Kiulu Farmstay

Kiulu Farmstay

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4.5
#1 of 1 guest house in Tuaran
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Located 60 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu, Kiulu Farmstay offers you an experience of a lifetime by taking you through one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. It combines an atmosphere of hospitality with a rich culture, as you experience the warmth, hospitable, peaceful and healthy lifestyle of the Dusun ethnic group. It brings together the essence of Sabah’s countryside, ensuring you have a holiday to remember. Just 15 minutes away from the peaceful hamlet of Tamparuli Town, Kiulu is surrounded by rolling fields and lush green paddy fields with charming farms which offers and idyllic escape with plenty of activities that the whole family can enjoy. Some of the main things to look forward to include traditional rice sieving, musical and dance, quad biking, water rafting and many more to give you the best possible day out in the country! Revitalise yourself with gentle walks through the fields or along the country lanes and feast on the best locally sourced produce, or turn the venture into adventure because as they said “adventure is always worthwhile”.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Tuaran Malaysia
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Kota Kinabalu Airport
28.2 km
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Mikhail C wrote a review Jun 2020
Sandakan, Malaysia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed there for 1 night sometime in June and absolutely loved it. My family, especially the kids had a lovely time staying there. Mr Saidi was exceptionally welcoming and even went above and beyond when he told stories to the kids to keep them busy while we were packing. The welcoming beverages was sangat sangat Sedap! My wife especially really loved the sambal that was prepared for us. Very delicious mix with my sister's nasi goreng terjun. Even though the he wifi was down but it gave us opportunity to really disconnect and just enjoy the moment. Few days after, Mr Saidi contacted me to update about the suspension bridge that has been repaired at the place after I expressed my concern about the bridge's condition. Mr Saidi, you are my hero! 10/10 would visit again.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Pinggu wrote a review Aug 2016
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Recently, my 13 year old daughter and I traveled to Sabah Borneo. My entire 2 week itinerary was organized by Borneo Eco tours. Needless to say, it was loaded with one adventure after another ranging from the west to east coast. However, my most memorable part of the trip was our overnight stay at Kiulu valley farmstay. The valley is surrounded by mountains with lush jungle filled with edible vegetation and fruit trees. The river in the valley was flowing rapidly with clear cool water and can be seen for miles. Rice paddies and Buffaloes in their mud bath was amusing. The quad bike experience would be a sin to miss. The morning mist was enchanting. The view all around whether from below in the valley or above in the mountain was heavenly. The Fig Tree is a 2 room lodge built by the local community and volunteer organization. It's a beautiful lodge providing all the basic necessities. Our meals were provided by a friendly local lady, the food was simple and flavorful. Our guide was top notch, his name is Saidin and he has lived there his entire life with his family. In our too short a stay I came away with knowledge I could not have learn from a book.... Thank you Saidin for your expertise and tireless hospitality. Thank you Sheila for providing the introduction to this immaculate place. Kiulu valley really is one of the best places on earth, no doubt I will return for a longer stay. Oh did I forget to mention that there is no wifi, Internet, TV or cellular service.....excellent👍
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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cas4side wrote a review Sept 2017
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
i have to admit that when i first found out there would be no mobile reception and TV i was worried on how to keep a 2 and 6 year old entertained! but i decided that i needed to breakaway from that connectivity and reconnect without these technology devices.

upon reaching the area, we crossed a suspension / hanging bridge. the kids found that amusing. then when they descended from the bridge, they ran around like wild chickens.

when we approached the fig tree i was actually impressed how compact yet complete it was. we decided to do half and half for food - cook and also enjoy the local dishes which could be ordered.

we went to the river for a dip, fed the fish in the pond, played with the local musical instruments, did a slight trek in vain to find a buffalo (don't make promises you can't keep to kids - so i learnt). we found the village buffaloes bathing in mud and owh gosh the kids were ecstatic.

at night, we had an early dinner. Helenna (who prepared our food) and Aryl (our guide) stayed on to play and chat with us and the kids. by 9pm, we called it a night.

the area is so calming and it really did give me a sense of peace.

would i return?
yes.

how would i vacay there again?
with friends!

Imagine having a private space all to yourself and friends, BBQing and just enjoying the night.

Now there are only 2 rooms, but you can camps comfortable in the shaded area.

I would also have done Quad Biking but didn't have enough time for that.

breakaway and get away.
here at the kiulu farmstay
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Date of stay: September 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Nuraidah M, MarCom at Kiulu Farmstay
Responded 24 Nov 2017
So glad you and the kids had a wonderful time, Cassie! Taking a break from the bustling city and stepping back into the nature is worth the experience. We're so happy that the kids enjoyed watching buffaloes and playing with the suspended bridge, and we hope the food and everything else was great. Thank you for the recommendations! If you're planning to come back, we'll be ready to assist you on another adventure.
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Frederick A wrote a review Jun 2018
3.0 of 5 bubbles
the farmstay is located near the kiulu river, you can experience many activities that they offer near the farmstay and the house is made from bamboo that used by native sabah to build house long ago ..
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Response from Erica T, Marketing Associate at Kiulu Farmstay
Responded 29 Jun 2018
Hello, Frederick! Thanks for this review. We hope that you enjoyed your time in Kiulu Farmstay. Should you have any suggestions on how we can further improve, do let us know! Your feedback is much appreciated. Thanks and best regards!
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Ramesh M wrote a review Jul 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow, wow and wow.. This off beaten destination is worth the travel for one who wants to experience a back to basis kind of holiday. I took the 2D1N package from Borneo Eco Tours and it was worth every dollar. Simple lodge, lovely guide, friendly locals, interesting activities, folktale stories, and many more. As soon as you arrive to this destination, its time to keep your modern day mobile devices away.. not out of choice but there isn't any signal.. All the meals were cooked by the locals and it was delicious.. My favorite outdoor activity was the river tubing and ATV ride.. simply awesome.. It was certainly a memorable experience..
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Date of stay: March 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Nuraidah M, MarCom at Kiulu Farmstay
Responded 24 Nov 2017
So happy to know you had a great time Ramesh! Thank you for choosing us, and we hope you'll come back soon.
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Michelle Y wrote a review Sept 2016
Hong Kong, China
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We only got to stay for one night but was such a welcoming , unexpected experience. Our guide was from the local community and after welcoming us to our bamboo house for the night, took great pleasure in showing us the local treasures, walking round the farm, picking fruits, swimming in the river. Saidon, our guide was so happy to share all his experiences & stories with us . We then had the most exceptional dinner prepared by Esther , a lady who also lived in the village and we got to sample the fresh veg & fruit that we had picked that afternoon from around the farm
A truly amazing experience, really feeling close to the local community
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Nuraidah M, MarCom at Kiulu Farmstay
Responded 24 Nov 2017
An experience indeed! We're so glad you loved your stay in Kiulu Farmstay, Michelle! Having a short trip into the nature is always a good choice, and we hope this won't be your last. Thank you for taking the time reviewing us, and thank you for choosing us!
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michaelhc_chin wrote a review Sept 2016
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Breath-taking Valleys, unpolluted pristine River eco-system with friendly villages. Please support Villagers' Home-stay. Expect basic amenities with very welcoming host family. Best to visit during fruiting seasons!!
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Nuraidah M, MarCom at Kiulu Farmstay
Responded 24 Nov 2017
Thank you for the support! We hope you had a wonderful time during your stay in Kiulu.
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thetalkinggirl wrote a review Sept 2016
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed for a night at this cute farmstay with a group of colleagues last April. No telephone or internet connection to my mobile phone but all is good ! as I got to enjoy the nature around me. Thou there are options to stay in the comfortable 2 bedroom hut, I opted for a more adventurous experience by sleeping in a camp outside. If you are keen to get going with stuffs, there are lots of activities around the village to do such as jungle trekking, quad biking and my all time favourite is of course the tubing & eating the delicious spread of "kampung" food prepared by the local villagers. Either way you could also just chill and relax around the farmstay while listening to the local stories. There are all very friendly and welcoming. In fact, I even learnt to play the Gong (Traditional Music Instrument) from them! Such a good memories for sure.
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Date of stay: April 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Nuraidah M, MarCom at Kiulu Farmstay
Responded 24 Nov 2017
Couldn't agree more! Glad to know you and your colleagues had so much fun at Kiulu Farmstay. If you guys are up for another adventure, check out our website to look at our optional tours in Kiulu. Thanks for having us!
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Deborah C wrote a review Aug 2016
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Kiulu farmstay is very well designed and perfect for family or group outings. I particularly love the communal hut with long tables and benches and adequate aeration from the ceiling fans and semi-opened concept of the hut. Right across the communal hut is a welcoming river beckoning for us to jump in. The water is freezing cold but so inviting on a hot day.

I particularly like the concept of a self-contained lodging hut with cooking facilities, two bedrooms and a toilet/shower area. The communal / dining area inside the lodging hut is spacious with lots of room to rest and sit.

I would highly recommend Kiulu Farmstay for families and small groups who want a little bit of a rugged retreat but with the comforts of a proper bed, hot shower and basic cooking facilities. Bring adequate food supply for eating and cooking if you're staying over as there are no shops nearby.

They also take a RM10 community fee that goes into a community fund to help the local villagers. What a great effort!
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Date of stay: August 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Nuraidah M, MarCom at Kiulu Farmstay
Responded 15 Dec 2017
Hi Deborah, thank you for the compliments! Kiulu Farmstay is a community-based ecotourism development where we aim to give guests a whole new experience in the nature and at the same time, give back to the community. We're glad you felt what we aim to give to people. Thank you for staying with us!
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Philippe B wrote a review Aug 2019
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We showed up without being expected and they manage to host a visit for us in a very diligent way ..this is the nice part
Because of the non expected visit no lunch was ready but that was king of our fault
They organize a few activities - rice grinding , pipe blowing and we went on a short tour to the owner village. Nice but nothing extraordinary over 30 minutes.
I had asked before how we will be charged and were told you will see upon arrival at the village. Warm welcome by the family with fruits, music and dance and photos. Then the owner asked st which hotel we stayed and looked at my wife’s bracelet and was preparing the move to charge us big time, all this with a big smile of course
125 ringgits for each person !! - we were 3.
We paid as we did not want to create any concern and even though we appreciate we have a higher standard of living in Europe, this was just outrageous for Borneo (plus we had to pay for our own transportation). This guy is a crook , do not go there and better spend your money somewhere else. I am sure all is business is run the same way. Good thing we had better experience with other Borneo people who did not only see us as wallets on legs. So long.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from EricaTibok, Communications Executive at Kiulu Farmstay
Responded 28 Aug 2019
Hello Philippe, Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. We really appreciate your feedback. First and foremost, we are truly sorry if you felt that the tour you experienced here was not value for money. This is the first time we received a review like this as many of our guests have genuinely enjoyed their time here. However, your review has raised some crucial points which we need to work and improve on. The team were under prepared to receive you that day as we rarely have walk-in guests who come directly to Kiulu Farmstay without making any bookings in advance. We have spoken to our Field Coordinator who is in charge there about this issue. Again, we are truly sorry and are currently rectifying the problem so that this mistake will not be repeated. We just want to clarify with you that our Half Day Kiulu Countryside tour, which was the tour you all took part in costs MYR 175 per pax (inclusive of transport). This tour package and price is also published on our website. You can refer there for more details. Without transport service however, this tour is MYR 125 per pax, which was the amount that you paid. Since lunch was not prepared, local fruits were served to you instead. Also, we want to share with you that Kiulu Farmstay is a community-based ecotourism product which is an integrated initiative to get the local community there involved in tourism. Visitors and guests who go there will contribute to the Community Development Fund, which is a fund that was established for the purpose of improving the economy and livelihood of the local villagers there. When guests visit and pay for the tour at Kiulu Farmstay, they are actually helping the community there by providing them with job opportunities and income. It’s one of the best ways to get them out of poverty. We also like to add that the locals there a genuine and hospitable people who loves to share their culture with others. We really hope that you won't continue feeling cheated or suspicious after this especially towards the community there but feel rest assured that the tour you all participated in and paid for actually goes back to benefit the community of Kiulu. Once again, thank you Philippe for this review. We truly appreciate it!
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Arif N asked a question Oct 2019
Pontianak, Indonesia
Is there any public transport to visit Kiulu Farmstay?
Answer from Erica
Hello there Arif! The best way to travel on your own to Kiulu would be via vehicle charter where you can easily find their service on the internet. You will need to charter since it is hard to find vehicle from Kiulu to KK. If you plan to travel on your own, kindly download the offline map link which can be found in our website. Please note that we also offer KK pick-up and drop-off to ease your movement to Kiulu.
Answer from TimothyT_BET
Kota Kinabatangan, Malaysia21 contributions
Dear Farhah, Simpang Mengayau is about 3 hrs from Kota Kinabalu and about 2.5hrs from Kiulu Farmstay. If you're wanting to visit Simpang Mengayau, best to stay at Kudat rather than attempt a night drive as there are very few street lights on the road back from Kudat to Tuaran and it'll be very dark. Kiulu Farmstay is great just before visiting Kundasang or just after as it's somewhat along the way. Safe travels!
Oviera C wrote a tip Jun 2016
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It is good if by camp, i guess. (because i love camping)"
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Jistasika_Paulus wrote a tip Jun 2016
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Kiulu Farmstay located near to the river"
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Belle211 wrote a tip Nov 2015
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms are facing the beautiful Kiulu River"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kiulu Farmstay
What are some of the property amenities at Kiulu Farmstay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at Kiulu Farmstay?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a dining area.
What food & drink options are available at Kiulu Farmstay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Kiulu Farmstay?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
Does Kiulu Farmstay have airport transportation?
Yes, Kiulu Farmstay offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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