you see the town with this landmark
here is another
there is also other places as well you could visit
Situated south of Kota Kinabalu roughly 14km from the city centre
usually open on Saturdays and Sundays
come by and visit Kota Kinabalu the capital of Sabah!!
Kudat is located in the upper sector of Sabah, and famously known for the Tip of Borneo, and cheap seafood
the purple color represent region of Kudat
cheap seafood and untouched beaches still remains there, with beautiful sights and relaxations
How to reach there
By Bus and private transport
they are cheap to reach there via Padang Merdeka bus station (Kota Kinabalu) and most of them
could not speak proper english if you are a foreigner just tell them to go to Kudat or by the hotels that you book
be best that you ask the counter for more info.
2. By rent a car or van
before you reach Kudat you will pass Kota Belud bypass road with the view of Mount Kinabalu
when you arrived to Kudat you will see a gate to Kudat
By air using Mas wing will be much faster as they will used a small aircraft
place to visit
Tamu Kudat (held on every Tuesday and Wednesday (6am-2pm)
The tamu (market) in Kudat is a great opportunity to discover local produce and unique handicrafts. The tamu is a flurry of sights, sounds and smells, bustling with traders and buyers hoping to get a good bargain! In Kudat, the tamu is known for its local-grown vegetables, dried fish, tropical fruits and edible seaweed.
Be sure to check out the Rungus handicraft, particularly their intricate beaded work and handwoven Tinohian cloth. When in Kudat, make a trip to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau , The Tip of Borneo. This is the meeting point of the South China and Sulu seas, with a rich historical and cultural background. The dramatic vista of the endless sea and blue skies will take your breath away.
A bronze globe marks the location of Tanjung Simpang Mengayau at latitude 7 degrees north and longitude 116 degrees east. A map featuring the island of Borneo is embossed in bronze and laid on a flat surface at an angle with inscriptions to mark the Tip of Borneo.
legend goes that Ferdinand Magellan once docked at the beach of Tanjung Simpang Mengayau before heading to the Phillipine island.
this is the landmark for the tip of Borneo
with beautiful beaches of simpang mengayau
and the hidden Kelambu beach of kudat
if you hungry try to visit the esplanade Kudat
this restaurant provides cheap seafood, be best come at night as you can choose from the fisherman directly
Sabah is renowned for its beautiful beaches and sunsets, people from all over the world bringing their swimsuits and lotions for sunbathing and dipping into the crystal clear waters
this is the Sapi Island view facing the mountains
if you are are only interested in Kota Kinabalu only. You could always visit the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park that is consist of the multiple island plus it is closest place that you dive and swim the crystal waters that is facing the South China Sea,
The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
this is the list of the Island that is popular site to indulge within Kota Kinabalu :-
side Pulau Gaya
there other island that you can visit
another view of Pulau Dinawan
maybe if you could wait the evening, hang around in Beaches in Kota Kinabalu
Tanjung Aru Beach sunset
Lok Kawi Beaches Sunset
Tanjung Lipat Sunset
looking for souvenir for your visit try to visit markets in Kota Kinabalu
Gaya Sunday morning market (Tamu)
or the Night Market in Kampung Air
looking for cheap seafood look at the KK waterfront
try visit Sabah capital, the feeling of Thailand, Penang and Hawaii even the Polynesia feeling just staying in Kota Kinabalu