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Flights to Tawau

The Tawau Airport is an airport that is located 28km north east of Tawau, which is a town in the state of Sabah in Malaysia. It is the second airport in the state of Sabah that has immigration counters for international flights. Currently, construction for a new runway is being made and would cater to aircrafts as big as Airbus series.

Tawau Airport is under the management of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad just like with the other airports in the country. Tawau Airport is also the nearest airport to the diving islands of Sipadan, Mabul, and Kapalai.

The Tawau Airport is presently being expanded to accommodate medium wide-body aircraft with two aero bridges. Back in the year 2008, the airport handled 700,859 passengers, 19,328 aircraft movements and over 8,900 metric tonnes of cargo.

Bukit Gemok Forest Reserve - Located 10km from Tawau town centre, this reserve is a great place for travellers to enjoy and while away a day here. The reserve was developed in the early 1990s. Travellers will enjoy the jungle as it is filled with chattering monkeys, and has become popular with trekkers, Hash House Harriers runners, and tour groups. The most popular trail in the reserve is a demanding one-hour jaunt up Lim Man Kui Quarry Hill, which is a slate-grey knife of rock. It will take a bit of effort to make it to the top, but the stunning views from the top are worth it.

Empress Jungle Town - This place is a rather bizarre new enterprise attempting to recapture the rainforest experience inside a restaurant. The fake trees, piped birdsong, cascading water might seem odd but it is still a pleasant experience. This plastic paradise has a snack bar, a karaoke lounge, and a cafeteria-style menu of Chinese and Western dishes where travellers can enjoy some downtime while visiting Tawau.

Teck Guan Cocoa Museum - Chocolate lovers, be prepared as the Teck Guan Cocoa Museum is a testament to Tawau’s burgeoning cocoa industry. Travellers can avail of a tour that includes a 20-minute video, detailed dioramas, and hands-on presentations. In order to get to this museum, a taxi from Tawau is all that is needed to see this little chocolate heaven.

How to get around within Tawau

Public transportation in Tawau consists of regular bus services that can be found operating in the town along with taxis. There are three types of bus terminals in the town and it is depending on the distance. These three types are categorised in long-distance, short-distance, and local stations. The long-distance serves destinations to Lahad Datu, Sandakan, Telupid, Ranau, Simpang Sapi, Kundasang, Kota Kinabalu, Sipitang, Beaufort, Papar, and Simpang Ranau, while the short-distance serves destinations only to Sandakan and Semporna.

How to get there

Travellers who are looking into going to Tawau can fly in via Tawau Airport. Travellers can book their tickets using Skyscanner as the cheapest flights are provided in the website, as well as a well-organised selection of flights from different airlines. The airlines that operate in Tawau Airport are AirAsia (coming from Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, ad Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia Airlines (coming from Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur), and MASwings (coming from Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan,and Tarakan). There is an open air car park at the Tawau Airport where it provides passengers with 500 parking lots. There is also a nearby police station that is accessible at the opposite side of the main terminal building. 

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