Quirky Things You Can Do in Malaysian Borneo!

Quirky Things You Can Do in Malaysian Borneo!

Quirky Things You Can Do in Borneo Malaysia

29

September, 2017

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Borneo Island, is the ideal destination for tourists and travelers. From the pristine Borneo Rainforest, to an amazing encounter with Borneo wildlife, delicious food, unique culture, and not forgetting, colorful festivals celebrated. There seem to be so many attractions in Malaysian Borneo that you will find yourself extending your Borneo Holiday trip!

However, Malaysian Borneo do surprise tourists & travelers with some of the attractions that may look unusual to them but is actually quite an interesting thing to do!

Wanna know what it is? Check out the list below for the quirky things you can do in Borneo Malaysia.

Indulge on Sago Worms (Butod)

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Live Sago Worm or Butod. Photo by: NicoleKis

Yes, worm! Or specifically the larvae of the sago worms. It can be eaten either raw ( which some say taste like chicken!), roasted or stir fried. This is not something that you can see in your everyday food intake, but this is considered a delicacy eaten by some of the indigenous groups in Malaysian Borneo. However, you can’t see this delicacy served in any normal restaurant in Malaysian Borneo, but you can find it being sold in the local market or “Tamu”. There is one eaterie in Kota Kinabalu city that you can actually have your first experience of eating the Sago Worm, which is D’Place Kinabalu. So, do you dare to eat?

Check out our other blog post entry as we share our experience of having our Traditional Dinner in D’Place Kinabalu.

Feast on Durians

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Feast on Durian. Photo by: Rawsomehealthy

Durian is widely known as the King of Fruit in Southeast Asia and the distinctive odor make some locals, or tourists, turn their nose around. However, some find the smell so tempting and sweet like an almond, but to others, they will say it smells rotten and bad ( some even passed out after smelling it! Yikes!). Although the durian odor can be disagreeable to some, the taste of the flesh is oh-so-yummy! Almost all Malaysian Borneo locals love to eat durians, so get ready when the time you are traveling in Malaysian Borneo and it is durian season, you may see a lot of stalls selling durians. Some places in Malaysian Borneo also offers “all-you-can-eat” durian buffet, which features different types of durians for you to try out!

Want to know other bizarre fruits in Sabah Borneo? Click here to read.

Visit the Cat Museum 

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Collections of miniature cats’ toys

In any museums of different countries that you’ve gone, you will never expect that there is a museum dedicated to Cats! It is none other than the Cat Museum in Kuching, Sarawak. The Cat Museum features the feline collections such as paintings, photo, the mummified Egyptian cat, cat souvenirs and more; which has over 4,000 collections of the feline. Unusual as it may be, it is quite interesting to visit to the Cat Museum when you are visiting Kuching, Sarawak Borneo. Good news is, it is FREE to visit but a nominal fee provided if you want to bring along your camera or video camera inside the museum.

Are you planning to visit Kuching city? Click here to read travel guides to Kuching city.

Adopt an Orangutan 

Things to do in Borneo
Orangutan looking afar

As much as you enjoy your first encounter of the cute Orangutans in the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan Sabah Borneo, you can actually adopt the Orangutans (but not the kind of adoption you can bring home though!). It is actually to support the center’s purpose of rehabilitating the orphaned orangutans, so the orphaned orangutans can be properly taken care and being observed on their daily routines in the natural habitat, as well as to prevent it from extinction.

Party in the Borneo Jungle 

Concert party in the Borneo Jungle

Yes, you read it right! We do have a party in Borneo jungle, and you are invited ( but don’t forget to buy the entrance fee tickets!). This party is held yearly in Sarawak Cultural Village and it is none other than the Rainforest World Music Festival. This party brings music artists and lovers from around the world together in this world-renowned indigenous festival unlike any other. What makes the party more fun is it lasts for three days! (Awesome!) You can hear the exotic sound of the traditional music everywhere, join the dance and craft workshops provided or even check out the live music performance at night. Just imagine yourself there with music blasting, a decent amount of alcohol and dancing there, and it is all set in the heart of the Borneo jungle. There is no party that is so much cooler and exotic than that!

Never been to Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak Borneo? Click here to read the newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival.

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Spread Love in Arnab Village Ranau

Spread Love in Arnab Village Ranau

Spread Love in Arnab Village Ranau, Sabah, Borneo

26

September, 2017

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“Love is Happiness!”

Rabbit village Ranau, Sabah, Borneo

Signboard for the Arnab Village Ranau. Photo by: InfoSantai

Spread some love and be happy while surrounding yourself with animals. Did you know, you can have yourself surrounded by cuddly and fluffy animals in your holiday trip to Sabah, Borneo? It is none other than at the Arnab Village in Ranau, Sabah, Borneo. Experience a stress-free therapy when you get up close and personal with the rabbits in their cute and kid-friendly environment.

Rabbit village Ranau, Sabah, Borneo

A kid surroudned with rabbits. Photo by: Arnab Village Ranau

Arnab (translated from the Malay Language, which means Rabbit) Village is considered a new place of attraction in Ranau, Sabah, Borneo. Apart from that, it is the biggest Rabbit Park, as well as the first one in Sabah, Borneo. It started in 2015, when the owner, Mr. Jubair, started it as a hobby with only two rabbits and he did not expect to open an Arnab Village until it went viral through the social media. As a result, the response from locals were so great that he became an overnight sensation and upgrading his space for more of these furry animals to live in. Now, he has about 400 rabbits in the park and it has been opened to the public ever since last year.

The Arnab Village is not far from Ranau Village, but the road accessing it is a bit bumpy, so best to use a 4 wheeler when getting there. I was lucky to visit the place once, where the ride itself was like a roller coaster getting into the Arnab Village! But it was worth it. It is best to go during the day when it is not over-crowded, as a lot of locals from near and far tend to bring their families there to visit these furry creatures.

If you’re an animal lover, you will definitely enjoy this place as the animals are so warm and cuddly! But do be nice to them though, as they are animals with feelings and not a toy. Rabbits are furry and fragile creatures that need great attention and love. Apart from that, you also have a chance to feed them and see them eating straight out of your hands! So don’t forget to purchase food for the rabbits there, so you can feed the rabbit right from your hands!

Rabbit village Ranau, Sabah, Borneo

Some of the Dos and Dont’s in Arnab Village Ranau. Photo by: InfoSantai

Rabbit village Ranau, Sabah, Borneo

Kids feeding the rabbits. Photo by: Arnab Village Ranau

Rabbit village Ranau, Sabah, Borneo

Show some love to the rabbit. Photo by: Cypriano 

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Therefore, going to this place, witnessing various species of the rabbits, it makes you feel like you are in a Bunny Wonderland. Amazing right? These rabbits are used to human touch, so don’t be surprised to learn how fast they get attached to you (especially when you have food in your hands). Capture these special moments of you and your loved ones playing around with these furry creatures in their cute homey place. If you love small animals, you’ll love to know that they also have guinea pigs and hamsters to play around with! It’s definitely an animal lover haven! There are also souvenirs sold in the Arnab Village, such as t-shirts, handmade soap, and many more.

For more information, you can check out their Facebook page Arnab Village Ranau. In addition, you can also read our blog entry to know more interesting places in Ranau that you should not miss out! If you are looking places in Borneo that you can bring your kids, we provide you our picks of places in Borneo that are kid-friendly. 

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5 Reasons Sandakan Sabah Borneo is a Unique Travel Destination

5 Reasons Sandakan Sabah Borneo is a Unique Travel Destination

5 Reasons Sandakan is a Unique Travel Destination

22

September, 2017

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Sandakan Sabah Borneo is a unique travel destination

The dawn at the Sandakan city

Sandakan is located on the eastern coast of Sabah Borneo, it is formerly known as Elopura or “Beautiful City” by the founder and early trader – William Pryer, in the midst of 19th Century. Later on, it also is known as Little Hong Kong, due to the town becoming a thriving place for trades of the pearl of the sea, tobacco, beeswax, edible bird’s nest, timber, and more, which eventually attracted Chinese residents from Guangdong Province, China, to come to Sandakan. Sandakan is the second largest town in Sabah, Borneo, after Kota Kinabalu city and used to be the capital of British North Borneo.

So, what makes Sandakan a unique travel destination for wanderlusts out there? Check the list below: 

1. Famous for Being an Eco-Tourism Travel Destination

Sandakan Sabah Borneo is a unique travel destination

Orangutan hanging on a tree

Sandakan, known to be a famous eco-tourism travel destination in Sabah Borneo, where travelers can visit the Orangutan Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre to see the Red Apes of the forest – Orangutan; The cute and smallest bear, Sun Bear in Sun Bear Rehabilitation Centre just beside Sepilok; as well as get a close-up with the Proboscis Monkey at the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. These places are perfect for travelers to spend a relaxing tour to see the animals in their natural habitat through the viewing platform.

2. A Gateway to Wildlife & Nature Adventure in Sabah Borneo

Sandakan Sabah Borneo is a unique travel destination

Kinabatangan river cruise to spot some endemic Borneo Wildlife

Travelers who are hardcore nature enthusiasts will find Sandakan one of the best wildlife adventures in Malaysia. A traveler will most probably book a trip for river cruising on Kinabatangan River to see some of the Borneo Wildlife, such as Pygmy Elephants in the wild, which is endemic to Borneo Rainforests. Go for the canopy walk and get intimate with nature. In addition, exploring the Gomantong cave to see the swiftlets, bats, and the natural architecture of the cave.

3. Preservation and Conservation Places

One of the conservation & preservation programs for sea turtles

Forty-two kilometers offshore in Sandakan is where the idyllic Turtle Islands National Park awaits. A place where a traveler can spend lazily under the sun and swim in the Sulu sea. But, what makes it more interesting is the Turtle Island is where traveler gets a chance to witness the Hawksbill or Green Turtle laying eggs at the beach in the middle of the night, as well as participate in assisting and witnessing the release of the hatchlings to the sea. It is a unique experience for the traveler to feel it and also helps to contribute one of the world’s most important conservation and preservation programs for sea turtles.

4. Historical Heritage Tour

Sandakan Sabah Borneo is a unique travel destination

Sandakan Memorial Park

Going for the Sandakan Heritage trail will give you the chance to view several places of attraction such as the Agnes Newton Keith’s house, St. Michael and All Angels Church, Sandakan Memorial Park and more. Agnes Newton Keith’s house was rebuilt and converted into a museum after it was destroyed during the World War II (WWII). The St. Michael and All Angels Church is one of the oldest stone buildings in Sabah Borneo that managed to avoid major damage during the WWII in the 1940s. Moreover, Sandakan Memorial Park is a place of somber reflection on the world’s infamous Death March which was set within the park itself, known as the Prisoner of War Camp (POW). A beautiful green park that offers a free and easy to explore the area as well as commemorate those who served and died during the war in Sandakan. Are you more into historical traveler? You can read our other blog post to know more on Sabah Heritage Buildings.

5. Foodie Heaven

Sandakan Sabah Borneo is a unique travel destination

Sandakan Food

Apart from being the perfect place for wildlife and nature adventure, as well as showcasing historical places in Sabah Borneo, Sandakan also offers a foodie haven for those who like to eat. Food in Sandakan is to die for! Stop by Kampung Buli Sim-Sim, a traditional village built on stilts over the sea, to taste the freshest and tastiest seafood around. Taste the popular Seafood Bak Kut Teh which made only from the general spices of Bah Kut Teh, but with a flavored taste of Seafood – makes it a unique food and MUST-try when in Sandakan. The famous UFO tarts (originally from Sandakan) can be found in any bakeries in Sandakan for the sweet tooth to indulge it with a cup of hot tea/coffee!

Sandakan offers travelers more than they could imagine, which makes it one of the unique travel destination in Sabah Borneo. Looking for more places in Sandakan, Sabah Borneo to visit? Feel free to read our Sandakan Travel Guide, to make your Holidays in Borneo Island more interesting! Are you an avid trekker? Check out our travel tips on trekking in Sabah Borneo rainforest

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Fish Massage in Tagal Tinopikon Park Penampang Sabah Borneo

Fish Massage in Tagal Tinopikon Park Penampang Sabah Borneo

A ‘Fishy’ Kinda Massage…

in Sabah Borneo

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September, 2017
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Looking for an authentic experience of having a fish massage in somewhere in Borneo island? Head to Tagal Tinopikon Park to enjoy the massage given by the fishes. Sounds fishy right?… Hehe

Tagal Tinopikon Park is located in Kampong Notoruss, Penampang Sabah Borneo and it is only about 35 minutes drive (23.9km) from Kota Kinabalu City on the way to Tambunan Town. The highlights of this place are the river which is a no fishing zone or ‘Tagal’, a system created by the local community in Penampang Sabah Borneo, that prohibits anyone to fish in the river. Not only the river is well taken care of, but the fishes also enjoy the company of humans and they are not shy to approach anyone to give them a light nibble. Ready for fish massage in your Borneo holiday?

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Suspension bridge leads to the park. Photo by: Tagal Tinopikon Park

Kampung Notoruss is a small Kadazan Village located just further up from Babagon River, only 5 minutes drive passing the Babagon Village, which is one of the village in Penampang Sabah Borneo. This is where you can experience the authentic way of life of the Kadazan people of Penampang, and you can also experience the local food and the everyday life of the villagers there. You will get the chance to try some activities such as rubber tapping, to open- kitchen cooking in the village. A must try for your Borneo holiday in Sabah Borneo!

Tagal Tinopikon Park

You would need to cross the suspension bridge to reach the park  Photo by: Tagal Tinopikon Park

Upon arrival, you will walk a few steps down and you will be crossing a suspension bridge that leads to the Tagal Tinopikon Park. Below the bridge is the crystal clear water of the Moyog River.

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A traditional open-air kitchen by the river. Photo by: Adam Lai 

One of the traditional style open-kitchen that sits beautifully just beside the river and this is where the fun starts. Get the chance to sample some of the local dishes and dine like a local.

Tagal Tinopikon Park

Experience cooking at the outdoor kitchen. Photo by: Perkhidmatan Pelancongan Tembok Besar

This is where the magic starts. Light up some firewood and let’s start the cooking. This old-school looking open-kitchen may look old and it doesn’t have all the high-end stuff like a microwave, a high powered stove, or a cooking oven, but, when it comes to getting the job done, it’ll get the job done and serve that hungry stomach. Hey! What do you expect, this is not a five-star hotel. This is the real deal people!

Tagal Tinopikon Park

Tuhau – Wild ginger in Sabah Borneo

Tagal Tinopikon Park

Traditional local dishes

Tagal Tinopikon Park

Porridge with Tapioca and deep fried Mackerel FIsh

The food varies from local veggies like the ‘Tuhau’, a wild ginger that has a very unique taste to it, and they also serve porridge with freshly grown tapioca and the famous drinking food or ‘Pomusas’ or ‘Pusas’ in local terms, the ‘Ikan Basung’, a deep fried Mackerel Fish and you can eat the whole fish without the hassle to de-bone it.

Tagal Tinopikon Park

Ready, Set, Aim & Shoot Em Up!

Tagal Tinopikon Park

Experience rubber tapping in the village

You will also get the chance to experience rubber tapping and get into action with the blowpipe and shoot some darts. Follow the local villagers and learn some basic rubber tapping skills from them and get to know what do they do with the rubber sap and how they process it. You will gain a thing or two about rubber tapping too! Let’s get into the fun part now, are you ready for some blowpipe action? If you are, the Tagal Tinopikon Park also has a Blowpipe Session for their guests, so get your aims right and get ready to hit some targets. Test your shooting skills and release your inner Bornean shooting skills and let ‘er rip!

fish massage in Tagal Tinopikon Park

Massage by the fishes?

Here’s the part where it will get very fishy. Fish Massage anyone? For real? Yes! It does exist here in Sabah, and one of the places that you can get this unique experience is in the Tagal Tinopikon Park. For some people this is something shocking or maybe for some, it is something that is dangerous. Don’t worry people, these fishes are harmless; they give their guests a light nibble to the skin and some people describe that it feels like a small vacuum sucking on your skin. These fishes are actually giving guests a special medicinal healing massage and it is believe that it is good for those who suffer from psoriasis and it also helps in removing dead skin so that your skin will be as smooth as a baby’s bottom. So if you fancy for something more unique than your average spa, it is time for you to book a trip down to the Tagal Tinopikon Park.

fish massage Tagal Tinopikon Park

Hello there fishes, is your spa open today?

Not to worry people as this fish do not have razor sharp teeth. They are actually a toothless fish and they can’t really hurt anyone as they have a very smooth and also a slimy scale. These fish will group up on you and get really for that mind relaxing ticklish massage.

Tagal Tinopikon Park

Plan your weekend escape together with your friends and family, this can be a perfect destination for your family holidays to Borneo. Look for this signage at the roadside and head down to the Tagal Tinopikon Park! It’ll be a blast!

Looking for more Kota Kinabalu tour packages? Feel free to check it out, you might find some tours that can fit for Borneo holiday with your kids. How about customizing your travel itinerary? Then, click the yellow button on lower right below to chat with us or you can just contact us!

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Let’s Fly High with Tandem Paragliding

Let’s Fly High with Tandem Paragliding

Let’s Fly High with Tandem Paragliding!

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September, 2017

Don’t say YOLO if you haven’t gone to try the Tandem Paragliding in your Sabah Borneo trip!

Enjoy the thrill and a sense of freedom of Tandem Paragliding amongst the breathtaking scenery of the Borneo rainforest. Soaring like an eagle while you paraglide with the professional, fully trained, and qualified tandem pilots. Your outdoor adventure starts after you are debriefed by your pilot and ready to fly. Be sure to witness the magnificent view of the villages and Borneo Rainforest, when you soar up high above the sky!

Tandem Paragliding in Sabah, Borneo, has started for quite some years now, but recently it has become a popular outdoor activity in Sabah Borneo. As far as I know, there are two places that you can go for Tandem Paragliding in Sabah, Borneo, which is in Lohan, Ranau and Kokol Hill, Menggatal.

However, before you are planning to go for tandem paragliding in Sabah Borneo, here are some tips that you need to know:

1) Know The Restrictions

You would need to know some of the rules and regulations before going through a tandem paragliding in Sabah, Borneo. Kids or participants (17 years old and below) would need to be accompanied by parent or guardian. Minimum weight is 30 kg and maximum weight 110 kg to participants who wants to join this. Apart from that, for those who have a height-phobia, it is not recommended to join this activity.

Tandem Paragliding Sabah Borneo

A kid on a Tandem Paragliding, photo by: Crassula

2) Contact the Tandem Master to Book the Activity Time Slot

No walk-ins available as this activity is not offered on a daily basis. You would need to contact the tandem master in advance and make full payment before your activity date. Luckily, Top Peak Travel could help you to arrange your travel and booking for the tandem paragliding in your Borneo trip. However, last minute booking would not be possible to reserve your tandem paragliding activity early.

3) Wear Proper Shoes

This is considered an extreme adventurous activity, thus, wearing proper and comfortable shoes is a must. Oh, and also some proper clothing as well. We won’t want the possibility of danger could happen during your tandem paragliding activity.

A kid on a Tandem Paragliding

4) Have FUN!

Tandem Paragliding is not something everyone does all the time (unless you’re an extreme adrenaline junkie). It’s something that makes you squirm for the next few nights and keep you awake thinking, “Why in the world am I doing this again??”. But trust me, it’s something you will definitely want to try and enjoy. So don’t fret and most importantly, enjoy yourself! Let this whole new experience enjoy the wonders of what Mother Nature is giving us!

Tandem Paragliding Sabah Borneo

Have fun on a Tandem Paragliding, photo by Ranau Paragliding Park

Check out the photos below to pump you up on Tandem Paragliding in Sabah Borneo:

Here’s a video of Tandem Paragliding on Kokol Hill, Menggatal by Murphy Ng: 

Feeling pump up now? Contact us for booking and experience a sense of freedom with Tandem Paragliding!

Traveling with kids? Read our Top 5 Kid-Friendly trips in Sabah Borneo

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