Hinompuka – Kadazan Traditional Delicacies in Sabah Borneo

Hinompuka – Kadazan Traditional Delicacies in Sabah Borneo

Hinompuka – Kadazan Traditional Delicacies in Sabah Borneo

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December, 2017

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Sabah Borneo is known for its stunning nature, beautiful underwater life, exotic Borneo flora and fauna, as well as rich indigenous culture, which later reveals a wealth of fresh produce from Sabah Borneo. These ingredients, along with the creativity of Sabahan cooking resulted in a truly diverse and fascinating delicacies. One of the delicacies that travelers should try it out, will be Hinompuka, a traditional delicacy of Kadazan (Major tribe in Sabah Borneo). It is a common and popular sweet desserts within the Kadazan people in Sabah Borneo.

What is Hinompuka?

Hinompuka, also known as a steamed glutinous rice cake, is basically a delicious sticky cake that is popular among Kadazan people, one of the indigenous group in Sabah Borneo. The ingredients for this delicious delicacy is made of a mixture of brown rice flour, glutinous red rice flour, palm sugar, and grated coconut flesh. Then, wrapped it in banana leaves before steaming it.

Hinompuka - Traditional delicacies in Sabah Borneo

The above two Hinompuka are in Banana flavor, while below two are in Tapioca flavor. Photo: Dolly MJ

Nowadays, the Kadazan people are so creative, they even fill either banana or sweet potato into the Hinompuka in order to create a variety of flavors inside the delicacies. Hinompuka is usually served on certain occasions such as Kadazan traditional weddings, Kaamatan Harvest Festival (celebrated yearly on 30th-31st May), or other celebrations such as birth, engagement, etc.

Hinompuka - Traditional delicacies in Sabah Borneo

Hinompuka in the making. Photo: CSSUPM

Hinompuka - Traditional delicacies in Sabah Borneo

Hinompuka dough in the making closeup

Hinompuka - Traditional delicacies in Sabah Borneo

Hinompuka is also good for breakfast. Photo: tinaskmoinjil

Hinompuka - Traditional delicacies in Sabah Borneo

Hinompuka best to eat with a cup of coffee/tea. Photo: Madona Nandu

Apart from that, Sabah Borneo has numerous delights to tempt even to the least adventurous eater. By exploring the villages and local cafes in Sabah Borneo, or by eating with the locals, travelers will get to know the new tastes and aromas which are unique to them. In Sabah Borneo, travelers can get the chance to taste out the other traditional delicacies in D’Place Kinabalu.

To experience more of the best local specialities and delicacies of Sabah Borneo, here is a blog post that travelers should particularly look for Borneo Holidays.

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6 local snacks travelers should taste in Sabah Borneo

6 local snacks travelers should taste in Sabah Borneo

6 local snacks travelers should taste in Sabah Borneo

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December, 2017

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When traveling to Sabah Borneo, apart from tasting out the unique delicacies of Sabah Borneo, travelers also should taste some of Sabah Borneo’s snacks which were made by the locals themselves. Moreover, these local snacks can also make wonderful souvenirs for travelers to bring back home. It is one of the ways for travelers to share the delicate taste of Sabah Borneo to their loved ones, at the same time sharing their Borneo Holidays story.

Here are six local snacks that travelers should taste it in their trip to Sabah Borneo, and also as a souvenir gift to their loved ones back home:

1) Handmade Chocolate

Local Snacks In Sabah Borneo

Various flavors of Chocolates from the local produce in Sabah Borneo

Aside from the chocolates that are sold at any convenience store, this handmade chocolate are the one that you should taste it out. Not only is it chocolate but it comes with an exotic flavor of taste and ingredients, such as Durian, Pineapple, Jackfruit, Green Tea, Banana, Virgin Coconut Oil, and more. Apart from that, the packaging design of the chocolates also reflect some of the local Sabah Borneo theme, which makes it more interesting as a souvenir gift. One of the best known Sabah Borneo Handmade Chocolate is from the “Simply Chocolate” brand.

2) Amplang

Local Snacks In Sabah Borneo

Amplang – known as Sabah Borneo Spanish Mackerel Crackers

Sabah Borneo is known for its fresh seafood, therefore, the local even made it as snacks. One of the local snacks that travelers should try would be Amplang! It is a seafood cracker that uses mackerel fish as based crisp, molded into ball shapes and fried it. It originated from Tawau, which is the East Coast of Sabah Borneo. The exterior of amplang is powdery, giving the crunchiness and fishy taste inside the mouth, but the fish flavor is not strong and it always makes one wanting more. Amplang crackers are now available in prawn and squid, or travelers can choose either original or spicy flavor which suited one’s taste buds. Since travelers could not bring the seafood to share with their loved ones back home, then amplang crackers can be the perfect souvenir to give to their loved ones and share the tastiest seafood from Sabah Borneo.

3) Kuih Cincin

Local Snacks In Sabah Borneo

Kuih Cincin literally translated as Ring Crackers because of it shapes like a joined rings

Kuih Cincin is another local snack that traveler should try out and it can be a perfect souvenir gift. Kuih Cincin is made from rice flour and brown sugar, it is mainly produced by the Malay community in Papar, the west coast part of Sabah Borneo. In addition, it is usually molded into shapes of joined rings together that will look like a floral shape and fried twice to give it a more golden crunchy texture. It is crunchy, delicious, and sweet in taste (thanks to the brown sugar!), taking bits of Kuih Cincin will eventually melt away into mild creamy sweetness inside the mouth (yummy..!), making it the perfect snack to savor while drinking a cup of coffee.

4) Kerepek Ubi

Local Snacks In Sabah Borneo

Kerepek Ubi – a giant tapioca cracker

Not many travelers will ever encounter this giant tapioca cracker except for those who are going to Kudat or Kundasang for their Borneo Holiday trip. Locals called it Kerepek Ubi, it looks like a wafer or cracker but with tapioca as main ingredients and added with a sugar syrup swirling on top of the crackers. It usually measures about 10-15 inches compared to any crackers that measure only about one square inch. Moreover, Kerepek Ubi is made up of only four items, which is fresh tapioca, tapioca flour, white sugar and cooking oil (for frying). Therefore, travelers who are health conscious type, these local snacks are perfect to taste it because it does not contain any chemical preservatives. However, it might not be a bit tricky to bring it back home as souvenir due to its fragileness.

5) Kuih Lidah/ Tiram

Local Snacks In Sabah Borneo

Kuih Lidah/ Tiram – the shape is similar to a tongue shape or an oyster shape (Photo by: Abdulrani.samsuddin)

Kuih Lidah/ Tiram is a traditional snack for Bruneian Malay community of Papar, Sabah Borneo. It was named as Kuih Lidah/ Tiram due to its shape similar like a tongue or an oyster, but these snacks are in fact a layer of flour fried that are covered with icing sugar or powdered milk. Some locals will say that these snacks are the Sabahan version of Churros, which is best to eat while it is still hot and crunchy, plus with a little bit of sweetness. Nowadays, Kuih Lidah/ Tiram have other flavors for travelers to try it out, such as Chocolate, Green Bean, Strawberry, and Vanilla flavor. With diverse of flavors, these local snacks are not to be missed out in Borneo Holidays and it may be perfect to bring it back home to share the sweet taste of local snacks from Sabah Borneo.

6) Kuih Jala

Local Snacks In Sabah Borneo

Kuih Jala – a traditional local snack in Borneo

Kuih Jala is a traditional snack that is famous in Borneo and Sabah Borneo is not an exception. Its shape looks similar to a vermicelli noodles tangles all together and it is in brown color. In addition, Kuih Jala is made from flour, sugar, water, and cooking oil (for frying). What makes Kuih Jala interesting is not only its delicious sweet taste but its method of cooking the Kuih Jala. After mixing all the ingredients together until the mixture becomes dense and a bit gluey, locals will put the mixture into a coconut shell which has been poked with tiny holes underneath and moves it quickly into the hot cooking oil.

When the mixture drip from the tiny holes, move it in a circular motion in one direction for few seconds until it becomes like a plate-shape in yellowish color and fold it into triangle shape using bamboo sticks. Apart from tasting Kuih Jala during Borneo Holidays, travelers can also experience cooking the Kuih Jala in Mari Mari Cultural Village.

Looking over the list of the local snacks in Sabah Borneo, we hope travelers will not miss this out to try the delicious local snacks, and maybe bring it back home for family and friends. These local snacks can easily be found in any stalls, vendors, and even markets, so travelers won’t need to hunt for these local snacks during their Borneo Holiday trip. Want to know more about local food that travelers should try in Sabah Borneo? Click here to read our must eat in Sabah Borneo. Check out also these awesome activities that you can do in Sabah Borneo to make your Borneo Holidays more exciting than before!

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Superstitions to be aware of in Sabah Borneo

Superstitions to be aware of in Sabah Borneo

Superstitions need to be aware of in Sabah Borneo

13

December, 2017

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Almost every culture in the world has their own set of rituals, behaviors or beliefs that were set by their own ancestor and some of it requires the need to follow or act out. In addition, these superstitions sometimes refer to any belief or practices surrounding luck, prophecy, and certain spiritual being, particularly the belief of future events which can be foretold through unrelated events. Some people may think superstitions is kind of irrational with the current modernization, but to some, they still practice it until today.

In Borneo Island, superstitions are deeply rooted in the cultures here in Borneo, and some are still widely practiced by the older generations especially. Borneo Island is the third largest island in the world (after Greenland and New Guinea), and it is the largest island in Asia too! Mount Kinabalu is situated in Sabah Borneo, is the highest point in Borneo Island, with an elevation of 4,095m. Still wondering where is Borneo? Click here to see the Borneo map.

The superstitions in Borneo Island, especially Sabah Borneo, were mostly handed down generations by way of Oral Tradition, such superstitions mostly concern on bringing good or bad luck. In addition, the superstitions in Sabah Borneo can be different from generation to generation or places to places, due to the reason of different ethnicity residing in different locations. For travelers who are interested in learning about the cultures here in Sabah Borneo, this is the article for you!

Here are some of the superstitions that you need to be aware of while traveling to Sabah Borneo.

1) Respecting Mount Kinabalu

Going to climb Mount Kinabalu can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience in one’s life. Apart from that, the locals in Sabah Borneo, especially the Kadazandusun tribe, believe that Mount Kinabalu is sacred to them as it is the “the revered place of the dead”. Feel free to read here to know more about “The Legends of Mount Kinabalu“.

Mount Kinabalu climb

Mount Kinabalu summit trail

So, whoever plans to climb Mount Kinabalu, especially for first-timers, these are the things that they need to know beforehand:

  • One should not shout, curse, or make loud noises while climbing Mount Kinabalu, as to avoid bad spirits from disturbing them or whoever is climbing with them.
  • Do not pluck any plants or pick a stone from the mountain and bring it back home; locals believe (and still do!) that some plants or natural objects have “residents” in them. Taking them with you will only aggravate them and cause them to retaliate
  • Ask for permission before peeing or throwing your empty canisters; you’ll never know if the place you’re throwing has spirits roaming around there or whether it’s their home you’re invading

2) Hunting in Borneo Jungle 

Superstitions Sabah Borneo

Wild Boar hunting. Photo by: Kenneth Sorento

In the olden days, it is believed that when a man is going for hunting in Borneo Jungle for food, he will need to be very careful when having spotted a snake. This is because if the man meets a snake along his path, he will need to turn back home. Moreover, meeting a snake is a bad sign, and if the man continues further to hunt, he will not catch anything or worse, get hurt.

3) Sogit 

Superstitions Sabah Borneo

Sogit can be in form of livestock, agricultural produce such as tajau or gongs. Photo by: Rabani HM. Ayub

Superstitions Sabah Borneo

Kadazandusun ritual by a group ofg Bobohizan or Shaman to appease the mountain spirit. Photo by: Arkitrek.com

Sogit is a Kadazandusun term which means penalty or fine, it is also considered as “peace-offering”. Imposing a Sogit depends on what kind of mistake that particular individual did, such as fighting, indecent acts, and so forth. In addition, Sogit is usually in form of livestock, agricultural produce, or items such as knives, machetes, tajau (crock), or gongs. The Sogit is dependant on how serious the individual’s offense is; the heavier the offence, the heavier or bigger the penalty will be. For example, if a man were to marry a woman who is of far relations to them (3rd cousin from either parent’s side), they will need to cut a whole pig and offer the whole village a portion of the cooked pork as compensation as well as to wash away all the bad luck that might hit them in the future (both future bride and groom cannot eat the pork however).

In 2015, there was an Earthquake in Sabah Borneo, which caused death to 18 innocent people. The locals believed that this event was caused by the indecent behaviors of a group of tourists, which angered the mountain spirits (the tourist undressed and were butt naked on the Summit; indecency overkill). The locals were enraged and believed it was the spirits being angry when the earthquake happened. The tourists were caught and was imposed with Sogit, in which the tourists have to pay 10 heads of Buffalo, in order to appease the mountain spirits for their awful behavior.

4) Funeral 

Kadazandusun tribe believed that when someone died in a certain village, everyone must be informed. Thus, nobody should do any kind of work on the day of the funeral (eg: planting rice). They believed that doing any work during this occasion will bring misfortune and disrespect to the deceased. Apart from that, the body will be placed in the house for 3 days before the burial and the occupants in the house must stay awake to accompany the body because they believed that a devil which disguise in form of a large bird will fly away with the body. Some also believed that the spirit of the dead is still wandering around the house for the last time, so by keeping awake will show some respect to the dead. Thus, whoever fall asleep will be doused with water and they should not be offended by it.

Moreover, no cats are not allowed to be near to the dead body. This is to prevent the cats to jump over the body, which Kadazandusun believed that the dead body will awaken but obviously possessed by an evil spirit.

5) Moths/ Butterfly fly into the house 

Superstitions Sabah Borneo

Huge moth outside the house. Photo by: the longerthebetter

Some locals in Sabah Borneo believed that when a big moth flies into the house in the middle of the night, it is actually a spirit of their recently departed relatives coming for a visit. The old folks will advise not to chase the moth out from the house or kill it, as a way to respect their departed relatives’ spirit.

Apart from that, the locals also believed that when moths/ butterflies came flying into the house during the day, it means the house owner will be expecting guests, either from a long-lost relatives or friends, coming to the house.

6) Tapun  

For Kadazandusun people, the concept Tapun is basically about food and it is still practiced until now. There is no easy word to describe the word Tapun, but it is the locals’ way of saying this word when they could not eat some food that they thought about or when offered by others. By saying the word Tapun, they can avoid any harm when going out from the house.

7) Other Superstitious  

There is also a minor superstitious which some Kadazandusun people still believe until today. Such as, whistling at night is prohibited, because it will invite the devil in a form of a snake to come. Apart from that, children are not allowed to point the rainbows using their fingers, because if they do, their fingers will be bent and become stiff.

Picnic by the river in Borneo Jungle can be so much fun and excitement, however, Kadazandusun people believed that some of the food must be “shared” with the guardians of the place before they eat, in order to avoid getting sick when they return home.

Such superstitions among Kadazandusun tribe in Sabah Borneo is not all that bad, but it is best to have some of the knowledge of the superstitious and do respect it. Moreover, it would make your trip to Sabah Borneo much more interesting after knowing some of the superstitious, and it can be a good story to share with your family and friends back in your hometown! 

Get to know more about Kadazan tribe, one of the major tribe in Sabah Borneo, here in our other blog post!

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Insta-worthy spot in Sarawak Borneo

Insta-worthy spot in Sarawak Borneo

Insta-worthy spot in Sarawak Borneo for Borneo Holidays

08

December, 2017

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Sarawak Borneo is the largest state in Malaysia, and it is located in Borneo Island ( the third largest island in the world after Greenland and New Guinea). Sarawak Borneo is known to many for its tropical rainforest and myriad species of Borneo Wildlife, as well as rare plant species. Apart from that, its natural wonders of cave systems and the longest river in Malaysia, Rajang River, can be found within Sarawak Borneo. Moreover, Sarawak Borneo also holds many interesting histories and exotic culture for travelers to experience. From the unique architecture of longhouses to the beautiful British Colonial buildings, Sarawak Borneo is truly an admirable place for travelers to experience the difference for their Borneo Holidays.

Looking at these wonders in Sarawak Borneo, either it was natural or man-made, it is not a surprise that Sarawak Borneo offers an insta-worthy spot for travelers. “Insta-worthy” means a picture with value and beautiful enough to be uploaded in the Instagram application, which will influence the followers to track the location and eventually contribute on the tourist arrivals to the destination. Here are some of the insta-worthy spot that travelers should go to Sarawak Borneo and share it with their Instagram followers:

a) Chinatown, Carpenter Street 

 

insta-worthy spot in Sarawak Borneo for Borneo Holiday

Chinatown Street

Chinatown Arch. Photo by: Lanakhlaken

Table with a view of the iconic Dewan Undangan across the river. Photo by: Uisa278

Good morning world! Nice place to do remote work😃

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An iconic place to explore in Kuching city during the day or night. The red archway indicates the entry point of this Chinatown in Kuching city, known to many locals for being the popular shopping and eating spot. Apart from that, the refurbished of old shophouses are surprisingly nice to look at, as the walls and doors were painted brightly. Most of the shops in Carpenter Street are selling non-touristy stuff, such as bicycle shops, bookstores, hardware stores, antique furniture shops and local coffee shops. Take a stroll along the Carpenter street, and be amazed at garbage-free, amazing mural paintings on the wall and less vehicle moving around the area.

b) Cat Statues in Kuching City 

 

A family of Cats in Kuching city. Photo by: worldaccordingto_njd  

Kuching city’s name was believed to have come from the word Kucing in the Malaysian Language, which means cat. There are few cat statues that can be found in Kuching City, where it does not only give a unique feel to the city but can also be a perfect photography subject. This is, after all, Kuching City known as “Cat City”, so, taking photos of the cat statues is obligatory and a thing to do when in Kuching!

c) Mulu Pinnacles  

Natural wonders in Sarawak Borneo will never cease to amaze visitors of its awesome creations, especially the Mulu Pinnacles which located in Gunung Mulu National Park. Centuries of water have eroded and dissolved the rock forming into razor sharp spikes that tower about 45-meter high above the surrounding vegetation. Travelers would need to go through a tough and challenging trail in order to witness the pinnacles. Somehow, looking at the pinnacles will make some believe that they are in one of the scenes in The Lord of The Ring movie!

d) Mulu Caves – Deer, Lang’s, Clearwater & Wind Caves

Mulu Show Caves. Photo by gettonknow.msia

Exploring caves in Sarawak Borneo. Photo by chemistry_of_travel

Adventure caving and a bit of sunlight. Photo by ashtonpikec21

These amazing caves can be found in Mulu National Park, where travelers can witness its uniqueness or sheer beauty. All the caves can be accessible by plank walks and well-lit concrete paths, which offers travelers a chance to see the impressive formations of stalagmites and stalactites, as well as witnessing the spectacular bat exodus at sundown.

e) Kuching Waterfront

Epic photo of Pinnacle stone formations. Photo by travellady23

insta-worthy spot in Sarawak Borneo for Borneo Holiday

Dewan Undangan view at night from Kuching Waterfront. Photo by wanfariszain

#kuchingwaterfront #kuchinggoldenbridge

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Amazing sunset view and local activities at Kuching Waterfront. Photo by acevie

Kuching Waterfront. Photo by thegohjo

The serene river, beautiful landscapes and a relaxing walk along the Kuching Waterfront are truly one of the insta-worthy destination in Sarawak Borneo. Most locals and tourist will just go for a stroll along the esplanade or just go for river cruise using the small passenger boat or “Tambang”. During daytime, it offers a scenic view of the historical buildings such as Astana, Fort Margherita and the Malay villages. However, travelers can be expected to witness the beautiful lights coming from the newest icon of Kuching city which is The Golden Bridge, and the lights from Astana at nighttime. Moreover, there is work of arts and sculptures can be seen at the waterfront area, making it perfect for travelers to capture it for their Instagram account!

e) Grand Old Lady, Canada Hill, Miri 

Witness the spectacular view of Miri city from the top of Canada Hill and the “Grand Old Lady” situated on top of Canada Hill. It is to mark the birthplace of the petroleum industry in Malaysia, where the first oil well was drilled by Shell company. Apart from that, travelers could drop by a visit to the Petroleum Museum to learn the history and technological development oil and gas in the country.

f) Damai Beach, Santubong 

insta-worthy spot in Sarawak Borneo for Borneo Holiday

Hornbill landmarks at Damai Beach Central. Photo by Ochonolsen

insta-worthy spot in Sarawak Borneo for Borneo Holiday

Damai Beach.  Photo by WilsonHows

Damai Beach is Sarawak Borneo most famous and beautiful beach which located on the Santubong, about 35 minutes away from Kuching city. Travelers can just laze around and relax on the white sandy beaches, join the water sports activities, trekking into the Borneo Jungle, birdwatching activities, or experience Borneo culture in Sarawak Cultural Village. Apart from that, travelers should check out the beautiful sunset by the Damai Beach and take a photo of it for their Instagram profile.

g) Longhouses in Sarawak Borneo 

In Sarawak Borneo, there are some local families in different tribes still practices living in longhouses, because they feel a strong spiritual connection to the rainforest. Mostly they will grow rice, fruits, vegetables, hunting and fishing as their source of income. Nowadays, there are some of the longhouses in Sarawak Borneo becoming tourism destination that will enable travelers to experience living in a longhouse for a chance of a lifetime and learn the Borneo Culture. The surrounding area of longhouses is quite unique and authentic, making the location an insta worthy for anyone who visits longhouses in Sarawak Borneo.

After looking at the Instagram photos taken by travelers from around places, ready for a Sarawak tour for this coming 2018? Make your plans now! For further information on Sarawak Borneo, feel free to read our experience a tour in Kuching city and caving adventure in Sarawak Borneo.

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Packing tips/list for Borneo Holiday

Packing tips/list for Borneo Holiday

Travel Packing List/Tips for

Borneo Holidays

06

December, 2017

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Travel Packing List/Tips for Borneo Holidays
Borneo is one of the main spots for travelers around the world who craves for the sun, virgin forests, top of the notch diving havens, as well as endemic wildlife. Straddling the equator, Borneo is the world’s third largest island, after Greenland and New Guinea, and is divided into 3 countries, namely Malaysian Borneo (Sabah and Sarawak), Indonesia, and Brunei.
However, traveling to Borneo for the first time can be intimidating, especially the part to know “What to pack” for your Borneo holidays. Fret not, here are some of the packing tips/list for your Borneo Holidays.

a) Borneo Jungle Trekking 

 

Borneo is 365 days tropical climate, therefore, it is recommended for you to pack some lightweight cotton clothing while traveling around in Borneo. Apart from that, wearing a pair of long trousers and t-shirt is recommended when you are going for jungle trekking in Borneo Jungle. While going for trekking in Borneo Jungle, do not forget to pack sunscreen, raincoat/poncho, insect repellent, and leech socks, as you will venture into the Borneo Jungle with unpredictable weather (it can be very hot and rain the next second) and full of creepy-crawly leeches (Yikes!!).

If you find the leech has attached itself to your skin, don’t panic, you can just put salt and it will recoil quickly. No salt? Get tobacco mixed with a bit of water and rub it near its mouth, and watch the leech fall right after! Apart from that, pack comfortable hiking shoes which can handle the muddy trails and jungle streams. However, we recommend you to purchase the most practical and local’s favorite footwear – Adidas Kampung or rubber shoes. It is cheap, light, and easy to dry for your jungle trekking activity in Borneo.

Want to know more tips on how to avoid leeches while trekking in Borneo Jungle? Read our tips here. In addition, if you are planning to go for jungle trekking activity for your Borneo Holidays, click here to download our free guide for trekkers in Borneo.

Borneo Jungle Trekking

b) Mount Kinabalu Climb

Mount Kinabalu Climbing

On the other hand, if you are going to climb Mount Kinabalu for your Borneo Holidays, warm clothing is essential. Wearing a good waterproof windbreaker, fleece jacket, and a beanie would be enough. Once you reach the summit, the temperature will drop as low as -3 to 5-degree Celsius!(Burr….) Don’t forget to pack good trekking shoes with excellent grip for your Mount Kinabalu climb, because it can help you when it gets steep and slippery (if it is raining).

Moreover, headlight and trekking pole is very much needed for your climb too if you are not as fit as a fiddle. You will continue to hike to reach the summit as early as 2 am, which is still dark at that time. Therefore, packing headlight could be very useful to illuminate your path while climbing. Apart from that, trekking poles are best to help you especially descending down from the summit and you will not suffer from sore muscles after your climb.

Tips: Don’t forget to pack some snacks, such as chocolates; energy bars; nuts; biscuits; sweets; glucose or bananas to provide you some energy to climb Mount Kinabalu.

Wondering what’s the duration to climb Mount Kinabalu in your Borneo Holidays? Click here to read more information on it.

c) City/Populated area  

Borneo is engulfed in rich culture, tradition, and religion, which Islam is the official religion in whole of Malaysia. Therefore, traveling around the city area in Borneo, it is recommended to dress modestly, especially for female travelers. Female travelers should keep their shoulders and knee covered; tops should not be above the waistline of the trouser which will expose the midriff; as well as the neckline should not show some cleavage.

Wearing casual wear is acceptable, and you can also wear shorts, tank tops or bikini if you are going to the islands or the beaches. As long as you are not wearing a revealing attire while crossing down the busy road! However, if you are visiting the temples or any holy places in Borneo, it is best to cover yourself fully as respect. For female travelers, don’t forget to pack a scarf or shawl to cover your hair when visiting these holy places.

Dressing code to visit holy places in Borneo

d) Borneo Diving

Borneo Diving

Borneo is also blessed with an array of marine life, which makes it one of the world’s top diving spot. Sipadan Island is one of the islands that can fulfill every diver’s dream with its outstanding marine life, high numbers of Turtles, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Barracuda, and countless sea creatures that you will not want to miss.

If you are planning for a diving activity in your Borneo Holidays, plan ahead and let your tour providers know what’s your size! Apart from that, pack a dry bag to keep your wet clothes and swimwear, flip-flop sandals, extra dry clothes and beach towel. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a hat that can cover your face and perhaps a lightweight windbreaker to cover your shoulders from the sun. Remember to pack your camera in order for you to capture your diving moments and to witness the underwater world. If you are going for snorkeling on the islands, be sure to bring a rash top or skinny diving suit, in order to avoid some miniature jellyfish that can sting you (don’t worry, it won’t hurt you that much, but prefer to avoid it!).

e) Misc/other travel packs

There are also some of the important and minor things that you will need to pack for your Borneo Holidays, such as:

  • Anti-malarial tablets (pack these and other personal medications in your hand luggage). Click here to download our free guide on Travel Health Sheet to Borneo.
  • Pack a travel (plug) adapter for your electronic devices. In Borneo, the power sockets are type G, which is British origin type.
  • Don’t forget to bring an empty water bottle, fill it up, and keep yourself hydrated while going around in Borneo.
  • Bring a foldable daypack so you can easily carry around some essentials while going for a day tour in Borneo.

Dressing code to visit holy places in Borneo

Getting to know what to pack for your Borneo Holidays can be a bit difficult, but, fret not, we will provide a Borneo packing list guide for travelers who wish to travel to Borneo in the future. Download your Borneo packing list now!

Related article: 5 things need not pack to travel to Malaysian Borneo

Check out our video below for Travel Packing to Borneo:

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