7 activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for Christmas Borneo Holidays

7 activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for Christmas Borneo Holidays

Top 7 activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for Christmas Borneo Holidays

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December, 2017

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activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for Christmas
Ho… Ho… Ho… ‘Tis the season! Christmas lights and decorations are up in Kota Kinabalu City street and boy, does it feel cosy! Christmas holiday is an event that is celebrated by Christians all over the world in commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. In Sabah Borneo, there is a diverse culture living together harmoniously and celebrate the Christmas festive together. If you happen to travel here in Sabah Borneo and still do not have any clue on how to spend your Christmas Borneo Holidays here in Sabah Borneo, don’t worry, we will provide you some of the top activities that you can do for your Christmas Borneo Holidays.

1) Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) Islands

Diving in TARP Islands

What could be a better way to spend your Christmas Borneo Holidays than to go for diving in TARP Islands? Surround yourself with the exquisite marine coral reefs like you never seen before. With just about 15 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu city, this tropical island will offer you a vacation of a lifetime. Apart from diving, you can also try out other water activities that are offered at the TARP Islands, such as coral zipline, island hopping, sea walking, parasailing, banana boat ride, and many more exciting activities! You can also simply relax and get a suntan by the beach. A day trip to these TARP Islands will never be enough for you.

2) Luxurious Holiday in resort

Since Christmas Holiday is considered a holiday break for everyone, why not spend your Christmas Borneo Holiday in a resort? You can just simply relax and de-stress yourself from your busy life in the resort. Since it is Christmas season, you can expect there will be many beautiful and some over-the-top Christmas decorations display at the resort, making the Christmas festive at the resort more lively. Apart from that, you can also witness the Christmas Choir performances at the resort, as well as Christmas activities or games offered during your stay in the resort, be sure to participate in it!

activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for Christmas

Relaxing by the beach at the resort

3) Christmas lunch/dinner in restaurants/ hotels

New year new you Sabah Borneo Holidays 2018

Enjoy your lunch/dinner in Hotel

Indulge yourself with some of the delicious festive foods that are available for lunch or dinner at any hotels or restaurants in Sabah Borneo. Choose to have a memorable Christmas season with your loved ones in the spirit of Christmas. The lights, Christmas decorations, musical live performances and warm services by the staffs, will never cease to stop you from celebrating Christmas in Sabah Borneo. Moreover, the delicious and sumptuous foods that are served in a buffet-style will leave your stomach full for a day!

4) North Borneo Cruise

If you are not the type to celebrate Christmas in a resort, you can also experience a luxurious cruise through the North Borneo Cruise. There are two types of cruises that you can go, either sunset cruise or the night cruise. Whichever you choose, both will let you experience something out of the ordinary for your Christmas Borneo Holidays. Moreover, be mesmerized by the sunsets or city’s night view, the live band performances will keep you entertained while keeping your tummies happy with the Western and Asian fusion style of buffet dinner.

activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for Christmas

Sunset View by the NOrth Borneo Cruise

5) Weston River Cruise

activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for Christmas

Proboscis Monkeys hanging on a tree. Photo by: Musafirtravellers

Celebrate your Christmas with a different experience by going for a river cruise in Weston River. Be anticipated to see Proboscis Monkeys aka Long-nosed Monkeys hanging on the mangrove trees. Apart from that, Weston is also treasured with a variety of other Borneo Wildlife, such as Silver-Leaf Monkeys, Long-Tail Macaques, snakes, birds, otters, and many more. After dinner, you will go for another round of river cruise to witness the enchanting sight of fireflies flying around the mangrove trees, which somehow looks like Christmas lights on trees! Now, who say you can’t celebrate Christmas on a river cruise?

6) Kundasang

How about celebrating your Christmas in a cooling breeze of the highlands in Sabah Borneo? Spend your Christmas in Kundasang, Sabah Borneo, where it offers you a peaceful experience and an untouched beauty of nature. There are a lot of destinations you can go in Kundasang, such as Kinabalu National Park, Desa Cattle Dairy Farm, Poring Hot Spring, Sabah Tea Garden and more. Click here to know more places that you can go to Ranau!

activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for Christmas

Mount Kinabalu view from afar

7) Kudat

Watch the awesome Sunset view from Tip of Borneo

Spend your Christmas Borneo Holidays away from the city life and head out to some of the hidden gems in Sabah Borneo, which is Kudat. A unique small town which is located in the northern part of Sabah Borneo and home to Rungus ethnic people. Embark about three and a half hours journey drive to Kudat, welcoming you with a breathtaking view of tropical beaches, the Tip of Borneo, amazing sunset views, intricate designs of Rungus beads handicraft, gong-making villages, and more. A trip to Kudat for Christmas Borneo Holidays will sure make you feel in awe of its beautiful places and culture experience, which somehow you may think twice whether or not to leave the place.

Having read the activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for your Christmas Borneo Holidays, we hope you will get some of the ideas on how to spend your Christmas Borneo Holidays in Sabah Borneo. In addition, feel free to read some of the Insta-Worthy places in Sabah Borneo to show your family and friends back home the beauty of Sabah Borneo.

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Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebration 2017

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebration 2017

Kota Kinabalu Christmas

Celebration 2017

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This year marks the 13th edition of the Christmas Celebration in Kota Kinabalu City and this celebration will be organized through a collaboration of Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) and Sabah Council of Churches (SCC), which will be held on December 11th – 14th 2017 at the Padang Merdeka, Kota Kinabalu City. This is a yearly event that anyone should not miss out especially for those visiting Sabah Borneo for their Borneo Holidays.

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations Poster

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Given the theme for this celebration is “God’s Love, Man Hope”, with the purpose of bringing all community, regardless of their difference in race and religion, to celebrate the Christmas Celebration together on this event. For this year Christmas Celebration, there are a variety of exciting performances which showcases cultural diversity, classical, as well as modern elements. Apart from that, there are also local and international artists invited to perform during the event too.

What makes everyone looking forward to this joyous Christmas Celebration (me being one of them), was the stalls during the event; vendors selling a variety of food and drinks, as well as featuring their Christmas element into their display and designs to bring out the Christmas spirit. I am glad to say that I got a chance to visit the Christmas Celebration this year. It was truly an eye-opening event, where you can see many stalls selling a variety of foods and drinks, Christmas delicacies, preloved stuff, Christmas gifts, Christmas Choirs, as well as some exciting games.

Despite it raining since the first day of the event, it did not stop the crowd coming to enliven the Christmas Celebration. Here are some of the pictures that I have taken during the event:

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Christmas lights hanging on the tree, can you see the “Merry Christmas” signboard above?

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

A big and tall Christmas Tree decorated with red ornaments is sponsored by YES(a mobile 4G brand)

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

One of the things that make the event interesting, there is a stall selling LED light Balloons!

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Handmade Christmas ornaments using pinecone

Some of the photos of yummy foods and drinks are sold during the event:

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Lamb Teriyaki Skewers

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Cute shapes of Cartoon Characters waffles

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebration

Cendol in a cone

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Ice Blended Fruit Juice

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

This is my first time to see a Galaxy drink (wow!)

 

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

I manage to get it for myself too! ^-^

 

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Check out this cute Unicorns meringue!

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

.….and more foods!

 

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Check these photos from Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebration Facebook page:

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Need to see more photos? Check out their Facebook Page here.

Miss out on this event for your Borneo Holidays? Don’t worry, there is always next year for you to visit the Christmas Celebration and each year will have different kinds of activities and performance for the event. Apart from that, check out our other blog posts to know places in Kota Kinabalu that you can visit with your kids for your Borneo Holidays.

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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

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December, 2017

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Sarawak iban adventure

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 

 

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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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Things to do in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Borneo – Jesselton Artisan Market

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Borneo – Jesselton Artisan Market

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu,

Sabah Borneo – Jesselton Artisan Market

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November, 2017

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Jesselton Artisan Market

A trip to Sabah Borneo will grant any of us (as travelers) a promise to experience the wildest adventure in our life by going for a trekking expedition to Borneo Rainforest or spot some wildlife that is endemic in Sabah Borneo. Our Sabah Borneo Holiday will begin in the capital city of Sabah Borneo, which is Kota Kinabalu City. Kota Kinabalu City was formerly known as Jesselton City and is located on the northwest coast of Borneo, facing the South China Sea. Some might think staying in Kota Kinabalu City can be tedious, but with its own modern hip vibe, well-developed infrastructures, delicate taste of local food, breathtaking sunset view, its diverse local culture, the exquisite locals’ handmade of arts and craft, eventually will make us fall in love with Kota Kinabalu City in a day. Some might consider on extending their holiday just to explore more of the charms of Kota Kinabalu City.

One of the activity that we should not miss out to do in Kota Kinabalu City, is a chance to visit the Jesselton Artisan Market. Jesselton Artisan Market is an inspiring arts and craft bazaar, which showcases the locals’ own skilled and handmade of decorative arts, jewelry, clothing, home decorations, furniture and more interesting stuff that might amaze us. Moreover, there will be food stalls, food trucks, mini handcraft workshops, and class sessions by the artisan itself will be held during the bazaar.

A visit to Jesselton Artisan Market for a day will never make anyone feel bored. I have gone to many Arts and Craft Bazaar before, but I always end up feeling bored after spending about half an hour there. Unlike Jesselton Artisan Market, I can literally spend half a day walking around there! My last visit to Jesselton Artisan Market was on 7th October 2017 and I can say that there was never a dull moment! I was in awe to see some of the creative handmade arts and crafts, as well as listening to the music performance by the local bands/artists.

Jesselton Artisan Market is a new event in 2017 and organized by Salt X Paper. In addition, the Jesselton Artisan Market sometimes collaborate with other creative groups (such as Doodle Malaysia, Inktober Malaysia, etc) for this event.

Let me share with you some of the interesting things that can be expected in Jesselton Artisan Market:

Jesselton Artisan Market

Handmade coin purse and pieces of jewelry by The Pink Dinosaur

Jesselton Artisan Market

Handmade jewelry and crafts by iCare Crafts

Jesselton Artisan Market

Aren’t these cute cupcakes? But these are not edible cupcakes, these are handmade soaps!

Jesselton Artisan Market

Travel quote postcards

Jesselton Artisan Market

Woven Rattan of Sabah Borneo Mini Bag

Jesselton Artisan Market

“ I solemnly swear that I am up to no good”…
A wood engraving of Marauder’s map from the movie of Harry Potter by YBcuts

Jesselton Artisan Market

A drawing of Malaysian favorite desserts, ABC or shaved ice

Jesselton Artisan Market

“Colourful drawing of Mount Kinabalu as a postcard

Jesselton Artisan Market

Pick your favorite characters of lego keychain

Jesselton Artisan Market

Handmade metal necklaces based on Borneo motives by Pogunsavat Craftwork

Jesselton Artisan Market

Aww…so cute the watercolor drawing of a baby Orangutan…

Jesselton Artisan Market

A hand-drawn mandala on wood by Henna Sapok

Apart from that, handmade arts and crafts are not the only attraction we can see during the Jesselton Artisan Market, there are also some food stalls and food trucks to fill up our hungry tummy. The food itself are creatively designed and the taste are oh-so-delicious! One of the interesting food that I have tasted (and it was my first time too!) during the Jesselton Artisan Market is the beef bacon flavored popsicle (yikes!) by Pops and Pints. They do have other flavors of ice cream, such as strawberry, yogurt, sweet potatoes, and laksa flavor too.

Jesselton Artisan Market

Lime Mint flavor(left) and Beef Bacon flavor Ice Cream (right)

Jesselton Artisan Market

Unicorn Yogurt Ice Cream by Gelato Lab

For this coming Jesselton Artisan Market, it will be held on 2nd-3rd December 2017, this time the organizer will do a Christmas themed event! (yeah!) There will be about 100 local artisan brands selling their original handmade creations, a chance to participate in a sing-along Christmas Carolling, Christmas theme of art installations and displays, as well as a Christmas Charity where we can donate to the poor and needy. Feeling excited? Save the date and see you there!

Missed out on this event? Worry no more, there are other things that we can do in Kota Kinabalu city. Read here for a travel guide to Kota Kinabalu.

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Don’t be a Borneo tourist, be a Borneo traveler!

Don’t be a Borneo tourist, be a Borneo traveler!

Don’t be a Borneo tourist,

be a Borneo traveler!

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November, 2017

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Don't be a Borneo Tourist, Be a Borneo Traveler

Borneo, is the third largest island in the world, after Greenland and New Guinea. It is divided into three states, which are Malaysian Borneo (Sabah & Sarawak), Indonesia, and Brunei. In addition, Borneo Island is dominated by one of the oldest tropical rainforests (estimated about 140 million years old), making it home to many rare species of wildlife and plants. Being an island that has an abundance of natural wonders, it is not a surprise that Borneo Island has become one of the favorite holiday destinations for many people from around the globe.

Before visiting Borneo Island, think over your purpose to visit Borneo Island. Are you going for hiking to Mount Kinabalu and see Orangutans in Sandakan? Or are you going to discover and learn the diverse culture in Borneo? If you are only interested to go for popular sightseeing in Borneo island, then you are considered as a Borneo tourist. In contrast, if you are keen to experience the culture and seeking for off-the-beaten-track in Borneo, then you can consider yourself as a Borneo traveler. Both trips provide the clarity and refreshment for your trip to Borneo, but have different ways of travel approach.

So, what makes Borneo tourist and Borneo traveler different from each other?

1) Group/ Solo travel

Don't be a Borneo Tourist, Be a Borneo Traveler

Borneo tourist usually will travel in a group, while, Borneo travelers will travel solo

News flash! If you are traveling in a large group or with families/friends, then you are a Borneo tourist. While, traveling solo or with one other person, you are considered as a Borneo traveler. Traveling in an organized group can be daunting, as you may not have any privacy while traveling, or clashing personalities and self-interests for you to deal with. For example, you want to taste out the delicious noodle that you’ve seen from other travelers posts, but you have to follow the majority’s decision to go to a specific restaurant to eat. In contrast, being a Borneo traveler, you are the BOSS! You can decide where and what you want to eat while traveling in Borneo.

Being a Borneo tourist, you will always travel in your own circle and eventually restrain yourself from asking locals or random person for any piece of informations. While, being a Borneo traveler is fun as it can ‘force’ you to engage conversations with locals, as well as sharing personal experience or hobbies together.

2) Sights/ Attractions in Borneo

 

Don't be a Borneo Tourist, Be a Borneo Traveler

Borneo tourist visit the popular attractions, while, Borneo travelers will go for non-touristy part in Borneo

A Borneo tourist doesn’t go on trips to experience something new or unknown places. They will be very comfortable with a guided tour in Borneo, and simply just stick to places that are popular attractions in Borneo. In addition, if you are a Borneo tourist, you may not get the chance to meet different people or locals except those who you were traveling with. A Borneo traveler will also go to see some of the main attractions in Borneo, but they tend to seek more than the usual attractions in Borneo. They will be looking for more authentic Borneo culture, non-touristy part of destination, as well as to discover local stories that they won’t find in any travel guidebooks. Therefore, a Borneo traveler will know that the locals are the best tour guide to explore some of the off-the-beaten places in Borneo. 

Related article: 5 Off-The-Beaten-Path Destinations in Borneo

3) Food in Borneo

Don't be a Borneo Tourist, Be a Borneo Traveler

Both Borneo tourist and Borneo travelers tasting the local dishes in Borneo

Travel to Borneo will offer you a chance to taste some of the dishes that you won’t taste in your hometown. Apart from that, having taste the food in Borneo will give you an insight of history and cultures in Borneo. Both Borneo tourist and Borneo traveler will go to eat some of the local dishes of Borneo in a local cafe. However, some Borneo tourist will prefer to eat the dishes that are familiar to them. While, some of them who are adventurous enough, they will tend to taste the exotic Borneo dishes once in their life. Meanwhile, a Borneo traveler, seeking to learn more on Borneo’s culture, is always ready to challenge themselves, to step out from their comfort zone, stay at the homestay and try out some of the exotic dishes that are served in the homestay.

Want to know what kind of exotic and traditional dishes offers in Sabah Borneo? Read our blog entry here.

4) Languages in Borneo

Don't be a Borneo Tourist, Be a Borneo Traveler

Borneo tourist will not speak with locals as they will be on a guided tours, while Borneo travelers will ask the locals for directions

Being a Borneo tourist, they will be always in a guided tour, making it hard for them to get the chance to speak with locals and learn some of the local languages in Borneo. While being a Borneo traveler, they are free to go anywhere they want. Therefore, they will need to learn and know at least a few phrases to use to communicate with locals while traveling in Borneo Island. The main language that is spoken in Borneo will be the Malay language. So, learning to say simple things like “Selamat Pagi” (Good Morning), “Terima Kasih” (Thank You),“Di Mana” (Where),“Berapa” (How much), and many more, can make a difference when trying to communicate with locals. Borneo locals tend to feel nervous when a visitor trying to communicate with them because not all of them can speak English very well. Therefore, if any visitor could speak with them in language that they are familiar with, they will feel at ease to converse with them and eventually this will develop into friendship.

Check out this information for you to learn one of the Sabah Borneo’s colloquial terms – “Bah”.

5) Packing Style

Don't be a Borneo Tourist, Be a Borneo Traveler

Borneo tourist will pack a lot of things to travel, while, for Borneo travelers, they chose to pack light

Here’s one quick question for you. Have you ever pack a lot of unnecessary stuff, such as extra clothes, jeans, shoes, electronic gadgets, toiletries, travel guidebooks, and more before coming to Borneo? If your answer is YES, then you are a Borneo tourist. In addition, you should know that not every item in your bag are needed for your trip to Borneo. It’s better to lighten your load by removing some of the unnecessary stuff so that you will feel the ease and flexibility while traveling to Borneo.

When it comes to packing for Borneo travel, a Borneo traveler will pack as light as possible. They would only need to bring their camera and few necessary items for their trip. Apart from that, Borneo traveler will not only pack comfortable clothes, but they will choose the best outfit that can match in any destination. For example, packing practical pants for trekking, hiking, or even walk in the park that suits the climate in Sabah Borneo.

Check out our tips for packing when traveling to Borneo :

6) Buying Souvenirs

Don't be a Borneo Tourist, Be a Borneo Traveler

Borneo tourist will buy souvenirs at the souvenir shop, while, for Borneo travelers, will take small things (eg: entrance ticket) as a memento

A Borneo tourist will be easily drawn to the awe of the local souvenir shops, which some of the souvenirs tend to be overpriced! Although from the outside, you may think that the souvenir shop is the perfect place to find some of the unique items that you can bring home, wait until you see the souvenirs’ price. Moreover, the same souvenirs are often available in other souvenir shops but with a different price. For Borneo travelers, they will be looking for smaller items ( because they want to avoid heavy baggage!), but with great memories to cherish. For example, keeping entrance tickets from Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre or Kinabalu National Park, they will either frame it or stick it into their travel journal. Apart from that, Borneo travelers will choose something that is not more than their budget for souvenirs, knickknack of any sorts such as keychains or seashell bracelets.

After reading this, which one of the categories that you think you fall into? Whichever it is, being in both of the categories will also grant you the chance to enjoy your trip to Borneo. Being a Borneo tourist will also give you a memorable experience that you will not get from anywhere. In addition, it would be a double bonus for you if you can meet an English-speaking local that can provide you with some good advice and tips for your travel in Borneo. Apart from that, don’t stop being a Borneo traveler. Continue to learn more about Borneo culture, develop friendships along the way, as well as seeking some of the off-the-beat destination that can be found in Borneo!

Planning to travel Borneo in 2018? Check out our Travel Hacks to Borneo!

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Discover the Best Travel Hacks to Borneo for 2018

Discover the Best Travel Hacks to Borneo for 2018

Discover the Best Travel Hacks to Borneo for 2018

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November, 2017

Borneo Tour Packages
Taste of Borneo Cooking Class Kiulu Quad Biking 

Who doesn’t love to travel? We all love to travel and we crave for the adventure to explore new places in the world. It is in our nature to travel. However, we are looking forward to traveling with less money spent, not overpack, and every trip in Borneo is running smoothly. So, to make our travel to Borneo easier by 2018, here are some of the travel hacks that I would like to share, which is very useful especially to those who plan to travel to Borneo in 2018. 

1) Use incognito window or clear cache/ cookies when online booking

Best Travel Hacks to Borneo for 2018
Choose incognito windows for ticket online booking to avoid increase in price

This is my personal experience, I was told that if we book our flight ticket online, the travel sites could track our visits and increase the pricing rate! Any booking sites will often use cookies to provide users a more personalized experience. So, if a user searches multiple times for a certain flight, the price rate will be higher than before. Unbelievable but it’s true. Hence, private browsing or clearing cache/cookies in the browser could save us some money to purchase flights or hotels at the best price. This has saved me about MYR 80 when I was purchasing my flight ticket to Kuching last June.

2) Don’t forget to inform your preferred bank before travel

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Don’t forget to inform your bank to unlock the card for international transactions

Whenever we travel, we always thought about travel with safety. However, we tend to forget one small but crucial step to do before travel abroad, which is to notify our bank. Imagine if we forget to notify our bank before traveling to Borneo, the bank will immediately block the debit/credit card and shut our account when they detect transactions in an unfamiliar location. Oh, bummer! This is because the bank is actually protecting us from identity theft. So, it is always a good idea to inform our bank before traveling to Borneo and prevent from getting a headache if we find out our cards are canceled or blocked.

3) Travel Insurance is a MUST!

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CFill in the Travel Insurance application form before travel to Borneo

Before traveling, it is recommended to get travel insurance. Travel insurance is an essential part for any travel plans, as it helps to ensure our safety, well-being, and financial security from any unforeseen event happening before depart or while away from home. Apart from that, getting travel insurance will provide us some peace of mind for it can let us reimbursed for any losses and expenses, especially to cover our delayed, stolen, lost or damaged luggage.

4) Bring own water bottle

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Bring own water bottle for traveling

Keep the water bottle empty and put into a carry-on backpack, fill the water into the bottle after passing through a security check. Having done this can eventually help us to save some money rather than buying bottled water at the airport vendors, which isn’t cheap. This is a lesson that I have to keep in mind while traveling internationally, as I always purchase bottled water at the airport vendor and it really cost loads (Oh snap!). Some say we can also bring the water bottle and pass through the airport security if we freeze it! Good tips, but maybe we can try it soon (hahaha…) Moreover, bringing our own water bottle not only saves the environment, but it also saves us from spending money over buying mineral water and keeps us hydrated at all times.

5) Use Google Maps to look for interesting places in Borneo

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Lookout for some interesting places in Kota Kinabalu city, Sabah Borneo

While traveling in Kuching, Sarawak Borneo, Google Maps was my lifesaver to go around the area. Just download the Google Maps application to mobile phone and it can show some of the destinations for food, bars or shopping malls. Apart from that, I have read in one article that we can use Google Maps offline in order to reach any specific destination that we want. We only need to download the destination in Google Maps, we can simply use it to navigate us to the destination, without using any internet access. How cool is that? This can help us to save from spending extra charges on mobile data and data roaming while traveling in Borneo!

6) Ask locals while traveling in Borneo

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Get to know and spend time with Borneo locals

No matter if we are on a short break or a long trip in Borneo, there’s no better way of getting to know Borneo than talking to the locals. Locals may know some of the off-the-beaten-places in Borneo, the do’s and don’ts, great places to eat, and more. In a nutshell, the locals are the best tour guide anyone could ask for! As a Sabahan, I will not know any best places to go in Sarawak Borneo. Hence, asking the locals during my Kuching trip really helped me a lot to know some of the hotspot places in Kuching. Apart from getting to know some of the places in Borneo, we can also create friendship through talking with locals. So, don’t get shy and start to mingle!

Want to know some of the Sabah Borneo’s colloquial terms – “Bah”? Click here.

7) Look for some local activities in Borneo

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A glimpse of tamu or local market view in Donggongon

There is no better way to get the feel of Borneo than taking public transportation. Skip the flight, let’s get on the bus or a van to go Sandakan from Kota Kinabalu city. This is a perfect opportunity to get a glimpse into the life of the locals, as well as appreciate the scenic view along the way. An opportunity to experience local’s daily routine is not something that is commonly offered to any tourists. Hence, a tour to the “tamu” or local market is the best way for us to mingle around with the locals and a perfect chance to scoop some special items that can serve as a memento or souvenir in our Borneo travel.

8) Bring Power Bank/ Portable Charger while traveling in Borneo

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Bring powerbank to charge your phone while traveling in Borneo

Smartphones have quickly replaced the need for several gadgets and most people ( including us) would always have a phone attached to our hand. Having a smartphone could help us a lot, especially when we are travelling. A smartphone can be a backup camera, if we forget to bring our camera, to capture the moments in our Borneo travel. Apart from that, it can provide us the travel information or places of interest in Borneo too. Unfortunately, using smartphone most of the time could consume a lot of battery. A battery running flat while traveling is not fun which we all can probably relate to, especially when spending a long time on a train/plane/bus/car and we might not have any access to a power outlet point to recharge our phones. Therefore, bring a power bank / portable charger while travel in Borneo, so it can give our phone extra juice to last the day.

9) Rubber Shoes or Adidas Kampung for jungle trekking

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Can you see the four yellow-stripes on the shoes, which made it similar to Adidas brand

Although the name itself seems weird to all of us, these shoes are the best when going for trekking expedition in Borneo Jungle. It is made in Malaysia and has been used by generations of locals, especially among rubber tappers and estate workers. Apart from that, rubber shoes or Adidas Kampung are 100% made out of rubber, it is cheap, easy to carry, fully water-resistant and easy to dry, making it even more useful when using it to venture into Borneo Jungle that is constantly wet and humid. Wearing rubber shoes/ Adidas Kampung could provide us a good grip for trekking, its thin soles also give us a good reflexology to the feet especially trekking on a muddy terrain, river crossing or mountain climbing. Therefore, to avoid any unexpected injury, it is best to wear the rubber shoes/ Adidas Kampung for any trekking expedition in Borneo Jungle.

10) Bring a neck pillow or inflatable pillow for Borneo travel

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Sleeping comfortably with neck pillow during flight

Going for a long-haul flight or long bus ride will make us feel uncomfortable in our trip, especially when we are trying to get a good rest throughout the journey. The uncomfortable seats, cramped conditions, unyielding hard armrest, and head banging against the window shade, eventually leads to a restless situation (Not forgetting, a sore and stiff neck) in our trip. Hence, bring a neck pillow or an inflatable pillow. At first, I admit bringing a neck pillow for a trip can be troublesome, because it took some space in my backpack and feeling dorky ( hahaha…!), but it actually helped me a lot to feel comfortable on a long-haul flight. An alternative to neck pillow would be the inflatable pillow, where we can just easily put it inside the backpack when not in use. I can say that neck pillow or inflatable pillow is the perfect travel companion to any travelers. Not only can it make us feel comfortable in our plane flight or bus trip, it can be as our pillow when camping in Borneo, in a hostel dorm that doesn’t have pillows, or airport floor.

11) Ziplock Bags 

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Keep your things dry in ziplock bags

Experience the exotic beach getaway in Borneo can be remarkable fun, but keeping the important things, such as camera, passports, or extra clothes dry would be very hard. Hence, use ziplock bags. It is truly a lifesaver when going for a beach getaway in Borneo. Apart from that, ziplock bags could help us to save an amount of packing space and keeping any liquids from leaking all over to our other belongings. In addition, using ziplock bags to keep your gadgets or miscellaneous items dry is the cheapest way!

12) Check out some of the travel hacks for packing in Buzzfeed

I love watching Buzzfeed especially getting ideas or coolest travel hacks, such as:

  • Roll clothes instead of folding to save space
  • Use dryer sheet in the luggage to keep our smelly clothes smelling fresh
  • Put underwear and socks in shoes to save space
  • Dirty shoes, rather than put in a plastic, wrap it with a shower cap to prevent other stuff in the luggage getting dirty
  • If you’re bringing some accessories such as necklaces, it’s best to wrap it flat with a plastic wrap to avoid it from getting tangled
  • Use a plastic straw to fill shampoo, conditioner, sunblock, and others. Don’t forget to label it!

I hope these travel hacks that I provide will help ease your burden before traveling! Trying to decide whether to backpack in Sabah Borneo? Read our tips for backpacking!

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