Tamu is a lively occasion that is fancy by the locals where it can be defined as part of the heritage of Sabah, an old practice back in the days when Sabah was known as North Borneo under the British colonial era. Back then the locals would come from far away villages to bring their produce to exchange them with others in an open markets. Today these tamu are held once or twice a week to give a chance to the local communities to sell their farming harvest and live stocks. Tamu are held by districts and towns, and in Sabah among the well-known tamu are Kundasang, Tamparuli, Kota Belud and Penampang, which attracts the locals to come and flock for unique produce from each town as each of them held their Tamu Market in their own fascinating way. So make sure to seize this opportunity to explore the beauty of each “Tamu” simplicity at Sabah.
In particular, Pekan Kinarut is one of the place that held their Tamu Market on every Saturday starts as early as the daybreak. There are many varieties and a good mix of traditional and modern items are displayed for sale. From fresh seafood and vegetables to clothing found along the sidewalk of the street. Also a good potential to can find variety of fresh vegetables from the highland countryside together with lowlands greens, jungle ferns and local vegetables from the swamps. Some would just go to the tamu to catch up with friends exchanging news and stories with one another.
Getting to Kinarut :
Kinarut is a small town located at about 20 km south of the state capital, Kota Kinabalu. You can easily take get a taxi, public bus, Grab car, or simply join a tour from local tour agency. Else you can also opt for a train ride, on one of the oldest railway track that runs from Tanjung Aru all the way down south to Tenom making a several stops including Kinarut.
Other Attraction near Kinarut :
For more information there are some good tourist attractions worth to visit, among which are Kinarut horse-back-riding, Pulau Dinawan and Lokkawi Wildlife Park.