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Pusat Komersil BDC, Jalan Datuk Chong Thien Vun


Beside Giant Hypermarket of Tawau

Institute of Science and Management, Tawau
(Institut Sains & Pengurusan)

Institute of Science & Management was began December 01 1990 as Sabah Chinese 'A' Level with 7 teaching staff and 40 students pursuing the Associated Examining Board GCE 'A' Level programme.

Today ISM has a new school building as a landmark of Tawau........

Teacher Training College (MAKTAB PERGURUAN TAWAU)

Malaysia’s education system was gaining international attention with the country being recognized as having an effective conventional and religious curriculum by various groups.

Malaysia hoped to share its teaching standard with other countries in the region paving the way for the nation to becoming a centre of education excellence...


"University For All", the Open University Malaysia (OUM), launched on 26 August 2002, has "Lifelong Learning Programme"  for senior citizens and the disabled. This  programme, implemented in 2005, incorporated a special scheme for those aged 55 and above and the disabled, who need only pay half the tuition fees. The lifelong learning programme is an ongoing programme conducted on demand, varying according to the needs of the students or members from various organizations  in Malaysia.

List of Primary Schools in Tawau
(SK in Tawau)

There are two categories of public-funded primary schools in Malaysia :

1 National schools - SK
2 National-type schools (Chinese / Tamil) - SJK

List of Government Secondary Schools in Tawau
(SMK in Tawau)

After primary schooling, pupils will move on to secondary schooling. However, those from ethnic primary schools who wish to enter national schools will undergo a year in a remove class / remove form (kelas peralihan / tingkatan peralihan).

Secondary schooling takes 5 years altogether.

Labuan Airport

Labuan Airport opened in 1999 and  serves the town of Labuan (Victoria) 2km away.

The airport accommodate larger aircrafts such as the Boeing 777 and the Airbus A330.

Each year the airport handle one million passengers and serves Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia.


Kuching International Airport is located 11 km south of Kuching city center.

Miri Airport

The the third busiest airport in Malaysia in aircraft movements, serving over 1.5 million passengers per year.

Miri Airport is a major hub for MASWings and AirAsia.

The old Lawas Airport


Lawas Airport is a Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) airport in State of Sarawak.

This old airport is located near a river, and some land corrosion had been spotted along the riverbank.

A new proposed airport is planed.

Keningau Airstrip

Keningau Airstrip is a private airport serving the Keningau.

Keningau Airstrip is only 2.5 km from Keningau Town.

Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) TERMINAL 1
Terminal 2 of Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Kota Kinabalu International Airport :
Terminal 1 (MAS using this terminal)
Terminal 2 (AirAsia using this terminal)

01- Keningau Airstrip
02- Kota Kinabalu International Airport Terminal 1 and 2
04- Lahad Datu Airport
05- Long Pasia Airport
06- Sandakan Airport
07- Semporna Airport
08- Tawau Airport
09- Tommanggong Airport

Sandakan Airport

Sandakan Airport is located 14 km (8.7 mi)[2] from the Sandakan town.


Lahad Datu Airport

Tawau Airport

Tawau Airport (Lapangan Terbang Tawau) is the second airport in Sabah with immigration counters for international flights.

The airport is 31 km from Tawau town. The new runway could cater for aircraft as big as Airbus series.

The airports handles only domestic flights from Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Kuala Lumpur.

The previous international flights to Tarakan in East Kalimantan, Indonesia were suspended in 2008.

Tawau Airport is under the management of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd.

There is now airport in Semporna Town and Kunak Town. Passengers going to these two town arrive at Tawau Airport from here take land transport.

The nearest airport to Tawau Airport is Lahad Datu Airport which is two hours to drive.



1. 3 star & below  Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley, Sabah
2. 4 star (resort)  Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang
3. 4 star (city)  Holiday Inn, Melaka
4. 5 star (resort)  Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang
5. 5 star (city)  Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur


1. Natural Attraction / Eco-Tourism / Agro Tourism Danum Valley, Sabah
2. Man-Made Attraction Menara Kuala Lumpur
3. Culture & Heritage Mari-Mari Cultural Village, Sabah


1. Adventure  Green Trekkers Sdn Bhd, Selangor
2. Special Interest  Metro Green Adventure Sdn Bhd, Penang
3. Nature  All Borneo Connection Tours Sdn Bhd, Sabah
4. Luxury  Borneo Nature Tours Sdn Bhd, Sabah


1. North Zone Gurney Plaza, Penang
2. South Zone Johor Bahru City Square, Johor
3. East Coast Zone KB Mall, Kelantan
4. Central Zone Sunway Pyramid, Selangor
5. Sabah & Sarawak The Spring Shopping Mall, Sarawak


1. Malay Restaurant  The 39 Restaurant, PNB Darby Park Executive Suites, Kuala Lumpur
2. Chinese Restaurant  Golden Phoenix, Hotel Equatorial, Penang
3. Indian Restaurant  Naan, Flavours of India, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, Sabah
5. International Restaurant  Coast Restaurant, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, Sabah

Lundu  | Kuching | Sarikei | Sibu | Bintulu | Miri | Limbang | Lawas | Kota Kinabalu | Tawau | Sandakan


2,239 kilometre-long
Pan-Borneo Highway

The Pan-Borneo Highway was built in 1986 to link the two East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak.

It begins in the district of Sematan in Sarawak, and passes through Kuching, Serian, Sri Aman, Sarikei, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, Limbang, Lawas, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau.

From Sibu one can take off from the main route of Pan Borneo Highway and travel by boat on the mighty Rejang River passes through Kanowit, Kapit to Belaga the heart of Sarawak

Sri Aman Town is off the Pan Borneo Highway

Between Sabah and Sarawak, the highway passed through two halves of  Brunei.

As of today, the Pan-Borneo Highway is 93 percent completed, with a remainder of a 50-kilometre missing link from Kalabakan to Serudong.

There are several bus companies covering different section of the Pan-Borneo Highway. But there is one bus company cover the whole route. Salam Bumimas Express has buses from Kuching-Miri-Kota Kinabalu-Tawau.

Document Download : Budget accommodation along the Pan Borneo Highway


There are a few important town and cities out of Pan-Borneo Highway.  One of  these is Labuan Island.


Welcome to Tawau Division

Welcome to Tawau, the land of eco-treasures. Tawau changed so much for the last 10 years. Today its no longer a clutch of old tin roofed shop houses but a bustling modern city-to-be.

Tawau is Sabah's third largest town after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. This fast-developing town is known for its fresh and cheap seafood. It is also the largest agro-tourism destination in the state where diving enthusiasts amazed by the awe-inspiring underwater world of Mabul, Mataking, Kapalai and the legendary Sipadan Island.

The Tawau residency comprises the provinces of Merotai, Kalabakan, Kunak, Semporna and Lahad Datu.

The Tawau Division area covers 15,213 Squares Kilometers consisting of four districts in the south-eastern part of Sabah. These districts are :-
Tawau  - 6,125 Sq. Km
Lahad Datu - 6,500. Sq Km
Kunak  - 1,144 Sq. Km
Semporna  - 1,444 Sq. Km

Tawau Town lies on the northeastern shore of Cowie Harbor, an inlet of the Celebes Sea. Once notorious for smuggling with the Philippines and neighboring Kalimantan, the town is now the administrative and service centre for a developing agricultural district of cocoa, oil palm, and sea foods. Since 2000 Tawau has an international airport, this sleepy town is sleepy no more...

Semporna is a quiet small town in Tawau Division with a population of only 133,000 in 2006. Most Malaysian do not even know such a town, yet Semporna is a well known name in the diving world of the western countries....

Tawau has long been a good gateway to Indonesia. Tawau has a consulate issuing visas (while Embassies are in capital city Kuala Lumpur).

Tawau is located in the south-east coast of Sabah and the gateway to BIMP-EAGA, and hence derive tremendous amount of economic benefits. With a new airport, seaport and good communication infrastructure, Tawau is now set to become Sabah's fastest growing town after Kota Kinabalu.
Here you will witness businesses growing, Industries and agriculture developing. The largest township development in Sabah is in Tawau's Bandar Sri Indah.
You also see cultural life of the local people is enriching. Here you meet some of the friendliest, warmest people in Malaysia - and join in their colorful festivals, traditions and believe that will take you back centuries.

If you yearn for the exhilarating sense of adventure, Tawau is a place for jungle trekking, or deep sea diving or you can of course tee off in the best in Asia championship golf course.
The "Lost World of Sabah" is only 200km from Tawau. In this district you experience the wonders of eco-treasures in well preserved original tropical rain forests. In January 2007, American scientists measured The world tallest tropical tree in Tawau. This giant tree together with 5 other giants hit the list of Top 30 tallest trees of the World, making Tawau the home town of tallest trees in this planet. Ecotourism is travel with ethics...

Getting to Tawau

By Air to Tawau

1. From Kuala Lumpur :

Air Asia flies direct to Tawau daily www.airasia.com
Malaysia Airlines flies to Kota Kinabalu with connecting flights to Tawau daily www.malaysia-airlines.com

2. From Kota Kinabalu :

Malaysia Airlines flies from KK to Tawau daily www.malaysia-airlines.com

3. From Singapore :

Malaysia Airlines flies to Kota Kinabalu on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday  www.malaysia-airlines.com
SilkAir flies to Kota Kinabalu on Monday and Friday ; www.silkair.com

Tawau MAS Office:
Ground and First Floor, TB 319 Block 38,
Jalan Hj Sahabudin, Fajar Complex, Town Extension II,
P.O Box 547, 91008 Tawau, Sabah Malaysia

Air Asia, which fly directly from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, KLIA and Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru takes about 2 hrs and 30 mins.


By Land to Tawau :
Your journey will start from Kota Kinabalu. First, take the East-West Highway from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan. Next, turn to the East Coast Highway which links Tawau and Sandakan. For public transport from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau, you can either take an 8 hours express bus or by 45 minutes plane. On the long journey you can see a lot of things and great sceneries including the Mount Kinabalu. 

Long-distance buses terminate at Sabindu bus station on the eastern end of Jalan Dunlop (which runs parallel to the shore), opposit the state library.  Here you also find landcruisers to Keningau. There's a bus to Sandakan (6hr) and KK (12hr) at around 8am and another at 8pm.

The Short-distance minibus station : Previousely this station was in Jalan Stephen Tan.

The Local minibus station : Serving minis bus services to nearby plantaations such as Apas and Merotai

More information on How to get to Tawau...

Places of interest in Tawau, Semporna, Kunak and Lahad Datu


Agricultural and Industry of Tawau


TIMBER of Malaysia

Swallow's Nest (Birds' Nest)    

Swallows' Nest in Tawau

Aquaculture - Tiger Prawn    

Tiger Prawn Farming in Tawau


   About Cocoa
   Cocoa Village of Teck Guan
   Cocoa Museum of Teck Guan

Tropical Fruits in Tawau   

Rumpai Laut - Seaweed


Rumpai Laut - Seaweed   (Eucheuma - Kappaphycus alvarezii)
Seaweed (Rampai Laut) culture in Semporna started in 1970s by Department of Fisheries Sabah as a supplementary income-generating activity among the fishing communities in Semporna....

Oil Palm    

   World's first oil palm-based pulp and paper mill
   Palm Oil for cooking
   Oil Palm Tree

   POIC Palm Oil Industrial Cluster

   Oil Palm Fiber

Explore the underwater world in Semporna

Education in Sabah, Malaysia

  More about Open Universities in Asia :
 The Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU)







 Edited on Monday May 16, 2016 10:18:46 PM  by Michael

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