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Sabah, the second largest state in Malaysia, is situated at the northern part of the island of Borneo, the third largest island in the world. It covers an area of 72,500 sq. kilometres with a coastline of 1,440 kilometres long washed by the South China Sea in the West, the Sulu Sea in the Northeast and the Celebes Sea in the East. The name "Land Below the Wind" is given to Sabah simply because it is located below the typhoon belt, thus setting the State free from climatic disturbances.
Sabah is located between 4 and 8 degrees North of the Equator, and its climate is tropical but pleasant. Sunny blue skies typify most days and it is summer all year round with average temperature of 23 to 33 degrees Centigrade. Weather will be much cooler at Highlands with average temperature of 21 degrees Centigrade. It would be suitable to visit Sabah all year round. Kota Kinabalu was named the capital city of Sabah after War World 2. It was formally known as Jesselton. Besides Jesselton, another name was Singgah Mata which literally mean "transit eye", but can be loosely translated as meaning "pleasing to the eye". It is a name purportedly given by fishermen from Pulau Gaya referring to the strip of land of what is today Kota Kinabalu city center.
Sabah has a population of over 3 million with the Malays and the ethnic Kadazan-Dusun, Bajau and Murut race being the majority followed by the Chinese, Indians and others. Together there are over 30 different races and over 80 different dialects, each group having its own colourful culture, tradition, festival and customs. Here you will also meet some of the friendliest, warmest people in the world. And join in their colourful festivals and traditions that will take you back centuries.
Welcome to Sabah, the land of eco-treasures. Where you can climb to the awesome peak of the highest mountain in the region. Play with the orang utan, “the wild man of Borneo”, in the largest such sanctuary in the world. Admire the rafflesia, the largest flower in the world in rainforests that are millions of years old. Dive into some of the world's best underwater wonderlands.
If you yearn for the exhilarating sense of adventure, Sabah is the perfect place for jungle trekking, cave exploration, white-water rafting, mountain climbing or deep sea diving. Your taste for exotic culture will be more than sated by the numerous ethnic customs and celebrations which include living in longhouses and the potent rice wine called “lihiing” or “hiing”. You can of course just laze all day on a secluded beach or tee off in a championship golf course in any of the many world-renowned holiday resorts.
Gastronomic pleasures await with the spectacular variety of cuisine offered, from continental to local. In a state with over 30 ethnic group, your palate will be tickled by the wondrous flavours found, whether in delicacies served by the top hotels or by the night market. Local favourites will preparation techniques that are as unusual as its names will fascinate you, while for elegant dining, gourmet meals by award – winning chefs are served at fine restaurants.
So why dream of eco-treasures when you can experience the wonders of it all. In Sabah, Malaysia Borneo.

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