Got a couple of days to spend in Kota Kinabalu? Make a plan to visit one of Sabah’s most iconic destinations: Poring Hot Springs! Situated 40 kilometres (25 miles) slightly northeast from the Parks HQ, Poring is located in the lowlands—a contrast to the Parks HQ. De-stress and soak away the sores and aches of […]

Looking for a relaxing staycation destination? Just head off to the west coast to Kota Belud and book a stay at the Usukan Cove Lodge. Usukan Cove is situated in the coast of Kota Belud, right next to Kampung Kuala Abai where the jetty to Mantanani Island is located. From Kota Kinabalu, the journey to […]

As I am huffing and puffing away, wondering whether an extra month of training would make my climb breezier; my mountain guide, Deo (spelling un-confirmed), turns around and say in consolation, “don’t worry, kita pelan-pelan saja (let’s just go slowly).” Meet Mount Trus Madi, the second highest mountain in Sabah and Malaysia (2, 642 meters […]

The Orang Sungai, literally ‘River People’, is one of Sabah’s officially recognized 32 ethnic groups. They reside mainly in the rural areas along the Kinabatangan River, Paitan, Labuk and Kudat. The majority of the Orang Sungai community embraces Islam as their religion, being one of the few ethnic groups in Sabah to have inherited Islam […]

Sabahans are fiercely proud of their culinary scene and with so many delicious dishes, who can blame them? From noodles to rice, pork to lamb, Chinese, Indian and Malay all mixed together, the tastes and aromas are endless. Acquire some of Sabah’s food secrets with our cooking class activity. Many a visitor returns from their […]

There’s a good deal of organized tours and activates in the city, but are there any free activities in Kota Kinabalu? The answer is “yes, there is”. As a nature resort city, Kota Kinabalu has plenty of free activities that will cost you nothing, get you out enjoying nature and might even get your heart […]

Via ferrata, from the Italian for iron road, is an impossible trail on the side of a mountain made possible with the help of foot-struts, guide cables and a mechanism that secures climbers. Popular in the European Alps, the highest via ferrata in the world can be found near the peak of Mt. Kinabalu in […]

Paragliding is an adventure activity that is now available as a day-trip from Kota Kinabalu. The Rustic Borneo team set out early one morning recently to explore Sabah’s paragliding options, hoping to discover what it’s like to soar above the clouds. Our chosen site was the area just outside the town of Ranau, famous for […]

Book and climb Mt. Kinabalu with us in November 2015 and we’ll throw in 1 night accommodation at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, absolutely free! That’s right, a free night accommodation in one of Kota Kinabalu’s top, 5-star resort hotels for you to recover in after climbing the mighty Mt. Kinabalu. What’s the catch? […]

Mt Kinabalu is open for climbing to Laban Rata again! The 1st of September saw climbing Mt. Kinabalu recommence with a small group of 24 multi-national climbers taking on the route to Laban Rata, under the watchful eye of 12 mountain guides, Borneo Post reported. Sabah Parks director, Dr Jamili Nais, told the Borneo Post […]