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Live long enough in Kota Kinabalu, one would surely come across this chicken rice shop called Wiya Chicken Rice and kopitiam or in short Wiya in Segama complex. Established in 1976, Wiya is famous for its mouth-watering Hainan chicken rice. Not only Wiya's chicken rice is popular with the locals, but its fame has reached all the way to Hong Kong, where many of the tourists will come looking for this kopitiam to have a taste of its delicious chicken rice.
Hainan Chicken rice is different from other chicken rice because of the process used in preparing the food. Here the chicken is steamed instead of roasted which is the more common method. Guests who want more out of the meal can add in the simple fried bean sprout or the fried green vegetable as side dishes to accompany the Chicken rice. The rice here is flavour by butter too and served in a pyramid shape. Note: the chicken rice is only ready after 10 am daily. Hong Kong style BBQ pork rice are also available.
Open daily: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Entrance fee is free.
The Sandakan Memorial Park commemorates a tragedy and an atrocity that happened during the Second World War (1942 to 1945). Where more than 2,400 prisoners-of-war consisting mainly Australian and British had perished under the brutal handling of the Japanese Imperial Army. After the war a group of committed people together with the Sabah government set up this memorial park to dedicate it to the prisoners-of-war and the soldiers who had served in the British Colonial Forces. Local civilians who had assisted the prisoners in many dangerous circumstances were also remembered here. The Memorial Park is also the place where the infamous death marches to Ranau began in 1945.
The Memorial Park which encompasses an area of 11 hectares is situated on the former site of the Prisoner-Of-War camp. During the war time the Prisoner-Of-War camp was much larger, about four times the present size. Many areas of the prison camp have been developed into housing estates, and today one can see that the Memorial Park is surrounded by residential units.
Of late Kota Kinabalu (KK) not only attracts thousands of travellers to its shore daily for its natural wonders, but many of these visitors also find the local foods very tempting. Today it is not uncommon to see tourists with a map on hand to look for these popular eateries in downtown KK, some of them even go hopping from one eatery to another, in search of that perfect taste. Most of these eateries only concentrate at one or two particular hawker style foods. And these are not the big restaurants that specialise in certain cuisine. The food pricing here is from budget to moderate, surely every one can afford to try some of them if not all. These popular eateries are in downtown KK, will be introduced street by street (below).
Let’s start with the oldest street in KK, the famous Gaya Street which was known as Bond Street during the colonial era. Every Sunday this street will be closed for traffic where the Gaya Street Sunday Market will be held. Here many of the local traders will come and sell their produces and products.
Kedai Kopi Yee Fung
Opening days: Tuesday to Sunday, Monday closed.
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Adult ~ RM 25.00 (Foreigner), RM 10.00 (Malaysian)
Child below 13 years old ~ RM 10.00 (Foreigner), RM 5.00 (Malaysian)
Child under 6 years old ~ Free
Handicap ~ Free
While our ancestors had good knowledge of the plants and flowers in the country side, most of us have grown up with very little idea, if not none at all, and we are also very much unaware of the plants kingdom, and staying in the cities does not help either. A visit down to the Tenom Agriculture Park not only helps us to recover some of the long lost knowledge but also helps us to gain valuable tips on setting up a garden, be it large or small. Covering an area of more than 200 hectares, this botanic jewel features an impressive variety of flora. The flowers and plants here are arranged into many gardens, just the ornamental garden alone has in itself 21 themed gardens.
Tenom is a small town located deep in the Interior Residency of Sabah. The main tourist attractions here are the Tenom Agriculture Park, Murut Culture Centre, and the coffee plantation. This is also a good place if one needs a quiet place for retreat or just wants to get away from the rat race. While there are a few budget accommodations at the town, many would agree that the best hotel in Tenom will have to be the Perkasa Hotel. Located just 2 km away from the town and perched highly at a hill slope that overlooks the entire valley. This hotel provides guests with comfortable rooms, many useful facilities and most of all good services.