The tamu or Sunday market of Kota Belud is one of the must visit place in Sabah. Tamu is same as 'pasar' (market) in Peninsular Malaysia but called differently and tamu is opened only on Sunday.
Everything from herbal medicine to mountain-grown vegetables, wild orchids to chilli-laced dried fish, luscious tropical fruit to edible seaweed is on sale. I must say it was an eye opening experience for me to walk inside here.
A booth selling Sarawak traditional medicine 'Raja Kayu' (Wood King). Behind the red cloth, the medicine man hawks his ware by doing the 'bekam' （cupping therapy) on a patient's body.
All the fresh vegetables and fruits on sale are put on ground with mat and newspaper.
I bought one as souvenir. It just costs me RM3.50.
These two stalls located at the entrance of the market very eye-catching! They are selling fish but the fishes are covered with blackish stuff. I passed by and stared at it for a long time then left. After a while I came back to the same stall and asked the locals what's that? (I'm curious babe, if I did not ask, sure I will be regretful later)
The locals call the fish as ikan prangin. The fishes are preserved with keluak fruit on top and that's why they are black.What's more? They said ikan prangin can directly go for frying after bought without cleaning works. They already done the cleaning works for the fishes before preservation. Anyone had this before? I wondered how ikan prangin taste like?
In KL we got charcoal burger, 'tower like' burger and rice burger, here in Sabah, they also having a very special burger called fried burger.
This is where I stayed for my second night in Sabah. It is quite near to Tamu Sunday market.
This is one of the house in Taun Gusi Village Homestay registered with Ministry of Tourism Malaysia. We stayed with the house owner but not under the same roof.
There is another block of building next to the owner's house. He said that was built for tourists and visitors who stay a night over there.
That's how the living room looks like. It is equipped with fan, TV, refrigerator and study table. I forgot to take the photo of the bedroom.
What's more? They provide free WIFI as well :)
That's the picturesque view from my room. One can see the highest mountain in Malaysia, Kinabalu Mountain from here!
The package offered by the homestay:
3 Days 2 Nights
RM250.00-RM300.00 per person
Visit to ‘Valley of Paddy Field’ – The largest area of Commercial paddy field in Sabah, Bajau parang making, Handicraft centres, Horse Riding, Experience, River bathing, Visit to Kota Belud weekly Sunday market, Traditional Food Cooking Learning, Cultural Performance (Bertitik).