Tambunan Day Trip from Kota Kinabalu: Rafflesia Flower, Bamboo Village and Rainforest Trek

activities / Nature & wildlife

Tour description provided by Viator

Venture from Kota Kinabalu to Tambunan for a scenic outdoor adventure, starting with a guided nature trek through a lush rainforest for up-close views of rafflesia flowers – the largest in the world! Then, enjoy lunch among the mountain scenery, explore a bamboo village, and visit a local’s home to learn how to make traditional Malaysian rice wine, a unique experience giving you a glimpse into local culture.

You’ll be picked up from your Kota Kinabalu hotel and taken on a comfortable 1-hour drive through the idyllic countryside and up the mountainous Crocker Range. After admiring the beautiful mountain scenery, arrive at the Rafflesia Information Centre in the district of Tambunan.

Follow your guide on a 2- to 3-hour nature trek amidst lush vegetation and lowland rainforests. The highlight of your journey is sure to be the rafflesia flowers. These magnificent flowers are the largest in the world, and are only found in Southeast Asia! Be sure to bring your camera to capture this one-of-a-kind sight.

Stop in a scenic spot to enjoy a pre-packed lunch and enjoy the fresh mountain air. Then, proceed to the town of Tambunan to explore the bamboo village with your guide. 

You’ll be treated with views of rice paddy fields, lush green mountains and dense bamboo forests that surround the town, and your guide will explain that these forests are a legacy of the British colonial period, when a law required that 20 bamboo sprouts be planted for every bamboo tree cut down.

In town, visit a home of a local family to learn how to make tapai, a traditional sweet rice wine. Chat with the locals with the help of your guide to gain insight on the daily lifestyle in the village. After this unique cultural experience, relax on the ride back to your Kota Kinabalu hotel.

What's included

  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)