Caving Adventure in Malaysian Borneo

Caving Adventure in Malaysian Borneo

Caving Adventure in Malaysian Borneo

08

September, 2017
Caving adventure in Sabah Borneo

Apart from going for a Wildlife and jungle trekking adventure in Malaysian Borneo, did you know that you can spend your Borneo trip by going for caving adventure? Malaysian Borneo offers some unique characteristics and stories of the caves for you to discover. Caving adventures are rated easy, intermediate, and a day tour expeditions. We can assure you that you won’t get bored to visit one of the caves in your Borneo trip!

Here’s a list of caves that you should be going for an adventure in Malaysian Borneo:

1) Fairy Cave, Bau, Sarawak Borneo

Fairy Cave took its name from the stalagmite structure that can be seen from the entrance. Fairy Cave was once a gold mining settlement of Bau, which was located about 40 km from Kuching, Sarawak.

Before reaching the entrance, get ready to exercise your feet as you will need to walk up a series of flight of stairs (about 4-storey high concrete staircase). When you go inside, you will be amazed to see the humongous size of the caves and the green moss inside it, due to the light entering the cave.

Fret not, when you enter the cave, you can manage without using a torch because it is slightly dark inside and you will be reaching into one place with a huge opening that allows the light to flood in. Unusual stalactites and stalagmites were formed over thousands of years ago.

Some said the entrance of the cave resembles like a Chinese deity, which made many Buddhist and Taoist coming there to burn joss sticks and pray for their future fortune and destiny before returning to the city. Fortunately, there is no admission to enter the cave and it is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

4-storey high staircase to reach the entrance of the cave

Light enter the cave and displays the green moss inside the cave 

2) Wind Cave, Bau, Sarawak Borneo

Entrance of the Wind Cave

Easy walkway to reach the entrance

Wind Cave is named from the cooling breeze that blows continuously throughout the cave. It is located about 48 km away from Kuching City, and only about 25 minutes drive. Wind cave is considered as an easy access to reach from Kuching and it is also a popular destination for day trips, as well as picnic excursions.

Wind Cave is not much physically demanding compared to Fairy Cave because you can just walk along at the wooden walkways to access through the Wind Caves. You can see there are many swiftlets and bats inside the Wind Cave and also you can catch a glimpse of a subterranean stream, where you can relax and picnic beside it.

Note: Make sure to bring a torch as you will be experiencing caving into pitch black tunnels (to avoid bats disturbance).

Wind Cave is part of the Nature Reserve in Sarawak Borneo. Thus, there is a nominal fee that visitors need to pay prior to entering the cave and it is open daily from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

River beside the cave

3) Deer Cave, Mulu, Sarawak Borneo

Deer Cave

Deer Cave is the largest and spectacular caves found in Borneo Island. It is home to millions of bats from various species. To reach the Deer Cave, you will need to go through a 3 km plank-walk which you can see the beauty of the Sarawak Borneo rainforest, jungle streams, and an ancient Penan tribe’s burial cave. The Deer Cave was named by the local (Penan tribe) because of few deer usually spotted in the cave for shelter. Using a torch is recommended to see the cave, examine the guano-covered-path and maybe to spot some interesting insects while walking the path. Going through the path, you will reach “Garden of Eden” ;- richer green vegetation grows there due to a hole in the cave roof that allows the light to enter.

Formation of Abraham Lincoln face near cave entrance

Apart from that, an interesting formation near the cave entrance which resembles the face of Abraham Lincoln.

Don’t miss out to visit Deer cave around 5-7pm and experience the bat exodus outside the cave.

Bats Exodus around 5-7pm outside the cave 

4) Clearwater Cave, Mulu, Sarawak Borneo

Clearwater cave inside

Using Longboat to reach the cave

Cruising on a longboat to reach the Clearwater Cave is always a good kick start of your Borneo Caving Adventure trip. The Clearwater Cave is accessed by a boardwalk which is suspended from the limestone cliff. It is also home to some of the unique species of plant which can only be found in Mulu. After going through inside the cave, you can see there is actually a clear river flowing through the cave and it will make you want to jump in for a swim. If time permitted, you can have a nice lunch picnic break by the swimming area which is shaded by huge rainforest trees outside the cave!

Clearwater river outside the cave

Clearwater cave showing the green moss

5) Gomantong Cave, Kinabatangan, Sandakan, Sabah Borneo

Gomantong cave inside

The light coming shines from the hole in the cave

Unfortunately, in Sabah Borneo, there is only one cave that is known to many, which is the Gomantong Cave. It is the largest limestone outcrop in Kinabatangan area and it is a protected area under the Sabah Forestry Department. There are two primary chamber parts of the cave system, which are Simud Hitam (Black Cave) and Simud Putih (White Cave). In the White Cave is where there are more valuable bird nests found, while the Black Cave is the only small cave that can only cover about a 5-minute walk from the registration center. Don’t worry, there is a well-maintained boardwalk for visitors to have an easy access exploring Gomantong Caves. Despite it’s home to millions of bats, there are also a number of cockroaches living inside the cave’s guano deposits which made it somehow like in a scene from the movie of The Mummy!

After reading this, are you up for the challenge to go for Caving Adventures in Malaysian Borneo? Check out our Borneo Caving Adventures Tour or you can just contact us for a once in a lifetime Caving Adventure in Malaysian Borneo!

Want to know how to backpacking in Sabah Borneo in a budget? Check out our blog post entry, hope it can help you to give some ideas for your Borneo travel itinerary.

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Backpacking to Sabah Borneo? Here’s How To Save Money…

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo? Here’s How To Save Money…

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo?

Here’s How To Save Money…

05

September, 2017

“Backpacking is the art of knowing what not to take.”

– Sheridan Anderson

Travelling to Sabah Borneo is an amazing chance for you to get wild and full of adventure into the unknown. The best thing of it is, you can spot the Orangutan which can only be found in the Borneo rainforest. Unfortunately, traveling to Sabah Borneo can be very expensive compared to other countries in Southeast Asia. However, with a proper planning and a little bit of know-how, you can feel that it is easy to cut down the cost while traveling to Sabah Borneo.

Thus, the most entertaining, adventurous, and cheapest way to travel would be by backpacking. Here, we will give you some tips on how to save some of your money while traveling in Sabah Borneo.

Book flight ticket early / check public holidays in Sabah Borneo

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Book your flight ticket about 2-3 months ahead; a low cost carrier can offer a cheap rate of ticket flight and it can be very cheap if you are lucky to book your flight ticket during their promo offers. Apart from that, you need to check the public holidays in Sabah Borneo, as travelling during the public holidays in Sabah Borneo may cost more than usual.

Never go for solo trip

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo

If you are planning to venture deeper into Borneo, you will need guidance from an experienced travel agency who specializes in what you’re looking for. If you are a solo traveler, it will be slightly higher than average compared to traveling in twos or in groups. So, do consider traveling with more people for a more value for money experience.

Stay in a traveler’s lodge/ backpackers

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo

There are many traveler’s lodge/backpackers you can find especially in the Kota Kinabalu City Center – capital city of Sabah Borneo. By staying in the city center, you can just easily go around to some places in the city by foot, plus, it’s easier to ask around if you get lost. Check out Fat Rhino Hostel for a cheaper rate of accommodations in Kota Kinabalu city.

Bring your own medicine or first aid kit

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo

Consider taking the anti-malaria tablet before coming to Sabah Borneo. Apart from that, other medicines such as Charcoal or Imodium for diarrhea relief and vitamins should be brought before coming to Sabah Borneo. By doing this, it can help you to save some money for medical treatment purposes.

Consider eating in local coffee shops

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo

Eating like a local is always the best when you get the chance to taste out the delicious food from the local coffee shops. Avoid eating out at fancy restaurants every day to save some of your travel expenses. Don’t be scared to eat street food or local shops, because it is actually often the cheapest and best way to eat what locals normally eat, and you would not have a single issue from it health-wise ( unless if you can see the stall are not kept clean that well, then go find different stalls; common sense peepz! ).

Well, are you excited to visit Sabah Borneo? You can check out our Top 5 day trips in Kota Kinabalu city or Top 5 leisure activities in Sabah Borneo with an affordable pricing budget for you. Contact us for more information on traveling to Sabah Borneo. Happy Backpacking!

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Trekking in Sabah Borneo Rainforest

Trekking in Sabah Borneo Rainforest

Trekking in Sabah Borneo Rainforest

30

August, 2017

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“Life is better in Hiking Boots”

Trekking in Sabah, Borneo, will offer a chance to get close to the greatest nature, a life lesson of survival skills, discover the marvel of the lush green Borneo Rainforest, and explore the mystery that surrounds the Borneo Rainforest. It is truly an adventure that you should seek while traveling to Sabah, Borneo!

Borneo Island is home to one of the oldest rainforest in the world, and it makes Borneo a haven for trekkers to get closer to nature. Moreover, some of Borneo’s Rainforests are part of important ecological reserves and protected forests. Thus, making it one of the reason for trekkers to trek into Borneo Rainforests to spot some of the endemic plants and wildlife in Sabah, Borneo. Here are some of the recommended places to trek in Sabah, Borneo, for beginners and avid trekkers.

1. LONG PASIA

Get your trekking gear ready and explore the wilderness of Borneo Rainforest. Apart from that, you will get a chance to survive and thrive in the Borneo Rainforest with a local native guide. Get your hands-on experience to see some of the untouched mountains, rivers, trees, waterfall, and cave. Long Pasia is one of the places that you should put it in your itinerary trip to Sabah Borneo. Interested to go? Do try out our 5D4N Long Pasia Trekking Expedition.

2. SALT TRAIL CROCKER RANGE

Nothing can compete for the experience of spending few days in the Borneo Rainforest and a chance to learn its historical significance as a trade route for remote villagers to exchange their locally made products to other villages for other products in return. Salt Trail Crocker Range is perfect for small groups of hardcore trekkers and nature lovers, exploring the Sabah Borneo rainforest and also get an authentic insight lifestyle into one of the Sabah Borneo indigenous tribe – Dusun.

If you or your group are interested in doing the Salt Trail Crocker Range expedition, contact us or email us directly and we would love to arrange it for you.

3. MALIAU BASIN

Maliau Basin in Sabah Borneo has known as “Lost World”, due to the reason of it being the last remaining untouched areas on the planet until 1947 when a pilot almost crashed into it. Before, scientists and researchers were the only ones allowed to explore Maliau Basin’s rich and complex ecosystem. Nowadays, Maliau Basin is open for public but with limited slots available.

Trekking into Maliau Basin will grant you a promising reward – a chance to see the rarest plants, birds, and wildlife in Borneo rainforest. The best thing of it, you can get the chance to see the magnificent 7-tier Maliau waterfall, which is one of the 20 waterfalls that were discovered in Maliau Basin. Trekking to Maliau Basin will surely trigger your heart and soul, feel free to reach out to us for travel arrangement.

4. DANUM VALLEY

One of the recommended places for trekking in Sabah Borneo Rainforest is in Danum Valley. Being Sabah Borneo’s largest protected lowland forest, it is no wonder Danum Valley is home to the widest range of Borneo flora and fauna. Since Danum Valley is considered as an ecosystem, it is difficult to gain access to the conservation area and would need a limited number of visitors ( with permit pass) can explore the area. Get the chance to go for the Tree Top Canopy Walkway which stands 26m above the ground, and have the amazing perspective view of the forest canopy from up there. Apart from that, you can also visit an ancient Kadazandusun burial site, which the coffins are still tucked into the cave and crevasses in the cliff.

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5. KINABALU NATIONAL PARK

If you are not into an extreme hardcore trekking, you can also go to Kinabalu National Park for trekking around the several kilometers of trails and you can finish it within one or two days trek. There are nine networks of trails around the park, which are well maintained and safe to walk, such as the Bundu Tuhan View Trail, Kiau View Trail, Pandanus Trail, Bukit Ular trail, Bukit Tupai & Bukit Burung trail, Mempening trail, Liwagu trail, Silau Silau trail and Mountain View Trail. You can go for trekking at these trails as an alternative to Mount Kinabalu climbing. Apart from that, you can have a greater chance to see rare flowers at the Botanical Garden, birds, as well as other small Borneo wildlife there.

You can read our choices of alternative Mount Kinabalu for trekking in Borneo too!

After reading this, are you ready to escape the city and get into the wilderness? If you say YES, then you should get our Essential Trekkers Guide in Sabah, Borneo. Grab it for free before your trekking expedition in Sabah, Borneo Rainforest!

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Top 6 Eco-Tourisms in Sabah

Top 6 Eco-Tourisms in Sabah

Top 6 Eco – Tourisms in Sabah

15

August, 2017

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Borneo Island consists of Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia (Sabah & Sarawak). It is the third largest island in the world and has become the choice of destination for tourists, especially for those who seek wildlife amidst the natural landscapes. Not only that, Borneo Island has some of the world’s oldest rainforests and a great tropical climate, which made it as one of the world’s best eco-tourism spots.

Here is the list of the eco-tourisms in Sabah Borneo that you should visit during your Borneo tour.

1. Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sandakan

A centre that takes care of the orphaned and injured Orangutans for rehabilitation trained them to survive again before releasing them to the wild. You get to see Orangutans up close from the feeding platforms. There will be two feeding sessions – 10 am and 3 pm, it is best to arrive at the feeding platforms 30 minutes early. A new section open in 2014, which is the nursery area, you will be able to watch younger Orangutans playing around with each other through the large window at the indoor seating areas.

2. Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Sandakan

A centre that takes care of the orphaned and injured Orangutans for rehabilitation, trained them to survive again before releasing them to the wild. You get to see Orangutans up close from the feeding platforms. There will be two feeding sessions – 10 am and 3 pm, it is best to arrive at the feeding platforms 30 minutes early. A new section open in 2014, which is the nursery area, you will be able to watch younger Orangutans playing around with each other through the large window at the indoor seating areas.

3. Kinabatangan River, Sandakan

Kinabatangan River is the longest river in Sabah, which made it an easy access to Borneo wildlife. For wildlife enthusiasts, you will be glad to easily spot some endemic wildlife, such as Pygmy Elephants, Orangutans, and Proboscis Monkeys, as well other wildlife such as Hornbills and other wonderful wildlife, while cruising down the river on a boat. Find out more on our Kinabatangan River Safari tour package. 

4. Deramakot Forest Reserve, Telupid

A hidden gem in Sabah, it has been documented there are roughly 75% of mammals in Sabah can be found within this forest reserve. So, if you are looking for a wildlife adventure, then this is the best place for you to go. Being driven around a Safari Vehicle around the forest reserve to have a chance to view Borneo wildlife such as Orangutan, Clouded Leopard, Pygmy Elephants and some of the iconic species that can be found in Sabah, Borneo. Check out our Wildlife Adventure Tour for a chance to seek Borneo wildlife in your Borneo trip.

5. Kinabalu Park, Kundasang

Kinabalu Park is one of the great places for you to go for a hike at any fitness levels. It is known for being Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site and home to more than 4,500 flora and fauna species. Kinabalu Park’s main attraction will be the majestic Mount Kinabalu – one of the highest mountains in South East Asia. Seeking for some adventurous activity in Sabah? You can try out climbing the Mountain via traditional climbing or Via Ferrata (iron road).

If you are looking for other attractions that you can do in Ranau, read here.

6. Sabah Tea Garden, Ranau

Sabah Tea Garden is the only organic tea farm plantation in Sabah and one of the very few left in the world, it is located in Ranau. You can get away from the city life and enjoy your trip to Sabah Tea Garden either for educational or leisure. Apart from that, you can experience the sprawling tea plantation which is surrounded by lush greenery of Borneo rainforest, as well as cooling air. Don’t forget to taste out Sabah’s finest tea and pancakes at the Tea House before going back!

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TOP 5 DAY TRIPS TO DO IN SABAH BORNEO

TOP 5 DAY TRIPS TO DO IN SABAH BORNEO

TOP 5 DAY TRIPS TO DO IN SABAH BORNEO

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June, 2017

Sabah, Borneo’s lush tropical rainforest and rich coral reefs, and colourful culture has made Sabah a great place to travel. Incorporate them with the relatively low prices for travelers has put Sabah as a must go-to place to visit. The only way to really experience the beauty of Sabah is basically to backpack your way from one end to the other. But if you don’t have the time, there are still many things to do on a daily basis.

5. Quad Biking in Kinabalu

Adventurous is your middle name? Then try out quad biking through dirt roads, up and down muddy slopes, across lush greeneries, and feeling the cool breeze on your face, all while having Mount Kinabalu as your backdrop.

4. River Cruise

Nature lover by heart, but not much time to kill? Enjoy a slow river cruise down the Weston Wetland Park and get the chance to see the endemic Proboscis Monkeys in the wild. Not to mention other wildlife as well, such as Flying Foxes, various types of Langurs, Crocodiles, and loads more. In the evening, be awed by a special performance from the Fire Flies with their “flashing lights” in their habitat.

For more information, check out our Proboscis Monkey River Cruise tour, or you can read our blog on Weston River Cruise for you to get the feel before deciding to go for a visit. 

3. Mari Mari Cultural Village

Sabah Borneo’s culture is rich and diverse and oh so interesting! You might not have the chance to stay with a native family for the next few days, but you can head on over to Mari Mari Cultural Village to experience and learn about Sabah’s diverse ethnicity. From their customs and beliefs, the way they do their chores, cook their food (with wood), how they greet, and so much more! You even have the chance to try out some local delicacies. Something not to be missed!

Feel free to read our blog as we share our trip to Mari Mari Cultural Village day trip.

2. City and Nature Tour

Want to know more about the history, architecture, and nature within a day but you just don’t know where to start? Ask the experts and they’ll be glad to show you a few places which fit nicely within a day. Do you know that Borneo was once colonized by the British Colony? They left many of their trails in Sabah and the history behind it is wonderful! Knowing that Sabah is predominantly indigenous people, you’ll be amazed at how mesmerizing the Floating Mosque looks like. Venturing into villages, you’ll see how fast scenery changes from concrete jungles to green landscapes, you’d think you just crossed borders! For booking tour, you can look up our Kota Kinabalu City and Nature Tour

1. Taste of Borneo Cooking Class

Sabah Borneo not only has you loving its’ food, it’ll want you to share it with your loved ones too. What better way then if not to learn it? Within a day, you’ll be able to learn several local dishes, which are pretty simple and taste nothing like the foods you eat in the shop. Authenticity is what it is and you’ll even mingle around with locals in the fresh market and get your hands down and dirty mixing up all the local ingredients to whip yourself a local cuisine in no time. To know more on how to join this authentic Borneo Cooking Class in Sabah, feel free to contact us here. Moreover, you can read our blog as we share our experience on the Unique Taste Of Borneo Cooking Class Tour.

 

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Essential Tips to Stay Healthy while Traveling in Sabah, Borneo

Essential Tips to Stay Healthy while Traveling in Sabah, Borneo

Essential Tips to Stay Healthy while Traveling in Sabah, Borneo

25

June, 2017

Travelling can be so amazing, but it can also be disastrous if you do not take care of your health while traveling in Sabah, Borneo. To stay healthy while traveling is totally doable if you strategize on your travel plans. Thus, here are some of the essential tips that you will need to stay healthy while traveling in Sabah, Borneo.

1. Before you go, do some research first…

Essential Tips to Stay Healthy while Traveling in Sabah

Before traveling, you would need to know which destinations you would go and to know what kind of illnesses that you may face there. Consult your local doctor as well as read online on how to avoid those illnesses. You can also research on options of dining places in your travel destination so that you can find options for healthy food to sustain throughout your trip.

You can also download our Travel Health Sheet here for FREE!

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2. Next, immunizations or vaccinations!

This is a choice that you will need to do before visiting Sabah. Several vaccinations are recommended before you travel, which depends on your itinerary. Seek your local doctors for advice and recommendations on travel health. You can also download our free travel health sheet too!

3. Stay hydrated while traveling

Essential Tips to Stay Healthy while Traveling in Sabah

Sabah is incredibly hot and humid with a bit of rain throughout the year. However, it is recommended for you to stay hydrated at all times and drink more water to boost your immunity and metabolism while you travel in Sabah.

4. Boiling water/ mineral water intake

Best not to drink tap water, and this applies to anywhere you travel. So, it is better to drink mineral water or boiling water. You should be carrying water bottle all the time to stay hydrated.

5. Walk every day

If your destination is only a walking distance, it is recommended to explore it on foot, as it is one of the way to do some exercise while travelling. Use a map, get lost or get found, you will eventually realise that there will be more hidden gems that are not in the travel guide. This is a chance for you to enjoy the sight, smell and sound of the new surrounding, as well as to save some budget for your trip.

Essential Tips to Stay Healthy while Traveling in Sabah

6. Pack some healthy snacks

Essential Tips to Stay Healthy while Traveling in Sabah

Bring healthy snacks for you to eat, it will help you to avoid unhealthy food that are readily available. Be careful when eating foods from street vendors, unpasteurized dairy products, and raw or uncooked foods.

7. Don’t forget your sunblock and insect repellent!

Sabah weather can be unpredictably hot. Thus, you will very much likely get sunburnt when going out. Apply your skin with sunscreen to protect from the hazardous impacts of sunlight. Apart from that, don’t forget to use mosquito repellent when you are in Sabah, because it is to prevent you from getting dengue fever, malaria, or life threatening diseases.

8. Bring your Wet Wipes and Hand Sanitizer

We recommended you to bring wet wipes and/or hand sanitizer to maintain good hygiene as some public washrooms can be dirty.

Essential Tips to Stay Healthy while Traveling in Sabah

9. Don’t forget your supplements and basic first aid kit!

Sabah weather can be unpredictably hot. Thus, you will very much likely get sunburnt when going out. Apply your skin with sunscreen to protect from the hazardous impacts of sunlight. Apart from that, don’t forget to use mosquito repellent when you are in Sabah, because it is to prevent you from getting dengue fever, malaria, or life threatening diseases.

10. Travel insurance is always a good idea

Travel insurance companies will make it easier for you by providing a cheaper rate for travelers to be prepared for any unexpected accidents (God forbid!), without having the need to pay extra charges. Just make sure to keep your travel insurance details with you at all times, as it will help to speed up the process and making sure your insurer is informed.

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