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!

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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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Insta-Worthy Places in Sabah

Insta-Worthy Places in Sabah

Insta-Worthy Places In Sabah

04

June, 2017

Sabah is blessed with beautiful beaches, sunsets, jungle scenery, villages and its own beautiful cultures. It is no surprise that travelers would come to Sabah just to snap some photos of its surrounding areas. So, let me share with you some of the insta-worthy of places in Sabah that I am sure can make all your Instagram followers be amazed by the beauty of Sabah.

1. Signal Hill Observatory Tower, Kota Kinabalu

One of the perfect spot for locals and tourists to capture Kota Kinabalu city view. However, it would be very cool when you can capture the Kota Kinabalu city view at night from the Signal Hill.

2. Street Arts in Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu

An old Welfare building turned into street art graffiti building and other buildings in Gaya Street area, which added some flavors to Kota Kinabalu city and it is perfect to use as a backdrop for model photo shooting. This would be a cool place for you to check out and snap some photos!

insta-worthy places in Sabah
insta-worthy places in Sabah

3. Sunset Bar Shangri La’s Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu

Feeling romantic and relax with a glass of cocktail when you are here in Sunset Bar. One of the perfect place to witness the beautiful sunset in Sabah and the surroundings are breathtaking. Thus, it is worth to snap some photos for your Instagram profile!

insta-worthy places in Sabah
insta-worthy places in Sabah

4. Mahua Waterfall, Tambunan, Kota Kinabalu

One of the top destinations of Sabah interior, which is surrounded by shady forest and running stream makes the area very cooling and refreshing. It is simply picturesque. You will not need to add filter effects when you snap a photo in this area.

insta-worthy places in Sabah
insta-worthy places in Sabah
insta-worthy places in Sabah

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5. Kalampunian Beach, Kudat

One of the beautiful beach in mainland Sabah before reaching the Tip of Borneo, where the combination of beautiful cloudless sky, brilliant deep blue color of the sea and white sandy makes one a pure joy to walk on the beach. It is another reason of this being an insta-worthy spot in Sabah. Want to go visit Kudat someday? Click our Kudat Tour for more inquiries.

insta-worthy places in Sabah
insta-worthy places in Sabah

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6. Tambatuon, Kota Belud

A perfect setting for a place to rest and relax, surrounded by the beautiful valley of the Kedamain River, paddy fields, and fruit orchards. Who can resist with the beautiful village area? I know I could not resist it, which is why this place should be one of the insta-worthy spots in Sabah. Experience an authentic village life in Tambatuon tour, which you will never regret it in your life!

7. Nabalu town (view of Mount Kinabalu), Kundasang

Before reaching Kinabalu Park or Ranau town, be sure to stop by Nabalu town for snack and handicrafts. Not forgotten also to view the majestic Mount Kinabalu, which you can easily see it from the viewing point in Nabalu town. A perfect spot for you to capture photos of Mount Kinabalu surrounded by lush rainforest as your background, and it is no wonder a perfect spot or insta-worthy in Sabah.

8. Desa Cattle Dairy Farm, Kundasang

Located at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu, and surrounded by the green pastures, a group of grazing cows, plus the cooling air breeze. It is truly a breathtaking scenery and often chosen for wedding photography destination.

9. Mamut Copper Mine, Ranau

Ranau was home to the largest mining project in Malaysia, the Mamut Copper Mine before it ceased operations in 1999. Now, it has become one of the main attractions for locals and tourist to visit. Why is it Instagram-worthy? Just look at the incredibly beautiful man-made lake, scenery, and refreshing air.

10. Luang Rock Beach, Kuala Penyu

Lastly, one of the insta-worthy spot in Sabah would be at the Luang Rock Beach in Kuala Penyu. A bell-shaped rock, surrounded with mossy green rocks, sea, pebbles, rusty-red rockface, and caves as your background will be perfect for photo shooting. Not only that, you can capture an amazing shot of sunsets there!

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KAAMATAN LEGEND TO REALITY

KAAMATAN LEGEND TO REALITY

KAAMATAN LEGEND TO REALITY

29

May, 2017

Kotobian Tadau Tagazo do Kaamatan!

It’s that time of year again! Where everyone, near and far, young and old, gather together to celebrate Kaamatan or in English, Harvest Festival. It’s a celebration held annually in Sabah that has been on going for a long time. One of the most anticipated event of the year in Sabah, Kaamatan is more than just having fun together with your loved ones or catching up with long lost friends, it is to signify the beginning of harvest for all farmers in Sabah. That’s the gist of it. 

Kaamatan legend to reality

There is actually a legend behind the reason why the Kadazan Dusun community celebrates Harvest Festival like there’s no tomorrow. Long time ago, Kinoingan and his people were caught in famine. Not only crops were dying, but women and children were dying due to starvation. Huminodun, daughter of Kinoingan was sad and disheartening to see the villagers and her father wrecking his head trying to find a solution.

Huminodun was the most beautiful women anyone has ever laid eyes on. Not only was she breathtaking, she was wise beyond her age that many people from near and far adored her. Men would stop whatever they were doing whenever she passed by them and fall in love with her instantaneously.

Kinoingan knew his last hope to save his people was to sacrifice a maiden of pure heart and mind to Mother Nature for harvest and food to his people. Huminodun, with no fear, offered herself to save her father’s people from famine. Kinoingan was against the idea of course, but Huminodun never changed her grounds and persuaded her father. After awhile, with a heavy heart, Kinoingan agreed. Clearing the land with his supernatural powers, he cleared the land so big you couldn’t see the end of it. The time came for Huminodun’s body to be a sacrifice to Mother Nature.

Walking slowly to the cleared land with her head held high, Huminodun walked before everyone with Kinoingan walking several feet behind. Suminundu, Huminodun’s mother, was weeping beside herself together with the villagers and their children, sadden to see such beauty and kind-heartedness do such a huge sacrifice in order for them to live on and have a future.

Kaamatan legend to reality

Digital artwork called Huminodun by Sabah-born artist Yee I-Lann. 

Huminodun arrived in the middle of the cleared land and turned around to face her father, Kinoingan, and said, “My body will give life to many plants for the people; my flesh turn to rice; my head, coconut trees; my bones, to be tapioca; my knees, yam; my teeth, corn; and my toes, ginger. Follow these steps and our people will never come to the point of starvation anymore”, said Huminodun to her father.

Huminodun warned her father to follow several rules to a tee. The rules are, when her body parts have been scattered all over the cleared land, nobody is to come and see her for seven days and seven nights. Once the paddy (rice) has ripened, seven stalks of paddy are to be taken and tied to one end of a spliced bamboo and planted at the center of the paddy field before harvesting any of the paddies. After doing this, only can they start harvesting. After the harvest is done, the bamboo stick with the seven paddy stalks is to be placed in a tangkob (paddy storage container). All work put in during the first day of harvest is to be kept in the Kakanan (big jar). All first-year harvest are not to be given away to anyone, and let any remaining paddy grains turn bad (which is why, to this day, Kadazan Dusun community has never given away their first year’s harvest). However, you can do anything you want to the second year harvest. 

Kinoingan agreed to Huminodun’s instructions. With a heavy heart, he proceeded to sacrifice his only daughter. As he sacrificed her, the sky turned black, there was lightning all around and thunder clapping from near and far, the earth below him shook and rumbled. The rain came pouring down like never before, soaking the earth with its moisture and washing away all the past torments Mother Nature has given them. Life was reborn. As told by Huminodun, plants of many sorts began to grow where her blood and flesh touched the soil.

That year, Kinoingan and his people saw a great harvest that never in their life had they ever seen before. In respect of Huminodun’s wishes, Kinoingan did exactly as what Huminodun requested. The seven paddy stalks were to honor the seven Bambaazon, the paddy spirit. As for the paddy in the Kakanan (big jar), a beautiful maiden rose out from the jar on the seventh day. She was the beautiful Huminodun, resurrected as a spirit to help and care for her people. She was called Unduk Ngadau. It was her spirit that first taught and guided the Bobohizan (high priestesses) in their chants and rituals, and that is how the spiritual traditions of our people begun. 

This is the reason why Kaamatan Festival plays such a vital role in each Sabahan native’s hearts. The main part of Kaamatan Festival is to honor the legendary Huminodun, who gave up her life in order for her people to survive. Hence why Unduk Ngadau Beauty Pageant plays a grand part during Harvest Festival. It is to commemorate Huminodun’s everlasting youth, selflessness, beauty, and love for her father’s people. It is a sacred title and great honor to be dubbed as the next Unduk Ngadau winner as she will represent the whole essence of Huminodun. Her gift to us all remains in our hearts to remind us the importance of sincerity, bravery, caring, selflessness, and love.

Kaamatan legend to reality
Kaamatan legend to reality

Interested to know more on Kaamatan or Harvest Festival? Come and join us to celebrate this yearly event of Sabah together in Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) Sabah on 30th – 31st May. For more inquiry, feel free to contact us here.

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8 Quick Tips About Borneo

8 Quick Tips About Borneo

8 Quick Tips About Borneo

29
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! 

8 quick tips about borneo

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.

 

8 quick tips about borneo

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.  

8 quick tips about borneo

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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!  

8 quick tips about borneo

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.  

8 quick tips about borneo

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. 

8 quick tips about borneo

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Interesting Places To Go In Sabah With Kids

Interesting Places To Go In Sabah With Kids

Interesting Places To Go In Sabah With Kids

20

May, 2017

Don’t listen to those who say traveling with kids are hard. It is one of the greatest moment in your life when you travel with your kids. Not only does it strengthen your bond with your kids, but also to create memories together. Planning to travel to Sabah but don’t have any ideas where to bring your kids?

Here are some interesting places that you can bring your kids to visit while in Sabah.

1. KOTA KINABALU

a) Gaya Street Market

Interesting Places to go in Sabah with kids

b) Mari- Mari Cultural Village

c) Kota Kinabalu Wetlands

Interesting Places to go in Sabah with kids

d) “Rumah Terbalik” / Upside Down House

e) Sabandar Leisure Rides

Interesting Places to go in Sabah with kids

f) Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP)

Are you looking for travel’s guide to Kota Kinabalu city? Read our blog on Traveler’s guide to Kota Kinabalu and Things to do in Kota Kinabalu with Kids.

2. PENAMPANG

a) Tinopikon Park

b) Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park

c) Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

3. RANAU

a) Arnab Village Farm

b) Desa Cattle Dairy Farm

c) Poring Hot Spring

Are you planning to bring your family to Ranau? Come and read our blog on “Don’t miss this when you’re in RANAU!” and you might can know some amazing places in Ranau that you never heard before!

4. SANDAKAN

a) Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

b) Borneon Sun Bear Conservation Center

c) Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

d) Turtle Island Park

Want to know more Sandakan? Check out the travel guide to Sandakan blog post to know where to go when you and your family in Sandakan.

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