"My Little Hometown!!" Papar by cal6060
Papar Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 35 photos
Papar is a district in the West Coast of Sabah state in Malaysia. The downtown of Papar is also named Papar. Papar town is about 38KM south of Kota Kinabalu downtown, or KK, and about 45KM north of Beaufort along the coast. The population here is less than 200,000 with diverse ethnic backgrounds. The majority of the populations here are Malay, Kadazan, and Chinese. Others include Bajau, Filipinos, Pakistani, and Indian. Most of Malays and Kadazans were mostly farmers in Villages, but though education and development, a lot them have been working as government servants like teachers, politicians, administrations and etc. Most Chinese live in downtown running own business for few generations. Through my observation, the stereotype will slowly change as Malays started doing their own business especially running restaurants, or street vendors and the young Chinese are leaving town to a bigger cities like KK, KL or even oversea. Kadazans and Malays are leaving town to KK to work in banks, private cooperation, and etc. The farmlands in Papar are slowly abandoned or developed with more shop-lots or commercial premises.
Most tourists come to Papar through North Borneo Railway, an expensive customize railway service stop-over. They spent about 20 minutes to walk around to see the old shop-lots and market. Yeah, the best way to see Papar is either taking a train ride to see villages, mountains, farmland, and walk around town to see the old shop-lots. In fact, Papar beach is about 10-minutes drive from the town. It used to be our favorite place for weekend outing and school trip. I had spent an overnight camping trip there for a new year countdown with some old good friends during high school. Unfortunately today the beach is not maintained and not a safe place to go. Hope one day it will change, I will take more photos to show here.
Other than the North Borneo Railway, there is another railway service that you can take to reach here! Or take a mini van from the KK bus station opposite Wawasan Shopping Mall, 30-minutes can reach Papar town. The buses or min-vans operate between KK and Papar for every 30-minutes. In downtown Papar, you will expect to see old wooded shop houses, three churches, three Chinese primary schools, Papar Mosque, a Buddhist Temple, a Library, wet market, City Hall, a football field and hall. In my tips, I will recommend some of my favorite Chinese food restaurants.
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