Where to Eat and Stay in Telupid town

Food in Telupid
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For those who want to travel around Telupid town, below are some info on the accommodation and eat out places in Telupid, the heart of Sabah.

location map of Telupid town and Tawai forest reserve
Telupid is in the central of Sabah and 200 KM away from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah. You may Click Here to find out Things to do in Telupid.

Where to Stay

1. IPS (Institut Perhutanan Sabah)

This is my personal favorite. IPS is the rest house managed by Sabah Forestry Department. It is only 1KM away from Telupid town. Please see the location map below:

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gate to Telupid Forestry Department and accommodation
Pic: gate to IPS
If you go to Telupid from Kota Kinabalu, you will see the gate above at your right, 1 KM before Telupid town.

Telupid Forestry Complex

Telupid Forestry Department
Pic: IPS is only 200 Meters away from Telupid District Forestry Office

IPS (Institut Perhutanan Sabah) rest house
Pic: rest house A of IPS (Institut Perhutanan Sabah)
There is a small canteen in this rest house, but only simple food such as fried noodle is sold. Rest house B is dormitory style (10 rooms, each with 4 single bed)

layout of IPS (Institut Perhutanan Sabah)
The room here is clean and cheap. Most travel agents recommend their tourists to stay here.

the lake in IPS (Institut Perhutanan Sabah)
Pic: beautiful lake at IPS (no fishing & swimming)
Many locals come here to walk and jog in the evening.

standard room of IPS (Institut Perhutanan Sabah)
Pic: standard room of IPS (Institut Perhutanan Sabah)
In rest house A, they have 10 rooms (6 double bed rooms, 4 single bed rooms). The room rate is RM65 (USD20) per night per room. For dormitory room in Rest House B, it is RM60 (USD18) per night per room.

attached bathroom
Pic: attached bathroom of the room

Their phone no. is +60 89-521879 and fax no. is +60 89-521748.

2. City Hotel Telupid (城市酒店)

According to a friend, City Hotel Telupid is also one of the best accommodation in Telupid and it is near to supermarket and restaurants. Below is the info and contact:

Address: Block A, Lot 5 & 6, Pekan Baru Telupid, P. O. Box 154, 89300 Telupid, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel & Fax: +60 89-521889
E-mail: cityhotel_telupid@hotmail.com
Facilities & Services: Astro TV Channel, split unit air-conditioning, hot & cold shower, 24-hour reception & security services, free Wifi

Location Map:

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3. Queen Alice Inn Telupid

I haven’t stayed in this Inn which is also in Telupid town. Just FYI:

Address: Lot 2 & 3, Block E, 2nd floor, Bangunan SEDCO, P.O. Box 122, 89300 Telupid, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 89-521557 / +60 13-8857972
E-mail: qai_telupid@live.com.my
Fax: +60 89 521558
Room Rate:
– Single (Queen size bed): RM59-69 (USD18-21)
– Double (Queen & Single Size Bed): RM89-99 (USD27-30)
Room Facilities: 5 TV Channels (TV1, TV2, TV3, RIA, HBO), air-cond, attached bathroom, hot water shower

Location Map:

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Where to Eat

You won’t have any problem to find food in Telupid town. I’m surprised to see so many restaurants here. You can find Indian, Malay, Java and Chinese food easily. I just list a few that I have visited.

1. Restoran Tong Fang (東方餐室)

This Chinese restaurant is near the edge (last block) of Telupid town.

Restoran Tong Fang in Telupid town

Restoran Tong Fang Chinese restaurant
Restoran Tong Fang looks like a typical “Kopitiam” (coffee shop) in Sabah. They have good variety of food and they taste good. Quite a pleasant surprise to find a decent restaurant in a remote town. Below are the food that I tried:

sweet and sour chicken
Pic: sweet and sour chicken

rice noodle with chicken and roasted pork slices
Pic: rice noodle with chicken and roasted pork slices

roasted pork
Pic: roasted pork slices

mixed pork
Pic: mixed pork (note: internal organs)

rice noodle with mixed pork
Pic: rice noodle with mixed pork

Location Map:

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2. 5-Talk Restorant (五言餐室)

5-Talk Restorant is on the same block as Restoran Tong Fang. This coffee shop doesn’t sell pork and their food is “friendly” to Seventh Day Adventist.

5-Talk Restaurant in Telupid town

menu of 5-Talk Restaurant
They have some interesting dishes such as Cheese Fish, Apple Chicken/Fish and Chicken Claypot with coconut favor. I was only there having tea and didn’t try any of those.

3. Long-Long Restaurant (龍龍餐館)

Long-Long Restaurant is about 14.5 KM away from Telupid town and you can see its shoplot at the roadside. See location map below:

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Long-Long Restaurant in Telupid town
Besides normal Chinese food, Long-Long Restaurant also sells “exotic” (some calls it eerie) food such as wild boat, deer, squirrel, flying fox, snake, etc. I don’t really support eating wildlife but I’m so curious how they taste like, so I ordered snake soup (蛇炖湯) and fried squirrel (松鼠炸南乳), which cost RM10 (USD3) and RM15 (USD4.50) respectively.

snake herb soup in Telupid town

snake soup of Long-Long Restaurant
Pic: snake soup
The snake soup is boiled with common Chinese herb ingredients such as Wolfberry and Jujube. The snake meat is like tasteless rough chicken meat and has many small bones. The soup is ok (like chicken herb soup) but I can’t taste anything like snake. I regret to order this, when they say this is python, which is a vulnerable species.

fried squirrel meat
squirrel meat
Pic: fried squirrel
Yes, I know you think squirrel is cute. Well, squirrel is just a farm pest a.k.a. orchard rat and there are many of them, so I don’t feel guilty eating it. It smells good and crunchy with tender meat. The meat is not much but sweet and delicate.

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You may check out my photo album if you want to see more nice pictures:
Photo gallery of Telupid

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By Murphy Ng
  • Jibie Jipp

    I can see that there are many new restaurants in Telupid now. None of this were there when I was a frequent visitor to Telupid about 2 years ago ( or I probably didn’t notice). Most visited by outsiders to Telupid was a restaurant called Sri Dewi but it was destroyed by fire. Another restaurant is a few kms towards Sdkn with a beautiful river view and famous for its daging payau. Good info about Telupid you’ve got here. 

  • mysabah

    Thank you Jipp. Telupid is a nice place and I’ll come back again, hoping to find the restaurant you mention too. :)  I’m surprised to see rich variety of food choices in remote area. In fact Telupid has grown a lot and the locals already ask for a town council.

  • onele

    whoa..so many good restaurants there..when my whole family still there, I can’t find any ‘good’ restaurant..typically talking about food quality and services. Telupid is the place I grew up, I missed the town..

  • http://www.mysabah.com/ Murphy

    Telupid has changed a lot over the years. Now it is more like a small town. I was also very surprised to see rich variety of food there. Hope Telupid will become a new tourist destination.