I think this is a must visit place if you come to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah; Gaya Street Tamu. I had a chance to go to Gaya Street Tamu or morning market last Sunday. I envy how diverse and big the Tamu in Kota Kinabalu compare to Kota Marudu. If you want to visit Kota Kinabalu, make sure your visiting days include Sunday morning because this tamu only held on Sunday from as early as 6 am until 1 pm. That place exactly is a street, its will be closed for that day for the tamu. As I can see that day, many foreign tourist visiting this place. Unlike Kota Marudu Tamu, foreign tourists are rare and you can count them using your fingers. If you already arrived and don't know where gaya street situated (you can always find them on tourist maps too), you can always ask for "Gaya Street Tamu" to the local and most of them will be happy to assist you with the instruction to go there. There are also may hotels near gaya street or on that street itself.
On my visit that day, I can find almost anything from fruits, vegetables, children toys, the famous Sabah Vase, Painting, antique, herbs, local kerepek (chips), live plants, pets, famous Sabah Pearls, Local craft, handicraft, biscuits, Ladies accessory, Sabah Tourist T-shirt, traditional music instruments and Sabah Kuih (local cake) for you to buy. Its a great place for sight seeing with many colours for your camera. I love to take pictures in the Gaya Street Sunday Market. It took me almost three hours, walking and taking pictures in that place. Almost all the sellers in there don't mind you taking pictures of them not like in Kota Marudu; people will asked what the pictures are for. Maybe because there are a lots of tourists taking pictures in this place.
To anyone who like traditional instrument, I seen one seller from Kota Belud Sabah selling all Sabah Music instruments. You can find Kulintangan, Gong and Gendang from this seller. The owner told me that there are different gong for different Sabah ethnic. The sound also different from one another. He also selling antique Chinese vase but i am not sure from what dynasty.
After a walk in the Tamu, you can always get a foot reflexology and massage at RM20 for half an hour. The massage is done by Sabah Society for the blind members. Many people will be getting the massage and you maybe need to wait for a while. From my observation, the price for most items in this Tamu are a little bit higher in price. You need to asked for discount. Especially for item that related to tourism. Souveniers like key chains, T-shirt, small vase and craft are little bit expensive. Make sure you know how to bargain or you will be pay them more then you should.
Any of you been to this place?