Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Step into the era of steam travel on a nostalgic, 4-hour voyage from Kota Kinabalu aboard the North Borneo Railway, a historic train powered by wood-fired boilers. You’ll travel through a landscape of lush forest, farm fields, and small villages, with stops to visit a Buddhist temple and explore the market town of Papar, then enjoy a classic Borneo lunch served ‘tiffin’ style during the return trip. This 4-hour excursion includes pickup and drop-off at Kota Kinabalu hotels, lunch, and round-trip train tickets.
  • Half-day North Borneo Railway excursion from Kota Kinabalu
  • Travel by wood-fired steam train
  • Stop at a historic Buddhist temple and a vibrant market town
  • Tea and lunch served onboard
  • Pickup and drop-off at Kota Kinabalu hotels
Meet a driver at your hotel in Kota Kinabalu for departure between 8:45 and 9:15am, then travel to Tanjung Aru Train Station, the starting point for the North Borneo Railway.

The train departs at 10am, so you’ll have some time to explore the station as stokers feed wood into a blazing fire, building up steam to power the engine. Settle into a comfortable seat on the train, and watch the outskirts of the city give way to a lush, green landscape.

Pause to stretch your legs when the train makes a sightseeing stop at Kinarut Town, where you can browse a few traditional shops, or light some incense at the Buddhist Tien Shi Temple. Climb back on the train for the final trip to Papar, a busting town whose market overflows with fresh produce, spices, and handicrafts.

Head back to the train for the return trip after the conductor turns the engine around using a classic railway turntable. On the voyage back to Tanjung Aru Train Station, the train staff will serve lunch in multi-tiered metal tiffins, a hearty spread with a little bit of everything. After a final cup of tea or coffee, you’ll arrive at the station, and meet the driver for the return trip to your Kota Kinabalu hotel.

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, Sep 2016

Excellent day trip. Friendly and helpful staff, very good food, and lots if interesting sights. Train returned two hours late because of problems getting up steam, but who cares? Great value and highly recommended.


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