Long Pasia (The Complete Guide)

Before we begin, check out this video we put together of our journey to Maga Waterfall.

In the southwest corner of Sabah, high up in the hills, two rivers meet. One is red (Pasia River) and one is clear (Matang River). At this convergence there lies a sleepy village known as Long Pasia. The inhabitants here are known as the Ludayeh. Lundayeh are friendly and welcoming. Their food is to die for, especially their locally grown rice. Long Pasia is a place of amazing beauty, unspoiled nature, and unique culture and history rooted in the jungle. Visiting Long Pasia is an absolute must if you love adventure and venturing off of the beaten path.

We’ve put this blog together as the first part in a series about Long Pasia. This blog covers everything you need to know about going to Long Pasia and what to do when you’re there. Click on any of the links below to navigate to that topic.

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View of Long Pasia from a hill in the village.

The Village of Long Pasia

The village of Long Pasia has existed in one form or another in its current area for many generations. Long Pasia’s history is rooted in folklore and legend such as the legendary warrior and first Lundayeh, Upai Semaring. Much of the history people know of Long Pasia and their area revolves around oral history passed down over generations. In addition to the legends, there is archeological evidence of people inhabiting the Long Pasia area more than a thousand years ago. This evidence includes tombs, rock carvings and ceremonial mounds.

Present day Long Pasia is home to about 1000 inhabitants. Most of them are of Lundayeh heritage. The people who live in Long Pasia are typically subsistence farmers. Their primary crop is a type of rice known as Adan and it is absolutely delicious. Adan rice is grown only for personal consumption.  As a result, there are no farmers in Long Pasia who are growing the rice for commercial sale. Despite this, we were able to buy some from a villager when we visited. Ours didn’t last long when we got home, we ate it right away.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) put together a cool brochure on Adan rice.  Click Here to view it.

Only the basic necessities

Due to it’s remote location, Long Pasia remains a place of only the basic necessities. There is no electricity here. Some houses have a generator that they run for a few hours at night for light and a bit of TV watching.

There is no paved road to Long Pasia. The village can only be reached by a fairly primitive dirt road used by logging trucks. Subsequently, during times of heavy rain the road becomes very difficult to navigate and is only passable by 4 wheel drive vehicles.

Although Long Pasia is a difficult place to get to, some modern comforts have begun to spring up. Within the past few years, a cell phone tower has been constructed and the villagers are able to now get 3G phone signal and reliably make phone calls. Many people in the Long Pasia also have satellite TV. Additionally, the village has a clinic, a primary school, churches, and a library. On the outskirts of the village, there is a small military base for soldiers who are tasked with monitoring the nearby border of Sabah and Kalimantan (Indonesia).

A recent solar power installation for the Long Pasia school.

Despite the existence of these modern implements, visiting Long Pasia makes you feel like you have stepped into another world. A world where the hustle and bustle of our modern lives becomes unimportant. No doubt this is partially due to the remoteness, but a much larger part of this is the amazing Lundayeh people who inhabit Long Pasia and their chilled out way of life.

The Lundayeh People of Long Pasia

The Lundayeh people of Long Pasia share common roots with other peoples in the highland areas of Sabah, Sarawak, and Kalimantan. Although they are of the same heritage, the Lundayeh in Sarawak and parts of Kalimantan, are known as the Lun Bawang.  If you ask a local in Long Pasia, they will tell you they are Lundayeh.

Jerry, our amazing Lundayeh guide.

In the not too distant past, the Lundayeh practiced headhunting, much like many of Borneo’s indegenous tribes. Headhunting is in the past now and the way of life here is a relaxed one. The inhabitants of Long Pasia are some of the most welcoming and accommodating people you will ever meet. Furthermore, it’s evident in one of their favorite sayings, “Pelan Pelan”, which means slowly*.

*”Pelan pelan” is a slang variation of the Malay word perlahan, which means slow or slowly. When said twice in a row, it is done so for emphasis.

Why visit Long Pasia?

Long Pasia is truly off the beaten path. Due to it’s remote location there are few, if any tourists. Usually if there are tourists, they are mostly Malaysian. If you are looking to get off the tourist trail, this is a prime location. It’s not just being off the beaten path that makes Long Pasia worth visiting.

Long Pasia offers you an array of experiences. Here you will find incredible natural features, amazing jungle, historically significant sites, and the unique culture of the Lundayeh people of Sabah. If you are looking for adventure, Long Pasia is a good choice. The opportunity for hiking is pretty limitless. Some of the guides in Long Pasia know the jungle so well that they can take you just about anywhere.

In our opinion, this is one of the best places to visit in Borneo or Asia for that matter. Long Pasia has it all, adventure, culture, history, and people who really welcome you like family.

This recent news article by the New Straits Times, highlights some of these historical treasures in Long Pasia and their fragility.

Ultimately, Long Pasia will become a more modern place as Sabah continues to advance.  It’s great for the people there.  Conversely, it means Long Pasia may not remain the quaint sleepy village it is forever.  For this reason,  If you’re thinking of going to Long Pasia, we recommend heading there sooner rather than later.

Visiting Long Pasia

Top Peak Travel provides several packaged options to visit Long Pasia and stay with our friend, Nooh Dawa. You can visit our tour package page here if you are interested.  For something more in depth, we can put together a custom package to suit your liking.

If you want to go on your own, we’ve done our best to provide you with the relevant information that you might need to find your own way, but if you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we can help you out.

How to get there

Getting to Long Pasia is a challenge. From Kota Kinabalu, you’re looking at a drive of about 5 and a half hours to reach Long Pasia. That is of course assuming there has not been any rain. When rain gets thrown into the mix, it means the driving time to Long Pasia can increase drastically.

If you are a visitor to Sabah, we recommend you arrange transport ahead of time.  Furthermore, if you don’t have lot’s of time to spare, it’s best to arrange everything beforehand. You can contact us and we can help you arrange it.

If you want to visit Long Pasia on your own, your best bet is to arrange a driver from the village to meet you in the town of Sipitang. Luckily, it’s relatively easy to find your own way to Sipitang either by bus or taxi. The other option is to rent a 4 wheel drive vehicle in Kota Kinabalu, however, the daily rates can be prohibitively expensive (it is possible to do it though!).

Directions

We’ve included the google maps directions below in case you choose to go yourself.  Luckily, google maps has recognized the logging roads and does provide you with the correct route to follow to arrive in Long Pasia.

From Kota Kinabalu, you will follow Jalan Sipitang Beaufort (Also known as A2 or AH150) until you reach the town of Sipitang.

A few kilometers past the city center, you will take the third exit on a roundabout on to Jalan Sipitang-Tenom (if you reach the border of Sarawak, it means you have missed this turn!). You will follow the path at this sign marked “Kg. Paal, Kemabong, Tenom”

Follow Jalan Sipitang Tenom until you reach a right hand turn for Kg. Mendulong (see street view image). There is also a sign at the junction for Long Pasia Homestay (see street view image). This is the road you will follow all the way to Long Pasia. A few kilometers after turning on this road, it will turn into a rough dirt road for the rest of your trip.
From this point, we recommend you rely on Google Maps directions to reach Long Pasia otherwise you may end up turning off onto a road that leads to nowhere. In our experience, these turns are few and it’s not too difficult to make sure you are going the right way.

Again, we must emphasize, if you choose to go on your own, you must have a 4 wheel drive to navigate the bad conditions of the logging roads. Here is the map with directions from Kota Kinabalu

Drive Time from Kota Kinabalu

5.5 hours in good weather.  In bad weather anywhere from 1-3 hours additional depending on the severity of rain.

Distance from Kota Kinabalu

245 km (approximate)

Transportation Information

Kota Kinabalu to Sipitang

  • Road Type: Tarmac
  • Bus Service:  Yes
  • Taxi Service: Yes
  • Private Driver: Yes
  • Type of vehicle required:  Any

Sipitang to Long Pasia

  • Road Type: Unpaved logging road
  • Bus Service:  No
  • Taxi Service: No
  • Private Driver: Yes
  • Type of vehicle required:  4x4, 4-wheel drive

What to expect

To emphasize what we mentioned above, reaching Long Pasia is no easy feat. Over the years, the road to Long Pasia has slowly been improving.  At the present time the road is ok, but it still requires a 4 wheel drive vehicle to reach the village.
No matter how you do it, the drive to Long Pasia is long and rough. Just getting there is an adventure in itself. We recommend stopping along the way to admire the view and take in your surroundings. You will notice that through the course of this drive, you transition from the high population areas of the coast to the sparsely populated interior.  Despite this transition, you might not believe your eyes when you crest the hill into Long Pasia, as you enter a full on village full of houses.

The long drive in will have you thinking Long Pasia must be a tiny primitive place, but you will find that Long Pasia, although remote, supports a healthy population.

Where to stay

Long Pasia has a number of homestays you can choose from. Most of them cannot be found online, but when you arrive in the village, you can ask around or look for this sign above the doors on houses to know if they are offering homestay accommodation.
We recommend Nooh Dawa’s homestay (click here for a link to the map).  Firstly, the benefit of staying with Nooh Dawa is his wife’s cooking. Seriously, it was to die for. Secondly, when you stay with Nooh Dawah, he can directly arrange any trips into the jungle and to the amazing sites around Long Pasia.

What to do. What to see.

Long Pasia is a place of real adventure. There are waterfalls, mountain lakes, caves, ancient rock carvings, flower filled jungle meadows, and wildlife.

In this section, we are going to give you the details on how to reach these places when you are in Long Pasia and after that, we’ll describe several of them in detail.  This list starts off with our favorite place in Long Pasia, a place called Maga Waterfall.

All of the sights around Long Pasia take some trekking to reach, but it is worth it. What is particularly notable is that most of the treks take you through unspoiled, rarely visited rainforest.  That means that you will get a firsthand look at truly wild jungle.

Below is a photo of the illustrated map located near the library in Long Pasia. From the map, you can see that there is a multitude of places you can visit in Long Pasia.

Jungle Trekking – How to visit the sites in Long Pasia

You will have to trek through the jungle to reach most of Long Pasia’s best sites. The terrain is typically rough with lots of hills. Additionally, it gets hot during the day and the humidity can be a bit bothersome; however, due to the high elevation of the area, the level of heat is tolerable.

We recommend that you have a decent level of physical fitness to trek around Long Pasia as some of the treks can be very challenging and all of them take some effort.  The difficulty is due to the hilly nature of the highlands and the immense growth of tropical jungle.

It’s important to realize that if it has rained recently, there will be a lot of leeches. There is no method to avoid leeches completely, but there are many ways to mitigate leeches. The good news is that they aren’t dangerous, just annoying and strange.  In fact, leeches aren’t known to transmit diseases.  They leave that to the mosquitoes.

Guides

Generally speaking, you will need a guide to be able to visit any of the sites around Long Pasia. You can arrange a guide through The “Guardian of the Jungle” himself, Nooh Dawa.  Conversely, you can arrange your guide ahead of time by contacting us (link below). It is our understanding that there are a few other guides around the village, but we are not sure who they are (If you happen to know, leave a comment and we will add them in). Guides can be arranged upon your arrival, but we highly recommend arranging one beforehand. If you’re interested, you can contact us and we can arrange a jungle guide for you.

You definitely need a guide to visit the sites around Long Pasia due to the fact that the best sites to visit are typically several kilometers from Long Pasia, through thick jungle. The trails aren’t easily discernible and even more so, there is sometimes no trail all. It’s certainly not all bad to bring a guide because they are very knowledgeable about the jungle, they can help you carry and prepare your food (yum!), and above all, if something happens, they know the fastest routes and the quickest ways to find help.

Top sites to see in Long Pasia

We’re gonna fill you in on the best places to go in Long Pasia. Firstly, we’ll start with our favorite, Maga Waterfall.
Maga Waterfall
Maga Waterfall is an absolutely stunning multi-tiered waterfall located in pristine rainforest. It’s about an 11km walk from Long Pasia.  On the whole it takes 4-8 hours depending on your fitness level, weather conditions, and how often you stop. In addition to its beauty, the waterfall is shrouded in legend and the locals revere this place as a magical place.

The water in the river is dyed red. This is not from mud, but appears to be due to some other natural phenomenon like minerals or tannins; however, we aren’t completely sure.

First Tier of Maga Falls.

Above the waterfall, at a point where 2 rivers converge is Nooh Dawa’s camp. He and his sons have hauled all of the materials here on foot and built everything. The facilities are basic but comfortable. Just below the camp, the confluence of the two rivers has created a great spot for swimming.

The chilly water of the river is amazingly refreshing, especially following a hard day’s hike to reach the camp.

In summary, if you hike to Maga Waterfall, you will spend the night here with your guides.

Confluence of two rivers at the Maga campsite.

Relaxing at the Maga campsite.

Generally speaking, the trek to the waterfall is pleasant. The terrain is not overly challenging, but the distance and jungle conditions make it a difficult hike to reach Maga. If you are in decent physical condition, it will be no problem for you to reach Maga Waterfall.

Using a fallen log to cross a small river on the way to Maga Waterfall.

As you trek to the waterfall, you will pass several spots that are related to the legend of Upai Semaring.  This includes the large stone slab where he took his lunch and rested. Once you reach Maga, the guides will show you the giant footprint in the rock that came from Upai Semaring.

One of the many large trees on the way to Maga Waterfall.

Your trek to Maga will also take you through some stunning jungle. There are massive trees, wildlife, and enchanting views of the river.
Caves
By taking a short detour from the trail that leads to and from Maga Waterfall, you can find yourself at a cave formed by a split in the rock formation. Bats reside in part of this cave and can be heard before you can actually see the cave.
Depending on your level of comfort, you can descend into the cave. It is important to note that descending into the cave is a bit dangerous, therefore you should only do it if you feel comfortable with the conditions.

To enter the cave, you will lower yourself down by scaling the rock and holding on to a large rope. It is a bit hair raising as it is difficult to see what is below you, but that’s what adventure is all about. The interior of the cave is not terribly exciting, rather getting in and out of this cave is the adventure.

Just beyond the cave there are a couple of other notable spots to check out.  First is a small cave known as Lepo Batu. This spot is where the legendary warrior Upai Semaring and his wife found shelter and rested. The indentation in the ceiling was supposedly left by Upai Semaring’s wife when she stood up suddenly and hit her head on the cave ceiling.

Lepo Batu – the cave where the mythical Lundayeh warrior Upai Semaring stayed with his wife.

If you continue on the detour a short bit further, you will come to an area of giant boulders surrounded by cliffs on each side. This is an exceptionally beautiful area and worth taking the detour to check out.
Flower Garden (Pfayeh Maga)
Not too far from Maga waterfall (10-30 minutes) there sits a unique area of the jungle. It is a large open area (which is rare for the jungle) that sees a huge bloom of flowers and orchids from July-September. If you are visiting Long Pasia during this time of the year, this garden is a must see.  When we visited, the garded was out of season.  Due to this, we unfortunately weren’t able to get pictures.
Sinipung Hill (Bukit Sinipung) & Sinipung Lake
Another great place to visit is Sinipung Hill and Sinipung Lake. Reaching this area is a hard trek.  The trail goes straight up the hill.  There are no switchbacks or hiking gentle slopes to the top.  This means that you will spend several hours in the jungle heat going straight up the hill to reach the top. You will find that its all worth it however, as you will be treated with great views overlooking the small valley of Long Pasia.

Just near the summit of Sinipung hill is Sinipung Lake. This lake is shrouded in myth and villagers were afraid to visit for many years. Less than an hour’s trek from the summit, you will find a stunning waterfall called Rekong. Sinipung is home to many types of orchids and pitcher plants. They thrive at the high elevation and if you keep your eyes peeled, you may just find something special.

If you have the time and you are up for the challenge, Sinipung is definitely worth visiting and with the help of a guide, you could wrap this location in with a trip to Maga Waterfall and really challenge yourself.

Rock Carvings

There are two sites near Long Pasia where you can see ancient reliefs carved into rocks.  Batu Inarit is the first and closest site. There is another site located somewhere near the Sarawak/Sabah border. According to local legend, these rocks were carved by Upai Semaring, who was so strong that the carvings were made simply by him running his finger along the rock. Recently, researchers have determined that these carvings are more than 600 years old.

Batu Inarit is the easier of the two to find and also the one that is closer to Long Pasia village. It is located on the Matang River (Sungai Matang) on the way to Fefuken Falls. This video by John Kong shows the Batu Inarit (about 31 minutes in).

Wildlife
The remote forests of Long Pasia are home to an abundance of wildlife. Although you won’t see elephants and orangutans here, there are many animals which are spotted consistently.  We have included a few of the common inhabitants below:

  • Mouse Deer
  • Barking Deer
  • Bearded Pig
  • Langurs (leaf monkeys)
  • Pig-tail Macaques
  • Rhinocerous hornbills

There are many more as well animals as well, however, it must be remembered with jungle trekking in a such an immense forest that there is no guarantee you will see anything. But if you keep your eyes and ears peeled, you will probably have a good chance to spot something during jungle treks in Long Pasia.

In addition to the animals, there are always unique and interesting insects like this bee’s nest we found as we were heading for Maga Waterfall.  Furthermore, if you keep your eyes peeled, you may just see strange and unique mushrooms, orchids, pitcher plants, and much more.

Other Notable Sites

The Long Pasia area contains so many hidden treasures that it would take weeks to see everything and we would have to write a book to fill you in on all of them. Below is a list of some of the other notable sights in this area:

  • Ceremonial Crocodile and Serpent mounds – Ancient mounts constructed for Lundayeh ceremonies.
  • Historical burial sites – One of the burial sites has been determined to be more than 1000 years old.
  • Ancient Chinese Jars – These jars were buried with wealthy members of the area and they are priceless historical artifacts.
  • Fefuken Falls – Another amazing waterfall located on tha
  • Mt Muruk Mio – Muruk Mio is the tallest peak around. It can be reached by trekking from Long Pasia and ancient burial sites and ceremonial sites can be visited along the way.

What to Bring

We’ll keep this list brief. We’ve tried to include all the basic necessities you will need for trekking in the jungle around Long Pasia. If you just staying in the village, you will only need to bring what you would bring to any other town.

First and foremost we want to mention that the daytime can be quite hot and humid.  Night times there can get fairly cool, so you definitely be ready for both hot and cold.

  • Good sturdy footwear suitable for trekking (recommend the local Adidas Kampung shoe).
  • Waterproof jacket or poncho.
  • Water bottle & drinking water.
  • Backpack suitable for trekking (recommend internal or external frame backpack with hip straps).
  • Head torch/handheld torch + spare batteries.
  • Personal clothing (fast drying clothing is recommended).
  • Leech socks.
  • Dry bags or plastic bags to protect electronics from rain.
  • Sunscreen/insect repellent/personal medication.
  • Rehydration salts (available at local pharmacies).
  • Personal first-aid kit.
  • Camera (recommended).
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • Towel.
  • Water purifier (the guides will boil water for you and it is suitable for drinking. If you are worried that is not sufficient, it is recommended to bring your own water filtration).

How Long to Stay

The length of your stay is up to you; however, we have some basic recommendations to help you maximize your time.

In the event you are visiting the village only, 2 nights is probably sufficient.

If you are planning to do any trekking then you should stay a minimum of 3 nights. This allows you to get settled in the afternoon you arrive and have 2 full days for day treks or the ability to do an overnight trek.

If you are planning to visit multiple sites (ex Sinipung Hill and Maga Waterfall) then you will need to stay more than 3 nights. Have a look at our multi-day itineraries for some idea on how long you should stay.

There is no maximum amount of time you could spend in Long Pasia and there are so many things to do and see in the area, you could probably spend 2 weeks here and still not see everything.

How to arrange a trip to Long Pasia

Ultimately, there are a few ways to arrange your trip to Long Pasia. First is by arranging your trip through a local travel agent/tour company.  Secondly is by simply showing up.

The best and easiest way to arrange a trip to Long Pasia is to let us handle it for you (time for our shameless self promotion).

Top Peak Travel works closely with the “King of the Jungle,” Nooh Dawa and his family to arrange a trip for you. We are a full service tour company, so this means Top Peak Travel can arrange everything for you from transport, packaged tours, or your own personalized, custom trip to Long Pasia.

Top Peak has worked with the people of Long Pasia for many years and we have established a great relationship there, however, we’re not the only game in town.  There are several other tour agencies in Sabah that can arrange a trip for you as well. You should have no problem finding agents offering Long Pasia with a few web searches.

If you want to plan and go yourself, it is difficult but not impossible.  There are not many people in Long Pasia who are proficient in English and the phone lines are somewhat hit or miss, but with a dictionary or translator app, you can probably communicate proficiently enough.  In conclusion, your best bet for going on your own would be to simply show up, find a homestay, and with a small amount of effort, you should be able to find a guide.  On a final note, if you want to do it yourself and you have some questions or need some guidance, don’t hesitate to contact us.  We are happy to help you figure it out.

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Get to know Pitas, Sabah Borneo as your next holiday destination

Get to know Pitas, Sabah Borneo as your next holiday destination

Have you heard of Pitas in Sabah Borneo? It is not a Pita bread. Pitas is actually a district that is located in Kudat Division of Sabah Borneo. Home to a majority group of Rungus, a sub-group of Kadazandusun people and Orang Sungai ( including the Tambanuo tribe). 

Pitas is originally called ‘Tupak, which derived from Rungus language means “across”. It refers to the local residents of Tombonuo tribe and Rungus tribe during the ancient time. After the commotion occurs between the two tribes in Bandau Bay, some of the residents in Bandau left the area to Bengkoka River in order to avoid from the “Sindaat Mongkorudu” (Black Magic) attack by Aki Palzavan and Aki Sook ( Aki means ancestor/grandfather). Since that day, the area name called ‘Tupak’ is changed into Pitas, as the local residents are no longer a victim of the black magic attack.

Apart from that, Pitas is also derived from the word of ‘Nopitas’ from Sungai language, which means “lost”. This refers to the local residents that escaped from the black magic and move to Bengkoka Village. Unfortunately, the Bengkoka River is often in a big flood which causes the river to cut off. The name subsequently enshrined by the locals until the time it became Pitas.

Not many people have heard of Pitas as it is only a small town, but it actually has natural charms that might get your attention. That is what makes Pitas a unique destination for holiday in Sabah Borneo. Get to know Pitas more below and make it as your next holiday destinations.

Natural Waterfall in Bongkol Village

Pitas, Sabah Borneo for your next holiday destination

Bongkol Waterfall. Photo: Aklee Madinjin

One of the interesting things in Pitas is the natural waterfall in Bongkol Village area. The Bongkol Waterfall is a new tourism destination in Pitas which discovered in 2014. It is about 21 km away from the Pintas town and another 5.5km trekking from Bongkol Village to reach the waterfall. The Bongkol Waterfall is suitable for visitors who are seeking for some adventurous and thrills holiday. The Bongkol Waterfall is located within a forest reserve area. Thus, there is no proper road trail to reach the waterfall. Visitors are required to go for a short trekking through the Borneo Jungle to reach the waterfall.

Unique Culture

Pitas, Sabah Borneo for your next holiday destination

Rungus Women. Photo: muslianshahmasrie

The major tribe in Pitas is Rungus, which is a sub-group of the Kadazandusun tribe. They have their own language, traditional costume, architecture, customs, and oral literature. Rungus tribe are well-known for their intricate design of beadworks that worn together with traditional costume. Apart from that, there are also other tribes live in Pitas, such as Orang Sungai (River People) include the Tombonuo tribe; Bajau; and other sub-Kadazandusun groups ( Kimaragang and Sonsogon tribe). With the diverse culture in Pitas, it is not a surprise that Pitas is one of the unique holiday destinations in Sabah Borneo.

Delicacies of traditional Food

Since Rungus is the major tribe that can be found in Pitas, there is also Rungus traditional food that anyone should get a taste of it. The traditional food of Rungus tribe is Sinasadan, or known as Tapai rice. It was made by mixing the yeast together with cooked rice, then left it overnight to produce the sweet taste and scent of Tapai. Sinasadan is famous among the locals in Pitas especially the locals from Narandang Kanibongan Village. Sinasadan is actually originated from Narandang Kanibongan Village, as the villagers are the original maker of the traditional food.

Pitas, Sabah Borneo for your next holiday destination

Sinasadan. Photo: Yefraim Yef

Legendary Island

Pitas, Sabah Borneo for your next holiday destination

Supirak Island. Photo: DaryIkless

Sabah Borneo is a state with many stories of myths and legends. It makes us feel fortunate to be in this state that is rich with unique culture and historical diversity. In Sabah Borneo, we do have a local folklore story about a legend of a rebellious child, which is the legend of Nakhoda Supirak. The legend of Nakhoda Supirak is closely related to the existence of Supirak Island, which resembles of a large ship at Malubang Village in Pitas. Most locals from Pitas and some in Kota Marudu can easily share the history and location of the Supirak Island. According to the story delivered by the locals for generations, the legend of Nakhoda Supirak is about a rebellious son towards his mother.

The story started a long time ago, a young man named Supirak lives together with his mother (Odu Gerawang). They were very poor which made Supirak wanted to sail to faraway lands. Supirak worked hard and eventually became a rich man. Then, he had his own ship and sailed with his entourage to many places. Somehow, they sailed to Supirak’s village. As the ship closer to the bay of Supirak’s village, his mother was waiting there for him. She immediately went to the place where the ship docked in hopes to meet Supirak as she longs to meet her son for a long time. Unfortunately, Supirak is ashamed to see his mother in that state, poor and stink. He then told his entourage that he knows nothing about the poor old women there and this made them chased her away.

Odu Gerawang was stunned as she could not believe that her son will disown her. Then, with tears and sadness, she prayed to the almighty to curse Supirak and his ship. It didn’t take long before that Supirak, his entourage and the ship turn into a large stone. According to locals, the story does explain the existence of the Supirak Island until now.

Apart from Supirak Island, there are also five rock wonders that can be spotted at the area. Batu Gerawang is believed to be the house of Supirak, which now it became a stone arch. Not far from the Batu Gerawang are the three freshwater wells, which is a water supply to the village area. Moreover, Batu Talam can be found in the area which the locals believed that the stone looks like a food cover. Next, the Batu Berunsai that looks like a group of people dancing together that turned into stone. Lastly is the Batu Dulang, three rocks with a flat surface are believed to be the plates of containers for the food.

In conclusion, Pitas is a very unique place that is worth to become a tourism destination. There are so many places in Pitas that are not yet explored by any locals and travelers, making it one of the hidden gems in Sabah Borneo. So, take the chance to make Pitas as your next holiday destination in Sabah Borneo!

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Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

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August, 2018

Lahad Datu lies in Tawau Division on the east coast of Sabah Borneo. It was once a sleepy small village, tucked into the north side of Darvel Bay. Then, it grew into a bustling center for palm oil and cocoa industry. Moreover, Lahad Datu also has become an important timber exporting port. 

Lahad Datu is at mid-way between Tawau and Sandakan. Thus, anyone can reach Lahad Datu by road from any major town in Sabah Borneo. It takes about 7-hour overland drive from Kota Kinabalu to reach Lahad Datu. While 3-hour drive from Sandakan and 2 ½ hour drive from Tawau to reach Lahad Datu. But, some can opt to take a 55-minutes direct flight from Kota Kinabalu City using MASwings.

With its strategic location, Lahad Datu is a gateway paradise for the naturalist. Danum Valley Conservation Area, Tabin Wildlife Reserve, and Madai Caves are all situated there. This offers any visitors a chance to experience the nature and wildlife in Lahad Datu.

Lahad Datu is believed to be an early settlement area that existed as early as the 15th century. It is proven from the excavations that have unearthed Ming Dynasty Chinese ceramics. During the 19th century, a village named Tunku (east of Lahad Datu) used to be a notorious base for pirates and slave traders.

Danum Valley Conservation Area (DVCA)

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Canopy Walkway in Danum Valley. Photo: Rog

Danum Valley Conservation Area is a paradise for naturalists and wildlife enthusiast alike. It is about 438 sq. km area which 90% of it covered with virgin dipterocarp rainforest. Home to an almost unimaginable number of plants, insects, mammals, and birds, it is really a jungle out there!

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Orangutan in Danum Valley. Photo: Heather Christensen

DVCA is one of the tropical rainforest research establishment in Southeast Asia. It equipped with an extensive list of research and laboratories facilities. Many researchers prefer to make DVCA a base for biodiversity and environmental education. In 2016, one of the tallest tropical tree discovered by the researchers in Danum Valley. With its height reaching about 94.1m, anyone can see the trees through a moderate walk from the field center.

Though DVCA provides a base for researchers, it also opens for naturalists visitors. There are two accommodations available at DVCA, which are Borneo Rainforest Lodge and Danum Valley Field Centre. Borneo Rainforest Lodge offers visitors a luxury feels within the tropical rainforest. An exclusive retreat that provides an international standard of comfort to visitors. What’s more, the lodge is nearby the river. Visitors can enjoy sitting at the verandah while listening to the sound of the rainforest. If they are lucky, they might spot some of the rare birds from the verandah. Borneo Rainforest Lodge has its own jungle trails and a canopy walkway for its guests.

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Borneo Rainforest Lodge Verandah. Photo: Craig Ansibin

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Orangutan in Danum Valley. Photo: Heather Christensen

Danum Valley Field Centre (DVFC) is another accommodation in DVCA. It is available for the most budget-type visitors to spend their holiday in DVCA. DVFC has three different rooms, which are deluxe, standard and hostel. There are several activities that can be done at DVFC, such as guided jungle trekking, morning/night safari, swim in the river and catch a sunrise from atop Bukit Atur.

Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Tabin Wildlife Reserve is another nature reserve in Lahad Datu. It largely surrounded by oil palm plantations and an hour drive from Lahad Datu Town. Tabin offers a comfortable wildlife resort in a small river valley. Gazetted in 1968 as a Class VII Forest Reserve, Tabin has an area of 122, 539 hectares. Making it the largest forest reserve in Sabah Borneo.

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Bornean Gibbon. Photo: Andrea Schieber

The existence of Tabin Wildlife Reserve is part of the State Government’s effort to protect and preserve wildlife. In 1984, Tabin declared as a wildlife reserve due to a large amount of Borneo Wildlife spotted there. Some of the wildlife is highly endangered mammals species, such as Borneo Pygmy Elephants, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Tembadau, and Banteng. There are also about nine species of primates and three species of cats recorded in Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Various birdlife species are also spotted within the forest reserve. With large numbers of hornbills and eagles as well as vividly colored birds can be seen flying around at the reserve area.

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

A group of elephants at Lipad Mud Volcano. Photo: Tabin Widlldife Reserve

One of the highlights in Tabin Wildlife Reserve is the presence of several mud volcanoes. The mud volcanoes are known to provide rich mineral salts for birds and mammals. The presence of mud volcanoes are probably the reasons for the high concentration of wildlife in Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Moreover, there is a viewing tower is built at the edge of the Lipad Mud Volcanoes. Making it a perfect location for wildlife observation and bird-watching.

There is an accommodation available in Tabin Wildlife Reserve. It offers anyone a unique and comfortable stay in the jungle lodges as well as a great wildlife experience. There are about 20 units of jungle lodges (10 units River Lodges and 10 unites Hill Lodges) available at the Tabin Resort.

Several activities can be done at Tabin Wildlife Reserve which are:

  • Visit the mud volcanoes
  • Night safari to search for nocturnal wildlife
  • Trekking through the lush rainforests
  • Early morning walk
  • Birdwatching
Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Jungle Trekking in Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Photo: EstherK Borneo

Whether you are a wildlife seeker or just looking for something fun, Tabin Wildlife Reserve will never fail to amaze anyone with a great wildlife adventures experience for Borneo holiday!

Madai Cave

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Another treasure that can be found in Lahad Datu is Madai Cave. It is an integral part of the limestone hills which located within the Baturong Madai Forest Reserve. Home to thousands of bats since hundred years ago and Madai Cave is one of Sabah Borneo’s most important site for supplies of bird nests. The Madai Cave is owned by the local villagers who live outside the cave, which is the Idahan people. Apart from harvesting the bird nests as their source of income, the Idahan people also take cares of the cave during the off-season harvest.

Madai Cave is also considered as the earliest known area of human settlement that existed from over 20,000 years ago. It is proven by the traces of human footprints were found preserved in layers and layers of bat droppings inside the caves. Madai Cave is also a burial site. Although the identity of those buried remains unknown to the villagers, except for grave the of “Nenek Apui” or grandma Apui. “Nenek Apui” is the original founder of Madai Caves but her remains have been dug a long time ago and now has been placed at Sabah Museum in Kota Kinabalu City.

Related article: Exploring Madai Cave 

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Travel Bucket List of Sabah Borneo for Nature Lovers

Travel Bucket List of Sabah Borneo for Nature Lovers

Travel Bucket List of Sabah Borneo for Nature Lovers

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August, 2018

Nature Lovers' destinations in Sabah Borneo

 

Kawang Forest Trekking

Long Pasia trekking expedition

Travel Bucket List for nature lovers

No one can deny that Sabah Borneo is one of the best travel destinations that fit for any travelers out there. Blessed with Malaysia’s highest sacred mountain, lush rainforest, and tropical sandy beaches. No wonder some people said that Sabah Borneo is one of the Malaysian true gems that rich in natural wonders. Even for nature lovers, they would agree to that statement.

If you are a nature lover and won’t mind a little bit of adventure, then choose Sabah Borneo for your holiday. Sabah Borneo will never disappoint you in satisfying your travel cravings. We have listed out some of the destinations in Sabah Borneo that will be perfect for you as nature lovers. It’s time to put them on your travel bucket list!

1) Kinabalu National Park, Kundasang

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Kinabalu National Park. Photo: azry A Hassan

Kinabalu National Park covers about 75,400 hectares of area. It is one of the greatest attractions in Sabah Borneo. Kinabalu National Park gazetted as Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home of some of the richest assemblies of plants in the world as well as various birdlife species. Apart from the abundance of flora and fauna, the park also features the highest mountain in Malaysia – Mount Kinabalu. Kinabalu National Park will not fail to keep you be in awe with its wonderful natural treasures.

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Trekking into the Kinabalu National Park Trail. Photo: Sol495

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

A tourist looking at the rare plants in botanical garden. Photo: Eduard-Ozerin

2. Kawang Forest Reserve

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Kawang Forest Reserve

Kawang Forest Reserve offers a great cityscape day trips from Kota Kinabalu. Take the opportunity to get close to nature. Trekking through the Kawang Forest Reserve offers you a chance to marvel at the nature along the way. Kawang Forest Reserve is also an excellent camping spot and other recreational activities. It is considered as one of the hidden gem of Sabah Borneo as this forest is rarely explored by any tourist. It is a perfect chance to experience the untouched nature for holiday in Sabah Borneo. The best thing about it, it is only about 30-45 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu City. Related article: Top day hikes around Sabah Borneo

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Twisty Vine in Kawang Forest

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Wild mushrooms in Kawang Forest

3. Lupa Masa Rainforest Camp

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Lupa Masa Rainforest Camp Balcony 

If a day in the jungle is not enough, then why not spend your Borneo holiday in the jungle? Lupa Masa Rainforest Camp is the perfect place to get intimate with nature. The camp is located on the lower slopes of Mount Kinabalu National Park. It sets amidst in the primary rainforest in an idyllic riverside position. You can see there are open-air huts and basic facilities there which creates the jungle vibe. This is a great opportunity for you to spend your holiday in the jungle. You can also gain some knowledge of jungle survival skills from an experienced local guide. Feel free to join the guided day and night walks for a chance to spot wildlife, birds, and plants at the campsite area.

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Relaxing at Lupa Masa Campsite area

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Lupa Masa Rainforest Camp Mini Waterfall

4. Crocker Range National Park

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Crossing through the suspension bridge 

Jungle trekking is the best when it comes to experience more about the natural wonders of Sabah Borneo. Thus, put Crocker Range National Park into your travel bucket list. The park is rich with flora and fauna, which some of the species are endemic to Borneo. You can also gain insight into locals living in the rural area. Learn a thing or two about the unique culture and traditions that can only be found in Sabah Borneo. Crocker Range National Park is also a good place for birdwatching as it has many rare species of birds that are endemic to Sabah Borneo. It hosted as one of the birding destinations for the annual Borneo Bird Festival. Going for a trekking through the Crocker Range National Park is no doubt will leave a memorable experience in your Borneo holiday.

Travel bucket list for nature lovers
Travel bucket list for nature lovers

5. Maliau Basin

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Seven tier Maliau Falls

Looking for more off-the-beaten-path for your holiday in Sabah Borneo? Then, plan a trip to Maliau Basin. It also is known as Sabah’s Lost World, as there are many areas in Maliau Basin left untouched. Though few areas explored in Maliau Basin, it proved to be home to some of Sabah Borneo’s rarest and endangered species of wildlife. Such wildlife is Sumatran Rhinoceros, Banteng, Orangutan, Proboscis Monkeys, Borneo Pygmy Elephants, Clouded Leopard and Malayan Sun Bear. There are also about 300 species of Birds discovered in Maliau Basin. Apart from that, various species of pitcher plants, orchids, and Rafflesia flowers can also be found in Maliau Basin too. The main highlight of Maliau Basin is to trek to the majestic 7-tiers of Maliau Falls. So, if you are a nature lover and an adventure seeker, Maliau Basin is the place you should be spending for your Borneo holiday.

Apart from the places given, there are other places in Sabah Borneo that are also worth for nature lovers. It’s never too late to add those places to your travel bucket list and cross them out. Need help with planning your travel to Sabah Borneo? We’re only one click away to assist in your travel arrangement to these amazing places!

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Places to eat in Kudat, Sabah, Borneo

Places to eat in Kudat, Sabah, Borneo

As a Malaysian, we tend to have a soft spot on our own local food, especially the food from our hometown. My hometown is in Kudat, Sabah Borneo.  I am going to share the best places to eat in Kudat. So, if you are in Borneo right now, be sure to make your way to visit Kudat. Kudat is home to a beautiful beach location known as the tip of Borneo.  If it’s not on your list of places to visit, it should be.

Apart from focusing more on the iconic landmarks of Kudat, you should not miss out to taste the food there too! If you want to know more on Kudat, food is a great way to gain an understanding of the place and its people. Lucky for you, as a local living in Kudat, I’m going to give you an insider’s look at top food and places to eat in Kudat.

Seafood Tomyam at Rainbow Herbs Restaurant

Top food and best places to eat in Kudat

Seafood Tom Yam. Photo: Hanimazlan Maznie

This is one of my favorite foods in Kudat. It is the best Tom yam that I have ever eaten ( I am not trying to exaggerate here but seriously it is so good!). They even give a generous portion of prawns and fish, which makes the Tom Yam soup creamier.

People usually will eat the Tom Yum with rice vermicelli, but I prefer to eat the Tom Yum with yellow noodle. Whenever I finish eating the Tom Yum with yellow noodles, there will be always an extra bit of soup left. Then, I will order another plate of rice and have another round. (hahaha…) When you got a chance to taste this out, you will not believe that this is the best Thai style food that you’ve ever tasted. What’s more, you can only get this in the small town of Kudat.

It is easy to find the restaurant as it located Kudat Ferry Terminal. So, when you are in Kudat, feel free to ask the locals for the location of the ferry terminal. They will happily tell you the location because it is popular among the locals and visitors.

Nasi Linopot + Coconut Shake at Samod Ku Café

Top food and best places to eat in Kudat
Top food and best places to eat in Kudat

Linopot Rice is one of the traditional foods of the Rungus people.  Rungus are indigenous people who are from the Kudat area). This dish is a must-try when you are in Kudat.

Linopot Rice is usually served during celebrations in Kudat. Now, you can taste it whenever you want and you can only find it at Samod ku Cafe. This is one of my must-go places to eat because it is not only delicious, but the price is reasonable too! I can have 4 main dishes with 2 side dishes together in the Linopot Rice and it cost about RM6.50! Can you believe it? Plus, their famous coconut shake is to die for.

I usually order the Linopot rice with all the dishes and the coconut shake, which costs me about RM10. So, tell me…isn’t this worth it for one meal? Wondering why this is considered my favorite place to eat in Kudat? The cafe offers a variety of Rungus traditional dishes. The main dishes change every day as it is another way to let any visitors come and taste the dishes.

Samod ku Café is only open for lunch hour (11:30 am – 2:00 pm). You will need to book and order beforehand by contacting the owner, Mr. Daniel (+60198329029). This cafe is so popular among Kudat people and the Linopot Rice is always sold out at the cafe. Yeah, I have been in that situation before *huhuhu crying in the corner*.

Chicken wings Grilled at Pasar Malam Kudat (Night Market)

Top food and best places to eat in Kudat

Grilled Chicken Wings Photo: Norsham Blog

Grilled Chicken Wings are one of my favorite foods to eat whenever I go to the downtown area. I like to stop by at the night market to buy the grilled chicken wings and bring them back home as snacks.

The grilled chicken wings look like any other grilled chicken wings. But, this one right here is my favorite as the sauce they’ve made is a perfect match for the grilled chicken wings. Believe me, once you dip the chicken into the sauce, eat it, and you will eat it non stop even if you are already full. So, do put this on your “to do list” when you are traveling to Kudat because this is a must try food!

Kudat Hakka Yong Tau Foo at Batu 1, Kudat

Top food and best places to eat in Kudat

Delicious Yong Tau Foo served. Photo: Sir Sie

Looking for a nice breakfast spot? This is the place that I love to spend my mornings with my family. It is located at the Jalan Tamanggong Kurantud (called Batu 1 by the locals, which refers to the mile marker stones on the road side). The shop opens from 7am until late afternoon.

This is famous spot that is not only for Kudat locals but also for visitors too. Many people can be seen standing up to wait to get a seat and have their ‘Yong Tau Foo’ or stuffed bean curd. There is a difference between the Yong Tau Foo in West Malaysia and the one in Borneo. Yong Tau Foo in West Malaysia is usually cooked in the soup while the Sabah style is braised. I personally prefer the Yong Tau Foo of Borneo style as it is tastier and flavorful, even the bean curd has the finer texture. The Yong Tau Foo is usually served with rice or noodles and it is cheaper.

Even today, the shop still cooks the Yong Tau Foo in a traditional way – using firewood. It another way to gives an extra taste to the gravy. Every bite of the food is full of flavors. I am sure nobody can resist the delicious taste of the Yong Tau Food when they visit Kudat.

Fresh Seafood at Coconut Village, Kudat

Top food and best places to eat in Kudat

Fresh Seafood for dinner. Photo: France Agape

One of my favorite spots for fresh seafood is Coconut Village.  And it is cheap too! This is the place that you should go to when in Kudat. The food portions are adequate and suitable for family size dinner. This is where my family and I will be going whenever we crave seafood for dinner.

The Coconut Village also has a live band performances every night, making it a great place to relax and enjoy your food.

I hope you enjoyed my favorites places to eat in Kudat. These places are a must visit when you are planning to travel to Kudat.

Don’t just go for a day trip to Kudat, stay more than a day and experience your gastronomic adventure in Kudat. You can also read these amazing places in Kudat too!

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Remarkable places to visit in Tambunan

Remarkable places to visit in Tambunan

Most people have heard about Kundasang, but not Tambunan. This hidden gem of Sabah Borneo actually has many remarkable places to go. Before that, let us get to know about Tambunan. Tambunan is one of the 25 districts in Sabah Borneo and part of the interior division. It is about 81 km east from Kota Kinabalu City and it takes about 1 1/2 drive using the Kota-Kinabalu – Tambunan road. Tambunan is almost isolated from the west coast by the Crocker Range mountains.

Tambunan is well-known for its lush green terraced paddy fields surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. Many first-timers will amaze by the vast expanse of green paddy fields at the foot of the mountain range. Apart from that, there are many bamboo trees can be seen everywhere in Tambunan area. It is the legacy of the British colonial period, which is to plant 20 bamboos sprouts for every bamboo cuts. Tambunan Town also known for the producing the best quality of rice wine, which is lihing and tapai. Holiday in Tambunan is a great escape from the busy tourist destinations and experience the serenity of the area.

Along the ride way uphill to reach Tambunan from Penampang, there is a butterfly park at the right side. Kipandi Butterfly Park is home to some of the rarest butterfly species such as Rajah Brooke and golden birdwings. Kipandi Butterfly Park is not only a park, it also has a breeding program. Working together with the Sabah Wildlife Department, they breed the butterfly species and release it to the forest. There are over 100 species of butterflies detected in the park. can be found. Apart from seeing butterflies, various species of beetles also can be found at the park. Native orchids, flowers, and even pitcher plants can be seen at the park too! At the park, there is a is an Insect Museum that exhibits a wide range of insects’ collection. Some of the species can only be found in the Crocker Range area, such as the Stag Beetle or cyclommatus chewi.

Remarkable places in Tambunan

Mahua Waterfall is one of the remarkable places in Tambunan and it is worth to visit for Borneo holiday. It is a pristine natural fall that hidden deep within the Borneo Rainforest. Mahua Waterfall is 17 meters tall and has a pool depth of about 1.3 meters. After paying the entrance fee ( Refer to the table 1.0), walk for about 500-metre walkway to reach the waterfall. Along the way, there are many endless towering of trees with huge trunks, wild orchids, and insects. Be sure to take some photos of the falls and the surrounding area. Feel free to go for a swim at the falls or enjoy a picnic by the river. Hostel-type accommodation and camping are available for those who wished to overnight there.

Age Malaysian Non-Malaysian
18 years and above RM 3.00 RM 10.00
18 years and below RM 1.00 RM 6.00
Student ( 16 years and below) RM 0.50 RM 6.00

Table 1.0

Remarkable places in Tambunan

Tambunan Town can also be a unique holiday destination in Sabah Borneo. A visit to Gong Stone in Solibog Village will definitely make everyone curious about the stone. It is believed that the stone can produce the sound like the traditional Kadazandusun musical instrument, which is the gong.

Watch the video below to see the locals beating the Gong Stone and produce the similar sound like the gong instrument :

Isn’t this amazing?

Remarkable places in Tambunan

Sunsuron Homestay Tambunan

Want to know the best way to spend Borneo holiday to the fullest? Spend a holiday with the locals and experience their culture during your stay. Visitors can experience this in Sunsuron Village, Tambunan. Sunsuron Village used to be a headhunting and tribe wars zone for more than a hundred years ago. But in 1885, the unrest finally put to the end when the British North Borneo Chartered Company build a police base in Sunsuron Village. There are several homestays available for visitors to spend more than a day with the locals. Visitors can taste the delicious traditional homemade dishes at the homestay. Apart from that, they can also try out the homemade rice wine, such as lihing or tapai, which is famous at the area. Besides that, visitors can go around the village area and see the iconic landmarks of the village. Visitors also can challenge themselves with an adrenaline-rush activity of Quad Biking there!

Remarkable places in Tambunan

Sinurambi Tambunan Viewing Point

Wish to witness a great view of Tambunan Town? Visitors can go to Sinurambi Tambunan (Tambunan Viewing Point). The tower built in conjunction with the “Visit Tambunan Year 2017”. What makes the tower is so unique than any other towers is its architectural concept. The Tower is actually built based on Sabah Borneo’s traditional bamboo basket, Wakid. The tower is about 45-feet high above sea levels. It offers a breathtaking view of the paddy rice fields and Tambunan Town can be seen at the top. The tower also one of the perfect spot for astrophotography.

Remarkable places in Tambunan
Remarkable places in Tambunan

Wakid Hill. Photo by Joe Lorenzo

Seeking for more adventurous and thrilling experience for Borneo Holidays in Tambunan? There are several hiking trails available for any adventurous soul to challenge themselves. Mount Wakid is located at Sunsuron Village in Tambunan. With an elevation of 1,372 m above sea levels, the mountain is available for a day-trip climb. This is a great way for climbers to get a taste of the Crocker Range terrain. The trail started a leisurely hike from Sunsuron Village to the foot of the mountain along the Sunsuron River. Then, continue on the extreme hike towards the summit that took about a few hours to reach. Trekkers will get to pass by Kolopis Waterfall when descending down from the mountain.

Remarkable places in Tambunan

Mannan Trail from Sinua. Photo by Oliverd

The second highest mountain in Sabah Borneo, Mount Trus Madi ( 2,642 m) is the most popular choice for the avid hikers. To conquer the summit of Mount Trus Madi, it requires climbers to spend more than a day to reach. This is due to the hiking trail proves to be much more challenging compared to Mount Kinabalu. But, the good thing about it is, Mount Trus Madi is less touristy. It is a Class 1 protected forest reserve (FMU 10) and managed by Sabah Forestry Department. Thus, trekkers need to apply permit to climb as there is a limit of trekkers allowed for overnight. Only 16 people, include guide and porter, are allowed to overnight at the Mount Trus Madi. The mountain also offers many species of flora that can spot along the trail. Trekkers can see many array species of Nepenthes and Orchids.

Remarkable places in Tambunan

Many Nepenthes species at Mount Tusmadi. Photo by Sunrise Odyssey

Remarkable places in Tambunan

Salt Trail is a traditional route used by the local villagers as trading purposes. The local villagers will use this route to trade their jungle produce to the local markets or Tamu. Salt Trail is also open for avid trekkers to trek along the route which will take about 4-5 days to complete it. The Salt Trail journey begins from Tikolod Village in Tambunan and ended at Inobong Substation in Penampang. Trekkers will gain an insight of the untouched jungle, flora, and fauna, as well as the villages area.

Tambunan Town is blessed with many interesting tourist destinations that are worth to visit for holiday. Spend a holiday in Tambunan Town can be a highlight for Borneo holiday and a trip to remember!

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