What to do and see in Tuaran, Malaysia: The Best Places and Tips

March 25, 2018 Carley Gatson

Tuaran (Malay: Pekan Tuaran) is the capital of the Tuaran District in the West Coast Division of Sabah, Malaysia. Its population was estimated to be around 3,253 in 2010, with half the population consists of ethnic Dusuns, mostly of the Lotud ethnic subgroup as well of Bajau descent. The remainder are mostly of the Malaysian Chinese community, particularly from the Hakka subgroup and Malay. The town is bordered on three sides by the eponymous river. It is located 34 kilometres (21 mi) north of the state capital Kota Kinabalu, and is strategically situated along the main highway linking Kota Kinabalu with the north of Sabah.
Restaurants in Tuaran

1. Shangri-la Rasa Ria Nature Reserve

Pantai Dalit, Tuaran 89208, Malaysia +60 88-797 888
Excellent
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4.5 based on 300 reviews

Shangri-la Rasa Ria Nature Reserve

The Rasa Ria Nature Reserve was established by Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu in collaboration with the State Wildlife Department of Sabah. This protected ecological space aims to facilitate rehabilitation programmes for endangered species of animals as well as those endemic in Sabah. The Rasa Ria Nature Reserve provides a home until they ready to be rehabilitated into their natural habitat. *Following 20 years of joint management between Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) and Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa (RRR), the Orangutan Rehabilitation and Conservation Programme has ultimately reached a successful conclusion. The wildlife conservation programme at the Nature Interpretation Centre continues, with expanded conservation education and activities. Visitors can now trek deep into the nature trails with rangers to learn about exotic plants, native to the area and found throughout the in the 64-arce Nature Reserve.

Reviewed By kl1316 - London, United Kingdom

A great couple of hours spent walking through the forest which included a fab view of Mount Kinabalu . Our guide, Eric, was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information about the trees and plants. We were even lucky enough to see monkeys.Thank you very much, we have conveyed to Eric and he indeed was very pleased with your feedback.

2. Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club

Pantai Dalit, Tuaran, Malaysia +60 16-921 7223
Excellent
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4.5 based on 91 reviews

Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club

Dalit Bay Golf & Country club is the resort’s 18-hole championship golf course. Bordered by the Tambalang and Mengkabong rivers, guests can tee-off with stunning views of Mount Kinabalu in the background. Nestled within 400 tropical acres, the course was successfully designed to highlight Sabah’s natural beauty.

Reviewed By Joe B

My wife and I had time to golf 9 holes and did the back 9. It is as scenic as it is challenging. The highlight were the monkeys on number 11. One of them tried to take our golf balls! That is a story for life. A drink and snacks after was very enjoyable. The staff there attends to your every need. The club manager even came out on the course to see how we were doing! The staff was great in the Proshop also. Cannot wait to come back.

3. Zip Borneo

The Adventure Centre, Kiulu, Tamparuli, Sabah, Malaysian, Borneo. | Kiulu Valley, 89250 Kiulu, Sabah, Malaysia, Tamparuli 89250, Malaysia +60 88-255 289
Excellent
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5 based on 34 reviews

Zip Borneo

Zip Borneo is located at The Adventure Centre, home to Ability Expeditions and Riverbug. Here you can try white water rafting, jungle trekking, biking and more at the beautiful jungle and river side camp. With wide open spaces and the Kiulu River running past a wall of jungle it is the perfect place to try your first zip-lining experience!

Reviewed By GTti_72 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

They smartly combined this with a water rafting tour so it was much more lengthy. The actual zip-lining experience was too rapid and was over in a maximum of 10 minutes and that too because it was an entire family of 4 people. The downside is that if other people in the group is not participating, you are the delaying factor so there is pressure to rush. There isn't much shelter so it can be extremely hot. Good explanation by the guides and safety was top notch. Easy enough that my 7 year old son could participate.
The toilet and shower facilities are top notch. The area is also quite spacious so large crowds are easily accomodated.

4. Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum

Jalan Telibong-Tamparuli, Tuaran 89208, Malaysia +60 88-792 018
Excellent
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4 based on 27 reviews

Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum

Learn about the diversified ethnicities, the culture and traditions of the people of Borneo Island. Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum provide you a glimpse of the Sabah (North Borneo) culture through short tour and activities during your visit. A suitable place to learn all about Sabah within a short period of time.

Reviewed By DaddyKristian - Penampang, Sabah

As soon as you arrive, there's nothing much to see from the outside... wait till you go inside. In front of the entrance, there are few of the miniature dolls dressed up in traditional custom of Sabahan ethnic. So cute i might add! ok, so...MoreThanks for the review. Glad to hear that you enjoy your visit here. We are still improving our outer section to be as beautiful too.

5. Tamparuli Suspension Bridge

Jalan Bontoi, Tamparuli 89250, Malaysia
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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3.5 based on 46 reviews

Tamparuli Suspension Bridge

Reviewed By lunarJade - Ipoh, Malaysia

If you have the time for a small detour, the Tamparuli Suspension Bridge makes an interesting pitstop for the journey to Kinabalu Park from Kota Kinabalu. We were surprised that the pedestrian bridge was actually very much higher than the road level. As such, there is a good view of Tamparuli town, the surrounding area and the fast-flowing Kiulu river from the bridge. The bridge is pretty sturdy, though you will need to watch your step as there are some places where the wood planks are broken. If you drive, it is best to park near the market and walk over to the bridge.

6. The Spa

Pantai Dalit Beach, Tuaran 89208, Malaysia +60 88-797 888
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5 based on 8 reviews

The Spa

THE SPA, draws inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, which describes a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. The sanctuary is luxurious, yet down-to-earth, and features holistic treatments based on time-honoured methods that are shared by many Asian cultures.

Reviewed By G W - Rotherham

My husband and I decided to treat ourselves to a Malaysian herbal massage during our holiday at the Rasa Ria. It was bliss!!! The staff were lovely and welcoming. We were revitalised by lemongrass and pounded with hot stones, and we felt wonderful afterwards. Highly recommended!!!

7. 3D Wonders Museum

Mile 21, Jalan Telibong, Tamparuli district of Tuaran, Tamparuli, Malaysia 6088260263
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5 based on 4 reviews

3D Wonders Museum

Reviewed By pawpawlai - Quezon City, Philippines

After experiencing Rumah Terbalik ( Upsidedown house in Borneo) do visit another museum within the compound.
Most museum don't allow you to take pictures. But with 3D Wonders Museum, you are encouraged to take part of their art and take as many as you want. I had fun interacting with the art pieces. The difference with the other 3D museums is that this museum lets you experience Sabah's culture and attractions. Art paintings are not complete if you are not with them and leaving Kota Kinabalu won't be complete without visiting 3D Wonders Museum.

8. Tuaran Sunday Market

Tuaran 89200, Malaysia
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4 based on 16 reviews

Tuaran Sunday Market

Reviewed By Bluey R

We had a choice of 3 Sunday markets and Tuaran was the closest and most appealing for me. When we arrived we found live chooks, pets, fresh fruit, veg and herbs as well as clothes, bags etc, local crafts and your usual phone accessories. The place was bussling with locals and only the occasional tourist making you feel like you were one of them. An hour passed by quickly and then we stocked up on alcohol and snacks from the local shop. Our taxi driver waited for us then took us to see the Chinese pogoda before dropping us back at the Shangri la rasaria. A round trip of 80Rm in a very nice car. A nice way to spend a Sunday morning and a great place to replenish supplies.

9. Rumah Terbalik

Kampung Telibong, Batu 21, Jalan Telibong, Tamparuli 89250, Malaysia +60 88-260 263
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3 based on 177 reviews

Rumah Terbalik

Rumah Terbalik, the first upside down house of Malaysia is located in Kampung Telibong, Mile 21, Jalan Telibong, Tamparuli, Sabah, Malaysia. Nestled within the compound of Rumah Terbalik, there is also a souvenir shop (i.e. Tamu) well stocked with handicrafts and souvenirs made in Sabah as well as a Café (i.e. Kedai Kopi) serving brewed local coffee. Using recycled wood and materials specifically to create a more local atmosphere, Rumah Tebalik has an area of 1,500 square feet and equiped with a living room, a dining area, a equipped kitchen, veranda, two bedrooms and a toilet. This fully furnished house is constructed with a slight tilt, and with everything fitted upside down inside the house, it certainly challenges the viewers' perspective when within. The kampong house signifies our past and heritage. Upside down is another perspective of seeing something. It's meant to be a fun way of looking at ourselves and life. Rumah Terbalik will work towards establishing itself as a new and unique tourist destination within Sabah. As it is located along the main highway leading to Mt Kinabalu, Poring Hot Spring or even Kiulu River, it can help to enhance the already existing tour packages offered by travel agencies as being a short stopover point. A visit to the upside-down house guarantees to one of your most memorable experiences and it is a must-see attraction on your Sabah itinerary.As of February 2012, Rumah Terbalik has been listed within the Malaysia Book of Records as being the first upside down house of Malaysia! the 3D Wonders Museum is where visitors can explore the uniquely themed galleries, the first of its kind in Borneo, showcasing the importance of conservation while promoting the beautiful landscapes and the myriad of local cultures present in East Malaysia. Through the use of special art techniques, two-dimensional paintings will appear to pop out of the surface and come to life, immersing you in a vivid experience like no other. Create your own wacky stories and zip-line through the entire experience as you embark on an adventure in the 3D Wonders Museum right now! This latest attraction is just beside the renowned Rumah Terbalik, Malaysia one and only Upside Down House!

Reviewed By hweeying - Johor Bahru, Malaysia

We prefer the outlook rather than interior design. We had been to upside down house at Malacca but its interior stuffs upside down not the whole house. For the first time we saw a house like this quite interesting experience.Thank you Hwee Ying for your feed back. Yes, 5 years ago when we constructed the 1st Upside Down House, never did you think it will result in Malaysia having 5 others. Being the first is always something and thank you for visiting us. Regards

10. Sabandar Leisure Rides

Jalan Sabandar Bay, Tuaran 89208, Malaysia +60 19-861 1160
Excellent
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3.5 based on 15 reviews

Sabandar Leisure Rides

Reviewed By nurhanimqasih - Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

The place is suitable for all ages. But it is difficult to get public transport, because it takes about 20 minutes from Tuaran or more depending on the driver. Car or bus can be found close to the stationary store near the supermarket Bansoon or Seven Eleven. But there is a possibility the driver or bus rental will charge high. There are public toilets for women and men with charges RM0.50 per person. There is a small restaurant facility in this place.

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