Tour code: 3705KK36
Explore Borneo’s rainforest wilderness and gain insight into the country’s traditional culture and heritage on this Tambunan day trip from Kota Kinabalu. Head deep into the rugged and mountainous Crocker Range with your guide. Trek through dense rainforest and marvel at the spectacular rafflesia flowers you find. After lunch, visit a local bamboo village and learn all about the residents’ traditional way of life. Enjoy panoramic views over paddy fields, soaring mountainsides and dense bamboo forests, and make rice wine with a local family. 


  • Day trip to Tambunan from Kota Kinabalu
  • Enjoy a scenic nature trek through lush mountains and rainforests
  • Admire remarkable rafflesia flowers, the largest in the world!
  • Explore a bamboo village with your guide
  • Learn how to make traditional Malaysian rice wine in a local’s home
  • Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Tambunan Day Trip from Kota Kinabalu: Rafflesia Flower, Bamboo Village and Rainforest Trek

The Crocker Range from Kota Kinabalu

You’ll be picked up from your Kota Kinabalu hotel and taken on a comfortable 1-hour drive through the idyllic countryside and up the mountainous Crocker Range. After admiring the beautiful mountain scenery, arrive at the Rafflesia Information Centre in the district of Tambunan.

Follow your guide on a 2- to 3-hour nature trek amidst lush vegetation and lowland rainforests. The highlight of your journey is sure to be the rafflesia flowers. These magnificent flowers are the largest in the world, and are only found in Southeast Asia! Be sure to bring your camera to capture this one-of-a-kind sight.

Stop in a scenic spot to enjoy a pre-packed lunch and enjoy the fresh mountain air. Then, proceed to the town of Tambunan to explore the bamboo village with your guide. 

You’ll be treated with views of rice paddy fields, lush green mountains and dense bamboo forests that surround the town, and your guide will explain that these forests are a legacy of the British colonial period, when a law required that 20 bamboo sprouts be planted for every bamboo tree cut down.

In town, visit a home of a local family to learn how to make tapai, a traditional sweet rice wine. Chat with the locals with the help of your guide to gain insight on the daily lifestyle in the village. After this unique cultural experience, relax on the ride back to your Kota Kinabalu hotel.

Customer Reviews

Ava R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Our guide Walter was amazing. He was telling us about history and culture of the region. We were able to see Rafflesia Flower and rice winery. It was great experience and lesson on Sabah. We also had fantastic lunch at local restaurant. We recommend this tour. We had great time .

Mareike M

1 star rating: I do not recommend this August 2014

No value for money:
- the walk was about an hours with an non-English speaking guide, the flowers in this part of the jungle are in max. just 30 cm (however the flowers are beautiful)
- Bamboo village - 2 min car drive through the empty village, since rarely anyone still lives in the bamboo houses - you don't get an impression how locals live
- Rice wine factory - no explanation, no tour - max 10 min stop
- lunch - in a very local restaurants with a ok food quality. Drinks are not included
Overall - not recommendable - it is far, far too expensive and you feel like being ripped off

From USD $ 88.00

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