North Borneo Railway is a niche attraction in Kota Kinabalu. As Borneo’s only remaining steam locomotive, the British Vulcan steam engine attracts train-spotters from far and wide in addition to tourists eager to experience old-school train transportation. Dating back to the 1900’s when Sabah, then called North Borneo, was just developing, the modern incarnation of […]

Sabah sunsets are a magical, daily occurrences and, as somebody who lives here and gets to see it most nights, I can tell you it never gets old. I guess everybody thinks that the sunset in their hometown is the best, but so many people refer to Sabah sunsets as “the most beautiful sunset in […]

Sabah has a long list of public holidays, which could increase on occasion should the state feel another holiday is in order for, example, a worthy national achievement. The good news is that due to the cultural diversity of Sabah’s population, from a tourist point of view, a public holiday almost never affects your fun. […]

A mountain bike tour is the ideal way to discover rare gems on the less-travelled paths of Sabah’s backroads, by-ways and jungle paths. Rustic Borneo went to try for ourselves… Video of Bike Borneo’s 1 Day Tuaran Tour for Beginners A beginner ride, the tour took us along the rural areas surrounding the town of […]

Sabahans love their food. Video Preview of Culinary Tour in Kota Kinabalu From the moment you arrive in Borneo you will notice that food and eating is a big thing in Sabah where everyone has their own list of where is best for what and Culinary Tours should really be mandatory. Being a cultural melting […]

Coral Flyer Zipline, new as it is, was a good reason to abandon the desk yesterday and go see for ourselves what fuss is all about. It was a very short boat ride from Kota Kinabalu’s harbour that brought us to Padang Point, one of the jetties on Gaya island and the closest point from […]

Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa is a 5-star resort hotel in Sabah, Borneo conveniently close to both Kota Kinabalu International Airport and the city centre. Yet, when staying at the resort it is easy to forget these facts, as tucked away on it’s own little 25-acre peninsula, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa is […]

One of the first things you may read about Sabah before visiting is how many different peoples, cultures, languages and dialects you might find here. However, unless intently interested in finding out more, most tourists might breeze through Sabah enjoying the tourist attractions, without ever knowing or learning more about the people they’ve encountered. Mari […]

Mountain biking and cycling tours in Borneo is great alternative way to get intimate with the Sabah country side. Rustic Borneo offers various day trips and even an overnight stay or a 3 night getaway for those who like cycling along rivers, through villages and experiencing Borneo’s tropical jungle and local life in a different […]

Tucked away in a cove on the northern shore of Gaya island, hidden from view of Kota Kinabalu, which is just 15 minutes away, lies the 5 star property of Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa. Featuring 48 timbered villas, Bunga Raya Island Resort is nestled on a hill amongst the lush tropical rainforest of […]