Backpacking to Sabah Borneo? Here’s How To Save Money…

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo? Here’s How To Save Money…

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo?

Here’s How To Save Money…

05

September, 2017

“Backpacking is the art of knowing what not to take.”

– Sheridan Anderson

Travelling to Sabah Borneo is an amazing chance for you to get wild and full of adventure into the unknown. The best thing of it is, you can spot the Orangutan which can only be found in the Borneo rainforest. Unfortunately, traveling to Sabah Borneo can be very expensive compared to other countries in Southeast Asia. However, with a proper planning and a little bit of know-how, you can feel that it is easy to cut down the cost while traveling to Sabah Borneo.

Thus, the most entertaining, adventurous, and cheapest way to travel would be by backpacking. Here, we will give you some tips on how to save some of your money while traveling in Sabah Borneo.

Book flight ticket early / check public holidays in Sabah Borneo

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Book your flight ticket about 2-3 months ahead; a low cost carrier can offer a cheap rate of ticket flight and it can be very cheap if you are lucky to book your flight ticket during their promo offers. Apart from that, you need to check the public holidays in Sabah Borneo, as travelling during the public holidays in Sabah Borneo may cost more than usual.

Never go for solo trip

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If you are planning to venture deeper into Borneo, you will need guidance from an experienced travel agency who specializes in what you’re looking for. If you are a solo traveler, it will be slightly higher than average compared to traveling in twos or in groups. So, do consider traveling with more people for a more value for money experience.

Stay in a traveler’s lodge/ backpackers

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo

There are many traveler’s lodge/backpackers you can find especially in the Kota Kinabalu City Center – capital city of Sabah Borneo. By staying in the city center, you can just easily go around to some places in the city by foot, plus, it’s easier to ask around if you get lost. Check out Fat Rhino Hostel for a cheaper rate of accommodations in Kota Kinabalu city.

Bring your own medicine or first aid kit

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo

Consider taking the anti-malaria tablet before coming to Sabah Borneo. Apart from that, other medicines such as Charcoal or Imodium for diarrhea relief and vitamins should be brought before coming to Sabah Borneo. By doing this, it can help you to save some money for medical treatment purposes.

Consider eating in local coffee shops

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo

Eating like a local is always the best when you get the chance to taste out the delicious food from the local coffee shops. Avoid eating out at fancy restaurants every day to save some of your travel expenses. Don’t be scared to eat street food or local shops, because it is actually often the cheapest and best way to eat what locals normally eat, and you would not have a single issue from it health-wise ( unless if you can see the stall are not kept clean that well, then go find different stalls; common sense peepz! ).

Well, are you excited to visit Sabah Borneo? You can check out our Top 5 day trips in Kota Kinabalu city or Top 5 leisure activities in Sabah Borneo with an affordable pricing budget for you. Contact us for more information on traveling to Sabah Borneo. Happy Backpacking!

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Trekking in Sabah Borneo Rainforest

Trekking in Sabah Borneo Rainforest

Trekking in Sabah Borneo Rainforest

30

August, 2017

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“Life is better in Hiking Boots”

Trekking in Sabah, Borneo, will offer a chance to get close to the greatest nature, a life lesson of survival skills, discover the marvel of the lush green Borneo Rainforest, and explore the mystery that surrounds the Borneo Rainforest. It is truly an adventure that you should seek while traveling to Sabah, Borneo!

Borneo Island is home to one of the oldest rainforest in the world, and it makes Borneo a haven for trekkers to get closer to nature. Moreover, some of Borneo’s Rainforests are part of important ecological reserves and protected forests. Thus, making it one of the reason for trekkers to trek into Borneo Rainforests to spot some of the endemic plants and wildlife in Sabah, Borneo. Here are some of the recommended places to trek in Sabah, Borneo, for beginners and avid trekkers.

1. LONG PASIA

Get your trekking gear ready and explore the wilderness of Borneo Rainforest. Apart from that, you will get a chance to survive and thrive in the Borneo Rainforest with a local native guide. Get your hands-on experience to see some of the untouched mountains, rivers, trees, waterfall, and cave. Long Pasia is one of the places that you should put it in your itinerary trip to Sabah Borneo. Interested to go? Do try out our 5D4N Long Pasia Trekking Expedition.

2. SALT TRAIL CROCKER RANGE

Nothing can compete for the experience of spending few days in the Borneo Rainforest and a chance to learn its historical significance as a trade route for remote villagers to exchange their locally made products to other villages for other products in return. Salt Trail Crocker Range is perfect for small groups of hardcore trekkers and nature lovers, exploring the Sabah Borneo rainforest and also get an authentic insight lifestyle into one of the Sabah Borneo indigenous tribe – Dusun.

If you or your group are interested in doing the Salt Trail Crocker Range expedition, contact us or email us directly and we would love to arrange it for you.

3. MALIAU BASIN

Maliau Basin in Sabah Borneo has known as “Lost World”, due to the reason of it being the last remaining untouched areas on the planet until 1947 when a pilot almost crashed into it. Before, scientists and researchers were the only ones allowed to explore Maliau Basin’s rich and complex ecosystem. Nowadays, Maliau Basin is open for public but with limited slots available.

Trekking into Maliau Basin will grant you a promising reward – a chance to see the rarest plants, birds, and wildlife in Borneo rainforest. The best thing of it, you can get the chance to see the magnificent 7-tier Maliau waterfall, which is one of the 20 waterfalls that were discovered in Maliau Basin. Trekking to Maliau Basin will surely trigger your heart and soul, feel free to reach out to us for travel arrangement.

4. DANUM VALLEY

One of the recommended places for trekking in Sabah Borneo Rainforest is in Danum Valley. Being Sabah Borneo’s largest protected lowland forest, it is no wonder Danum Valley is home to the widest range of Borneo flora and fauna. Since Danum Valley is considered as an ecosystem, it is difficult to gain access to the conservation area and would need a limited number of visitors ( with permit pass) can explore the area. Get the chance to go for the Tree Top Canopy Walkway which stands 26m above the ground, and have the amazing perspective view of the forest canopy from up there. Apart from that, you can also visit an ancient Kadazandusun burial site, which the coffins are still tucked into the cave and crevasses in the cliff.

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5. KINABALU NATIONAL PARK

If you are not into an extreme hardcore trekking, you can also go to Kinabalu National Park for trekking around the several kilometers of trails and you can finish it within one or two days trek. There are nine networks of trails around the park, which are well maintained and safe to walk, such as the Bundu Tuhan View Trail, Kiau View Trail, Pandanus Trail, Bukit Ular trail, Bukit Tupai & Bukit Burung trail, Mempening trail, Liwagu trail, Silau Silau trail and Mountain View Trail. You can go for trekking at these trails as an alternative to Mount Kinabalu climbing. Apart from that, you can have a greater chance to see rare flowers at the Botanical Garden, birds, as well as other small Borneo wildlife there.

You can read our choices of alternative Mount Kinabalu for trekking in Borneo too!

After reading this, are you ready to escape the city and get into the wilderness? If you say YES, then you should get our Essential Trekkers Guide in Sabah, Borneo. Grab it for free before your trekking expedition in Sabah, Borneo Rainforest!

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Top 6 Eco-Tourisms in Sabah

Top 6 Eco-Tourisms in Sabah

Top 6 Eco – Tourisms in Sabah

15

August, 2017

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

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

1. Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sandakan

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

2. Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Sandakan

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

3. Kinabatangan River, Sandakan

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

4. Deramakot Forest Reserve, Telupid

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

5. Kinabalu Park, Kundasang

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

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

6. Sabah Tea Garden, Ranau

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

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Top 5 leisure activities in Sabah

Top 5 leisure activities in Sabah

Top 5 Leisure Activities in Sabah

11

August, 2017

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

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

1. Kota Kinabalu City and Nature Tour

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

2. Kundasang and Poring Hot Spring

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

3. Weston River Cruise

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

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

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

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North Borneo Cruise

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

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

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TOP 5 DAY TRIPS TO DO IN SABAH BORNEO

TOP 5 DAY TRIPS TO DO IN SABAH BORNEO

TOP 5 DAY TRIPS TO DO IN SABAH BORNEO

27

June, 2017

Sabah, Borneo’s lush tropical rainforest and rich coral reefs, and colourful culture has made Sabah a great place to travel. Incorporate them with the relatively low prices for travelers has put Sabah as a must go-to place to visit. The only way to really experience the beauty of Sabah is basically to backpack your way from one end to the other. But if you don’t have the time, there are still many things to do on a daily basis.

5. Quad Biking in Kinabalu

Adventurous is your middle name? Then try out quad biking through dirt roads, up and down muddy slopes, across lush greeneries, and feeling the cool breeze on your face, all while having Mount Kinabalu as your backdrop.

4. River Cruise

Nature lover by heart, but not much time to kill? Enjoy a slow river cruise down the Weston Wetland Park and get the chance to see the endemic Proboscis Monkeys in the wild. Not to mention other wildlife as well, such as Flying Foxes, various types of Langurs, Crocodiles, and loads more. In the evening, be awed by a special performance from the Fire Flies with their “flashing lights” in their habitat.

For more information, check out our Proboscis Monkey River Cruise tour, or you can read our blog on Weston River Cruise for you to get the feel before deciding to go for a visit. 

3. Mari Mari Cultural Village

Sabah Borneo’s culture is rich and diverse and oh so interesting! You might not have the chance to stay with a native family for the next few days, but you can head on over to Mari Mari Cultural Village to experience and learn about Sabah’s diverse ethnicity. From their customs and beliefs, the way they do their chores, cook their food (with wood), how they greet, and so much more! You even have the chance to try out some local delicacies. Something not to be missed!

Feel free to read our blog as we share our trip to Mari Mari Cultural Village day trip.

2. City and Nature Tour

Want to know more about the history, architecture, and nature within a day but you just don’t know where to start? Ask the experts and they’ll be glad to show you a few places which fit nicely within a day. Do you know that Borneo was once colonized by the British Colony? They left many of their trails in Sabah and the history behind it is wonderful! Knowing that Sabah is predominantly indigenous people, you’ll be amazed at how mesmerizing the Floating Mosque looks like. Venturing into villages, you’ll see how fast scenery changes from concrete jungles to green landscapes, you’d think you just crossed borders! For booking tour, you can look up our Kota Kinabalu City and Nature Tour

1. Taste of Borneo Cooking Class

Sabah Borneo not only has you loving its’ food, it’ll want you to share it with your loved ones too. What better way then if not to learn it? Within a day, you’ll be able to learn several local dishes, which are pretty simple and taste nothing like the foods you eat in the shop. Authenticity is what it is and you’ll even mingle around with locals in the fresh market and get your hands down and dirty mixing up all the local ingredients to whip yourself a local cuisine in no time. To know more on how to join this authentic Borneo Cooking Class in Sabah, feel free to contact us here. Moreover, you can read our blog as we share our experience on the Unique Taste Of Borneo Cooking Class Tour.

 

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8 Quick Tips About Borneo

8 Quick Tips About Borneo

8 Quick Tips About Borneo

29
May, 2017

What Makes Borneo Special?

Here are 8 Quick Tips About Borneo that makes it a special place to visit:

1. This island comes in a great size.

Borneo is the third largest island in the world, behind New Guinea and Greenland. The island has an area of 748, 168 km² which is double the size of Germany! 

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2. And it is tall too!

Borneo is home to Malaysia’s first UNESCO world heritage site Mount Kinabalu Park. Inside the park boast the tallest mountain (Mount Kinabalu) between the Himalayas and New Guinea at 4,095 m above sea level.

 

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3. Do you like history? We have history…

The rainforest in Borneo rainforest has an estimated age of 130 million years, making it one of the oldest rainforest in the world. WOW….. 

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4. Wanna find something different?

Borneo is home to 44 endemic species mammals (meaning they are not found anywhere else in the world), 37 endemic species birds, 6,000 endemic species of plants, and 19 endemic species of amphibians and fish. Not to mention the rafflesia which is the world’s largest species of flower.  

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5. Meet cool people

The island has more than 40 ethnic groups on Borneo, speaking 65 languages or dialects which make it one of the most diversely populated areas in the world!  

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6. Discover something new

During the last 10 years, 360 new species have been found in Borneo. Sir Alfred Russel Wallace who was the co-discoverer of the theory of evolution spent 1854 – 1855 here while developing the theory.  

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7. What is Borneo?

Borneo isn’t a country, in fact it’s the only island in the world divided between 3 different countries ;– Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia.  

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8. Lots of space to explore.

Borneo has a population of 18.59 million which makes it relatively unpopulated compared to most of other parts of asia. 

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