Top 5 Kid-friendly trips in Borneo Family Holiday

Top 5 Kid-friendly trips in Borneo Family Holiday

Top 5 Kid-friendly trips in Borneo Family Holiday

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August, 2017

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

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

1. Taste of Borneo Cooking Class

2. Kota Kinabalu City and Nature Tour

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

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

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3. Mari Mari Cultural Village

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

4. Weston River Cruise

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

5. Kinabalu Day Tour

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

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

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MUST- Eat Food in Sabah Borneo

MUST- Eat Food in Sabah Borneo

These delicious food you

MUST eat in Sabah Borneo!

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August, 2017

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

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

1. Fresh Seafood

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

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

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2. Fish Noodle

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

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

3. Ngiu Chap or Mixed Beef Noodle

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

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

4. Tuaran Mee

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

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

5. Sang Nyuk Noodles (Pork Noodles)

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

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

6. Traditional Food

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

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

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

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Top 6 Eco-Tourisms in Sabah

Top 6 Eco-Tourisms in Sabah

Top 6 Eco – Tourisms in Sabah

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August, 2017

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Borneo Island consists of Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia (Sabah & Sarawak). It is the third largest island in the world and has become the choice of destination for tourists, especially for those who seek wildlife amidst the natural landscapes. Not only that, Borneo Island has some of the world’s oldest rainforests and a great tropical climate, which made it as one of the world’s best eco-tourism spots.

Here is the list of the eco-tourisms in Sabah Borneo that you should visit during your Borneo tour.

1. Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sandakan

A centre that takes care of the orphaned and injured Orangutans for rehabilitation trained them to survive again before releasing them to the wild. You get to see Orangutans up close from the feeding platforms. There will be two feeding sessions – 10 am and 3 pm, it is best to arrive at the feeding platforms 30 minutes early. A new section open in 2014, which is the nursery area, you will be able to watch younger Orangutans playing around with each other through the large window at the indoor seating areas.

2. Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Sandakan

A centre that takes care of the orphaned and injured Orangutans for rehabilitation, trained them to survive again before releasing them to the wild. You get to see Orangutans up close from the feeding platforms. There will be two feeding sessions – 10 am and 3 pm, it is best to arrive at the feeding platforms 30 minutes early. A new section open in 2014, which is the nursery area, you will be able to watch younger Orangutans playing around with each other through the large window at the indoor seating areas.

3. Kinabatangan River, Sandakan

Kinabatangan River is the longest river in Sabah, which made it an easy access to Borneo wildlife. For wildlife enthusiasts, you will be glad to easily spot some endemic wildlife, such as Pygmy Elephants, Orangutans, and Proboscis Monkeys, as well other wildlife such as Hornbills and other wonderful wildlife, while cruising down the river on a boat. Find out more on our Kinabatangan River Safari tour package. 

4. Deramakot Forest Reserve, Telupid

A hidden gem in Sabah, it has been documented there are roughly 75% of mammals in Sabah can be found within this forest reserve. So, if you are looking for a wildlife adventure, then this is the best place for you to go. Being driven around a Safari Vehicle around the forest reserve to have a chance to view Borneo wildlife such as Orangutan, Clouded Leopard, Pygmy Elephants and some of the iconic species that can be found in Sabah, Borneo. Check out our Wildlife Adventure Tour for a chance to seek Borneo wildlife in your Borneo trip.

5. Kinabalu Park, Kundasang

Kinabalu Park is one of the great places for you to go for a hike at any fitness levels. It is known for being Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site and home to more than 4,500 flora and fauna species. Kinabalu Park’s main attraction will be the majestic Mount Kinabalu – one of the highest mountains in South East Asia. Seeking for some adventurous activity in Sabah? You can try out climbing the Mountain via traditional climbing or Via Ferrata (iron road).

If you are looking for other attractions that you can do in Ranau, read here.

6. Sabah Tea Garden, Ranau

Sabah Tea Garden is the only organic tea farm plantation in Sabah and one of the very few left in the world, it is located in Ranau. You can get away from the city life and enjoy your trip to Sabah Tea Garden either for educational or leisure. Apart from that, you can experience the sprawling tea plantation which is surrounded by lush greenery of Borneo rainforest, as well as cooling air. Don’t forget to taste out Sabah’s finest tea and pancakes at the Tea House before going back!

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A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!

26

July, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival

24

July, 2017

Going to the 20th edition of Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) last weekend was a first time for me. I can admit, the festival can be a little bit intimidating because it seems I have to prepare a lot of things before going there. Anyway, RWMF will hold again next year on 13-15th July 2018, and here I’ve compiled a list of guide for those who planned to go RWMF next year. I hope you will find this list of guides helpful before going to RWMF, because I learned my lesson.

What is Rainforest World Music Festival?

Rainforest World Music Festival is an annual three-day music festival which is held in Sarawak Cultural Village Kuching, Sarawak. The festival invites all international and local music artists from around the globe to perform and showcase their ethnic and cultural music. From gypsy music( Romengo), to the electro-folk music (Okra Playground), African Uhadi traditional instrument, to Sarawak Sape musical instrument. Not forgetting, the amazing dance performance by the O Tahiti E. This is truly the type of music that you can find in RWMF; either on the stage performance, creative workshops, or interactive demo.

Newbie Guide to RWMF

Before the festival: 

1. Be sure to buy the RWMF tickets as early as possible.

The price of the entrance ticket can be a bit overwhelming if you did not purchase it in advance. So, when you see there’s somebody updating RWMF tickets available for purchase online, grab the chance to get the tickets at a cheaper price! There are also family package tickets available for 2 adults and 2 children.

Tips: don’t forget to print out the entrance tickets that you purchased online and bring it to the entrance gate on the day of the festival.  

2. Book your flight and accommodation early.

Do not book last minute for your flight and accommodation because this festival is an internationally renowned festival, which means there will be a possibility that it’s fully booked.

3. Purchase 1-day pass entrance ticket.

Since you are a newbie to RWMF, it is better to purchase the 1-day pass entrance ticket, in order for you to get the feel of the festival. On top of that, the performance and events for the three days festival are almost the same. I think it would be best to purchase the last day pass entrance ticket, so you can witness the amazing grand finale performance.

On the day of the festival: 

1. No need to come early

Since you are a newbie to RWMF, it is better to purchase the 1-day pass entrance ticket, in order for you to get the feel of the festival. On top of that, the performance and events for the three days festival are almost the same. I think it would be best to purchase the last day pass entrance ticket, so you can witness the amazing grand finale performance.

2. How to get there?

To reach RWMF, it is a 45-minutes drive distance. If you don’t have a car, it would be good if you purchase the tickets for a shuttle bus from the Kuching city to the Sarawak Cultural Village for only MYR 15. In addition, you can also use GrabCar to reach Sarawak Cultural Village for about MYR 26.

Extra tips: For those who plan to bring a car, there are limited car-parking facilities, you would need to park your car at the One Hotel Santubong area, and follow the shuttle van to and fro to the Sarawak Cultural Village. However, you would need to pay MYR 14 per trip (to and fro).

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

3. Have your late breakfast/ early lunch before going

Before going to RWMF, it is BEST for you to have an early lunch or late breakfast. This is because the food is rather pricey at the RWMF. Unfortunately, you are not encouraged to bring outside food and drinks to the festival.

4. Bring plenty of cash

Since there will be a lot of cash usage, even before you enter the entrance of Sarawak Cultural Village, it is best you bring plenty of cash. No vendors there will accept credit/debit cards, and there is also no ATM machines available at the Sarawak Cultural Village.

5. Wear comfy and light cloth (and bring extra clothing)

You will be spending one whole day at the RWMF, especially if you intend to go there in the afternoon for the workshops and stay until the evening concert. Not only can that, wearing comfy and light clothes help you to ease yourself from the blistering heat. I made the wrong choice to wear a black t shirt that day, and I was sweating buckets!!

Note: There is a shower facility available just outside the festival at the Damai Central. So, you won’t need to worry about looking for a place for a shower.

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

6. Be prepared; bring your raincoat, waterproof bags and slippers/sandals

Be ready to expect the unexpected of weather. Last RWMF, it was raining heavily in the evening and we were all soaked with wet and muddy ground. Bear in mind that this festival is held in Borneo jungle, and it’s a rain or shine festival, so be prepared to get wet! Bring a waterproof bag to keep your valuable things dry, or maybe just use a plastic bag and it should be enough.

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

7. Hand fan and sunglasses 

When the heat strikes, these two things are what you need! Don’t forget to bring a hand fan and wear sunglasses during the festival. Apart from avoiding the heat, accessorize yourself with sunglasses to go with the festival look!

8. Sunscreen and insect repellent

Malaysia heat can be very ruthless. So, it is best to put some sunscreen except you don’t mind to get burn like a lobster. 😛 Apart from that, it is absolutely a MUST to use insect repellent when you are at the festival. Who would want their day at the festival get spoiled because of insect bites?

9. Bring plenty of water

It will be blistering heat during the day at the festival, do not forget to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. It would be such a spoil day if you got sick and could not enjoy the festival.

10. Bring your own foldable chairs, mats, or scarf for sitting on the ground

Most people do not know about this, even myself, but you are definitely encouraged to bring your own foldable chairs, mats or scarf so you can use it to sit on the ground. There are limited sitting chairs at the festival, to avoid being tired from walking, you can just spread your own mats or scarf, sit on the ground and enjoy the show.

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

Last but not least, have fun at the festival and hope this guide will help you to get ready for next year RWMF! See you! Check out our blog!

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Tuhau – Kadazandusun Traditional Food of Sabah

Tuhau – Kadazandusun Traditional Food of Sabah

Tuhau – Traditional Food of Sabah

19

July, 2017

Tuhau – you either hate it or love it…

Tuhau is one of the most popular traditional food in Sabah.Tuhau is scientifically known as etlingera coccinea, and is endemic to Borneo. It is wild ginger that grows in Sabah Borneo jungle, and it can be found mostly in the interior parts of Sabah; which are Tambunan, Keningau, and Ranau – a place that have major Kadazandusun community. Thus, tuhau is a popular food among the Kadazandusun community.
 

Some people or for the first timers, may not like the tuhau because of it stringent and strong smell. It smells quite similar to the small beetle insect called “posisang” local Kadazandusun dialect. Most people endure the smell and have a go at the tuhau, which in turn, makes them very fond of the taste and they forget about the pungent smell of tuhau. Although it is wild ginger, it does not taste anything like ginger, but it is. So, you can either love it or hate it due to its distinctive smell.

Tuhau is not actually a dish per se, but you can think of it as a condiment in traditional dishes. It is a flexible delicacy as it can be cooked in various methods of cooking that depends on your taste, origins, and creativity. One of the cooking method of tuhau is, it can be eaten as an appetizer, you will only need to mince it into small pieces, then mix and stir the tuhau with a pinch of salt, lime juice ( you can also use vinegar as an alternative ingredient), equally tiny bits of diced chili and diced garlic. It is best to consume the tuhau with white rice. 

Tuhau - Traditional Food of Sabah

Tuhau as appetizer

Tuhau - Traditional Food of Sabah

Tuhau in container packaging

 

Local Kadazandusun usually fry the tuhau with salted fish or cooked stew with “Pinasakan” (Another traditional dish of braised basung fish mixed with takob akob, a tangy wild fruit that is mainly harvested for its skin). If you want to know more on “Pinasakan” , feel free to read our other blog post on “The PINASAKAN Popular Dish Among The Kadazan Dusun”. Tuhau also can be made into spicy sambal or made into dried tuhau floss.

 

Tuhau - Traditional Food of Sabah

Tuhau Floss or Serunding Tuhau

Tuhau - Traditional Food of Sabah

Tuhau cooked with Salted Fish

Apart from its distinctive smell but delicious taste, tuhau is believed to have medicinal benefit. It contains a very high fiber content, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Thus, tuhau can clean out dirty blood, as well as reduce high blood pressure, which makes the tuhau a delicacy for health.

Tuhau is available all year round and can be found at local market or tamu around Sabah. The tuhau are sold in raw form, pickled and sold in jars, or dried tuhau floss in small container. If you are looking for a place to try out this local delicacy, you can drop by to D’Place Kinabalu, Tavern Kitchen & Bar, or some local restaurant in Sabah, or asked the locals to point out to where you can get them! So, if you haven’t tried out tuhau, be sure to give it a try once you’re in Sabah. Who knows, maybe you will wish you have tried tuhau earlier?

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Tuhau can be found in local market or Tamu all year long.

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