Tip of Borneo and Kudat Rungus Long House Experience

Tip of Borneo and Kudat Rungus
Long House Experience

The Tip of Borneo. Home of renowned views across two seas meeting together, longhouses
and artisans keeping handicraft traditions alive. It’s a day where nature and culture
effortlessly meet and intertwine perfectly, away from Kota Kinabalu’s city life.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Artisans in their own rights and in their own league. Several ethnic minorities continue to embrace the legacy work done by their ancestors in their daily routines. Particularly mastering the art of handicraft, Borneo’s green interior has various examples of how long houses are built and still used for showcasing the magnificence of treasured traditions.

It is just outside Kota Kinabalu, where this can be seen from up close, along with local settlements and natural wonders. It is all perfectly packed in a full day out and about from early in the morning until late afternoon in fascinating Sabah.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Tip of Borneo and Kudat Rungus Long House Experience

07:00 - 17:00

An early morning pick-up from your hotel in downtown Kota Kinabalu ushers in the start of Sabah exploration. Guided by an English-speaking guide-cum-driver, you will shortly leave the city borders and head out towards Kudat, better known as the town closest to the tip of Borneo. A three-hour journey without a dull moment – from rice paddy fields to various plantations will pass the venue as you head in the northern direction. It is a plethora of authenticity in its finest form and marks one of the highlights of this tour.

One of the first stops will be at Gombizau Village, locally acclaimed and known for its beekeeping industry on a local scale. An explanation of how these generations-long traditions are kept alive includes showing the whole process from beginning until the honey end. Gongs take part in numerous rituals and ceremonies in Malaysia and with the Sumangkap village as the main cradle for making these instruments, also this stop cannot be left aside.

We end the trip towards Kudat at Bavanggazo Village to enter a perfect example of a Longhouse. Completely constructed out of locally-sourced material, it is the home of the Rungus community, who have made a living via the sales of handicraft. To spice up the overall experience, lunch will be served in a traditional longhouse.

After lunch, it is a short ride to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, our end goal for the day. Officially translated as the Tip of Borneo, it is this north-western point of this part of Malaysia and where the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea meet. One may expect fabulous views from these vantage points, and this is almost a given. Just dream away with nothing but the ocean in front of you to mark the end of your exploration. It is time to head back along the same road as you drove in the morning. We expect to be back at your Kota Kinabalu hotel at around 5 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide-cum-driver.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Lunch at a traditional longhouse is included (food only)
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated both on private basis as well as on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis. Joint tours are operated with an English-speaking guide-cum-driver.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside central Kota Kinabalu. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation, such as Rasa Ria / Nexus / Beringgis, cruise ports and Kota Kinabalu’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Should you have booked a joint / Seat-In-Coach excursion, we are unable to communicate with you with accurate participation numbers, as these may change until the very last moment.
  • A minimum number of guests are required for the joint excursion to operate; many of our tours do not have limitations on group size, depending on the availability of seats and other factors.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Due to the absence of ATM machines and credit cards payment portals, particularly on islands and inside nature reserves, we highly recommend to bring sufficient cash with you.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 48 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 48 hours may be on request.

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