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 […]

The state of Sabah, on the island of Borneo, is often promoted as an outdoorsman’s paradise. And Sabah’s Semporna archipelago — particularly the island of Sipadan – has been described by Jacques Cousteau as some of the best diving in the world. The teardrop-shaped island is perched atop practically sheer sea walls that plunge some […]

When you are in Kinabalu Park, be sure to make your way to the Botanical Garden where you can enjoy a refreshing short hike while feasting your eyes on the beautiful things of nature. Nestled somewhere in between Liwagu Restaurant and Kinabalu Hall, Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden, which is also known as the Mountain Garden […]

The term linangkit in general is used to refer to a special kind of needle work technique that is practiced by the women of several ethnic groups in the West and North of Sabah. The process of making this special Sabahan tapestry weave is somewhat similar to the European technique of ‘tatting’ or ‘frivolite’. Basically, […]

Family holiday in Sabah is always a grand affair! There is something for absolutely everyone–whether it’s an island vacation, a camping trip in the jungle or a relaxing weekend at the countryside, we’ve got you covered. Here are six great places in Sabah to go on a family vacation in Sabah: 1. Kiram’s Village Cabin, […]

With the modern challenges of climbing the career ladder, looking great at every age and raising children, a woman’s gotta do what a woman’s gotta do to keep sane. The best and easiest way to do this is to make a spa appointment and treat yourself to an hour or two of decadence! Enter Jari […]

If you’re the adventurous type, there’s certainly no better way to get a feel of Sabah’s bucolic surroundings other than by touring on a mountain bike. There are plenty of cycling tours in Sabah to match your fitness level and risk aversion quotient. If you are the uber-adventurous with boundless energy type, you will love […]

We’ve been working on adding more content to the Rustic Borneo YouTube Channel, because if a picture paints a thousand words, the each video is a library. That’s why whenever the team from Rustic Borneo goes out to experience the products we offer, we often take a camera or two with us to capture the […]

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 […]