When in Kota Belud, be sure to drop by the famous Tamu Kota Belud. This weekly market is a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds and smells as traders gather here to sell their produce. From leafy greens to delicious local cakes, vendors proudly display their goods, enticing passersby with bargains.
Once a year, Kota Belud hosts the Tamu Besar - an annual event where people flock to this quaint district to join in the festivities. Tamu Besar - which means Big Market - is literally the biggest tamu organised throughout Sabah. It is a time when traders come out in full force with their best goods and the local residents highlight the colourful cultures of Kota Belud.
A sight to behold is the Cowboys of the East. Bajau horsemen dress their horses and ponies in resplendent costumes, while displaying their unrivaled horse-riding skills. A great time to witness traditional sports such as buffalo racing and the crowning of the Sarempak/Senisip Beauty Queens. Check the event listing to see when this year's Tamu Besar Kota Belud will take place.
Most ‘tamu' operate as early as 6am and close by 2pm.
Take a taxi, which will cost RM10.00 per person (one way). A bus ride from the city centre to Kota Belud town is RM7.00 per person (one way).