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Have you ever heard about Tawau? 5 memorable places in Tawau that you must visit.

Where is Tawau? What is Tawau?

Do you have any idea where and what is Tawau? Before you search what is Tawau you have to know where is Tawau located at. Tawau is located on the South East Coast of Sabah and its shares a border with North Kalimantan, Indonesia. Tawau is formerly known as Tawao which is the Capital of Tawau District in Sabah. It is the third-biggest town in Sabah, after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. It is situated on Semporna Peninsula and the south east shore of the state in the authoritative focal point of Tawau Division which flanked by the Sulu Sea toward the east, the Celebes Sea toward the south at Cowie Bay and offers a fringe with North Kalimantan. The town had an expected populace starting at 2010 of 113,809, while the entire district zone had a populace of 397,673. Before the founding of Tawau, the region around it was the subject of dispute between the British and Dutch spheres of influence. Tawau was rebuilt after the war, and by the end of 1947, the economy was restored to its pre-war status. Tawau was also the main point of conflict during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation from 1963 to 1966.  This is the brief history of Tawau that you have to know before you having a trip to this South East Coast of Sabah.

Mapping for Tawau.

Tourist Attractions in Tawau

Tawau Waterfront (Highway) monument symbol.

Besides Kota Kinabalu, Kota Belud, Kundasang, Ranau, Semporna and other attraction districts in Sabah, Tawau also attracts tourist attentions and has the potential of being like tourism industry in Semporna. Despite not having many attractions yet, Tawau has an existing attraction that captures the hearts of tourists to come to Tawau and will be in the memories of the visitors as an memorable moment in Tawau. Here is the existing tourist attraction in Tawau that is really memorable -:

Tawau Bell Tower

Tawau Bell Tower is the oldest standing structure in Tawau and it’s constructed by the Japanese to commemorate the signing of artimise agreement following World War 1 when Japan was an ally of Great Britain. The Bell Tower was constructed in 1921 using prison labor and funds contributed by Japanese Businessman in Tawau. It’s bell went missing in a sudden which become a mystery. A bench mark additionally displays in the tower, which demonstrates the town’s height above ocean level, next to being the imprint for beginning stage of the separation to each place. The East Direction lead its approach to Dunlop Street, Kuhara Road, Sin On Road and Apas Road; South course faces the Celebes Sea; West bearing to Tg Batu Road; while North heading to North Road and Merotai Road.

The Tawau Bell Tower is still standing until now.
It is now makes this Tawau Bell Tower is the oldest standing structure in Tawau

The Confrontation Memorial

The Confrontation Memorial was built after Indonesian-Malaysian Confrontation. It was a violent conflict from 1963 to 1966 that stemmed from Indonesia’s Opposition to the creation of Malaysia. The confrontation is an undeclared war with most of the action occuring in the border are between Indonesia and East Malaysia on the Island of Borneo. Nowadays, the Malaysian and Indonesian are live peacefully and harmony without any nation conflicts within this two country. There is no charge fees included for visitors because it was the historical monuments located near Tawau city. Visitors and locals are welcome to come to this place to commemorate The Confrontation Memorial.

The Confrontation Memorial in Tawau.
built after Indonesian-Malaysian Confrontation.

Tawau Tanjung Markets

There are over 6,000 stalls in Tawau Tanjung Markets. Its said to be the largest indoor markets in whole Malaysia. You can get almost anything here in Tawau Tanjung Markets such as Amplang Crackers, dried fish, vegetables, fresh seafood and many more. On the first floor, you can find dried preserved food such as dried salted fish, dried anchovies and dried prawns which Tawau is famous for. If you’re a fan of interesting wooden crafts and decorative items such as hand-woven baskets, placemats and other souvenirs, the top floor of the Tanjung Market, which is known as ‘Pasar Gantung’ or Hang Market, offers a plethora of goods.

Top view of Tawau Tanjung Markets.
Tawau dried-foods.

Sankina Hotspring Park

Anyone ever heard about Sankina Hotspring Park? If you think that Poring is the only Hotspring in Sabah then you probably had a wrong thought. Tawau also had its own Hotspring which is recreational places for tourist from international and local. The place might be tiny in comparison to other parks out there but its location can be a ‘challenge’ on its own since it is quite hidden from plain sight and the management has not put up any clear signage leading up to the place. If you are interested in checking out the place  you do need to pay RM35 per adult and RM25 per child upon entry. But that fare includes a RM10 food coupon which you can redeem at their restaurant nearby and they also waived the fee for senior citizens 60 years old and above. It is always a good idea to drop by their restaurant not just to redeem said coupon but to genuinely try out their selection of food. And may I say that they do have plenty of choices to choose from. It’s good to note that they’re also open for dinner and private functions. And if you’re there just for the food, then you still need to pay RM20 for their entrance fee (including that RM10 worth of food coupon).

The kids are enjoying at Sankina Hotspring Park. Parents have to monitor their children.
Beautiful decoration made by woods.
Dinner and private functions.
Fees for entrance.

Tawau Hills National Park

Tawau Hills Park, was established in 1979, primarily as a protection for the water catchment area of Tawau town, Sabah, Malaysia. It is located 24 kilometres from Tawau, and comprises 279.72 km² of lowland dipterocarp rainforest, surrounded by oil palm and cacao plantations. The park offers picnic areas, camping sites, and chalets. The Park contains rugged volcanic landscapes including a hot spring and spectacular waterfalls. The highest point in the park is Gunung Magdalena (1310 m). It is administered by the Sabah Parks. You need to cross the jungle to reach the waterfall and it is quite challenging throughout the journey. This experience will be highly memorable to visitors who come here.

View of waterfall at Tawau Hills Park, Sabah, Malaysia

Tawau is the third largest city in Sabah and has many unforgettable places that tourist must have to visits. In this blog, only five are listed for tourism purposes such Tawau Bell Tower, The Confrontation Memorial, Tawau Tanjung Market, Sankina Hotspring Park and Tawau Hills National Park. There are still many interesting places in Tawau. In Tawau is also a destination to satisfy your tastes for those who are very fond of food because you will not be able to forget the dish as it has attached to your tongue. Thank you for reading about this travel info and TAWAU IS WELCOMING YOU FOR YOUR MEMORABLE VISITS.

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