TRAVEL GUIDE TO SABAH

Sabah is located at the eastern part of the North Borneo and it is the second largest state in Malaysia with an area of 74,500 sq km.  The capital city of Sabah is Kota Kinabalu, formerly known as Jesselton with a population of nearly four million.

Also known as the “Land Below the Wind” as it lies beneath the typhoon belt.  Sabah is a perfect getaway in the heart of Borneo with its majestic mountains, undersea wonders, lush rainforest, unique cultures and friendly people.

If you are planning your trip to Sabah, the following are some information that will assist you in getting around safely and easily.


General Information

Climate
Sabah is generally has a warm and fairly humid weather throughout the year, with temperatures ranging between 21 to 32 degrees centigrade in the lowlands.  This can drop to as low as 21 degree centigrade in the highlands.  Scattered unpredictable rains are common in Sabah and therefore difference in temperature is not extreme.


Weather Quick Facts
Average Humidity 70% - 80%
Wet Season October – March
Dry SeasonApril – September


Recommended Clothing
Light weight cottons and linens.

Time Zone
Standard Malaysian Time is 8 hours ahead of GMT (GMT + 8)

Airlink To Sabah
Sabah has international air links to major destinations in East Malaysia. All international arrivals and departures are directed to Kota Kinabalu, the Capital City of Sabah. Most international air links from Europe and America can be connected through major cities in South East Asia region such as Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Manila and Bandar Seri Begawan.

Currency

The unit currency is the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). Traveller’s cheque and foreign currencies can be exchanged for Malaysian Ringgit at commercial banks, hotels or at authorised moneychangers.

Electricity and Water Facilities
Electric current is on a 240 Volts AC 50Hz cycle system using a square 3 pin plug.

Language
Bahasa Malaysia is the national language. English is widely spoken whereas Mandarin and other dialects such as Cantonese, Hakka and Kadazan is common among the non-indigenous and ethnic people of Sabah.

Communications
Though coin and card-operated public phone booths are common, the prepaid mobile Sim Cards are popular among travellers and are widely available in most parts of Sabah with the exception of some remote areas. Internet cafes are also available in tourist areas. Malaysia country code is +60. There is direct dialing between Sabah and all international cities using the STD codes. Outgoing international code is +00.


Medical Services
Hospitals, clinics and dispensaries are available in all major towns. It is advisable to take anti-malaria medication recommended by the doctor if intended to visit remote areas. Medical insurance is also recommended.
Immigration & Customs / Visas
To enter Malaysia, a visitor must have a valid passport for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Malaysia. Visas are normally valid for 30 days on arrival. For more information, visit the website of the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (www.kln.gov.my) or the Malaysian Immigration Department (www.imi.gov.my)


Contacts – Tourist Information Centers
Tourism Malaysian Tourist Office, Kuala Lumpur: +603 2693 8188 or www.tourism.gov.my
Tourism Malaysia Tourist Office, Kota Kinabalu : +6 088 211732 or enquiries@tourism.gov.my
Sabah Tourism Board, Kota Kinabalu: +6088 212121 or www.sabahtourism.com
Useful Numbers
Ambulance/Police 999
Fire Department 994
Tourist Police +6088 450 402/222
Police Hotline HQ Sabah +6088 253 555
Police Hotline KK +6088 221 191
Queen Elizabeth Hospital +6088 218 166
Damai Specialist Hospital +6088 222 922
Sabah Medical Centre +6088 211 333
KK Airport Terminal 1 +6088 325 555
KK Airport Terminal 2 +6088 447 049
Information Services +6088 280 600/280 641
Telephone Directory Assistance 108
Department of Immigration +603 8880 1000

Malaysian Embassies
Malaysian Embassy, Washington DC, United States: +1 202 572 9700
Malaysian Embassy, London, United Kingdom: +44 20 3931 6196
Malaysian High Commission, Ottawa, Canada: +1 613 241 5182
Malaysian High Commission, Melbourne, Australia: +61 3 95735400
Malaysian Embassy, Berlin, Germany : +49 30 88577490
Malaysian Embassy, The Hague, Netherlands : +31 70 3506506
Malaysian Embassy, Brussels, Belgium : +322 7760340
Malaysian Embassy, Beijing, China : +86 10 65322531
Malaysian Embassy, Dublin, Ireland: +353 1 667 7280
Malaysian High Commission, Wellington, New Zealand: +64 4 385 2439

Foreign Embassies In Malaysia
United States Embassy, Kuala Lumpur: +603 2168 5000

British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur: +603 2170 2200

Canadian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur: +603 2718 3333

Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur: +603 2146 5555

Irish Embassy, Kuala Lumpur: +603 2167 8200

New Zealand High Commission, Kuala Lumpur:+603 2078 2533

German Embassy, Kuala Lumpur : +603 21709666

Netherlands Embassy, Kuala Lumpur : +603 21686200

Belgium Embassy, Kuala Lumpur : +603 21620025

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Kuala Lumpur : +603 21428495

Foreign Consulates In Kota Kinabalu (KK), Sabah
Consulate of the People’s Republic of China : +6 088 385481
Australian Consulate : +6 088 267151
Consulate of Belgium : +6 088 487811/812
Consulate of Denmark : +6 088 483888
Consulate of United Kingdom : +6 088 225289