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Places of interest in
Kundasang Town

Puteri Nabalu Restaurant
Puteri Nabalu Restaurant
Puteri Nabalu is situated in Kundasang town area at the foothill of the majestic heritage Mount Kinabalu.
The restaurant cuisines incorporate local ingredients with a taste of Borneo Malaysia.

Try the traditional Kadazan Dusun cuisines that use herbal ingredients sourced locally from Kundasang.

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Mesilau Resort

Mesilai Resort is 2,000 meter above sea level, the highest point accessible by car in Sabah.

Mesilau Nature Park is located at the end of the mountain road. Alone the same road are Kundasang Dairy Farm and Kinabalu Golf Resort.
Before arriving Mesilau Park is Sabah Park's guard house which signifies the entrance to the national park's proper compound.
2,000 meters above sea level, at such height when the location is too near to Mt. Kinabalu, do not expect spectacular Mt Kinabalu view because view is blocked by surrounding hills.

At the entrance is a small waterfall that streams cold, fresh mountain water.
The vegetation at Mesilau is different from most tropical forests - the chilly climate resulted in sparsely spaced tree concentration, with a great variety of ferns and medium-height trees.
Melisau Resort is the 2nd entry point for hiking up Mt Kinabalu on Mesilau Trail. The 1st entry point is Timpohon Gate from Kinabalu Park HQ.

There is a restaurant in this nature park. Accommodations at Mesilau Nature Resort are operated by Sutera Sanctuary Lodges.

Cow & calf  Roundabout Kundasang.

Cow & calf  Roundabout

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The main dairy product company in Borneo is in Kundasang. This roundabout in Kundasang used the status of a cow and a calf as landmark to the dairy farm.

Desa Cattle has a 199-hectare cattle dairy farm at Mesilau few kilometres drive from Kundasang Town.

The status of a cow and calf done with high craftsmanship, they look so real that drivers mistken as they are standing in the middle of highway.

The Giant Cabbage roundabout at Kundasang Town center.
The Giant Cabbage roundabout at Kundasang Town center. This concrete replica represents the fresh vegetables for which Kundasang is famous.

Nearby is the giant lettuce at the Jalan Besar roundabout.

Mount Kinabalu view from Kundasang Town
Mount Kinabalu view from Kundasang Town

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Kundasang view of the mountain is breathtaking. Here the highland air cold and sceneries green.

Here you can see mountainís peak stands proud.

Road to Kundasang from Kota Kinabalu is about 100 kms of scenic mountain scenes. The road is one of the main arterial road to other major towns of Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Tawau.

The journey to Kundasang offers spectacular views of hills and valleys including one big waterfall of Mount Kinabalu.

Kundasang Town

Kundasang a small village town at the foothills of Mount Kinabalu. Photo above looking toward West. Mount Kinabalu is on the far left.



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Performance Stage in Kundasang Shopping Centre
Performance Stage in Kundasang Shopping Centre

Kundasang Town consists of just a few row of shop lots,


Kundasang - the vegetable capital of Sabah

Vegetable terraces (left above photo) beside the long row of well known wooden stalls of fresh vegetable (right of photo).
This long row of wooden stalls 'gerai' are always bustling with vegetable sellers from nearby villages and tourist from all over Malaysia.
Kundasang is the vegetable capital of Sabah. The villages here are famous for its vegetable. Kundasang's renowned fresh vegetables attracted merchants from all over Sabah to source vegetables.
Kundasang has been popular in producing highland vegetables which remains the main economic activity for the populace made up of a Dusun majority.
At an altitude of 1,600meters above sea level, Kundasang is the perfect place for planting highland vegetables such as cabbages, carrots, leeks, capsicums and tomatoes.


Attraction/Sight Seeing in Kundasang Town Center

1) Kundasang War Memorial - 50 meters or 5 minutes walk from car park
2) Fresh Vegetable Market - 5 minutes walk from town car park
3) Strawberry & Rose Garden - 10 minutes walk from town car park

Attractions Around Kundasang

1) Kinabalu National Park, 6km, 10 minutes driving
2) Nabalu Town, 10km, 15 minutes driving
Poring Hot Springs, 50km, 45 minutes driving
4) Mesilau Nature Park, 10km, 15 minutes driving
5) Desa Cattle Dairy Farm, 3km, 5 minutes driving
6) Mount Kinabalu Golf Club, 10km, 15 minutes driving

Kundasang War Memorial and Gardens
Kundasang War Memorial and Gardens

Kundasang War Memorial commemorate the brave Australian and British Prisoners of War who died in Sandakan and during the infamous death marches to Ranau during World War II.
At the end of the march, no English survivors left, only six Australians survived in the tragedy.
Kundasang War Memorial has four interlocking gardens to represent the homelands of those who died during WWII.

1) Australian Garden
2) English Garden
3) Borneo Garden
4) Contemplation Garden and pool

The beautiful gardens are a reminder for those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of others.


- Fruit, Vegetable and Mushroom Stalls
Colorful displayed fruit and vegetable stalls on the side of the road, Kundasang.
In the mid-1980s, farmers from the surrounding villages decided to build a stretch of stalls by the roadside to sell their vegetables (see above photo). Before that, the villagers sold their produce in several areas along the road.
In 1984 a group of vegetable farmers formed Kundasang Vegetable Stall Operators Association and centralise the operations next to the main road near Kundasang town.
Kundasang's valleys have a diverse flora ranges from rich tropical lowland and hill rainforest to tropical mountain, sub-alpine forest and scrub on the higher elevations and particularly abundant in species with examples of flora from as far as China, Australia and the Himalayas, as well as pan-tropical flora.


Honey available for sales in Kundasang

The packing of honey available for sales in Kundasang are in two type of bottling :
A- The home bottled by individual families.
B- Commercially bottled in honey processing centers.
The quality of honey are of two types:
1- Honey from wild jungle honey
2- Honey from farm honey
Madu Hutan - Jungle Honey
Madu Pelihara - Farm Honey
Royal Jally - Royal Jelly from Farm Bees

Big Bottle : Rm 25.00
Small Bottle : Rm 15.00


Kundasang Shopping Center

Kundasang Shopping Center

Location for Fresh Vegetable Distribution Center
Fresh Vegetable Market
Kundasang War Memorial Gardens
Kundasang Ranau Highway


Vegetable farms

Fresh Vegetable Market
Fresh Vegetable Distribution Center
Kundasang Ranau Highway
Vegetable farms



Kundasang has increased in last decade several hotels and resorts for holiday goers.
Kundasang has been a favoured place frequented by Western travellers. However recent years AirAsia successfully bring in a constant stream of holiday family goers from West Malaysia.
The Pan Borneo Road upgraded in recent years also bring a constant flow of cars from Brunei and Sarawak.
In the future when the Pan Borneo Road linked to Kalimantan of Indonesia, Kundasang will witness even greater numbers of visitors from Indonesia.
Kundasang is destine to develop into a new township in the years following. But, for those nature lovers, now is the best time to see Kundasang in her original natural environment before she be ruined by tourism in a decade time.

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Car Park in Kundasang Town
Fresh Vegetable Market 5 minutes from car park
Kundasang Flower Stalls 5 minutes from car park
Kundasang War Memorial 5 minutes walk from car park
J.S. Nursery Rose Garden 10 minutes walk from car park
Cottage Hotel 500 meters 15 minutes walk from car park
Kinabalu Pine Resorts 1 kilometres 30 minutes walk from car park




Kundasang is known for its fresh vegetable market with fresh and very reasonably priced vegetables.

Many Vegetable farms and mushroom farms where shitake mushrooms are grown.
An enterprise situated at the scenic Mesilau in Kundasang, at the foot of Mt Kinabalu, has been harnessing the mountain's cool climate to yield high quality mushrooms, especially the shiitake species.

Borneo Mushroom, established in 1992, is owned by Rural Development Corporation (KPD), a government agency under the Sabah Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries.
Borneo Mushroom is credited for its significant contribution to the mushroom farming industry in Sabah.
The company's economic activities are not profit-oriented but geared more towards complementing the government's efforts in poverty eradication, especially among the rural poor in Sabah.

Jamilah Lee is Borneo Mushroom's manager.
Rural Development Corporation (KPD) venture into mushroom plantation started from humble beginnings in 1989 where the company nurtured a few contract farmers in mushroom farming.

Initially KPD sought technical expertise on shiitake farming from experts in Taiwan, Japan and China, and gradually improved the planting techniques locally.

The center's activities has since expanded into producing four species of mushroom seeds and seedlings
1) shiitake,
2) ganoderma or ling tze,
3) oyster mushroom.
4) the jelly ear mushroom.

Borneo Mushroom supplies mushroom seedlings in pp bags and provides technical services on mushroom farming especially to KPD's contract farmers and farms.

Currently the centre is producing about 75,000 pp bags per month to meet the demand from mushroom farmers, especially KPD contract farmers.
In 2009 the centre produced almost 48,000 pp bags of seedlings per month.

The centre also conducts theoretical and technical courses on mushroom cultivation to participants from private agencies, institutes of higher learning as well as interested individuals.

Except for KPD contract farmers, fees are imposed on other participants. And, shiitake seedlings are only given to KPD contract farmers who are under the poverty eradication programme.

Those eligible to join as contract farmers must be from a family with a household income of not more than RM590 a month, which is below the poverty line.

Presently KPD has about 70 contract farmers who are only planting shiitake mushroom. They are mostly in Kundasang, Ranau and Moyog in the Penampang district in the west coast of Sabah.

Under contract farming agreement Borneo Mushroom will buy back shiitake mushrooms from contract farmers before being sold to the wholesalers.

The contract farmers' earning depends on their farming scale often between 300 and 3,000 pp bags, which translate into an earning of about RM300 to RM3,000 per harvest.

At the moment two of KPD's most successful shiitake contract farmers in Moyog, are earning between RM15,000 and RM18,000 a year.

The centre has been awarded with the Halal and Good Agricultural Practice Scheme certificates in 2007 and also the Malaysia Best certificate recently

Kundasang Town
Kundasang Town. Photo above looking toward East

Kundasang War Memorial
Kundasang Shopping Center

Slope Repair Project
Nabalu Lodge
Tomato Farm

Kundasang Ranau Highway

Kundasang Ranau Highway
Slope Repair Project

Main section of Kundasang road near the township (see photo above ) which is being upgraded under the Slope Repair Project.
RM45 million was allocated to this Slop Repair Project to repair the slopes in Kundasang town center where always been the main issue that led to other problems.

With this project the township see a major transformation in economic boost for the township and the farming community.
Slop Repair Project includes :
1) three new roundabouts,
2) dual carriageways,
3) concrete pavements and
4) permanent stalls for the 300+ hawkers of wooden shacks by the roadside.

Masjid Jamek Kundasang

Masjid Jamek Kundasang
Masjid Jamek Kundasang construction began in early 1980 when a Prince of Arabia donated RM500,000.00 in person to the Sabah State Government for building a mosque in Kg. Kundasang.

This Rm 1.5 million Mosque construction is a project of MUIS Ranau.

Area of 5 acres has been approved by Sabah government through the Department of Agriculture for construction of the mosque site, including parking areas located at the agricultural station Kundasang.

The Government also approved an allocation of RM1,000,000 to the construction of this mosque.

Masjid Jamek Kundasang was completed in 1988 and declared open in the same year by YBhg. Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam, who was then Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister.

In July 2008 landscape in front Masjid Jamek Kundasang was significant changed with the construction of new roads leading to the Hotel Perkasa Kundasang on top of the mountain.

Below mosque at the present is work is in progress in completing the Kundasang highway