About Kota Belud
The bustling town of Kota Belud northeast of Kota Kinabalu - the capital of Sabah, is the perfect stopover point for forays into the region known as the 'rice bowl of Sabah'. Surrounded by paddy fields and rubber plantations dotted with small villages, it's a particularly picturesque region with the imposing peak of Mount Kinabalu looming in the distance. The town itself is definitely worth a little time on a Sunday when it hosts a lively Sunday market, known as a 'tamu'. Vendors, hagglers and hawkers bring the place to life as they arrive from villages across the area looking to sell and buy wares. In town you'll also find a hilltop gold mosque inspired by Mughal architecture with attractive views across the town.Read More
Many visitors pass through Kota Belud on their way to the village of Taun Gusi where a handful of homestays have sprung up offering travellers a chance to explore rural Borneo and meet local families. Other activities often available include horse riding, nature walks and watching traditional sword-making demonstrations, all while surrounded by tranquil landscapes of rolling hills and terraced valleys.
Kota Belud Tours
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Kota Belud. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Kota Belud on a bespoke touring itinerary to Borneo, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.