Tip of Borneo in Sabah - Malaysia Asia Travel Blog

Friday, January 27, 2012

Tip of Borneo in Sabah

Tip of Borneo in Sabah

The Tip of Borneo in Sabah is my picture of the week. The place is located in the district of Kudat and is one of the must-visit places when you are traveling around Sabah. It is here where you will see the best of the South China Sea and Sulu Sea which is divided by the tip. A drive from Kota Kinabalu city will take about three and a half hours while it is much better to spend a night at one of the resorts along the way or around Kudat area if you are going by yourself.

The Tip of Borneo is also called Tanjung Simpang Mengayau in the Malay language but it is more commonly known in the English name if you are a traveler wanting to visit this place. Apart from this location, there are various local places to visit like the Gombizau Honey Bee Farm, Kampung Bavanggazo (Rungus Longhouse) and Kampung Sumangkap Gong Factory (Factory making traditional brass drums). All these tourist attractions are on the way to the tip therefore it is usually included in tour packages.

Tip of Borneo Photo
Tip of Borneo

While at the Tip of Borneo, your driver would park at the main car park and you are required to take a short walk to the look out point. There are a few huts with some interesting information about the place while you will see the most prominent icon which is the bronze globe. Information on this is shared in English and Malay language. At the tip, there is a barricade to prevent people from going to the edge as it can be dangerous. If you are bringing children, please supervise them here.

Tip of Borneo Sabah
Tanjung Simpang Mengayau information

 At the main car park, there is a restaurant serving local Malaysian food and drinks. You can get fizzy drinks or beer in the cans here. There is a guesthouse with rooms facing the sea while there are souvenir shops and toilets here too. Not to worry as the prices are very local and not hiked up just because this place is a tourist attraction. You will see a mixture of locals and foreigners here too while the best time to visit the Tip of Borneo is in  the mornings.

Most people would make a day trip here as you can cover all of the attractions and be back in Kota Kinabalu by evening. If you are a biker or cyclist, this would be a fun place to ride or cycle to. Kudat is one of the smaller towns in Sabah and is mainly dominated by the local Rungus people. If you have time, visit the Kudat market to explore and sample some of the unique local Rungus Food found here. On Sundays there is a Tamu (Market) selling all kinds of local produce. For those planning on spending a night here, there are a couple of Beach Resorts with beach front views which are reasonably priced just before the Tip of Borneo in Sabah.


黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

A location i like to visit soon !

Unknown said...

David ~ thanks for the info am planning to go back land below the wind next month....this place is a must for me to discover.

rencontre asiatique said...

I very want go to Borneo. Friends go before me and speak it's like paradise ^^ Thx for this tips and hope go to soon ;)

Malaysia Asia said...

Thank all, hope you make that trip to the Tip of Borneo soon.

lastminute angebote said...

Oh what a nice place, I never heard that Borneo having beautiful place. Its really fantastic place.

jun tamor said...

It's unfortunate we didn't get to see this place while we were in Sabah last December.

vinay said...

nice & great information. keep it up!

Malaysia Asia said...

Thank you Ange and Vinay.

Jun - Well, maybe next time you visit Borneo, you could include this trip to the Tip of Borneo?

msa said...


Nice review.did u manage to go to Pantai Kelambu when u went to Simpang Mengayau? It is just about 30 minutes of driving further up from Simpang Mengayau. It is a very nice place whereby there is an island at Pantai Kelambu that u can simply walk to that island. The beach also very beautiful and the wave is not strong like Simpang Mengayau.

lunaticg said...

I had been going back to Sabah few time and don't even have a chance to go to this place. One of a must visit place in Sabah but they're not many shops/food stall around there.

Proktologe in Düsseldorf Professor Hengge said...

Interesting...But is the globe really made of Bronze? Can you maybe post more pictures?

Anonymous said...

I have just returned from this place......the road is so bad under some kind of major construction,travel on the gravel for more then half an hour,may be about 30 km.....total journey was 3-4 hours from Kota Kinabalu to tip od Borneo..no doubt it is a breath taking view where 2 oceans mean....I will like to go again but not so soon....wait for the road to be ready and must be there for sunset.....:))