Dec
20

Danum Valley in Sabah is home for the world’s tallest tropical tree

Danum Valley Conservation Area is recognised by the naturalists as one of the world’s most complex ecosystem. The conservation area covers about 438 square kilometres of quite undisturbed tropical lowland rainforest in Sabah. The diversity of tropical flora and fauna of the forest makes it a famous destination for nature lovers. Rare wild animals such Bornean orangutans, gibbons, mousedeer, clouded leopards, as well as the rare East Sumatran rhinoceros and over 270 bird species can be found in the forest.

Just recently, the tallest tropical tree in the world had been discovered at Danum Valley. Gregory Asner of the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University announced at the Heart of Borneo conference on 10 Nov 2016 that during his helicopter ride on Monday the same week with the conference, he had discovered not only the tallest tropical tree in Danum Valley, but also 49 other trees taller than 90 meters spread all over Sabah.

The previous record for the tallest tropical tree was actually a Yellow Meranti (Shorea faguetiana), standing at about 89.5 metres tall and was found just a few months ago in Maliau Basin, another lost world in Sabah.

The current tallest tropical tree is in the genus Shorea, and the exact species will be announced once they had visited the tree.

The helicopter flight which was funded by film director James Cameron and the UN Development Programme, had flown on 7 Nov 2016. Asner flew the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) over Sabah to image forests and map animal habitat, carbon stocks, and canopy biodiversity. The sensors of the CAO are designed to measure the height, architecture, chemical properties and species identity of trees. It provides a very detailed 3D view of the forest canopy down to the ground level and that was how they get to measure the trees without having to visit the tree on the ground.

During the discovery, Asner said it was one of the most moving experiences in his 20 years career. They even circled the tree about 10 times before the pilot said they had to go back.

For those who are curious about this tree and Danum Valley, the nearest town is Lahad Datu and it is about 82 km away from Danum Valley. To get to the Danum Valley, you need to go to Lahad Datu first by car or via flight from Miri or Kota Kinabalu. All visitors must get their entry permit from the sales office in Lahad Datu and if you drive your own vehicle, you must also first obtain a gate pass from the Lahad Datu office.

The easiest way to go to Danum Valley is book a tour package from travel agents. They will handle everything for you and you only need to prepare cash, passport, clothes, insect repellent and camera because you would not want to miss out photographing this great adventure to the lost world of Sabah.

Nov
16

Brooke Gallery, Sarawak historical exhibition at Fort Margherita

Fort Margherita is widely known as one of the historical buildings in Kuching. The fort, which can be seen from Kuching Waterfront, was completed in September 1879 at a cost of 8,100 Sarawak dollars. It was named after Charles Brooke’s wife Margaret Alice Lili de Windt.

Although many can see it from across the river, some had trouble going to the fort for a closer look because of the recently built Sarawak Legislative Building few hundred metres from it. Until recently, the number of visitors had declined rapidly.

In 1971, Fort Margherita was converted into a Police Museum, displaying items collected from the early days of the police force in Sarawak, but in 2000, the fort was handed back to the state government.

With the newly-opened Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita, the state tourism will expect an increase of tourists. The fort had also been restored to its former glory by the National Heritage Department for the development of Brooke Gallery.

The gallery is collaboration between the Brooke Trust, Sarawak Museum Department and the state Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry. The gallery will be a permanent exhibition telling the story of Sarawak under the White Rajahs, starting with James Brooke in 1841, to Charles Brooke and finally to Charles Vyner Brooke until the Japanese invaded Sarawak during the Second World War in 1941.

The gallery was opened for public on 27 Sept 2016, which coincides with the 175th anniversary of the state founding by James Brooke. The idea of the gallery occurred during Jason Brooke’s visit to Sarawak a few years ago. Jason is the great-great-grandson of Charles Brooke and also Brooke Trust director.

Beside Fort Margherita, Ipoi Datan (State Museum Director) stated that there were series of forts built all over Sarawak which include Alice in Sri Aman, Lili in Betong, Sylvia in Kapit, Emma in Kanowit, Hose in Marudi, Brooke in Meluan, Arrundel in Batang Ai, Old Fort in Limbang, Vyner in Belaga and Florence in Trusan. Most of these forts are still standing with the exception of the last two.

Upon entrance, the visitors can start the gallery tour with “The Allure of Borneo” on the ground floor. It explained in detail of what had attracted explorers and traders to the island over the centuries which eventually attracted James Brooke to Sarawak in 1839.

Then, via the fort’s original spiral staircase, the visitors can go to the first floor to see the exhibition on how James Brooke became the Rajah of Sarawak, the birth of an independent state and the building of Sarawak by Charles Brooke.

On the second floor, the exhibition continues with the life of Sarawakians during Brooke-era Sarawak and also a glimpse of the royal family life of the White Rajahs. On this floor, there is also a section which exhibits the end of Brooke rule and also Sarawak’s role in founding the Federation of Malaysia.

The gallery is open daily and admission is free.

There are 2 ways to go to the fort, by sampan and by car. To get to the fort by sampan, you need to board it from Waterfront. Once you cross the river, climb through the village to the fort, though the path is not very path like, but it was marked quite clearly for people to se.

If you opt to go there by car, you need to cross Tun Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Rahman Yakub Bridge or commonly known as Satok Bridge or cross Tun Salahuddin Bridge or commonly known as the Toll Bridge to get to the roundabout near Wisma Bapa Malaysia. From the roundabout, take the exit to Wisma Bapa Malaysia then drive straight until you passed the building on your right. There will be a T-junction and take right. A few metres straight then turn left on the junction. Drive straight ahead for about 800 metres until you see a right junction, and then turn right. Fort Margherita is just a few metres ahead.

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

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