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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Kuching City by Foot

Kuching City by Foot

Kuching City by Foot

8

August, 2017

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Kuching City by Foot

Visiting Kuching city in Sarawak Borneo for the first time could never describe how excited I am. One of the cleanest city I have ever been to ( You can realize it if you are visiting Kuching city by foot ) and also the largest city on the island of Borneo. Not forgetting the historic Sarawak River, which is very important for villagers and wildlife for their daily sustenance. Apart from that, Kuching’s architectural heritage and historic Chinatown are well-preserved, making Kuching city a unique place to visit.

So how did Kuching got its name?

1. Some folks said that Kuching city got its name due to miscommunication between Sir James Brooke, the first White Rajah, and a local man. Sir James Brooke was asking the name of the city, and the local man answered “kucing”- which meant cat in the Bahasa Malaysia language, because he mistakenly thought Brooke was referring to a cat which happened to be passing by. 

2. The Kuching city name perhaps derived from the Chinese word for the port (“Cochin”), which is a generic term in China and British India as Harbor place for trading. 

3. Some source also stated that the Kuching city got its name from a fruit called “Mata Kucing” or Cat’s Eye, which was widely grown in Malaysia and Indonesia. In addition, there is a hill in the city, namely Bukit Mata Kuching which is named after the fruit.

4. Another source claim that a letter was written by a British Woman for her son;- Kuching is actually named after the river ( “Sungai Kuching”), a tidal stream that runs from Tua Pek Kong Temple to Chinese History Museum, which is located at the foot of the hill. In the 1950s, the river became very shallow due to heavy drought, in which the river was later made into a road. 

5. There is also source stating that the name of Kuching city actually meant “old well” in Chinese word. During the Brooke administration, there was a water shortage supply and the “Great-Cholera Epidemic” broke out in 1888. Thus, the well was used to provide clean water and overcome the disease.

Whatever the name is, it shows the wonders and uniqueness of the Kuching city to the locals and travelers.

Spending your holiday in Kuching city is enough for you to experience an amazing Borneo holiday experience. There are few attraction and activities that you can explore in Kuching city by foot.

Kuching City by Foot

 

1. Waterfront

Kuching Waterfront is used as a meeting place, with food stalls, restaurant, and open air entertainment theatre. In the earlier days, the waterfront was a busy maritime port where trading would take place and result in the establishment of Indian and Chinese shophouses along the riverbank. Feel free to take a stroll along the Waterfront especially during the evening, because around this time of day, the stalls and small restaurants will open up, the Waterfront will start buzzing with locals and tourists. Don’t forget to witness the beautiful sunset by the Waterfront!

Kuching City by Foot

2. Take the boat to cross the river

While you are walking along the waterfront, you can see there will be few boats waiting for anyone to cross the river. Some of the boats are used as a mode of transportation by the villagers in Kuching North to head for work in downtown Kuching South. This is a good way for the villagers to avoid traffic jams and public buses at the land bridge, to reach to their working place on time. Just less than MYR 1 per person per trip, you can easily go to the other side. Be sure to check out the delicious variety of Sarawak’s layer cake or “Kek Lapis” and salted fish ( “Ikan Terubuk”).

Kuching City by Foot

3. River Cruise

Discover the uniqueness of Kuching City through the enchanting river cruise at the Sarawak river. You can choose to take the larger boats or charter a traditional boat (Tambang) for river cruising along the Sarawak river. This is where you can see some of Kuching City’s major attractions – Traditional Malay Villages, the Sarawak State Assembly, Fort Margherita, etc. As the sun sets, be sure to admire the spectacular view of the Sunset by the Sarawak river as you cruise.

Kuching City by Foot

4. Check out the Cat Statues

Since Kuching was mistakenly thought as Cat in English ( Kucing – Bahasa Malaysia word for cat), it is no surprise when you take a stroll along the Kuching City and spot some cat statues or landmarks around the town. These cat statues not only make Kuching City more unique, it is also fun to pose and capture a photo with it. Don’t miss to take a photo at the cat statues when you walk around Kuching City.

Kuching City by Foot

5. Walking around Kuching’s Chinatown

In the early days, there were many Chinese people from China coming to Kuching for trading purposes, some have chosen Kuching to make their home there. Thus, the Chinese History Museum was built and open for the public to enter, so they can get the insight history of the Chinese in Kuching. In addition, take a visit to the colorful temple of Tua Pek Kong Temple – the oldest Buddhist Temple which is still operational until now. Going through the Chinatown area, you can spot some old shophouses that are surprisingly nice to look at, especially with brightly painted walls and windows. But, the best part of it is, the area is a garbage-free area! Here in Chinatown, you can easily find Chinese coffee shops, hardware stores, antique stores, backpacking place, etc.

Kuching City by Foot

6. Don’t forget to stop by the Indian street too!

Kuching does have it’s own little India. This place is also worth to visit by foot when you are in Kuching. The Indian street got its name during the colonial days when it was fully occupied by Indian shops. However, today it seems there are Malay, Chinese, and Indian shops occupying the street. Walking around the Indian street would definitely fascinate you as the shops there sell all sorts of things such as clothes, jewelry, food, spices, fresh fruits, and lots of other interesting things. The Indian street used to be a vehicular traffic, now there are no vehicles allowed to go through the street as it has been converted into a pedestrian mall lined with shops.

Kuching City by Foot

7. Discover the street arts around the town

When you are walking around Kuching City, be sure to look around you. You might spot some creative drawings on the wall in some buildings in town. Whether it is a street art, mural art, or graffiti, the vibrant drawings are an added value to Kuching City for being so unique.

After reading this, does it make you want to travel to the capital city of the Land of the Hornbill? Well, you should put Kuching in your itinerary for your Borneo trip. Who knows, maybe Kuching can surprise you more when you travel there yourself. Take a look at our other blog post about food and drink that you should taste while traveling to Kuching city, “Kuching Food & Drink – A Taste to Savour”. If you want to travel other than Kuching in Sarawak Borneo, you can check out our page on Sarawak tours for more exciting places for you to visit.

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Kuching Food & Drink – A Taste to Savour

Kuching Food & Drink – A Taste to Savour

Kuching Food & Drink –

A Taste to Savour

7

August, 2017

“Every COUNTRY you will visit, You will SPOT amazing places, You will TASTE different food, You will LEARN a new culture.”

Going to Kuching for the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2017 did not stop me to go for food hunting in Kuching city. Some say that it is hard to go around the Kuching city because most good stalls are scattered around. Luckily, I got the chance to rent a car and go around the town area for food hunting. However, I still do prefer to just walk around the town area. Who knows, you will never realize that there are secret eateries that serve the best food than other famous eateries.

I can say that the food in Kuching are so delicious and the taste of the food is true to savor! Somehow, I miss the food and wish to come back to Kuching just for food hunting. Not only that, did I mention that the food there is way cheaper? So, it’s not a surprise that I think I’ve gained weight since my visit to Kuching. hahaha….

Here, I will provide you some of the Kuching Food (I haven’t explored more to taste other food…) that I have eaten during my Kuching trip. Just keep calm and I hope your tummy would not grumble while reading this 😛

1. Kolok Mee

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

A must try when you are in Kuching, Sarawak! The texture of the dry curly egg noodle was so delicious, and the noodle goes so well tossed together with vinegar, fish sauce, and shallot oil. It is usually served with spring onions, minced meat, and bbq meat. The Kolok Mee is usually served MYR 4.00 per plate!

Don’t worry, there are also other eateries which serves halal Kolok Mee for Muslim diners. Instead of a pork meat, they will use beef as a meat substitution ( Refer picture below).

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

2. Sarawak Laksa

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

Sarawak is a home to the famous Laksa, as it is an all-time favorite for Sarawakians and it is considered a must-try for visitors in Kuching. The delicious noodles will be cooked with special prawn-based broth and thickened with coconut milk. It is served with a generous portion of omelet strips, crunchy bean sprouts, chicken shreds, and mouth watering prawns. Not forgetting, a squeeze of calamansi lime and thick sambal paste is often served on the side. You can easily get this in eateries in the town area with a price ranging at MYR 5.00 – MYR 6.00.

3. Kueh Chap

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

The dish is similar to Bah Kut Teh, but in a different taste and texture. Kueh Chap is basically a wide, flat-rice noodles that’s immersed in a herb broth which consists of pork meat, pork skin, internal organs, deeply fried tofu pok, and also a half hard-boiled egg. Since I don’t really like to eat the internal organs, Kueh Chap has become my least favorite to eat but at least I tasted this and I found out the soup taste never failed me. You should try it out when you are in Kuching and you can get it for price rate between MYR 5.00 – MYR 6.00.

4. Sarawak Spring Rolls ( Sarawak Popiah )

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

Don’t forget to taste the Sarawak Spring Rolls. The difference between West Malaysian Spring rolls and Sarawak Spring Rolls are the Sarawak Spring Rolls are the dry version one. The Sarawak spring rolls uses a lot of jicamas and fried together with other ingredients ( usually with grated carrots and minced meat). The spring roll skin is a soft and thin-like paper crepe which is made from wheat flour.

5. Chwee Kueh ( Steamed Rice Cake )

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

Chwee Kueh is a popular breakfast dish, it literally means water cake. Chwee Kueh is a steamed rice cake and topped with preserved radish/ turnip. You can get it in one of the famous food courts Chong Choon Cafe at Jalan Abell for only MYR 2.00 for 6 pcs.

6. Taro Cake ( Yam Steamed Cake )

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

This is one of the popular savory traditional snacks in Sarawak. The Taro Kueh is made from yam pieces, dried prawns, and rice flour. It is usually topped with deep fried shallots, spring onions, chillis and dried prawns and usually served with a chili dipping sauce. You can try this for only MYR 2.50 for 2 pcs.

7. Lychee Swee Kang and Nipah Palm Sugar Ice Cream

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

Are you a sweet tooth kind of person? Don’t forget to try out some of the desserts in Kuching city. The Lychee Swee Kang is a sweet-tasting shaved ice and it is usually topped with fruits, red beans, jelly, and sweet syrup. Apart from that, the Palm Sugar Ice cream or Aiskrim Bergula Apong, is a soft served ice cream with Palm Sugar syrup poured onto it. You can choose to top the ice cream either with peanuts, cornflakes or famous Amos cookies. You can get the Lychee Swee Kang for MYR 4.00 and the Palm Sugar Ice Cream price rate ranging from MYR 2.00 – MYR 9.00 at the Kuching Open Air Food Court.

8. Three Layer Drink

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

One of the famous Three Layer Drink will be the Three Layer Tea or ” Teh C Ping special”.  The combination of brown sugar, evaporated milk and red tea – makes the drink unique and favorite among the local. The tea is a local specialty at any cafes or coffee shops in Sarawak. It is now becoming a common drink served throughout not only in Sarawak, but also other states in Malaysia. Moreover, there is also a variety of Three Layer drink taste that is not only using tea and you should try it out when you are in Kuching. However, for the best selections, try out the Three Layer Tea in Sarawak.

If you are planning to go Kuching for food hunting, just bear in mind that you don’t need to pack loads. Pack light and bring your appetite… (and some cash money too!) Check out our Sarawak tour package offered for you! Or maybe you want to try out the traditional dishes in Sarawak? you can check out our Iban Longhouse tour, where you can experience the daily lives of Sarawak’s major tribe – Iban.

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Thrill Seekers Haven – Kiulu Quad Biking!

Thrill Seekers Haven – Kiulu Quad Biking!

Thrill Seekers Haven –

Kiulu Quad Biking!

2

August, 2017

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking

Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies time to hop on the quad bike and ride into the wilderness! This is really something that you won’t regret doing and I’d say it’ll be the most memorable thing you will ever do.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
The road to Kiulu Kg.Mantob. I’d say it’s a fine gloomy day which is a good thing because it’ll be a less sunny day for us

Along the way to Kampung Mantob, Kiulu, you’ll be surprised with the beautiful countryside views, mountains, paddy fields, and all the nature around it. Kiulu is located outside of the city areas so you’ll be seeing more countryside than concrete jungles. There are tons to see along the way and the best one is the Kiulu River. We did make a quick stop at the Bolitikon River to have a look at the water; it’s quite clear and it makes you wanna jump in and have a short dip in the river.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
A short stop at the Bolitikon Bridge. I’d say it’s a very worth-it stop
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
The beautiful crystal clear water of the Bolitikon River makes you wanna jump in for a short dip!

After about 45 minutes drive, we finally reached Kg. Mantob and on with the Quad Biking Fun! But before that there will be a safety briefing by the quad biking guide.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
You’ll be seeing a lot of Paddy Fields and Mountains along the Way to Kg.Mantob. A sight that you don’t get in the city area
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
A safety briefing conducted by our Quad Biking Guide, Mr. Joe. He will explain everything about the safety and also the do’s and dont’s of the quad biking tour

After the Safety Briefing, we are off to hop on the quad bike but before that there will be a short test run to test your driving skills and also just to give us a feel of driving the quad bike. 

We had a short test run at the field just next to the Quad Bike station. The guide asked us to make a few turns with the quad bike to make sure that we can maneuver it safely and professionally. Hehehe..

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Once everyone is ready, it is time to push the throttle and let’s go!

The first time pushing the throttle was the best feeling in the world you will ever get and your heart just can’t wait to get into the action. Our guide leads us to our first stop which is on top of the hill with a super scenic view.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Our first stop is on top of a hill with a super scenic view of the local villages below and also Mantob River
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
The view from the top of the hillside

 

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
Move further down and you will reach a bridge passing the Kampung Mantob River and you can take photo at the bridge

After crossing the bridge you will see many more countrysides and villages before going into the muddy and rocky terrain trail. It’ll make your heart go faster as you move through the muddy off road trails. Along the way you’ll be passing thru jungles, village houses, muddy trails, and more muddy trails. It’s a very different kind of feeling when you’re driving a car through a muddy terrain as compared to riding a quad bike.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Our Quad Biking adventures begin

 

 

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Our second stop is at one of houses of the local villager, and our guide Mr.Joe told us that the person who lives in this house makes Fishing Net for a living

 

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
An old shack

 

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Crossing through some old houses and storage rooms and don’t forget the mud puddles too. Haha!
A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
It’s an old rugged and well built wooden house that is perfectly situated on the hillside and the view from up there is spectacular

 

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Bamboo Woven Basket

 

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Fast flowing river view and also all the nature that surrounds it.
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
The Legend Of Kampung Mantob – he was kind enough to let me take his picture

 

After passing by the wooden house, we made our way further up to the road for more adventures. As we venture deeper we got to see many things and passing thru more and more hillsides, houses, schools and many more.

It’s a never ending road filled with many spectacular views and to my interest is the local villages which is just simple wooden houses and the local villagers there live a very simple life. They were content with their life and they said it’s better to live in the village compared to the city as the stress level is much more higher and cost of living is crazy!

As we passed a gated area I was fortunate enough to meet someone who the guides called a Legend in Kampung Mantob. The guide told us he can carry a log 5 times his height all alone without any help and he was good enough to let me take his picture as I passed him on his walk to his farm.

We journey deeper into the trail and we get to see more spectacular views of the countrysides and much more villages. You will be seeing the amazing views of the untouched forest and also the hills that surrounds the trail. It will give you that sense of freedom and also adventure throughout the long and winding trails.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
The spectacular views that we passed as we journey deeper into the trails.
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
The views from here just makes you wanna stop and take a picture because the view you get here is simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

As we reached the end of the trail it was filled with farms of all sort of local fruits and also small wooden houses. It was nice seeing many local farms that keeps the place as they filled the surroundings with green vegetations and nature. We had our rest stop at the ending point and enjoying the nature before turning back to the starting point.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
A photo with our guide

As we traveled back to the starting point, each of us said to each other that we wish we can have a long time there but I’m sure next time we will definitely be coming back to this very exciting quad biking axperience.

Having our last picture with our Awesome guide Mr.Joe@Kutung! Before departing back to Kota Kinabalu. I would definitely recommend anyone to do it at least once. It is a fun activity to do with your friends or family in the weekends. It’s not all about the ride but also the mesmerizing views and nature that you will see along the trail that will take away all your work stress and gives you a very relaxing feel.

You can take a look on our Kiulu Quad Biking tour package for more information on making Kiulu Quad Biking into your Borneo holiday trip’s itinerary.

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