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North Borneo Railway

1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard | Level 2, The Magellan Sutera Resort, Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu 88300, Malaysia
+60 88-308 500
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North Borneo Steam Train with Tiffin Lunch from Kota Kinabalu
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Half-Day North Borneo Steam Engine Train from Kota Kinabalu
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The North Borneo Railway runs two weekly return departures (Wednesday, Saturday) from Kota Kinabalu to Papar, year round. Lasting approximately 4 hours, passengers experience the lush landscape of the coastal and rural regions of Sabah. A typical 'tiffin' colonial lunch will be served on the return trip.
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  • Average11%
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1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard | Level 2, The Magellan Sutera Resort, Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu 88300, Malaysia
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"tiffin lunch"
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"steam engine"
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"step back in time"
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"chinese temple"
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"return journey"
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"wood burning"
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"small towns"
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"tiffin box"
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"cold towels"
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"bygone era"
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"train trip"
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"orient express"
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"staff dressed"
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"style lunch"
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"continental breakfast"
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

Cons- If you are a train lover, you may not enjoy the torture this poor loco is going through. The tour company warns you not plan anything for the afternoon, I would advise taking a packed dinner, insect repellent for when it gets dark and...More

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Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

Beware the trip should be 4 hours, but due to rain runs out of steam every few miles! Overall we were delayed by another 3 hours. Each time takes 30 mins! and we are stuck at the stations along the track. Suggest you don’t book...More

Thank Br00kesy
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Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

The day started out well. Beautiful train and carriages. Great staff. Great welcome. Beautiful breakfast on board Off we chuffed. Called at a mosque. Chugged towards a small town. One breakdown in the middle of nowhere. Where huge wasps came in. After brief visit to...More

Thank Catherine R
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Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

1. To get the ticket is already a pain in the bum. There were no proper instructions for making payment. We are living in a world where online payment is a norm. Yet you are still asking for front and back face of credit card??...More

3  Thank rin リ
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Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

The journey on this train will take you back to a by gone era. They try to be as authentic as possible. There were two delays, but so what, that is how travel by a wood fire train goes. We got to know the couple...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

A terrific journey on an old, but exotic, steam railway. The carriages are something from the past but they are kept immaculate with their historic charm. My wife I travelled in relative comfort, each having our own 'two-seater' comfortable bench seat either side of our...More

Thank ThePaul068
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

This has the potential to be a great experience. We were all set for a real thrill. The carriages are splendid and we were greeted by enthusiastic and polite staff. Sadly the steam engine didn’t share the staffs enthusiasm. It coupled up to the carriages...More

1  Thank Tom M
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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Mixed review for this trip, although interesting and train is lovely the day turned out to be much longer than planned due to steam engine having problems and had to wait for another engine to bring us home. Felt like there was a lot if...More

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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

We got away promptly at 10 am and the presentation at the start was of a high standard. Part way in we were delayed as the engine needed to build up steam, meaning we were over an hour behind before we got to the last...More

Thank Deborah v
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

This was a highlight of our tour of Borneo, loved it. Someone has gone to a lot of trouble to plan and deliver the experience: steam train, special carriages, staff dressed in safari suits, tiffin lunch. It was a very memorable experience, in a different...More

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Response from SHR-Management | Property representative |
Hi robertcarter2017, There isn't any dress code for the train ride. You may dress casually.
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Response from David N | Reviewed this property |
Joost van Nispen, The stream train operates on Saturday and Wednesday 0930hrs leaving on time at 1000hrs. Booking? Visit the Tanjung Aru travel shop and book with them , you can charge some excursions too your room, you... More
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