Tip of Borneo - Simpang Mengayau, Kudat
There are a few significant places that make up a nation or a state and these few make up Sabah;
Sipadan Island, which was nominated to be the finalist of the new Seven Wonders of the World a few years back, Maliau Basin deemed as the Lost World of Sabah a 588 square kilometres of geological stones surrounding the Maliau River, Mt. Kinabalu, one of the tallest mount in South East Asia and then there's the Tip of Borneo Kudat, well it's special that way because it is at the Tip of the Borneo Island.
Because we have to work half day on Saturdays, we had to leave to wherever we go on Saturdays only after work. So we packed our bags the night before so that we could leave after work immediately.
We left nearly 1pm because some of us were dragged for work and after buying some munchies and stuff, we were finally on our way to Kudat nearly 2pm. We reached there almost 5pm, thanks to our trusty driver YY :)
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Kudat (Kudat Town)
Kudat is approximately a 3 hours drive (190 Kilometres) from Kota Kinabalu City. It is a small town located on the northern part of the island, with ethnic race Rungus as the main residents, and other sub group of the indigenous Kadazan. There's about 10% of the population which is Hakka Chinese and other minorities including Bajau, Dusun, Murut, Bugis and Malay.
Kudat is famous for the race's Rungus unique heritage - you can visit the Rungus longhouses, where you get to experience having luncheons and looking at how the Rungus stay at the longhouse, and also where the traditional "gongs" are made and where honey is produced in "Simpang Mengayau" the northernmost on the island of Borneo.
Kudat is also famous for it's Kacang Kuda, a type of peanut widely produced here in Kudat. It is extremely delicious!
Ah, Simpang Mengayau was where we headed.
According to the Sabah Tourism Website, Simpang Mengayau means a 'lingering junction' where South China Sea lingers and and meets the Sulu Seas flowing from the east. There's a famous lighthouse called the Pulau Kalampunian lighthouse - a reminder of treacherous coastline and past shipwrecks, looking over the beautiful Pulau Kalampunian the left of Simpang Mengayau.
The Tip of Borneo and the whole long stretch of beach were insanely gorgeous. White sands, beautiful waters and crazy view. I was the only one among them that have not visited Tip of Borneo so I was snapping away like nobody's business.
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There are plenty of things you can do when you're in Kudat or Simpang Mengayau. Okay fine, maybe they're not THAT much, the place is quiet, peaceful, perfect for those who are looking to chill out for a night or two. You can opt to stay at those small villas or chalets opposite the beach, I believe it shouldn't be too expensive and you'd have an amazing view to wake up to everyday.
Sunsets in Kudat is crazy beautiful. Ying Ying which is from Kudat brought us to this little hidden place to take the sunset photos from another place and ah omg. Mind you, none of these were photo shopped!
The beach is like empty! It's perfect for a private getaway with your lover or friends :)
Dinner at Esplanade Kudat Town
Kudat is extremely small. You'll be done with it in say maybe two or three rounds of driving. We had some awesome dinner at Esplanade Kudat Town. Most of the stuff we ordered were spicy heh, YY couldn't comprehend most so we ordered her some Fried Egg. Hehe.
Meals at the town you're visiting is a MUST. It's probably one of the fastest and most interesting way to learn about one's place or culture. Kudat is famous for it's seafood, so you should go around trying some seafood. Esplanade Kudat cooked both in Malay and Chinese styles. Yum.
My poor YY having to resort to satays and fried egg.
Kudat Golf and Marina Resort
The girls wanted some R & R so we stayed at the Kudat Golf Marina Resort.
It was fairly cheap for a Standard Room about RM 150 a night and we even included an extra bed, for about RM 46.25 per person.
Attached with a swimming pool, gymnasium, breakfast for two, lounging area and an adequate room. Nothing more nothing less for the four of us.
Lovely Cella and; Amy swimming around. They really love to swim.
Kudat Golf Marina Resort
I love my morning breakfast so much. I really wouldn't mind having to wake up really early in the morning just to enjoy my breakfast. It's crucial :)
We were there for only a night but we get to ;
1. Hang out by the Tip of Borneo
2. Have awesome dinner at Kudat Town
3. Swim some
4. I get to sleep under the stars (I was too tired from work)
Imagine the things you can do with 3 days 2 nights you lucky people!
Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.