The quaint town of Kota Belud lies about 70 kilometers, or an hour’s drive away, from Kota Kinabalu. Well-known for its ‘Land of the Cowboys of the East’ soubriquet, it is also one of the most scenic districts in Sabah.
Kota Belud is a wonderful tapestry of cultures and customs; embracing those of the Bajau Muslim majority and smatterings of the KadazanDusun and Irranun mores. For many centuries, Kota Belud has played an imperative role as the cultural hub of Northern Borneo. It is mostly known for its vivacious tamu and unique handicrafts. Kota Belud is also the gateway to the beautiful Mantanani Island.
We reached the beach side in the late evening and waited for the sunset to capture some photos. Tonight, the Sabah Stargazers were planning to sacrifice themselves to the mosquitoes in the paddy fields to capture the sight of the Milky Way.
|The rocky terrain on the way out of the Kampung Tambatuon Homestay|
I had booked a night at Tang Dynasty Lodge an inwardly decided that I didn't want to feed the mossies and opted for a good night's rest.
The hotel is pretty run down with vandalised lifts but it was good enough for one night.
|The superb view of the Milky Way with two mossie victims at Kampung Lasau Podi|