The origin name of district’s area in Sabah Borneo

The origin name of district’s area in Sabah Borneo

The origin name of district’s area

in Sabah Borneo

14
February, 2018
Sabah Borneo Tour Package
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Sabah Borneo is a unique place to visit, not only is it known to have many tribes living here, its diverse culture and tradition, but also the beauty of the places in Sabah Borneo as there are still many natural forests that are still left untouched and conserved. Not forgetting, the food in Sabah Borneo is to die for! It is so delicious that any travelers will certainly miss the unique taste of Sabah’s delicacy when they are back to their hometown.

When visiting Sabah Borneo for Borneo Holidays, there will be several districts that we either pass through or encounter. We may find that the name of each district in Sabah Borneo is unique and special. Therefore, this article will explain to any travelers (and locals too!) the origin of the districts’ name in Sabah Borneo.

First off, let us get to know Kota Kinabalu.

Kota Kinabalu City view from Signal Hill Observation Tower

Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of Sabah Borneo, which is located on the northwest coast of Sabah Borneo facing South China Sea. Formerly known as Jesselton during the British Colonization in 1800, it is a major gateway to explore the wildlife and nature in the northern region of Borneo Island. Kota Kinabalu is named after Mount Kinabalu (the highest mountain in Malaysia) and “Kota” which in the Malay language means fort, town, or city. Read our article on Traveler’s Guide to Kota Kinabalu.

Next, we’ll go to the outskirts part of Kota Kinabalu City, which is Penampang.

The origin name of district's area in Sabah Borneo
Sigah (headgear worn by Kadazan Men) Roundabout in Penampang, to symbolizes the Kadazan tribe.

Home to one of the major tribes in Sabah Borneo – Kadazan, and is considered as part of Kota Kinabalu area. Penampang is derived from an old village that is within the district itself, the village name is “Pampang” derived from Kadazan dialect, meaning big rock. There were many big rocks found in the village a long time ago. Eventually, the term “Pampang” was changed into Penampang.

Next, let’s ride down to the agricultural town of Papar, which is about 45 minutes drive from Penampang.

The origin name of district's area in Sabah Borneo
Papar Town. Photo by David Lim

Papar was originally ruled by the Brunei Sultanate. Thus, the name Papar comes from Brunei dialect which means a flat or open land. It is no wonder that Papar is known as an agricultural town due to many flatlands that are used for the purpose of growing rice and fruit orchards. In addition, if you’re feeling slightly adventurous, you can go on the North Borneo Railway Train to reach Papar, passing through the lush landscape of the coastal and rural regions of Sabah Borneo. Moreover, travelers can enjoy a typical ‘tiffin’ colonial lunch that will be served on the trip.

Afterwards, let’s head to a small rustic town of Menggatal, located on the west coast side of Sabah Borneo and is under the jurisdiction of Kota Kinabalu City Hall.

The origin name of district's area in Sabah Borneo
An old colonial building in Menggatal Town. 

Some locals might find Menggatal name is very funny and unusual, because the word Menggatal means flirtatious or provocative in Malay language. However, the people in Menggatal are not like that. The name Menggatal actually derived from a mango tree grown in the area, which is Mangga meaning mango, and Gatal meaning itchy in Malay language. So, whoever consumed the mango fruit, they will feel itchy as its side effect. Therefore, the locals there named the area as “Mangga Gatal”, but after awhile, the name somehow was shortened and became Menggatal.

Next, let’s venture further up to Tuaran, which is about an hour drive from Menggatal.

The origin name of district's area in Sabah Borneo
Drone view of Tuaran Town by Shariff Putra.

The name Tuaran is believed to be derived from the Malay language, “Tawaran”. Tawaran has two meanings; the first meaning is freshwater, which refers to the abundance of freshwater in the area. Apart from that, another meaning is to bargain, as it is fact that trading activities had been taking place within Tuaran area before the British Colonization commenced in 1884. Locals from interior parts of rural villages will come to Tuaran Town to sell their jungle produce to the local communities that live in the coastal part.

After that, let us get to know the land of the cowboys in Sabah Borneo, which is Kota Belud.

The origin name of district's area in Sabah Borneo
Kota Belud Horsemen. Photo by Adam Lai

Kota Belud is home to one of the tribes of Sabah Borneo, which is Bajau tribe. Its name is derived from a combination of one Malay word and one Bajau (dialect) word, Kota meaning fort, or city, and Belud meaning hill. There is actually a story behind Kota Belud’s name, in the past, there was hostility among the races of different villages in the area. Therefore, in order to defend themselves and to avoid enemy attacks, they decided to choose a hill as their fortress. Thus, the name of Kota Belud referred to as “Defense Fortress on the Hill”.

Afterwards, let’s go uphill through the mountainous region of Crocker Range, where we will reach Ranau district, home to almost entirely Dusun tribe community.

The origin name of district's area in Sabah Borneo
Panorama view of Ranau Town. Photo by Steve Benedict

Ranau name is actually from the word “Ranahon”, which means rice fields in Dusun dialect. Most Dusun people who live in Ranau mostly cultivate rice paddy fields either on the hilly terrain or on the flatlands (for the interior part of Ranau). Sooner or later, the term “Ranahon” was shortened to become “Ranau”. In addition, to visit Ranau, a traveler should do these interesting activities in Ranau that should not be missed out!

In a nutshell, getting to know the history of each district area in Sabah Borneo can be very interesting. However, it would be much more interesting and fun if travelers can get to spend their Borneo Holidays in these district areas of Sabah Borneo.

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You haven’t known paradise if you’ve never visited Sabah Borneo: Here are 6 reasons why

You haven’t known paradise if you’ve never visited Sabah Borneo: Here are 6 reasons why

You haven’t known paradise

if you’ve never visited

Sabah Borneo:

Here are 6 reasons why

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January, 2018

Kopivosian! It means Hello in Kadazan dialect; one of the major tribes which can be found in Sabah Borneo. Apart from that, there are also many other ethnic groups such as Dusun, Murut, Rungus, Bajau, Lundayeh, the list goes on! A tiny island which is located in the eastern part of Malaysia and shares the island of Borneo with Sarawak, Brunei, and Indonesian Kalimantan. Blessed with one of the oldest rainforests in the world, serene sandy beaches, and gazillion of natural treats that will grant anyone a feeling of paradise when visiting Sabah Borneo.

Sabah Borneo is truly a destination like no other. Anyone can experience Sabah Borneo from its gorgeous sandy beach islands, climbing the legendary Mount Kinabalu, amazing diversity of flora and fauna, diving in one of the world’s top dive spots, to wonderful wildlife to spot, and a great warm hospitality by locals here. There is so much to talk about when visiting Sabah Borneo and here are the reasons why…

1. Adventurous travelers can conquer the highest mountain in Sabah Borneo – Mount Kinabalu

Climbing Mount Kinabalu via Via Ferrata .

Often we know that Sabah Borneo inspires plenty travelers from around the globe and is constantly rated as one of traveler’s top bucket list, which is to go for a climb at Mount Kinabalu. For most travelers, Mount Kinabalu is the only one that drives them to visit Sabah Borneo for holiday. With a high altitude of 4,096 meters, Mount Kinabalu is considered the highest peak in Malaysia. Climbing to reach the top is challenging and tough but once arriving at the peak, any travelers will feel proud of their achievements. However, there is a limited spot given to those who wish to climb Mount Kinabalu, travelers will need to arrange their trip in advance so to avoid any disappointment of not getting a slot. Apart from that, there are also some interesting jungle trails around Kinabalu National Park that can be alternative trekking activities.

2. Hiking trails & scenic attraction that no one can forget!

Amazing view from the top after hiking up

In Sabah Borneo, there is no shortage of natural splendors that can be found, from lush tropical rainforest to the amazing jungle trails and scenic view from the top of the hill, making it a haven for hikers. Sabah Borneo is home to many natural sites such as Kinabalu National Park, Mount Trusmadi, Mount Tambuyukon, Batu Punggul, and Salt Trail Croker Range, which all of these places are perfect for avid trekkers to experience the challenging trails, as well as to see some unique Borneo flora and fauna along the trail. Moreover, there are also some places that are perfect for day hikes and travelers will not only lose some sweat for a day but also a chance to witness the amazing view from the top.

3. Nature enthusiast can marvel the incredible million years old rainforest

Borneo Rainforest

Sabah Borneo is the best place for the nature enthusiast. Located on the island of Borneo, which is home to estimated 130 million years old of tropical rainforest, inhabited by 1600 known species of wildlife, birds, insects, and plants. It is not surprising that there are many travelers from around the world who are tempted to spend their Borneo Holidays in this unique forest paradise. Several jungle trails are available for travelers to venture in, such as Lupa Masa Jungle, Danum Valley, Maliau Basin, Kinabatangan River and Long Pasia. Apart from being immersed in the green nature of the tropical forest, travelers will get a unique chance to glimpse at some elusive Borneo wildlife species as they go through the jungle trails. Not only that, a few rare species of plants can also be found within the forest, such as Orchids, Pitcher Plant, Rafflesia, and more.

4. Plenty island beaches for beach lovers to laze at

Paradise in Sabah Borneo

Sandy white beaches in Mantanani Island

Apart from being rich in tropical rainforest, Sabah Borneo also offers some of the best beach spots for those who are in need of “Vitamin Sea”. Not only that, some of the island beaches are gazetted by Sabah Borneo Government as a preserved marine national park, such as Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Pulau Tiga Park, Turtle Islands Park, Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Sipadan Island Park, and Tun Mustapha Park. Beautiful turquoise waters, colorful coral reefs, and white sandy beaches, who can say “no” to that? Apart from that, there are also various water sports activities which can be done such as banana boat ride, parasailing, coral zip line, snorkeling, and more. In addition, travelers can also do island hopping, where they can get a chance to see more than one island in a day. With these exciting activities offered, spending holidays in these island beaches are always a good idea for a getaway!

5. A world-class diving destination

Paradise in Sabah Borneo

Diving in Sipadan Island. Photo by Jennifer Ethier

Sabah Borneo may have its jungle paradise, but it also has its paradise under the sea and it can be found at Sipadan Island! Known for being a top world class diving destination, Sipadan Island is home to thousands of turtles, schooling sharks, swirling barracuda, and awe-inspiring coral walls that are more than 600m straight down to the seafloor. Apart from being able to bring travelers a different side of the world, it also helps in getting rid everydays stress and pressure from the busy life. Discover the magnificent underwater marine life, as divers will get the chance to explore the hidden secrets and underwater treasures!

6. Foodies can indulge tantalizing food in Sabah Borneo

Paradise in Sabah Borneo

Tantalizing food in Sabah Borneo!

Aaahh…Talking about the food in Sabah Borneo, it is one of the reasons travelers miss the taste of it. Sabah Borneo is a melting pot of cultures ranging from the Kadazan, Dusun, Bajau, Murut, Rungus and more sub-ethnics, making the glorious and exotic cuisine of Sabah influenced by various ethnic communities. Interestingly, the many ethnic of Sabah Borneo are able to turn any wild plants from the jungle, herbs, and fruits into culinary delights. Apart from that, they too can create specialties from the abundance of fresh seafood and freshwater fish. Drooling already? Read our articles on the traditional food in Sabah Borneo and some of the must-eat food!

With Sabah Borneo’s irresistible charms, the sandy beaches, exotic wildlife, greenery forests, and beautiful cultures, these are just some of the reasons that create its title of being a paradise. So, wait no more! Book your flight ticket now and go for a long-awaited trip to paradise in Sabah Borneo!

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Bring your family to Sandakan, Sabah for Borneo Holidays!

Bring your family to Sandakan, Sabah for Borneo Holidays!

Bring your family to Sandakan, Sabah for Borneo Holidays!

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January, 2018

When you are traveling with your family to Sabah Borneo, one of the destinations that you and your family should not miss out is Sandakan! It is located on the north-east coast part of Sabah Borneo, known to be the Nature City and a getaway to many wildlife destinations in Sabah Borneo. Sandakan is primarily famous for its Orangutan Rehabilitation Center which is located in Sepilok, about half an hour drive from Sandakan City area. In addition, Sandakan is also an important site for worlds’ history especially on the Sandakan Death Marches during the World War II. Moreover, Sandakan is also a foodie heaven, with its delectable food that you’ve never tasted before, making Sandakan a unique travel destination for your Borneo Holidays.

There are a  few modes of transportation that you can use to go Sandakan, such as by air or by an overland trip. You can go for a short domestic flight from Kuala Lumpur/ Kota Kinabalu to reach Sandakan. The flight from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan will take you about 45 minutes, while from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan is 2 hours and 45 minutes. If you choose not to fly, you can always go for an overland transfer for about 6-7 hours from Kota Kinabalu City to Sandakan. An overland transfer to Sandakan will grant you and your family a memorable experience, as it gives you an opportunity to check out some of Sabah Borneo’s great scenery from your window view.

Sandakan Borneo Family Holidays

Beautiful Sandakan city at night from Four Point Sheraton Hotel. Photo by Andy Pang

Sandakan Borneo Family Holidays

Balin Rooftop from Nak Hotel. Photo by SabahEats

Upon arrival in Sandakan City, there are plenty of accommodations that are comfortable and budget that varies from high to low. You can bring your family to enjoy swimming at the pool which is overlooking the azure Sandakan Bay at the Four Points By Sheraton Sandakan, or to Sabah Hotel which is known to be one of the oldest hotel in Sandakan surrounded by natural tropical rainforests, or to Nak Hotel where you and your family can enjoy the scenic view at the rooftop restaurant, or at the Sandakan Styles Hotel for some easy access to Sandakan Harbour Mall and town area. If you are looking for more budget-wise accommodation, you can bring your family to stay at the Borneo Sandakan Backpackers which offers comfort and convenient to travelers coming to Sandakan as well as an easy access to Sandakan town area.

Sandakan Borneo Family Holidays

Four Point Sheraton Hotel. Photo by Adrian Royle

Sandakan Borneo Family Holidays

St.Michael And All Angels Cathedral.

Sandakan Borneo Family Holidays

Agnes Keith House

Discover the Sandakan City with your family, where you and your family can get to know some interesting stories behind the historical sites, such as the Agnes Keith House, St Michael and All Angels Cathedral, Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, and Sandakan War Memorial Park.

Sandakan Borneo Family Holidays

Orangutan swinging

Your Borneo family holidays would not stop there, as Sandakan have much more to offer to travelers who are traveling with families. Bring your family to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, which shelters about 70 Orangutans that are being rehabilitated before releasing back to the wild. Be sure to go during the feeding time session (10:00 am or 3:00 pm), your kids will love to see the Orangutans up close from the viewing platform.

Sandakan Borneo Family Holidays

Bornean Sun Bear relaxing on a tree branch

After that, check out the cute Sun Bears at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, just a few steps away from Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. The viewing platform is on stilts above the forest floor, get ready with your binoculars and spot the Sun Bears down below.

Sandakan Borneo Family Holidays

Walking platform at the Rainforest Discovery Centre. Photo: Murphy Ng

Just nearby Sepilok is the Rainforest Discovery Centre, a good place for you and your family to get close to nature through jungle trails and canopy walk. Apart from that, birding activity can also be done at the Rainforest Discovery Centre, which, up to date, has recorded about 300 Borneo Birds in the area, such as Bornean Bristlehead, Hornbills, Pittas, Leafbirds, Woodpeckers, and more. It is not a surprise that Rainforest Discovery Centre is chose to be the most preferred venue for Borneo Bird Festival that is held annually in the month of September or October.

Sandakan Borneo Family Holidays

A group of Proboscis Monkey were eating at the platform

Drop by at the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary before your journey to Kinabatangan River. The Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary offers everyone a chance to have a closer look at the Proboscis Monkeys. However, tell your children not to get too close with these primates for safety precaution, but you are welcome to take a selfie with the primates. At the same time, you can also see other animals such as Silver-Leaf Monkeys and Hornbills scattered around the area.

Kinabatangan River Cruise. Photo: Kevin Smith

Next, bring your kids to Kinabatangan River for more wildlife adventures and let your family get the experience of staying at a rustic riverside lodge. Proceed on a boat ride for safari cruise along the Kinabatangan River, where you and your family will get to spot some Proboscis Monkeys dangling from the trees, Orangutans resting on the trees, Monitor Lizards by the river banks, and other wildlife. If you are lucky, you can spot a group of Borneo Pygmy Elephants eating or swimming by the riverside.

Choosing Sandakan as one of your Borneo Family Holidays destination would be a perfect time to increase the bond with your family and to have a memorable experience together. The best part of it, your kids will have a lot of stories to share with their friends in school. Feel free to read our travel guide to Sandakan to ease your mind on planning your travel in Sandakan.

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Amazing Photos of Sarawak Borneo that will inspire you to go for Borneo Holidays!

Amazing Photos of Sarawak Borneo that will inspire you to go for Borneo Holidays!

Amazing Photos of Sarawak Borneo that will inspire you to go for Borneo Holidays!

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January, 2018

Sarawak Borneo Tour Package

Looking for an adventure to scratch off on your travel resolution for 2018? Sarawak Borneo is one of the destinations that you should go for travel this year! It is one of biggest state in Malaysia, and located at the northwest of Borneo Island. Sarawak Borneo is bordered by other Malaysian state, which is Sabah Borneo at the northeast, Kalimantan ( Indonesian portion of Borneo) to the south, and Brunei in the north.

Sarawak Borneo plays a major role in being a gateway to Borneo’s natural wonders, bountiful Borneo Wildlife and unique culture. From the city of cats, Kuching; the capital city of Sarawak Borneo, where you can experience the fascinating history of the city, to the pristine rainforests where you can see Orangutans and Proboscis Monkeys on a day trip. To feel more adventurous, you can go on a traditional longboat at the Batang Ai Lake and stay with the Iban communities on a longhouse, where you will encounter a warm welcome and experience more hands on on Sarawak cultures. To fulfill your travel bucket list, go on a spectacular bat cave exploration and hike up to witness the extraordinary rock formations of Mulu Pinnacles at the Mulu National Park.

Wherever you go in Sarawak Borneo, it would always feel a new adventure for you to experience it. Don’t believe it? Check out the photos of Sarawak Borneo below:

Deer Cave. Photo by Robdu91

Amazing Photos of Sarawak Borneo

Aerial view of Kuching city. Photo by Bani Hasyim

Amazing Photos of Sarawak Borneo

Annah Rais Longhouse

Unique rock formations in Bako National Park. Photo by Pino Carrola

Bario village view at night. Photo by Labang_Z

Iban Longhouse in Sarawak Cultural Village. Photo by Hakim Caine

Old Iban Woman making Handcraft from rattan at the longhouse. Photo by Herman Wong

Mulu Pinnacles in Gunung Mulu National Park. Photo by Wagler’s pit

Amazing Photos of Sarawak Borneo

Niah Cave. Photo by Frande Castro

Pa’ Lungan Villages in Kelabit Highland. Photo by Ben Beiske

Proboscis Monkey in Bako National Park. Photo by Kathy Perry

Traditional Longboat. Photo by Chim Chee Kong

Amazing Photos of Sarawak Borneo

Sunset view of Sarawak River. Photo by Frampton Panchong

Jungle trekking Bario Kelabit Highlands

Amazing Photos of Sarawak Borneo

Morning view of Waterfront Kuching city. Photo by Frampton Panchong

Still not enough? You can also read our other article to know places more to go in Kuching or some of insta-worthy places in Sarawak Borneo. We hope that it will inspire you to book a flight for your Borneo Holidays. Feel free to reach out to us if you want to know more on Sarawak Borneo. Don’t forget, your adventure in Sarawak Borneo awaits you!

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7 places for day hikes around Sabah Borneo

7 places for day hikes around Sabah Borneo

7 places for day hikes around

Sabah Borneo

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January, 2018

Trekking & Climbing Tour Package
Lupa Masa Jungle Trekking 

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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

Cultural Villages tour in Sabah Borneo

Cultural Villages Tour in

Sabah Borneo

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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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