Not Climbing Mount Kinabalu?Don’t be Sad

Not Climbing Mount Kinabalu?Don’t be Sad

Not Climbing Mount Kinabalu? Don’t be Sad

30

DECEMBER, 2016

Mountain
Climbing
Travel
Trekking

Mount Kinabalu often to be travelers main reason to visit Borneo Island. “Climbing mount Kinabalu” will be the first item on their Borneo bucket checklist and pretty sure their will have their climbing gears prepared, well at least before taking off to the 3rd largest island in the world. However, the hard work might be wasted if you failed making any reservation on climbing the Mount Kinabalu beforehand as only 101 climbers are allowed to climb on daily basis via Timpohon trail.

Climbing the mount kinabalu need you to place advanced booking in order to avoid you getting frustrated as you only have 0.1% chances if you planning to make last minute booking. Some might be upset af as the feelings of imposing massif of Mount Kinabalu will followed you everywhere you go during your stay spend in Kota Kinabalu. Wherever you go, you will catch a glimpse of mount kinabalu visible on the water surface; its silhouette was on flags, display in souvenir shops and even on the government buildings. You’ll feel as if it was mocking you, tormenting you for not deciding to book the Mount Kinabalu climb tour earlier.

Despite the struggle, however, that doesn’t mean that you will not have a good time in Kota Kinabalu; in fact, you’ll loved it for sure. You just need an excuse to get back on track and let us assist you on things that can keep you occupied if you’re not climbing Mount Kinabalu..

Here Things That Can Keep You Occupied if you’re not climbing Mount Kinabalu

There are nine trekking trails around Kinabalu National Park; and many are interconnected. Trekking around the base was easy, the temperature was around 25 degrees and the humidity rather low. Discovering this network of trails will lesser down the sadness of late booking travelers a chance to experience the mountain. As there are more trekking trails to choose, and greater variability in starting times, it is not uncommon to find oneself a solitary hiker on the trail. This offers a much greater chance of seeing birds and other small wildlife. None of the trails around park headquarters are particularly difficult, although some are easier and shorter than others; all have something special with which to reward the hiker. The following general descriptions and approximate hiking times will help travelers decide which trails are right for them.

Bundu Tuhan View Trail (465 metres, 30 minutes) this trekking trail is short and close to the Kinabalu National Park Reception office, making it one of the more accessible trekking trails. It is a good opportunity for travelers with little time to experience the tropical rainforest. On a clear day, it offers a view of the nearby Kadazan dusun village, Bundu Tuhan. Hikers have option of joining the Ligawu Trail or returning to the Kinabalu National Park reception office.

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Kiau View Trail (2344 metres, 60-80 minutes) this trekking trail is of moderate length, and with the exception of the trekking trail entrances, the route is fairly level. Several viewpoints along the trail provide vistas of the hilly range and nearby Kadazan dusun village of Kiau. The original trekking trail to Mount Kinabalu summit; used by last century is climbers, began in Kiau.

Pandanus Trail (598 metres, 45 minutes) this is a short, but quite steep trekking trail that joins the Kiau View Trail. The junction is a quarter way point of the Kiau View Trail, making it convenient way shorten the hike in event of rain. Hikers cannot fail to notice the many lianas in the forest along the trail.

Bukit Ular Trail (997 metres, 60 minutes) this trekking trail is seldom used either safe to walk. Hikers either will start from the end of the power station road, walk along the house fence to get into the forest. Hikers can break the journey by joining the power station road down below about kilometre before the power station as it exits near the Kiau gap shelter or extend it by joining the Mempening Trail to reach the park headquarters. This trail is good point to see some secretive and rare birds such as Everett’s Thrush and Blue banded Pitta both are endemic to Borneo Island.

Bukit Tupai and Bukit Burung Trails (1425 metres, 90 minutes combined) both of these trekking trails are quite short, and are best done in combination. Bukit means “hill” in Malay, and the highest of both these trails is the short climb up to the top of the hill for bird watching. Hikers have the option of joining the Mempening Trail or Silau Silau trail.

Mempening Trail (3396 metres, 120 minutes) This is relatively easy trail, and there is little climbing unless hikers option to take detour to visit Bukit Tupai or Bukit Burung. Mempening means “oak” in Malay, a tree that is found in great abundance at this altitude. Hikers can break the journey by joining the Silau Silau Trail as it exits near the Visitors Centre or Extend it by joining the Liwagu Trail / Bundu Tuhan View Trail.

Liwagu Trail (5620 meters; 120-150 minutes) this is the longest trekking trail around Kinabalu National Park. Liwagu is the name of the Borneo river in Dusun, and this trail follows the small Borneo river that runs through the park. The trail crosses several small mount kinabalu streams running into the Borneo river. Hiker are at times on a narrow ridge looking down at the Borneo river, and at times find themselves close to the riverbed; that is to say; there are several minor ascents and descents along the trail

Silau Silau Trail (3057 metres, 60-80 minutes) This trekking trail is one of the easier trails in the park, and it also one of the most frequented by visitors. There are several entrances/exits to this trail, which gives hikers flexibility in choosing trail length and the time spent hiking. The trail follows a stream running through the park, and the moist and protected environment along the trail encourages luxuriant growth of mosses, ferns and orchids. By starting at the trailhead on the lower road, hikers have the option of joining the Kiau View Trail head (1.5km mark on Power Station Road) to complete a small circuit.

Mountain View Trail (150 metres, 15 minutes) A little breathing to be released along this trail to reach the view shelter on the ridge top. Good weather condition will provide you a spectacular view of the mount kinabalu and the surrounding Borneo rainforest as well as the Kandamaian Borneo Waterfall. Singing birds of a distance golden-napped Barbet and the Crimson headed Partridge are natural sounds of the forest that could be heard breaking the silence in this area.

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How Long to Climb Mt Kinabalu

How Long to Climb Mt Kinabalu

How Long to Climb Mt Kinabalu

23

DECEMBER, 2016

Mountain
Climbing
Travel
Trekking

Standing majestically at 4,095 Meters (13,435 feet), Mt Kinabalu is the highest mountain of Malaysia. Mt. Kinabalu derives its name from the Kadazan word, Aki Nabalu, which means ‘the revered place of the dead’. It is one of the most conquerable peaks in the world.

During the Mt Kinabalu Climbathon recently, the fastest climbing record is 2Hr21Min33Sec by Safrey Sumping, that’s for Men category. On the other gender which is women, the fastest climbing record is 2Hr58Min38Sec by Sandi Menchi Catlona Abahan. They are all physically and mentally prepared to conquer this 3rd Highest Mountain in South East Asia.

So How Long to Climb Mt Kinabalu

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For those who are not as fit as the climbathon-er, it might takes minimum 2 Days 1 Night to reach the summit via Timpohon trail. Okey, so now let’s breakdown the Timpohon trail.

Mt Kinabalu climb is not the toughest, you don’t even need special training or experience to climb. The starting point will be at Timpohon gate(the most recommended trail). Based on the picture, from Timpohon gate to Laban Rata distance is around 6 Kilometers and there are about 7 shelter/pit stop for you to catch your breath before continue the journey to Laban Rata.

If you walk 6 Kilometers on a flat land, it will take around 45 minutes to 1 Hour to reach the distance. But on this trek to Laban Rata, the elevation begin to ascend after each of the shelter. It will takes about 4 – 6 hours to reach Laban Rata. Extra hours is expected during rough weather, especially when it rains.

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Trekking up to Laban Rata from Timpohon Gate

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Throughout the trek, you will see different angle of Mount Kinabalu atmospheric scenery and various type of flora and fauna such as bonsai and pitcher plant. Once you reach the Laban Rata, lunch is waiting. Imagine having lunch at 3,272 metres above the sea level, that is one of the #foodporn goals. Take the opportunity to enjoy the scenic view from Laban Rata, take a good photo and upload it to your social media, let the world see that you going to conquer Mt Kinabalu summit real soon!

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Photo of Ily Lia Affiqah

You will have plenty of time to rest and be prepared before en route to the summit. From Laban Rata to summit, it will takes about another 4 hours trekking in the dark. The last checkpoint will be at Sayat-Sayat, 1.5 Kilometres from the summit. At Kilometres 8, there’s rope prepared to help the climber as the route will be slippery due to the mist and coldness at the peak. When you arrive at the Low’s peak, the summit of Mount Kinabalu, you are just in time to witness the most epic sunrise at 4,095 Metres above the sea level. Some might shed happy tears for what they had achieved, it will the most beautiful moment that worth a lifetime.

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10 Best Noodle Dishes In Sabah

10 Best Noodle Dishes In Sabah

10 Best Noodle Dishes In Sabah

16

DECEMBER, 2016

Borneo
Sabah
Culinary
Travel
Gastranomy

Sabah’s rich culture is something to shout about, especially when it birthed a unique cuisine brilliantly invented by its locals. Hidden within its scenic spots are restaurants offering delicious and unique Sabahan noodles that may sound obscure to those who’re not familiar with East Malaysia. Nonetheless, here are 10 dishes in Sabah that’ll prove Penang has a competitor when it comes to noodles.

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Tuaran Mee

Tuaran Mee is to Sabah what Char Kuey Teow is to Penang and Kai Si Hor Fun to Ipoh. Originating from Tuaran Town, this popular noodle dish is usually stir-fried and served with slices of chun kien (Hakka egg rolls), char siew and vegetables.

Heads up egg fans: The yellow noodles are traditionally handmade with egg yolk and has a springy texture, and the dish is sometimes even stir-fried with eggs. Tuaran Mee Restoran also serves variations of the dish for different tastebuds such as Tuaran Mee Lihing (added with Sabah’s unique rice wine).

Beaufort Mee

Beaufort Town features soft yellow noodles in thick sauce with thinly sliced pork and plenty of choy sum (leafy vegetable used in Chinese cuisine) called Beaufort Mee. To obtain that wok stir-fry flavour, the noodles alone are stir-fried first to slight crispiness before introducing the thick gravy base.

What makes Restoran Beaufort great for this dish is that they use organic vegetables and their pork is tender and sweet!

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Ngiu Chap

Ngiu chap, which translates literally into ‘beef mix’, is a noodle dish starring an array of beef cutlets including beef balls, beef brisket, beef tripe, beef tendons and other parts served in thick beef broth.

Kah Hiong boils their beef cutlets and daikon radish for hours with their secret blend of herbs and spices, infusing their broth with beefy flavours. But if the beef broth is slightly overwhelming for you, there’s always the kon lou (soy sauce) version, which is ‘dry’ and broth-less.

Turn up the heat by dipping your protein in their homemade Kah Hiong chilli sauce, sold in bottles in the shop — great for people travelling outstation and want a taste of home or visitors who’d like to relive Sabah’s good food back home.

Sang Nyuk Mee

The next meat-packed noodle dish brings us to Tawau where Sang Nyuk Mee originated. Hing Lee has been serving this iconic Sabahan dish, which features marinated pork on noodles, for 37 years now!

We recommend trying the standard kon lou base because the combination of dark soy sauce with soft and tender pork slices tastes heavenly. If you’re a sinful eater like us, request for more pork lard! But be warned, it’s an oily dish. Like the ngiu chap, this dish is also served with other parts like internal organs.

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Tenom Mee

Tenom Mee is a Hakka dish from Tenom and its distinct taste lies in its delicious Hakka noodles. While this dish look simple, it’s in fact very flavourful — making it versatile enough for any topping and even to have it on its own.

We’re bringing our night owls to How Lee Coffee Shop because they open from dinner time all the way to 3 am in the morning! Alongside their Tenom Mee, How Lee offers toppings such as siew yoke (roasted pork belly), roasted chicken, fish balls and more. Psst, we heard they also serve the best porridge in town!

Tamparuli Mee

Often mistaken for Tuaran Mee, Tamparuli Mee is also known for its handmade noodles and chun kien but compared to the former, Tamparuli Mee has a springier texture. Siew yoke and scrambled eggs are also key ingredients that make the Tamparuli Mee different from its noodle cousins. Some suggest having it with tomato sauce because it pairs well with the egg – we’ll let you be the judge of that.

The best and well-known eatery for Tamparuli Mee has to be family-run Restoran Wun Chiap, where the dish got invented back in 1978. To be able to enjoy a dish in its origins is rare so we’re glad the restaurant is still in operation till today.

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Fish Noodles

Seafood will not be left out from this mix, especially in KK (Kota Kinabalu), where the seafood is fresh from the docks! We’re bringing you to the Hilltop area of KK where Fatt Kee Seafood Restaurant serves one of the tastiest fish noodles in town.

You can add fish fillet, fish skin, fish head and other fish parts that you fancy with your noodles. If you’re not a huge fan of the smell of seafood, have it in tomato soup base (or milky tomato soup) to neutralise that fishy scent. And of course they have kon lou, tomyam and clear soup to cater to all preferences!

Mee Sup Kota Belud

Kota Belud too has its own noodles. Chicken broth is key in making this a flavourful dish and an unnamed gem of a restaurant behind the UMNO Kota Belud building does it best. Plenty of chicken is used to prepare the broth and noodles are homemade. Being a Chinese establishment, you can’t go wrong with having a little char siew along with chicken cutlets on your noodles.

This dish is always served with some fried shallots on the side. Our take for the perfect serving in every bite is to have some noodles, some broth, some chicken meat and some of that crispy fried shallot in one spoon!

For the halal version, you’ll find noodle stalls in Pasar Tani Kota Belud operated by Muslims.

Source: @sabaheats

Source: @sabaheats

Mee Sup Pipin

Originally known as Mee Sup Inobong, later Mee Sup Pipin, named after the founder’s surname, this dish can be found in Kampung Inobong in all its authenticity. Served with fresh chu chap (pork mix) in clear soup, this is one of the lighter noodle dishes on this list. But if you can’t resist the oily stuff, they have fried pork lard!

The stall is on Jalan Tomposik by the main road, which is the owner’s shophouse. There’s another Mee Sup Pipin at Jalan Khidmat, operated by the family. They both serve Mee Sup Pipin with variating sides – in the latter, you’ll find stuffed tofu, braised chicken feet, wild boar meat, Hakka steamed pork with yam, sup tulang and even Hinava.

Mee Tauhu

Mee Tauhu is a popular breakfast food in Tawau and we recommend trying Kedai Kopi Mee Tauhu Tawau. It’s similar to the yong tau fu in Peninsular Malaysia except their ingredients such as tofu, chili, brinjal and bitter gourd are stuffed with fish paste instead of pork so it’s halal in many places.

The noodles are simple – plain stir-fried with a sunny side up – because the attraction is tofu in bean paste gravy that you can dip in sweet sambal sauce. They also serve nasi kuning (tumeric rice) with their tofu and sambal, for those who relish in the go-to traditional rice, tofu and sambal combination.

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The PINASAKAN Popular Dish Among The Kadazan Dusun

The PINASAKAN Popular Dish Among The Kadazan Dusun

The PINASAKAN Popular Dish Among The Kadazan Dusun

14

DECEMBER, 2016

Borneo
Sabah
Culinary
Travel
Gastranomy

Pinasakan is a popular dish among the Kadazandusun, the collective name for more than 40 sub-ethnic groups that live in Sabah. Kadazandusun is made up of three main groups – the Kadazan/Dusun, Murut and Orang Sungai, and they make up about 1 million of Sabah’s population.

Back in the day, way before refrigerators came into the picture, the Kadazandusun had to find a way to keep food from going bad. One of their staple foods was fish, only obtainable from towns that had access to the sea.

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They travelled into these towns, to look for fish and other things in exchange for items from the highlands where they stayed. They often carried a “wakid” – a handmade bamboo and rattan basket – on their backs that held forest products, vegetables and tobacco to barter for salt, sugar, and fresh fish from the townsfolk.

Since the trip home sometimes took days, the Kadazandusun had to ensure that the fish withstood the long journey. Preservation was key, and hence the birth of pinasakan – referred to as such by the Kadazans, while the Dusuns refer to it as pinarasakan. However, it is more popularly known as pinasakan.

While still in town, they would make Pinasakan. The idea is to extract moisture from the fish, and thus the use of ikan basung, a naturally oily fish that doesn’t dry out even after cooking. Ikan basung is similar to sardines, and is found in waters no deeper than 80m. The fish is cheaply and widely available in Sabah.

To make Pinasakan, the fish is cleaned and cooked in a pot over very low heat, with just asam keping, turmeric, ginger, lemongrass, cili padi and salt. Thanks to the low heat and its naturally oily texture, the fish doesn’t get burnt, and enough moisture is extracted to keep it cooking for about an hour. Pinasakan can be kept for up to two weeks. It is a home-cooked dish and is not readily available in restaurants in Sabah.

Though Pinasakan is not made for the purpose of preservation nowadays, the dish can still be kept for up to five days without refrigeration. It is served with white rice and sambal on the side.

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Climbing Mount Kinabalu Via Kota Belud Trail

Climbing Mount Kinabalu Via Kota Belud Trail

Climbing Mount Kinabalu Via Kota Belud Trail

08

DECEMBER, 2016

Borneo
Sabah
Mountain
Travel
Climbing

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This is the overall view of the new trail for Mount Kinabalu climb via the new Kota Belud Trail (will be open to public soon). You can skip to 3:27 to see Kota Belud Trail if you don’t want to watch the climb from the beginning (at Timpohon Gate starting point).

Kota Belud trail is more challenging than the standard Ranau Trail. Hope this will help you to decide whether to use this new trail or not. On the other hand, if you ever be in doubt, do opt for the Ranau trail, which is more tourist friendly.

The key “actress” in this video is Cassie, who had climbed Mt. Kinabalu many years ago. She attempted her second climb with us. However, she got bogged down by the bad weather and exhaustion. Did she make it to the summit? Simply click on the video to find out. – Kredit : Murphy Ng

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Borneo Sabah Beautiful Sunset

Borneo Sabah Beautiful Sunset

Sunset in Borneo Sabah

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DECEMBER, 2016

Borneo
Sabah
Sunset
Travel

We’ve been travelling to many places and seen variety of sunset view in different places, but nothing can beat Borneo Sabah beautiful sunset. Sabah has one of the most beautiful sunrise and sunset view of the world!

For anyone that fancies beautiful sunset, taking photo of sunset, this is the place for you.

Here’s a few photo of sunset in Borneo Sabah that never fail to amaze its visitor.

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today sunset!

Afternoon Glow | Tip Of Borneo

A Touch of Sun

Sabah ● Sunset

Sunset|Sabah Malaysia

Sunset At its Best

Likas Mosque

Sunset

A cloudy sunset

Sailing - When the sun goes down

Sabah Işıkları

Sabah ● Sunset

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sunset beach

Sabah

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These are the reason why Borneo Sabah should be in your travel radar, to witness the beauty of its sunset with your own eyes. We bet those photo gave a strong proof why Borneo Sabah has the best sunset in the world.

Check out our Sabah Tour and get the opportunity to catch the sunset. If you have any inquiry please don’t hesitate to contact us, our team will be more than happy to assist you.

Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing – Dr. Seuss

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