Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Gaya Street Tamu

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?

Chayo-chayo....

42 comments:

☆ lieya latif ☆ said...

belle....gi sabah mmg best...lieya pergi 4hari 3 mlm awal tahun ari tu pun mmg takpuas....pergi pulau sehari jek...mmg tak puas tgk keindahan pulau kat sabah...ape tah lagi tempat2 sopink mcm belle tunjuk nie....mmg tak puas....mmg akan return balik gi sabah hehehehehehe

gadisBunga said...

omigod how i miss it so much! i've been there once and seriously was crazy looking at so many things sold. so ended up with some pearl bracelets. nice!

levian said...

oh! this feels exactly like our Sunday Market.
the only difference is ours are opened on Saturday n Sunday,
even though it was called "Sunday" Market. :)

donny said...

last tu yang saya paling suka..urut kaki..bel nanti kau kirimkan aku ikan masin haha

cemomoi said...

biasa dengo tapi blom berkesempatan nak ke sanan. nampak cantik je kraftangan tu

jellybelly said...

Wow it's a shopper's haven! I'd love to try that foot massage after a day of shopping :)

maslinamansor said...

xjejak lagi kat sana... teringin nak pergi tapi tak capai2 lagi...

Zezebel said...

lieya.
ni mesti belum pernah pegi gaya street kan? rugi owh belum pergi.

Zezebel said...

Fidde.
kalau nak beli pearls, pegi pasar pilipine. Sana lagi murah dari gaya street.

Zezebel said...

Levian.
Hehehehe.... It is Sunday Market. Always packed with people.

Zezebel said...

Donny.
Ko rindu ikan masin sabah ka? banyak kali sudah ko tanya owh? Mau?

Zezebel said...

cemomoi.
Naik Airasia lar. Murah jer. Tapi jangan time cuti sekolah.

Zezebel said...

jellybelly.
I myself don't have time to try it that day. Hehehe....

Zezebel said...

maslina.
datang la KK. 2 hari 3 malam RM1000 lebih dari cukup. Tapi hotel budget lar.

Girlie said...

lovely colors indeed. how much discount should you ask? 50% off you think?

Zezebel said...

Girlie.
Its up to you but I don't think you can get that discount here but its not an offence to try. Hehehehe....

Sumandak Kinabalu said...

Lama sudah tiada round tamu Gaya Street...

Zezebel said...

Jane.
macam makin ramai tourist pigi sana tu.

b.r.u.t.a.l.s.o.l.o said...

meriah...sabah ni yang saya minat makanan lautnya

Zezebel said...

Seafood memang murah dari semenanjung kan b.r.u.t.a.l.s.o.l.o?

stevebethere from bethere2day said...

What a great looking market it's packed with stuff the colours are lovely in the photos.

I have a market a couple of streets away from me and it's nothing like that, amazing!

Thanks for sharing zezebel :-)

Zezebel said...

Your welcome steve.

etomyam said...

wow foot massage...gonna try it (if get any chance) hehe

*MrsMartinez* said...

Hi
I have not visited Kota Kinabalu but it sure is a wonderful shopping ahven!
xoxo
MrsM

lina said...

I think I just go to Kota Marudu and call you up. You can haggle for lower price for me! LOL

Zezebel said...

etomyam.
Try lar. Ini Sabah mari punya. Hehehehe....

Zezebel said...

MrsM.
Come to Kota Kinabalu. You will feel like home here.

Zezebel said...

lina.
Most probably I will buy them myself if I can get them at cheaper price. Hehehehe....

Mr. J pengeRindu said...

Remind me on february i go to sabah meet my sumandak and jalan2 at Pasar Philiphhine.

Kisah Mr J satu Minggu di Sabah

Ismail N said...

Mmg syok pegi tamu cuma area Gaya Street tu tahulah sibuk dan very hot lo! Mahu pakai topi. I don't like to bring my daughters if we go there. Nanti dia mintak beli pets - rabbit la especially. :D

suri said...

jika begini rambanglah mata saya heeee sebab banyak pilihan

Zezebel said...

Ismail N.
Hehehehe.... Saya pun rasa macam mau beli tu arnab owh.

Zezebel said...

Suri.
Memang saya pun rambang mata. Nasib baik busy ambik gambar. Hehehehe....

Roxy zai said...

waaaa...tolong pos kuih cincin sama sy='(

kulanz said...

dah lama tak pegi tamu Gaya Street tu..

unifile said...

tempatnya sampai ditunjukkan di google erarth. di amerika peta emang detil banget.

Zikr the Jalanan Sepi Perantau said...

mahu massage.....

Zezebel said...

Roxy.
Saya di kota Marudu, susah nak beli kuih cincin juga sini.

Zezebel said...

kulanz.
Saya pun berapa tahun sekali baru pergi. Hehehehe....

Zezebel said...

unifile.
Ramai tourist mau pergi sini tu.

Zezebel said...

Zikr.
Jangan lupa pergi Gaya Street. Massage baik punya owh. Hehehehe....

Afra Yuri said...

arnab gebuuu!

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