Papar town is 38 km south of Kota Kinabalu. The name means flat or open land. It is a low lying coastal area extending inland toward the Crocker Range. The population is estimated to be 105,000 consisting of Kadazan, Dusun, Malay and Chinese. It is traditionally a good rice growing area.
The town is one of the main stops of North Borneo Railway line, which has been de-commissioned for maintenance and repairs. I do not know when it will resume service. The town has grown in recent years, but the old timber shophouses remain and co-exist with the newer concrete ones.
Wikipedia information on Papar.