Category Archives: SABAH

Fish Spa “Tagal” Sg. Moroli, Kg. Luanti Baru, Ranau, Sabah

Last Saturday, I was at Kundasang attending a photography workshop. After finish the shoot, we rush to the location immediately. Lucky enough we reach there on time before they pull down the gate. Located in Kampung Luanti, Ranau, 131 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu (2 hours and 40 minutes drive away); this fish massage ‘spa’ is managed by the Kampung Luanti JKK and lead by Mr. Jeffrin Majangki.

In the Local Kadazan Dusun dialect, ‘tagal’ means ‘no fishing’, and the main purpose of the ‘tagal’ is to preserve the environment as well as the ecosystem to benefit the future generation. ‘Ikan Pelian’ or Malaysian Mahseer comes from the family of Cyprinidae. These fishes are specifically trained by the villagers to perform the healing massage activities.

The fish massage is deemed to have a curative effect on those who suffers from psoriasis. Come to Kampung Luanti for regular fish massages and you will enjoy smoother and suppler skin – just like a baby’s bottom.

This is the entrance and car park area where you park your car there and then walk towards the river where you can buy snacks and drinks on a hot day. But when I was there, it is super cold! The temp is around 18 to 20C.

My photography master Manny Librodo, Myself, my good friend Chui and the gorgeous Emmerie Cunanan.

Before this trip, I have tested Kenko Fish Spa at Pavillion.

This is the normal one which we see at the shopping mall.

This is what you get here at Fish Spa “Tagal” Sg. Moroli, Kg. Luanti Baru, Ranau, Sabah.

Unlike the shopping mall version, all the fish here are wild type and live in fresh water. Some people ask is it hygiene? Why not? It is a fresh water river with water running all the time. Water are cold and fresh. All the fishes here are toothless. So there are no harm. If you are adventurous enough, you can try their full body version.

At first it is kinda ticklish but sometime a lil pain coz the fish suck too hard. You just need to move your leg and the fish will go away.

Operating Hour :

9am to 5pm Daily.

Entrance Fees :

RM5 for foot only (Malaysians and International)
RM10 for full body (Malaysians)
RM25 for full body (International)

Getting Here

Getting There

Transportation Fare
(one way)
Departure point Return Point Remarks*
(direction to Kundasang or Ranau)
KK to Ranau RM 15.00
(per person)Ranau to Kg. Luanti
RM 6.00
(per person)


TERMINAL BAS BANDARAYA (UTARA)City bus terminal (North)

Change bus in Ranau to Kg. Luanti

Beside the entrance of poring hot springChange bus in Ranau to KK KK – Ranau
Ranau- Kg. Luanti7:00am-3:00pm
Taxi Approximate:1) RM 160 per taxi

2) RM 300 per taxi


1) Ranau taxi stand (next to Merdeka Field)2) Hotel · Take bus from Kg. Luanti to Ranau town.

· find a Taxi back to KK

Car rental From RM 180 and above per day per car · Car rental company· Hotel lobby for car rental service Refer to car rental list

Breakfast Eating Out in Sandakan, Lot No.8 at Bridge No.7 Sim Sim Water Village

Sim Sim water village is the place where you find all sorts of seafoods to eat. The settlement by the sea is been there for ages since early days Sandakan was formed. We had our dinner there the first night when we touch down in Sandakan and back again the next day morning for breakfast.

To find the place is just along one long stretch road.

All the location were marked base on which bridge number. In this case, this eatery is located at Bridge 8 which can be seen from the road.

This is the view from the roadside.

The kopitiam serve some dim sum which localised that suits the taste of the locals. Majority of their customers were locals more than tourist.

Braised chicken feet.

Mixed Fish Paste Ball Soup

This is basically Yong Tau Fu like breakfast. There are fresh fish paste and some wrapped with pig skin and then cook with clear soup. All the soup has a common base and cooked using the fishes.

Sandakan Chee Cheong Fun

The chee cheong fun here just use dark soya sauce and topped with fried shallots. However the flat noodle is not as smooth as the from Penang. The texture slightly rougher and thickness double the ones from Penang. The dark soya sauce are pretty sweet for my liking.

Beef Noodle

Basically you can choose your favorite noodle to go along with the beef briskets. The soup are slightly peppery and not as strong herbal taste compare to the one from KL. Normally beef briskets are cooked for a very long time and continuously cook since they start operating.

Sandakan Pei Tan Kau (Dumpling with pork and century egg)

The super star breakfast in Sandakan. It resembles a normal sui kau but it is packed with pork and century eggs were added.

Prawn Noodle

Curry Mee with yong taufu.

Sandakan Spring (Tan Kong Mee) Noodle with deep fried pork

Another super star of Sandakan breakfast that similar to wan tan mee with added fried nam yue pork. It is known as Spring noodle for its springy texture. I find that the noodle are not as springy as it claims. The nam yue pork is not as good compared to the one in Sandakan Central Market Food Court’s version.

Koey Teow Soup with Deep Fried Pork

This also similar to the one I reviewed at the Central Markets. This has Chinese Cruller added and is not that suitable to be added. Maybe I am pampered by tasting the best when I touch down on day 1 before trying this. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FAMOUS ORIGINAL HOME MADE KOEY TEOW WITH DEEP FRIED PORK

Fish head noodle

The fish are fresh and the soup are cooked with evaporated milk and salted vege. The fish used were either garoupa or marble goby since it is easily available here. This bowl of noodle if eat in KL, it would cost easily RM35 or not RM50 with the current market price.

Roast pork from Winky’s Dad butcher shop in the market.

The breakfast place basically do not have much pork dishes. Since Winky (Sheraton Event Manager) know that I am a pork lover, she brought her dad’s roast pork for us to try. It was good and juicy with a perfect lean and fats at the right proportion. Thanks again for letting us try.

Address :

Lot No.8 at Bridge No.7 Sim Sim Water Village
Jalan Sim Sim,
Sandakan, Sabah

* The trip were organised and hosted by Four Points By Sheraton Sandakan, Sabah.

What To Do In Sandakan? Places Of Attractions and Activities You Should Do In Sandakan

I have blogged about where to stay when you are in Sandakan, Sabah. CLICK HERE TO READ.

Now I am going to share with you what to do when you are staying at Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan

Sandakan Central Market

Located a stone throw away from the hotel, this is a place where you can venture to take a look at day to day life of the people in Sandakan. For a town that located by the sea, you can expect to see loads of seafoods in the market.

The sky view of the central market by the sea.

All the ships dock next to the market where the daily catch were distributed to smaller markets. Consumers also can buy from them here directly where price are very cheap compared to west Malaysia.

Puffer Fish or known as Fugu by Japanese where this is a delicacies that need a high level of skills to prepare it. This is very very expensive if you try them at any Japanese restaurants in KL. Some more it is seasonal. Here at the market, you can get them daily.

Pari Ayam or known as Chicken Stingray

Peeping the bottom of Chicken stingray.

Normal stingrays perfect of asam pedas ….

Fresh seaweed sold at large here. It is fresh and still wet.

Highly sought after sea birds nest that nowadays restaurants use it to replace sharks fin. It give a similar texture to it and highly nutritious. If you take this, you can save some money on botox.

All sorts of sun dries available at great price here. And the seller here are tourist friendly which means they have vacuum pack that allows you to put the salted fish in your luggage bag. This is more commercialised version. If you want to buy from the maker, you should get it from the seller in Kampung Sim Sim.

As a foodie, we never miss to checkout the food court of a market. In Malaysia, there are normally a food court attached to markets. At the top floor of the central market, there are a famous noodle shop which is famous and a MUST try recommended by the locals.

The noodle shop has started since 1940 and since then been family operated.

The soup were prepared with the local seafoods and sundries ingredients. I can taste that there are absolutely no MSG added in preparing this.

Hakka Deep Fried Pork

The fried pork were resemble fermented bean curd pork. This is most sought after noodle store in Sandakan.

The soup version of the hand made noodle.

Taste are very subjective. Some like the soup version and some like the dried version. The texture of the noodle are like Tau Chim flat noodle. It is thicker than the Penang koey teow that I love.

Dried version with the deep fried pork

Every table there are a bottle of grounded peppers and chilli sauce which I find it taste like tobasco sauce are the perfect companion for the noodles. It can be spicy for certain people so go slow with the chilli sauce.

Another must order would be their Teh C. It is the best milk tea I had in Sabah.

It is strong in tea taste and not overly sweet. A mixture of evaporated and condensed milk give it a smooth taste to this cup of tea.

Besides the noodle, my fellow foodie went to order extra things to bite from the surrounding stalls.

Hakka braised pork

Assorted home cook dishes

Most of the Chinese foods at the food court were Cantonese and Hakka influenced.

The local dialects are Cantonese and Hakka so to communicate here are very similar to KL.

Orang Utan and Sun Bear Rehabilitation Center

This is a privately owned place that help the orangutan and sun bear rehab. They train and preserve the natural habitat of this 2 endangered animal which can only be found in Borneo. You can’t find them anywhere else hence you see a lot tourist are eagerly to catch a glimpse of them.

However this is not a zoo. A zoo is usually guaranteed sightings for the animals. Here it is more like a free range and also the animals are free to move as they like. There will be 2 feeding sessions daily where the rangers feed the orang utan and sun bear.

A mother orangutan with a baby cling on her body plus a young female orang utan.

The mother overlooking the young female orangutan drinking her milk.

World smallest bear which can only be found at Borneo. This species is also listed as endangered species which previously a lot were trading on them and take them as pet.

The rehab center are currently still under construction and will be opening soon to visitors probably in 2014.

Peak Of Sandakan Town, Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple

This Chinese temple would be the highest point in Sandakan that overlook the town. From left to right, you can see the town clearly from one end to another.

For those who are buddhist, it is a good time to pray since you already here.

The view from Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple

St Michael All Angels Church

This is one of the oldest building in town. The structure are built on colonial architecture  and well preserve. However there are a little fees to enter the church.

The inner church are air conditioned and you will be mesmerize with the beauty of the stain glass.

Kinabatangan River & Proboscis Monkey at Labuk Bay Tour

Proboscis Monkey – Photo from

Like the famous orangutan, this monkey species also only available at Borneo continent. The nose are bigger and also the hair are more golden compared to normal monkey.

Agnes Keith House and Surrounding Heritage Trail

This British colonial government quarters, called Newlands, was once occupied by famous American writer, Agnes Newton Keith, who penned Land Below The Wind in 1939. Two books followed her first success, namely Three Came Home (1946) and White Man Returns (1951). With the exception of the second book, Land Below the Wind and White Man Returns were written in the house on the hill where she had the best views of Sandakan Bay at the front and the Sulu Sea at the back.


Sepilok Orang Utan and Selingan Turtle Sanctuary Video


For a tour to all these places, I would recommend you to contact :

Sepilok Jungle Resort Sdn Bhd – (The nearest resort to Orangutan and Sun Bear Sanctuary)

Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure Sdn Bhd –


Bilit Adventure Lodge, Kinabatangan River Tour

The person incharge for the 3 company above is the same which the Contact Person is:

Johnny Lim – 016-826 FOUR FIVE SIX SEVEN

Just tell them you got the contact from and you will get special offers or get more value for your tour.


Best In Sandakan Town Hotel To Stay : Four Points By Sheraton, Sandakan

* The trip were organised and hosted by Four Points By Sheraton Sandakan, Sabah.