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5 Must Visit Places in Kundasang, Sabah

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Last Wednesday, the husband and I went for a little family trip to what people call the Malaysia's New Zealand which is in Kundasang, Sabah. Getting away from the city lights, bustling sounds and traffic is what we needed the most especially since we could not remember the last time we took a day off from work for a family day. The husband wanted to celebrate our second wedding anniversary here and we brought the baby along with us. 

Our flight was 8.45am on Thursday, 11th January, and we had to wake up early to get ourselves ready. As soon as we arrived at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) from Kuala Lumpur, we had a car waiting for us. I had booked to rent a car a month before our trip to make sure we have transportation once we arrived. We rented the car for RM90 per day which is quite an affordable price. If you want to know the phone number of the person in charge for car rental, just drop me a comment.

We got in the car, put our destination in the GPS and headed up to Kundasang which is a two hour drive. Our baby, Aryan, had the chance to finally rest on my lap in the car all the way up. 

Kundasang is a great place for you to breathe in clean fresh air and feel the cool breeze kissing your skin. If you are planning to head up to the mountains of Kundasang, here are some of the top places that you should definitely check out. Since we only had three days to cover the spots with a baby, we only managed to reach a few on our list. See the places that we managed to visit down below. 

1. Kundasang War Memorial, Sabah

The first location we headed to after we had our lunch was Kundasang War Memorial. Kundasang War Memorial is located right in the small town of Kundasang. We had our lunch at KFC Kundasang town and the War Memorial was just a 2 minute drive from it. You can also walk to the War Memorial from the small town as it takes about 4 minute by foot.   

The entrance fee was pretty reasonable with RM2.00 for adults and RM1.00 for kids. This is a must visit place when you visit Kundasang as it has great spots to take your family photos and OOTD shots. The scenery looks amazing with all the white walls, white pillars, vines, flowers and the rustic vibe definitely gets you.

2. Kiram Village

This is the place we stayed but you have to book in advance because this place is always full. We booked for the Pineapple cabin which just so happens is situated right beside the Kiram Village sign. The place is sort of like a Hobbit neighbourhood where there are cute wooden cabins, flowers and trees everywhere. 

Plus, the wind is always blowing and the breeze is cool. It gets colder at night so if you plan to stay here like us, make sure you pack some good knitwear sweaters and bulk up at night. However, if you are not planning to stay here, no worries as you can definitely scroll around here to take amazing pictures too.

3. Desa Dairy Farm. Kundasang

The next day, we visited the Desa Dairy Farm as it is only a 10 minute drive from Kiram Village where we were staying. Once we arrived, we were blown away by the amazing scenery of hills, clouds and New Zealand cows. The entrance fee for adult is RM5 and RM3 for kids. But babies enter for free! 

We started taking our family pictures around the place and went to experience milk feeding the calfs. You could choose whether to feed the calfs grass for RM1.00 or feed them milk for RM1.50 per bottle. Who would want to miss that opportunity? Of course we had stay in line to wait our turn but there was this one dude who was disrespectful and cut our turn. He was definitely not a gentleman as he clearly saw I was waiting perfectly in line carrying my baby in one hand and the milk bottle in another. I was furious of course but I just remained silent because I didn't want to ruin the whole experience. As soon as we went, suddenly there were a lot of couples and families taking a photo of us. I felt really self conscious lol but I know they did it because of my baby. Everyone was apparently going crazy watching my baby's reaction. 

After that, we continued taking more pictures and toured the whole farm. As we got tired, we knew we needed to sit down and indulge in the delicious gelato everyone was talking about. We got the best seat in the house!

This is the famous yogurt/gelato that everyone talks about and costs RM5 per cup. I recommend choosing the chocolate flavour because it was delicious. The vanilla flavour tastes more like pure milk instead of vanilla. There are also some fresh milk and chocolate milk sold at the Desa cafe too. So don't miss buying some! 

As usual, my baby Aryan started to get in the mood and he was less cranky. Of course I took the chance to take his personal OOTD shots with the green hills and white picketed fence as the background. And the staring began again. I don't know why but they just loved Aryan being natural with posing for Mommy behind the camera. There were some people who even asked me and my husbands permission to take a photo with lil Aryan. So we gave Aryan that fan entertaining time while we watched. Aryan just loved the attention everyone was giving him. Even kids were adoring him. Yes guys, Aryan stole everybody's spotlight. I am not kidding or gloating right now. It ABSOLUTELY went down. But I definitely felt proud dressing him up in that stylish leather jacket and beanie hat to match ours 😜

4. Crystal Hill, Kundasang

When we had spent two hours of our time in Desa Dairy Farm, we drove up the hills to reach Crystal Hill. And we stopped at a point to park our car by the side of the small road and hike down to see this amazing view! The entrance to this hill can be easily missed so make sure you do your research of other bloggers to find where you should enter. Well, I made a mistake here too and Googled it in the car just before the hike. Luckily, we found it!

It was only a 5 minute hike but it was steep and slippery. Make sure you wear sneakers and comfortable clothing. I didn't know that it was steep and slippery so I wore my boots. Bad choice as my boots definitely got mud all over it. However, I would always prefer to experience the view rather than worry about my boots. It was definitely worth it.

5. Sabah Tea Garden

The next spot we managed to visit is the Sabah Tea Garden which took an hour drive from Kundasang. Aryan had time to rest for the journey which is good for us as he would not be cranky later. When we arrived, we headed straight to the Sabah Tea Shop to have our late lunch. We were starving! The lunch was good. We took our time there to relax while enjoying the view. Yes, there is no entrance fee. But you can experience tea plucking like the locals here too. Probably they would charge that I guess.

So here are among the spots that we had time to visit while on our short 3 days 2 night stay there. If you are someone like me who loves to feast your eyes on nature, these are the must-visit spots.

Here is a VLOG video I did about the places we visited. Enjoy!

Til, then. Bye! 💗

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