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

27

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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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.

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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.

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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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Turtle Island Adventure

Turtle Island Adventure

Turtle Island Adventures

25
May, 2017

People say, wherever we travel, we’ll look for a beautiful and relaxing island or preferably, “paradise”. Same goes for me, I’ll look for the best and beautiful island to go to for relaxation.

There’s a lot of things you can do while staying on an island anywhere in the world. You can choose from the most expensive resort to the cheapest budget inns on the island, but one thing is for sure, all activities done there are the same! Yes, it is! From swimming to snorkeling, to diving, you’ll definitely be able to explore a lot of things and witness the beauty and uniqueness of the marine life underwater. You will still get the pleasure, you still get amazing photos, put on your one-of-a-kind beach wear, with your sunnies perched on your nose bridge, and sand in between your toes, and have that amazing picture for Instagram and Facebook!

However, did you guys know those islands that you normally go are different from conservation islands which most people aren’t aware of? The conservation and preservation of the island itself for the wildlife and beach are totally different and this is what I found out after visiting one of the conservation islands here in Sabah. 

Turtle Island Adventure
Turtle Island Adventure

Visiting one of the famous conservation island known as Selingan Turtle Island was actually an amazing adventure. It’s not only a place that we can go for relaxation, but also a place where every tourist that come, can learn something about the conservations of one of the world’s endangered species, the majestic Green Turtle. This place is very calming and has limited tourist capacity, so would be best to book ahead of time cause they’ve got limited space.

I admit that the price to get into this conservation island is EXPENSIVE! Yeah, it is! BUT? It’s worth it. The accommodation is clean, simple, and nice and it even has an air-cond. The food was great because it was a buffet spread (foodie haven). And of course, during leisure, you can take a stroll down the beach or go for a swim, but do bear in mind, tourist aren’t allowed to walk around after 6 pm as the Ranger on duty will be doing their regular checks on the beach to see if any Mother Turtles are coming up to shore from time to time.

TURTLE TIME!! TURTLE TIME! Yes! It’s the sound of the Ranger telling us a turtle has come to shore. Everyone literally stopped what they were doing and rushed to get their torch light and joined their Guide to where the Turtle was about to lay its eggs. For the first time ever, I saw a HUGE Mother Turtle laying its eggs calmly. Plop. Plop. Plop! Came out the eggs in synchronization.

The Ranger took the eggs without the Mother Turtle’s realization and start counting how many eggs in total for record purposes. We were quite lucky, not only was the Turtle huge, but it was also a first timer to land on Selingan Turtle Island. So after taking measurements and all mandatory processes, the Ranger tagged the Mother Turtle so that in future, if ever the Mother Turtle comes back again to lay eggs, they have a record. Once all that is done, the freshly laid eggs were put into a hatchery for the hatching process.

Turtle Island Adventure
Turtle Island Adventure
Turtle Island Adventure
Turtle Island Adventure
Turtle Island Adventure
Turtle Island Adventure

To me, the next exciting part of the trip was releasing the Baby Turtles into the sea. It was so much fun to see all the Baby Turtles follow the torched light direction and (for the first time) swim into the open ocean. What a way to end an unforgettable trip, but it’s just the beginning for those little Baby Turtles. Chances of survival for these little ones are minimal, not only because they’re easy targets for predators, but due to pollution caused by human beings, we have cut their chances of survival by more than 50%!

Was the trip amazing? Definitely. Was it worth it? Worth every penny! If you have the chance to visit Sabah, do make yourself free to go to one the conservation islands here in Sabah. If you want to join our tour on Borneo Turtle Island Conservation project, you can check it out here.

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5 Quick Tips About Family Travel in Borneo

5 Quick Tips About Family Travel in Borneo

5 Quick Tips About Family Travel in Borneo

30
April, 2017
5 Quick Tips About Family Travel in Borneo
5 Quick Tips About Family Travel in Borneo

There is nothing quite like a bonding family holiday. It’s great to expose our children to new places, wonderful for mom and dad to relax with low stress. Malaysia Borneo is a wonderful choice for family travel as there are a lot of Borneo holiday package offer.

Here are 5 quick tips when visiting the region with the whole crew 🙂

Sunscreen – The weather is hot, hot and hotter in Sabah (it’s the tropics after all) so protecting your family from the sun is a must. All ranges of sunscreen are sold locally in the city areas (Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan) but it’s quite hard to find anywhere else. So make sure you have a good supply on hand before setting off on a family adventure out of the city area.

Social Differences – One of the best byproducts of family travel is introducing everyone to cultural differences from our home countries. There are many things that may be taboo or different in Sabah from your home country or vice versa, embrace those differences and realize that is why we travel to learn about other cultures, races, and traditions. Joining the Kota Kinabalu tour packages, such as our tour to Mari-Mari Cultural Village, enable you to keep an open mind to accepting social norms it will make us all more tolerate and bring our family closer together.

Food – Food can be an adventure in itself when traveling in Borneo. From eating with your hands to trying new tastes or cooking styles make sure you watch, listen and follow what locals do and you will leave your family holiday with some great stories to bring back home so, be food adventurous in Sabah.

Prices or haggling – One of the most debated travel questions when shopping abroad is “What is local price vs tourist price?”. Haggling can be fun as much as it can be stressful when you’re on family holidays in Sabah. Remember price negotiation isn’t about getting the cheapest price… it’s about paying a price that you feel is fair to you and the seller.  A few tips to make the process smooth are: always smile and be polite(everyone likes a happy shopper), don’t have buyers remorse (if you bought it, enjoy it, no matter the price) and finally enjoy the process (it can be fun if you let it be)

Safety – As parents, we will always be concerned with our families safety. That doesn’t mean we have to be guarded when in an unfamiliar place. Sabah is a very safe place for travel, especially family travel, so leave your worries on the airplane and enjoy your time on the island.

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The Legends of Mount Kinabalu

The Legends of Mount Kinabalu

The Legends of Mount Kinabalu

07

April, 2017

“Once upon a time there was a giant living…at the foot of Mount Kinabalu.” – Ansow Gunsalam, 1983
Being part of the third largest island in the world, Sabah is abundant with rich culture, diverse ecosystem, and many more hidden gems ready to be explored. One of the many mysteries that stares at us each day (literally, especially when the sky is clear of clouds) is none other than the majestic Mount Kinabalu itself.

A mountain so highly regarded by our ancestors as well as present time by the locals, Mount Kinabalu is known as Aki Nabalu, ‘the revered place of the dead’, Aki also means ‘grandfather and/or male ancestors’ in KadazanDusun dialect. Before the spread of Christianity, a majority of indigenous people here were pagans who practiced animism. They believed in spirits and invisible beings are it good or evil spirits. It was believed (then) that the summit of Mount Kinabalu was the highest point in Borneo, which is why spirits would go there to enter the afterlife.

Before climbing up the treacherous mountain (during those days), locals would perform religious ceremony upon reaching the summit. These rituals were to pacify these roaming spirits who lived there in order not to harm them and giving them safe passage. Nowadays, these ceremonies are conducted annually by the National Park guides. Part of the ritual is to offer seven chickens, eggs, betel nuts, sirih leaves, lime, rice, as well as local cigars.

Another legend has it that the name Kinabalu, Kina meaning ‘China’, and Balu meaning ‘Widow’, put it together in English and you’ll get Chinese Widow.
The Kadazan tale goes like this;-
Many centuries ago there was a Dragon living at the summit of the tallest mountain, deep in the jungles of Borneo Island, guarding a precious pearl. Upon hearing this, the Emperor of China sent all his three sons to steal the pearl from the dragon. Whoever succeeded, would get the throne. There were three princes. So off they went to Borneo Island (on their own) in search of this amazing pearl guarded by the ferocious dragon. The eldest and second prince failed to retrieve the pearl from the dragon whilst the youngest prince, with his ability to outsmart the dragon, was able to steal the pearl at ease and slew the dragon (of course with a few cuts and bruises here and there for added macho-ness).
Descending back to the tropical jungle of Borneo and hurt, the youngest prince was rescued by native villagers who nursed him back to health. There, he met a beautiful Kadazan woman which he fell in love with and soon after, married her. After years of living on Borneo Island, the prince felt homesick, so he decided to go back and visit his family back in China, promising his wife and family that he will return and bring them to China with him.
His wife grew anxious of waiting for him that she would go to the coastal area and wait for his ship to dock. However, her village was so far in that she decided to climb the highest mountain nearby, so she could have a wider and further view of ships sailing the South China Sea. From then on, locals would see her climbing the mountain each sunrise, coming back only after sunset to attend to her children.
Heartbroken, but still determined that her prince charming would come back, she eventually fell ill and died at the top of the mountain. Touched by her loyalty to her husband, the spirits of the mountain turned her into stone, facing the South China Sea, so she could forever wait for her husband’s return.”

Locals say that St. John’s Peak is the stone her body was turned into.

So what happened to Prince Charming? Well, he returned safely back to China and received a grand welcome by his family for slaying the dragon and (most importantly) outsmarting the dragon into stealing his pearl. He told his parents of his new life in Borneo and how he wanted to bring them to China, which they (obviously) disagreed and told him he was already betrothed to a princess from another kingdom.

So what do you think? Do you like it? I love it! This heart-wrenching tale will forever be in my heart and for many generations to come, while Mount Kinabalu will forever stand high and mighty in Borneo Island. Here are some pictures for you to see the beauty of Mount Kinabalu area. If you are interested in climbing Mount Kinabalu, contact us now for more information.

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