7 places for day hikes around Sabah Borneo

7 places for day hikes around Sabah Borneo

7 places for day hikes around

Sabah Borneo

18

January, 2018

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Sabah Borneo is home to marvelous views of nature; lush Borneo Rainforests, pristine beaches, and dramatic mountain ranges. It has many activities to offer to travelers who are visiting Sabah Borneo for their holidays, one of the activities will be hiking activity. Hiking has become a trend among locals and travelers, it may be because of after the challenges and tiring hike that they faced, they are rewarded with a priceless view once reaching the top.

It’s amazing how therapeutic it can be once you’ve reached the top of a hill or mountain, all the sweat and aches you have just vanished and you find a clearer reason as to why you should hike more often! Whatever the reason is, hiking is a good way for anyone to be healthy and to explore the beauty of nature in Sabah Borneo.

Adventurous travelers will always go for challenging and longer treks in Sabah Borneo, such as hiking up to conquer the summit of Mount Kinabalu or hiking one of Crocker Ranges trail which was traditionally used by village traders. However, some travelers are not into a long period of hiking activity for their Borneo Holidays, but they are still keen to see the beauty of Borneo’s’ Nature. Indirectly, making day hike a much preferred activity to be done!

Here in Sabah Borneo, there are few places that are perfect for travelers (and locals too!) for day hikes :

1) Kinabalu National Park Trail 

Day Hikes in Sabah Borneo

Apart from climbing Mount Kinabalu, there are also several hiking trails provided within Kinabalu National Park area for those who are not in a good physical condition to climb Mount Kinabalu but would want to see the surrounding nature of Sabah Borneo. Hiking around the trails at Kinabalu National Park areas are particularly easy (and shorter!), therefore, travelers can go for a day hike at a tin area. Be sure to witness the unique Borneo flora, species of birds, and other small insects.

Check out the video below to witness the amazing nature of Kinabalu National Park:

2) Inobong Substation Hill

Day Hikes in Sabah Borneo

Observation deck to witness the panoramic view of Kota Kinabalu city

One of the places for day hikes can also be found at the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu City, which is the Inobong Substation Hill. It is located at the Inobong Village Penampang, approximately about 34 km and less than 30-minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu City. A steep and gravel pavement making it a challenge for anyone to hike up to reach the substation. Nonetheless, the breathtaking view will make the hike worthwhile.

3) Sosodikon Hill (Pyramid Hill)

Day Hikes in Sabah Borneo

One of the easiest day hikes that travelers can try out will be Sosodikon Hill or known as Pyramid Hill, due to the unique shape of the hills similar to the pyramid shape. Sosodikon Hill is located about 5 km from Kundasang Town. Travelers would need to wear proper outdoor shoes (best to use those with a strong grip). In addition, travelers are also recommended to start their hike before 6:30 am in order to reach the peak of the hill and it would only take about 20-30 mins to reach the peak. Upon reaching the peak of Sosodikon Hill, travelers should not miss the opportunity to capture some photos of the amazing sunrise view, Mount Kinabalu, and Kundasang valley, which travelers can upload it in Instagram and share to everyone to see!

4) St. Veronica’s Hill (Bukit Perahu)

Day Hikes in Sabah Borneo

Drone view peak of the St. Veronica’s Hill. Photo by: Bryan Chris Lim

In Tamparuli, there is one place that could attract travelers (and locals too!) for a day hike, which is St. Veronica’s Hill or locally known as Bukit Perahu (Ship Rock Hill), due to its rock formation resembling a vessel shape stranded on the hill. Initially, St. Veronica’s Hill is only used by the Roman Catholics to do the Station of the Cross during Easter. Now, it has become one of the popular places for locals and travelers to go for a day hike. Hiking St. Veronica’s Hill is a bit tough and challenging, as it takes about 30 – 60 minutes to reach the summit. However, once you have reached the summit, travelers will be rewarded with the spectacular view of sunrise, a sea of clouds and majestic Mount Kinabalu. Be sure to start the hike in the early morning, so travelers will not miss the chance to see the panoramic landscapes and beauty of nature during the daytime.

5) Bald Hill (Bukit Botak)

Day Hikes in Sabah Borneo

Known as Bald Hill due to no trees surrounding the trail area. Photo by Gotoh

Another place that is perfect for a day hike would be Bald Hill or Bukit Botak, it is located at Sepanggar which is about 30-45 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu City. The reason why it was called Bald Hill is because there are no trees and is full of green grass at the peak. Therefore, it is advisable to hike up early morning before the sun rise, as it would be scorching hot after sun rise. Be sure to drink plenty of water and put on sunscreen before hiking up the hill. Reaching the peak will not dampen your spirit: you’ll be amazed at how magnificent the view of Kota Kinabalu City, the sea, and even Mount Kinabalu looks like. Moreover, the phenomenal view with the combination of the green grass scenery makes it a perfect place for a photoshoot.

6) Kopungit Hill 

Day Hikes in Sabah Borneo

No proper trail and rocky hill when hiking up Kopungit Hill. Photo by Wilmer

Travelers can also look for a day hike near Kota Kinabalu City, which is Kopungit Hill. It is just a 2 km hike from the starting point to the top, some might think hiking up the Kopungit Hill is a bit challenging due to many big rocks and there is no proper trail. However, it became famous amongst local especially when they get to the top and witness the beautiful sunset and former Kota Kinabalu International Airport Terminal Two. There is also a small cave which was deemed to have been there before World War II and was used as shelter spot. If you are into rock climbing, you can also experience a different sight while climbing this mountain by doing rock climbing! It’s free, but you will obviously need to bring your own equipment.

7) Signal Hill

Day Hikes in Sabah Borneo

Beautiful Sunset can be seen from the Signal Hill Observatory Platform

If travelers have spare time before their transfer to the airport, they can go for a hike at the Signal Hill trail. Not only does it help travelers to pass some time, but they can get the opportunity to discover many hidden historical sites at the Signal Hill. There are actually many abandoned buildings at the Signal Hill, which will bring anyone back to the British colonization bygone era. Once reaching the top, travelers will be in awe with the breathtaking view of Kota Kinabalu City and the Likas Bay. However, there is also a shorter and easier trail for travelers to go starting from the Atkinson Clock Tower trail and hike up to the Signal Hill Observatory Platform, where they can witness the panoramic landscapes of Kota Kinabalu City as well as the Tunku Abdul Rahman Islands.

All of the hills mentioned above have one thing in common, that is offering travelers a great memorable hiking experience for a day and a chance to witness the beauty of Sabah Borneo from the peak of the hills. Apart from that, travelers will never forget their priceless memory of witnessing the picturesque view of Sabah Borneo, the sunrise (or sunsets) and the magnificent Mount Kinabalu from the peak of the hills, making the aching sores and tiring hike totally worth it for their Borneo Holidays.

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Cultural Villages Tour in

Sabah Borneo

12

January, 2018

Cultural Tours in Sabah Borneo
Mari Mari Cultural Village

Taste of Borneo Cooking Class 

Sabah is situated on the island of Borneo; one out of thirteen states in Malaysia. Moreover, Sabah Borneo is known to be the second largest state in Malaysia, blessed with an abundance of natural environment and wildlife. Apart from that, it is home to 32 recognizable ethnic groups, that each has their own culture and tradition that are still being practiced until today.

Travelers who are going for an authentic Borneo experience in Sabah Borneo will find themselves in awe of the unique beauty of Sabah Borneo cultures. Some of the travelers might be interested to know more about Sabah Borneo cultures, therefore, few cultural villages were built for the purpose of introducing Sabah Borneo cultures to travelers, preserving the culture, and historical heritage, as well as providing an image which facilitates the harmony and understanding among the ethnic groups in Sabah Borneo.

Travelers should make a visit to these cultural villages in Sabah Borneo which are perfect for Borneo day tour activities:

1) Mari Mari Cultural Village

A visit to Mari Mari Cultural Village will bring travelers a chance to go back into prehistoric Borneo, where travelers can witness the traditional houses of Dusun, Rungus, Murut, Lundayeh, and Bajau, which were built similarly as the descendants of the tribes that they represented. Located about 25-30 minutes away from the Kota Kinabalu city, Mari Mari Cultural Village is surrounded by tall trees and the silence of the rainforest, which provides a tranquil surrounding for travelers to feel relax while exploring Mari Mari Cultural Village. Apart from that, travelers will get the authentic experience of learning the history and mystical belief systems of each of these tribes by an in-house guide. Anticipate on the exciting activities there such as blow-pipe making, henna tattoo, traditional delicacies preparation, Montoku (rice wine) processing, traditional performances and more.

2) Monsopiad Cultural Village

cultural Villagers in Sabah Borneo

Face your fear on listening to the fearsome tales of head-hunting in Sabah Borneo when travelers make a visit to Monsopiad Cultural Village, which is a living museum that is located just about 25 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu city. A visit to Monsopiad Cultural Village offers any travelers a glimpse of Kadazan (one of the major tribe group in Sabah Borneo) tradition and history. The museum is to dedicate the life of Monsopiad, the legendary warrior, and head-hunter for Kadazan people, as he became the villager’s protector when he successfully hunts down the robbers of the village and taking the robbers’ heads as trophies. One of the main highlights at the Monsopiad Cultural Village is the “House of Skulls”. Travelers will get to listen to the stories of Monsopiad’s battles and witness the 42 skulls collections exhibit there.

cultural Villagers in Sabah Borneo
cultural Villagers in Sabah Borneo

(Above): Soothing the sound of gongs played by local in Monsopiad Cultural Village. Photo by David Lim.

(Left): Monolith which invokes a dozen legends on Monsopiad. Photo by Steph_Pere

3) Borneo Cultural Village

Cultural Villages Tour in Sabah
The latest cultural village located at Papar, Sabah Borneo, offering locals and travelers to gain an experience on Sabah Borneo natives lifestyle and tradition. It is known to be the largest cultural village in Sabah Borneo that showcases more than five tribes’ traditional houses, such as Brunei, Chinese, Murut, Tidung, Bajau, Kadazan Penampang, and others. Almost all of the traditional houses are built from bamboo and palm leaves, create an authentic feeling to those who visit there. Apart from that, enjoy cultural show dance performances, traditional games, getting a henna tattoo and taste out the local delicacies.
cultural Villagers in Sabah Borneo
cultural Villagers in Sabah Borneo
cultural Villagers in Sabah Borneo

Photo of Borneo Cultural Village area. Photos courtesy of Borneo Cultural Village

4) Murut Cultural Centre

Cultural Village Tour in Sabah Borneo

To gain more in-depth about Murut tribe in Sabah Borneo, Murut Cultural Centre is the one that travelers should drop by for a visit for their Borneo day tours. It is located about 10 kilometers away from Tenom town, which is home to Murut tribe community and the main gateway to other areas within the Murut heartland. Going for a visit to Murut Cultural Centre enable travelers to understand more on the Murut culture and history, such as the unique architectural building, handicrafts, traditional music instruments and many other artifacts that are symbolic to the Murut culture and heritage. In addition, a yearly Murut celebration which is Kalimaran Festival is always held at the Murut Cultural Centre, which exhibits more on Murut handicrafts, traditional costumes, local foods, and games, etc.

5) Linangkit Cultural Village

Cultural Village in Sabah Borneo

Get personally acquainted with the Lotud tribe, one of the indigenous tribe of Sabah Borneo, when going for a visit to Linangkit Cultural Village in Tuaran for about an hour drive from Kota Kinabalu city. Lotud tribe are known for their skillful weaving especially for linangkit. Linangkit is a form of needlework and handmade decorative embroidery using interlacing knots, it is the unique traditions activity of the tribe. Apart from that, travelers can get to know the Lotud people daily activities, such as fishing, hunting, and making the traditional costume. Travelers can try on the traditional costume, participate in exciting handicraft-making, traditional food preparations, cultural performances, river cruising, firefly watching and more.

After going to one of these cultural villages in Sabah Borneo, travelers may gain new experiences and knowledge on learning the culture in Sabah Borneo. Travelers may not only capture some pretty photos, but they too capture a memorable experience that they can be shared with their loved ones back home!

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Things to do when it’s raining in Sabah Borneo for your Borneo Holidays

Things to do when it’s raining in Sabah Borneo for your Borneo Holidays

Things to do when it’s raining in Sabah Borneo for your Borneo Holidays

9

January, 2018

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Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

Living in Sabah Borneo where you’re engulfed in tropical climate can be a great and sometimes surprising event. Weather here is very unpredictable as much as we would like to believe in the Meteorological Department (it’s just like how we believe eating that half box of pizza is not going to add to our waistline). If you are to get caught in Sabah when it’s raining, fret not, there are tons of things to do indoors!

1) Spend your day catching up on reading and writing

Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

When you catch yourself not able to visit Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, or trekking up Mount Trusmadi, just relax and catch up with current affairs of the world and local news as well. It helps to know what is happening in your surrounding especially if it’s a long travel. You can also enjoy your time catching up on your travel journal. What better way than sitting on your bed by the window, sipping on hot coffee while reminiscing about your fruitful experience having to meet an Orangutan while riding a 4X4 vehicle out from the forest terrain.

2) Hang out with other travelers

Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

If you are not the type to do reading and writing, why not take this chance to get to know your other fellow travelers at the hostel? They will be keen to have some good conversation as well as a few good laughs. Most hostels will have a lounge or common room, where you can just chill and relax there. Throw some music on, sit back, share some stories, play cards, or board games (if they are provided). A great opportunity for you to listen to other backpackers’ travel stories and creating new friendships.

3) Watching Movies

Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

Best way to beat the blues is to watch a movie. You can either watch movies via tablet or laptop, or at the hostel common room, or at the cinema (you can find it in Imago Shopping Malls and Suria Shopping Malls), you can just simply sit back and relax.

4) Visit Sabah Museum

Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

Another way to keep yourself warm and dry would be to stay indoors. Gain an in-depth knowledge of Sabah Borneo’s history, culture, and heritage by going for a visit to the Sabah Museum. Moreover, you will learn more about the authenticity of the Sabah Borneo culture, as well as to discover the species of flora and fauna that can be found in Borneo.

5) Visit Shopping Malls

Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

Going to shopping malls in Sabah Borneo could be a good reason to avoid rain and keeping yourself dry. Most locals will go to Imago Shopping Malls, which has about 300 shopping stores and services. Moreover, travelers will get a chance to see hourly cultural dance performances by a group of local dancers at the entrance of Imago shopping mall. Apart from shopping, travelers can do other activities such as archery games, laser tag, escape room, or just simply chill at some of the eateries there.

6) Photography

Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

Taking pictures outdoors during a rainy day is probably the last thing that anyone would want to do. However, taking pictures during rainy days is actually a totally different experience; different perspective. With the gloomy weather, you can easily capture some good shot of street photography that provides a different perspective without using any filter.

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7) Visit the local Bars

Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

Head to some of the local bars in Kota Kinabalu could be a perfect way for travelers to get out from being wet and grab a pint of beer to drink. There is no need to go to a bustling tourist bar or restaurant, rather just ask the hotel staff or receptionist for their favorite watering hole, and travelers may be surprised to learn more about local culture. Not to mention, some locals may point out the best local places to eat and drink. So, hop on a cab/ Grab / Uber, then kick back with locals over a few pints and make new friends!

8) Dinner in D’Place Kinabalu

Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

Another activity for travelers to do if it is raining in Sabah Borneo will be to have dinner at D’ Place Kinabalu, Plaza Shell. Travelers will get the chance to taste some of the traditional and exotic dishes of Kadazandusun (one of the major tribes in Sabah Borneo). Apart from that, travelers could also witness the cultural dance performances while enjoying their dinner, as well as participate in doing some traditional activities. Not only that, the main highlight at the D’Place Kinabalu would be eating a live sago worm or butod and it is recommended for travelers to try it at least once in their lifetime. Feel free to read our experience of having dinner in D’ Place Kinabalu.

Having a chance to visit Sabah Borneo is all about having fun, creating memories and gain new experiences, as well as meeting new people. With these kind of amazing experiences in Sabah Borneo, who needs just the sunshine during their trip! Let’s shine during the rainy season as well!

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Learn the Kadazan Language for your visit to Sabah Borneo

Learn the Kadazan Language for your visit to Sabah Borneo

Learn the Kadazan Language for your visit to Sabah Borneo

3

January, 2018

Learn Kadazan language for your visit to Sabah Borneo

Now that you’re all set and ready to come to Sabah Borneo, let’s learn some easy and basic Kadazan dialect! It may be useful for you when you are visiting Sabah Borneo.

English

Kadazan

Greetings! Kopivosian!
What is your name? Isai ngaan nu?
Where are you from? Mantad ko nombo?
Why? Nokuo?
What are you doing? Nunu maan nu?
How much is it? Songkuo iti?
My name is (insert name) Ngaan ku nopo nga ih (insert name)
Thank you Kotohuadan
How are you? Onu abal nu?
I am fine. Thank you Avasi boh. Kotohuadan
Let’s eat. Kanou makan.
I am not hungry Au’ zou houson
What is this? Nunu iti?
What is that? Nunu ino?
Good Bye! Tumoodo no!

Fun isn’t it learning a new dialect when coming to Sabah Borneo? There are many more different dialects here in Sabah. Try speaking to the locals here their mother tongue, you might actually learn a thing or two that you can’t find in travel books or magazines. Learn more about the people of Sabah Borneo – Kadazan Tribe.

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New Year Countdown Tradition in Sabah Borneo

New Year Countdown Tradition in Sabah Borneo

New Year Countdown Tradition

in Sabah Borneo

31

December, 2017

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new year countdown tradition in Sabah Borneo

Few more days for us to say goodbye to the year of 2017 and say hello to 2018! Countdown to the New Year is kind of a yearly tradition in my family, we will always celebrate it together to mark the last day of the year. Living in a modern Kadazan family in Sabah Borneo, here is how we celebrate the countdown of New Year.

Since my grandmother is living with us, our house became the “main” house for any celebrations. My uncles and aunties who are living far will come to my house to celebrate the New Year’s Eve celebration together.

During New Year’s Eve, one can hear the sound of meat being fried, vegetables being chopped on the cutting board, dishes being washed, cats playing around, people talking and laughing in the kitchen while soft music is being played in the background, which I know, not everyone bothers to listen to the music because we are being so loud…hahaha

new year countdown tradition in Sabah Borneo

As usual, the women will always be in the kitchen for food preparation for the party at night, while the men will be outside preparing the barbecue pit and cleaning up, the kids will be playing outside with each other or watching their favorite cartoon shows on the television. As for myself with my cousins, we will be busy filling up the balloons with water and the foldable swimming pool for New Year.

When the night comes and a variety of delicious home-cooked meal has been prepared, as well as the barbecue food are being served on the table, it is time to dig in! There is also a karaoke session, which the kids will always control the microphone; while the adults will be sitting together to chat, eat, and drink. Drinking booze during the party is a must not only for my family but also for other families who are living in Sabah Borneo.

new year countdown tradition in Sabah Borneo

As the clock shows 10 minutes before midnight, this is the part where we enjoy the most, as we will be outside by the poolside to standby for our “water-balloon fight”. Surprisingly, I can see the excitement coming not only from the kids’ face but from adults too, as they patiently wait for the clock to strike midnight. Tick Tock…Tick Tock.. the clock strikes midnight and the water-balloon fight begin! All of us will start to throw the water balloons at each other, laughing and shouting towards each other, while getting ourselves wet. Splashing water to each other for New Year to “wash” away the bad luck and as a celebration of a new beginning.

To sum up, that is how we celebrate our New Year countdown party and it is kind of a yearly tradition for my family celebrating together. So, what is your tradition for New Year countdown celebration? Apart from that, if you get a chance to spend your Borneo Holidays in Sabah Borneo for New Year, be sure to celebrate it with any local Kadazan family. I can assure you, you will be amazed by the warm welcome you will get and the enjoyable experience with them.

Related Article: ” New Year, New You!Creating your best Borneo Holidays for 2018.

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