Do not feel left out if you have never heard of Kudat. Located in the northernmost part of Sabah, it is one of Borneo’s best-kept secrets. Even though it has several undisturbed beach resorts and the well known Tip of Borneo, it is not a well-known destination for foreigners.
After a short trip to Kota Belud, we decide to drive to Kudat to visit the Rungus Longhouse and Gong Making village. A trip to Kudat must include stop over at the stall setup by the roadside before Kota Marudu junction selling handcrafts and produces by the locals. One of the must try is the Jagung Bakar ( Grill corn). Despite its appearance, is it tasty and delicious!
After an hour drive from Kota Belud, we reached Kg. Sumangkap Gong Factory. On Sabah, gongs are valued not only as musical instruments but also as tokens of wealth. Made of brass and bronze, a single gong takes days to produce.. Gongs feature in all ethnic celebrations and vary in size from small souvenirs to huge decorative. The villagers are very friendly and they show us how gong making process and encourage us to play with the gongs.
Gong making tools
We then move to our next destination nearby. There are 2 Rungus Longhouse open for a visit here and we decide to stop at the first Longhouse namely Meranjak Rungus Longhouse. The Longhouse is operated by Mr. Meranjak and his son and they do offer home stay for the visitor who want to experience living in a longhouse.
An elderly woman showing off her weaving skills traditional way. Great experience and environment indulge in the culture of Rungus People.
Since we are rushing back to Kota Kinabalu, we call it the day and proceed back to KK. For our next visit to Kudat, we will be visiting the Honey Bee Village and maybe visited the beautiful beaches at Kudat!