of tamparuli, filipino market – sabah

Thanks to apoi, for giving me the opportunity to be his official photographer. I’ve been to  negeri di bawah bayu, Sabah for the first time in my life.

The place called Tamparuli, like 40 minute driving from Kota Kinabalu. Wikipedia pretty much summarize what’s there….

Tamparuli is a small town and a sub-district of Tuaran in the west coast of Sabah, Malaysia. It is populated mainly by the native Dusun, while a sizeable Chinese community runs most of the shops in the trading area called Pekan Tamparuli.

The most famous landmark in Tamparuli is a long hanging bridge, which is immortalised in the song Jambatan Tamparuli, a popular Kadazandusun song.


It’s a lovely town, and one of the main attraction there is the suspension bridge, local folks told me it has been there since Japanese occupation back in 40’s but has been damage around 98 due to heavy flood. For the sake of keeping the heritage, locals decided to built a new suspension bridge. A must visit town if you’re on the way to Mt Kinabalu.

overall view of Tamparuli suspension bridge
Mini-bus, is the most convenient way to travel around in Sabah. It’s called mini bus but actually it’s a van. Ticket fare is RM5 one way from KK to Tamparuli. One thing crappy unique about this mini bus is that it wont start traveling unless all seat is taken, so if you plan to travel and the van is still empty, expect to wait like 30 to 45 minutes.005-mini_bus.jpg008-mini_bus.jpg
One of main attraction in KK is their handicraft market, widely known as filipino market. Most internet media claim it was called filipino due to the worker mainly a filipino. But from my observation, i saw most of the shops has local sabahan selling the handicraft. 021-local-or-filipino.jpg
Loads of crystall and cultured pearl.


You can even ask them to custom made one for you.
Next to  (or should i call part of) the filipino market is selling dried fish and food. Get those terubuk Sabah and Sarawak, Kuih cincin (ring cookies), Dried shrimp and lots more. They’ve been trained to pack the item to comply with airline regulation – no worries, no smell will spoil your aircraft back home.

One tips, bargain hard. Ask best price from the given best price.

Oh and dont forget to recharge your energy with cold coconut water at the nearby stall. price is RM2.50-3.50.
022-coconut-thirsty-quencher.jpg Getting to filipino market

* Walk along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens across the road from Sabah Parks office within Sinsuran Complex. You will immediately see the curvy wood roof structure of the Filipino Market.

see the rest of nice pictures in my gallery. In the next entry (hopefully) i will post about the wedding event itself, stay tuned.

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