For those living in Kota Kinabalu, Tanjung Aru Beach is the beach to go to. In recent years, Tanjung Aru main beach has undergone transformation from hawker stalls to restaurants and beachside cafes. While I miss the Chinese food that used to be in the hawker stalls, there are new stalls that houses Malay food. But I can’t help thinking that the food isn’t as diverse as it used to be.
Tanjung Aru beach is divided into 3 sections, Beach 1, Beach 2 and Beach 3. I don’t know if everyone still refers to Tanjung Aru Beach in this manner, I can only say that people from my age group still do. It used to be that young couples go to Beach 2 and 3 when they are dating, and most families will use Beach 3 for their picnic.
While the modernization of the First Beach is necessary, there were fears of too much commercialization. The main point being you have to pay to use the carpark. But at least the sidewalk isn’t crumbling, and traffic is kept away from the main walk of the beach. The actual development is limited to a relatively small area, so for those who prefer the way things were can still go to their favorite part of the beach. While those who prefer to dine or drink in a comfortable cafe can do so.
Where To Eat At The Beach
On my recent visit to the beach, we had lunch at the food stalls. My lunch was ABC with ice-cream, a concoction of shaved ice, ice-cream, syrup, local fruits and dessert. Perfect for a hot day, and dessert has always been my favorite part of the meal. Order the fruit juice as well when you visit. But I am not that fond of the Malay food they sell, I find that it is lacking in flavor. I love Malay food, and Malay food should be full of flavor. But on the whole, it is a nice place to eat in, and kids love it.
I just can’t bring myself to photograph food, if you want to see local food photos, go to Caneelia’s food blog. I don’t know her personally but she does know where all the good food is at.
The great thing about living in Sabah is all the local fruits that are readily available. It sure beats snacking on potato crisps. These stalls have been around for ages, and I hope they can keep it going. You get fresh fruits cut up into bite sizes and served with plum powder, or marinated fruits that are sweet, sour and salty at the same time. Or how about some peanuts or maize (or is it called corn? I’m pretty sure they are the same thing) or jagung in Malay.
There is a small park at Tanjung Aru Beach called Prince Philip Park. Amazingly, the playground still retains the features of some 20 years ago. What do they build steel out of in the 70’s? The basic layout and facilities of the park is unchanged since the 70’s, and are still in good shape. Compare that with those plastic things in the playground these days. Of course, the only problem with steel slides is frying your behind on a hot day.
Need A Place To Stay
There are many resorts and hotels around the area. One of my favorite is the Casuarina Hotel. It has a 2 star rating, and it’s not exactly fancy. But if you like the beach, and if you have a limited budget, it’s a good choice. Just make sure you get the suite, it’s the best room in the house. The only thing is, it’s not exactly right next to the beach, but for the price it’s hard to beat.
Of course, if you want to holiday in style, there’s only one choice really. The Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Beach Resort. It is a luxury resort, in a beautiful location, built right on Tanjung Aru Beach. It doesn’t get better than this.This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 at 12:45 am and is filed under Places. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.