Thursday,17 August,2017

Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, The Tip Of Borneo

Simpang Mengayau

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 definitely one of the most beautiful places in Borneo.

The Tips Of Borneo Landmark

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) which was taken during my visit to Kudat recently.


tip of borneo pic

How To Travel To Tanjung Simpang Mengayau?

Kudat is one of the district in Sabah and 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 Field) Bus Terminal to go there.

The journey from Kota Kinabalu 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.

Tanjung Simpang Mengayau

Credit: www.purplewabbit.com

What Can You Find At The Tip Of Borneo?

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 😀 :


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 indeed.

You can check out 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


Tanjung Simpang Mengayau Beach



Staying Overnight

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.

Tip of Borneo Resort

Pic credit: www.hotelscombined.com

  • 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 here.

Souvenir, Gift And Photography

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!

This Article Was Written By

ISMAIL N is the 'de facto' owner and editor-in chief of DuluLainSekarangLain.Com. A Human Resource practitioner in his normal daily life and consummate blogger in his free time. He is addicted to coffee and Manchester United. Most easily accessed via his Twitter account.

Ismail N

Leave a Comment

  • permohonan upu Reply

    30 minit saja dari rumah ni tempat.ahaha

    February 20, 2016, 3:07 pm
  • Suhimi Nain Reply

    Sudah pergi sini, menarik tempatnya. 🙂

    February 17, 2016, 3:07 am
    • Zurainny Ismail Reply

      Kalau bermalam sana lg best, kan? Wah, tiap2 tahun balik Sabah ka?

      February 17, 2016, 4:47 am
  • Hero Borneo Reply

    memang tempat yang menarik!

    September 2, 2014, 3:38 pm
    • Ismail N Reply

      Sangat menarik. Pilihan family kami

      September 5, 2014, 12:28 am
  • anif Reply

    Ini tempat sudah masuk dalam “list”. 😀 Inshaa Allah satu hari nanti..

    January 3, 2014, 11:59 am
    • Ismail N Reply

      Masuk dalam list? Bucket List? 😀

      August 13, 2014, 10:16 am
  • zool Reply

    tempat menarik tu.. mau pegi ni

    January 1, 2014, 3:48 pm
  • ohcikgu Reply

    geng-geng tangkap gambar mesti suka pergi ambil gambar kat sana.

    January 1, 2014, 5:48 am
    • Ismail N Reply

      Ya. Angkutlah segala DSLR dan lens yang canggih2. Baru puas hati datang ke Tip Of Borneo

      August 13, 2014, 10:15 am
  • puteri kasih Reply

    I have never been to Sabah yet. Hopefully will be able to visit in this year. Anyway Happy New Year 2014 to you and your family bro. Wish you all the best 🙂

    January 1, 2014, 5:38 am
    • Ismail N Reply

      Thank you. Do visit Sabah one day ok

      August 13, 2014, 10:15 am
  • MK Kimi Reply

    Di johor ada Tanjung piai.. 🙂

    Suatu masa nnt, semestinya akan jalan2 ke Sabah

    January 1, 2014, 5:01 am
    • Ismail N Reply

      Tanjung Piai pun cantik. Cuma Tanjung Simpang Mengayau ni lain dari yang lain. Kena datang sini utk fahami…

      August 13, 2014, 10:14 am
  • nazra Reply

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa teringin nya nak p. dari kedah hinggalah ke sabah T_T

    January 1, 2014, 2:35 am
    • Ismail N Reply

      Siap nyanyi lagi tu…

      August 13, 2014, 10:13 am
  • encikarman Reply

    wah.. bestnya rasa.. nyaman…pg dgn aweks lagi cocok nih…hehe

    December 31, 2013, 5:20 am
  • TehR Reply

    memang betul2 hujung tanjung ni
    laut dan batu yang sangat cantik

    December 30, 2013, 8:56 am
    • Ismail N Reply

      Tu belum tengok depan mata lagi. Baru gambar 😀

      August 13, 2014, 10:13 am
  • Manan Qayyim Reply

    teruja… suka tengok pemandangan alam semula jadi mcm ni….

    December 29, 2013, 6:42 am
    • Ismail N Reply

      Memang teruja sangat. Udara bersih dan nyaman dan jauh dari hiruk pikuk kota raya.

      August 13, 2014, 10:12 am
  • kakiblog Reply

    tahun depan pergi Sabah….dah tak sabar dah!

    December 29, 2013, 1:48 am
  • akubiomed Reply

    Wah, nice spot to be there. 🙂

    December 28, 2013, 3:42 pm
  • MDHAFiZ.NET Reply

    amazing sabah! i hope i can visit sabah one day 🙂

    December 28, 2013, 9:36 am
    • Ismail N Reply

      Insya-allah you will. Just don’t forget to put Tanjung Simpang Mengayau in your itinerary when you come to Sabah one day..

      August 13, 2014, 10:11 am
  • Bahrain Reply

    view just amzing!. Terigin nak ke sana nanti kalau ada rezeki.

    December 28, 2013, 7:36 am
  • titan Reply

    yap. dah pernah gi sini dulu masa study kat ums.

    December 28, 2013, 4:28 am
    • Ismail N Reply

      Dulu lain sekarang lain. Dahulu bujang sekarang dah kawin..
      Bawa family lah ke Tanjung Simpang Mengayau one day. K.

      August 13, 2014, 10:09 am
  • Denaihati Reply

    berbaloi bercuti disini walaupun jauh, dengan pantai dan pemandangan yang cantik memang mendamaikan.

    December 28, 2013, 4:19 am
    • Ismail N Reply

      Amat berbaloi sekali jika ke sini. Bagi sayaTanjung Simpang Mengayau adalah antara destinasi pelancongan paling terbaik di Sabah. Jom lah ke Tip Of Borneo.

      August 13, 2014, 10:07 am