Raya in Tawau


Tawau is a coastal town on the south-east coast of Sabah. There are a mixture of migrants from Indonesia, majority Bugis.  Despite sounding like some backward state(sorry for the pun), we visited Semporna with its famous floating restaurant, pearls and fishing wharf. It is a  gateway to the numerous islands, in particular Sipadan island.  We were cautioned  against going for safety reasons unless we get a tour guide.Aside from that, we visited their Palong houses,wooden stilt houses on water at Tanjung Batu(the name was derived from the hills with rockfalls). It has made a Chinese man into a millionaire. The hills are still standing.  

Many families have been living there for years. Despite their “unhealthy way” of doing business, most of the houses are well-maintained and furnished and the people live peacefully despite many who are migrants, having made their home here years ago.


On our way back from Tg. Batu, we enjoy the breeze of the sea, with a fantastic view of the Perairaan Toulson, an entry & exit point for those from Indonesia which is about 10 minutes drive from Tawau town.

 Our hosts  feted us with their local specialties, namely soto(chicken soup served with nasi impit, chicken meat, fried peanuts, cutlet and coriander) and gado-gado, a mixture of blanched & fresh vegetables, eaten with sate sauce.

 Tawau town boasts of the famous Central market where there are fresh seafood and assortments of cheap, dried and wet foodstuffs and their Sabah kopi with tongkak asli(not ali). Then there is the famous Sabindo Seafood Court Centre where you can feast your palletes with fresh prawns, sotong, fish…….at very reasonable costs.

One thing is sure. Fresh and cheap seafood. Tawau lives up to its name.


About moviemania

Mission work in Kuching, Sarawak & Climbed Bako National Park, seen the largest proboscis Climbed the Great Wall of China & serenaded by Ku Nian along Yangtze River Sailed the River Nile Walked in the footsteps of Jesus, crossed River Jordan into Israel, the Holy Lands Mission work in Talugtug, Philippines Mission work in Toowoomba, Queensland Mission work in Kalaymyo, Myanmar
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5 Responses to Raya in Tawau

  1. alice says:

    What kind of seafood did you eat? Did you try the Sabah koay chap and koloh mee? Aiya, how come your photos cannot be enlarged one? Have to squint my eyes lei.

  2. tunkuhalim says:

    Sounds wonderful. I’d love to visit!

  3. moviemania says:

    Alice, I ate a few types of mee, koloh mee and mee kuning. We wanted to visited the mee factory but too bad, shut for Raya. Butter prawns, Sabah Pedas sotong and Asam fish. Sorry about the photos. When I upload, its either too big or too small haha!

    TH, A short holiday is good. Dont miss the chocolate and mee factory. Btw, Congrats! I saw your Grave Diggers’ kiss in the top 10 list.

  4. alice says:

    Next travel story coming up?

  5. moviemania says:

    Al, Loading pictures with my slow connection is stressful but yes, I would like to share my Siem Reap adventure.

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