Tuesday, August 14, 2007

About Kudat

From Wikipedia & Malaysiana1.

Kudat is the northernmost town in Sabah, East Malaysia and forms the northernmost tip of Borneo Island.

It serves as the administrative centre for the Kudat Division, which includes the towns of Kudat, Pitas and Kota Marudu.

Kudat is 190 km north of Sabah’s capital Kota Kinabalu. On the west, it faces the South China Sea, and on the east the Sulu Sea.

Kudat's population (2000) is 68,242. Most of its people are Rungus Kadazan-Dusuns, Bajaus, and Chinese.

Kudat became the capital of British Sabah in 1881, shortly before the colonialists decided that Sandakan was a better location.

Sabah’s father of independence, Tun Datu Mustapha Datu Harun, a claimant of the throne of Sulu, was born in Kudat.

Kudat’s major attraction is its Rungus longhouses which have mostly been converted into homestays.

The hospitable Rungus are famous for their natural honey and brass gongs. Their women famously wear rings of gold or brass around their legs.

Tourists also enjoy visiting the rocky cape Simpang Tanjung Mengayau which is Borneo’s northernmost point.

Kudat is also home to Malaysia’s largest island Banggi and Balambangan Island where the British first landed on Malaysian soil in 1761.

The town has a large waterfront esplanade, the Sidek Esplanade, which was unveiled in 2003. It is also famous for its seafood and golf courses.