Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tip of Borneo & Kudat - August 2, 2011

Jeff only wanted to do one thing on this trip and that was to go to the tip of Borneo. We rented a car/mini van and left at 5:00 a.m. with Sister Lillian as our guide and Leslie along for the ride. It is about a four hour drive on not the best of roads.  Jeff would be driving along on paved roads and there would some times be a sign that would say; "AWAS" which means "caution" and the next thing you know you are on a washed out piece of road. Landon and I were in the very back of the car and can verify the bad roads by the sore tailbones we sustained :) It was totally worth sore tailbones!

Tanjung Simpang Mengayay, is also known as the Northernmost tip of Borneo, the third largest island in the world, after Greenland and New Guinea. It is locate in the district of Kudat, in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. The tip is the meeting point of Sulu and the South China Sea.
A bronze globe marks the location of Tanjung Simpang Mengayau at latitude 7 degrees north and longitude 116 degrees east.
Every where you looked was an incredible sight. Here are a just a few...

Rungus Longhouse that you can stay in at the tip of Borneo.
This is the view from the porch of your room.
Farther down the beach looking back at the island.

On the way back we stopped at a Traditional Rungus Longhouse in Kudat
Today, only the Runggus and Murut peoples still maintain the longhouse system. Each family has its own "apartment" but share a common living area. A longhouse may be made up of 20 to 40 families. Each of the doors is an apartment.

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