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Tower of Heaven (Menara Kayangan)

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The Tower of Heaven, or Menara Kayangan, is a romantically named viewing platform atop Mount Silam in the Sapagaya Forest Reserve, the most accessible patch of forest in the Lahad Datu area, just 16 kilometres southwest of town.

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Not only does the 33-metre high lookout offer heavenly views of the Lahad Datu district and islands of Darvel Bay, the “mouth” of Sabah’s dog-head, the surrounding forest of Mount Silam has some lovely walks and you can easily fill half a day or more here.

Out to sea. No avoiding the towers! Photo taken in or around Tower of Heaven (Menara Kayangan), Lahad Datu, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

Out to sea. No avoiding the towers! Photo: Sally Arnold

Most visitors just come for the panorama, and from the main road entrance, a 10-kilometre sealed road snakes up the mountain to the tower. A cafe sells drinks and snacks, and there are toilets and a campground. Wooden staircases wind up the metal and wooden structure to two wide viewing platforms, canopy height for bird enthusiasts. Posters give information on flora and fauna that can be found around the 296-hectare reserve. For folks who find stairs troublesome, a decent view is possible form a lookout in front of the tower too. It’s pleasantly cool. It can get foggy up here, so the views are not ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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