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.. but the most interesting option I found was the beautiful homestays hosted by locals as they invite guests to experience traditional local living and wholesome home food

Malaysia, for me, has always been the city filled with skyscrapers, Kuala Lumpur, the cultural Penang, and the small islands around them which tourists have flocked to since forever. A chance discovery travelling around Borneo led me to Sabah, which is one of Malaysia’s 13 states. It opened my eyes to a whole new world which hasn’t ceased to amaze me for whatever it has to offer.

The island, though pint-sized, packs a hard punch of colour, nature, and adventure. Lush green forests, shiny blue vast ocean, amazing wildlife balanced with bright city night life, and yummy food that can tempt even a full stomach and the most glorious sunsets that are beyond description as they shock you with rich and vivid colours and shades of the sky beyond what a human mind can imagine.

Those who made it their home

The Kadazandusun
The Kadazandusun

Home to a culturally diverse population, Sabah is a mix about 2.5 million people, natives (Muslims and non-Muslims), Chinese, and other smaller ethnic groups such as Indians and Eurasians. Kadazandusun, Murut, Bajau, Suluk, Bisaya and Orang Sungai form the main native groups. Most of the Chinese who migrated to the state during the British era, belong to the Hakka dialect group. There are also large numbers of Cantonese, especially in Sandakan …

For those with brave hearts and abominable spirits

Blue-ringed Octopus
Blue-ringed Octopus

A haven for adventure junkies, paragliding from Mount Kinabalu is not the only one. Whitewater rafting from Kiulu or Padas rivers, quad biking on the terrains, and scuba diving, sea walking or snorkelling at Sipadan or Mabul where you can find the most beautiful corals which shine and mesmerize those who dare to enter their land. Scuba divers can give company to sea turtles, barracudas and sharks. Safety is of utmost concern as all these activities are monitored by guides with all adequate safety protections in place.

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