Tawau, East Coast Of Sabah

Tawau, East Coast Of Sabah
Tawau being such a small town, everybody knows somebody. I met my wife while I was on assignment in Tawau. It was during a dinner among a group of friends, and someone introduced us. We hung out together for about a week before I flew back to Kota Kinabalu for work. Six months after we met, we tied the knot.

The people of Tawau have an easy going altitude towards life in general. Once you have made a friend, you will always be friends. Even if you don’t see them in years. Life is pretty slow, and I always enjoy the chance to unwind in Tawau. But unless you have friends and family in Tawau, there isn’t a lot you can do. Unless you want to go scuba diving in Sipadan.

I suppose you could go for a round of golf in Shan Shui Golf & Country Club. For the rest of us though, it is mostly spent eating and in the coffeeshops around the town.

View of Tawau

View of Tawau

What To Do In Tawau
The Seafood stalls at the Sabindo hawker centre is located along the waterfront of town centre is a must visit. Great seafood, affordable prices and fresh!

Mongolian Chicken Rice is found in a coffeeshop along Chester road. This used to be a favorite of mine. I’m not a big fan of chicken rice, but I like this. It is different from the usual chicken rice.

Tawau is also famous for Soto, and the best I know of is from Cool, a coffeeshop that also serves Bubble Tea. Just the thing to refresh you in a hot climate like Sabah. Cool is located in Fajar.

Cool Coffeeshop, Fajar Complex, Tawau

Cool Coffeeshop, Fajar Complex, Tawau

The Malay food in Tawau is also delicious, and slightly different from Kota Kinabalu. Perhaps it is the spices, or maybe they just cook it differently.

You guessed it. Most of us start hitting our favorite food joints the minute we touch down. If you need to find an air-conditioned restaurant, try Tawau City Club. At least, I think that’s what it is called. Been a while since I’ve been there.

Getting There
Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia operates daily flights to Tawau. Flying time is only 40 minutes, while the journey from Tawau Airport to Town is 20 minutes. With the low airfares these days, it is very affordable.

You could also take the coach which will take about 9 hours, traveling through the mountain road to Mount Kinabalu. It probably cost around RM 50 to RM 60 these days, one way.

A bit of history for you
In 1893, the British vessel S.S. Normanhurst sailed into Tawau with a cargo of dammar, gutta percha, Indian rubber, tortoise shell, and ivory to barter for rattan, raisins, Birds’ nests and rubber. Not long thereafter, The British North Borneo Company established a local government to administer Tawau.

The early people in Tawau have always relied on the sea for their sustenance, a great variety of fishes and all kinds of crustaceans are found in abundance in the sea around Tawau. To the early settlers, nearly all seafarers, making a living from the sea was easy. Even today, Tawau is famous for its seafood, and the export of seafood is still a viable business.

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2 Responses to “Tawau, East Coast Of Sabah”

  1. Jonas Says:

    Can one buy Japanese or Korean rice in Tawau? If yes, where is the store? Thanks

  2. adrian Says:

    Sorry buddy, I don’t remember seeing Japanese or Korean rice in Tawau. In Kota Kinabalu, you can find it in Merdeka Supermarket in Likas Square, and a specialty store in Damai, Luyang.

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