Beaufort is a small town in the Interior Division on the southwestern part of Sabah. The town has a population of 62,000 (2000 est.). The town is one of the stops for the North Borneo Railway which runs from Tanjung Aru to Tenom. The Pan Borneo Highway passes through it.
The biggest attraction in Beaufort is Sungai Padas Whitewater Rafting. Contact the operator, Riverbug (tel: 088 260501, www.traversetours.com). The river, Sungai Padas, runs through Beaufort. Many of the shophouses in town have to be built high above the roads to avoid periodic flooding by the river.
In addition to whitewater rafting, visitors to Beaufort can also enjoy exploring the farmer's market, or tamu, which is held every Friday evening until Saturday afternoon. It is a photogenic place to view the locals up close.
Express buses connect Beaufort with Kota Kinabalu. The journey takes 1 1/2 hours and costs RM9.00.