During the holidays, we took a chance to explore a new place called Sabandar Leisure RIDES, a place where you can take a leisure horse ride or have a walk at the mangrove park (bet you didn’t expect that).

While most of us only see cowboys and their places in the movies, Sabandar Leisure RIDES designed to bring the cowboy scene alive without the cowboys unless you wanna dressed like one!

How to get there?
Funny thing was, the location was shown on Google Map and we followed without a doubt – which directs us to the wrong location. We went beyond Tuaran town… (I will tell more on another post). So, to get there it’s the same way to the Royal Sabah Turf Club in Tuaran. See that 3 horses at the BIG roundabout? Follow where it goes or head pointed to, and you will not get lost.

Once you reach the Royal Sabah Turf Club, you will see signboards of Sabandar Leisure RIDES. Lots of ‘em.

Best advice, download and use Waze, then search for Sabandar Leisure RIDES.

2016 Sabandar Leisure Ride, Tuaran, Sabah, Sabah Royal Turf Club, Horse Riding, Bakau Mangrove  Park, Chloe Tiffany Lee (4)

I didn’t know it was established since 2015. Bet you guys too!

Parking?
I guess you have to park at the road side like we do. It’s just a 3 mins walk from road side so it’s fine.

What can you do in Sabandar Leisure RIDES?
Basically, it’s a picture perfect destination. Thinking to have your brunch there? I don’t think so. Bear in mind that the restaurants are not 100% ready for business. We planned to enjoy the trip with a cuppa and some snacks, but neither food nor hot drinks are available (but there are can drinks if you don’t mind having) to cater for such a number of visitors as they launched the place.

 

2016 Sabandar Leisure Ride, Tuaran, Sabah, Sabah Royal Turf Club, Horse Riding, Bakau Mangrove  Park, Chloe Tiffany Lee (6)

2016 Sabandar Leisure Ride, Tuaran, Sabah, Sabah Royal Turf Club, Horse Riding, Bakau Mangrove  Park, Chloe Tiffany Lee (1)

Wanna ride a horse?
I didn’t go for the ride. But I was curious on how we should pay for the ride as people were holding tickets. So, before you queue up for the ride, remember to go to their office, which is located beside the toilet.

The cost for horse riding is MYR15 per person, for 2 rounds. Takes about 5 mins (as stated on that pink paper).

 

2016 Sabandar Leisure Ride, Tuaran, Sabah, Sabah Royal Turf Club, Horse Riding, Bakau Mangrove  Park, Chloe Tiffany Lee (2)

Feed the horse
If you don’t dare to ride the horse, you can get familiar with the horse by feeding them at the stables.

 

2016 Sabandar Leisure Ride, Tuaran, Sabah, Sabah Royal Turf Club, Horse Riding, Bakau Mangrove  Park, Chloe Tiffany Lee (7)

Bakau Park
I love this park. A place where you can seat back and relax while be close to nature. It’s a big area to have a good nature walk. However, not to worry as there are several bench to rest. I like how the platform is designed, leaving the trees to grow. Nonetheless, there is a Bamboo Restaurant in the park, but it was too packed to explore.

 

2016 Sabandar Leisure Ride, Tuaran, Sabah, Sabah Royal Turf Club, Horse Riding, Bakau Mangrove  Park, Chloe Tiffany Lee (8)

Otherwise, there are a few old antique cars that you can take a picture with your loved ones.

 

Personal view
I really think this is a good place to promote Tuaran as another tourist destination, besides having the Royal Sabah Turf Club, Tuaran Crocodile Farm, Shangri-la’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa, and etc. Lots to develop and create still! And, food is a must.