RanauSabah, Malaysian part of Borneo.
- Ranau War Memorial, a cairn erected at the end of the Sandakan-Ranau death marches. 5km from Ranau town. It is located down a driveway on the main road and not well signposted.
Sabah Tea GardenOffers light refreshments and meals overlooking the valley and mountain. Tours of the tea factory and gardens are offered. There is accommodation available in longhouse-style facilities. Although the tea is marketed as organic, realistically it is a very small section that is organic, and as it is grown alongside non-organic plants, cannot really be considered to be truly organic. It is a decent black tea, however, and you can buy it everywhere in Sabah. There is a small gift shop attached to the cafe. There is a small memorial to British and Australian troops who died on the Sandakan Death Marches next to the cafe.
- Sungai Moroli Fish Spa is located next to the Tea Garden. It is a community venture, in which you walk into a river armed with fish food, and allow some very big fish to nibble at your toes for 15 minutes. Not as relaxing as a posh fish spa in Europe, but interesting, nonetheless. Not for the faint-hearted or thin-skinned!
The Tamu has a good supply of local produce, Durian king of fruits, and Rambutan were the only two I knew. All the fruit was available at a deep fry kedai(Stall/shop) We had fried banana, extremely hot. There was a "touristy" stall but it was dusty and dirty but cheap!
- Beer is available at restaurants but may not be written on the menu.
- Traditional local alcoholic drinks include bahar (coconut sap liquor), montoku (rice wine) and lihing (sweet rice wine).
Beware the tea and coffee is served VERY sweet with a lot of sugar, so ask first or say "tiada gula"(without sugar)when ordering, pay before leaving.
Slagon Homestayis a family-owned B&B, set in a beautiful garden in a village near Ranau. Transfers available from Ranau.