Sabah, the Malaysian Borneo is an amazingly beautiful and must visit place for tourist and holidaymaker. Sabah is the destination of choice for tourist and holidaymaker and for anyone who wants a truly complete and all in one vacation (or holidays). For those who yearn for peace and tranquility, the wide sandy beach or cool refreshing highland resort or island will give you the chance to be close with nature. For those seeking adventure, hiking, trekking, white water rafting, diving and snorkeling, awaits you. Browse this site for more information and guide about what Sabah have to offer you and be amazed at the choice and variety that is available.
Come and experience yourself, from the world's smallest elephant, the Borneo Pygmy Elephant, to the world's largest flower, the Rafflesia, to the highest mountain in South East Asia, Mount Kinabalu, to one of the worlds' top dive sites, the Sipadan Island, and the most intelligent primates, the orangutan and more, Sabah has it all. We hoped that the information and guide provided here would help you to get the most out of your vacation or trip to Sabah, Borneo.
Sabah Quick Facts & Information
| Flag & Emblem
Sabah Flag Sabah State Emblem
| Geographical Coordinates
|| Latitude=04° - 07° N, Longitude=115° - 119° E
City of Kota Kinabalu : Latitude=05°56'N, Longitude=116°03'E
|| Visitors entering Sabah must have passports valid for six months from the time of their arrival.
Visa are not require for visitor from most country to enter Malaysia for the purpose of social or business visits and for a duration of not more than three (3) months. For other purposes, a visa is required.
|| Democratically elected State Legislative Assembly once every 5 years and a state cabinet headed by the Chief Minister .
|| Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) is about 8 km from Sabah capital city of Kota Kinabalu and is linked directly to most major Asian cities. It is the second busiest airport in Malaysia after KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport).
|| Average in Coastal and lowland Areas (Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Tuaran, Sandakan, Tawau) : 24°C - 32°C(90°F)
Average in Highlands (Ranau, Kundasang, Tambunan) : 13°C to 21°C
Mount Kinabalu, has its own climate with temperatures dropping to below 32°F (0°C) at above 11000 feet (~3300 meters).
|| Equatorial to Tropical with no distinct season which is characterize by hot, sunny and wet all year round with occasional unpredictable rains especially during the North-East Monsoon seasons which is from October to March where it can be raining for days. The dry season is typically from April to September due to the influence of the South-West Monsoon.
Rainfall per annum : 1700-5100 mm Humidity : 70% - 80%
|| Bahasa Malaysia, the Malaysian national language and English is widely spoken. All ethnics group have their own native languages with Kadazan being the main language. Mandarin and Hakka dialects are also widely spoken among the Chinese population.
|| Currency of Malaysia is known as The Malaysian ringgit and the currency code is RM (Ringgit Malaysia). The ringgit is issued by the Malaysian Central Bank i.e. Bank Negara Malaysia. Travelers' cheques and foreign currencies can be changed for Malaysian Ringgit at banks, major hotels and money changer outlet found at major shopping complexes and airport.
Symbol : RM (Ringgit Malaysia)
1 RM = 100 sen
Coins Value : 5, 10, 20, 50 sen
Banknotes : RM 1, RM 2, RM 5, RM 10, RM 50, RM 100
ATMs are located everywhere in major cities.
Tipping: It is not a common practice and not obligatory in most places.
Hotels, restaurants, cafes and clubs have service charges of 6% included in the bill.
| Local Time
|| Standard Malaysian Time is GMT+8 hours
| Electricity & Water
|| Electricity is based on the British system i.e. 220-240 V 50 Hz system.
Electrical outlet type used is Type G. (13-amp square 3-pin plug or BS 1363)
Treated pipe water is available in most urban and sub-urban areas, however visitors are advised not to drink directly from the tap but to boil the water first.
|| Country Code: (60). Outgoing international code: (00). Telephone, telex, telegraph and mail are available internally and globally with dependable and efficiency service. Public phones are also easily available in small town.
Good coverage of mobile telecommunications can be expected in many parts of Sabah with the exception of some remote areas.
Internet services are easily and widely available throughout major cities in Sabah with most lodges and budget hotels offering some sort of internet connection. Major hotels do offer broadband facilities, so do the internet cafes found in major cities. However, these internet cafes have a charges of about US$1.00/hour.
|| Traditionally, timber and agriculture based. Primary commodities which are the major export are palm oil, cocoa, rubber, crude oil and timber related products such as sawn timber and plywood. Manufacturing and tourism sectors are gaining increasing prominence as a replacement for the fast depleting natural forest and oil reserves.
|| Generally a peaceful and harmonious place and free from natural calamities such as earthquake, typhoons or flood. Enjoy your Sabah vacation in a peaceful and safe place.