Oct
13

Food trucks in Kuching

Food truck had been around for so many years, but in Kuching, we only have a few of these food trucks. Here are the most known food trucks in Kuching.

  • Hungry Dino

Hungry Dino is famous for their signature Pulled Beef Sandwich and Salted Egg Yolk Croissant. They usually parked at Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho between 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, but recently, they also parked at Kai Joo Lane on every Friday to Sunday from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The other famous dishes are Chicken Thigh Sandwich, Grilled Cheese and Classic Aglio Olio with six choices of add-ons such as beef bacon, smoked, pulled beef, grilled chicken, smoked duck, and pepperoni. Their sandwich can be found in 2 types of baguette: normal or charcoal baguette.

  • NOMS On Street

This food truck usually parked at Jalan Song, in front of Starbucks. Sometimes, they also parked at Jalan Tun Jugah, not far from Petronas. Their operating hour differs each day, but you can just check their Facebook page to find out more about their location for the day and their opening time. NOMS on Street is famous for their signature Mamamia, Big & Hawt, Beefed Out Burger, Grilled Mac and Cheese (Chic and Beef Bacon) and Clingy Wings.

  • The Food Chow

Based on the menu, this food truck mainly serves Mexican food. Their signature dishes are Soft Taco (with your choice of Grilled Chicken, Chilli Con Carne Beef or Grilled Halibut Fish), Pumpkin and Guacamole Salad, Avocado Fries and Sweet Nachos with Banana Cream and Nutella Sauce. There usually parked at Song Plaza at Brighton Square, near Secret Recipe from Tuesday till Sunday from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. They are closed on Mondays.

  • Kuching Food Kartel

They go by the slogan “The Best Charchoal Bun Burger in Kuching”.  They do not have fixed location; though you can easily find out about their location in their Facebook page. They have 2 trucks, pink and yellow truck. Based on their past locations, they were mostly at Kuching Waterfront and Matang Hub. Their grilled burgers come in 6 types which are differentiate by their sauce or gravy; Burgerlap (chilli sauce with half cheese slice), Dark Raider (steak gravy & mayonnaise), Hot Attack (homemade sambal and mayonnaise), Cheesy Scene (jalapeno cheesy spread and mayonnaise), Hot Shot (homemade chilli and mayonnaise) and Smooth Creamynal (cheddar cheese sauce and mayonnaise). All burgers are sold at RM6.00 per burger, unless you are going to add-on extra cheese, pineapple, patty or gravy.

  • Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa

While all the others mainly served burgers and other fast food, as the name suggest, this food truck sells nasi lemak. You can add-on toppings such as sambal sotong, ayam goreng berempah, daging goreng, daging rendang, ayam rendang, ayam merah, paru goreng, begedil (deep fried potato patty) or tempe (slightly fermented soybeans patty). They also sell drinks and ala-carte menu which includes beef burger, chicken burger, fries, mee goreng, nasi goreng and more. They can be found near Giant Tabuan or at Jalan Tun Jugah, depending on their schedule for the day.

The best thing about food trucks is that they are mobile. They can provide catering service for events and small occasions since they can easily set up their booth. Just recently, all food trucks in Kuching as listed above had a first ever Kuching Food Truck Gathering on 11 Sept 2016 at Jalan Tun Jugah. Hundreds of people went to the gathering and tried different type of food that they offered. Even though it was a onetime event, nowadays some of the food truck can be found opening their truck side by side.

Sep
15

Cultural & Heritage Villages in Sabah

Besides Sarawak, Sabah is also known for the multicultural state in Malaysia. There are 32 officially recognised ethnic groups in Sabah, and tourists are able to know more about some of these ethnics by visiting the cultural villages. Here is the list of known cultural villages in Sabah.

  • KDCA Cultural Village

KDCA stands for Kadazandusun Cultural Association. As its name suggested, the village is catered for the Kadazandusun tribes in Sabah. There are four major Dusun tribes in Sabah in the village; Dusun Tindal Kota Belud, Dusun Papar, Rungus and Murut.

Visitors can try their ‘Lansaran’ (Borneo trampoline), enjoy various demonstrations such as beads-making, rice-wine sampling ,fire-making using bamboo, tattoo art, process of making blow-pipe, cigar-rolling and paddy processing. Besides, visitors can also enjoy some traditional musical show with the performers playing the native Sabahan’s instruments and their traditional dancing. There is also some Sabah traditional food for sampling.

The cultural village is located at Penampang district, 20 minutes’ drive from Kota Kinabalu. You can get to the KDCA by bus or taxi. If you want to go there by bus, you need to get aboard bus number 13A, headed for Penampang/Donggongon which will cost around RM1.60 per person, though you need to inform the driver in advance to drop you off near KDCA. If you want to go by taxi, it will cost you about RM30 per taxi.

  • Mari-Mari Cultural Village

Mari-Mari Cultural Village is located in Kionsom, Inanam, where there are more trees than buildings surrounding the village.

The village features 5 different ethnic tribes in one village. They are Kadazan-Dusun, Rungus, Lundayeh, Bajau, and Murut. Kadazans are the people of the land, where most of them are rice farmers back in the day. Rungus are formerly a sub-group of the Kadazan ethnic but recently was announced as full ethnic. In the past, Rungus people are famous for their longhouses with over 70 rooms in each longhouse, though now the longhouses rarely exceed 10 rooms. Lundayeh is a minority ethnic group and they are also called Lun Bawang. Lundayeh means upriver people and also known to be hunters and fishermen. Bajau people are also known as the cowboy and sea gypsey people. The Bajaus of Kota Belud are called The Cowboys of The East because of their horse-riding ability, while the Bajau Laut tribes of Semporna are known as The Sea Gypsey for their seafaring skills. Murut tribe of Sabah were feared for their ancient tradition of headhunting practices.

When you visit the village, you can see and try their hands-on experience. You can check out the little huts in the village where daily routines of traditional Sabahan life come alive. Besides, you can see the blowpipe-making demonstration, fire-starting demonstration using bamboo, tattoo-making demonstration with an in-depth look at the mystical symbolisms behind them. Visitors can also try the Sabahan traditional delicacies from each ethnic group.

  • Monsopiad Heritage Village

Unlike other cultural villages, this village is actually dedicated for Monsopiad, a fearsome warrior from Kuai Village around 200 years ago.  The village was built on the land where Monsopiad lived by the descendants of the legendary head-hunter. In remembrance of the great warrior, his 6th and 7th generations have built the village on the very land where Monsopiad lived and roamed some three centuries ago to remember their forefather, and to give you an extraordinary insight into their ancient and rich culture. The village is privately owned and still managed by his direct descendants.

The main attraction of this village is the “Siou Do Mohoing” or popularly known as House Of Skulls where the enemies’ hunted skulls are kept and hang from the rafters. Visitors can also visit the “Tangkob” where the padi is housed and “Kotos Di Monsopiad” (Monsopiad’s Main House) to see rows of ceramic jars, padi grinders, bamboo items as well as the costume of Bobohizan Inai Bianti, direct descendant of Monsopiad and very senior high priestess.

The heritage village is opened daily from 9.00am till 5.00pm. To get there, you can take the bus, taxi or contact the village for shuttle services. If you want to go there by bus, take the No.13 bus to Donggongon town in Penampang from the bus stations in front of City Hall or Wawasan Plaza in KK City, then at Donggongon, board a minibus bound for Terawi and indicate your stop to the driver.

  • Borneo Cultural Village

Borneo Cultural Village is the largest cultural village in Sabah. There are various traditional houses such as Brunei House, Chinese House, Penampang House, Murut House, Tidung House, Bajau House and Papar House. Each house was built by descendants of the tribes they represent. Tourists can enjoy cultural show dance, explore the traditional and ancient life style of each ethnic through a museum type cultural village. Visitors can also try the Rice Wine, getting a Henna Tatoo, starting fire using bamboo demonstration at Tidung House, Blow-Pipe demonstration by Murut Tribe, musical instrument performance at Bajau House, lesson for curry chicken & roti canai and many more.

You can also try out local delicacies such as Ambuyat (made of Sago), Sago worms, as well as local rice wine known as Tapai. At the end of your tour, you can go to the performance hall to watch the cultural performance.

To go to Borneo Cultural Village, you can go there by car. It is about 50 minutes’ drive from city centre. The entrance fee is RM30.00 for adults and RM15.00 for children. You can also book there full package at RM90.00 which includes guide, demo, show and lunch. Guide can be arranged at RM15.00.

Aug
30

Kuching Heritage: Historical buildings and sites in Kuching

When you visit Kuching and take a look around the city centre, you probably noticed some historical buildings around. These historical buildings are mostly over 100 years old, and had been there since the Brooke government era.

The most famous historical building in Kuching is the Old Kuching Courthouse. It was built on 1871, and was used as the administrative centre of Sarawak government until 1973. Nowadays, it houses Sarawak Tourism Complex, few restaurants such as ChinaHouse.

Old Kuching Courthouse

Across the road from the Old Courthouse, you can see the Square Tower. It was completed in 1879, and served as sentry posts on each side of the Sarawak River; along with Fort Margherita. The tower had been converted to a dancing hall used by the Brooke’s officers and servants during most of the weekends when they were in Kuching.

Square Tower

Across the river, there is a fort called Fort Margherita; named after Ranee Margaret, the wife of Charles Brooke. The fort was built there as the location is ideal for sentry point as it overlooks Kuching and the river. However, you might not be able to see it if you are near The Square Tower as there are trees around it. You can see it if you walk further towards the Malay village.

Fort Margherita (side view)

The Astana, also situated across the river, was the private residence of the Rajah Charles Brooke. It was built as a wedding gift to his beloved wife, Margaret Brooke, The Ranee of Sarawak. Now, it is the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak after undergone major renovations and alterations.

Astana (side view)

A few metres from the Old Courthouse, you can see The Pavilion. It was originally used as the medical headquarter, then later it was converted to the headquarters of the Education Department. The building had been conserved and is currently used by the Museum Department as their Textile Museum.

The Pavilion

Across the road from The Pavilion, there is The Main Post Office building, but originally was once used for a police station and also the Rajah’s Stables. It was built in 1931.

The Main Post Office building

When you walk along the Main Bazaar from the Old Courthouse, you will notice there is a Chinese Temple at the end of the bazaar. It is called Tua Pek Kong Temple. The temple was believed to have been built by the Chinese migrants from Kalimantan, Indonesia before 1839. There are two other temples in that area which are Guan Thian Siang Ti Temple (1889) and Kueh Seng Onn Temple (1895). The other two temples are located along Carpenter Street.

Tua Pek Kong Temple

Opposite of the Tua Pek Kong Temple, you can see the Old Chinese Court. It was built in  1912 and was used originally by the Chinese community as a court to administer the laws and customs on marriage, divorce and probate, but later dissolved in 1921. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce used the building as their office in 1930 until 1990. In 1993, the Sarawak Museum had set up the Chinese History Museum here, displaying the history of Chinese settlement in Sarawak.

Old Chinese Court

Besides colonial design and structures, there are also historical streets such as Main Bazaar and India Street. The former is one of the oldest streets of Kuching.  Now, it is a tourist attraction as there are rows of outlets selling variety of antiques and handicrafts. Kai Joo Lane recently opened up its lane for night market on Friday to Saturday from 5:00 pm onwards.

In its early days the majority of traders at India Street were Indian migrants involved in trading textiles, brassware, spices and market goods. The street is famous for shops supplying textile and spices besides shops selling daily provisions, food and clothes stores at every available space of the street.

One of the must visit place in Kuching is the Waterfront. It has undergone several transformations. From a small settlement of modest ‘atap’ buildings, to a busy port with warehouses and wharfs, and to the landscape riverside walk as it is today. The waterfront is always bustling with people, but the one event that most people like to attend is the annual Sarawak Regatta. During this event, the road will be closed and there will be many stalls around.  The tradition of holding the annual Regatta in the Sarawak River continued through the colonial period and into the post-Malaysia period, until today.

In conclusion, above is a bit of the history of Kuching city for you before you visit us here in Kuching. To find out more about Kuching tour, you can visit our website here: https://goo.gl/cI4AJ2

Jul
24

The first ever Sarawak Day celebration on 22 July 2016

The Sarawak Day on 22 July 2016 had been declared as the state public holiday for the first time ever. This celebration was to mark the date when the state gained self-government from the British colony as a prelude to forming Malaysia together with North Borneo (Sabah), Singapore and Malaya in 1963.

Sarawak’s Chief Minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem, declared 22 July 2016 a public holiday for Sarawak on 22 April 2016.

Although it does not mean complete independence, the date was special because Sarawakians were responsible for governing Sarawak after hundreds of years under the ruling of the Sultanate of Brunei (1599 – 1842), the Rajah Brooke administrative period (1842 to 1941), the Japanese reign (1941 – 1945) and the British colonial rule (1946 – 22 July 1963.

On 22 July 1963, Datuk Stephen Kalong Ningkan was appointed Sarawak Chief Minister and when the Supreme Council comprising Sarawak’s first ministerial cabinet was formed, though Sir Alexander Wadell, the last British governor, was still occupying the Astana and serving as governor of the British colony until 15 Sept 1963.

The first Sarawak Day was celebrated by all Sarawakians, from all over Sarawak in different kind of celebrations.

Sarawak Day Celebration 2016

Image credit to New Straits Times Online

In Kuching, people gathered at The Waterfront where the main celebration was held. The opening ceremony was officiated at by Head of State, Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who attended the event with his wife, Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib. Our beloved Chief Minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem and wife Puan Sri Jamilah Anu, parliament ministers and state cabinet ministers were also present during the celebration. A special performance staged to commemorate the history of Sarawak, depicting on Sarawak being one of Brunei’s territories, the reign of the White Rajahs under the Brooke family which lasted a century, the Japanese Occupation, Anti-Cession Movement and eventually, Sarawak’s independence.

Image credit to The Borneo Post

In Miri, despite the heavy rain, thousands of people gathered at Miri City Council (MCC) field on the night of 21st July for Sarawak Day countdown. There were various performances by local bands and artistes, and showcases by dance troupes including the award-winning Sanggar Budaya.

Image credit to The Borneo Post

Image credit to The Borneo Post

Some clubs were celebrating the day in their own way. For example, Serian Division Vespa Fan Club started convoying from Serian to Miri on 20 July in a five-day trip as the club’s initiative to celebrate Sarawak Day.

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Image credit to The Borneo Post

In a different occasion, about 200 bikers from in and around Sibu took part in the ‘Sarawak Day Big Bike Ride to Sarikei’. The flag-off was held at at Sibu Town Square Phase 2 on 22 July 2016, and it was organised by Sibu Municipal Council (SMC).

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Image credit to The Borneo Post

The Sarawak Day is to commemorate the day Sarawak achieved self-government from the British. Regardless of difference in race, culture & religion, Sarawakians are proud of our unique identity and hope to continue living in peace and harmony among each other.

Jun
11

Free and Easy Sabah 4D3N PROMO for June 2016

Free and Easy Sabah 4D3N

Are you planning to visit Kota Kinabalu soon? Looking for a place to stay that is near to the city centre so that you can shop all you want at Handicraft Market and Gaya Street, or go on daily tours with us?

This is the package where you call the SHOTS !

Stay for 3 nights at Sabah Oriental Hotel, the 4 star hotel in Kota Kinabalu with return airport transfers, and spend the days at your own leisure.

 

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Sabah Oriental Hotel

 

1) Valid for booking from 10 June – 30 July 2016

2) Travel date: From now until 15 Dec 2016

3) Minimum: 2 persons

 

Day 1: Airport / Sabah Oriental Hotel

Arrive at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, then the driver will pick you up and send you to Sabah Oriental Hotel. Free & easy for the rest of the day. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2: Free and Easy

After breakfasts, you can opt to do your own activities. Overnight at Sabah Oriental Hotel.   (Breakfast)

 

Day 3: Free and Easy

After breakfasts, you can opt to do your own activities.  Overnight at Sabah Oriental Hotel.  (Breakfast)

 

Day 4: Free and Easy / Airport

After breakfast at your hotel, free & easy until time for check out. The driver will pick you up then send you to the airport for your flight departure home.  (Breakfast)

 

RATE:

Adult: RM399 per person (inclusive of 6% GST)

Child: RM319 per person (2-11 years old) ( inclusive of GST)

 

Includes: 3 nights stay at Sabah Oriental Hotel (twin/triple share) with daily breakfast, return airport transfers (Airport – Sabah Oriental Hotel – Airport)

Excludes: All airfares, personal items & items not mentioned

 

To add-on optional tours, please refer below:

**Please note that each additional tour will be charged accordingly.

 

Options Itinerary Price (inclusive 6% GST)
Option 1:

Nabalu Market, Kinabalu Park, Poring Hot Spring (with Lunch)

 

Meet our guide and driver at 0800hrs at hotel lobby and transfer to and embark about 2 hours to Kinabalu Park.  En-route stop visit the Pekan Nabalu for photo stop or buy local produces/ Handicraft.

Short photo stop at Nabalu Market

Nabalu Market

Proceed to Kinabalu Park a botanist’s paradise was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO covers an area of 754sq.km with an altitude range up to the summit of Mt Kinabalu standing at 4095.2m above sea level. The park is home to the various species of flora and fauna.

Kinabalu Park Headquarters

Kinabalu Park

Lunch at local restaurant.

Proceed to Poring Hot Spring.  Upon arrival, experience the Poring forest canopy walk and see the spectacular view of tropical rainforest from 100-200ft above the forest floor lead by our guide.  The trail is quite steep and the walk takes 30-40 minutes altogether.

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Poring Hot Spring

Enjoy an invigorating mineral bath in the outdoor tubs based on first come first served or just explore the area.

Pack all your belongings and return to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu. (Lunch)

Adult: RM190.80

Child: RM144.00

Optional tour includes: Lunch, entrance fees, return land transfer & driver/guide
Excludes: Guide tipping (RM5 per pax per day for Malaysia market) and personal items
Option 2:

Mantanani Island Day Trip (with BBQ Lunch)

 

Pick-up from hotel at 7:15 am and transfer 1 hour and 45 minutes to Kuala Abai Jetty, Kota Belud. Arrival at Jetty and depart by boat to Rasa Sayang Lodge at Mantanani Island.

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Boat ride takes approximately 1 hour to the island. Upon arrival at Palm Beach, freshen up and have some refreshment.

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Get changed. Begin your activity (Snorkeling, Leisure Diving, or Discover Scuba Diving).L unch is provided at the Dive Lodge. At 3:00pm, depart back to Kuala Abai Jetty. Upon arrival, proceed back to Kota Kinabalu and transfer to your respective hotel. (BBQ Lunch)

Adult: RM254.40

Child: RM254.40

 

Optional tour includes: Return land transfer, BBQ lunch, snorkelling gear (except fins), and life jacket.
Excludes: Guide tipping (rm5 per pax per day) and personal items
Option 3:

Manukan & Sapi Island Day Trip (with BBQ Lunch)

 

 

Meet our guide at 9:00 am at the hotel lobby and transfer to Sutera Jetty / Jesselton Jetty for your boat scheduled at 9:30 am to Manukan Island.  Free and easy or enjoy some of the water sport such as Jet ski, Parasailing or banana boat which can be arrange with tour guide or water sport staff (Pay locally).  You may also enjoy swimming, snorkeling or just exploring the area. Snorkelling mask will be provided.

Manukan Island beach side

Manukan Island

At 1200hrs, take your transfer to Sapi Island to explore the island more. Your BBQ lunch will be served at Sapi Island.

Sapi Island

Sapi Island

Free and easy until your boat transfer back to mainland or earlier depend on the weather.
(Activities you can do there: snorkelling, underwater seawalk, scuba Doo, swimming, relaxing etc)

Upon arrival at Sutera Jetty, transfer to hotel.

Adult: RM212.00
Child: RM212.00
Optional tour includes: Lunch, entrance fees, boat fee & return land transfer, driver guide.
Excludes: Guide tipping (suggestion RM5 per pax per day for Malaysia market) and personal items.
Option 4:

Kota Kinabalu City Tour

 

Meet at the hotel lobby and proceed for city tour to explore Kota Kinabalu or “KK’ as it is popularly known. Kota Kinabalu is a pleasant Borneo surprise, set between lush tropical hills and the South China Sea. It is the state capital of Sabah and a resort-city of exciting contrasts – vibrant, serene and hassle-free, with modern infrastructure and many attractions. Tour features State Museum, Puh Toh Tze Buddhist Temple, Wisma Tun Mustapha (formerly known as Sabah Foundation Building), and State Mosque.  Drop off at Shopping Complex or Handicraft market and then return to your hotel.

Kota Kinabalu city

Kota Kinabalu city

Adult: RM106.00
Child: RM84.80
Optional tour includes: Return land transfer, driver/guide.
Excludes: Guide tipping (suggest RM5 per pax per day for Malaysia market) or personal items.
Option 5:

Mari-Mari Cultural Village Day Trip (with Lunch)

 

Pick up from hotel at 9:00 am then proceed to go to Mari-Mari Cultural Village. Upon arrival, as you assemble you will be briefed on the Village Rules…the Dos & the Don’ts.

Mari Mari Cultural Village in Kota Kinabalu

Mari Mari Cultural Village in Kota Kinabalu

As you enter through the suspension bridge, you will be fascinated with the sight of a river flowing. Visit each tribe’s traditional house and do some in house activities and stopover at demonstration huts. After the performance, you will be led to the Dining Hall. You may leisure around for about 15 minutes to shop, take photos or just relax and enjoy the natural surroundings.

Enjoy delectable traditional and fusion cuisines for lunch before the end of the tour. Time to bid a primordial farewell to the village. Depart back to your hotel.

Adult: RM196.10
Child: RM159.00
Optional tour includes: Lunch, entrance fees, return land transfer, driver/guide.
Excludes: Guide tipping (suggestion RM5 per pax per day for Malaysia market) and personal items.

 

For more information, email us at cutiborneo@yahoo.com

or call us at + 60 16 4123 304

 

Feb
09

Desa Cattle Dairy Farm, The New Zealand of Sabah

Desa Cattle Dairy Farm is famous locally as The New Zealand of Sabah. The vast expanse of green grassland with herd of cows grazing and lying around at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu make the place seems like it was overseas rather than our own homeland.

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The farm is located at Mesilau, a 2-hours’ drive from Kota Kinabalu city. The 199 hectares farm has mostly Holstein Friesian cows which are the highest milk producers among all cattle breeds.

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There are so many activities that you can do here. You can head over to the calf pen to see calves and young goats, and you are able to feed them. You can buy grass or milk to fee the calves and goats. If you come at the right day and time, you can watch the milk processing machine being operated. At 3pm to 5 pm, visitors can see the milking process through the big window in the designated area. Visitors also can see the cheese making process at their cheese cellar room at 10:45 am and 2:45 pm daily. The cheese is a recent addition to the products of the Desa Dairy Farm, which had just started in year 2015. This farm is said to be the only place in Malaysia producing cheese.

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The one thing that you must not missed out when visiting the farm is trying their fresh dairy products. There are different flavours of yogurts, gelatos, puddings and fresh milks. You can even taste Malaysians’ favourite flavour (and fruit), durian flavoured gelato there. Besides durian, there are chocolate and vanilla flavoured gelatos; coffee, strawberry, blueberry and mango flavoured yogurt; and original, chocolate and the latest addition, coffee flavoured milk. Besides food, you can also buy souvenirs at the shop. T-shirts, key chains, postcards are sold at the souvenirs shop.

The picturesque green grassland, with the majestic Mount Kinabalu as the backdrop also attracts photographers from all over Malaysia to snap thousands of photos. Even some couples had their wedding photoshoot at the grassland, with a fee.

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The farm is opened for visitors from 8am to 5pm daily, with entrance fee of RM5 per adult and RM4 per child or student. So, if you happened to visit Sabah in the near future, feel free to visit this cattle farm! Although it is quite far from Kota Kinabalu city, the trip there will be worth it.

If you are interested go to Desa Cattle Farm, feel free to email us at cutiborneo@yahoo.com. Here is our latest promotion for 3D2N Best Melawat Sabah Tour,  which includes trip to Kinabalu Park, Poring Hot Spring and of course, Desa Cattle Farm!

Jan
12

6 Popular Seafood Eateries in Kuching

1. Top Spot Food Court
If you talk about seafood restaurant in Kuching, this place would definitely be your first choice. It is situated in the middle of Kuching city and easy to find, as it was within walking distance from our famous cat statue. Located on top of Taman Kereta (literally translates to “Car Park”), the place has several seafood stalls. The dishes that you definitely had to try are curry ambal (bamboo clam), steamed fish, midin belacan, oyster pancake, grilled prawns, and many others. You can also choose the seafood yourself.

TopSpot in Google Street View:

2. See Good Food Centre
See Good Food Centre, located at Ban Hock Road, is one of the best seafood places in Kuching. First timers might have a hard time to locate the restaurant. It is located in front of Hua Kuok Inn and near Grand Supreme Hotel. The restaurant opens every day except on the 4th and 18th of every month. At this family restaurant, you can try their seafood selections such as oyster pancake, bamboo shell clams, and various types of fish, lobster and crabs.

See Good Food Centre in Google Street View:

3. Buntal 88 Seafood Centre
Even though it was quite far from the city, Buntal has several seafood restaurants due to its location by the sea. After much consideration, we decided that the best seafood restaurant there is 88 Seafood Centre. Our recommended dish would be fish deep fried with garlic and ginger, bamboo clams with curry, salted prawn and bitter gourd with salted egg.

Buntal 88 Seafood Centre in Google Street View:

4. Rock Road Seafood Restaurant
Rock Road Seafood Restaurant, an upclass restaurant located at Rock Road, is a halal-certified seafood restaurant. The restaurant had been around since 1960s. There, you can choose the type of fish or crabs that you want and how you want it cooked and order your food even before you are even seated. We would recommend sharks fin Soup, Crabs stir fried in satay sauce, Fish pan-fried with soy sauce and Scallop with broccoli.

Rock Road Seafood Restaurant in Google Street View:

5. Pending Seafood Centre
This seafood centre is more to hawker style. Its cosy atmosphere had attracted people to visit it. There are several stalls here such as L & L Seafood, Chai Seafood, New Hui Wang Seafood, Yee Siang Seafood and others. This place is popular because it is located near to fresh raw seafood products supply.

Pending Seafood Centre in Google Street View:

6. Benson Seafood
This seafood place sits at the riverbank. It is near to the fish market so the seafood is fresh. The famous dishes there are pepper crab, chilli crab or prawns, oyster pancake, squid with soy sauce, clams, deep fried fish with several choices for the sauce and many others. While enjoying your meal, you can see several boats and sampan passing by the river.

Benson Seafood in Google Street View:

Dec
03

PROMOTION 2D1N Kundasang Sabah All the Way Tour

Kundasang All the Way Tour 2D1N

Minimum: 4 persons. Valid from 3 Dec – 31 Jan 2016
This is the best tour there is for Kundasang. Visit All the places there is in Kundasang.
Map of Nabalu Market, Kinabalu Park, Desa cow Farm, Poring Hot Spring, Sabah Tea Garden and Kpg Luanti Fish Spa in Kundasang Ranau Sabah

Map of Kundasang Ranau Sabah

Day 1: We pick you up from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu at 7am, so that we will be in time to see Sabah Tea morning factory tour which starts at 8am till 10am. It takes more than 2.5 hours from Kota Kinabalu city to reach Sabah Tea Garden. You can have your morning breakfasts at Sabah Tea Garden. After that, we will visit Kampung Luanti Fish Spa. The fish here is not your ordinary small fishes that nibble your dead skin cell but is about the size of your palm or bigger. These fishes live in the river at Kampung Luanti.
Sabah Tea Garden

Sabah Tea Garden

Kpg Luanti Fish Spa

Kpg Luanti Fish Spa

Do note that you may want to step into the river and play with the fishes. Slippers are for rent there and we encourage you to bring additional pair of rubber slippers as the rocks at the river bank can be quite sharp.
Poring Hot Spring

Poring Hot Spring

Next, we will proceed to Poring Hot Spring and have our lunch ( self pay) there at the same time. We will  experience the Poring forest canopy walk and see the spectacular view of tropical rainforest from 100-200ft above the forest floor lead by our guide.  The trail is quite steep and the walk takes 30-40 minutes altogether.
Enjoy an invigorating mineral bath in the outdoor tubs based on first come first served or just explore the area. Once we are fully satisfied, we will move on to Kinabalu Park, a botanist’s paradise was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO covers an area of 754sq.km with an altitude range up to the summit of Mt Kinabalu standing at 4095.2m above sea level. The park is home to the various species of flora and fauna.
We then make a move and check in at Cottage Hotel to freshen up. At 7pm, we will  enjoy our steamboat dinner. After dinner, we return back to our rooms to rest and overnight. (steamboat dinner)
Desa Cow Farm and Kundasang War Memorial

Desa Cow Farm and Kundasang War Memorial

Day 2: After breakfasts, 8;30am,  we will start off  visiting the Desa Cow Farm. It is also known as Little New Zealand because of the beautiful scenery there. This is a place where you feel like you are being in New Zealand with the mountainous scenery there. We can take some photos and visit the milk processing plant there. Then we will move on to Kundasang War Memorial which was built to remember the soldiers who had perished during WWII here in Sabah. Established in 1962, this was one of the first memorials to commemorate the brave Australian and British Prisoners of War who died in Sandakan and during the infamous death marches to Ranau during World War II. The memorial also remembers the people of North Borneo who risked their lives to help the POWs.
The Memorial is made up of four beautiful gardens – the Australian Garden, the English Garden, the Borneo Garden and the Contemplation Garden and Pool – to represent the different nationalities. With its towering pine trees and blooming roses, a walk in the gardens is reminiscent to that of a stroll in a quaint English garden.
After this, we will start our journey back to Kota Kinabalu and stopping at Nabalu Market for photostop of Mt Kinabalu, coffee break and some souvenir purchase along the way. We will reach Kota Kinabalu city in evening and drop you off at your hotel in Kota Kinabalu city. (Breakfasts)

RATE per person: RM371 ( inclusive of GST), Per Child: RM297 ( inclusive of GST)

 
Includes: Driver/Guide, 1 nite stay at Cottage Hotel with breakfasts on twin/triple share, steamboat dinner, entrance fee to Kampung Luanti Fish Spa, Kinabalu Park, Poring Hot Spring, canopy walk, Kundasang War Memorial, Desa Cow Farm, transport and petrol.
Excludes: Driver/guide tipping at RM5 per pax per day, meals that are not stated and personal items.

For more information, email us at cutiborneo@yahoo.com

or call us at + 60 16 4123 304

Nov
23

Promotion Pakej ke Kuching Sarawak ony RM270

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PROMOTION 3D2N TOUR TO KUCHING SARAWAK

VERY LOW PRICE

 

BOOK NOW!

 

3D2N FREE AND EASY: RM270 ONLY per person

( Includes Airport Transfers and 2 nites hotel stay at New 2 star NOVA HOTEL)

Only RM270 per person

Includes: Airport Transfers and 2 nites hotel stay on 1 Queen Bed.

 Offer valid from: 23 Nov 2015 – 30 Jan 2016

Nova Hotel Kuching

Nova Hotel Kuching

Location of Nova Hotel: Abell Road, Kuching ( New Hotel just completed 2015)

Hotel features: Individual air-cond, 40″ and 32 ” LED colour TV with Satellite aand Inhouse CCTV channels, coffee/tea making facilities, complimentary wifi, bottled water, in room safe box, refrigerator, laundry service, private car park, lift and 24 hrs security system, Iron and ironing board ( upon request)

Orang Utan

Orang Utan

Sarawak Cultural Village dancers

Sarawak Cultural Village dancers

 Serikin Market

Serikin Market

Optional Day Trip for Transport and Entrance Fee only:

Packge SCVOU 1:  

Pickup time: 8am

Sarawak Cultural Village and Semenggoh Orang Utan: RM170 per person

( Add on lunch at RM27 per person)

Price excludes 6% GST

Package Serikin 2:

Serikin: Pickup time: 8am

Return to city: About 1-2pm

Transport Only for 2- 8 persons: RM350 per van ( flat price)

 (Add on Lunch RM27 per person)

Price excludes 6% GST

Santubong River Cruise

Santubong River Cruise

How about later in afternoon at 4pm, we go by boat to see Wildlife Cruise along Santubong River? We can even look out for dolphins! YES ! Wildlife Dolphins!

Santubong River Cruise TOUR ITINERARY

Time: 4 pm-8 pm

P”ick you up at 4pm  before proceeding to Santubong jetty. This tour takes you in a boat down the Santubong river, past the majestic Mount Santubong and its historical sites, into the bay, where pods of dolphins are found. Sightings can never be guaranteed, but the probability to see dolphins is quite high, because they are around throughout the year. The boat then heads to the western side of the bay into the Kuching Wetlands National Park, Sarawak’s only Ramsar Site. Ramsar sites are wetlands of exceptional global value that are designated for protection. Here you can watch Proboscis Monkeys and Silvered Leaf Monkeys come to the water’s edge, and if you’re lucky, giant crocodiles too. Highlights are the dolphins and a very different perspective of Mount Santubong, as early sailors would have seen it from the sea.

The tour includes transfers by air-conditioned vans to the boat jetty and back. As the light fades you will be able to see fireflies. Packed dinner will be provided. You will return to the boat club around 8 pm, and then proceed to head back to  Hotel. Tour End.

RATE: RM200 per person adult, Price per child: 150 per child ( Rates exclude 6% GST)

Package includes: Pick up from Hotel, transport, boat ride, boat fee, jetty fee, packed dinner and guide

Excludes: Personal items.

** Dolphins are spotted there but we cant guarantee you will see it, as they are wild animals.

Come book our Free and Easy Tour to Kuching, and buy our Optional Tours of Package SCVOU1 or Package Serikin2 or Package Santubong Wildlife River Cruis3!

For more information, email us at cutiborneo@yahoo.com

or call us at + 60 16 4123 304

 

Oct
05

Pakej Percutian Sabah 3 hari 2 malam

Sabah merupakan salah satu destinasi percutian yang terkenal di Malaysia. Negeri di Bawah Bayu ini bukan sahaja terkenal dengan pulau-pulau yang indah, malah kehijauan flora di negeri ini juga menjadikannya tarikan pelancong sama ada dari dalam atau dari luar negara.

Di sini, kami ingin memperkenalkan salah satu pakej percutian ke Sabah. Dalam masa 3 hari 2 malam, anda boleh melawat tempat-tempat menarik di Sabah, sama ada gunung, pulau dan tempat tarikan pelancong yang lain.

Sejurus ketibaan di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kota Kinabalu, anda akan dijemput oleh pemandu pelancong kami. Kemudian, anda akan dibawa melawat Muzium Negeri Sabah yang dibina pada tahun 1985. Muzium ini dibina berdasarkan senibina rumah panjang masyarakat Rungus.

Destinasi seterusnya ialah Kuil Puh Toh Tze yang terletak di Jalan Tuaran, Wisma Tun Mustapha yang terletak di Likas dan Masjid Negeri. Selepas itu, anda akan dibawa ke Pasar Kraftangan di Kota Kinabalu. Di sini, anda dapat melihat pelbagai jenis kraftangan yang diperbuat daripada rotan, manik, mutiara dan ukiran kayu. Selain itu, anda juga boleh membeli kain batik, T-shirt dan kerongsang dengan harga yang murah dan berpatutan di sini.

Selepas seharian berjalan-jalan di Kota Kinabalu, anda akan dibawa ke Sabah Oriental Hotel yang bertaraf 4 bintang untuk berehat dan bermalam.

Keesokan harinya, selepas sarapan, pemandu pelancong kami akan menjemput anda di lobi hotel pada pukul 8:00 pagi dan anda akan memulakan perjalanan untuk ke Taman Negara Kinabalu. Perjalanan ke taman negara mengambil masa lebih kurang 2 jam. Dalam perjalanan, anda akan singgah sebentar di Pekan Nabalu untuk makan tengah hari dan membeli cenderamata sebelum meneruskan perjalanan ke Taman Kinabalu.

Sumpiton, one of the souvenir at Nabalu Market

Sumpiton, one of the souvenir at Nabalu Market

Taman Negara Kinabalu merupakan salah satu tapak warisan UNESCO. Anda boleh melawat Taman Botanika dan melihat pelbagai jenis flora seperti periuk kera, orkid, paku pakis dan sebagainya.

Kemudian, anda melawat Kolam Air Panas Poring. Nikmati keindahan alam di sekitar kawasan Poring dengan berjalan di atas titian kanopi (canopy walk) yang tergantung di 100 hingga 200 kaki dari aras tanah. Selepas penat berjalan, anda boleh mandi di kolam renang terbuka di Poring. Kolam air panas ini terkenal dengan kandungan galian sulfur yang boleh menyegarkan badan. Anda akan kembali ke Kota Kinabalu pada sebelah petang.

Take a dip at Poring Hot Spring

Take a dip at Poring Hot Spring

Pada hari ketiga, anda akan dibawa melawat Pulau Manukan dan Pulau Sapi. Selepas sarapan, pemandu pelancong akan menjemput anda di lobi hotel pada pukul 8:30 pagi dan anda akan dibawa ke Jeti Sutera Harbour untuk menaiki bot ke Pulau Manukan. Pelbagai aktiviti boleh dilakukan di sana seperti Jet ski, banana boat dan parasailing (**Kesemua aktiviti yang dinyatakan tidak termasuk dalam pakej). Anda boleh berurusan secara terus dengan penganjur aktiviti air di pulau tersebut untuk mencuba aktiviti-aktiviti ini.

Manukan Island

Manukan Island

Pada pukul 12:00 tengah hari, anda akan ke Pulau Sapi. Di pulau ini, anda berpeluang untuk melihat biawak (Komodo Dragons) yang berkeliaran. Selain itu, anda boleh mencuba Scuba-Doo, sejenis kapal selam mini yang membolehkan anda berjalan di dalam air tanpa perlu risau dengan masalah kekurangan udara. (**Scuba-Doo tidak termasuk dalam pakej).

Anda akan kembali ke Kota Kinabalu pada sebelah petang sebelum ke hotel untuk daftar keluar. Kemudian, pemandu akan membawa anda ke lapangan terbang untuk penerbangan pulang.

Pakej di atas termasuk penginapan di Sabah Oriental Hotel yang bertaraf 4 bintang beserta sarapan, bayaran masuk ke Taman Negara Kinabalu, bayaran masuk ke Kolam Air Panas Poring dan Canopy Walk, pengangkutan, makanan seperti yang dinyatakan dan pemandu pelancong.

Untuk menempah pakej ini, sila hubungi kami di 016-4123  304 atau emelkan pertanyaan anda di cutiborneo@yahoo.com.

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