Cultural Villages tour in Sabah Borneo

Cultural Villages tour in Sabah Borneo

Cultural Villages Tour in

Sabah Borneo

12

January, 2018

Cultural Tours in Sabah Borneo
Mari Mari Cultural Village

Taste of Borneo Cooking Class 

Sabah is situated on the island of Borneo; one out of thirteen states in Malaysia. Moreover, Sabah Borneo is known to be the second largest state in Malaysia, blessed with an abundance of natural environment and wildlife. Apart from that, it is home to 32 recognizable ethnic groups, that each has their own culture and tradition that are still being practiced until today.

Travelers who are going for an authentic Borneo experience in Sabah Borneo will find themselves in awe of the unique beauty of Sabah Borneo cultures. Some of the travelers might be interested to know more about Sabah Borneo cultures, therefore, few cultural villages were built for the purpose of introducing Sabah Borneo cultures to travelers, preserving the culture, and historical heritage, as well as providing an image which facilitates the harmony and understanding among the ethnic groups in Sabah Borneo.

Travelers should make a visit to these cultural villages in Sabah Borneo which are perfect for Borneo day tour activities:

1) Mari Mari Cultural Village

A visit to Mari Mari Cultural Village will bring travelers a chance to go back into prehistoric Borneo, where travelers can witness the traditional houses of Dusun, Rungus, Murut, Lundayeh, and Bajau, which were built similarly as the descendants of the tribes that they represented. Located about 25-30 minutes away from the Kota Kinabalu city, Mari Mari Cultural Village is surrounded by tall trees and the silence of the rainforest, which provides a tranquil surrounding for travelers to feel relax while exploring Mari Mari Cultural Village. Apart from that, travelers will get the authentic experience of learning the history and mystical belief systems of each of these tribes by an in-house guide. Anticipate on the exciting activities there such as blow-pipe making, henna tattoo, traditional delicacies preparation, Montoku (rice wine) processing, traditional performances and more.

2) Monsopiad Cultural Village

cultural Villagers in Sabah Borneo

Face your fear on listening to the fearsome tales of head-hunting in Sabah Borneo when travelers make a visit to Monsopiad Cultural Village, which is a living museum that is located just about 25 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu city. A visit to Monsopiad Cultural Village offers any travelers a glimpse of Kadazan (one of the major tribe group in Sabah Borneo) tradition and history. The museum is to dedicate the life of Monsopiad, the legendary warrior, and head-hunter for Kadazan people, as he became the villager’s protector when he successfully hunts down the robbers of the village and taking the robbers’ heads as trophies. One of the main highlights at the Monsopiad Cultural Village is the “House of Skulls”. Travelers will get to listen to the stories of Monsopiad’s battles and witness the 42 skulls collections exhibit there.

cultural Villagers in Sabah Borneo
cultural Villagers in Sabah Borneo

(Above): Soothing the sound of gongs played by local in Monsopiad Cultural Village. Photo by David Lim.

(Left): Monolith which invokes a dozen legends on Monsopiad. Photo by Steph_Pere

3) Borneo Cultural Village

Cultural Villages Tour in Sabah
The latest cultural village located at Papar, Sabah Borneo, offering locals and travelers to gain an experience on Sabah Borneo natives lifestyle and tradition. It is known to be the largest cultural village in Sabah Borneo that showcases more than five tribes’ traditional houses, such as Brunei, Chinese, Murut, Tidung, Bajau, Kadazan Penampang, and others. Almost all of the traditional houses are built from bamboo and palm leaves, create an authentic feeling to those who visit there. Apart from that, enjoy cultural show dance performances, traditional games, getting a henna tattoo and taste out the local delicacies.
cultural Villagers in Sabah Borneo
cultural Villagers in Sabah Borneo
cultural Villagers in Sabah Borneo

Photo of Borneo Cultural Village area. Photos courtesy of Borneo Cultural Village

4) Murut Cultural Centre

Cultural Village Tour in Sabah Borneo

To gain more in-depth about Murut tribe in Sabah Borneo, Murut Cultural Centre is the one that travelers should drop by for a visit for their Borneo day tours. It is located about 10 kilometers away from Tenom town, which is home to Murut tribe community and the main gateway to other areas within the Murut heartland. Going for a visit to Murut Cultural Centre enable travelers to understand more on the Murut culture and history, such as the unique architectural building, handicrafts, traditional music instruments and many other artifacts that are symbolic to the Murut culture and heritage. In addition, a yearly Murut celebration which is Kalimaran Festival is always held at the Murut Cultural Centre, which exhibits more on Murut handicrafts, traditional costumes, local foods, and games, etc.

5) Linangkit Cultural Village

Cultural Village in Sabah Borneo

Get personally acquainted with the Lotud tribe, one of the indigenous tribe of Sabah Borneo, when going for a visit to Linangkit Cultural Village in Tuaran for about an hour drive from Kota Kinabalu city. Lotud tribe are known for their skillful weaving especially for linangkit. Linangkit is a form of needlework and handmade decorative embroidery using interlacing knots, it is the unique traditions activity of the tribe. Apart from that, travelers can get to know the Lotud people daily activities, such as fishing, hunting, and making the traditional costume. Travelers can try on the traditional costume, participate in exciting handicraft-making, traditional food preparations, cultural performances, river cruising, firefly watching and more.

After going to one of these cultural villages in Sabah Borneo, travelers may gain new experiences and knowledge on learning the culture in Sabah Borneo. Travelers may not only capture some pretty photos, but they too capture a memorable experience that they can be shared with their loved ones back home!

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Things to do when it’s raining in Sabah Borneo for your Borneo Holidays

Things to do when it’s raining in Sabah Borneo for your Borneo Holidays

Things to do when it’s raining in Sabah Borneo for your Borneo Holidays

9

January, 2018

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Danum Valley

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Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

Living in Sabah Borneo where you’re engulfed in tropical climate can be a great and sometimes surprising event. Weather here is very unpredictable as much as we would like to believe in the Meteorological Department (it’s just like how we believe eating that half box of pizza is not going to add to our waistline). If you are to get caught in Sabah when it’s raining, fret not, there are tons of things to do indoors!

1) Spend your day catching up on reading and writing

Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

When you catch yourself not able to visit Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, or trekking up Mount Trusmadi, just relax and catch up with current affairs of the world and local news as well. It helps to know what is happening in your surrounding especially if it’s a long travel. You can also enjoy your time catching up on your travel journal. What better way than sitting on your bed by the window, sipping on hot coffee while reminiscing about your fruitful experience having to meet an Orangutan while riding a 4X4 vehicle out from the forest terrain.

2) Hang out with other travelers

Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

If you are not the type to do reading and writing, why not take this chance to get to know your other fellow travelers at the hostel? They will be keen to have some good conversation as well as a few good laughs. Most hostels will have a lounge or common room, where you can just chill and relax there. Throw some music on, sit back, share some stories, play cards, or board games (if they are provided). A great opportunity for you to listen to other backpackers’ travel stories and creating new friendships.

3) Watching Movies

Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

Best way to beat the blues is to watch a movie. You can either watch movies via tablet or laptop, or at the hostel common room, or at the cinema (you can find it in Imago Shopping Malls and Suria Shopping Malls), you can just simply sit back and relax.

4) Visit Sabah Museum

Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

Another way to keep yourself warm and dry would be to stay indoors. Gain an in-depth knowledge of Sabah Borneo’s history, culture, and heritage by going for a visit to the Sabah Museum. Moreover, you will learn more about the authenticity of the Sabah Borneo culture, as well as to discover the species of flora and fauna that can be found in Borneo.

5) Visit Shopping Malls

Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

Going to shopping malls in Sabah Borneo could be a good reason to avoid rain and keeping yourself dry. Most locals will go to Imago Shopping Malls, which has about 300 shopping stores and services. Moreover, travelers will get a chance to see hourly cultural dance performances by a group of local dancers at the entrance of Imago shopping mall. Apart from shopping, travelers can do other activities such as archery games, laser tag, escape room, or just simply chill at some of the eateries there.

6) Photography

Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

Taking pictures outdoors during a rainy day is probably the last thing that anyone would want to do. However, taking pictures during rainy days is actually a totally different experience; different perspective. With the gloomy weather, you can easily capture some good shot of street photography that provides a different perspective without using any filter.

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7) Visit the local Bars

Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

Head to some of the local bars in Kota Kinabalu could be a perfect way for travelers to get out from being wet and grab a pint of beer to drink. There is no need to go to a bustling tourist bar or restaurant, rather just ask the hotel staff or receptionist for their favorite watering hole, and travelers may be surprised to learn more about local culture. Not to mention, some locals may point out the best local places to eat and drink. So, hop on a cab/ Grab / Uber, then kick back with locals over a few pints and make new friends!

8) Dinner in D’Place Kinabalu

Things to do when it's raining in Sabah Borneo

Another activity for travelers to do if it is raining in Sabah Borneo will be to have dinner at D’ Place Kinabalu, Plaza Shell. Travelers will get the chance to taste some of the traditional and exotic dishes of Kadazandusun (one of the major tribes in Sabah Borneo). Apart from that, travelers could also witness the cultural dance performances while enjoying their dinner, as well as participate in doing some traditional activities. Not only that, the main highlight at the D’Place Kinabalu would be eating a live sago worm or butod and it is recommended for travelers to try it at least once in their lifetime. Feel free to read our experience of having dinner in D’ Place Kinabalu.

Having a chance to visit Sabah Borneo is all about having fun, creating memories and gain new experiences, as well as meeting new people. With these kind of amazing experiences in Sabah Borneo, who needs just the sunshine during their trip! Let’s shine during the rainy season as well!

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Learn the Kadazan Language for your visit to Sabah Borneo

Learn the Kadazan Language for your visit to Sabah Borneo

Learn the Kadazan Language for your visit to Sabah Borneo

3

January, 2018

Learn Kadazan language for your visit to Sabah Borneo

Now that you’re all set and ready to come to Sabah Borneo, let’s learn some easy and basic Kadazan dialect! It may be useful for you when you are visiting Sabah Borneo.

English

Kadazan

Greetings! Kopivosian!
What is your name? Isai ngaan nu?
Where are you from? Mantad ko nombo?
Why? Nokuo?
What are you doing? Nunu maan nu?
How much is it? Songkuo iti?
My name is (insert name) Ngaan ku nopo nga ih (insert name)
Thank you Kotohuadan
How are you? Onu abal nu?
I am fine. Thank you Avasi boh. Kotohuadan
Let’s eat. Kanou makan.
I am not hungry Au’ zou houson
What is this? Nunu iti?
What is that? Nunu ino?
Good Bye! Tumoodo no!

Fun isn’t it learning a new dialect when coming to Sabah Borneo? There are many more different dialects here in Sabah. Try speaking to the locals here their mother tongue, you might actually learn a thing or two that you can’t find in travel books or magazines. Learn more about the people of Sabah Borneo – Kadazan Tribe.

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New Year Countdown Tradition in Sabah Borneo

New Year Countdown Tradition in Sabah Borneo

New Year Countdown Tradition

in Sabah Borneo

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December, 2017

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new year countdown tradition in Sabah Borneo

Few more days for us to say goodbye to the year of 2017 and say hello to 2018! Countdown to the New Year is kind of a yearly tradition in my family, we will always celebrate it together to mark the last day of the year. Living in a modern Kadazan family in Sabah Borneo, here is how we celebrate the countdown of New Year.

Since my grandmother is living with us, our house became the “main” house for any celebrations. My uncles and aunties who are living far will come to my house to celebrate the New Year’s Eve celebration together.

During New Year’s Eve, one can hear the sound of meat being fried, vegetables being chopped on the cutting board, dishes being washed, cats playing around, people talking and laughing in the kitchen while soft music is being played in the background, which I know, not everyone bothers to listen to the music because we are being so loud…hahaha

new year countdown tradition in Sabah Borneo

As usual, the women will always be in the kitchen for food preparation for the party at night, while the men will be outside preparing the barbecue pit and cleaning up, the kids will be playing outside with each other or watching their favorite cartoon shows on the television. As for myself with my cousins, we will be busy filling up the balloons with water and the foldable swimming pool for New Year.

When the night comes and a variety of delicious home-cooked meal has been prepared, as well as the barbecue food are being served on the table, it is time to dig in! There is also a karaoke session, which the kids will always control the microphone; while the adults will be sitting together to chat, eat, and drink. Drinking booze during the party is a must not only for my family but also for other families who are living in Sabah Borneo.

new year countdown tradition in Sabah Borneo

As the clock shows 10 minutes before midnight, this is the part where we enjoy the most, as we will be outside by the poolside to standby for our “water-balloon fight”. Surprisingly, I can see the excitement coming not only from the kids’ face but from adults too, as they patiently wait for the clock to strike midnight. Tick Tock…Tick Tock.. the clock strikes midnight and the water-balloon fight begin! All of us will start to throw the water balloons at each other, laughing and shouting towards each other, while getting ourselves wet. Splashing water to each other for New Year to “wash” away the bad luck and as a celebration of a new beginning.

To sum up, that is how we celebrate our New Year countdown party and it is kind of a yearly tradition for my family celebrating together. So, what is your tradition for New Year countdown celebration? Apart from that, if you get a chance to spend your Borneo Holidays in Sabah Borneo for New Year, be sure to celebrate it with any local Kadazan family. I can assure you, you will be amazed by the warm welcome you will get and the enjoyable experience with them.

Related Article: ” New Year, New You!Creating your best Borneo Holidays for 2018.

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Travel destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

Travel destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

Travel destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

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December, 2017

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Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

Do you intend to list out your year of 2018 resolution with an adventure in Borneo Island? Luckily for you, we’ve done our research and rounded up with the year‘s soon-to-be major and biggest travel destinations in Borneo. Here are some of the exciting travel destinations in Borneo that are waiting for you to check it out. Fret not, there are some amazing photos of the destinations for you too. So, book your flights and tour ASAP, before everyone else catches on!

1)  Melangkap Homestay, Kota Belud, Sabah Borneo

Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Want to experience camping by the river for your Borneo Holidays? Then, Melangkap Homestay is where you should go. Feels the cooling breeze and the majestic Mount Kinabalu welcomes you in the morning, as well as the amazing stars can be seen during the night. One of the must-go destination in Sabah Borneo with your family or friends. There are so many activities you can do there, such as camping, jungle trekking, swimming at the river, barbecue, fishing, going to local market or tamu, and more.

2)  Mulu National Park, Mulu, Sarawak Borneo

Experience Sarawak Borneo’s largest national park (544 sq. km) and also Malaysia’s first World Heritage Area, awarded in 2000. Its iconic limestone cave system, which includes the world’s largest natural chamber and the world’s longest cave passage in Southeast Asia. The park’s main attractions will be the show caves, the bat observatory, the rainforest canopy skywalk, adventure caving and the challenging climbing up to reach the Mulu summit, as well as to witness the amazing Mulu Pinnacles. This destination is perfect for those who are seeking adventure and excitement for their Borneo Holidays.

3)  Long Pasia, Sipitang, Sabah Borneo

Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

Ever wondered how does it feel living away from the city life, stay in remote villages and encounter a new culture that you’ve never seen before? Going for a trip to Long Pasia, will never leave you bored. You will get the chance to go for jungle trekking, guided by a local native guide, witness some of the amazing or rare species of Borneo flora which can be found there. Long Pasia is home to Lundayeh tribe of Sabah Borneo, you can learn their interesting cultures from their daily activities, cultural performances or take a bite of their traditional local food. Take this opportunity to put Long Pasia on your travel bucket list for 2018, so you will experience more in your Borneo Holidays.

4)  Ba’kelalan, Kelabit Highland, Sarawak Borneo

Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

There is another destination of Borneo Island that you can enjoy more on Borneo Cultural experience, which located deep in the Kelabit Highlands of northeastern Sarawak Borneo. Home to Lun Bawang tribes, their source of income will be apples and organic vegetable farming, paddy rice farming, as well as salt-making. Ba’kelalan village is the travel destination that you should not miss out to go for 2018. Apart from that, you can experience the lifestyle of Lun Bawang community with Homestay program, going for jungle trekking into the Borneo Rainforest to see some of the unique flora and fauna, as well as exploring the Ba’kelalan surrounding area.

5)  Deramakot Forest Reserve, Telupid, Sabah Borneo

Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

If you are not keen for cultural experiences in Borneo Island, why not go for wildlife adventures in Borneo Island? Apart from going for Kinabatangan River cruise for a higher chance to witness Borneo Wildlife, you can also go to Deramakot Forest Reserve for wildlife spotting too! Deramakot is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream, where there are about 75% Borneo Mammals species that can be found within the forest, such as Orangutan, Borneo Pygmy Elephants, Clouded Leopard, Proboscis Monkey, civet, and more Borneo Mammals. Moreover, Deramakot Forest Reserve played the major role of becoming a sustainable forest management for wildlife protection and conservation purposes.

Are you getting excited after looking at the photos of the destinations? Wait no more, put the destinations on your travel bucket list for this coming 2018. In addition, you can check out our travel hacks tips to Borneo for 2018.

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Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity

Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity

Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park for Weekend activity

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December, 2017

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Spending your weekend doing nothing can be relaxing for some, but some might feel bored and crave for some sort of an adventure over the weekend. If you are looking for a weekend activity, head out to Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park where you can enjoy swimming in segmented rivers (Don’t worry, it is safe for children!), and gather together in a hut for a barbeque.

Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park is the newest tourist spot in Penampang where you can spend some time together with your family or friends while relaxing in the hut. On top of that, Sinilou Kibambangan is located about 20 km from Kota Kinabalu city, and 5km away from Donggongon town; that’s really close by!

In order to reach Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park, there are two ways that you can go, which is from Penampang – Tambunan road or from Inobong-Putaton-Bansadon road.

a) Penampang – Tambunan road

If you are from Donggongon Town, drive towards to the Tambunan road. When you see a bridge on your right-hand side, turn right into that junction and continue driving straight until you reach a junction. Turn left from the junction and continue driving straight until you can see the waterpark on your left side.

a) Inobong-Putaton-Bansadon road.

From Donggongon Town, drive towards the Old Penampang – Kinarut/Papar road, and turn left onto Inobong-Putaton-Bansadon road. Continue driving for about 18 minutes where you can see the waterpark on your left side. Fret not, there are few signboards of the waterpark that could help you to reach the waterpark.

Operation hours : Open daily (7 am – 5pm)

Entrance Fees:

Malaysian

(Adult) : MYR 3

(Children 7-12 years old) : MYR 1.50

(Below 7 years old) : FREE

 

Non – Malaysian

(Adult) : MYR 5

(Children 7-12 years old) : MYR 3

Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity
Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity
Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity
Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity

One of the many facilities that are provided for you in Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park will be open huts mostly with its own barbecue pit, public washrooms and dressing rooms, rivers turned man-made pools which are separated based on depth level, as well a rope swing! Don’t worry if you didn’t pack any food or drinks in your day bag, the locals set up stalls selling food and drinks as well to satisfy your hunger pangs.

Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity
Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity
Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity
Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park

If you are planning to go for a trip to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Borneo, then, you should stop by to Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park for a day trip. Enjoy swimming at the river, with great facilities provided for you, as well as the natural green environment surrounding the water park! A weekend trip like this is worth it when you spend it with your family and friends.

You can also read our other blog entry on Interesting places that you can bring your kids to go in Sabah Borneo for Borneo Family Holidays! or you can experience a traditional fish massage in Tagal Tinopikon Park, Penampang for your holiday in Sabah Borneo.

Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park

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