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Karanahan: From rice fields to tourist site | Daily Express Online

VISITORS to Karanahan View, at Kg Tempasuk 1, Kota Belud, can see a colorful field of photo booths, a beautifully landscaped lawn and the swimming pool. Next door is a pond with lots of fish and several kayaks and boats nearby in a cabana, just ready for guests to push through the water and go for a good paddle.

There are flowers growing in abundance along the paths leading to the cabins and chalets. On one side, umbrellas hang from strings overhead, creating a lovely view in the shade, and of course stopping for visitors to take photos.

There are several buildings there, one of which is a one-story restaurant, where hearty dishes and traditional dishes are served on request. The ambience is warm, with comfortable seating and a breeze blowing from the open space outside. The view is of rice fields and villages in the distance.

In the morning, Mount Kinabalu can be seen in the distance from Karanahan View. There are beautiful photographs of the majestic mountain captured from this site.

Owner Michael Asik shares this area which was once just rice paddies, tended by him and his mother.


It was like any other field where they worked and sweated in the hot sun, plowing the fields and making them suitable for planting.

The mother and the child planted the paddy plants in a row as fast as they could to make the paddy grow evenly.

“I planted paddy very quickly and got praised for it,” said Michael, reminiscing about the past.

Karanahan view.

Guests making paddy bund.

Sunset over Karanahan view.

He was very close to his mother, he shared, as his father passed away some time ago. He went everywhere with his mother to take care of the field and generally worked the land with her.

He did, however, go to school and got paid employment as a civil servant. Sadly, her mother had since passed away.

“The land was fallow, so I had the idea to make a fish pond there. I didn’t originally intend to make it accessible to the public, but it generated a lot of interest , with people walking by, coming in and watching me feed the fish,” he shares.

Electric car journeys.


Traditional kitchen.

Panjaram – a signature cake of Kota Belud.

“Friends have encouraged me to further develop the place because it can be turned into an attraction,” they said.

“So I started looking to develop the land into something more attractive than it originally was.

“We started to develop the winding path, to build huts and chalets. We have gazebos and shades for picnics and children who come to use the pool.

“We have chalets for those who wish to stay. The people who come here are usually those who want to rest for a while away from their home or workplace.

“We have hosted international visitors in the past, before the pandemic, and we hope to do so again.”

Visitors to Karanahan View, which is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., will usually be greeted by a group of young people in traditional Dusun costumes and beating gongs.

They will be introduced for a welcome drink and rest before embarking on one of the activities.

“Those who just want to have fun in the pool can do so, while others go on the pedal boat. They can choose the inflatable boat if they want. The remote control boat is also very popular as well as the remote control car.

“Bicycles are also available for those who wish to cycle. One of the best times to cycle is in the morning when Mount Kinabalu is clearly visible. Learning to fly a kite is also very interesting, and one can flourish here.

Bike ready for cyclist.


The swimming pool.

“For those who wish to commemorate the occasion of their visits, they can borrow traditional costume there for just RM25 and pose for as many photos as they wish.

“There are many other activities here that can be of great interest to customers, such as activities in the rice fields and fishing,” he enthuses.

The 1.5 acre land where Karanahan View is located is only part of a land that Michael owns, and he will continue to expand his tourist site. He also runs a six-bedroom homestay nearby. The rooms are clean and comfortable.

The houses are surrounded by the natural environment of a village, so that guests can experience a real homestay.

Karanahan View is an example of the ingenuity of an innovative landowner who wants to participate in the tourism industry, even when there is no particular landmark nearby.

He sculpts the beauty of a paddy field and maintains the fields around the site to enhance its appeal.

The fields will serve as a reminder to people of their heritage and past livelihoods, while the tourist site will showcase man-made wonders.