KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is slowly becoming a haven for short getaways, especially for eco-tourism lovers as it unveils more places outside the city.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, less than two hours away, are dozens of mini parks and hills for hiking which lead to rivers, waterfalls and homestays fit for family trips.
Among them is Kampung Tambatuon Eco-Tourism Park in Kota Belud, some 80km from here.
This place offers visitors options for hiking the Nungkok hill, go for wet hiking at the Kilombun River, feed fish and get feet massage at the Tagal river there, and lastly take a dip at the waterfall.
On rare occasions if the timing is right, visitors can also see Rafflesia flowers along their hike.
Another spot nearby is the Eko Pelancongan Tagal Kampung Talungan, where its main attraction is the river where people can swim with freshwater fish, walk on a suspension bridge and camp.
Not far away, a similar eco-park – Kampung Terintidon eco-tourism in Kota Belud – is also a new attraction.
These places are not only beautiful but offer similar forms of activities from hiking to camping activities for visitors.
Most importantly, these tourist spots offer fresh air and serenity for those who are looking for ideal places to relax.
For those who do not want to travel far, the Borneo Treehouse Resort in Menggatal just about a 20-minutes drive away from Kota Kinabalu city could just be the place for you.
Its concept of “treehouses for rent” with a modern twist – with pools and a restaurant for visitors’ convenience – proves to be a hit among city dwellers over the weekends.
Meanwhile, in Penampang, the Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park will be a wonderful place to dip in segmented rivers and gather in huts to barbeque.
Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun has called on entrepreneurs to venture into eco-tourism due to the abundance of natural resources and beauty the state has to offer.
Numerous efforts are continuously being carried out to promote eco-tourism as a way of economy among the people in Sabah, with the results already proving great and still growing.