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Ranau the most popular town in Sabah, located 110km from Kota Kinabalu,Capital City of Sabah. Ranau was famous for Kinabalu National Park, Hot Spring and Kundasang Memorial Park. The citizen of Ranau comprise of Dusun, Chienese and Indian. Lodging is really easy to find from Kinabalu National Park to Telupid city. " Enjoy your stay at Ranau and please come again soon " Thanks: Admin

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sabah Tea Garden, Kg Nalapak Ranau

Sabah Tea - Recent Trip for Go Ranau Update

Sabah Tea Garden is located at Kg Nalapak Ranau which situated about 25km from Ranau Town. Here you can see a hundred hectare of land planted with Tea which being proses from raw material to finish product. A suggestion to you all out there visit it and see with your own eyes and you will believe with what I had write.

Free Information from Admin and adapted from Sabah Tea office.

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Tea Garden ( Reception and Restaurant )
Address : Km17, Jalan Ranau/Sandakan, Kg. Nalapak, 89309 Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel : (6088) 879220

SABAH TEA SDN. BHD. (Inquiries & Reservation)
Address 1 :Lot 83, Lorong Mega, Off Jalan Kilang, Sedco Industrial Estate, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah,
Address 2 :P. O. Box 14479,88851 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel : (6088) 440882
Fax: : (6088) 423448
Email: :

For arrangement for foregin and local tourist please contact us at

Sabah Tea

At SABAH TEA's tea plantation, we are careful with our harvest. Nature has graced us with her best. Located at 2,272 feet above sea level, the harvest here are 100% pesticide free as insects are drawn more towards the 130 million year old rainforest surrounding the plantation, leaving the harvest for SABAH TEA untouched and pure. Unlike most brands of tea, SABAH TEA consists of only tea leaves picked from its own 2,480 hectare plantation. It is the only way to protect its quality of origin and to e
nsure the leaves are free from unknown substances or chemicals.

Every tea grower knows that the best time to harvest is in Spring or early Winter. Summer's pick is usually lesser in terms of quality. The advantage of its location in the cool foothills of Mount Kinabalu makes every harvest at SABAH TEA plantation a Spring-like harvest.

A tea plantation of SABAH TEA's scale not only ensures consistent quality but selective and exclusive tea cultivation. The tea is naturally rich in flavour without any added colouring. You can see the amazing glow of golden richness around the surface of every cup of SABAH TEA. That's supreme quality you can actually see!

Origin of Tea

The Origin Of Tea.

The legendary origin of tea drinking has been traced back to the Chinese Emperor Chen Nung of 2737BC, who was also a scholar and herbalist, who discovered this detectable drink when he was sitting beneath a tree while his servant was boiling a pot of water. A few leaves from a tea plant (Camellia Sinensis) dropped into the pot of water, gave an excellent aroma and he found it tasted as good when sipped.

The Manufacturing Process of Sabah Tea

The conversion of green leaf from the carefully nurtured tea fields to black tea is a very specialized process to maintain the final quality of the product.

I. Harvesting
The tea leaves and a bud are selectively harvested by using shears or mechanized cutter by tea harvesters.

II. Withering
The initial stage of processing, where the freshly cut shoots are spread evenly in special racks, and conditioned air flow through and around the leaf to absorb the moisture and concentrate the juices in the leaf.

III. Rolling
The withered leaf is passed through machines which twist and squeeze the juices to the surface of the leaf.

IV. Fermentation
This is an oxidization process where the tea juice in the presence of air oxidizes. The period of fermentation varies depending on the external conditions and there is a distinct change in colour and aroma. Fermentation is essential for the teas to be palatable.

V. Drying (Firing)
Fermented teas are transferred to drying machines (oven) which remove the moisture and arrest fermentation. The teas from a coppery brown become black in colour after this process.

VI. Sorting (Grading)
The final stage of the manufacturing process is the sorting of the tea particles to different grades according to sizes and shapes for identification by various specialists involved in tasting, buying and exporting of the tea.

The graded teas will finally leave the factory either packed in the familiar tea chests or aluminum lined paper sacks or in different forms of consumer pack.

Tea Grades From Sabah Tea

Broken Orange Pekoe (BOP)
It is a small grade of tea with good liquoring properties.

Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings (BOPF)
It is a smaller tea with strong liquoring properties.

Fannings (Fngs)
It consists of tiny particles with strong liquors and often used in tea bags.

Dust (D)
It is the smallest of the grades with liquors, thicker and stronger than BOPF. It can be further graded into Dust 1, Dust 2 and etc depending on the particle sizes.

Company back Ground

About Us

Sabah Tea Plantation, nestled into the lush tropical wilderness of Malaysia’s first ever World Heritage Site, Mount Kinabalu, sits on a 6,200-acre land at 2,272 feet above sea level.

It is surrounded by the world’s oldest rainforest of about 130 million years. Sabah Tea Plantation is the largest single commercial tea plantation in Borneo with approximated area of 1,000 acres endowed with an interesting plant and agriculture resources, Camellia Sinensis. It is also one of the very few tea plantations in the world that certified to produce organic tea.

Company Background

In the year 1976, the state government of Sabah had decided to alienate a total of 6,200 acres of land in Kampung Nalapak to Koperasi Desa (KPD). Sabah Tea Sdn Bhd was then incorporated on April 26, 1978 as a subsidiary of KPD to operate and manage the tea plantation. The Honorable Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad official opened the Sabah Tea Plantation on February 19, 1984. 

In the year 1987, the management of Sabah Tea had decided to form a joint-venture with Tate & Lyle (29%), Commonwealth Development Corporation (20%) with the remaining 51% shares held by KPD. The reason as why the management decided to approach this strategy was to lighten the burden on the government and to gain intellectual property of Tate & Lyle’s tea expertise. However, in 1995, the government had decided to privatize Sabah Tea Sdn Bhd as they believe that by doing so, Sabah Tea would be able to reach greater heights and make the country proud. 

An Ipoh based company, Yee Lee Corporation Bhd, acquired the entire shares from Sabah Tea Sdn Bhd and Desa Tea Sdn Bhd in 1997. Yee Lee Corporation was incorporated in 1973 and was listed on the Main Board of The Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange in 1993. They are well-diversified company with active subsidiaries covering manufacturing, distributing and selling a wide array of products both locally and internationally.

Getting there

Driving there yourself
2 hours from Kota Kinabalu
1 hour from Kinabalu National Park
25 minutes from Ranau
25 minutes from Poring Hot Spring
3 hours from Sandakan

Getting there by Public Transportation
Go to Inanam Bus Terminal. Take a Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan express bus from Tung Ma, Sida or Bunga Raya company
Get off ( ask the driver to stop ) at the Sabah Tea main gate in kg. Nalapak

Getting there by Tourist Coach
Tour operators that regularly visit Sabah Tea Garden:

TYK Adventure Tours
Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel
Wildlife Expedition
Borneo Passages
Exodus Travel


To Re-tracing the Death March Track. The track cut for the death marches soon became completely overgrown and for sixty years defied all efforts to locate it. However, in August 2005, Australian investigative writer and historian, Lynette Silver, author of the internationally acclaimed book Sandakan - A Conspiracy of Silence , and Tham Yau Kong, a multi tourism award winner, who has almost twenty-years‘ experience in the industry, combined their considerable talents to identify the path taken by the prisoners of war. After sixty years, you too can now walk in the footsteps of the Death March heroes.

To experience walking on this historic track, TYK Adventure have specially designed the following tours:

Three or six-day semi-adventure tours; and
Eight-day challenge tours

Sabah Tea Adventure Race (STAR)

The 1st Sabah Tea Adventure Race 2003 is the first ever organized event in Sabah Tea Garden, Kampung Nalapak, Ranau and it will be made a yearly race with the intension of drawing initially local and eventually international participants to experience the unique local-made adventure race in which mountain biking is the key activity. It is organized by Sabah Tea Garden ~ Educational Holidays, and directed by the renowned mountain-biking specialist Mr Tham Yau Kong (TYK Adventure Borneo).

Sabah Tea 24 Hours Non-Stop Mountain Bike Race 2004

The whole idea of the event is not to determine who or which team will be able to complete the most number of laps non-stop for 24 hours but it’s a test of the individual’s physical and mental endurance. To date we have more than 10 teams signed up for this event and we are expecting another 30-50 teams to participate. Participants from all over has signed up for make this event a greater success, just to name a few, we have bikers from Labuan, Sandakan, West Malaysia, and expecting some teams coming in from Brunei as well. Apart from that, this event will also be a great opportunity for mountain bikers to gather and interact whilst sharing experiences.

Tam Kang High School Sabah tour 2003

The concept of educational tourism was first introduced into the tourism industry back in 1996 by the Ministry of Culture, Arts, and Tourism. The year 2003 marks an important date in this sector whereby Sabah Tea Garden has taken a bold step in accepting a maiden tour group, and it’s in line with our main objective - to be an educational tourism destination.

Other Picture taken at the Tea Garden.

Story By: Harry George and Sabah Tea Staff
Picture By: Starstream Group
Photographer: Jennifer Ds
Date: 16 October 2010

Thanks for visiting.
Special Thanks for Sabah Tea Garden and Trans Borneo Staff.

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