The Rungus of Kudat - Orangutravel
Reach the "Tip of Borneo", the northenmost part of Malaysia, where the Sulu Sea and the South China Sea meet - from here direct yourself to a Rungus village, and be the host of one of the original populations of Sabah
  • Live in a Rungus longhouse
  • Enjoy the countryside and the coastal area of Kudat
What's included
  • Round trip from Kota Kinabalu to Kudat on private vehicle
  • Accommodation in longhouse with home-cooked local meals
  • Activities as described in the itinerary schedule
The Rungus of Kudat
Any amount of people can join.

      Kudat is an area in the northenmost part of Sabah, widely known as the “Tip of Borneo”. It’s also the northenmost point of both Peninsular (West) and East Malaysia (Borneo), where the Sulu Sea and the South China Sea meet.

      This travel idea is to bring you to the Kudat district, to explore the coastal area and visit a local village, belonging to the Rungus ethnic minority – one of the many of Sabah. From Kota Kinabalu city you will reach Kudat by vehicle. And from here you will be host in one of the Rungus’ longhouses, entirely made of wood, and share with them their daily routine activities and work. Staying in a longhouse will make you understand better how the life for the local was and it’s the perfect occasion to dip into Rungus culture and the surrounding coastal nature.

      Please note that the longhouse can only offer essential facilities – rooms have a private bathroom or air conditioning , nor hot water. We recommend to take with you mosquito repellent, a raincoat, a hat, a torch, sunscreen, ab towel and your swimsuit.


      1 Gombizau and Sumangkap
      Meet your local guide and driver at your hotel lobby in Kota Kinabalu. From there, the driver will move in the direction of Kudat, North East of KK. Along the way you will visit two important villages for the local sustainable economy. Kampung Gombizau is known for its local production of honey, while Kampung Sumangkap consists of an entire village committed to making Dongs, a type of traditional musical instrument in Borneo. After the visits, you will stop by a local restaurant to have lunch. Then you will arrive at the Rungus village, where the longhouse is. You can spend the afternoon in company of your hosts; for dinner, they will prepare a typical rungus meal and you can share with them good moments and also enjoy some traditional music and dances.
      20150218 09:00Meet your driver and local guide and move towards Kudat.
      20150218 10:30Arrive in Kampung Gombizau, the "honey village".
      20150218 12:00Arrive in Kampung Sumangkap, the "dong village".
      20150218 13:30Lunch in a local restaurant.
      20150218 14:30Arrive in Rungus longhouse, Kudat.
      20150218 19:00Share a dinner with your hosts.
      20150218 20:30Traditional dance and music.
      2 Kota Kinabalu
      After breakfast, say goodbye to your hosts and proceed your journey to the Tip of Borneo. Relax and take a bath if you wish at the long beach back to Kota Kinabalu city. You can choose to be returned to a hotel in town or taken straight to the airport if you need to catch a flight (remember to be there at least 2-3 hours before departure if that is the case).
      20150218 09:00Breakfast - Greet your hosts farewell.
      20150218 10:00Visit tip of Borneo and enjoy the long beach.
      20150218 12:30Lunch in a local restaurant.
      20150218 13:30Time back to Kota Kinabalu (estimated).
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