Welcome to Sarawak and Sabah!
STATE OF SABAH – Land Below the Wind!
Situated on the beautiful island of Borneo, Sabah is one of the thirteen states which Malaysia is made of. Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia and shares the island of Borneo with Sarawak, Brunei and Indonesia Kalimantan. Ideal for backpackers, Sabah is richly blessed with nature diversity, unique cultures, fun adventure, beautiful beaches, and fantastic cuisines for the adventurous taste buds. We have it all, from the world’s largest flower – the Rafflesia, one of the highest mountains is South East Asia – Mount Kinabalu, to one of the world’s top dive sites – Sipadan Island. Not only will you be amazed by the places to see and things to do here, you will also be treated with unique Sabahan hospitality. Explore the unique culture and tradition of Sabah and get ready to experience sweet memories to last a lifetime!
STATE OF SARAWAK – Land of the Hornbills!
Sarawak is Malaysia’s largest state and is endowed with the world’s richest and most diverse ecosystem. Located on the exotic island of Borneo, Sarawak’s ancient rainforest canopies the world’s largest flower, countless species of flora and fauna, yet to be discovered inhabiting the rainforest. For those who enjoy at its best, Sarawak’s rainforest is one of the most diverse and protected ecosystem in the world.
A former colony of Britain, Sarwak gained independence in 1963 and since then it has prospered into a vibrant state with interesting skyline that is made up of a mixture of colonial influence and modern architecture. In fact the intricate blend of modern design and colonial architecture has become an attraction for visitors to this site that has a population of 2.5 million.
FEDERAL TERRITORY OF LABUAN – the island of Labuan Beckons!
Labuan is a truly tourism destination with a difference. There’s something here for everyone from families to business people out to just get away for the weekend. From divers to history buffs. Come and let yourself be charmed by an island unlike any other. The name Labuan was derived from the Malay word ‘pelabuhan’ or ‘labuhan’ which means port or anchorage. On April 16, 1984, Labuan was proclaimed a Federal Territory, Labuan comprises Labuan island and the territories with 4.8 km of Labuan, including Pulau Rasukan Besar, Pular Rusukan Kecil, Pulau Kuraman, Pulau Papan and Pulau Daat.
BORNEO KUALA PENYU HOMESTAY
The Borneo Kuala Penyu Homestay, coordinated by the Kuala Penyu Tatana Cooperative Berhad, is situated within the district of Kuala Penyu. It is about 130 km from the city of Kota Kinabalu and takes about one and a half hours drive by road from the city. The district of Kuala Penyu is situated on the south-west of the state of Sabah, one of the Malaysian states located on the northern part of the island of Borneo. The district is inhabited by 4 main ethnic groups with the ethnic Tatana forming the largest group followed by the Bisaya, Bajau and Brunei, and a small population of Chinese and others. The main socio-economic activities are agriculture and fisheries.
The Borneo Kuala Penyu Homestay covers 6 villages namely Kg Kalanggan, Kg Bundu Batu 4, Kg Kiaru, Kg Tidung, Kg Kayul and Kg Gorowot. With the pristine natural environment, and diverse cultures and traditions found in the district, the Borneo Kuala Penyu Homestay programme offers much to those who wish to experience great adventure as well as to experience and learn new cultures and traditions.
Home/Room Facilities District Facilities
Electricity Supply Public transport
Water Supply Government District Office
Fan/Air-condition Government Hospital
TV Police Station
Internet Facilities Fire and Rescue Department
Natural Environment Culture
Beautiful beaches Beating of gongs (Kulintangan)
Pristine mangroves Traditional dances (Sumayau; Bakanjar)
Sitompok Bay Lake Rituals (Moginum; Bobolian Sonsodopon)
Islands (Pulau Tiga) Handicrafts
Unique flora and fauna Traditional costumes
Raw fish (Dinawar)
Sago worm (Butod)
Glutinous rice cooked with coconut milk (Kolupis)
Local village vegetables
Local cake delicacies
Traditional drinks such as herbal drinks, rice wine and others
• Traditional food cooking demo/tasting
• Watching/learning local traditional dances (Sumayau, Bakanjar)
• Learning local language
• Handicraft making demo
• Sago production demo (Mangkalawat)
• Making roof from sago palm leaves (Atap)
• Visit oil palm plantation/fruit orchard
• Rubber tapping and processing
• Padi planting/harvesting
• Grating coconut
• Visit buffalo grazing reserve/buffalo ride
• Top spinning (Botubau)
• River cruise to see Proboscis Monkeys/Fireflies
• Sightseeing around Sitompok Bay Lake
• Visit fish cage farming
• Beach strolling and collecting clams and cockles
• Recreation at Pulau Tiga to see mud volcano
• Visit weekly market (Tamu Gayo)
• Visit places of interest
• Community programme: Rehabilitation of Sago area (planting sago seedlings) and Turtle Conservation activities
PLACES OF INTEREST
• Snake island at Pulau Tiga
• Mud volcano at Pulau Tiga
• Rumbia Information Centre
• Legendary/historical sites
• Chinese New Year Celebration (February)
• Bakanjar Day (Odou Bakanjar) (March)
• Harvest Festival (Kaamatan) (May)
• Sago Festival (Pesta Rumbia) (July)
BORNEO KUALA PENYU HOMESTAY
P.O.Box 147, 89747 Kuala Penyu, Sabah