Traditional Dinner at D’Place Kinabalu

Traditional Dinner at D’Place Kinabalu

A night out to D’Place Kinabalu

in Borneo Holidays

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August, 2017

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Looking for some local traditional cuisine in Kota Kinabalu city?

Head out to D’ Place Kinabalu for the authentic local dishes that is not easy to find. D’Place Kinabalu only opens for lunch and dinner. It is located at Plaza Shell at the center of the Kota Kinabalu city. Previously, D’Place Kinabalu was located at Kepayan Perdana, but it is inconvenient to tourists or guests. There are three types of set meal you can choose such as Lunch Ala-Carte, Lunch Buffet, and Dinner Buffet.

Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu

Upon arrival, we were welcomed with few staffs in Kadazan traditional costumes, as well as the local Kadazan songs as the background music. I was told that the new outlet in Plaza Shell are considered in a bigger space compared to their previous outlet at Kepayan Perdana. There are also two private rooms that are available for function purposes. Apart from that, you can choose to sit outside on the balcony, but I recommend you guys to sit outside only during lunch and not at night because you might miss out to watch the Cultural Dance Performance during dinner.

Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu

Just a note.

If you want to take the Buffet Lunch/Dinner set meal, make sure you come with an empty tummy because there are loads of traditional delicacies for you to try! Firstly, we were served with a ginger drink and we’re so ready to grab some delicious traditional food to fill our hungry tummy! Only during the buffet, we should not worry about dieting, because we should eat more. Hahaha… Anyway, D’Place Kinabalu serves live butod to eat. You can taste it out when you are there, but would need to buy, one piece is MYR 3.

Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu

Around 7.30pm, it’s time for the cultural dance performance! There were about three performances presented that night, the first one was Kadazan tribe traditional dance. Next, the Malay traditional dance, and lastly, the Murut tribe traditional dance. We were all fascinated with the excellent performances by the dancers, especially the bamboo dance part.

Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu

Around 9 pm, it’s time to call it a night. We took some pictures with the traditional dancers and bid goodbye to everybody. Thank you D’Place Kinabalu for the delicious food, good service, and hospitality! We will be back there again soon.

If you are looking for Sabah’s traditional delicacies, this is the place that you should go to. Although, it is not all Sabah’s traditional food was served, these food were enough for local and tourists to have an easy access to taste the traditional food in the city, rather than have to go through the rural villages to find these tasty delicacies. Read our other blog entry on “Traditional foods that make you drool

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Top 5 Kid-friendly trips in Borneo Family Holiday

Top 5 Kid-friendly trips in Borneo Family Holiday

Top 5 Kid-friendly trips in Borneo Family Holiday

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August, 2017

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Thinking to bring your kids to travel Sabah Borneo? Worry about the safety and the challenges that you will face in Sabah Borneo trip? Fret not, there are a few tours that are kid-friendly and it is an easy family adventure to go to. Thus, Sabah Borneo is considered as a wonderful destination for kids and parents.

Here’s our list of Top 5 kid-friendly trips that you can bring your kids to go to.

1. Taste of Borneo Cooking Class

2. Kota Kinabalu City and Nature Tour

A trip to Atkinson Clock tower with family in Kota Kinabalu City Tour. (Photo by flyborneo)

Bring your kids to experience the beauty of Kota Kinabalu city in Sabah Borneo, without worrying about the hassle of transportation to reach few landmarks in the city area. This is an easy and relaxing tour for your family to join in Borneo holiday. Get the chance to visit the Kota Kinabalu City Floating Mosque, the Atkinson Clock Tower, and to the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu – Penampang town. This is the fun part, where you can bring your kids to go to experience local’s daily lives in a tamu ( local market), having delicious lunch in a local cafe, as well as the journey up to the Crocker Range National Park to see the amazing view of Kota Kinabalu city and surrounding areas. Take a look at our Kota Kinabalu City and Nature tour package available for booking now!

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3. Mari Mari Cultural Village

Looking for a place to bring your kids to get the insight history, culture, and traditions of Sabah Borneo tribe? Mari Mari Cultural Village is the best place to go for your Family holiday in Sabah Borneo. A light and easy sightseeing tour that is perfect for a family outing. There are also fun activities that your kids can participate there, such as the blowpipe, dance on the “Lansaran” at the Murut house, and many more. This is one activity not to be missed when being in Sabah, Borneo. For more info, 

4. Weston River Cruise

Wildlife is one of the must-see activities when you’re on a holiday at Sabah, Borneo. The number of endemic wildlife in Sabah, Borneo, are loads! Which makes it one of the main reasons not to miss out on learning about them more. Kids would love to see the animals, especially when they get a chance to see it wild and outside from the zoo. If you are planning to bring your kids to see the Borneo wildlife with safety in mind on your family holiday to Borneo, then Weston River Cruise is the safest activity that you and your kids can spend together. Your kids will be able to enjoy the river cruising while keeping their eyes to search for Borneo wildlife, such as the endemic Proboscis Monkeys, Silvered Langurs, Birds, Snakes, and many more. Not only that, kids would love to see the fireflies at night when you hop on the boat for the second time after dinner!

5. Kinabalu Day Tour

Bring your kids to the Kinabalu Park for a day trip, exploring around the park, short trekking, canopy walk, bird watching, and visit the Botanical garden. Not only that, you can drop by to Poring Hot Spring with your kids and enjoy a relaxing dip in the natural hot spring deem to have healing properties. Apart from that, you can bring your kids to the Desa Dairy Cattle Farm for an experience to feed the calves and see the milking process while enjoying a cup of Gelato made entirely in Desa Dairy Cattle Farm.

After reading these top 5 kid-friendly trips, we hope you will bring your kids to go for a trip to Sabah Borneo. Why would we say like that? Because traveling with your kids can be a lot of fun! Read our “ Why you should travel with your family?”. Apart from that, you can read our other blog post on “Interesting places to go in Sabah with Kids”, to know what other places in Sabah that are kid-friendly. 

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MUST- Eat Food in Sabah Borneo

MUST- Eat Food in Sabah Borneo

These delicious food you

MUST eat in Sabah Borneo!

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August, 2017

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Traveling to Sabah Borneo, you will find plenty of unique and delicious food. When visiting Sabah Borneo, don’t bother to go find food in any fast food, you can just simply go to any local cafe and eat like a local. Even the food is different from your usual taste, the food can be spicy, sweet and sour, too sweet or tang;, you will never forget the taste of Sabah Borneo food.

Below is the list of the delicious food that you MUST eat in Sabah Borneo.

1. Fresh Seafood

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

Sabah Borneo is not only known for its famous mountain – Mount Kinabalu, which is the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, it is also one of the best places for Seafood lovers. You can easily find the freshest and good quality seafood served in any various eateries in Sabah Borneo. A visit to Sabah Borneo is not complete without you trying out the scrumptious seafood at the cafe or restaurants.

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2. Fish Noodle

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

Since Sabah Borneo is rich with seafood, it is no doubt that the local will serve the seafood with noodle. The Fish Noodle usually will be cooked with tomato-base (to remove the fishy taste) and you can have an option for your fish noodle soup to have milk inside or not. Whichever it is, both have different taste and are super mouth watering!

3. Ngiu Chap or Mixed Beef Noodle

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

Ngiu Chap or Mixed Beef noodle is the signature and one of the favorite noodle soup for the locals. The Ngiu Chap typically consist of noodles or rice vermicelli noodles in a beef broth soup with beef parts. Some shop will put radish inside the Ngiu Chap, however, the Ngiu Chap is highly recommended (together with our spicy chili). Simply scrumptious!

4. Tuaran Mee

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

Tuaran Mee is also considered Sabahans favorite noodle and it is a “MUST EAT’ noodle. It is originally from Tuaran Town, but now the Tuaran Mee can be found in any eateries in Sabah Borneo. However, the best is still in Tuaran Town itself. The original Tuaran Mee is served fried with Chun Kien (Sabah Pork Egg Roll), Char Siew and vegetables. Nowadays, there is also Tuaran Mee fried with beef or chicken meat, which can be served for Muslim. The Tuaran Mee specialty will be the fragrant and springy noodles, slightly smoky from the charring of the hot wok, and also you can taste the “eggy” aftertaste.

5. Sang Nyuk Noodles (Pork Noodles)

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

Sang Nyuk ( meaning fresh meat noodle) is originated from Tawau, Sabah Borneo. The pork meat is usually thinly sliced and served on top of the noodle in the pork broth. You can eat the Sang Nyuk Noodles in either soup or dry stir. Some locals recommend the Sang Nyuk Noodle is best to eat with a dip of Hot Chilli Paste.

6. Traditional Food

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

When visiting Sabah Borneo, never missed out to taste the traditional food in Sabah Borneo , such as hinava ( pickled raw river fish), bambangan ( wild mango fruit), butod (sago worm), Tuhau ( Appetizer from wild ginger), bosou ( preserved raw freshwater fish) , and linopot ( Rice wrapped in leaves). It used to be so hard to find eateries that served the traditional food, as you will need to wait on certain occasion or Sabahan traditional wedding, then you will get the chance to taste the traditional food. However, D’ Place Kinabalu which is located at Shell Plaza, serves traditional food every day and you should try it out during your Sabah Borneo Trip!

If you want to know more on the Sabah food or places to eat in Sabah, check out SabahEats website. On the other hand, maybe you are looking for places to go in Sabah Borneo? Read our blog post on “Top 5 Day Trips To Do in Sabah Borneo“. 

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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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Top 5 leisure activities in Sabah

Top 5 leisure activities in Sabah

Top 5 Leisure Activities in Sabah

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August, 2017

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Planning for a holiday in Sabah Borneo is not only for those seeking wildlife and adventure, there are other things to do here too in Sabah, Borneo, than meets the eye. You can plan a leisure holiday vacation in Sabah, Borneo, as well as enjoy it in the capital city itself ;- Kota Kinabalu. Indulge yourself with the leisure activities for your Borneo escapade.

Here are my Top 5 picks for a smooth sailing holiday in Sabah, Borneo;

1. Kota Kinabalu City and Nature Tour

No visit in Sabah without getting to know its capital city ;- Kota Kinabalu. Exploring the Kota Kinabalu city area, with its interesting attractions and landmarks, as well as the authentic lives of local villagers and villages. Take a look at our Kota Kinabalu City and Nature Tour package offered to you.

2. Kundasang and Poring Hot Spring

Looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life? A day tour to Kundasang and Poring Hot Spring is what you need. Just a relaxing two-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu city towards the cooling breeze of Kundasang town. You will have a chance of getting a magnificent view of Mount Kinabalu ( depending on weather condition), a guided walk along the trail in Kinabalu Park, and also you can relax in the sulphuric mineral water at Poring Hot Spring. Contact us for more information on the tour.

3. Weston River Cruise

Weston is a small riverside town, which is surrounded by traditional Malay village and mangrove forest. It is considered as one of our Top 5 leisure activities that you can do in Sabah, as you will be enjoying a relaxing river cruise with your family or friends – to spot some of the Borneo wildlife and nature. In addition, you should not be missed out to witness the fireflies in the evening, which never stop to enlighten the spirit of visitors. To know more information on the tour, have a look at our Proboscis Monkey River Cruise tour.

4. Chill and relax at Sunset Bar Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru

Another top 5 leisure activity that you can do in Sabah, is to chill and relax at the Sunset Bar Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru after a long day. Be entertained with the soft chill music in the background and the sound of the beach waves lapping. Admiring the spectacular view of the sunset and don’t forget also to indulge yourself with a glass of cocktail or cold beer to provide satisfaction in your Borneo Holiday trip.

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North Borneo Cruise

Did you know, according to Huffington Post, Kota Kinabalu is one of the eight world’s best place to see sunsets? It is not a surprise at all. With its dramatic backdrop of brilliant scarlet skies, sail on tranquil seas, creating the most beautiful view of sunsets around Sabah, Borneo. You can join the North Borneo Cruise to enjoy the 2-hour scenic cruise in the evening around the Kota Kinabalu coastline. Apart from that, you can enjoy a sumptuous international buffet dinner, while being entertained by a live band performance. Joining this tour will grant you an unforgettable evening at the sea!

Are you ready to discover the leisure activities in Sabah? Contact us now and we can help you to arrange your travel plan in Sabah Borneo! Or maybe you are looking for day trips in Sabah? Check out our other blog post “Top 5 Day Trips To Do in Sabah Borneo“.

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A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!

26

July, 2017

If you ask me about the Island nearby, i would definitely suggest you going to Sapi Island just about 15 Minutes from the Kota Kinabalu City Centre. Sapi Island is one of the islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and it is well protected and preserved. One does not just visit the Island to have a look around. There are tons of things to do when you are in the Island. Go for a dive, snorkeling, picnic, swim, and many more.

Be welcome by the clear blue crystal clear ocean water of the island

Just look at that water, doesn’t it make you wanna jump in and just cool down. One of the must-not-miss activity to do when you’re in Sapi Island is of course the water sports activities. Go for the snorkeling and I bet that you won’t regret a thing as you can see a lot of beautiful coral reefs and fishes of all kinds. The amazing display of coral reefs will satisfy your eyes.

Put on your snorkeling mask and jump in! Don’t be shy to the fishes!
Mask Up and it’s Time To Dive!

Other than snorkeling, you can also go for the dive. Pulau Sapi has one of the best diving spots nearby Kota Kinabalu City. You will see many sea life and also corals. The Dive Masters will guide you to some of the best eye satisfying corals that you will ever see and I bet it’ll be a memorable one for the rest of your life. 

For the food, you can always head to the next island to grab a little or maybe a big lunch. The Padang Point beach that is only at the opposite of the Sapi Island and you can grab a quick lunch there. There is a few restaurants that operate on the island and they serve a variety of food like fried noodles, rice, and many more.

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!
Here are some of the happy guest of Pulau Sapi enjoying their local lunch

Another thing that you shouldn’t miss when you’re in Sapi Island is the Zipline. It is definitely something very different from any other zipline that you will ever experience. Glide across from one island to the other island and pass through the clear blue crystal clear water and corals below.

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!
The Breathtaking Views, The Adrenaline Rush and Just Pure Joy!
A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!
It’s the Amazing Coral Flyers!

The Coral Flyer Zipline was recently launched to offer a buzz of adrenaline rush for thrill seekers out there! From Gaya Island, you get on the zipline crossing to Sapi Island and it is super fun as you can see the excitement just by looking at the pictures. It made me super stoked seeing the pictures and it made me want to experience it myself and get that good dose of adrenaline rush.

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!
Strap your camera with you and don’t forget to capture that unforgettable moment zipping across from Gaya Island to Sapi Island.

The experience I had in Sapi Island is superb and I would really recommend anyone to visit the island if they’re looking for a place to chill and just de-stress from the concrete jungles of the Kota Kinabalu City. Just take a 15 minutes boat ride from Jesselton Point to reach the Paradise Island and don’t forget to leave your problems behind okay.

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!
Just enjoy the sun and just enjoy the relaxing ocean breeze as it blows all your troubles away! ^^

Apart from going to Sapi Island for day trip, there are also few places that you can spend for a day trip in your Borneo Holiday. Do check out our blog on Top 5-day trips to do in Sabah

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