5 Things Traveler Need Not Pack to Malaysian Borneo

5 Things Traveler Need Not Pack to Malaysian Borneo

5 Things Traveler Need Not Pack to Malaysian Borneo

03
September, 2017

Discover the beauty of the sunset in Malaysian Borneo

Coming to Malaysian Borneo is one of the greatest feeling for any traveler. It just makes you want to jump right into packing whatever is deemed fit to bring. Over the excitement of traveling to Borneo, some travelers tend to forget that it’s the tropics, and weather, climate, and culture is totally different than that of other countries around the world. If this is your first time traveling to Malaysian Borneo, here are five things you need not pack with you.

1. WINTER CLOTHING

Things You Need Not Pack to Malaysian Borneo

Wear light clothes and a long pants for jungle trekking in Borneo Jungle.

Borneo is located at the center of Southeast Asia, enjoys an equatorial climate that provides high humidity. Thus, bringing winter clothing is a No-No. Lightweight natural fabrics work best and pack long pants, as well as breathable long sleeved shirts if you are going for trekking expeditions in order to avoid from becoming an insect feast. Since the weather varies in Malaysian Borneo, travelers are advised to pack light clothings as well as rain gear.

2. SMALL & VALUABLE ITEMS

Things You Need Not Pack to Malaysian Borneo

Travel with jewelry will require you to always carry along or keep in safe box.

Think twice before bringing your priceless valuables. Petty theft and crimes of opportunity are fairly common especially cities that are more touristy areas. It is advisable for travelers to tone down the bling and leave it at home. However, if travelers really need to carry something valuable along with them (such as jewelry for special events), best to keep it in a safe box or lock valuables in the luggage.

3. REVEALING ATTIRE

Things You Need Not Pack to Malaysian Borneo

Wearing revealing attires are not encouraged in Malaysian Borneo.

Like the whole of Malaysia, Borneo is engulfed in rich culture, tradition, and religion; Islam being the official religion in Malaysia. Wearing revealing attires are not encouraged as it is still quite a conservative place. But fret not, wearing shorts and tank tops are fine (depending where you are), and wearing your bikini at the islands or the beach is fine (as long as you’re not wearing it while walking down the busy roads!).

4. UNECESSARY BOOKS

Things You Need Not Pack to Malaysian Borneo

Wear light clothes and long pants for jungle trekking in Borneo Jungle

I love bringing a book when traveling, just to catch up on my readings (I’m on holiday aren’t I?). But when traveling light, do travel light and not pack those gigantic / heavy books with you! They can wait in your humble abode until you get back to tear your nose into each pages! Also, you can easily purchase e-books online and read it anywhere in your own convenience, great way to save on unnecessary weight load.

5. BULKY ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Things You Need Not Pack to Malaysian Borneo

Bring only necessary electronic devices for traveling

Traveling for a long time would mean bringing most of your work electronics with you. I learned it the hard way, and most times, I end up having a back ache lugging around my electronics. Thanks to high tech mobile phones these days, you can easily download relevant apps to do your work straight from your mobile! If you really need to bring a laptop to catch up on emails or do designing work, get a lightweight portable laptop which is easily carried around.

Still, want to know more on travel tips in Malaysian Borneo? Just drop us an email at info@toppeaktravel.com.

Here at Top Peak Travel Borneo, we provide you a Free Downloadable Travel Packing List for travelers who planned to travel to Malaysian Borneo. Don’t miss this out! Check out our other blog entry on the Hidden Gems in Sabah Malaysian Borneo! 

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Proboscis Monkey of Borneo!

Proboscis Monkey of Borneo!

Proboscis Monkey of Borneo!

03

September, 2017

The handsome looking Proboscis Monkey of Borneo. They can be found mostly in the mangrove rivers of Borneo

Even the scientific name of this monkey is also very interesting and catchy. Nasalis Larvatus is their scientific name. Locals in Kalimantan, Indonesia, call it Monyet Belanda, which in English means Dutch Monkey due to its unique features of big and long hanging nose, and white fur, giving it a very unique physicality compared to other monkeys in Borneo.

The description for the Proboscis Monkey is it has a long nose and it has is a very distinct feature that separates it from all other species. In fact, when people first noticed it they didn’t even think it was a monkey due to its physicality. The males have a nose that is even larger than that of the females. It is believed that a larger nose attracts the female. The nose can be up to 10CM(4 inch) long. The males can be up to 21.2KG with the females is about 10KG. This difference is larger than with any other primates in terms of their size. They have a reddish brown coloring and the limbs are gray in color. These Monkeys have a very large stomach too.

The Proboscis Monkey can be found only on the Island of Borneo, making them endemic to Borneo Island. They live in the lower elevations of the forests and around the swamplands. They are mostly found living around Mangroves. The famous place for you to spot the Proboscis Monkey in Sabah is in Beaufort and Sandakan area. There are several places for you to have the opportunity to see these wonderful creatures which are, Klias River, Weston River, Labuk Bay, to name a few. Not only will you be able to see this majestic beauty, but you will also get the chance to see other types of monkeys such as the Silvered Leaf Langur that shares the same habitat with the Proboscis Monkey, and also the Firefly or Firebug and many more. If you are lucky you can even see the Estuary Crocodiles, Wild River Otter, various types of birds, and many more as the swamplands are filled with many types of flora and fauna.

A Male Proboscis Monkey with its Long Nose and Large Stomach

The Proboscis Monkey has a unique behavior if compared to any other types of monkeys. Their warning call is very loud and this is because of their big nose that they can produce a louder voice. Usually, a single male Proboscis monkey lives with a big group of females and they do not live with the same group for long. For the male Proboscis monkey, they will move from one group to another group frequently. One of the coolest thing about the Proboscis Monkey is their capability to swim in deep waters and that makes them able to swim from island to island.

Their uniqueness doesn’t just end there as they also have a very interesting digestive system and they can only eat certain types of foods. The Proboscis Monkey has 4 chambers in their stomach, it is actually a Folivore and Frugivore, which means that they are a leaf eating monkey but sometimes they will also eat ripe fruits, flowers and also insects. Their preferred food is young leaves and shoots of the mangrove. Another interesting fact about the Proboscis Monkey is that they are a seasonal eater as they will usually eat fruits from January to May and usually leaves from June to December. The Proboscis monkey consumes about 55 different plant species and prefers young leaves just starting to grow instead of the mature leaves.

If you are heading down to Borneo, make sure you do not miss to catch a glimpse of the Proboscis Monkeys. It’ll be good to see them with your own eyes and to experience it for yourself. If you are planning to see this elusive monkey I will suggest that you go to the Weston river as it is only about two and a half hours from Kota Kinabalu city and the river has a healthy population of Proboscis Monkeys and they can be easily seen just around the mangrove trees in big groups.

The beautiful wide Weston River that is full of life

Keep your eyes peeled for this Good Looking Monkey around the Mangrove Area as they can be normally seen around trees eating leaves or just Chilling Out…

If you are looking for a chance to experience the Proboscis Monkey River Cruise, you can read up one of our blog post entry on “WESTON RIVER CRUISE TOUR” or maybe you are looking for a day trips in Sabah? Then, read our “Top 5 Day Trips in Sabah Borneo“.

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A Walk into The History & Culture of Sabah, Borneo

A Walk into The History & Culture of Sabah, Borneo

A walk into the History &

Culture of Sabah, Borneo

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September, 2017

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“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

Your holiday destination to Sabah, Borneo, will never be completed without going to the Sabah State Museum in Kota Kinabalu city, Sabah, Borneo. Get the insight of the history and culture in Sabah, Borneo. Moreover, it is a good place for you to spend with your family and friends for a day trip in your Sabah Borneo Holidays.

The Sabah State Museum is about 5-10 minutes away from the city, and it is located on top of a hill, opposite the Queen Elizabeth Hospital; the museum is clearly visible to all motorists on the road below. The Sabah State Museum is easily accessible from the main road, which you can reach there via public buses, Uber/Grab car, or taxi.

Sabah State Museum’s main building was built in 1984. Its architectural design was inspired by one of the Sabah Borneo’s indigenous tribe;- Rungus and Murut longhouses. The design of the museum is so unique that it attracts many visitors to experience the fun and educational walk into the history of Sabah Borneo.

A giant size replica of “Wakid” is the bamboo basket which originates from districts of Ranau and Tambunan in Sabah Borneo – Traditionally used by Dusun people to carry fruits, firewood, vegetables and paddy stalks

Brochure and map as your guide to the Sabah State Museum and the background are the skeletons of the giant 68-feet Bryde’s whale, which was found in Gaya Island Bay in 2006

Last Sunday, I got the opportunity to go back there again after 10 years, but this time, I bring along my little siblings and cousins to the museum. Well, I figured all kids should have to visit the Sabah State Museum one day or another so they will have something to learn about Sabah’s heritage and culture. I was worried that the kids might not enjoy the tour, but how can it be not fun? I expected the trip will last about 1 hour or less, but we ended up being there for more than 4 hours!

Although the museum is small, it contains plenty of historical artifacts ( such as totems statues, weapons, blowpipes, skulls, traditional costume, etc), documentation and photographs, which displays the history of Sabah in the indoor exhibition. Before going into the indoor exhibition, the kids were amazed to see the skeleton of the giant 68-feet Bryde’s whale;- found stranded and eventually died on a shallow reef at the Gaya Bay on 2006.

A collection of old cars were exhibit outside the museum

Crossing the suspension bridges to reach the heritage village

The kids were enjoying their trip to the museum, especially the outdoor museum, with a lot of walking and hiking around the museum area, checking out the vintage cars, visiting the replicas of old traditional houses at the Heritage Village, facing their fear to walk on the suspension bridge, admiring the water lilies in a pond, hopping on the railway trains, etc.

Re-visiting the Sabah State Museum certainly brought me closer to understanding my culture and the history of my home-state. This is definitely recommended for locals and also non-locals to drop-by to the museum as it is really interesting and educational.

The kids were enjoying their trip to the museum, especially the outdoor museum, with a lot of walking and hiking around the museum area, checking out the vintage cars, visiting the replicas of old traditional houses at the Heritage Village, facing their fear to walk on the suspension bridge, admiring the water lilies in a pond, hopping on the railway trains, etc.

Re-visiting the Sabah State Museum certainly brought me closer to understanding my culture and the history of my home-state. This is definitely recommended for locals and also non-locals to drop-by to the museum as it is really interesting and educational.

If you have no idea what to do for a day in Kota Kinabalu city, you can just visit the Sabah State Museum or you can read our choices of Top 5 day trips to do in Sabah Borneo. The museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. For other cultural activity in Sabah Borneo, you can read our Mari-Mari Cultura Village Day trip tour.

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Trekking in Sabah Borneo Rainforest

Trekking in Sabah Borneo Rainforest

Trekking in Sabah Borneo Rainforest

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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.

Fascinating isn’t? Book your tour with us!

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

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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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Kampung Babagon Tagal River

Kampung Babagon Tagal River

KAMPUNG BABAGON TAGAL RIVER

05

July, 2017

Kampung Babagon Tagal

Look out for this very Fishy Road Sign that will lead you straight to Kampung Babagon River Tagal.

Want to enjoy some relaxing cold crystal clear water without going to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Islands or spend a day away from the stressful city life? Here’s what you can do if you’re planning to go somewhere nearby, there’s a place called the Babagon Tagal River In Penampang which will only take about 30-40 Minutes drive from the Kota Kinabalu city centre.

Make sure to bring some extra clothes and towels because there are gonna be a lot of swimming when you are there. Let’s see if the crystal clear water doesn’t make you want to jump in to have a short dip. Trust me you won’t regret a single bit as the cold crystal clear water will take away your stress and put you in the most relaxing state ever. Have a dip and just relax at the riverside and enjoy the calming sights and sounds of nature at its finest. Throw away all your problems and leave all your troubles in the city and just enjoy.

Kampung Babagon Tagal River

Well! What are you waiting for? Christmas!? Jump In! In Ya Go!

Super tempting crystal clear water that is super hard to resist not to go in. If you ask me, I think you wouldn’t have the chance to ask because I’ll be the first one to jump in before you get the chance to ask.

Other than swimming in the amazing crystal clear water, Babagon river is also one the best place to bring the family along as it has a lot of family activities to do there and one of it is to have your riverside family picnic. Enjoy the scenic views and also the relaxing surroundings together with your family and friends. Enjoy some barbecue wings along the river, and top it up with some cold drinks to complete your weekend escape from the city life.

Kampung Babagon Tagal River

Enjoy your riverside barbeque lunch with your family and friends and just relax

Kampung Babagon Tagal River

You can always use the public picnic area to have your small gatherings and barbeque party with your family and friends

When you’re in Kampung Babagon, you will have the chance to see the daily life of the local villagers there as there are many farms and fruits orchards in the area. So chances of you seeing the locals carrying fruits around the area is quite normal there. Don’t be shy with the locals as they are very friendly and welcoming to almost anyone who visits, just ask them politely and they might sell you some of their freshly grown fruits or maybe get a sample of it.

Kampung Babagon Tagal River

The famous Babagon River Underwater Bridge. Photo by: Desmond Chung

Kampung Babagon Tagal River
Kampung Babagon Tagal River

The normal everyday life of the locals in Kampung Babagon. This is a common sight

Kampung Babagon Tagal River

Wanna wash your car? You can do it here. Just find a good parking spot near the Babagon River underwater bridge and let the washing begin! Photo by: Nelson Michael

One of my favourite thing to do in Kampung Babagon River is of course FISHING! With the proper permits and agreements from the head of the village, you will be allowed to fish the river with one rule that is always Catch and Release all the fishes you caught. Here’s a brief introduction about the tagal system. Tagal is a system that is applied to most of the rivers here in Sabah and it is aimed to conserve and protect the rivers and also the Pelian or Mahseer fish from being over harvested. Each tagal river is a no go for fishing and it is only opened once a year for the local villagers to harvest the fishes in the river.

Kampung Babagon Tagal River
Kampung Babagon Tagal River

One of the fine examples of the healthy Mahseer Fish caught in the Babagon River. Catch, Photo, and Release! Thanks for the thrill!

In my opinion, Babagon River is one of the best places to visit and the best part is that it is not very far from Kota Kinabalu City Centre. Don’t know where to go for the weekends, plan your trip up to Kampung Babagon Tagal River and enjoy!

Do you want to know the top 5 day trips that you can do in Sabah Borneo? click here to read our blog on “Top 5 Day Trips To Do in Sabah Borneo“.

 

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