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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8 Quick Tips About Borneo

8 Quick Tips About Borneo

8 Quick Tips About Borneo

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May, 2017

What Makes Borneo Special?

Here are 8 Quick Tips About Borneo that makes it a special place to visit:

1. This island comes in a great size.

Borneo is the third largest island in the world, behind New Guinea and Greenland. The island has an area of 748, 168 km² which is double the size of Germany! 

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2. And it is tall too!

Borneo is home to Malaysia’s first UNESCO world heritage site Mount Kinabalu Park. Inside the park boast the tallest mountain (Mount Kinabalu) between the Himalayas and New Guinea at 4,095 m above sea level.

 

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3. Do you like history? We have history…

The rainforest in Borneo rainforest has an estimated age of 130 million years, making it one of the oldest rainforest in the world. WOW….. 

8 quick tips about borneo

4. Wanna find something different?

Borneo is home to 44 endemic species mammals (meaning they are not found anywhere else in the world), 37 endemic species birds, 6,000 endemic species of plants, and 19 endemic species of amphibians and fish. Not to mention the rafflesia which is the world’s largest species of flower.  

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5. Meet cool people

The island has more than 40 ethnic groups on Borneo, speaking 65 languages or dialects which make it one of the most diversely populated areas in the world!  

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6. Discover something new

During the last 10 years, 360 new species have been found in Borneo. Sir Alfred Russel Wallace who was the co-discoverer of the theory of evolution spent 1854 – 1855 here while developing the theory.  

8 quick tips about borneo

7. What is Borneo?

Borneo isn’t a country, in fact it’s the only island in the world divided between 3 different countries ;– Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia.  

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8. Lots of space to explore.

Borneo has a population of 18.59 million which makes it relatively unpopulated compared to most of other parts of asia. 

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Trip to Kinabatangan River

Trip to Kinabatangan River

Trip to Kinabatangan River

05

May, 2017

“Sabah Borneo is well known for its beautiful nature and wildlife that is still protected and undisturbed.”

Trip to Kinabatangan river

Yes! living in Sabah, Borneo, as my hometown is a privilege for myself and every local people that live here should also feel the same.

My life as a nature tour guide was never a burden or boring for me. In fact, it made me fall in love with God’s Nature and wildlife that comes in different type, size, sound, and shape. Every single day of my life I go for touring and of course, I am proud introducing my own heritage to the tourist that come from all around the world that puts Sabah, Borneo, on their bucket list as a place that they MUST VISIT!

There are so many places I’ve been in Sabah, but one place incomparable to the rest is Kinabatangan River which is the longest river in Sabah;- 560 kilometers in length. Why? Reason being, this is the best place to have such a great escape from a busy life and stressful work. Along Kinabatangan River, you can see beautiful lodges to stay and to calm your mind away from cities and problems! You might choose any resorts or lodges, or even bed & breakfast to stay, depending on your budget or demands. It is up to you as all the lodges along this river do the same activities and program!

Talk about the cruise? Yes . It’s such a fun relaxing excursion cruising in our little amazon. Hahaha.. I always get fascinated even when I’ve been doing this cruise every single day, learning each day on how the wildlife lives in their own habitat. I mean for real! They have to find their own food, shelter to sleep and avoid from being hunted by predators, and it’s totally different with the animals that you see locked in cages at the zoo or sanctuary. 

Trip to Kinabatangan river
Trip to Kinabatangan river

I just love the sound of the Proboscis Monkeys jumping from one tree to another, with the smell of the Borneo Pygmy Elephants popoh which was a good possibility the elephants are coming out and when it does come out… Booyah! Everybody’s super happy with a big smile on their faces and yeah! It’s like a party fever in the river, all boats from different lodges will speed up their boat ride and come to the area where the Pygmy Elephants are as it’s one of the highlights of Kinabatangan River to see them in the Wild.

Trip to Kinabatangan river
Trip to Kinabatangan river
Trip to Kinabatangan river

Not only that, different types of monkeys such as Silver Langurs, Macaques, Crocodiles, and birds, can also be found along this river. In other words, all you want to see, you might see it here!

Trip to Kinabatangan river

When you’re surrounded by nature, you will definitely have the feeling to explore it by doing the Jungle Trekking activity! Don’t ever miss it! It’s normally done in the morning at the oxbow Lake. It’s a beginner’s trek, so no worries to the first timers! The trek takes around two hours in which you will have the chance to see Orang Utans up on the trees in their nests, but most of all, you’ll gain knowledge on Borneo plant species and trees along the way to the jetty. Touchdown! It’s paid off your efforts to reach to this jetty as its time to enjoy the natural Borneo fish massage at the river while enjoying the calming nature and experience that you will never get anywhere else.

What else is interesting apart from the wildlife and nature? For sure it’s the culture of the villagers that live there which is mostly the riverine people. During your free time in the afternoon, it’s the perfect time to go for a walk around the villages and see the houses built on stilts. Sometimes you will have the chance to go inside of the house that belongs to the villagers there and witness their daily routine.

Trip to Kinabatangan river

Being a nature lover, at the same time share it with my guests, is such a great opportunity as it makes me appreciate more of what we have in our own place and share priceless information that will open up the eyes of every guest that come a million miles away to visit Borneo and catch their attention on the importance of protecting and preserving animals and nature. Besides, I always tell each of my guests that if they are looking for a perfect gateway, this is the best place for relaxation and they’ll definitely have such an unforgettable memory to bring home!  What else is there to it? Start planning and put this on your list!

You can join our Kinabatangan River Safari to experience it yourself! Click here for more information.

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Mari-Mari Cultural Village Trip

Mari-Mari Cultural Village Trip

Mari Mari Cultural Village Trip

25

April, 2017

“Kota Kinabalu is famous all over the world for its rich cultural heritage”

 

This is a phrase I’ve been telling my clients many times but sadly, I myself have never been to visit or experience my own heritage. So one day, I decided to join a trip with my guests and visit one of the famous places in Kota Kinabalu where I can know more about our own unique Sabahan culture and ethnicity, and honestly I was quite excited I was finally visiting Mari – Mari Cultural Village.

Mari Mari Cultural Village Trip
Mari Mari Cultural Village Trip

We drove from Kota Kinabalu City with my three other guests name Victoria, Gemma, and Kelly, for about 30-40 minutes to Mari – Mari Cultural Village. We finally reached Mari Mari Cultural Village located deep in the countryside, away from the modern and developing Kota Kinabalu city.

As we were reaching, I could see the amount of tourist and local people coming to visit Mari – Mari Cultural Village as well. It was a total shocker for me as I never imagined it to be so packed with people of all ages. At the counter, we were greeted by the friendly in – house guides and we were split into smaller groups of four. Our guide, known as Nursey, was our cultural guide for that day.

We made our way to the hanging bridge above a beautiful small flowing river, which I managed to get a great panoramic view of the landscape. As we walked by, we stopped at the first house of the biggest tribe in Sabah;- the Kadazan tribe. The house was made from rattan and bamboo materials with a river flowing behind it;- my guests and I felt like we were transported back in time. Our guide was very informative whilst bringing us into the Kadazan ethnic house, and showing us how the Kadazan tribe lived and their daily routine life. I was quite surprised seeing the bed layouts of how families lived back in the day;- for a single lady, she will have to sleep above the parent’s bed. So every night, the single lady will climb up a rattan staircase that she later removes so nobody can go up, for added security.

Mari Mari Cultural Village Trip
Mari Mari Cultural Village Trip
Mari Mari Cultural Village Trip
Mari Mari Cultural Village Trip

We were given demostration in making the rice wine or in Kadazan language, it’s called as ‘’Tapai’. Like other guests, I tried the rice wine as well with my other three guests. We took a selfie before we took the shot. HAHAHAHA! Totally insane! The taste was different than other alcohol that I have tried, and a good experience to have too!

Then, we continued our journey to other tribe houses, all different than the other. What really caught my attention was the Lundayeh house. We were all told to stand in one line and before us, was a man in Lundayeh’s full attire, creepily staring at us from head to toe. The said man spoke to the person in front of the line (he was a Japanese tourist) who basically didn’t understood a word he said.

So our guide translated it for us, he was asking questions like,

Who are you?”,

Why are you here?”.

Our guide told him that we came for a visit, in which he responded,

Can you take care of your people?”,

Ay ay” said our guide which meant yes in their dialect.

We were finally given permission to get into the Lundayeh house and while making our way into the house, we got the shock of our lives;- a really small and old Lundayeh lady was at the side of the door giving her blessings to all of us while we made our entry! I didn’t even realize she was there until I was close by! She seemed like a high priestess as I got closer to her, and I thought to myself, being that old, she might know some ancient magic!

Mari Mari Cultural Village

Once we were done visiting all the tribe houses in Mari – Mari Cultural Village, we were entertained by several tribal dances which attracted my attention;- they were using bamboo sticks! This dance is called Magunatip dance. The dance was so enthralling and fun, they also wore different traditional attires, representing different ethnicities here in Sabah. It really made me realize how beautiful our culture is, and how we should all preserve it before it gets extinct.

Lunch you ask? I assumed it was going to be a simple lunch, but I was wrong. It was a huge buffet spread dude!! HAHAHA! We were super excited when we saw the spread because we were starving by the time the tour ended. We ate loads! There were so many different delicacies found and I was excited to find my favorite BBQ Chicken with spicy sauce there. DELICIOUS!! HAHAHA (yes, I get excited when it comes to food).

After lunch, we took the opportunity to take more photos before we left. My guests and I really enjoyed ourselves on this trip. The great hospitality of the in-house guide and how well informed they were of the tribes here in Sabah, Borneo, made the experience and money spent totally worth it! Can’t wait to visit Mari – Mari Cultural Village if I have the opportunity again.

If you are interested in day tour in Sabah, then, Mari-Mari Cultural Village is a place you should go to! Check out our tour for more information, click here.

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