Fun Activities To Escape The Heat in Sabah Borneo

Fun Activities To Escape The Heat in Sabah Borneo

5 Fun Activities To Escape The Heat in Sabah Borneo

10

April, 2018

Kota Kinabalu City, the capital city of Sabah Borneo welcomes you with delicious local food, unique culture and interesting sights. Kota Kinabalu City is a small city in which you can walk around for a day or two in your Borneo Holidays. But, the only challenge is braving the sun and heat if you choose to walk.

Yup, the sweltering heat of this tropical island is the neverending hotness that we have to endure on a daily basis. As a concerned local in Sabah Borneo, here are some activities that can keep you away from the heat in Sabah Borneo. Be sure to thank me later 🙂

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

Surfing in Kudat beaches. Photo : Charles Mawan

1) Island Hopping at Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) Islands

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

A visit to TARP Islands is a must when you are in Kota Kinabalu City for a day trip! It consists of Gaya Island, Sapi Island, Manukan Island, Mamutik Island and Sulug Island. These islands are a paradise for day trippers. You can have a lot of fun on these islands, with beach activities such as snorkeling and diving. Moreover, these islands are only 20 minutes by boat from Kota Kinabalu City. You can choose to go for parasailing, banana boat ride, snorkeling, or you can swim by the beach. No matter what kind of activities offered here, I’m sure you will never want to leave this water paradise!

2) Underwater Sea Walking

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

As weird as it sounds, but you can actually do sea walking activity in Sabah Borneo! Of course, you will need to wear a helmet that acts as a breathing pipeline. What’s more, you will be amazed at the beautiful view of marine life. Additionally, you will get an up-close experience with the cute coral fish. It’s a perfect activity for you to spend with your family. This is a Must-Do activity on your Kota Kinabalu Tour!

3) Coral Flyer Zipline

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

Ready for an adrenaline rush in Sabah Borneo? The Coral Flyer Ziplines offer you a memorable experience for your Borneo holiday. It’s known to be one of the longest island-to-island flying fox activity in Kota Kinabalu. The activity is easy and safe is their number one priority. So, enjoy the thrills and have fun!

4) White Water Rafting

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

Are you the type of person seeking adventure for your Borneo Holiday? Then, bring your travel buddies and go White Water Rafting. An adrenaline-rush activity with some exciting and tough rapids. You can choose to go for a relaxed excursion of Kiulu River (Class 1-2) or challenge yourself to Padas River(Class 3-4). Whichever you chose, these activities are definitely the highlight of your Borneo holiday!

5) Discover Scuba Diving

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

When you are in Sabah Borneo, diving is a must to escape the heat. If you are not ready to take the plunge and get diver certified, you can try Discover Scuba Diving. A wonderful experience for you to learn diving skills and see the beauty of the underwater world. You will learn to wear scuba equipment, basic safety rules and breathe underwater. What’s more, when you take part in the Discover Scuba Diving, you are on your way to becoming a certified PADI diver!

There you go! These are our choices of five cool activities that you can do in Sabah Borneo to escape the perpetual heat. We hope you will have an enjoyable time in Sabah Borneo, despite the heat. Oh, one more thing, if you’re ever in need to arrange your travel plans in Sabah Borneo, feel free to reach out to us!

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Surround yourself with nature for Borneo Holidays

Surround yourself with nature for Borneo Holidays

Surround yourself with nature in

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holiday

Last January, I went to Tawau to attend one of my best friend’s wedding. Tawau is the third largest town in Sabah Borneo, after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. Besides, Tawau is also the main gateway to the world’s top dive destination in Sabah Borneo – Sipadan Island.

Last January, I went to Tawau to attend one of my best friend’s wedding. Tawau is the third largest town in Sabah Borneo, after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. Besides, Tawau is also the main gateway to the world’s top dive destination in Sabah Borneo – Sipadan Island.

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Feel free to read the history and some information about Hills Park 

Tawau Hills Park is a recreational park and conservation area that is about 20 km away from Tawau Town. Getting there will be hard for non-local, as there is no bus available there. It is best to go there by using a taxi or Uber/Grab. Luckily for me, most of my friends live in Tawau, so I manage to get there without difficulty. The road from Tawau Town to Tawau Hills Park is quiet and secluded while passing by hills of oil palm plantations.

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Entrance/ conservation fee before enter the park 

There is an entrance/ conservation fee that you will need to pay before entering Tawau Hills Park. With its size of 28,000 hectares, this park is open daily from 8 am until 4.30pm. Various comfortable facilities are available at the park for visitors. Such facilities are:

  • Canteen
  • Public toilets and shower rooms
  • Barbecue and picnic area
  • Suspension bridges
  • Jungle trails
  • Accommodations and hostels
  • Meeting/seminar/workshop room
  • Soccer Field/ Mini Hall & Court Games, and
  • Surau
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Tawau Hills Park Map Trail

Tawau Hills Park is also known by the locals as “Table”, which is based on a waterfall’s name. It became as one of the perfect places for family/group activities to do during the weekend or holidays. Several activities to do there are:

  • Picnic and barbeque
  • Swim in the river or the Sulphur Hot Spring
  • Jungle Trekking Canopy Walkway
  • Visit botanical garden
  • Climb Mount Magdalena (1,312m) or Mount Lucia (1,202m)

If a day trip in the park is not enough for you, you can go do an overnighter at Magdalena Chalet or Bombalai Jungle Lodge. Besides that, there is a hostel available in the park, but it is a bit far from the headquarters. This hostel is for those who are going for climbing Mount Magdalena or Mount Lucia.

Unfortunately, my friends and I miss the chance to go for climbing activity at the Tawau Hills Park. So, if you like climbing, be sure not to make the same mistake like we did and left our hiking shoes at home! Since we don’t have that much time left in Tawau, we spent most of our time at the main headquarters park area.

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Tawau Hills Park Area

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

One of the tallest tree I’ve seen!

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Greenery everywhere in Tawau Hills Park 

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Where shall we go?

Frankly speaking, being in Tawau Hills Park gave me a peace of mind and tranquility far beyond me chilling at home. Breathing in the cool clean air and swimming in crystal clear river while surrounded by lush green trees. Somehow, I regretted not bringing my hiking shoes that day, so I can explore more of the park area. I have read in one of the blogs that Tawau Hills Park do have some amazing waterfalls and Sulphurous Hot Springs (darn it!).

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Feels the tranquility of the park area 

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Crossing the suspension bridge to go the other side

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Apart from that, I manage to meet a few long-tailed macaques wandering around the park area. But, be aware and do not get close to the macaques. because they are mischievous animals and will grab anything from you. Funny thing is, it happened to us that day.(haha!) We were holding a plastic full of snacks, all of sudden one of the macaques jumped from the tree and frightened us. Lucky for us, we manage to run away from the macaques as fast as we could. (Haha!) It was unfortunate that it also happened to another visitor who left his backpack unattended. A group of cheeky macaques managed to steal a bag of chips and other things from his backpack! (Note: Keep an eye on your belongings and bags when visiting any Park)

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Spotted LingZhi Mushrooms that are known to have many health benefits especially on lower the blood pressure and reduce allergies

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Spotted a dragonfly that its body is almost similar colour like a tree branch

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

I find this flower very beautiful, which can be found near the headquarters park office

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

And I spotted a tiger leech at the toilet door! (oh gosh!)

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Where can you get this beautiful view like this?

Around 4 pm, time to head back to Tawau town, but it was not enough for me to explore Tawau Hills Park. I am sure to visit Tawau Hills Park again soon and this time I won’t be going for a short trip there. Planning to visit Sabah Borneo for Holiday? Be sure to put Tawau Hills Park as one of your must-visit for Borneo Holidays! Check out our choices of travel destination for this 2018, 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

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

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

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

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

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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The origin name of district’s area in Sabah Borneo

The origin name of district’s area in Sabah Borneo

The origin name of district’s area

in Sabah Borneo

14
February, 2018
Sabah Borneo Tour Package
zipline and white water rafting adventure

Lupa Masa Jungle Trekking

Sabah Borneo is a unique place to visit, not only is it known to have many tribes living here, its diverse culture and tradition, but also the beauty of the places in Sabah Borneo as there are still many natural forests that are still left untouched and conserved. Not forgetting, the food in Sabah Borneo is to die for! It is so delicious that any travelers will certainly miss the unique taste of Sabah’s delicacy when they are back to their hometown.

When visiting Sabah Borneo for Borneo Holidays, there will be several districts that we either pass through or encounter. We may find that the name of each district in Sabah Borneo is unique and special. Therefore, this article will explain to any travelers (and locals too!) the origin of the districts’ name in Sabah Borneo.

First off, let us get to know Kota Kinabalu.

Kota Kinabalu City view from Signal Hill Observation Tower

Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of Sabah Borneo, which is located on the northwest coast of Sabah Borneo facing South China Sea. Formerly known as Jesselton during the British Colonization in 1800, it is a major gateway to explore the wildlife and nature in the northern region of Borneo Island. Kota Kinabalu is named after Mount Kinabalu (the highest mountain in Malaysia) and “Kota” which in the Malay language means fort, town, or city. Read our article on Traveler’s Guide to Kota Kinabalu.

Next, we’ll go to the outskirts part of Kota Kinabalu City, which is Penampang.

The origin name of district's area in Sabah Borneo
Sigah (headgear worn by Kadazan Men) Roundabout in Penampang, to symbolizes the Kadazan tribe.

Home to one of the major tribes in Sabah Borneo – Kadazan, and is considered as part of Kota Kinabalu area. Penampang is derived from an old village that is within the district itself, the village name is “Pampang” derived from Kadazan dialect, meaning big rock. There were many big rocks found in the village a long time ago. Eventually, the term “Pampang” was changed into Penampang.

Next, let’s ride down to the agricultural town of Papar, which is about 45 minutes drive from Penampang.

The origin name of district's area in Sabah Borneo
Papar Town. Photo by David Lim

Papar was originally ruled by the Brunei Sultanate. Thus, the name Papar comes from Brunei dialect which means a flat or open land. It is no wonder that Papar is known as an agricultural town due to many flatlands that are used for the purpose of growing rice and fruit orchards. In addition, if you’re feeling slightly adventurous, you can go on the North Borneo Railway Train to reach Papar, passing through the lush landscape of the coastal and rural regions of Sabah Borneo. Moreover, travelers can enjoy a typical ‘tiffin’ colonial lunch that will be served on the trip.

Afterwards, let’s head to a small rustic town of Menggatal, located on the west coast side of Sabah Borneo and is under the jurisdiction of Kota Kinabalu City Hall.

The origin name of district's area in Sabah Borneo
An old colonial building in Menggatal Town. 

Some locals might find Menggatal name is very funny and unusual, because the word Menggatal means flirtatious or provocative in Malay language. However, the people in Menggatal are not like that. The name Menggatal actually derived from a mango tree grown in the area, which is Mangga meaning mango, and Gatal meaning itchy in Malay language. So, whoever consumed the mango fruit, they will feel itchy as its side effect. Therefore, the locals there named the area as “Mangga Gatal”, but after awhile, the name somehow was shortened and became Menggatal.

Next, let’s venture further up to Tuaran, which is about an hour drive from Menggatal.

The origin name of district's area in Sabah Borneo
Drone view of Tuaran Town by Shariff Putra.

The name Tuaran is believed to be derived from the Malay language, “Tawaran”. Tawaran has two meanings; the first meaning is freshwater, which refers to the abundance of freshwater in the area. Apart from that, another meaning is to bargain, as it is fact that trading activities had been taking place within Tuaran area before the British Colonization commenced in 1884. Locals from interior parts of rural villages will come to Tuaran Town to sell their jungle produce to the local communities that live in the coastal part.

After that, let us get to know the land of the cowboys in Sabah Borneo, which is Kota Belud.

The origin name of district's area in Sabah Borneo
Kota Belud Horsemen. Photo by Adam Lai

Kota Belud is home to one of the tribes of Sabah Borneo, which is Bajau tribe. Its name is derived from a combination of one Malay word and one Bajau (dialect) word, Kota meaning fort, or city, and Belud meaning hill. There is actually a story behind Kota Belud’s name, in the past, there was hostility among the races of different villages in the area. Therefore, in order to defend themselves and to avoid enemy attacks, they decided to choose a hill as their fortress. Thus, the name of Kota Belud referred to as “Defense Fortress on the Hill”.

Afterwards, let’s go uphill through the mountainous region of Crocker Range, where we will reach Ranau district, home to almost entirely Dusun tribe community.

The origin name of district's area in Sabah Borneo
Panorama view of Ranau Town. Photo by Steve Benedict

Ranau name is actually from the word “Ranahon”, which means rice fields in Dusun dialect. Most Dusun people who live in Ranau mostly cultivate rice paddy fields either on the hilly terrain or on the flatlands (for the interior part of Ranau). Sooner or later, the term “Ranahon” was shortened to become “Ranau”. In addition, to visit Ranau, a traveler should do these interesting activities in Ranau that should not be missed out!

In a nutshell, getting to know the history of each district area in Sabah Borneo can be very interesting. However, it would be much more interesting and fun if travelers can get to spend their Borneo Holidays in these district areas of Sabah Borneo.

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You haven’t known paradise if you’ve never visited Sabah Borneo: Here are 6 reasons why

You haven’t known paradise if you’ve never visited Sabah Borneo: Here are 6 reasons why

You haven’t known paradise

if you’ve never visited

Sabah Borneo:

Here are 6 reasons why

9

January, 2018

Kopivosian! It means Hello in Kadazan dialect; one of the major tribes which can be found in Sabah Borneo. Apart from that, there are also many other ethnic groups such as Dusun, Murut, Rungus, Bajau, Lundayeh, the list goes on! A tiny island which is located in the eastern part of Malaysia and shares the island of Borneo with Sarawak, Brunei, and Indonesian Kalimantan. Blessed with one of the oldest rainforests in the world, serene sandy beaches, and gazillion of natural treats that will grant anyone a feeling of paradise when visiting Sabah Borneo.

Sabah Borneo is truly a destination like no other. Anyone can experience Sabah Borneo from its gorgeous sandy beach islands, climbing the legendary Mount Kinabalu, amazing diversity of flora and fauna, diving in one of the world’s top dive spots, to wonderful wildlife to spot, and a great warm hospitality by locals here. There is so much to talk about when visiting Sabah Borneo and here are the reasons why…

1. Adventurous travelers can conquer the highest mountain in Sabah Borneo – Mount Kinabalu

Climbing Mount Kinabalu via Via Ferrata .

Often we know that Sabah Borneo inspires plenty travelers from around the globe and is constantly rated as one of traveler’s top bucket list, which is to go for a climb at Mount Kinabalu. For most travelers, Mount Kinabalu is the only one that drives them to visit Sabah Borneo for holiday. With a high altitude of 4,096 meters, Mount Kinabalu is considered the highest peak in Malaysia. Climbing to reach the top is challenging and tough but once arriving at the peak, any travelers will feel proud of their achievements. However, there is a limited spot given to those who wish to climb Mount Kinabalu, travelers will need to arrange their trip in advance so to avoid any disappointment of not getting a slot. Apart from that, there are also some interesting jungle trails around Kinabalu National Park that can be alternative trekking activities.

2. Hiking trails & scenic attraction that no one can forget!

Amazing view from the top after hiking up

In Sabah Borneo, there is no shortage of natural splendors that can be found, from lush tropical rainforest to the amazing jungle trails and scenic view from the top of the hill, making it a haven for hikers. Sabah Borneo is home to many natural sites such as Kinabalu National Park, Mount Trusmadi, Mount Tambuyukon, Batu Punggul, and Salt Trail Croker Range, which all of these places are perfect for avid trekkers to experience the challenging trails, as well as to see some unique Borneo flora and fauna along the trail. Moreover, there are also some places that are perfect for day hikes and travelers will not only lose some sweat for a day but also a chance to witness the amazing view from the top.

3. Nature enthusiast can marvel the incredible million years old rainforest

Borneo Rainforest

Sabah Borneo is the best place for the nature enthusiast. Located on the island of Borneo, which is home to estimated 130 million years old of tropical rainforest, inhabited by 1600 known species of wildlife, birds, insects, and plants. It is not surprising that there are many travelers from around the world who are tempted to spend their Borneo Holidays in this unique forest paradise. Several jungle trails are available for travelers to venture in, such as Lupa Masa Jungle, Danum Valley, Maliau Basin, Kinabatangan River and Long Pasia. Apart from being immersed in the green nature of the tropical forest, travelers will get a unique chance to glimpse at some elusive Borneo wildlife species as they go through the jungle trails. Not only that, a few rare species of plants can also be found within the forest, such as Orchids, Pitcher Plant, Rafflesia, and more.

4. Plenty island beaches for beach lovers to laze at

Paradise in Sabah Borneo

Sandy white beaches in Mantanani Island

Apart from being rich in tropical rainforest, Sabah Borneo also offers some of the best beach spots for those who are in need of “Vitamin Sea”. Not only that, some of the island beaches are gazetted by Sabah Borneo Government as a preserved marine national park, such as Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Pulau Tiga Park, Turtle Islands Park, Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Sipadan Island Park, and Tun Mustapha Park. Beautiful turquoise waters, colorful coral reefs, and white sandy beaches, who can say “no” to that? Apart from that, there are also various water sports activities which can be done such as banana boat ride, parasailing, coral zip line, snorkeling, and more. In addition, travelers can also do island hopping, where they can get a chance to see more than one island in a day. With these exciting activities offered, spending holidays in these island beaches are always a good idea for a getaway!

5. A world-class diving destination

Paradise in Sabah Borneo

Diving in Sipadan Island. Photo by Jennifer Ethier

Sabah Borneo may have its jungle paradise, but it also has its paradise under the sea and it can be found at Sipadan Island! Known for being a top world class diving destination, Sipadan Island is home to thousands of turtles, schooling sharks, swirling barracuda, and awe-inspiring coral walls that are more than 600m straight down to the seafloor. Apart from being able to bring travelers a different side of the world, it also helps in getting rid everydays stress and pressure from the busy life. Discover the magnificent underwater marine life, as divers will get the chance to explore the hidden secrets and underwater treasures!

6. Foodies can indulge tantalizing food in Sabah Borneo

Paradise in Sabah Borneo

Tantalizing food in Sabah Borneo!

Aaahh…Talking about the food in Sabah Borneo, it is one of the reasons travelers miss the taste of it. Sabah Borneo is a melting pot of cultures ranging from the Kadazan, Dusun, Bajau, Murut, Rungus and more sub-ethnics, making the glorious and exotic cuisine of Sabah influenced by various ethnic communities. Interestingly, the many ethnic of Sabah Borneo are able to turn any wild plants from the jungle, herbs, and fruits into culinary delights. Apart from that, they too can create specialties from the abundance of fresh seafood and freshwater fish. Drooling already? Read our articles on the traditional food in Sabah Borneo and some of the must-eat food!

With Sabah Borneo’s irresistible charms, the sandy beaches, exotic wildlife, greenery forests, and beautiful cultures, these are just some of the reasons that create its title of being a paradise. So, wait no more! Book your flight ticket now and go for a long-awaited trip to paradise in Sabah Borneo!

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