Best Places to Explore in Malaysian Borneo (Part I)

Best Places to Explore in Malaysian Borneo (Part I)

Best places to explore in

Malaysian Borneo (Part I)

10

October, 2017
Borneo Tour Packages
  • Mount Kinabalu Cimbing Package
  • Mulu Showcase Tour
  • Bako National Park
  • Iban Longhouse Tour

It’s a big world out there – so big that it can be daunting to decide which destination in Malaysian Borneo to visit for your Borneo holidays. From natural wonders to man-made masterpieces, from Borneo wildlife to cityscapes, the choices are endless. Don’t let indecision get you down, or worse, delay the planning of your next trip. Don’t worry, we’re going to save you from this misery as we provide you the best places to explore in Malaysian Borneo. You are free to pick one, or pick them all, it’s your choice!

1) Mount Kinabalu, Sabah Borneo

Mount Kinabalu

Standing majestically at 4,095 Meters, Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, which in turn attracts trekkers from around the world to climb the summit. The climb to the summit is not technically difficult but it is long and steep, so you may need to build some post climb recovery time into your trip. Mount Kinabalu is the centerpiece of Kinabalu National Park, which was established in 1964, and was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. If you are not planning to climb Mount Kinabalu, you can go for easily navigated trails around the Kinabalu National Park, while getting the chance to experience a diverse array of flora and fauna species. Up until today, Mount Kinabalu become one of the many reasons travelers visit Malaysian Borneo.

Want to know more about Mount Kinabalu? Click here to know the Legends of Mount Kinabalu.

2) Sipadan Island, Sabah Borneo

Best places to explore in Malaysian Borneo (Part I)
Swimming with turtle in Sipadan Island

Discover an underwater paradise off of Sipadan Island, the only oceanic island in Malaysia, becoming a legendary destination amongst divers and known for being one of the world’s best diving spots. Sipadan island is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the center of one of the richest marine habitat in the world. Hence, Sipadan island fulfills every divers’ imagination and dream, for being rich in various marine life species. Apart from that, Sipadan Island is also well known for Green and Hawksbill sea turtles gather there to mate and nest. There is a total of 12 dive sites in Sipadan, but the most recommended dive sites would be Turtle Cavern, Barracuda Point, South Point, and Hanging Gardens.

3) Mulu National Park, Sarawak Borneo

Mulu Pinnacles

Mulu National Park is in Miri Division of Sarawak Borneo, and it is the largest national park in Sarawak Borneo. Mulu National Park was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in November 2000, for its high biodiversity, cave and karst formations. Mulu National Park dominated by Mulu Mountain (second highest mountain in Sarawak Borneo), with its height about a 2,377m-high of sandstone pinnacles. Moreover, Mulu National Park also famous for its largest natural chamber (the Sarawak Chamber) and its four main attractions of show caves (Wind, Clearwater, Deer and Langs Cave). The main attraction will be to witness the bat exodus from the viewing station, going for rainforest canopy skywalk, caving adventures, climbing up the Mulu summit, trekking into the Pinnacles trails and going through the historic Headhunter’s Trail through the Borneo Jungle.

4) Bako National Park, Sarawak Borneo

Bako National Park

Established in 1957, this coastal national park is easily accessible by boat from the capital city of Kuching. Bako National Park is the oldest and smallest in Sarawak Borneo, but home to diverse range of Borneo wildlife, which includes about 150 species of birds and the rare Proboscis Monkey (also known as Long Nose Monkey). This park has about 16 Borneo Jungle trails that offer hikers an interesting walk ranging from a short stroll to full-day hikes. Bako National Park offers a high chance to spot some of the Borneo wildlife, such as the Proboscis Monkey, Long-Tailed Macaque Monkey, Silver-Leaf Monkey, Wild Boar, Squirrel, and Monitor Lizard.

5) Kinabatangan River, Sabah Borneo

Spot Borneo Pygmy Elephants in Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan River is the longest river in Sabah Borneo and second longest in Malaysia, stretching over 560 km from the Crocker Range, to its mangrove swamp estuary, into the Sulu Sea on the East coast of Sabah. Going through Kinabatangan River by small boat offers a unique and rich experience, as well as the high concentration of spotting Borneo wildlife, is remarkable. You may encounter a lot of Borneo wildlife there, which include Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Orangutan, Proboscis Monkey, Snakes, Crocodiles and many Borneo bird species, such as a variety of Kingfisher and Hornbill.

6) Maliau Basin Conservation Area, Sabah Borneo

Best places to explore in Malaysian Borneo (Part I)
Maliau Basin’s famous 7-tier waterfall

If you are more into nature and off-the-beaten destination, Maliau Basin is the one for you! Get into the “Lost world of Sabah”, which is Borneo’s last untouched wilderness. It is situated in a remote southern area of Sabah Borneo and was recorded the first human entry as recent as the early 1980s. Eventually, Maliau Basin is protected by the government and designated as a Class One Protected Forest Reserve, where there are still many unexplored places in this pristine Borneo Jungle. This is perfect for jungle trekking and birding activities into this pristine Borneo Jungle, especially trekking up to the awe-inspiring 7-tier waterfalls. Bliss!

7) Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sabah Borneo

Best places to explore in Malaysian Borneo (Part I)
Orangutan in their natural habitat

Take the opportunity to go to Sandakan, Sabah Borneo, to see the “man of the forest”, which is Orangutan in Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Set within protected Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve that covers an area of 4,294 acres of Borneo Jungle, this centre welcomes orphaned and captive orangutans, provide them medical and nutritional support, as well as teaching them survival skills with the hope to release the Orangutan to the wild. In addition, the center also aims to educate visitors and locals on the importance of rehabilitation as well as protecting the Orangutan species before it becomes extinct. You can witness Orangutan in their natural habitat through the viewing platform during the feeding times. Apart from that, you can also see the playful Orangutan toddlers from the indoor nursery viewing area which has been opened to the public in October 2014.

8) Iban Longhouse, Sarawak Borneo

Inside verandah of the Iban Longhouse

A unique experience for your Borneo holidays, where you can learn the culture of Sarawak Borneo indigenous group (Iban people), and stay with them at the longhouse. A better option is to visit the Iban longhouse farther from the city, to get more authentic experience that you will enjoy. In addition, get the chance to ride on a longboat to reach the longhouse, and you will get a glimpse of luscious landscape of Borneo Jungle. Enjoy a chance to interact with the Iban people on their culture and listen to their story about their ancestor once prided as headhunters. The best part of staying in an Iban Longhouse is you’ll get a chance to sample authentic local food, watch and learn the traditional dance, as well as shooting a blowpipe gun too!

After reading this, are you excited to plan your holiday destination to explore Malaysian Borneo? What are you waiting for? Book your next adventure and plan your visit to see these best places in Malaysian Borneo. Stay tuned for our next blog post on best places for you to explore in Malaysian Borneo (Part II).

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Travel Sleep Tips for Toddlers

Travel Sleep Tips for Toddlers

Travel Sleep Tips for Toddlers

08
October, 2017
Borneo Family Tour Packages

Weston River Cruise

Mari Mari Cultural Village

Taste of Borneo Cooking Class

Children are well behaved if they have a good sleep, and so are adults too!

Yippee… Time for a vacation to Borneo! A perfect place for you and your family to experience Borneo holiday together, whilst be entertained by the natural paradise or an adventure on Borneo Island. Sometimes, this can create havoc on your toddlers’ sleeping routine; a sleep-deprived toddler can put undue stress on your vacation, and you certainly would not want this to happen to your Borneo family holidays. Fortunately, this matter can be easily solved. You will only have to think ahead and do an advanced planning before going for your Borneo family holiday.

We know vacation can disrupt your toddler’s naptime schedule. We’ve been there. So, we will provide you some travel sleep tips for toddlers, and we hope you would put this into your practice for your Borneo family holidays, as well as making naptime much more restful for you and your little one (s).

Getting well-rested before trip

Travel Sleep tips for toddler in Borneo Family Holidays
Start off by getting your toddler to rest well before trip

When you and your family travel in Borneo, either by car, van, or plane, this would rob anyone of shut-eye, especially your toddler. Children are naturally excited for any travel plans, it’s hard for them to sleep en route. Therefore, if your toddler has insufficient sleep, they would be feeling cranky and eventually cause stress on your family. Make it a priority to let your toddler (and yourself too!) be well-rested before leaving for your trip (let say in a week before your departure trip), so that, your toddler will be easily adaptable to any travel schedule changes and a little-lost sleep here and there.

Plan the travel time around sleep time

Travel Sleep tips for toddler in Borneo Family Holidays
Toddler sleeping during the flight

When booking for a flight to Borneo, Book your departure and arrival times to Borneo coinciding with your toddler’s nap schedule as much as possible. If your toddler is still sleeping in the morning, you can plan to leave after his/her morning nap, and not before. We would not want to disrupt the little one’s beauty sleep, right? Remember your toddler’s first nap is usually the most restorative and could overcome feeling tired for the rest of the day, especially when you and your family are on a connecting flight to Borneo. In contrast, if you are taking the evening flight to Borneo, try to arrive at your destination in time for your toddler usual bedtime.

Maintain your toddler’s regular schedule

Travel Sleep tips for toddler in Borneo Family Holidays
You’re lucky if your toddler can sleep in a stroller while traveling! Photo by: SnuggleBugz

Traveling in Borneo can be an exciting journey for you and your family. However, you still need to stick to your toddler’s regular schedule for rest. If your toddler is normally taking naps around mid-afternoon, try not to plan any activities at those times during your Borneo family holiday. Instead, prioritize your toddler’s sleeping time.

Unfortunately, some circumstances might make this impossible for you, but don’t worry! Sometimes, your toddlers may not want to take naps when they “should”, you can just simply roll with it and do your best to make sure the rest of your toddler’s naps are restful. In other words, if your toddler is easy to adapt to their surroundings, that they can just simply sleep in a stroller while traveling; that’s a thumbs up!

Recreate the travel sleep environment similar to home

Travel Sleep tips for toddler in Borneo Family Holidays
Pack your toddler’s favourite things/toys to travel Photo by: Peanut Blossom

Upon reaching your accommodation in Borneo, make sure to choose the room that is not close to the swimming pool area or elevator in order to avoid any late night noise. In addition, you will need to create your toddler’s sleeping area as similar as possible to his/her sleeping area at home. Your toddler would need to feel something homey and familiar, hence, don’t forget to pack their stuffed animal toys, pacifier, or their favorite blanket/crib sheets. Furthermore, there is no need for you to bring entire collection, just some of his/her favorite things and you are good to go. Surround your toddler’s with something that feels like home, is most likely will help them to settle down and get a better transition to a new environment.

Exchange nap sitting duties

Travel Sleep tips for toddler in Borneo Family Holidays
A mother and a toddler watching tv in the hotel room

You can take turns with your significant other for babysitting. One of you can watch the toddler while the other gets to cross something off from their personal travel bucket list in Borneo, or they can also spend some time with their siblings and hang out at the hotel. This is also a perfect chance to sneak some nap time for yourself or have some personal time to read a book and watch a movie.

Though traveling with a toddler (s) can be very challenging, it is also a rewarding experience for you and your family. Travel with your toddlers can strengthen the family bonds, as well as giving them opportunities to learn a new experience. Don’t be stressed out on keeping strict on your toddler’s sleeping habits. Your toddler can be very resilient, missing a few naps or going to bed late for a few nights; they can adapt, and so will you! So, break some rules, enjoy your Borneo family holidays and have fun with your family!

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5 Off-The-Beaten-Path Destinations in Sabah Borneo

5 Off-The-Beaten-Path Destinations in Sabah Borneo

5 Off-The-Beaten-Path Destinations in Borneo

03
October, 2017
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Long Pasia trekking expedition

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Travel to Unknown Places and Discover Unknown Passions.
– Anonymous

Traveling to unknown destinations is like stepping into a whole new world of foreign cultures and experiences. While it is fun to visit the world’s famous cities and landmarks, travel should also be about you discovering the unknown and unheard of. So… Where is Borneo?

Borneo is not a country, it is the third largest island in the world behind New Guinea and Greenland. Borneo Island consists of three different countries – Brunei, Malaysia (Sabah & Sarawak), and Indonesia. Dominated by the oldest Rainforest Jungle, in which, according to WJEC GCSE Geography, stated that Borneo Jungle is thought to be around 140 million years old. From the unspoiled sandy beaches to the abundance of natural wonders, Borneo Island is truly ready to blow your socks off with its amazing tropical adventures.

Still wondering where Borneo island is? Click here to see the Borneo Map!?

Instead of going to the usual overrated tourist attraction, why not go someplace less traveled for your Borneo trip? Here, we’ve got you covered with a list of off-the-beaten-path destination in Sabah Borneo and should be put on your travel bucket list in Borneo.!?

Long Pasia

The lush rainforest in Long Pasia Trekking Expedition.

A trip to Long Pasia will guarantee you an exotic experience with its treasure of some of Borneo’s beautiful jungle. Unknown to many travelers, Long Pasia is overflowing with historical heritage and nature in the heart of Borneo. Long Pasia is a place for you to immerse yourself into the authentic life of one of Sabah Borneo’s indigenous tribe – Lundayeh tribe. Lundayeh tribe (also known as Lun Bawang) is known to be natural agriculturalists in Borneo. The love and care they have for Mother Nature still lives strong in their hearts. Long Pasia is located in the south-western part of Sabah, adjacent to the border of Sarawak and Kalimantan. It’s a challenging journey to reach the villages, but you will be rewarded with lush green Borneo Jungle, untouched rivers, waterfalls, caves, and more.

Are you an avid trekker? Then, Long Pasia is the one for you to experience in your Borneo trip! Do you want to know more alternative trekking in Borneo? Check out our other blog post on “Top 5 Alternatives for trekking in Borneo”.

Melangkap Campsite

Off-the-beaten-path destinations in Sabah Borneo
Mount Kinabalu Morning view from the Mealngkap Viewsite

Here’s one place that is unknown to many travelers. If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, recreational, and camping outdoors with your family/friends or travel buddies, head out to Melangkap Campsite. Melangkap Campsite is located in Kota Belud, Sabah Borneo, about one and half hours drive time from Kota Kinabalu city. Melangkap Campsite is also near to the Mount Kinabalu’s “Low’s Gully” outlet, which is a hidden nature paradise to travelers. Crystal cool water from Mount Kinabalu flowing down to Melangkap campsite area, making Melangkap Campsite a popular holiday destination for locals.

Apart from camping, you can also go for a swim in the cool water, riverside dining/barbeque, enjoy the sunrise/sunset, stargazing at night, and be amazed by the picturesque Mount Kinabalu view! This place is perfect for those who are seeking tranquility away from the busy life in the city due to its relaxing and peaceful ambiance. Don’t forget to enjoy the moments and capture some pictures for your Instagram!

Looking for more places in Sabah Borneo that are Insta-worthy? Read here where you can make your Instagram followers amaze by the beauty of Sabah Borneo!

Batu Punggul

Off-the-beaten-path destinations in Sabah Borneo
Borneo jungle view from the top of Batu Punggul

Venture into the remote Sapulot region, hidden within the Borneo Jungle and home to one of Sabah’s indigenous tribe, which is the Murut tribe. Murut tribe are known as the last ethnic group in Sabah Borneo to renounce headhunting, which is similar with that of Iban tribes in Sarawak Borneo. Batu Punggul is a massive limestone, soaring 200 meters above Sungai Sapulot (Sapulot River), surrounded by a jungle of cave structures, being fairly near to the Kalimantan border. A trekking expedition into the Borneo Jungle to reach Batu Punggul offers you a chance to look back on an ancient way of life, a rustic place which still has no phone or internet network coverage available when you are there.

The local Murut villagers believed there were old spirits residing in Batu Punggul and considered sacred to them. If you are interested to climb up the limestone, don’t forget to seek permission with the Murut tribes living in Tataluan Village, in a way to show respect on their culture and beliefs.

Before reaching the Batu Punggul, you will go on a boat ride excursion and witness the lush green of Borneo jungle. Scaling about 800-ft limestone pinnacles, you will get the chance to explore Borneo cave at the foot of the mountain before climbing up Batu Punggul. This cave is unlike Deer Cave in Sarawak Borneo, you can walk straight into it without climbing up and down. Nonetheless, another real challenge of the area would be to climb up the limestone pinnacles, Batu Punggul. It is truly a mind-blowing experience for if you manage to conquer the Batu Punggul, and a chance to immerse yourself to the spectacular view of Borneo jungle canopy below!

Berhala Island

Off-the-beaten-path destinations in Sabah Borneo
Borneo jungle view from the top of Batu Punggul

If you missed the chance to climb Batu Punggul, you can also go for rock climbing at Berhala Island, which has the same medium intensity level as climbing Batu Punggul. Berhala Island is a small forested island located in Sandakan, Sabah Borneo, which is approximately about 5 hectares in size. This place is not known to many travelers, but Berhala Island has a history to share. Berhala Island was a quarantine station for laborers from China and Philippines, as well as being shelter to the leper colony, afterward becoming a prison camp during the World War II.

The most striking features of Berhala Island would be the dramatic sandstone cliffs that drop straight into the ocean. Rock climbing activity is one of the fun things to do on the island. Apart from that, you can challenge yourself for some hiking and be amazed by the magnificent view from the top of Berhala Island. If you are not the adrenaline junkie type, check out the water village and learn how the local villagers go on with their daily lives.

Seeking for more hidden gems in Sabah Borneo? Why not check out our blog entry on “Hidden Gems in Sabah Borneo”? Hope it can inspire you to travel to Sabah Borneo in the near future!

Deramakot Forest Reserve

Borneo jungle view in Deramakot Forest Reserve

Coming to Sabah Borneo, is home to some of the world’s most fascinating Borneo Wildlife, such as Bornean Pygmy Elephants, Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys, and more. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, Deramakot Forest Reserve is the place that you should go. A place that is unknown to many travelers and a hidden gem in Sabah Borneo, Deramakot Forest Reserve has about 70% of Borneo’s wildlife and known as one of the best Sabah Borneo wildlife destination. 4-wheel drive is the only vehicle that is accessible for your journey into the Deramakot Forest Reserve, due to its bumpy gravel tracks.

Upon arriving at the base camp site of Deramakot, take the opportunity to spot some of Borneo wildlife by going for morning safari walk around the base station or hop on the Safari vehicle for a night safari. Deramakot is also a perfect spot for wildlife photography. A visit to this destination will never disappoint you, especially when you are a wildlife enthusiast!

Seeking for more hidden gems in Sabah Borneo? Keen to extend know more nocturnal Borneo Wildlife? Read our other blog post on Mammals of Borneo: Kinabalu National Park.

After reading this, does it trigger you to plan your next holiday destination to Sabah Borneo? Then, put Sabah Borneo now into your travel bucket list and get ready to experience Borneo first-hand! Want to know how Backpacking to Sabah Borneo can save your money? Click here to read.

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‘UFO tarts’ discovered in Borneo!

‘UFO tarts’ discovered in Borneo!

‘UFO tarts’ discovered in Borneo!

30
September, 2017
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UFO tarts. Photo by: Choo Choo May

Traveling to Borneo Island, which is the third largest island (behind New Guinea and Greenland) – consists of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei, known for its nature and wildlife. However, most travelers are often surprised by the wonderful selection of food in Borneo. Due to its multiplicity of cultural differences in Borneo, it amplifies the factor of the taste of food in Borneo which makes us a foodie haven.

From the freshest Borneo seafood to the local traditional food in Borneo, travelers will get their craving satisfied while traveling to Borneo. Well, everybody’s gotta eat, right? Looking for what to eat in Borneo? Click here to know more on Sabah food. Nonetheless, there is one delicacy of Sabah Borneo that not all travelers know, which is the UFO Tarts!

It’s actually not a tart from an alien outer space; just the shape of the tart is similar to a flying saucer. However, some locals also nicknamed the UFO tarts as Ngau Si Dui in Chinese ( means “Cow Dung” tart, yikes! But, no worries it won’t taste like dung! Haha…). UFO tarts are actually one of the desserts in Sabah Borneo that are favourite to most locals! How did UFO tarts create? That is an interesting story as the born of UFO tarts is actually an accident back in 1955.

UFO Tarts Sandakan
Mr. Fu Ah On. Photo by: Melvin Ho

The UFO tarts originated in Sandakan Sabah Borneo, a Hainanese cake baker named Fu Ah On accidentally overbaked some of the tarts. Surprisingly, the burnt tasted better than the rest, and he decided to try to sell in his shop. Much to his surprise, people loved the tart and they call it UFO due to its appearance. Until today, the UFO tarts still captures the locals’ heart and is one of the delicacies unique to Sandakan. Recently, the UFO tarts made its first debut in Kuala Lumpur! If you are in Kota Kinabalu city, you can just find this UFO tart in Suria Sabah shopping mall!

Thinking to travel Sandakan? We provide travel tips and guides for you to explore Sandakan with its finest nature!

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UFO Tarts Sandakan
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UFO Tarts Sandakan
UFO Tarts Sandakan
UFO Tarts Sandakan

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Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

11

July, 2017

On 31st May 2017, I got the opportunity to experience Sabah’s yearly event, which is Harvest Festival or Kaamatan, which is held at Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA), Penampang. There are so many of people from all walks of life, including foreign visitors, who thronged to KDCA to witness and enjoy the celebration.

Apart from that, there were many vendors and information booths, which includes those put up by government departments, and various happenings being held in KDCA, such as the traditional games, cultural dance, and more.  

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

A group of bobohizan performing a ritual to officiate the Kaamatan celebration.

Before I share my experience, let me explain to you what is Harvest Festival or Kaamatan. Harvest Festival or Kaamatan is the major festival of Sabah, which is celebrated annually, every 30th – 31st of May. However, it is widely celebrated throughout Sabah for the month of May, especially among the Kadazandusun tribe ( the largest indigenous ethnic group in Sabah). Harvest Festival or Kaamatan is a celebration to signify the beginning of the harvest of rice crops, and the Bobohizan (the female shamans of Sabah), played a major role in officiating the celebration.

It is also believed that the Harvest Festival is especially celebrated for the sacrifice of Kinoingan’s only daughter, Huminodun, for the love of her people, in order to stop famine. Huminodun’s body was cut into small pieces and it is believed her spirit is embodied in the rice and therefore known as Bambarayon or Bambazon.

Now, back to my story! 🙂

I went there in the morning and it was crowded with locals and tourists celebrating together on this event. Although it was crowded there, I still wanted to go around KDCA area, especially going into the traditional houses to see the unique cultural dances and costumes. That was considered my favorite part of this event because it really made me feel in awe watching the dance performances and different types of traditional outfits. Somehow, I feel like I wanted to wear my own traditional costume and walk around as well (hahaha!). However, I only got the chance to capture photos of locals wearing their own traditional attire.

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

Traditional Dance Dusun Ranau

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

Sabah’s Kadazandusun Culture. Photo by: Agustine Jumat

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

A group of Dusun Tindal of Sabah. Photo by: riveldo

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

One of the Kadazandusun smaller ethnic groups

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

Murut Ethnic

Walking around the KDCA area, you will never miss hearing the Kaamatan songs or the sound of gongs. Not only that, you can see some people sang Kadazandusun karaoke songs, lots of dancing, and of course, drinking session – the focus of the event for all. There were so many food vendors there, which means a variety of food this year than ever before.

The smell of roasting meats, followed by a waft of smoke move through the air, it was no doubt the smell of smoked wild boar, lamb barbecue, traditional dishes, satay meats, burgers, fresh grilled seafood, fried foods, cute shapes of Pau, alcoholic beverages, and best of all, there were pork meats everywhere! Want to know how local Kadazandusun traditional looks like? click “Traditional Sabah Food that makes you drool”.

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

Cute shapes of Pau.

Fried Squid

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

Roast Chickens

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

Pork Meats

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

A local playing bamboo musical instrument

Moving on to the outdoor stage nearby, there were traditional games such as tug of war rope, arm wrestling, blow piping, stilt walking, and more, which provides a glimpse of how local spend their pastimes, as well as to entertain visitors. I did not manage to go to the KDCA Hall to watch the grand finale of Unduk Ngadau (Harvest Festival Beauty Pageant) because we need to buy the entrance fee ticket. So, I have to let go my decision to see Unduk Ngadau and continue going around the KDCA area.

One thing that fascinated me the most was the celebration of Harvest Festival or Kaamatan was happening during the beginning of Ramadan and it was raining in the evening, but the flow of visitors coming to KDCA did not stop, nor did it hinder our Malay friends to come over for the celebration as well! Apart from that, celebrating this event was truly a time for a reunion, because I was able to meet and get together with some of my longtime friends, school or childhood friends, which I did not see in my regular basis.

Check out the video below on how the celebration looks like on that day. 🙂

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Desa Dairy Cattle Farm, Mesilau Highlands of Kundasang

Desa Dairy Cattle Farm, Mesilau Highlands of Kundasang

Desa Dairy Cattle Farm, Mesilau Highlands of Kundasang

07

July, 2017

If you’re planning a trip up to the Kundasang Highlands, there is a place that you shouldn’t miss visiting when you’re in Kundasang. Above the Highlands of Kundasang is the Desa Dairy Cattle Farm. 

If you’re planning a trip up to the Kundasang Highlands, there is a place that you shouldn’t miss visiting when you’re in Kundasang. Above the Highlands of Kundasang is the Desa Dairy Cattle Farm. If you ask me, I’d say it’s more than just your ordinary Cattle Farm as the place has one of the best views of Mount Kinabalu overlooking the green pastures and also the cool breeze and air to add up to the package. It’s not only about the beautiful panoramic views, you can also get the chance to experience first hand on how they milk the cows and process the milk.

Not to forget that you can also buy the freshly processed milk, a variety of cheese, and goat milk yogurts and the best part is, the delicious gelato ice cream. Head down from the main building and head straight to the feeding pen and feed the cute calves and goats. Trust me, if you are bringing your children, they’ll love it. In my opinion, the Desa Cattle Farm is one of the best places that I’ve visited so far. It is not only fun but it is also educational at the same time and for me, it is totally worth it!. So next time if you’re planning to head up to Kundasang, put the Desa Cattle Farm on your list as my words can’t fully describe on what I have experienced there, so I suggest that you should experience it for yourself.

Desa Dairy Cattle Farm

One of the amazing view of Mount Kinabalu at the Desa Cattle Farm. Nice right?

Sample some of the finest milks, yogurts and gelato ice cream in Sabah

You buy the Desa products here at the mini shop.

One of the activities there is you can feed the calf with a bottle of milk.

You can even get close to the calf. Don’t worry, they won’t bite…

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