Ranau Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Gyppo
  • Things to Do
    by Gyppo
  • Things to Do
    by Gyppo

Ranau Things to Do

  • Poring Hot Springs

    Poring Hot Springs is a natural spa, with several communal pools and a number of private tubs. I didn't use the water, as I was more intrigued by the Batcave nearby. A short walk away, with a little bit of scrambling across a river and up the trail, the Batcave probably isn't really worth the journey, but it's a nice trip past the pretty Kipungit...

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  • Kundasang War Memorial and Gardens

    These beautiful gardens, separated into Australian, English and Borneo sections, commemorate the victims of the Sandakan Death Marches, in which more than 2000 Australian and British prisoners of war were forced to march across Sabah by their Japanese captors. Most died en route; those that survived were ground down by violent treatment and a lack...

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  • Summit Trail Mt Kinabalu - Map

    We found these notices in Kinabalu Park to be of interest as it detailed the climb to the summit, something we never intend to do.Our guide had previously informed us of the dangers of climbing Mt Kinabalu, although only 4,095 metres high it is very dangerous, and lives have been lost when the mist decends early morning. Climbers when decending can...

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  • Mt Kinabalu Park - World Heritage

    The Kinabalu Park covers 754 sq km extending to Poring Hot Springs (seperate page) 40km away and northwards to Mandalon.The forest is one of the richest in the world with an estimated 5,000 flowering plants. There are many wild orchids including the beautiful Paphiopedilum Rothschildianum. Many varieties of Pitcher Plants, some of which are...

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  • The Australian Memorial Garden -...

    The garden has been completely renovated and now contains many Australian species which ar suitable for the local conditions.As I entered the garden the first thing that caught my eye was the Map of Australia included in the lawn.A very nice touch.

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  • The POW Walk - Sandakan to Kundasang

    This photo contains the map of the Death March journeys during WWII.The real story is on the attached web link.

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  • Video Room & Museum

    We were ushered into this theatre/museum room where Mr Sevee spoke to us for a few minutes and then played some videos provided by the Australian Government. Included was a reenachment march by members of the Australian Army forces, including the struggle these current day soliders experienced .

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  • Borneo Memorial Garden - Kundasang

    We were unlucky that the morning mist covered the Borneo Garden. Dinstictive in its structure from the Australian and British memorial gardens. The Borneo Garden is filled with local plant species representing what much of what we had seen during our treks through jungle and rainforest of Sabah.A relaxing garden.

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  • Mr Sevee Charuruks - Awarded MBE & AM

    Mr Sevee Charuruks , a retired Thai businessman undertook the task of renovating the run down and overgrown memorial gardens. After contributing much of the money for the initial restoration of the gardens, the Australian Government commenced contributions towards the project as the 60th Anniversary Celebration was to be held.In recognition of his...

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  • British Memorial Garden - Kundasang

    Another garden brought back to life by Mr Sevee Charuck as a memorial to the British forces.We visited around 9am and the mist was still low in the garden.

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  • Pergola Memorial & Plaques "Least We...

    This memorial lists all soldiers who died whilst Prisioner of War at Sandakan Camp or during the Sandakan to Kundasang death march during World War II and the Borneo people who assisted and often perished as a result of helping these soldiers.1800 Australian and 600 British soldiers perished.Whilst viewing the names I noticed a father and son...

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  • Harmony Street!

    Almost having the same concept of the Harmony street in Malacca where the worship places of different religions is just next to each other. Here in Ranau, the Chinese temple is adjacent to the town's church and there are situated on the street called Jalan Masjid (Mosque Road). Is there a mosque nearby? Indeed there is. Just further down the road,...

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  • Snakefruit

    One of the strange and 'unknown to me' fruits I saw here on the market was the snakefruit. The snake fruit grows in clusters at the base of the palm. And why it is called this way.... well, that's no surprise. The skin of the fruit is very thin and reminds a lot of the skin of a snake. Of course I had to try a snakefruit! And it tastes delicious!...

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  • I could sit here for hours

    We all enjoyed this moment at the Memorial Garden, sitting, relaxing, enjoying the wonderful view. It was sad to leave, but of course we couldn't stay here for the rest of the day. 'One' our guide had more in store for us for the day, so the trip continues. Our next visit is going to be to Poring Hot Springs. But that is another story on another...

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  • The trip continues....

    My visit to Kundasang has come to an end, but my Borneo adventures continue! The previous leg of my journey was a visit to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-West Asia. From Kundasang with its lively local market, its war memorial and wonderful views over Mount Kinabalu, it is time to be heading to Poring Hot Springs. You can read all...

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  • Zooming in....

    Zooming in with my camera.... It is great to have a zoom lens that can bring everything so much closer. I just clicked around a bit with my camera to capture parts of the surrounding landscape, and bring home with me some of these wonderful views and memories. Borneo and Mount Kinabalu, a place I won’t quickly forget.

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  • Beautiful views

    You need to climb some stairs to get to the War Memorial Garden. The garden is made of several plateaus with nice gardens. When you reach the top of the garden, you come to this wonderful viewpoint. It was so amazing to sit here on this wonderful sunny day and having this amazing view over Mount Kinabalu and surrounding area. This was a moment I...

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  • Kundasang Memorial Garden

    The reason why this place was selected to be a Memorial Garden is very touching. Here, in the shadow of Mount Kinabalu, many of the prisoners of war died. According to the local custom, the by clouds surrounded mountain, harbours the souls off all those who have died. And the views from this place over the mountain are breathtaking. The mountain...

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  • The Kundusang Memorial Garden

    In Kundasang you can find a war memorial to commemorate the people that died here during World War II. It is a sad story to read on this plaque and it moved me very much bringing tears to my eyes. The Kundasang Memorial Garden was build and funded in the late 1950's by the people of Sabah. It is dedicated to 'those men and woman of all races that...

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  • Views

    It was time to leave the market and go to the war monument here in Kundasang. On the way over there I couldn't help but being 'distracted' by the beautiful view on the surroundings. It is so breathtaking! My camera just needed to click, click and click again :-))

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  • Women on the market

    Sabah is a country of many cultures and religions. Muslim is one of the biggest religions around here and you can see many little mosques in the villages. But it also shows in the way people dress. I saw lots of woman walking around with shawls covering their heads, like these woman in the picture. But as there are so many cultures around, I could...

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  • Beautiful flowers :-)

    Åke went for a nice walk, while I was being lazy on the deck. I had no idea where he was heading for until he got back. He remembered how I pointed out the flowers below our deck the evening before. But 'below' our deck wasn't so close by as it sounds... oops.... Åke made quite a detour to get there and when he got here had to face a...

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  • The fish

    After a bit closer inspection of the fish I decided that it maybe was good that I didn't need to buy any fish. The flies on top of the fish that seemed to have a good time there, which didn't seem like the most hygienic circumstances to me. I guess even buying fish was a bit of a culture shock for me, LOL :-)) This was totally different than those...

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  • Selling fish

    In this more quiet part of the market, around the corner of the fruitmarket, they were selling fish and meat. On the one side of the street it was life chickens that they kept in cages. And on this side of the street it was fish, fish and more fish. The owner of this fish stall was clearly proud about his fish. They seemed so nice and friendly and...

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  • The street

    The streets in Kundasang were not that impressive. At least in the part where I was. This is still the market area, but away from the 'main street'. The road is bumpy and on either side you can see the little shacks of the market. Quite a few pick-up trucks were driving around here, full with local produce or with some people in the back of the...

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  • Playing a board game

    At the end of the street I saw this group of men playing some sort of board game. They seemed to have a lot of fun playing it. They didn't mind us watching them for a while and me taking a photo. Hahaha, I guess they were too much caught up in the game to really notice it anyway ;-)

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  • Jackfruit

    Okay, one more 'strange' fruit, hahaha, for me anyway. This is the jackfruit, and it is huge! I think it is the largest fruit you can find. I have no clue how it tastes though, or how you can eat it. But 'different' it is for sure. Besides that I saw lots of other fruits, vegetables and spices. One fruit I didn't try was the durian. I had read so...

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  • Rambutan Fruit

    This fruit caught my attention because of its wonderful colour and prickly shape. These are rambutan (nephelium lappaceum). They don't taste bad, the taste reminded me a lot of lychees. Hahaha, but I found them more fun to watch than to eat :-))

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  • Fruit ready for transport

    The area around Kundasang is very fertile and all the products sold on the market are from this area. While wandering around here I saw a lot of market stalls selling the fruits directly to the people. But when I walked further on, the market started to change slightly. Instead of fruitstalls there were many places were they were making these big...

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  • Shy little girl

    I love to walk around in places like this and just take in the atmosphere. It's great to see all the different things they are sellling, to watch the people and the difference in cultures. Under a colourful umbrella, protected from the burning sun, I saw this shy little girl. She looked so cute! I just had to take a photo of her :-))

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  • Fruits, fruits and more fruits....

    One thing I enjoyed a lot was walk around and take a look at all the different things they were selling. So many things we don't have in Sweden. I was amazed by some of the fruits, some of them I had never seen before in my life. You can find a lot of these fruit markets along the way, but the one in Kundasang is really big. These markets are great...

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  • The market at Kundasang

    We started off with a visit to local market of Kundasang. It is a big market whích apparently goes on the whole day long. Yes, I know what you are thinking: a fruit market is a fruit market. And you're right! But.... for me this is a totally other world compared to Holland and Sweden. So I had fun walking around and taking in the different sights...

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  • Kundasang

    We were so in luck to have another one of those fantastic sunny days! Oh yes, it was hot outside with the sun burning without having any mercy. I guess it must have been well over 30 degrees that day. And yes, I would complain about that later on in the day, hahaha, but just right now it was perfect!

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Ranau Restaurants

  • Tasty grilled chicken

    Some of my colleagues bought and shared some grilled chicken with me. One skewer only costed 1 RM. The meat was soft and a little spicy with special sauce with good flavor. Especially the left stand was the best which we found on our strip! grilled chicken bottom!

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  • Feels like eating at home

    Food is great, very friendly service and surprisingly with affordable price. That's what i like about the small town charm in Malaysia! Their signature noodles are great...can topped with chicken or sea products. One of its kind!

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