6 Hidden Islands in Sabah Borneo for an Exotic Beach Vacation

6 Hidden Islands in Sabah Borneo for an Exotic Beach Vacation

6 Hidden Islands in Sabah Borneo for an Exotic Beach Vacation  

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October, 2017

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Fun Dive Borneo

Travel to Unknown Places and Discover Unknown Passions.
– Anonymous

Borneo has many wonderful idyllic islands and beaches, especially in Sabah Borneo. Pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, beautiful corals, colorful fishes, diving, lush green nature, and relaxation; these are just some of the things that anyone can experience on the islands of Sabah Borneo. So, look no further, as Sabah Borneo might fit the bill for your next Borneo island getaway!

When planning for a beach vacation in Sabah Borneo, one most likely will choose destination that are shown in magazines, online media, or from friends’ recommendations. As time goes by, some might feel that those destination are not as interesting as before.

Looking for novelties? Here are six hidden islands in Sabah Borneo, that will be perfect for an exotic beach excursion.

1) Sibuan Island

Hidden islands in Borneo
Sibuan Island view. Photo by: eTawau

Sibuan Island is located in Semporna, Sabah Borneo. It is part of the eight islands (Sibuan, Bodgaya, Bohey Dulang, Tetagan, Sebangkat, Selakan, Maiga, and Mantabuan Island which is also part of the Tun Sakaran Marine Park). Click here to see Borneo island map which shows the islands in Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

Sibuan Island is bestowed with abundant marine life, home to plenty of pygmy seahorses and the beautiful mandarin fish. Sibuan Island is truly a number one sighting for many divers. Unfortunately, there are no resorts and public facilities on the island, the nearest one will be on Pom Pom Island and Mataking Island. For budget travelers, they will prefer to stay in some of the budget accommodation in Semporna town and book a day tour to Sibuan Island.

Activities that can be done in Sibuan Island are swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, and sun-bathing. In addition, Sibuan Island is also known for being one of the best muck diving spots in Malaysia.

2) Lankayan Island

Hidden islands in Borneo
Lankayan Island view

Lankayan Island is a small tropical coral island, which is nearby to Beluran, Sabah Borneo. There is only one resort on the island, Lankayan Island Dive Resort, which was built in 1997. Lankayan island has a myriad of marine life, coral, and sunken weeds; which makes Lankayan Island one of the must-dive spots in Sabah Borneo. One of the highlighted activities in Lankayan Island is from March to May each year, diver enthusiasts should go for the not-to-be-missed chance to dive with the majestic whale sharks.

Apart from that, Lankayan Island is also a part of the conservation island project, which is similar to Turtle Islands National Park of Sabah Borneo. Due to being a nesting ground for Green and Hawksbill Sea Turtles, offers a chance for travelers to witness sea turtles laying eggs and hatchlings being released to the sea. Lankayan Island is truly the best place to spend a quiet beach vacation with family and friends filled with relaxation and unspoiled nature.

3) Pom Pom Island

Hidden islands in Borneo
Water villas in Pom Pom Island Resort view

Pom Pom Island is a small coral reef island in the Celebes Sea in Semporna, Sabah Borneo. Pom Pom Island is relatively untouched by humans (there are no villages here), surrounded by white sand coral beaches, which makes it one of the famous spots for Green and Hawksbill turtles to lay their eggs.

In addition, Pom Pom Island is also macro divers paradise with so many small marine creatures near the Pom Pom Island resort area. Travelers can also enjoy the beach activities (i.e. kayaking, beach volleyball, etc.) or just simply laze around at the resort area.

4) Dinawan Island

Hidden islands in Borneo
Morning view of Dinawan Island. Photo by: Lai JiunLoong

Dinawan Island is a privately owned island which is located in the southwest of Kota Kinabalu city, nearby to Kinarut town. There is a resort built on the island which is surrounded by lush tropical rainforests and crystal clear water.

Travelers can experience a relaxing and undisturbed atmosphere on this island. Get ready to be blown away by the breathtaking view of the scenery from the island and the squawking sound of Hornbills from the distance.

There are several activities that can be done at the Dinawan Island, such as snorkeling, sea walking, scuba diving and other water sports activities. For travelers who are into fishing, Dinawan Island also offers activities of day and night fishing trip.

5) Sepanggar Island

Hidden islands in Borneo
Sepanggar Island. Photo by: Mari Mari Sepanggar

Sepanggar Island is located off Sepanggar Bay in Sabah Borneo, which is only about 10 minutes boat ride from the Jesselton Point terminal ferry in Kota Kinabalu city. Sepanggar Island is twice the size of Manukan Island, click here to see the Borneo map of islands in Borneo.

Instead of going to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park for an island getaway destination, travelers should head out to Sepanggar Island. There is only one accommodation available on the island, which is Mari Mari Sepanggar Lodge. It is one of the off-the-track islands in Sabah Borneo, which offers travelers a quiet and chillaxed feeling by the sea.

Apart from relaxing by the beach, travelers can also go for scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, and jungle trekking on the island.

6) Maliangin Island

Hidden islands in Borneo
Maliangin Island. Photo by: Justinlingg

Maliangin Island is part of Kudat division in Sabah Borneo, which is about 30 minutes boat ride to reach the island. Moreover, Maliangin Island is also part of the gazetted area of Tun Mustapha Marine Park.

Maliangin Island is not much of a development but it is a great place for travelers to feel the authenticity of the beach paradise. There is only one accommodation available on the island, which is the Maliangin resort. However, travelers can stay in Sri Maliangin homestay which is located on Banggi Island, where travelers can actually live like the locals!

Maliangin Island is known for its wide range of corals and marine life. This island is also one of the snorkeling and diving haven for divers and non-divers. Here’s an additional article for you that will make you book a trip to Kudat

After reading through these 6 Hidden Islands in Sabah Borneo for your exotic beach vacation, don’t forget to put these islands into your list of Islands to visit. Apart from that, check out our other blog post on our pick for the best beaches in Sabah Borneo.

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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

Lupa Masa Jungle Trekking

Borneo Wildlife Adventure Tour

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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Quirky Things You Can Do in Malaysian Borneo!

Quirky Things You Can Do in Malaysian Borneo!

Quirky Things You Can Do in Borneo Malaysia

29

September, 2017

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Borneo Wildlife Tour

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Borneo Island, is the ideal destination for tourists and travelers. From the pristine Borneo Rainforest, to an amazing encounter with Borneo wildlife, delicious food, unique culture, and not forgetting, colorful festivals celebrated. There seem to be so many attractions in Malaysian Borneo that you will find yourself extending your Borneo Holiday trip!

However, Malaysian Borneo do surprise tourists & travelers with some of the attractions that may look unusual to them but is actually quite an interesting thing to do!

Wanna know what it is? Check out the list below for the quirky things you can do in Borneo Malaysia.

Indulge on Sago Worms (Butod)

Things to do in Borneo
Live Sago Worm or Butod. Photo by: NicoleKis

Yes, worm! Or specifically the larvae of the sago worms. It can be eaten either raw ( which some say taste like chicken!), roasted or stir fried. This is not something that you can see in your everyday food intake, but this is considered a delicacy eaten by some of the indigenous groups in Malaysian Borneo. However, you can’t see this delicacy served in any normal restaurant in Malaysian Borneo, but you can find it being sold in the local market or “Tamu”. There is one eaterie in Kota Kinabalu city that you can actually have your first experience of eating the Sago Worm, which is D’Place Kinabalu. So, do you dare to eat?

Check out our other blog post entry as we share our experience of having our Traditional Dinner in D’Place Kinabalu.

Feast on Durians

Things to do in Borneo
Feast on Durian. Photo by: Rawsomehealthy

Durian is widely known as the King of Fruit in Southeast Asia and the distinctive odor make some locals, or tourists, turn their nose around. However, some find the smell so tempting and sweet like an almond, but to others, they will say it smells rotten and bad ( some even passed out after smelling it! Yikes!). Although the durian odor can be disagreeable to some, the taste of the flesh is oh-so-yummy! Almost all Malaysian Borneo locals love to eat durians, so get ready when the time you are traveling in Malaysian Borneo and it is durian season, you may see a lot of stalls selling durians. Some places in Malaysian Borneo also offers “all-you-can-eat” durian buffet, which features different types of durians for you to try out!

Want to know other bizarre fruits in Sabah Borneo? Click here to read.

Visit the Cat Museum 

Things to do in Borneo
Collections of miniature cats’ toys

In any museums of different countries that you’ve gone, you will never expect that there is a museum dedicated to Cats! It is none other than the Cat Museum in Kuching, Sarawak. The Cat Museum features the feline collections such as paintings, photo, the mummified Egyptian cat, cat souvenirs and more; which has over 4,000 collections of the feline. Unusual as it may be, it is quite interesting to visit to the Cat Museum when you are visiting Kuching, Sarawak Borneo. Good news is, it is FREE to visit but a nominal fee provided if you want to bring along your camera or video camera inside the museum.

Are you planning to visit Kuching city? Click here to read travel guides to Kuching city.

Adopt an Orangutan 

Things to do in Borneo
Orangutan looking afar

As much as you enjoy your first encounter of the cute Orangutans in the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan Sabah Borneo, you can actually adopt the Orangutans (but not the kind of adoption you can bring home though!). It is actually to support the center’s purpose of rehabilitating the orphaned orangutans, so the orphaned orangutans can be properly taken care and being observed on their daily routines in the natural habitat, as well as to prevent it from extinction.

Party in the Borneo Jungle 

Concert party in the Borneo Jungle

Yes, you read it right! We do have a party in Borneo jungle, and you are invited ( but don’t forget to buy the entrance fee tickets!). This party is held yearly in Sarawak Cultural Village and it is none other than the Rainforest World Music Festival. This party brings music artists and lovers from around the world together in this world-renowned indigenous festival unlike any other. What makes the party more fun is it lasts for three days! (Awesome!) You can hear the exotic sound of the traditional music everywhere, join the dance and craft workshops provided or even check out the live music performance at night. Just imagine yourself there with music blasting, a decent amount of alcohol and dancing there, and it is all set in the heart of the Borneo jungle. There is no party that is so much cooler and exotic than that!

Never been to Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak Borneo? Click here to read the newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival.

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Uncover The Best of Kuching, Sarawak Borneo

Uncover The Best of Kuching, Sarawak Borneo

Uncover the best of Kuching, Sarawak Borneo

05

September, 2017
Uncover the best of Kuching Sarawak Borneo

Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia and it is located on the Borneo island. Sarawak is a home for the natives tribe such as Iban, Dayak, Bidayuh, Melanau, Penan, Kedayan and Orang Ulu. Thus, making Sarawak a very multi-cultural and unique state in Malaysian Borneo. Iban, Melanau, Bidayuh, and Orang Ulu tribe are the major ethnic groups, which also include the Malay and Chinese.

The capital city of Sarawak is Kuching; the largest city in Borneo. Some locals called it their “Cat City” due to the name of “Kuching” means ‘cat’ in Malay Language – is literally due to miscommunication between Sir James Brooke, the first White Rajah, and a local man, which Sir James Brooke was asking the name of the city, but the local man answered “Kucing” because he thought Brooke was referring to a cat which happened to be passing by.

There are few places and attraction that anyone should visit in Kuching, Sarawak Borneo :

Stroll along the waterfront

Uncover the best of Kuching Sarawak Borneo

Kuching Waterfront was the first place where James Brooke landed in Sarawak Borneo because it was used to be a docking area for villagers to cross the river via a small boat. Now, the Sarawak government made a lot of effort to reconstruct the waterfront and build it to make it more attractive for locals and visitors. Thus, Kuching Waterfront is the relaxing place for you to walk at the beautifully landscaped esplanade along the Sarawak River with some eateries and entertainment area. Apart from that, you can see some of the historical buildings, an observation tower and other sculptures in the area.

Drop by to Serikin Market

Uncover the best of Kuching Sarawak Borneo

Serikin market is located at Kampung Serikin Jagoi, about an hour drive from Kuching city, which is close to the border between Sarawak and Indonesia, The Serikin market opens only during the weekend. Unlike other urban markets, the close proximity of this market makes the weekend affair special due to allowing any number of Indonesian trader to cross over with ease. You can easily find a lot of Indonesian traders operating there, selling all kinds of items such as decorative woodwork, colorful fabric, rattan handicrafts and many more. All the items are sold at a reasonable or cheap price!

A Visit to Cat Museum 

Whether you are a cat lover or not, a visit to the cat museum is a MUST when you are in Kuching city. Here in Cat museum is the ultimate collection of cat memorabilia, you can even see Hello Kitty’s collection, Garfield, and more feline collections, such as old photos, articles, paintings, posters, toys, and uncountable figurines of cats! At the cat museum, you can also see the mummified Egyptian cat and the world’s rarest cat, Bornean Bay Cat (Felis Badia), which lives in the Borneo rainforest.

Explore the Bako National Park for trekking and wildlife sightings

Bako National Park is the oldest park since 1957 and it offers the perfect introduction to Sarawak Borneo rainforest and wildlife. Although it is only a small area to explore, Bako National Park is still an attractive place with its diverse ecosystems, from mangrove swamps to rocky cliffs, then to the rainforest and beautiful sandy beaches. It is almost guaranteed to see wildlife there such as Long-Tailed Macaque Monkeys, Silver-Leaf Monkeys, wild boar, Proboscis Monkeys, and more.

Go for caving adventure at the Fairy Cave

Fairy cave is located near gold-mining settlement at the town of Bau, which is only about 45 minutes away from the Kuching city. The fairy cave holds many local legends, some folks say the cave was used as hiding places for the Japanese soldiers to avoid persecution during the war. While some locals share the story about the cave that has magical fairies protecting the orphaned children living there. Hence, the name of it.

To reach the entrance of the cave, you will need to climb up a few flight of stairs to reach. Going into the Fairy cave is certainly eerie beautiful cave, it is fairly dark but you can manage to go without a torch. Moreover, Fairy Cave also is a popular spot for rock climbing activity, it has eight separate walls with over eighty climbs in a different level of difficulties.

Quench your hunger with Sarawak Laksa & Kolo Mee

Regardless where you came from, you won’t be disappointed in tasting Sarawak’s own Laksa and Kolo Mee. Sarawak Laksa is not as tangy as Penang Laksa but has a soup base made from a paste of sambal belacan and aromatics spices. While Kolo Mee is known for its springy noodles and topped with minced pork, minced beef or seafood. Tasting both of this food in your holiday to Kuching Sarawak Borneo will always be an oh-so-sinfully-tasty reminder Kuching city when you are back to your hometown. You can read our other blog post of the foods in Kuching that you should taste it out!

Participate a jungle festival in Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

A yearly event at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong, 45-minutes drive from Kuching city. The Rainforest World Music Festival bringing all musicians from all around the globe to perform and celebrate this musical festival. This is the time where you can see performances and workshops by world music celebrities, as well as the concert at night. If you are a music lover, come over to the festival and enjoy the weekend of traditional ethnic music surrounded by Borneo rainforest. You can also go for a self-walk at the Sarawak Cultural Village to see the amazing architectural building of the traditional houses and the lifestyle of each tribe in Sarawak Borneo. Feel free to read our blog entry as we share our first experience of going to the Rainforest World Music Festival! Read also our Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival 😉

Excited to go for an adventure in Sarawak Borneo? Book your tour now with us and our awesome sales team are happy to assist you! 🙂

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Awe-Inspiring Photos Makes You Wanna Book A Trip To Kudat Sabah Borneo

Awe-Inspiring Photos Makes You Wanna Book A Trip To Kudat Sabah Borneo

Awe-Inspiring Photos Makes You Wanna Book A Trip To Kudat Sabah Borneo!

04

September, 2017

“Kopivosian doh Kinorikataan Di Kouu”

Is “Welcome” in Rungus language, one of the major indigenous group in Sabah Borneo. The Rungus residing primarily in northern Sabah, which is Kudat, about 3 hours drive from Kota Kinabalu city. Kudat has been known to all to be the most beautiful spots in Sabah, and all the beauty is done by the nature itself. One of the famous landmarks in Kudat will be the Tip of Borneo, used to be a watch-point for pirate invasion hundreds years ago. Tip of Borneo has the best spots to see breathtaking scenery view especially the sunsets.

Here are some awe-inspiring photos in Kudat which eventually will capture your attention to visit Kudat in your Sabah Borneo Holidays:

Tip Of Borneo

Awe Inspiring Photos of Kudat Sabah Borneo
Awe Inspiring Photos of Kudat Sabah Borneo
Awe Inspiring Photos of Kudat Sabah Borneo

Tip of Borneo or Tanjung Simpang Mengayau means “lingering junction” as this is where the South China Sea lingers and meets the Sulu Seas flowing from the east. It is one of the famous landmark for tourist attraction. Experience the breezy wind while catch on the breathtaking views of the rocky outcrop that lace the shoreline.

Sunset

Awe Inspiring Photos of Kudat Sabah Borneo
Awe Inspiring Photos of Kudat Sabah Borneo
Awe Inspiring Photos of Kudat Sabah Borneo

Watching sunset from the Tip Of Borneo is a MUST when you are in Kudat and trust me, you won’t be disappointed by the stunning view of the sunsets.

Kelampunian Beach

Awe Inspiring Photos of Kudat Sabah Borneo
Awe Inspiring Photos of Kudat Sabah Borneo
Awe Inspiring Photos of Kudat Sabah Borneo

When you are on your way to reach the Tip of Borneo, your might stare mouth agape at your first sight of the beach which stretches over 4km to the tip of Borneo.You can see the crystal-clear of the sea with the waves of South China Sea driven against the shore by the wind. A good place for you to stay away from the busy life of the city and chilling by the beach.

By looking at those pictures, does it trigger you to go for a holiday in Kudat Sabah Borneo? Then check out our 3D2N Kudat tour and book your tour with us now! See you soon! 🙂

Check out our “Top 5 day trips in Sabah Borneo” to know what other day tours that are available in Sabah Borneo.

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Going Cho-Choo With The North Borneo Railway!

Going Cho-Choo With The North Borneo Railway!

Going Cho-Choo With The North Borneo Railway!

04

September, 2017
North Borneo Railway

North Borneo Railway Old and New

When it comes to Classic Trains, Sabah Borneo has one of the oldest running steam locomotive that will take you back to the nostalgic bygone era and it is called the North Borneo Railway. Anyone who is planning to visit Sabah Borneo should mark this one on your list of things to do in Sabah Borneo.

Here’s a brief history of the steam locomotive services in Borneo, the history of the North Borneo Railway begins in 1880, when the British North Borneo Chartered Company obtained a large plot of land from the Sultan Of Brunei and the Sulu Sultanate. Tobacco was a big thing in 1880 to 1890 in Borneo. So the need for an efficient transportation to transport the goods is needed. Back in the days, the local planters travel to towns to sell their crops either by foot or animals but it usually takes a very long time as some of their farms are deep inside the tropical jungle areas, so it will take longer and more difficult to reach into town.

The British North Borneo Company soon began the ambitious railway project to link the East and West Borneo through the dense jungle, mountains, rivers, and swamplands. The cost of clearing the path was very costly even the rich British North Borneo company was having troubles with it as they were building the rail from Beaufort to Tenom, and Melalap, and the other one from Beaufort to Jesselton (now known as Kota Kinabalu).

North Borneo Railway

An old North Borneo Railway

The British soon faced a lot of problems maintaining the railway as it was constantly damaged by fallen trees and also the locals who look upon the locomotive as a man-made machine with evil spirits that disturbs the peaceful environment of the jungle surroundings. Soon, rubber became an important source of income as it was high on demand during the World War l for making car tires. After rubber, timber also became one of the most important things and the timber industry also benefited from the railroad.

North Borneo Railway

One of the important transportation during the 1880-1900 in Borneo to transport raw materials from town to town around Borneo

Ater 30 years, the Steam Powered Locomotive is replaced by petrol and diesel locomotive. The Steam Locomotive was later repaired and refurbished to a fully functioning state by the Sutera Harbour Resort together with the Sabah Tourism Association to be used as a train for tourism activities. The original Vulcan 15 Steam Locomotive that was built by the Lancashire-Based Vulcan Foundry in the United Kingdom was first brought over to Borneo by the Colonial-Administered North Borneo in 1954. And it was later decommissioned for general use around the early 1970’s by the Sabah State Railway Department. It is also the only functioning World Burning Steam Powered Locomotive in Sabah until today.

North Borneo Railway

The petrol and diesel locomotive that was used in the late 1950’s in Borneo to replace the steam powered locomotive

Today, tourist can once again experience this unique experience of boarding into a vintage style British North Borneo Era train. The train has six carriage that can accommodate up to 36 people and the carriage has a classic colonial-era bar style with an observation deck. Both the interior and exterior are fully refurbished to provide the environment of the typical train of 1900.

The exterior of the train is painted in traditional deep green and cream that was originally used by the North Borneo Railways trains. It also has the original carved brass logo of the North Borneo Railway on the train. The carved logo is a tiger holding a rail wheel standing on a royal crown. The interior is built based on a Victorian-Era setting with a little mix of local Sabahan woods to give that vintage and local touch to the train. It also has fully functioning unisex washrooms on every carriage and the windows will remain to be opened at all time for maximum comfort to all the passengers. A British Pullman carriage is used as a functional kitchen car as well as a powerful generator which provides all electricity requirements.

North Borneo Railway

The Traditional Deep Green and Cream colour that gives the train a more vintage look.

North Borneo Railway

The side view of this vintage steam powered beauty. Its an old Locomotive but it still runs like a champ even to this day.

North Borneo Railway

The carriage of the North Borneo Railway train.

Today, tourist can once again experience this unique experience of boarding into a vintage style British North Borneo Era train. The train has six carriage that can accommodate up to 36 people and the carriage has a classic colonial-era bar style with an observation deck. Both the interior and exterior are fully refurbished to provide the environment of the typical train of 1900.

The exterior of the train is painted in traditional deep green and cream that was originally used by the North Borneo Railways trains. It also has the original carved brass logo of the North Borneo Railway on the train. The carved logo is a tiger holding a rail wheel standing on a royal crown. The interior is built based on a Victorian-Era setting with a little mix of local Sabahan woods to give that vintage and local touch to the train. It also has fully functioning unisex washrooms on every carriage and the windows will remain to be opened at all time for maximum comfort to all the passengers. A British Pullman carriage is used as a functional kitchen car as well as a powerful generator which provides all electricity requirements.

North Borneo Railway
North Borneo Railway

The vintage style interiors of the train that will take you back to the 1900’s. Even the waiter and waitress is well dressed in a British North Borneo style outfit to give you that additional experience of riding in a vintage steam locomotive

North Borneo Railway

Got your tickets ready Chaps?! That British North Borneo style outfit is looking classy

The routes of this train usually start from Tanjung Aru that is not far from Kota Kinabalu city, up to the Papar district, and you can choose to go up to Beaufort or Tenom from Tanjung Aru. The train ride will transport you back to the days of the North Borneo Chartered Company and the British Colonial Office, when the colonials came down to Borneo from England to become planters and plantation owners, cutting into the wilds of the unexplored jungles in search of adventures and riches beyond their wildest imaginations.

Passengers on the North Borneo Railway can also have that similar experience of exploring and seeing parts of Sabah that is very different from any other touristy tourist spots. Along the way, the railway line is just beside by the mighty Crocker Range which is also near to the Mount Kinabalu. Passengers can see how the indigenous people of Sabah still live and also the flora and fauna along the journey, buffaloes taking a dip in mud pools, small rustic towns, water villages, rivers, paddy fields and so much more to see that will keep you wide awake and excited throughout the journey.

North Borneo Railway

Kinarut town, one of the small towns that you will be visiting along the journey. You will get to see the old buildings in the town and also the local people selling their freshly picked crops.

Passengers of the North Borneo Railway will be treated with some of the unique and interesting views of Sabah. For your breakfast, you will be treated with an assortments of Malaysian Desserts or Kuih Muih together with the famous Kopi Tenom or Sabah Tea.

North Borneo Railway

But the most unique thing about the foods in the North Borneo Railway is the lunch. On your way back you will be served with a ‘Tiffin-Style” lunch sets. A typical railway of the olden days.

North Borneo Railway

Instead of plates, your meal will be served in a metal Tiffin Box that’ll give you that unique experience from your everyday meals

North Borneo Railway

Your lunch is basically a variety of local Sabahan foods. An exotic blend of the Asian and Continental Cuisine that’ll keep your stomach full throughout the journey back to the main station

If you are planning to visit Sabah Borneo, make sure to put the North Borneo Railway on your list. An experience you won’t get anywhere else and not be missed in Borneo. Take a step back to 1900 with this train and see Sabah in a different kind of way, I’m sure it’ll be way different from any other experience that other people will get in Sabah. Choooooo Chooooooo……

For a more Historical story in Sabah Borneo, you can read our other blog post on “Atkinson Clock Tower“. Having trouble to know what to pack? Read our “5 Things traveler need not pack in Malaysian Borneo” for more travel packing tips.

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