Kiulu Valley Homestay
This very unique homestay offers basic and peaceful accommodation with calming views of lush green paddy fields, forests and undulating mountain ridges. Treat yourself a perfect and ideal gateway and soak yourself in the ambience of natural grandeur in this unforgettable journey to the valley of the mist, the Kiulu Valley.
- Experience staying with a local family and learn their culture
- Enjoy playing local games
- Try paddy planting and rice processing, rubber tapping, blow pipe and other local activities
- Get to know the locals and their culture
Expected time of departure: 0900hrs
Pick up from hotel and drive approximately 45 minutes to countryside with a short stop at Tamparuli Suspension Bridge and the nearby local market, passing the scenic view of the Kiulu Valley, the valley of the mist. Upon arrival at Kg. Mantob, you will be greeted with a warm welcome by your host family and be briefed on the homestay programme. Enjoy scrumptious lunch cooked and served by your host family, then it is time to immerse yourself with the local culture and tradition by participating in the demonstration of the local games and activities such as rice pounding and sieving, blow pipe, handcrafts making, traditional fishing, play local games (Rampanau) and musical instruments with dance (gong and Sumazau). Proceed to take a village walk which would offer you stunning landscapes of the scenic valley as you pass through paddy fields, plantations and fruit orchards. After dinner have a good chat with your host family about the village history and folktales before retiring to bed. (Lunch & Dinner)
Wake up and enjoy the quaint cool morning before setting off on a morning walk. Proceed to the highest point to (500 meters above sea level) to view the surrounding area. If weather permits the guests might be lucky to see the sacred Mount Kinabalu. Have a quick breakfast before departing back to Kota Kinabalu.(Breakfast)
Expected time of departure: 0900hrs
THINGS TO BRING: Please bring along sun block lotion, personal toiletries and towel, insect repellent, hat, walking/trekking shoes, good grip sandal, drinking water bottle, swimming attire, camera and raincoat.Borneo Eco Tours is moving towards a plastic-free environment, so, please join our movement by bringing your own refillable water bottle during your time with us.
Tour and transfers, homestay programs, accommodation with shared area and common bathroom, meals as specified.
Optional tour and items not mentioned
Note on Travel Insurance
Customers are encouraged to purchase their own travel insurance before travelling to Borneo. We recommend you to select a travel insurance policy that covers not only your medical expenses (including emergency repatriation) but also personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage. Doing so can prevent major disruptions and additional costs.
MYR 385 per person
We contribute RM 30 for every international guest who buys this tour to the Kiulu Community Development Fund that goes towards building capacity in the Kiulu villages.
Rates are valid from 01 April 2018 till 31 March 2019.
The whole tour was fantastic. We saw the Borneo big five in one day and had some outstanding guides throughout our holiday. The whole thing was seamless and the local people were so friendly too. The hotel/lodge accomodation was all of a good standard and we also enjoyed staying with a local family for night.
Our highlights . seeing the bats leving the caves at Mulu, sightings of six wild orangutans, watching a green turtle lay her eggs on turtle island and snorkelling with turtles off Sipidan island.
We were really impressed with Borneo Eco Tours and would have no hestitation in recommendng the company to other travellers.
Thanks for everything
KEITH JONES , British Indian Ocean Territory, 24 Apr-14 May 2017