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Sabahan comfort food to try on your next trip

Sabahan comfort food to try on your next trip

Sabahan comfort food to try

on your next trip

08

June, 2018

It’s not easy to forget the type of comfort food whenever I am away from my hometown, Sabah Borneo. The delicate taste of Sabah food is different than other countries. Not only it is so delicious, one serving of the food is never enough to meet their cravings! I remember last time I can eat 2 bowls of Ngiu Chap (beef mix noodles) at one my favorite local cafe, Loi Hin Coffee Shop. Just the taste of beef slices and meatballs cooked in yummy beef broth can please my appetite for a day. *tummy-rumbling*

But, nothing can beats when you get to try the local’s comfort food in Sabah Borneo. Though it has never gained popularity around the globe, Sabah Borneo food reigns as one of the glorious food that captures the local’s heart. No wonder Sabahan loves their food so much, right? It may due to the authentic taste of the food that is unique to many people. Sabah Borneo is the place to be when the weather is bad and all you can think of is a warm hug in the form of a meal.

So, if you are planning or already been to Sabah Borneo, you should give it a try to these comfort food of Sabahan for your next trip in Sabah Borneo.

1) Bambangan

Sabahan comfort food

Aaahh…it is just by saying the name of it, I can already feel the taste of the sweetness (or sour) on my tongue. Bambangan or wild mango is in a spherically-shaped. Its fruit is in yellow color that covered with brown skin. We don’t actually eat it straightaway raw like a mango fruit. Bambangan is usually cooked with fish soup or pickled it. Pickled Bambangan goes well with a plain rice and deep-fried fish or meat. But, my choice will be to eat the pickled Bambangan with sauteed pork meat with soy sauce whenever I am at home.

You can find the Bambangan in local market or Tamu. If you want to try the Bambangan, you can taste it at D’Place Kinabalu or Borneo Momogun Spice. Both outlets served traditional food of Sabah Borneo that you should try it when you are here. Yet, it’s better to taste it at the local’s home and nothing can beat fresh home-cooked food!

2) Steamed Tapioca

Sabahan comfort food

It may not as your usual snack but this is common in Sabah Borneo! I used to eat this as an afternoon snack during my childhood days. Grandma will steam the tapioca first and served it with a jug of black coffee from Tenom. Best to eat the tapioca with sugar as the tapioca itself is tasteless.

3) Sinalau Bakas

Sabahan comfort food

The Sinalau Bakas is the most popular native dish in Sabah Borneo. An iconic food for the locals of Sabah Borneo, especially to its major tribe – Kadazandusun people. Sinalau Bakas means smoked wild boar, sold mostly at the roadside stalls along the road from Tamparuli to Kundasang. You can find Sinalau Bakas at the interior districts of Sabah Borneo such as Kota Belud, Ranau, Tambunan, Keningau, and Telupid. A smell of the smoked wild boar is enough to make you crazy. Wait until you’ve tasted the meat, it is so juicy, tender and it will make you crave for more. I bet you’ll going to miss this food once you’ve tried this during your holiday here in Sabah Borneo.

Oh, did you know Sinalau Bakas was featured in the latest episode of Derek Eats That! And much to my surprise, Derek loves it and he even commented the taste of Sinalau Bakas on his youtube video. You can watch it below:

4) Ambuyat and Pinasakan

Sabahan comfort food

This is one the authentic dishes that you might go to miss when you are back to your hometown. Ambuyat is made from sago starch and it is one of the authentic local dishes in Sabah Borneo. Most Sabahan love to eat this exotic food and it is a kind of food that will always make us feel home. We usually eat the ambuyat by using a bamboo fork, rolled it and dip it into a sauce. Believe it or not, ambuyat is actually tasteless! So, we always have our own customized dipping sauce, such as:

  • spicy belacan chili dip
  • curry chicken/fish,
  • fried ‘basungan’ fish
  • Canned sardine with tomato sauce
  • Pinasakan (braised fish mix with wild takob akob, turmeric and salt)

But, the best dipping for ambuyat is pinasakan. It gives every scoop a superb spicy taste with a little extra of flavors from the fish.

5) Ngiu Chap

Sabahan comfort food

As I mentioned before, Ngiu Chap is definitely crossed my mind whenever I am away from home. It is also one dish that you must try it for your gastronomic journey here in Sabah Borneo. Ngiu Chap is a mixed beef noodle. It contains stew meat, meatballs, tendon, tripe, liver, heart, and other parts of cow/buffalo. Moreover, it usually cooked in delicious beef broth (Yummy!). There are several outlets that served the best Ngiu Chap noodles in Kota Kinabalu, you can read the article by SabahEats.

6) Tuaran Noodle

Sabahan comfort food

Who can resist the delicious egg noodle and you can only get this in Sabah Borneo? Mee Tuaran is a traditional handmade egg noodles which originated from Tuaran Town itself. Similar to Laksa representing Penang state and Kolo Mee for Sarawak Borneo state, Tuaran Noodle is representing Sabah Borneo. The tastes of Tuaran Noodle is different than any other noodle.It is best when it is fried, served hot with egg roll slices, roasted pork slices and local green vegetable.

7) Hinava

Sabahan comfort food

Hinava is one of the key parts in Sabah Borneo cuisine and it is the most popular dish among the Sabahan. Whenever the hinava dish is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind will be the delectable taste and homely comfort food. Without any doubt, hinava is a must to try for your trip here in Sabah Borneo. Hinava is a pickled raw river fish. It will freshly cut into small slices, then mix together with several ingredients, such as:

  • Red onion (diced)
  • Ginger
  • Red Chili
  • Bitter gourd
  • Grated bambangan seeds
  • Lime juice.

Just talking about it, it makes me salivate and I might need to go find the dish later. (hihihi)

There you go, these are some of the Sabahan comfort food that you should try for your trip in Sabah Borneo. Apart from that, you can also try the must-eat food in Sabah Borneo that we have listed out for you. Click here to read.

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A true Hidden Gem of Sabah Borneo – Batu Luang Beach

A true Hidden Gem of Sabah Borneo – Batu Luang Beach

A true Hidden Gem of Sabah Borneo – Batu Luang Beach, Kuala Penyu

An unplanned trip is often the best one! Why would I say this? It happened to me last weekend. I was excited to go to a festival that I’ve never been before, which is Odou Bakanjar that was held in Kuala Penyu, Sabah. Kuala Penyu is in the interior division of Sabah Borneo, a 2-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu City. It is home to one of the indigenous tribe of Sabah Borneo – Dusun Tatana. Odou Bakanjar Festival is always celebrated on the 15th day of Chinese New Year. Everyone can see the culture of Dusun Tatana with its dance, traditional food, and games. 

Batu Luang Beach Kuala Penyu

Poster of Odou Bakanjar Festival 2018

As excited as a dog taken for a walk, I went there with two of my friends last Sunday. Upon arrival, I sensed something was wrong. There was no people! We got to know the festival ended a day before we got there. It was my mistake for not checking on the date of the festival before going to Kuala Penyu. What’s more, Kuala Penyu is a dead town during the weekend, so we didn’t have many things to do while being there.

So, not wanting to spoil our Sunday, we’ve decided to check out the legendary Batu Luang Beach, which was not far from the Tempurung Seaside Lodge and it only took us about 15-20 minutes to reach from the town itself ( Thank you Google Maps!).

I knew about the Batu Luang Beach back when I saw someone posted a photo of it on Instagram. It was so beautiful! I thought the photos are from a foreign destination, but it was actually in Kuala Penyu. Wow! Now, Batu Luang Beach is one of the popular spots for photography. Avid photographers will come here to take photos of the sunsets and Batu Luang rock. The Batu Luang rock surrounding is full of mossy green rocks during low tide. Here are some of the photos of Batu Luang Beach which was captured by some amazing photographers:

Batu Luang Beach Kuala Penyu

Amazing photo taken of the Luang Rock and the mossy green stones. Photo by Sazali

Batu Luang Beach Kuala Penyu

This photo resembles a movie scene in The Chronicles of Narnia:Prince Caspian. Photo by Adam Lai

Batu Luang Beach Kuala Penyu

Capturing sunset in Batu Luang Beach is the best! Photo by Asmar Abdul Hamid

Batu Luang Beach Kuala Penyu

Does this feels like you are in heaven? Photo by Nik Najmuddin Nik Ariff

Apart from that, Batu Luang is also an Instagram worthy destination in Sabah Borneo. There is actually a story about the Batu Luang, and the story goes like this:

A wedding celebration held at the bride’s home. After few days celebration, the couple and their families walked to the house of the groom on one fine morning. Once they arrived at Batu Luang Beach, there was a sudden wind, dark clouds, and even heavy rain. They ran to seek shelter in one of the many caves at the base of the huge rocks along the beach. When the storm was over, the group then moved out from the cave and the couple was the last one to exit. Unfortunately, before the bride could step out from the cave, it collapsed. The groom, who had stepped out moments earlier, grabbed her hand to pull her out. Much as he tried to pull her out, he failed and her hands slipped from his grip. Leaving behind her wedding ring which fell into his palm. Then, the bride was gone, sealed in the cave forever.

As tragic as story the story goes, this destination is a place that anyone should come to see the uniqueness of the area. Apart from that, Batu Luang Beach is like a secret hideaway for a unique photography spot.

Back to my story, we finally reached at the Batu Luang Beach. But, we would need to park the car uphill and walk for a few meters down to the beach area. Once we reach down, we can see there are two hills side by side as if like a giant gate welcoming us.

Batu Luang Beach Kuala Penyu

Two hills welcoming us like a gate arch

We were in awe to see the beautiful scenery in front of us. There were so many pebblestones at the beach and smaller caves at the base of the hill. Apart from that, we can also see many mossy green stones surrounded the Batu Luang rock. Thus, we took the chance to capture as many photos and selfies in the area.

Batu Luang Beach Kuala Penyu

Loving the pebble stones below our feet.

Batu Luang Beach Kuala Penyu
Batu Luang Beach Kuala Penyu
Batu Luang Beach Kuala Penyu
Batu Luang Beach Kuala Penyu
Batu Luang Beach Kuala Penyu

I found out that January until June is the best time to see the mossy green pebbles and rocks at Batu Luang Beach. As the monsoon season changes, the waves will wash away the sand and cover the rocks. There is not much we can do there except be mesmerized by the scenic view and take more photos.

Finally, it’s time to head back home. Though we did not get to see Odou Bakanjar festival, we manage to witness the legendary Batu Luang beach. It is one of the hidden gems in Sabah Borneo that any travelers should come here for Borneo Holidays!

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Linangkit, Sabah Borneo traditional embroidery

Linangkit, Sabah Borneo traditional embroidery

Linangkit, Sabah Borneo

traditional embroidery

Most people know Sabah Borneo as “Land Below the Wind” due to its geographical location. But Sabah Borneo is also known for its richness in culture, tradition, and heritage. Sabah Borneo has more than 32 ethnic tribes, with each of the tribes having their own cultural heritage. Apart from that, the tribes also have their own traditional costumes. These traditional costumes are handmade with needle-stitch, beaded embroideries, sequins, and other ornaments.

 

Linangkit
Linangkit

Woman enjoying making Linangkit. Photo: Jesse

“Linangkit” is a form of embroidery made by women from several native tribes in Sabah Borneo. In the olden days, the cloth was woven by hands-on back-strap looms and has a limit to certain dimensions. Thus, traditional skirts are usually extended using two pieces of cloth. The purpose of “Linangkit” embroidery is to add decorative features of the costume. While at the same time hiding the seams of the fabrics joining together.

The “Linangkit” embroidery is like the European technique of tatting or frivolity. It is an intricate form of embroidery as you will need to use a needle. From a thin thread, you will need to loop it into many interconnecting of identical knots. Continue to weave the identical knots until it produces a strong, long and thick fabric. The knee-length skirt, circular sash and men’s trousers are all decorated with “Linangkit”.

In Sabah Borneo, several tribes create the “Linangkit” with different pattern and color. To which the pattern and color are portraying their own cultural identity. “Linangkit” is not just a piece of fabric or clothing. It represents the ancient heritage, knowledge, and tradition that was pass down by their ancestors.

Linangkit

Colourful and intircate designs of Linangkit on the dress

Linangkit

The design of Dusun Lotud’s traditional costume

You can find the “Linangkit” embroidery in the northern and west-coast part of Sabah Borneo. The Dusun Lotud people from Tuaran district is well-known for being a skillful weaver. Their traditional costume is one of the most elegant costumes in Sabah Borneo.  

Apart from that, there are other terms of “Linangkit”. For Rungus people of Kudat, they called it Rinangkit. They usually design the pattern of Rinangkit based on the elements of their daily lives. Such as:

  • Butterflies
  • People
  • Pythons
  • Leaves
  • Stars
  • Shells and more
Linangkit

Linangkit on Rungus costume

Linangkit

Linangkit design on Bajau costume

For Bajau people of Kota Belud, they called it berangkit. It is a long and wide band of berangkit that is in front of a long black matrimonial skirt. Bajau people prefer to create the berangkit with nature that represents a new life. The berangkit on the bridal costume is designed with cotton flower and bamboo shoot motifs.

Linangkit

The design of Kadazan Papar traditional costume

For Kadazan people from Papar, they called it langkit. They decorate the langkit embroidery on the knee-length part of the black skirts. But, the origin of the “Linangkit” embroidery is from the Maranao and Magindanao people of Mindanao Island in the Philippines. They too refer the needlecraft as langkit and it also bears the same purpose – decorates and joining two seams.

If you are interested to learn more on “Linangkit” embroidery, there is cultural village which is located in Tuaran, roughly one hour drive from the Kota Kinabalu City. Apart from learning more on the “Linangkit” embroidery, you can get personally acquainted with the Lotud people at the “Linangkit” Cultural Village, where you can experience their daily activities and taste the local delicacies. There are several cultural villages that you should visit when you are in Sabah Borneo, feel free to read our choices of cultural villages tour in Sabah Borneo.

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A surviving tradition in Sabah Borneo

A surviving tradition in Sabah Borneo

A surviving tradition in Sabah Borneo

29

April, 2018

I still remember when I saw my grandmother’s red teeth for the first time! It was so terrifying because I thought her gums were bleeding. But, my grandmother told me that she was chewing on betel-nut which causes her teeth to turn red (phew!). Old habits die hard. Chewing the betel-nut plays a big role in the social customs of Kadazandusun people. Especially among the elders of Sabah Borneo.

 

Betel Nut Chewing Tradition

Ingredients for Betel-Nut chewing

When chewing betel-nut, you will need to combine many ingredients together before chewing. The ingredients that you need to combine are:

  • Fruits from Pinang Palm tree (Areca catechu)
  • Sirih (Piper betel) leaves
  • The white slaked lime paste obtained from sea-shells

Sometimes, you’ll add other ingredients such as:

  • Gambier resin (made from the leaves of the climbing vine Uncaria Gambir),
  • Tobacco
  • Cinnamon spices

Then, you wrapped these ingredients together forming a quid, before chewing it. In the olden days, the ingredients and equipment are kept in a small brass container. The equipment consists of betel-nut crackers and a small knife. Apart from that, you can find them in a rattan basket. Today, many replaced the brass containers or rattan basket with a small pouch. That way it is easier to carry anywhere.

 

Betel Nut Chewing Tradition
Betel Nut Chewing Tradition

The betel-nut chewing is a fascinating tradition. The Kadazandusun elder women practice the habit, especially during the social activities. It’s not surprising to see older women selling betel-nut and other ingredients at “Tamu” (local market). Whenever I go with my grandmother to “Tamu”, she always stops by a stall to chit-chat and chew the betel-nut.

Betel Nut Chewing Tradition
Betel Nut Chewing Tradition

Besides, betel-nut chewing offers some health benefit to those who eat it. Such as:

  • Overcoming digestion problem
  • Comforts the brain
  • Strengthen the teeth
  • Relieves fatigue and stress

Not only that, it could suppress the appetite, enhances energy, and heightens the senses. This is important for rural area people to keep them energetic while doing the village work. It’s not all fun and games though. If you take it in high doses or for long periods of time, betel-nut chewing is considered unsafe. Some of the chemicals in betel nut is poisonous and can cause cancers.

Other side effects may include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Gum problems
  • Increased saliva
  • Chest pain
  • Abnormal heartbeats
  • Low blood pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid breathing

Although betel-nut chewing is likely to have negative effects, it is not addictive. In comparison, you’re more likely to get addicted to cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine or other drugs than betel-nut. Even so, betel-nut chewing is a social activity that can tear down cultural barriers. You’ll strike up conversations and create friendships along the way.

Betel Nut Chewing Tradition

A group of women enjoying their betel-nut chewing while talking

Apart from that, betel-nut chewing plays an important role among the Kadazandusun people. “Bobohizan”, a shaman woman, conducts a ceremonial ritual with tobacco, rice, a jar of alcoholic drinks, chicken, pigs, and other things.

Betel Nut Chewing Tradition

Betel-nut as ritual offering. Photo by Murphy Ng

In short, Betel-nut chewing is a common social practice in Sabah Borneo. Offering betel-nut to visitors is an important gesture to make them feel welcome. It is their way of accepting the visitors into the family or community. So, when an elder people in the rural area offers you betel-nut, it shows that you are being accepted as part of the community.

Feel free to read our articles on cultural villages in Sabah Borneo that you should visit for your holiday in Sabah Borneo, click here.

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Ultimate Guide to Gaya Street Sunday Market

Ultimate Guide to Gaya Street Sunday Market

Ultimate Guide to

Gaya Street Sunday Market

12

March, 2018

Will you be spending your weekend Borneo Holidays in Kota Kinabalu City? If you are, don’t forget to drop by Gaya Street Sunday Market. Gaya Street is well known as Bond Street during the British Colonial era, established in 1902. Besides, Gaya Street is also known as Chinatown of Sabah Borneo as there are many Chinese coffee shops and restaurants operating in this area. One of the many attractions here is the Chinese architectural arch which was built in 2005.

Main attraction which pulls local and tourist alike to come here during the weekend is the Gaya Street Sunday Market, located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu City and held on Sundays. Locals and travelers will roam around the market to see some local goods and food sold at the market.

 

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Every sunday, early in the wee hours of the morning, the road from the Chinese architectural arch to Jesselton Hotel area will be closed. The market will start as early as 6 am in the morning until 1 pm in the afternoon. If you’re not a fan of having tan lines, make sure to use sunscreen and a hat as the weather tends to get hotter pass 8am.

From selling local handicrafts, freshly ground coffee beans of the famous coffee from Tenom Town, everyday clothing, sunglasses, hats, accessories, local handmade soaps, arts and crafts, to local jungle produce, you’ll be sure to find interesting things which you can take back with you as gifts or remembrance.

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

You can see Chinese Architectural Arch at the Gaya Street Sunday Market

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu
Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Gaya Street Sunday Market is famous amongst the local and tourist alike. Do be mindful when strolling along the market!

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Antiques and traditional instruments from Sabah Borneo sold at Gaya Street Sunday Market

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu
Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Fancy for some unique pottery vase as souvenirs? Check out this hand-carved pottery vase made by locals and based on Borneo tribal motif.

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

How about some local made necklaces and crafts that you can bring back to your hometown? There are various designs and patterns that you can find at the Gaya Street Sunday Market. Be sure to use your negotiation skills when you bargain for a cheaper price.

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu
Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Have you ever seen these many colorful dreamcatchers in front of you? Fascinating, right?

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu
Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Myriad of seashells! Handpicked or farmed by locals, and some even crafted intricately for interior designs

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

If you’re into local produce without leaving the city, here is the best place to try some!

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Did you know locals plant their own roselle fruits? It is deemed to give many health benefits to anyone. Some locals usually use roselle to make juice/tea drink, cakes, or even homemade jam.

You can also find handmade natural soap bars sold there too. Made by the locals using the natural jungle produce, herbs, flowers, or more. There is one handmade soap bar that caught my attention, which is Montoku soap bar! Montoku is a traditional alcoholic beverage for Kadazandusun tribe, and now it can be used as soap too. Wow!

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu
Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Want to beat the heat? Have some ice cream! The Caprilla ice cream truck is the oldest ice cream truck since 1987 and it is still operating until now. (Photo: AYK26)

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu

Green water fountain in the middle of the market and also a roundabout for vehicles.

Gaya Street Sunday Market is also a perfect place for street photography. You can take pictures of almost everything there to show off its striking beauty and colorfulness. Although it will be very hot and crowded, it is still worth it in your Borneo Holidays trip! Want to know other interesting things to do in Kota Kinabalu City? Click here to read!

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Kid-friendly destinations in Sarawak Borneo

Kid-friendly destinations in Sarawak Borneo

Kid-friendly destinations in Sarawak Borneo

27

February, 2018

Sarawak Borneo Tour Package
Kid-friendly destinations in Sarawak Borneo

Travelling with kids to the “Land of the Hornbill” has become more popular nowadays. Sarawak Borneo is rich with green tropical rainforests, teeming with rare species of flora and fauna;- from the carnivorous pitcher plants and the rare Rafflesia flower, to the cute orangutans and proboscis monkeys. Traveling with your kids to Sarawak Borneo will let them gained a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

To help you plan your holidays in Sarawak Borneo, we bring you 6 kid-friendly destinations in Sarawak Borneo to go to during the summer holidays or spring break. Feel free to bookmark our article and read it again when the holiday comes around!

1) Kuching City

kid-friendly destination in Sarawak Borneo

Sarawak River in Kuching City

The fascinating capital city of Sarawak Borneo, Kuching City offers many travelers with many ethnic tribes, history, and interesting places to discover. Not forgetting, the fantastic fusion cuisine of Kuching City awaits you and your kids to indulge. Walking around in Kuching City is suitable for your children, not only is it safe, but clean too! (You won’t get to see a single trash on the roads!) Don’t forget to bring your kids to experience river cruising along the Sarawak River using a wooden boat or tambang and get to explore every aspect of this historic riverine capital.

Want to take a walking tour of Kuching City? Read our article here

2) Cat Museum

kid-friendly destination in Sarawak Borneo

Cat Museum with the kids. Photo by TimeOut

The word Kuching means “cat” in Malay, which is why you’ll get to see many statues of cats around the town area and it can be a good photography subject for a family portrait. Apart from that, if any of your kids (or yourself) is a cat-lover, take a trip to Cat Museum, which is located at the Kuching North City Hall. The Cat Museum exhibits many feline things, such as a collection of articles on cats, artifacts, cat statues, and figurines from all over the world, as well as cat posters and souvenirs. The good thing about it is there is no entrance fee but you do have to pay a small fee for bringing in your camera. Trust us, you will want to bring your camera inside as there will be many photo opportunities which can be taken there. It can be a quirky activity to visit Cat Museum, but there are also other quirky things that you can do in Malaysian Borneo.

3) Sarawak Cultural Villages

kid-friendly destination in Sarawak Borneo

Ulu Tribe House in Sarawak Cultural Village

This outdoor museum showcases the traditional houses of various ethnic groups in Malaysia and Sarawak Borneo, such as Bidayuh, Iban, Melanau, Penan, Orang Ulu, Malay, and Chinese. Your kids will be given a ‘passport’ to get stamped while going for a relaxing stroll around the village and witness the traditional houses. Each traditional house showcases different types of demonstrations that include wood and bamboo carving, reed weaving, beadworks, pounding rice or crushing sugar cane, as well as other traditional activities. Don’t miss out to enjoy the multi-cultural dance performances in the village’s own theatre or let your kids experience blow dart. There also have few good restaurants and handicraft shops for you and your kids to have some snacks or purchase some local souvenirs to bring back home.

Did you know that the Rainforest World Music Festival is a 3-day music festival which held yearly in Sarawak Cultural Village? Feel free to read our guide to Rainforest World Music Festival article. 

4) Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

kid-friendly destination in Sarawak Borneo

Get a closer look of orangutans at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. Photo by XIA

Let your kids experience Borneo Wildlife for your family holidays in Sarawak Borneo by visiting Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. A centre that is established for the purpose of rehabilitation and conservation for orangutans before being released back into Sarawak Borneo’s rainforest. This centre is about 20 km away from Kuching City, your kids will get the unique opportunity to get a closer look on the semi-wild orangutans from their natural habitat. The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre is not a zoo as the orangutans are not kept in cages and are free to roam around the thick, green forest. Therefore, orangutans are hardly seen around the centre as they are shy and reclusive animals. So, it is best to go there during the feeding times, which are at 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.

5) Bako National Park

kid-friendly destination in Sarawak Borneo

The Bako National Park beaches can be seen above.

Though Bako National Park is one of Sarawak Borneo’s smallest park, it is also one of the most interesting and diverse of 7 distinct plant ecosystems that can be found there! Your kids will love to explore the park as they will have the chance to see the iconic primate in Bako National Park, which is proboscis monkeys. Other Borneo Wildlife that can be found there will be the charming yet shy silver langur, Bornean bearded pigs, long-tailed macaques, flying-lemurs and more. In fact, wildlife encounters are almost guaranteed and it is perfect to let your kids experience it during your family holidays to Sarawak Borneo. Best of all, Bako National Park is only less than an hour from Kuching City, includes an enjoyable longboat ride across the bay.

6) Gunung Mulu National Park

kid-friendly destination in Sarawak Borneo

The amazing sight of Mulu Pinnacles

The largest national park in Sarawak Borneo and also Malaysia’s first World Heritage Area (awarded in 2000). It is known for its iconic limestone pinnacles, which somehow resembles Putangirua Pinnacles in New Zealand that was once a film destination for one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous fantasy novel; The Lord of The Rings. Interesting right? Other than that, the main attractions in Gunung Mulu National Park are the chamber caves ( Deer & Lang Caves, Clearwater Cave, and Wind Cave), bat observatory, rainforest canopy skywalk, adventure caving and Mulu Summit Climb. Bring your kids to experience the stunning show caves and the amazing bat exodus from Deer Cave, this is something that your kids will remember for the rest of their life!

Travelling with kids is no longer a trend, but it is an absolute must-try! When you bring your kids to experience Sarawak Borneo, it eventually will open up their little minds with some of the exotic cultural experiences, discover Borneo Wildlife from their natural habitat, see the unique species of flower and plants in Sarawak Borneo, and explore the tropical Borneo Rainforest.

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