The year 2000 saw the launch of the North Borneo Railway with this quaint tourist attraction using the British Vulcan steam locomotive offering passengers a picturesque 36 mile journey from Kota Kinabalu to Papar in carriages refurbished to reflect the colonial style of rail travel.
Sabah Ultimate Frisbee is an interesting sport that takes place on evenings at First Beach Tanjung Aru and involves 2 teams that score points by catching the disc in the opposing teams end zone.
For the 4th year running the KK Jazz Festival was again successfully held, this year at the Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf and Country Club attracting international performers and a large audience over 2 nights in June 2010.
For those interested in bowling a new bowling alley called U-Bowl has recently opened at the 1Borneo centre just outside Kota Kinabalu, the other venue for bowling is the CPS Bowl in Centre Point shopping complex in KK and is the largest bowling alley in Sabah with 28 lanes.
The movie goer has a good choice of up to date cinemas in Sabah to choose from including the following; GSC @ Suria Sabah Shopping Centre Kota Kinabalu, Megalong Cineplex @ Megalong Mall Penampang KK, Growball Cinemax @ Centre Point KK, Star Cineplex @ Sandakan Cineplex Sandakan, Star Cineplex @ Tawau Cineplex Tawau, Cathay Cineplexes @ KK & GSC @ 1Borneo KK.
This cruise gives you the opportunity to see in their natural habitat the peculiar looking long nosed proboscis monkey as well as creatures such as long-tailed macaques, monitor lizards, water buffaloes, egrets, kingfishers and hornbills before dusk descends with thousands of fireflies lighting up the surrounding trees in a scene reminiscent of a giant Christmas spectacle.
The fireflies and proboscis monkey cruise takes place on the Klias River near Beaufort about 100km from KK and is also known as the Klias Wetland Adventure.
If you are looking to get a glimpse of Sabah and Borneos' most difficult to spot jungle creatures then a visit to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is a must and a good insight into the plight of the Borneo Pygmy Elephant and Sumatran Rhinos.
The aquarium contains the vast variety of species you would expect from this part of the world and in the Discover Centre you can test your mental agility by solving some intriguing physics, maths and science puzzles.
The Green Connection introduces its visitors to a variety of creatures that inhabit Padi fields, storm drains, reefs and rivers before covering the precious water cycle so vital to mankind.
The Green Connection Aquarium and Discover Centre offers children and adults alike the opportunity to interact with and learn more about the environment and the world around them.
2009 saw the re-opening of the pony racing track at Tambalang in Tuaran for the first time in 30 years.
Indulging in the Sabah entertainment industry can be both fun and educational with some more unusual entertainment activities mixed in with what is considered more mainstream.
The Sutera Harbour Resort in conjunction with the Sabah State Railway Department runs the North Borneo Railway which is a nostalgic look back to a bygone era with the romance of the steam engine chugging through villages coastal towns, padi fields, rainforests, mangroves and plantations of rubber and coffee.
Sabah Ultimate Frisbee
Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival
The KK Jazz Festival is firmly establishing itself on the musical map of SE Asia and the growth of its success is ensuring it will be here for many great years to come.
Anyone is free to join in the Sabah Ultimate Frisbee fun or if you are not so energetic then just enjoy the spectacle, check out their website www.sabahultimate.com
Sabah Entertainment Industry
The international standard course is run by the Royal Sabah Turf Club and racing days make it an interesting days entertainment for the curious tourist.