Kota Belud Tours
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Kota Belud is an unsuspecting town located in the north of Sabah, approximately 75 kilometers northeast of Kota Kinabalu. Relatively quiet throughout the week, the town comes alive each Sunday with its bustling market known as a tamu.
The market is part social occasion, partly commercial, and entirely enthralling for visitors. It's a colorful kaleidoscope of stalls selling local produce that overtakes the small town each and every week. With everything from leafy vegetables and farm produce to manufactured goods and home-baked treats, Kota Belud’s tamu is a hugely popular local event, with a smattering of tourists enticed in for good measure.
The market very much serves as a social occasion for locals, who swap stories and news as they gather for their weekly meet. Visitors to the tamu might also catch the Bajau horsemen displaying their horseriding skills, with both riders and animals decked out in spectacularly dazzling costumes.
Kota Belud’s tamu is open every Sunday. Most tamus begin at around 6am and wind down at around 2pm.
Address: Kota Belud, Sabah, Malaysia
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Kota Belud
Explore a weekly, open-air market on a small-group trip to Tamu Kota Belud Sunday market from Kota Kinabalu that includes hotel pickup and drop-off. Join a bustling crowd of Sabah's fisherman, farmers, and horseman at the traditional market, while traders haggle for goods from around the region, and vendors hawk farm-fresh produce and snacks in bright displays.
Unless you speak Malay, navigating the Kota Belud Sunday market can be a difficult task. Discover the best of the weekly shopping bonanza, and return home with the most memorable souvenirs, after a stress-free day trip from Kota Kinabalu. Exploring the market with a guide means that you'll have chance to practice your bargaining skills as well as gaining insight into the culture and history of Kota Belud.
Price varies by group size
In northern Borneo, take in local color and atmosphere at Kota Belud Tamu, or the Kota Belud Sunday market. Observe the ornate outfits of the Bajau horsemen, which pop with bright shades of various colors, and peruse a vast array of stalls selling artisanal products. - Full day exploring Kota Belud's unique attractions - Wandering through the Kota Belud Tamu—Sunday market - Traditional & colorful costumes worn by Bajau horsemen - Deeper look at local farm products & handicraft production - Local buffaloes for sale & graceful beauty queens
Price varies by group size
Visit one of Sabah’s traditional markets and a Rungus longhouse on a full-day, small-group tour from Kota Kinabalu that includes coach transportation and lunch. See Borneo’s diverse cultures first hand at the Sunday market and Bavanggazo village, where locals raise bees and craft traditional gongs.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience Kota Belud?
The best ways to experience Kota Belud are:
- Kota Belud Sunday Market from Kota Kinabalu
- Kota Belud Sunday Market Tour from Kota Kinabalu
- Kota Belud Sunday Market Tour From Kota Kinabalu Including Lunch
- Full-Day Kota Belud and Rungus Longhouse from Kota Kinabalu ( min 4 pax )
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