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Tucked away amidst the enchanting embrace of Mount Kinabalu, Kundasang emerges as a tranquil sanctuary, amidst veils of mist and verdant hills. Located at the foothills of this grand peak, this charming Malaysian town offers a serene escape from the usual tropical warmth, earning itself the endearing moniker, the ‘New Zealand of Malaysia’. Bearing witness to the breathtaking landscape reminiscent of its Kiwi counterpart, Kundasang Valley captivates with its lush greenery and undulating hills, enveloped in an ethereal ambiance. 

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While the town's allure may not rival the bustling energy of other Malaysian settlements, its proximity to Kinabalu National Park and the majestic Mount Kinabalu ensures a gateway to unparalleled natural beauty. A leisurely three to four days in Kundasang grants travellers ample time to explore the wonders of the national park and indulge in the surrounding attractions. However, for those daring to conquer the heights of Mount Kinabalu, an additional two days are warranted.

For the optimal experience, plan your visit to Kundasang between March and September. During these months, the weather remains pleasantly dry and warm, offering ideal conditions for admiring the awe-inspiring vistas of Mount Kinabalu or embarking on the daring ascent of its peaks. That said, the whims of nature in the highlands often bring unexpected showers and veils of mist, reminding visitors of the ever-changing mountain climate. From September to February, the chance of rain increases, veiling the landscape with occasional downpours. Nonetheless, even amidst the showers, the natural splendour of Kundasang remains captivating.

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Exploring the tapestry of activities, there is surprisingly much to do in Kundasang. Embark on a journey of discovery as Kundasang and its environs offer a myriad of experiences to enchant the soul. The list includes:
  1. Scale the Heights of Mount Kinabalu: While not for the faint-hearted, summiting Malaysia's highest peak promises an unparalleled adventure. With careful preparation and guidance, savour the magical beauty from the apex of Mount Kinabalu.
  2. Wander Through Kinabalu National Park: Delve into the heart of biodiversity as you explore the trails of Kinabalu National Park. Marvel at the majestic flora and fauna that call this pristine sanctuary home.
  3. Relax at Poring Hot Springs: Indulge in the therapeutic waters of Poring Hot Springs, where rejuvenation meets natural resplendence. Traverse the canopy walkway for a bird's eye view of the lush surroundings.
  4. Seek Out the Elusive Rafflesia: Venture into the jungle in search of the elusive Rafflesia, the world's largest flower. Discover the wonders of nature's botanical marvels amidst the luxuriant wilderness.
  5. Embrace the Countryside Charms: Immerse yourself in the pastoral beauty of Kundasang with visits to local cattle farms, goat havens, and rabbit farms. Experience the simple joys of rural life amidst picturesque landscapes.

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No holiday is complete without embarking on a gastronomic adventure and here in Kundasang, experience flavours where the essence of local cuisine intertwines with its vibrant natural surroundings. Savour the essence of tradition at Sinalau Bakas, where the aroma of succulent smoked wild boar permeates the air, teasing the palate with its robust flavour. For a culinary escapade fit for royalty, journey to Restoran Kelisa, where smoked beef dishes reign supreme, each bite a testament to the culinary mastery of the region. For a dining experience unlike any other, ascend to the BW Bus Restaurant, where refurbished buses provide an unconventional setting with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding hills. And for those seeking a taste of authenticity without breaking the bank, 89 Station awaits as a hidden gem, offering delectable fare at pocket-friendly prices, ensuring that every palate is satisfied without compromise. In Kundasang, dining isn't just a meal—it's an invitation to indulge in the symphony of flavours that celebrate the essence of this enchanting locale.

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As your sojourn in Kundasang draws to a close, don’t stop there as we guide you to new horizons. Here is an exciting list of places to visit to add to your holiday neighbouring Kundasang:
  1. Kota Kinabalu: Embark on urban adventures in Sabah's capital city, where cultural charm meets modern vitality.
  2. Kinabatangan River: Journey to the banks of the Kinabatangan River, where encounters with exotic wildlife await amidst lush rainforest landscapes.
  3. Kudat: Explore the idyllic beaches of Kudat, a serene sanctuary on the northern tip of Borneo, offering tranquility amidst nature’s grandeur.
    In the tapestry of travel, Kundasang beckons as a serene retreat, where nature's beauty intertwines with cultural richness, promising unforgettable experiences at every turn.

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