Tuaran Kampung Fun & Wet Ride



State: Sabah

FULL DAY – from RM280/pax {min. 2 pax}
Briefly an hour of drive from Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran is another district situated in the West Coast Division of the state of North Borneo. As its name suggests, Tuaran came from a Malay word “Tawaran” that has two meanings, firstly, it means fresh water which indicates the significance of a source of fresh water for Tuaran town. Secondly, bargaining, which refers to the trading activities being taken place by the locality.

Our unforgettable excursion commenced at 1 Chanteek Borneo Gallery, a must visit tourist destination where tourists get to learn about traditional ethnic costumes in Borneo. Chanteek is derived from a Malay word, cantik which literally means beautiful. Exactly a perfect way to describe the beautiful culture of Borneo! The entrance pass is affordable, at RM10 for an adult and a student, while RM5 for each child aged between 4 to 12 years old. The gallery provides a generous list of ethnic costumes and music instruments for you to try on from ethnic groups such as Kadazan, Bajau, Murut and more! It is such an eye-opening exhibition you would never want to miss!

At our next stop, we visited 2 Wallace Shelter Workshop at 2.1km. This shelter was set up in year 1962, and established by “The Sabah Society for the Blind” in year 1966. It is also known as the Wallace Training Centre which caters to the needs of the blind persons who have been trained in various fields but are unemployed and those who are employed but have not secured an accommodation. It is indeed warm-hearted to know that currently there are a total number of 34 blinds having a comfortable place to live in with the contribution and support from the government, local businesses and the public. Despite their disabilities, they are fortunate to be provided equal opportunities to live their lives better.

Cycled another 2.8km in a pleasant weather, a row of old 3 Wooden Shophouses stood before us as we reached Tuaran Town. Typical wooden built shophouses in Tuaran Town consist of two to three storeys, with a shop on the ground floor for commercial purposes and a residence above the shop. There are usually grocery shops, coffee shops, stationery shops, and barbershops. These shophouses were left since the British occupancy. The town is bustling yet serene, absolutely an ideal ride for families.

Meandering into 4 Victoria Beauty Saloon, we were amazed by the old-fashioned interiors with antique chairs and fans. Equipment that is used in the saloon was passed down from generations to generations. Not needing too much of fancy skills, you can get a decent haircut at RM10 for an adult, whereas RM7-8 for a child.

Riding 600 meters further along shop-lots and houses to 5 Dragon Mountain Temple was thrilling because of the tranquillity of the town. The temple was built as another tourist attraction with its prominent 9-storey pagoda. Pay a visit to this meticulously structured temple and adore the scrupulous statues. For a breath-taking view of Tuaran, you can walk up to the highest level of the pagoda. What sounds even more satisfying than catching a glimpse at the magnificent Mount Kinabalu which is just opposite the temple? The experience is undeniably jaw-dropping!

We then had our lunch at a local coffee shop in Tuaran Town for a plate of the famous a Tuaran Mee (Tuaran Noodles) which is a must-try local dish with handmade noodles, barbequed meat, chopped vegetables and eggs in it. Have a bite on its authentic flavour, topped with sliced barbequed meat, egg roll and a little bit of greens to finish this delectable dish, you will wallow yourself in its nostalgic taste and make yourself return for its finger-licking taste!

Not too far away from the coffee shop, we motioned our way towards the locally iconic 6 “Tamu Besar”, a local open market for native traders. It usually opens on Sundays, from 6am to 2pm. The atmosphere of the market would normally be vibrant and crowded during peak hours. Traders would bring their harvests of vegetables and fruits from neighbouring villages and towns to be marketed and locals would be busy buying their goods. Gazing at those produce sellers, their diligence just to earn an honest living impressed us!


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