Let’s Fly High with Tandem Paragliding

Let’s Fly High with Tandem Paragliding

Let’s Fly High with Tandem Paragliding!

14
September, 2017

Don’t say YOLO if you haven’t gone to try the Tandem Paragliding in your Sabah Borneo trip!

Enjoy the thrill and a sense of freedom of Tandem Paragliding amongst the breathtaking scenery of the Borneo rainforest. Soaring like an eagle while you paraglide with the professional, fully trained, and qualified tandem pilots. Your outdoor adventure starts after you are debriefed by your pilot and ready to fly. Be sure to witness the magnificent view of the villages and Borneo Rainforest, when you soar up high above the sky!

Tandem Paragliding in Sabah, Borneo, has started for quite some years now, but recently it has become a popular outdoor activity in Sabah Borneo. As far as I know, there are two places that you can go for Tandem Paragliding in Sabah, Borneo, which is in Lohan, Ranau and Kokol Hill, Menggatal.

However, before you are planning to go for tandem paragliding in Sabah Borneo, here are some tips that you need to know:

1) Know The Restrictions

You would need to know some of the rules and regulations before going through a tandem paragliding in Sabah, Borneo. Kids or participants (17 years old and below) would need to be accompanied by parent or guardian. Minimum weight is 30 kg and maximum weight 110 kg to participants who wants to join this. Apart from that, for those who have a height-phobia, it is not recommended to join this activity.

Tandem Paragliding Sabah Borneo

A kid on a Tandem Paragliding, photo by: Crassula

2) Contact the Tandem Master to Book the Activity Time Slot

No walk-ins available as this activity is not offered on a daily basis. You would need to contact the tandem master in advance and make full payment before your activity date. Luckily, Top Peak Travel could help you to arrange your travel and booking for the tandem paragliding in your Borneo trip. However, last minute booking would not be possible to reserve your tandem paragliding activity early.

3) Wear Proper Shoes

This is considered an extreme adventurous activity, thus, wearing proper and comfortable shoes is a must. Oh, and also some proper clothing as well. We won’t want the possibility of danger could happen during your tandem paragliding activity.

A kid on a Tandem Paragliding

4) Have FUN!

Tandem Paragliding is not something everyone does all the time (unless you’re an extreme adrenaline junkie). It’s something that makes you squirm for the next few nights and keep you awake thinking, “Why in the world am I doing this again??”. But trust me, it’s something you will definitely want to try and enjoy. So don’t fret and most importantly, enjoy yourself! Let this whole new experience enjoy the wonders of what Mother Nature is giving us!

Tandem Paragliding Sabah Borneo

Have fun on a Tandem Paragliding, photo by Ranau Paragliding Park

Check out the photos below to pump you up on Tandem Paragliding in Sabah Borneo:

Here’s a video of Tandem Paragliding on Kokol Hill, Menggatal by Murphy Ng: 

Feeling pump up now? Contact us for booking and experience a sense of freedom with Tandem Paragliding!

Traveling with kids? Read our Top 5 Kid-Friendly trips in Sabah Borneo

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Raise Your Glass to The Sunset in Borneo!

Raise Your Glass to The Sunset in Borneo!

Raise Your Glass to Sunset in Borneo!

12

September, 2017
Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

The Beautiful Panoramic view of the Sunset Bar

When it comes to watching the sunset, Kota Kinabalu is one of the best places to experience it. If you happened to be in Kota Kinabalu, and if you’re looking for a good place to chill, lay back, enjoy the breeze and have a couple of drinks with your friends and family, why not stop by at the Shangri-La Sunset Bar in Tanjung Aru. It’ll be a completely different experience that you will get there if compared to any other places in Kota Kinabalu.

Yes, you can watch the sunset almost anywhere in Kota Kinabalu but why not do it the classy way at the Sunset bar. The setup of the place is quite unique too as it is in something like a small island that’ll give you that private island feel to it. The Sunset Bar is also a good place to take some good photos for your Instagram, facebook, and other social medias, so boys and gals whip out your phone get in angle and time to snap some good memorable photos.

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

Whip out that phone and get that Perfecto shot!

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

Bartender is ready to serve you your drinks

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

Amazing view of Sunset can be seen

Not only the Sunset Bar has a wide variety of drinks that they serve, but there are also a variety of mouth watering food for you to choose. From satay to burgers, and all sorts of tidbits for you to try, so let your appetite go wild and pick one or maybe two or three hihi. The highlights of the Sunset Bar is definitely the drinks that they serve there (apart from the Sunset of course). You can choose all sorts of cocktails and mocktails at the bar and they have a few signature drinks too. Indulge yourself with the Royal Mojito, Pepperita, or some of the Borneo-Inspired cocktails like the Lepa-Lepa and the Kota Kinabalu Fruit Punch.

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

Satisfy your thirst with some cold Cocktails and Fresh Fruit Punch!

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

A big grilled Beef Burger

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

Enjoy some super appetizing Satay together with that superb view of the Sunset

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

Chilling at the sofa facing the sea 

The Sunset Bar can easily accommodate up to 100 person so don’t worry much about the space and they also provide a selections of seats for you to choose from. You can just chill down at the sofa facing the sea or just relax at the bar. The Sunset Bar offers two different happy hour time duration which is from 4-5pm and continuing on from 8-11pm. So more drinks anyone? hehe..-

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

Chilling at the sofa facing the sea 

If you’re lucky they might also have some local performers for your entertainment. A little smooth and soft jazzy tunes won’t hurt right? It’ll add up to that relaxing vibe and experience. Enjoy the sunset with some cocktails and some relaxing music, now that’s first class!.-

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

That fantastic view of the Sunset only at the Sunset Bar! An experience that you must not miss in Kota Kinabalu

So now you know about the Shangri-La Sunset Bar, here’s what you have to do. Why don’t you grab some friends and family or maybe a date hehe… And hit the bar, order some drinks, some finger foods, and just chill. That’ll be great for you to de-stress yourself. –

Are you looking for leisure activities in your Sabah Borneo Holiday trip? Here are our Top 5 leisure activities in Sabah that you should do while traveling to Sabah Borneo. 

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RELEASE THE TURTLES!

RELEASE THE TURTLES!

RELEASE THE TURTLES!

10

September, 2017
Green Turtle hatchlings released in Kudat Sabah Borneo

Baby turtle released into the sea!

I had the privilege of experiencing a very awakening moment just a few weeks ago. We headed down to Kudat, north of Kinabalu, and also home to the Tip of Borneo where the Sulu Sea meets South China Sea to be a part of a hundred Green Turtle Hatchlings being released into the wild.

It was organized by Kudat Turtle Conservation Society (KTCS), a small society with big dreams to help save and create awareness amongst local and tourist alike in regards to conserving and improving Sea Turtles population in Marine Parks at Kudat Area. At a glimpse, it all looked like a huge success done overnight, but as I got to talk to one of its Co-Founder, Mr. Roland Agansai, what seemed like a day’s work, is actually months and months of hard work preparation and determination on not giving.

Green Turtle hatchlings released in Kudat Sabah Borneo

Turtle Eggs

I say hard work and determination on not giving up is because most of us take these little creatures for granted. Sea Turtles used to be abundant in Sabah waters. When I was a little girl, my parents and I would always do road trips around Sabah, and they would be natives selling their workmanship or farming goods at the side of the roads. You’ll be able to encounter all sorts of local/exotic delicacies! They will be selling wild boar meat, deer meat, snake meat, live pigeons, dead bats, even turtle eggs! Back then, Sea Turtles were not endangered, and locals do eat its eggs for protein.

Nowadays, selling or even consuming these delicacies are not allowed and against the law because Sea Turtles are in the brink of survival currently, like many other wild animals. Back date to ten years ago, Adult sized Sea Turtles would come to the shores of Kudat Beaches to lay their eggs every night. Each night, you’ll be able to find 3-5 Sea Turtles laying their eggs. Each Sea Turtle would lay around 100 eggs on average. That’s around 500 eggs a night!! But that was ten years ago. Now, to get one Sea Turtle come to shore to lay its eggs in a month is considered as great work for KTCS and the Wildlife Wardens who watches over the beach lines every night.

Out of the hundred percent hatches, only ten percent will survive and have the chance to grow up to be an adult. It takes ten to fifty years after hatching to reach maturity (depending on what species), will they then be able to mate. Within that time, they will be able to mate every two to four years over the course of their adulthood. Female Sea Turtles will come ashore to lay their eggs, and they always return to the place where they were born. How cool is that knowing that those baby Green Turtles that was released recently has a ten percent chance of coming back to the same beach I stood just a few weeks ago. Ten percent, that’s one Sea Turtle returning after a decade at Sea.

Green Turtle hatchlings released in Kudat Sabah Borneo

Turtle Eggs

The reason why chances of them surviving in the wild is extremely and alarmingly low is because of humans;-

  • Destruction and degradation of their nesting and feeding grounds
  • Fisheries by-catch
  • Poaching of turtles and their eggs both by locals and offshore poachers
  • Entangled and killed by marine debris that is mistaken for food
  • Killed by boat propeller 

-Retrieved from KTCSBorneo

Green Turtle hatchlings released in Kudat Sabah Borneo

Awareness presentation

Green Turtle hatchlings released in Kudat Sabah Borneo

Sunset View from the Kudat Beach

Green Turtle hatchlings released in Kudat Sabah Borneo

More spectators, local and visitors came to witness the released of the baby turtles to the sea

Green Turtle hatchlings released in Kudat Sabah Borneo

Go..GO..GO..free to the sea baby turtles

At such a low rate, it broke my heart learning that our future generations will not have a chance to even know what a Sea Turtle is unless they read it somewhere or saw a picture. But to see it in person, to view its majestic beauty with their own eyes… I doubt that can ever materialize for them if we do not do something about it.

As of now, KTCS welcomes more organizations and individuals to be part of their family and spread the love about Sea Turtles. These gentle giants, though with a sturdy shell, are very fragile creatures that need our help for a chance at surviving our ever growing era.

If you readers are interested in learning more on how you can help, do not hesitate to contact us or KTCS directly. You can read also our experience on Turtle Island Adventure in Sandakan Borneo too!

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Caving Adventure in Malaysian Borneo

Caving Adventure in Malaysian Borneo

Caving Adventure in Malaysian Borneo

08

September, 2017
Caving adventure in Sabah Borneo

Apart from going for a Wildlife and jungle trekking adventure in Malaysian Borneo, did you know that you can spend your Borneo trip by going for caving adventure? Malaysian Borneo offers some unique characteristics and stories of the caves for you to discover. Caving adventures are rated easy, intermediate, and a day tour expeditions. We can assure you that you won’t get bored to visit one of the caves in your Borneo trip!

Here’s a list of caves that you should be going for an adventure in Malaysian Borneo:

1) Fairy Cave, Bau, Sarawak Borneo

Fairy Cave took its name from the stalagmite structure that can be seen from the entrance. Fairy Cave was once a gold mining settlement of Bau, which was located about 40 km from Kuching, Sarawak.

Before reaching the entrance, get ready to exercise your feet as you will need to walk up a series of flight of stairs (about 4-storey high concrete staircase). When you go inside, you will be amazed to see the humongous size of the caves and the green moss inside it, due to the light entering the cave.

Fret not, when you enter the cave, you can manage without using a torch because it is slightly dark inside and you will be reaching into one place with a huge opening that allows the light to flood in. Unusual stalactites and stalagmites were formed over thousands of years ago.

Some said the entrance of the cave resembles like a Chinese deity, which made many Buddhist and Taoist coming there to burn joss sticks and pray for their future fortune and destiny before returning to the city. Fortunately, there is no admission to enter the cave and it is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

4-storey high staircase to reach the entrance of the cave

Light enter the cave and displays the green moss inside the cave 

2) Wind Cave, Bau, Sarawak Borneo

Entrance of the Wind Cave

Easy walkway to reach the entrance

Wind Cave is named from the cooling breeze that blows continuously throughout the cave. It is located about 48 km away from Kuching City, and only about 25 minutes drive. Wind cave is considered as an easy access to reach from Kuching and it is also a popular destination for day trips, as well as picnic excursions.

Wind Cave is not much physically demanding compared to Fairy Cave because you can just walk along at the wooden walkways to access through the Wind Caves. You can see there are many swiftlets and bats inside the Wind Cave and also you can catch a glimpse of a subterranean stream, where you can relax and picnic beside it.

Note: Make sure to bring a torch as you will be experiencing caving into pitch black tunnels (to avoid bats disturbance).

Wind Cave is part of the Nature Reserve in Sarawak Borneo. Thus, there is a nominal fee that visitors need to pay prior to entering the cave and it is open daily from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

River beside the cave

3) Deer Cave, Mulu, Sarawak Borneo

Deer Cave

Deer Cave is the largest and spectacular caves found in Borneo Island. It is home to millions of bats from various species. To reach the Deer Cave, you will need to go through a 3 km plank-walk which you can see the beauty of the Sarawak Borneo rainforest, jungle streams, and an ancient Penan tribe’s burial cave. The Deer Cave was named by the local (Penan tribe) because of few deer usually spotted in the cave for shelter. Using a torch is recommended to see the cave, examine the guano-covered-path and maybe to spot some interesting insects while walking the path. Going through the path, you will reach “Garden of Eden” ;- richer green vegetation grows there due to a hole in the cave roof that allows the light to enter.

Formation of Abraham Lincoln face near cave entrance

Apart from that, an interesting formation near the cave entrance which resembles the face of Abraham Lincoln.

Don’t miss out to visit Deer cave around 5-7pm and experience the bat exodus outside the cave.

Bats Exodus around 5-7pm outside the cave 

4) Clearwater Cave, Mulu, Sarawak Borneo

Clearwater cave inside

Using Longboat to reach the cave

Cruising on a longboat to reach the Clearwater Cave is always a good kick start of your Borneo Caving Adventure trip. The Clearwater Cave is accessed by a boardwalk which is suspended from the limestone cliff. It is also home to some of the unique species of plant which can only be found in Mulu. After going through inside the cave, you can see there is actually a clear river flowing through the cave and it will make you want to jump in for a swim. If time permitted, you can have a nice lunch picnic break by the swimming area which is shaded by huge rainforest trees outside the cave!

Clearwater river outside the cave

Clearwater cave showing the green moss

5) Gomantong Cave, Kinabatangan, Sandakan, Sabah Borneo

Gomantong cave inside

The light coming shines from the hole in the cave

Unfortunately, in Sabah Borneo, there is only one cave that is known to many, which is the Gomantong Cave. It is the largest limestone outcrop in Kinabatangan area and it is a protected area under the Sabah Forestry Department. There are two primary chamber parts of the cave system, which are Simud Hitam (Black Cave) and Simud Putih (White Cave). In the White Cave is where there are more valuable bird nests found, while the Black Cave is the only small cave that can only cover about a 5-minute walk from the registration center. Don’t worry, there is a well-maintained boardwalk for visitors to have an easy access exploring Gomantong Caves. Despite it’s home to millions of bats, there are also a number of cockroaches living inside the cave’s guano deposits which made it somehow like in a scene from the movie of The Mummy!

After reading this, are you up for the challenge to go for Caving Adventures in Malaysian Borneo? Check out our Borneo Caving Adventures Tour or you can just contact us for a once in a lifetime Caving Adventure in Malaysian Borneo!

Want to know how to backpacking in Sabah Borneo in a budget? Check out our blog post entry, hope it can help you to give some ideas for your Borneo travel itinerary.

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Go Vintage With Biru-Biru Cafe!

Go Vintage With Biru-Biru Cafe!

Go Vintage With Biru-Biru Cafe!

06

September, 2017
Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu

The stunning vintage setup of Biru-Biru Cafe

If you’re looking for a good place to have your dinner or just to chill with a couple of cold beers in Kota Kinabalu City, I highly suggest that you check out the Biru-Biru Cafe in Jalan Dewan, Gaya Street. 

The Biru-Biru cafe is really something and their vintage style setup is really different from any other cafes that you will find here in Kota Kinabalu. Not only the interiors will amaze you but the foods that they serve there is also super amazing.

Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu

The super cool Vintage Setup!

Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu

The walls of the Cafe is well decorated with Vintage Posters and even the tables and chairs has a very vintage touch to it

Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu

This cafe might look different and to some people it may look too simple for their taste but let me tell you a little history about this cafe and why it is out of the ordinary. This cafe has a history in Kota Kinabalu as this building has been there since the second World War. Back in 1945, the building is called ‘Biru-Biru” and today it is called Biru-Biru Cafe. During the second World War, on the very same spot where the Biru-Biru Cafe stands is a campsite for the Alliance. This building is actually used for printing press back in the days and later adapted to other functions. The name of Biru-Biru cafe is also inspired by a famous local song called “Sayang Kinabalu’ which uses the Line ‘Biru-Biru’.

Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu
Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu

The Entertaining Local and International performers

Biru-Biru Cafe also holds a monthly open mic session where local performers can show their talents and sing their hearts out to the guests. Not only locals but also international performers will get the chance to perform for the good people of Kota Kinabalu and tourists. Biru-Biru Cafe sure is a place to chill and enjoy some music with friends and family.

Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu

Biru-Biru Cafe serves a wide variety of food for you to try, and not only food, but they also serve a good selection of cocktails, and beers, so pick your poison. Top it up with local ‘Pusas’ a local name for tidbits to be eaten while drinking alcoholic beverages. Usually deep fried fish called ‘Basung’, a famous dish amongst the locals here and at Biru Biru Cafe. Deep fried and add a squeeze of lemons to add the flavours to it. You can eat the whole fish without the worry to debone it because it is fried to perfection and the bones will be crispy for safe consumption.

Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu

The Fried Basung with Slices of Lemons, a match made in heaven. Top it up with a couple of cold beers, Terbaik! (Local term meaning, “The Best!”)

Have a look at the menu, and you will find that they have a lot of variety of infused local flavours and recipes. An ingredient that stands out is ‘Tuhau’ or in English stands for Wild Ginger– fascinatingly featured in some of their dishes.Tuhau is a type of Wild Ginger, diced and mixed with other ingredients and left to ferment. It has a rather distinctive smell and flavor and truth be told, it takes some getting used to! Biru Biru stays true to its local specialty and is featured in their battered fish or spicy beef taco, topped with tomato, cheddar and tuhau salsa. If you are into Pasta, Biru-Biru Cafe has their own signature dish where Italian meets Sabahan in their Tomato Tuhau Pasta with chicken – easily one of their bestsellers. An all-time favourite is their Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken as well as the Corned Beef Ikan Masin Fried Rice (Ikan Masin is salted fish – another must-have in local kitchens). Also noteworthy is the Grilled Chicken and Pumpkin Sandwich, served with a side of fries and the Coconut Pasta with Grilled Prawns.

Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu

Some of the mouth watering dishes that Biru-Biru Cafe serves. Feeling hungry yet? Hehe..

One of their signature drink is also a must-try, it’s a local infused cocktail called the Fee-Lihing-Good which is a local rice wine infused cocktail and the taste is just like the name.

Next time if you’re looking for a good place to have your dinner, remember that Biru-Biru Cafe is just around the corner (well, more like at the back of Kota Kinabalu City area). Grab a bunch of friends and family together with you and enjoy!

Or maybe… you are looking for a taste of traditional food in Sabah, then head out to D’Place Kinabalu to taste the local traditional food in Sabah Borneo. Read our blog entry on our experience having local traditional food in D’Place Kinabalu!

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Backpacking to Sabah Borneo? Here’s How To Save Money…

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo? Here’s How To Save Money…

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo?

Here’s How To Save Money…

05

September, 2017

“Backpacking is the art of knowing what not to take.”

– Sheridan Anderson

Travelling to Sabah Borneo is an amazing chance for you to get wild and full of adventure into the unknown. The best thing of it is, you can spot the Orangutan which can only be found in the Borneo rainforest. Unfortunately, traveling to Sabah Borneo can be very expensive compared to other countries in Southeast Asia. However, with a proper planning and a little bit of know-how, you can feel that it is easy to cut down the cost while traveling to Sabah Borneo.

Thus, the most entertaining, adventurous, and cheapest way to travel would be by backpacking. Here, we will give you some tips on how to save some of your money while traveling in Sabah Borneo.

Book flight ticket early / check public holidays in Sabah Borneo

backpacking to sabah Borneo

Book your flight ticket about 2-3 months ahead; a low cost carrier can offer a cheap rate of ticket flight and it can be very cheap if you are lucky to book your flight ticket during their promo offers. Apart from that, you need to check the public holidays in Sabah Borneo, as travelling during the public holidays in Sabah Borneo may cost more than usual.

Never go for solo trip

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo

If you are planning to venture deeper into Borneo, you will need guidance from an experienced travel agency who specializes in what you’re looking for. If you are a solo traveler, it will be slightly higher than average compared to traveling in twos or in groups. So, do consider traveling with more people for a more value for money experience.

Stay in a traveler’s lodge/ backpackers

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo

There are many traveler’s lodge/backpackers you can find especially in the Kota Kinabalu City Center – capital city of Sabah Borneo. By staying in the city center, you can just easily go around to some places in the city by foot, plus, it’s easier to ask around if you get lost. Check out Fat Rhino Hostel for a cheaper rate of accommodations in Kota Kinabalu city.

Bring your own medicine or first aid kit

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo

Consider taking the anti-malaria tablet before coming to Sabah Borneo. Apart from that, other medicines such as Charcoal or Imodium for diarrhea relief and vitamins should be brought before coming to Sabah Borneo. By doing this, it can help you to save some money for medical treatment purposes.

Consider eating in local coffee shops

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo

Eating like a local is always the best when you get the chance to taste out the delicious food from the local coffee shops. Avoid eating out at fancy restaurants every day to save some of your travel expenses. Don’t be scared to eat street food or local shops, because it is actually often the cheapest and best way to eat what locals normally eat, and you would not have a single issue from it health-wise ( unless if you can see the stall are not kept clean that well, then go find different stalls; common sense peepz! ).

Well, are you excited to visit Sabah Borneo? You can check out our Top 5 day trips in Kota Kinabalu city or Top 5 leisure activities in Sabah Borneo with an affordable pricing budget for you. Contact us for more information on traveling to Sabah Borneo. Happy Backpacking!

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