Local’s favourite pit-stop before reaching Kundasang town. 12 km before Kinabalu Park is the cute little Pekan Nabalu shoplots, tourists’ favourite resting point before reaching Kundasang town.
Driving up the highland, it is hard not to miss this stopover point as the area is usually crowded with the local and tourist-laden vehicles parked in the wide parking space. Visitors can take time to walk around browsing through the many foods and handicrafts stalls established at Pekan Nabalu.
Most of the stall owners are locals from the area and are selling their fresh farm produce from fruits, nuts, leafy greens and traditional food condiments. Public washrooms and mini-market are available and there are rows of restaurants too for meal breaks.
But above all, the area has a look-out point where visitors can enjoy pictures taken with a grandeur view of Mount Kinabalu as the backdrop. This view normally looks impressive in the morning and towards late evening when the mountain is not covered with clouds.
To reach this place from Kota Kinabalu city, take the mini-bus or taxi from Jalan Padang Bus Station with the direction to Kundasang/Ranau. Communicate with the driver for drop-off at Pekan Nabalu.