Most people come to Kundasang for the beautiful view of Mount Kinabalu, as well as the refreshing atmosphere that one can not experience in other Sabah cities, such as Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. It is also popular amongst nature lovers, as well as those who want to know more about local history.
Kinabalu National Park
Kinabalu Park is one of Malaysia’s first national parks, and it is the country’s first-ever UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main draw for Kinabalu Park is the majestic Mount Kinabalu, where climbers will start their journey from the nearby Timpohon Gate. Besides climbing the mountain, visitors can also visit the Botanical Gardens to learn more about the endemic species of flora, take photos of the surrounding view, go birdwatching, or stay at one of the lodges.
Desa Cattle Dairy Farm
One of the most popular tourist hotspots in Kundasang is the Desa Dairy Farm. It is only several minutes away from the town, and provides an amazing view of Mount Kinabalu early in the morning. Desa Dairy Farm is perfect for families as there are activities suitable for all ages, including feeding calves and goats, learning how they milk the cows, and enjoying the fresh milk and gelato they produce. Operation time is from 8.00am – 5.00pm.
Kundasang War Memorial
For history buffs, there is a war memorial in Kundasang town that you can visit that was established in 1962 by a New Zealander. It was to commemorate the Allied prisoners of war who lost their lives after being forced to march from Sandakan to Ranau in 1945 - also known as the Death March. Here, visitors can learn more about the historical events, as well as enjoy the view of Mount Kinabalu from its balcony. Operation time is from 8.30am – 5.00pm.
Kundasang Markets and Roadside Stalls
On the way to Kundasang you can stop by Pekan Nabalu, a roadside market and viewpoint selling souvenirs as well as local snacks.
In Kundasang town (Pekan Kundasang) itself, you will find the local market and several roadside stalls selling fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, and local handicrafts. Here, bargaining is a common practice, so do not hesitate to ask for a lower price. There is also a weekly market in town every Friday where the locals sell items, such as food and clothing.
Sabah Tea Garden
Located further out from Kundasang is the idyllic Sabah Tea plantation. Visitors can have a taste of the locally grown, organic tea whilst enjoying the highland surroundings trekking Kamunsu Hill, and going on night walks through the plantations.