ABOUT SABAH

     

    Sabah, also known as “Land Below The Wind”, is a destination that is totally unexpected, offering the world’s oldest rainforest - 130 million years old, 70 million years older than the Amazon Rainforest, crystal-clear waters with the largest marina bio-diversity, unique flora and fauna, and also the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea, Mount Kinabalu, towering at 4,095m (13,435 feet).

    Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia and is one of the two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo.Out from the open nature and even from a luxurious five-star hotel room, Sabah is just stunningly beautiful. From the mountain to the sea, and everything in between, there is always something for you to explore and experience.

     


    CLIMATE

    Sabah has an equatorial climate and the temperature rarely rises above 32°C or drops below 20°C. Rainfall is common throughout the year.

    PEOPLE

    Sabah is a melting pot of ethnicities and traditions with 32 official ethnic groups; the largest non-indigenous ethnic group is the Chinese while the largest non-indigenous are the Kadazandusun. Other indigenous group include Murut, Bajau, Bisaya, Kadayan, Orang Sungai, Rungus and many others.Despite the different beliefs and customs, they all live together in peace and harmony, retaining and sharing their culture, practise, rituals and celebrations.

    CULTURE

    The biggest festival in Sabah is the Pesta Kaamatan (Harvest Festival) to celebrate another good harvest. It is celebrated throughout the month of May featuring cultural events including the crowning of the Unduk Ngadau (Harvest Beauty Queen) and Sugandoi (Harvest Idol) during the two-day closing event at the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association Hall from 30 to 31 May. Other celebrations observed in Sabah include the Eid al-Fitr, Chinese New Year Celebration and Christmas.

     


     

    LANGUAGE   

    There are more than 80 local dialects spoken and apart of Sabahan’s unique version of the Bahasa Malaysia, English is widely spoken as well as Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

     

    English                              Bahasa Malaysia

    Welcome                             Selamat datang

    Thank you                           Terima kasih

    How are you?                      Apa khabar?

    I am fine                              Khabar baik

    Goodbye                             Selamat tinggal

    See you again                    Jumpa lagi