Day 2 Sabah Road Trip Kota Belud Tip of Borneo Kudat
Header Road to Kudat
Day 2 of the Sabah Borneo Road Trip, be careful when leaving the Camp Site, the road to main road is unpaved.
We drive north via the beautiful winding Jalan Ranau Bypass and follow the course of the Sungai Wariu River, which we also cross several times via a bridge. Along the river there are several options for a river cruise. If you have the time and desire of course.


After about 13 km you can visit the Capernaum Gardens, turn left 250 meters after RP4 and drive about 1 km on the dirt road to the Capernaum Gardens, here you can see tropical flowers and plants and cool off in the swimming pond.


After Kota Belud, where you can refuel (RP5) we leave the route to the coast of the town we Kampung Pituru Darat where you can visit one of the beautiful beaches, such as Pantai Rang Bulan (RP9).


We continue the drive to Kudat. Discover the culture that Kudat is known for (including making beads and gongs), here are some interesting sights that explain the lifestyle of the Rungus community and are well worth a visit.


Like the “Gombizau Honeybee Farm” (RP12), this bee farm was established over a decade ago and produces honey, both for the consumption of the local population and for sale in bottles. Here you can see how a bee farm is managed. Rubber trees have also been planted here and you can experience the tapping and rolling of rubber.

Another interesting stop is the “Kampung Sumangkap Gong Factory” (RP13). The gong is the main Rungus musical instrument played during festivities and large occasions such as weddings. The gongs sold in Kampung Sumangkap vary in size, here gongs are made in different sizes, shapes and with unique designs, from small to very large with a diameter of up to 2 meters. In addition to gongs, you can also find Rungus beads and other unique trinkets to take home as a souvenir.


The Rungus community is known for their communal lifestyle, they live in longhouses with more than 10 families living under one roof. The longhouse is decorated with locally sourced materials such as rumbia leaves and bamboo stems. The living hall is elongated and you can see musical instruments and other traditional objects in the hall.
When you visit Kampung Bavanggazo (RP15), a Rungus long house, you will see and experience for yourself how the Rungus people live on a daily basis.


After a short lunch at Borud Café-Restaurant (RP16) we drive on to the highlight of this day “The Tip of Borneo” (RP18) with its long stretched beaches, beautiful palm trees and green dense jungle, this is a true paradise. This most northern part of Malaysian Borneo is an unexplored area where you feel like a real explorer. Away from busy cities, it is an oasis of peace and nature.

You should consider planning a longer stay on “The Tip of Borneo” as this is the only place on Earth to see both the sunset and the sunrise in one place, as the sun rises in the east, while sun sets in the west.
Witness a surreal sunset and a stunning sunrise under a clear starry sky on a beautiful beach with crystal clear waters.

Take your time and enjoy the peace and quiet on “The Tip of Borneo” before continuing to Kudat, the end of the day.
RP10 Bridge near Jalan Kuala Abai
RP18 Tip of Borneo
Useful links:
Day 1 Sabah Road Trip Kota Kinabalu Kundasang Kota Belud
Things to do in Kudat and Tip of Borneo
Day 3 Sabah Road Trip Kudat Marak Parak Ranau

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About this region
Sabah (Malay pronunciation: [saˈbah]) is a state of Malaysia located on the northern portion of Borneo, in the region of East Malaysia. Sabah has land borders with the Malaysian state of Sarawak to the southwest and Indonesia's Kalimantan region to the south. The Federal Territory of Labuan is an island just off the Sabah coast. Sabah shares maritime borders with Vietnam to the west and the Philippines to the north and east. Kota Kinabalu is the state capital city, the economic centre of the state, and the seat of the Sabah state government. Other major towns in Sabah include Sandakan and Tawau. The 2015 census recorded a population of 3,543,500 in the state, and in 2019 it was estimated to have grown to over 3.9 million. Sabah has an equatorial climate with tropical rainforests and abundant animal and plant species. The state has long mountain ranges on the west side which forms part of the Crocker Range National Park. Kinabatangan River, the second longest river in Malaysia runs through Sabah, and Mount Kinabalu is the highest point of Sabah as well as of Malaysia. The earliest human settlement in Sabah can be traced back to 20,000–30,000 years ago along the Darvel Bay area at the Madai-Baturong caves. The state has had a trading relationship with China starting from the 14th century AD. Sabah came under the influence of the Bruneian Empire in the 14th and 15th centuries, while the eastern part of the territory was given to the Sultanate of Sulu because the Sultanate had helped the Bruneian empire in a battle and as such it was given to them as a gift between the 17th and 18th centuries. The state was subsequently acquired by the British-based North Borneo Chartered Company in the 19th century. During World War II, Sabah was occupied by the Japanese for three years. It became a British Crown Colony in 1946. On 31 August 1963, Sabah was granted Independent and self-government by the British. Following this, Sabah became one of the founding members of the Federation of Malaysia (established on 16 September 1963) alongside Sarawak, Singapore (expelled in 1965), and the Federation of Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia or West Malaysia). The federation was opposed by neighbouring Indonesia, which led to the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation over three years along with the threats of annexation by the Philippines along with the Sultanate of Sulu, threats which continue to the present day.Sabah exhibits notable diversity in ethnicity, culture and language. The head of state is the Governor, also known as the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, while the head of government is the Chief Minister. The government system is closely modelled on the Westminster parliamentary system and has one of the earliest state legislature systems in Malaysia. Sabah is divided into five administrative divisions and 27 districts. Malay is the official language of the state; and Islam is the state religion, but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the state. Sabah is known for its traditional musical instrument, the sompoton. Sabah has abundant natural resources, and its economy is strongly export-oriented. Its primary exports include oil, gas, timber and palm oil. The other major industries are agriculture and ecotourism.
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Based on the routes of “Rider Chris” from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, this 11-day Motorcycle Tour in Sabah Borneo is a passionate motorcyclist and loves to share his travel adventures with the community through his website and social media. The link to his website can be found in the first route.

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Seen as one of the most beautiful provinces in Malaysia, Sabah is known for its scenic landscape with spectacular mountains, beautiful beaches, surreal sunsets, rich culture, friendliest people, winding roads, tall waterfalls, national parks and much more!

The roads in Malaysia are generally in good condition, but beware; there are also parts where the asphalt is poor and there can be potholes in the road surface. This can be dangerous, so caution is advised. During the rainy season (September-December) the roads can be slippery. Traffic in Malaysia drives on the left side of the road.

You can rent a motorcycle in Malaysia, but these are usually lighter models and often scooters. You can spend the night in hotels, B & Bs or campsites, which can easily be booked via the website in the review or via booking.com.