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$172.50 Tours & Sightseeing

Rungus Longhouse and Tip of Borneo Experience

After pickup from Kota Kinabalu or other selected hotels, set off on a 3-hour drive to the north of Sabah. Your guide makes a stop at the villages of Gombizou and Sumangkap to observe the art of gong-making and honeybee farming. Next, visit the longhouse at Bavanggazo village where the Rungus people reside. One of Sabah's many indigenous tribes, the Rungus are mostly farmers and gifted artisans who excel at woven basketry and intricate beadwork. Lunch will be served at the Rungus longhouse before your journey continues for another 1.5-hour drive to reach Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, aka the Tip of Borneo.This dramatic headland is situated at the northernmost tip of Borneo and its official name means 'lingering junction,' as it is here that the South China Sea meets the Sulu Sea flowing from the east. Take in the stunning view, including Pulau Kalampunian lighthouse — a reminder of the treacherous coastline and past shipwrecks — and the beautiful beach of Pantai Kalampunian.Your 10-hour day trip concludes with drop-off at your hotel.

$116.75 Tours & Sightseeing

Kota Kinabalu to Kudat Peninsula and Tip of Borneo Day Trip

After you’re picked up early in the morning from your Kota Kinabalu city hotel, depart north by coach toward the Tip of Borneo, situated on the Kudat Peninsula. En route, stop in the town of Kota Belud where you can walk around and observe the locals conducting their daily activities as your guide offers insightful commentary on their lifestyle. Learn about the Bajau people, originally an indigenous seafaring group from the Philippines who now make their living as farmers and cattle ranchers, earning them the alias ‘cowboys of the east.’ Discover how these skilled horsemen are especially adept at sword making. On Sundays, a colorful and vibrant open-air market called Tamu is held. If you’re in town at this time, mingle amid the vendors selling local products, from foodstuffs to livestock and handicrafts. Hop back aboard the coach and continue your journey further, with a stop at Kampung Gombizau to learn about the process of bee farming and honey harvesting. Visit a traditional Rungus longhouse and admire the unique structure made primarily of wood and bamboo. Hear your guide share information about the Rungus people, one of Sabah’s ethnic groups that still holds proudly to its cultural traditions, including elegantly crafted beadwork and ornamental items. After a traditional lunch at the longhouse, your journey takes you to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, aka the Tip of Borneo. Drive through a picturesque landscape until reaching the headland, and stand mesmerized by the captivating views of the South China Sea as you realize you’re at the northernmost edge of the world’s third largest island. Snap scenic photos and return to your coach, arriving back at your hotel in Kota Kinabalu in the late afternoon. Please note: A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.

$97.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Full Day Kudat Rungus Long House & Tip of Borneo Experience

Artisans in their own rights and in their own league – a number of ethnic minorities continue to embrace the legacy work done by their ancestors in their daily routines. Particularly mastering the art of handicraft, the inner heart of Borneo 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 local settlements and natural wonders. It is all perfectly packed in full day out and about in Sabah from early in the morning until late afternoon.An early morning pick-up from your hotel in downtown Kota Kinabalu ushers in the start of an amazing day in Sabah. Guided by an English speaking guide, 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 northern direction. It is a plethora of authenticity in its finest form and part of this will be included in this tour. One of the first stops will be at Gombizau Village, locally acclaimed and known its bee keeping industry on a local scale. An explanation on 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. Constructed completely out of locally-sourced material, it is the home of the Rungus community, who have made their earnings via the sales of handicraft. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. 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 the northwestern-most point of this part of Malaysia and where the South China Sea and Sulu Sea meet. One may expect fabulous views from this 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’d expect to be back at your Kota Kinabalu hotel at around 17:00 hrs.

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