1. The Bee Farm
2. The Gong Factory
3. The Long House
4. The Tip of Borneo
These are the major and MUST-VISIT tourist attraction in Kudat. You’ll never miss out anyone of this. But, the “Where to eat” question might be difficult and I am still exploring the town for food advise. Find out more from here.
Traveling to Kudat used to be difficult. Driving on bumpy roads and terrain, just like having mobile “massage chair” on road. Over the years as the tourism industry bloom, there is an alternative way to the Tip of Borneo – just a less bumpy one.
Now if you travel to Kudat for the very first-time ever, local travel agencies will include these places during your visit.
Tips: I would highly recommend you to travel with the local agencies if you wanna explore Kudat. Kudat is somewhat sub-urban at most areas. Independent travellers can try to Waze it up or Google Map, but this I can tell you – No data connection = No GPS available.
First location: Gombizau Kampung Madu, a honey farm.
Actually, I am quite impressed and look high upon those ladies who works in the honey farm. They are not afraid of the bees that fly around them and they use bare hands to get the honey. One of the workers explained to us about how they get the honey, how honey is formed, and so on. After that, everybody get to try on the honey that is raw without any artificial additions.
It is so sweet! All of us get to taste the honey by putting the honey comb into our mouth and it melted. The workers they told us that they do eat it like chewing gums everyday! Then, there are still a lot of left over, Teresa and I tried to finish it all.
There are tons of question popped in my mind and I decided to speak to the bee lady.
“Do the bees come itself?”
“No. We have to catch them from the jungle, but now they will come automatically because they know this is their home.”
“There is only a wooden frame in those boxes. How does the honey formed?”
“By the teamwork and hard work of the bees, it takes quite a long time for them.”
“Why there are black and white colour honeys? What’s the difference?”
“It makes no differences. Just because the light colour is the young honey. The dark ones are those which are old honey because we collect it after some time. It will taste different a little, dark one will be bitter.
“Why aren’t you afraid of the bees?”
“We get used to it and we do know the method of how to protect ourselves. If you see a bee or the bee stand on your skin, don’t chase it away rudely. You have to be friendly to them as they will not harm you. And if we saw a queen bee in the boxes, we will not touch her and will not let her fly away.
Second location: Bavanggozo Rungus Longhouse.
Once you heard people mentioning the Rungus ethnic, it definitely from Kudat. They are famous with their long house and their handicraft, the beads. I love beads as they came with lots of colours and I asked the aunt there who is doing a necklace at that time, “how do you know which colour comes first?” and she told me, “it’s been years she have been doing beads and they knew which colour comes first in different designs.” Wow! Other than that, they did some performance for us to enjoy. An old granny with her flute, but she did not use her mouth to blow, she used her nose. Incredible eh? Then, an old man plays guitar as well. Dance performance by the granny and some youngsters as well. We had our lunch there.
Third location: Tip of Borneo
They said, it’s hot there and I’ll get dark once I’m back to Kota Kinabalu but I think I didn’t. Hmm.
By the word “Tip of Borneo”, you know what it means. Walk until the tip of Borneo, Northern Sabah. In fact, I think I should walk down to the tip. Haha but we can’t. It’s too dangerous. For me, if I am able to reach till the real tip, then I can consider myself had step to the tip of Borneo. Maybe one day perhaps. In the Sabah map, you can see the doggie head right? So the Tip of Borneo is located at the dog’s ear. 😀
Nothing much we can do there but just to enjoy the view and sceneries. The sea water is bluish, very nice and clean! And before going down to see the tip, we came across with this manmade globe! Pretty and unique! Then the ice cream man told me that it never rains at the Tip of Borneo because it’s too hot!
Lastly, the gong place! The real name for this place is Persatuan Momogun Rungus Sabah. Sanora.
This is the place where people made the gongs and to sell. Guess what I saw once I reached? I saw a lady demonstrate how they make the gongs. Omigosh, she’s a Hercules!