When visiting a brand new vacation spot, I’d at all times select to lease a motorcycle because it’s an effective way to maneuver round and soak up a brand new tradition and its atmosphere.
When I heard of a 3-hour biking tour via plentiful nature trails and genuine experiences which included assembly with the locals of Sabah, I instantly jumped on the alternative to affix in!
At 8.30AM, I used to be welcomed by the Amazing Borneo staff who organized a decide up in Kota Kinabalu metropolis. We picked up two different company, Jeremy and Annie from Australia, who have been in Sabah for an adventurous honeymoon.
After an hour and a half driving via the scenic landscapes of Kota Kinabalu’s outskirts, we arrived at Tamparuli Town the place we met with Junior, our information for the day.
We got a number of bottles of water to fight the warmth that day. After a brief security briefing, we put our helmets on and have been on our method!
The first a part of the tour had us crossing one of many picket suspension bridges to achieve Kiulu Village. It was undoubtedly a wholly new expertise to cross a suspension bridge with a digital camera in hand, however the view from it was properly value it! We have been capable of witness a feast for the eyes because the river, and surrounding hills complimented one another completely, it seemed like a sight straight out of a postcard!
Junior talked about to us that some components of this space are nonetheless not accessible by automobile, which provides to the calm and peaceable atmosphere.
We cycled on quite a lot of terrains from concrete roads, to gravel, and a few off-road paths resulting in totally different components of the city passing by locals, self-built homes, and extra panorama. Our information, Junior would sometimes cease and provides us some rationalization concerning the many issues we noticed alongside the way in which equivalent to totally different fruits and plantations.
After biking underneath the scorching solar for a bit, we stopped at one of many farms the place we have been greeted by the farmer who introduced us some chilly tea and native snacks to strive.
These candy little pancakes fabricated from rice flour, coconut milk, and palm sugar are referred to as Kuih Pinjaram and Kuih Dadar (“Kuih” is the Malay phrase for “Cake”)
The little break on the native home was an effective way to chill down as Junior informed us extra concerning the village, the individuals who reside there, and its tradition.
We placed on some further sunblock and mosquito repellent earlier than setting off on foot to a rubber plantation. On the way in which, we handed a rice discipline, pineapple plantation, and banana timber earlier than arriving at a small picket barn going through a number of rubber timber.
One of the native girls demonstrated how one can get rubber milk out of the tree whereas Junior gave us extra particulars concerning the technique of rubber tapping.
Just because the milky rubber began to drop out of the tree, the woman requested if we needed to offer rubber tapping a strive ourselves.
It was cool attending to strive it out!
We returned to the farm to clean up a bit extra earlier than hopping on our bikes and persevering with our tour. We crossed a number of extra suspension bridges earlier than arriving at a mountain bike path filled with timber which have been nice at shading us from the solar as we went downhill!
The closing a part of the tour was on even terrain which allowed us to go searching and respect the fantastic thing about nature at a relaxed tempo.
We arrived at our end-point round midday however our meals wasn’t fairly prepared but, so we took the chance to loosen up by the river and refresh in an idyllic atmosphere. The river was additionally used as an space for people who find themselves studying how one can raft, so we may see fairly quite a lot of folks having enjoyable on their rafts close by.
Lunch was served buffet type with an assortment of rice, noodles, hen, greens, and even freshly reduce pineapple from the farm as dessert!
After lunch, we mentioned our goodbyes to Junior and have been shuttled again to Kota Kinabalu metropolis after an thrilling morning!
If you end up in Kota Kinabalu and wish to get to know extra concerning the Sabahan tradition and examine beautiful landscapes, you must undoubtedly give this biking tour a go! The roads have been primarily flat with no heavy climbs, good for all who’re capable of journey a motorcycle. However, in case you are extra vulnerable to mosquito bites and sunburn, undoubtedly bringing alongside a hefty quantity of mosquito repellent and sunblock for final consolation through the tour!