Kota Belud is a town situated in west coast division in Sabah. It is located at the midpoint of the federal highway connecting the state capital, Kota Kinabalu, and Kudat, near the northern tip of Sabah. In 2010, the population of Kota Belud was estimated at 91,272. The populace is almost evenly divided between the Dusun and Bajau Sama peoples. However, there is also a large Chinese minority, which consists mainly of Hakkas. The town is considered the unofficial capital and gateway to the heartland of the Bajau people. This town also can be called tamu which always held annually on a much larger scale. During this time, it is known as the Tamu Besar or Grand Market. It is a time when traders sell their best goods and the local residents highlight the colourful cultures of Kota Belud.
There are many flights fly daily to Kota Kinabalu International Airport from Kuala Lumpur International Airport such as AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air. It takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes and once you arrive at the airport, you can take a taxi or rent a car to Kota Belud town for another 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Mount Kinabalu or in Malay, Gunung Kinabalu, is a mountain located in Sabah in Borneo's Crocker Range . It is the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago as well as the highest mountain in Malaysia.Mount Kinabalu is also the 20th most prominent mountain in the world by topographic prominence.The highest point of Mount Kinabalu was finally reached in 1888 by zoologist John Whitehead.The temperature of Mount Kinabalu usually stands from -4°C to 8°C in December to January, and 3°C to 12°C in June to September. Due to the coldness of the mountain in December to January, sometimes frost, ice or even snow appears at the summit of Mount Kinabalu.
Kinabalu National Park was established in 1964 and the park was designated as a natural World Heritage Site in 2000. It is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site and centre of Plant Diversity for South East Asia. There are more than 5,000 vascular plant species and also home to some 90 lowland mammal species and many others. A list of plants found here are the infamous Nepenthes rajah; the world's largest pitcher plant, Nepenthes x sukaibiensis; a natural cross-hybrid between Nepenthes lowii and Nepenthes burbidgae and the enigmatic Paphiopedilum rothschildianum (Rothschild slipper orchid) one of the rarest orchids in the world and other plants the Himalayas and New Guinea Himalayas, China, Australia, Malaysia, as well as pan-tropical flora. The main attraction at the Park is none other than the majestic Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest mountains in South East Asia standing at 4095.2 metres. To those who are more adventurous, there are other mountain activities such as Alpine Rock Climbing, Paragliding and also mountain expedition.. As Kinabalu Park is located in a hilly area, it is best to pack up warm clothing and gloves to ward off the cold. Also, don’t forget to bring a highly water resistant knapsack and a raincoat in case it rains.
Times Traveller Lodge offers accommodation in Kota Belud and every room at this inn is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. There are also extras include slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer. The nearest airport is Kota Kinabalu International Airport which is around 63 kilometres from the hotel. Besides that, there is a barber shop and restaurant on site. The inn also offers car hire and free parking is also available.
Offering an outdoor pool and views of the sea, Western Beach Resort is situated in Tuaran, 1.7 kilometres from Tuaran River. The resort has an outdoor pool and a private beach area, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. The accommodation comes with a balcony for your relaxation. Offering views of the sea, garden or pool, there is a minibar in-room and complete amenities. There is also recreational facilities for golfing and hiking.