Day 3 Sabah Road Trip Kudat Marak Parak Ranau
Published: 03/04/2021
The Marak-Parak road from Kota Marudu to Ranau
This is day 3 of an 11-day road trip in one of the most beautiful provinces of Malaysia; Sabah Borneo. We will not stop much on this ride, but will drive more, including one of the most beautiful routes in Sabah, the approximately 80 kilometers long winding road of “The Marak-Parak Road”.

We leave Kudat and drive through Hutan Simpan Labuan Forest Reserve (RP2) with a height of 91 meters. It is located north of Kampung Sin San, southwest of Sungai Daval.

After about two hours of driving we arrive in Kota Maruda where you can refuel and enjoy the Malaise cuisine at the Wang Wang Food Court (RP5).

After the break in Kota Maruda one of the most beautiful roads in Sabah, namely the 80 kilometer long “Marak-Parak Road” in Sabah. You will enjoy, one of the best driving routes in Malaysia. It has a series of turns interspersed with just a few long straights. It is all newly built asphalt so the road conditions are excellent. You cross a beautiful landscape with beautiful nature, a pleasure! The road is 2 to 3 lanes wide, the third lane is alternately for one of the two driving directions intended to overtake slow-moving traffic. Enjoy this ride and stop every now and then to take a photo.

The next stop is planned at The Poring Hot Spring (RP11), where you can relax in a warm sulfur bath. You can also walk through the forests, along mountain streams and waterfalls, in one of the tropical gardens, visit the butterfly garden or the orchid center.
Don't forget to conquer the 41 meter high walkway, one of the main highlights! It takes about 30 minutes to hike on a gravel path to the starting point of the canopy walkway.

If you want to skip this stop then at RP10 you can choose to turn left and drive directly to the next spectacular attraction of the day Paragliding at “Ranau Borneo Paragliding” in Lohan (RP12), where you can enjoy tandem paragliding , from a height of 265 meters (870 feet). The flight takes about 7-15 minutes, depending on the wind. Enjoy the experience of flying free like a bird. If you want something to eat, you can continue to Fadwa Restaurant & Catering (RP13).

We end the day in Ranau, where you can spend the night in one of the many hotels.
RP3 Crossing the River Sungai
Going downhill the Marak Parak Road
Useful links:
Day 2 Sabah Road Trip Kota Belud Tip of Borneo Kudat
Wang Wang Food Court (Facebook Page)
The Poring Hot Spring
Ranau Borneo Paragliding
Day 4 Sabah Road Trip Ranau Sandakan

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About this region
Sabah (Malay pronunciation: [saˈbah]) is a state of Malaysia located on the northern portion of Borneo, in the region of East Malaysia. Sabah has land borders with the Malaysian state of Sarawak to the southwest and Indonesia's Kalimantan region to the south. The Federal Territory of Labuan is an island just off the Sabah coast. Sabah shares maritime borders with Vietnam to the west and the Philippines to the north and east. Kota Kinabalu is the state capital city, the economic centre of the state, and the seat of the Sabah state government. Other major towns in Sabah include Sandakan and Tawau. The 2015 census recorded a population of 3,543,500 in the state, and in 2019 it was estimated to have grown to over 3.9 million. Sabah has an equatorial climate with tropical rainforests and abundant animal and plant species. The state has long mountain ranges on the west side which forms part of the Crocker Range National Park. Kinabatangan River, the second longest river in Malaysia runs through Sabah, and Mount Kinabalu is the highest point of Sabah as well as of Malaysia. The earliest human settlement in Sabah can be traced back to 20,000–30,000 years ago along the Darvel Bay area at the Madai-Baturong caves. The state has had a trading relationship with China starting from the 14th century AD. Sabah came under the influence of the Bruneian Empire in the 14th and 15th centuries, while the eastern part of the territory was given to the Sultanate of Sulu because the Sultanate had helped the Bruneian empire in a battle and as such it was given to them as a gift between the 17th and 18th centuries. The state was subsequently acquired by the British-based North Borneo Chartered Company in the 19th century. During World War II, Sabah was occupied by the Japanese for three years. It became a British Crown Colony in 1946. On 31 August 1963, Sabah was granted Independent and self-government by the British. Following this, Sabah became one of the founding members of the Federation of Malaysia (established on 16 September 1963) alongside Sarawak, Singapore (expelled in 1965), and the Federation of Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia or West Malaysia). The federation was opposed by neighbouring Indonesia, which led to the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation over three years along with the threats of annexation by the Philippines along with the Sultanate of Sulu, threats which continue to the present day.Sabah exhibits notable diversity in ethnicity, culture and language. The head of state is the Governor, also known as the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, while the head of government is the Chief Minister. The government system is closely modelled on the Westminster parliamentary system and has one of the earliest state legislature systems in Malaysia. Sabah is divided into five administrative divisions and 27 districts. Malay is the official language of the state; and Islam is the state religion, but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the state. Sabah is known for its traditional musical instrument, the sompoton. Sabah has abundant natural resources, and its economy is strongly export-oriented. Its primary exports include oil, gas, timber and palm oil. The other major industries are agriculture and ecotourism.
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Seen as one of the most beautiful provinces in Malaysia, Sabah is known for its scenic landscape with spectacular mountains, beautiful beaches, surreal sunsets, rich culture, friendliest people, winding roads, tall waterfalls, national parks and much more!

The roads in Malaysia are generally in good condition, but beware; there are also parts where the asphalt is poor and there can be potholes in the road surface. This can be dangerous, so caution is advised. During the rainy season (September-December) the roads can be slippery. Traffic in Malaysia drives on the left side of the road.

You can rent a motorcycle in Malaysia, but these are usually lighter models and often scooters. You can spend the night in hotels, B & Bs or campsites, which can easily be booked via the website in the review or via