Next year is ‘Visit Malaysia Year 2014‘. To those planning to come to Malaysia or in particular, to Sabah, I would like to recommend you to take a trip to the northern part of Borneo and check out the magnificent views at the tip of Borneo, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau. A trip to Borneo would feel incomplete should you leave out Tanjung Simpang Mengayau from your itinerary. For me, it is a must visit place in Sabah and one of the most beautiful places in Borneo.
In case you haven’t heard of this place before, here’s a brief introduction. Tanjung Simpang Mengayau is located in the district of Kudat, in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. ‘Simpang Mengayau’ means ‘lingering junction‘ as it is here that the South China Sea lingers and meets the Sulu Seas flowing from the east. Hence, it is also known as Northernmost ‘Tip of Borneo‘. The tip is the meeting point of the Sulu Sea and the South China Sea. You can see it on the picture (below) taken during my visit to Kudat recently.
How To Travel To Tanjung Simpang Mengayau?
Kudat is about 150 km from Kota Kinabalu. You can travel to Kudat by air (and miss all the beautiful tropical rainforest and charming paddy fields along the way) or you can hire a car or take a mini-bus from Padang Merdeka (Merdeka Stadium) Bus Terminal to go there. The journey from KK to Kudat by road will take you about two and half hours to three hours depending on the road conditions. About 15km before you reach the town of Kudat, you will meet a junction that leads you to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, The Tip Of Borneo. You need to drive 25km further from the main road to reach your destination.
What’s At Tanjung Simpang Mengayau?
Of course the main purpose to go there is to be at the ‘tip‘ itself. Therefore, don’t forget to bring along your camera and take photos of yourself like these guys below (see picture):
You can then enjoy the breath-taking view of its wide and open coastline. It is considered one of the most beautiful spots in Sabah, and all the work is done by nature. The air is so fresh and the water is very clean and clear. It is a great place to relax yourself, enjoy superb views and have fun with your loved ones. Seeing the waves crashing over the rocky shores were very inspiring. Here are some of the reviews that were posted at Tripadvisor.Com.My:
We purposely drive up to the Tip of Borneo just to check out the views and it was a really pleasant surprise. The view is simply breathtaking with blue sea and sky. You got to believe that all the photos posted online were genuine and there’s absolutely no need for photoshop. - darleneliew2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The best beaches we found on mainland Sabah, stunning sunsets and great swimming all along that coastline. We stayed with the homestay in a village near the tip and it was one of the best experiences of our trip. The village was welcoming and it was lovely to really relax and become part of their way of life - orangeblossom87, Leeds, United Kingdom
Staying Overnight At Tanjung Simpang Mengayau
There are a couple of nice resorts and cabins for you should you decide to stay overnight at Tanjung Simpang Mengayau. Alternatively, you can stay at the homestay in a village near the tip. The price is quite affordable and the services are not bad either. Some of the resorts such as ‘The Tip of Borneo Resort‘ can be booked online. The Tip of Borneo Resort offers budget accommodation by the beach.
All rooms at this resort are air conditioned and offer a shower, a hair dryer and bottled water. A ceiling fan and a desk with an electrical outlet can also be found in each room of the resort. Plus, wireless internet is provided within the resort. You can book it HERE online.
There are a few small restaurants at the Tanjung Simpang Mengayau. Not all offers 100% HALAL food at their restaurant. So, muslim visitors need to be cautious and seek advise before taking their meals at Tanjung Simpang Mengayau.
Souvenir, Gift And Photography At The Tip
There is a Souvenir and Gift shop at the tip if you would like to bring home some memorabilia. The price is quite reasonable and the design isn’t bad either.
If you are into photography, this place is the right place for you. There are plenty of nice spots for you to warm your DSLR. Words of advise – be cautious when taking photos at the tip – the waves are quite unpredictable and you may find yourself hit with sea water. Be careful and mindful of your step as the rocky parts of the tip are slippery and one can easily fall into the watery holes in between the rocks. You don’t want to ruin that precious DSLR, do you?
The best bet is to not be too adventurous and too close to the waters. Using a zoom lense is definitely a much better, and safer, option.
Visit Us Next Year
So, if you plan to take a trip to Sabah next year, be sure to include Tanjung Simpang Mengayau in your itinerary. There are many travel agents to help you to get there or e-mail me for further info. I’ll be glad to help. As we in Malaysia are all set to celebrate ‘Visit Malaysia Year 2014′, we would like to wish tourists all around the world ‘Welcome To Malaysia‘. Malaysia Boleh Bah!
- Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, The Tip Of Borneo