Gaya Street Sunday Market
Every Sunday morning Kota Kinabalu's oldest street, Gaya Street, is closed off to traffic and opened up to everyone and their friends from the region who have something to sell. The Gaya Street Sunday Market is small but relatively interesting. It starts early morning and rounds up around 12:30pm. Other than what you can buy, it's also about what you can see, hear, smell, taste and who you can meet.
The Handicraft Market is a good place to shop for inexpensive souvenirs. Offerings include pearls, textiles, seashell crafts, jewellery and bamboo goods, some from the Philippines, some from Malaysia and some from other parts of Asia. Needless to say, bargaining is a must!
North Borneo Railway
Starting at the Tanjung Aru Train Station, it slowly winds it's way past local houses, mangrove swamps and padi fields with buffalo and along the beach. It briefly stops at the colourful Buddist Temple in Kinarut, before continuing on towards Papar which is described as the Rice Bowl of the region. In Papar, usually there is a busy market, not so different from markets elsewhere. Some time is spent here before the train returns. A light lunch is served on the train in a Tiffin Box. Drinks can be bought throughout the journey. Not very exciting but it is interesting. The long awaited track works have been completed and the normal commuter trains are now running right through to Beaufort and, via the Padas Gorge, on to Tenom in the mountains.
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