Street market in Malaysian Borneo

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Natasha von Geldern is a travel writer, editor and blogger who is passionate about making the pages of the atlas real by travelling the world. Her big dream, apart from travel blogging world domination, is to launch her own e-magazine. She is a contributor to Travel Wire Asia, Wild Junket Magazine, Yahoo! Total Travel and Travelbite. You can find her on World Wandering Kiwi. Natasha’s post day is Saturday.
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Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu Malaysia

I love visiting local street markets on my travels and the Gaya Street Market on Sundays is the best known and most popular market in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the Sabah province in Malaysian Borneo.

Colourful umbrellas shade a multitude of stalls selling fresh produce, crafts and more. The most popular stalls include an old man writing people’s names in exquisite calligraphy and the fresh coffee sellers, each with a little generator running a grinder and bagging up the fragrant coffee on the spot.

My daughter loved the hair clips, the fake Hello Kitty bags and the animals. At first I was hesitant, thinking these may be sold for food as you see often elsewhere in Asia. But no, the fluffy bunnies, kittens, puppies, birds and fish are all at pop-up pet stalls.

Against the side of the street a line of blind people sits, providing massages on low stools. The air is bright in Kota Kinabalu, the sky blue all morning, the sea glitters and the enclosing jungle is emerald green. I just wish the masseuses could see it.

Here are a few of my favourite photographs of the Sunday Gaya Street Market in Kota Kinabalu:

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu Malaysia

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu Malaysia

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu Malaysia
Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu Malaysia

Happy travel dreams!



  • kellyswanson1

    Some of us will never get to see the world like you do. Thank you, Natasha, for letting us see it through your eyes. You don’t just show us the beauty in nature – you show us the humanity that exists all over the world. Bless you.