23 November 2008 (Sunday)
Pappy, Mummy and I went for a day trip to Tip of Borneo (Tanjung Simpang Mengayau), the northernmost tip of Borne?, Kudat. (If you could just see the pink circle on the picture above. click to zoom) We travelled about 3 hours from Kota Kinabalu, passing by small towns and kampungs and you get to see padi fields along the way, greens and more greens. There were a few places that you could stop by along the way which included Kampung Gombizau Honey Bee Farm (we stopped by but they were already out of honey for sale) and the Rungus longhouse. Rungus is an ethnic group of Borneo, sub-group of the Kadazan-Duzun tribe. You see…I don’t know all this. Have never heard about Rungus until now.
There are just so many places to discover and explore in Sabah. What I like about this trip is that I get to travel on bumpy roads. The road quality has indeed improved, not like the olden days where it’s just rock all the way. It’s bumpy on some part, otherwise, it’s not too bad a journey. Bumpy roads remind me of my childhood where I used toÂ follow Pappy on his jeep and we’ll go into the oil palm estates.
This is the Tip of Borneo, which is the meeting point of Sulu Sea and South China Sea. The beach is very clean. The waters are clear. There is no facilities or resorts whatsoever that allows you to swim and picnic here and I prefer it to be that way. Untouched. This place should remain untouched. It feels great to be able to travel up north and say you are at the tip of Borneo!
We then had lunch at Kudat town. This is a very very small place. Quiet. The restaurant that we went to was Sungai Wang Restaurant, probably the few Chinese restaurants left in Kudat. Then, we stopped by Kudat Golf & Marina Resort before heading back to Kota Kinabalu. Stopped by near Kota Marudu (if I’m not mistaken) to get some jagung pulut and honey.
The final destination that we went before calling it a day was Nexus Resort, Karambunai. No luck with sunset as the sky was dark and gloomy. Else, it would have been perfect.