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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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Mikhail C wrote a review Jun 2020
Sandakan, Malaysia1 contribution
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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Philippe B wrote a review Aug 2019
7 contributions5 helpful votes
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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Frederick A wrote a review Jun 2018
5 contributions1 helpful vote
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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Katrien B wrote a review Dec 2017
16 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed 2D/1N at the farmstay and were greeted by cute Aryl and her lovely family! We enjoyed the place and being without phone reception and just following the pace of the villagers... Also as a Belgian the really cool riverwater was actually and finally refreshing! We could’ve stayed easily a couple of days longer at that relaxing location!
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Nuraidah M, MarCom at Kiulu Farmstay
Responded 29 Dec 2017
Dear Katrien, it was a plasure having you guys. Phone reception is very limited at Kiulu, but it's just a way to focus on the green beauty that it has to offer. Thank you for planning your tour with us. Feel to free to drop your email if you want to come back in the future!
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cas4side wrote a review Sep 2017
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia17 contributions16 helpful votes
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
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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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Megs_Again wrote a review Aug 2017
Mackay, Australia5 contributions1 helpful vote
If you want to get away from it all then this is the place for you. I loved my stay at Kiulu and my host Saidin did everything possible to make me feel welcome. The food was delicious and authentic and I really enjoyed the village tour. Thank you Saidin for playing the gongs as I walked across the bridge into the farm stay :) Make sure you include this little hidden piece of paradise on your travels in Sabah.
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Date of stay: March 2017
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Response from Nuraidah M, MarCom at Kiulu Farmstay
Responded 24 Nov 2017
Thank you for taking the time and reviewing us! We'll make sure Saidin knows you had a wonderful time staying in Kiulu. Thank you for choosing us!
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Ramesh M wrote a review Jul 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia120 contributions18 helpful votes
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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
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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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Jayne C wrote a review May 2017
Ramsgate, England, United Kingdom15 contributions4 helpful votes
We booked a two day, one night stay here through Borneo eco tours. On arriving we were greeted by enthused and pleasant staff. Wet were given an excellent lunch prepared by one of the local woman from the village. In the afternoon our tour guide Saiden, took us on a 3 hour jungle trek which we thoroughly enjoyed. He explained the life and culture of the villagers and the edible and poisonous plants around the jungle. He also showed us the rice process, rubber tapping and many other local cultural scribes which we also participated in. All the food was prepared and served to us by the local village and wad truly scrumptious especially the"hot banana" and Saidens home brewed rice wine... This is a place to forget about modern living, relax and enjoy the natural beauty.
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Nuraidah M, MarCom at Kiulu Farmstay
Responded 24 Nov 2017
The hot banana or in Malay, "Pisang Goreng" is truly delicious, right? We're so glad you enjoyed the food, and the mini adventure you had with Saidin. Thank you for taking the time to review us, Jayne! And thank you for choosing us.
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Filipa Ramos G wrote a review Feb 2017
8 contributions2 helpful votes
The best place to get out off the grid and enjoy peace and quiet at its best. The local people are amazing human beings, very friendly and caring. Best place to imerse in ancient cultures and enjoy natural surroundings. Farmstay it's a beautiful natural building infrastucture with great facilities. Highly recomended!
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Date of stay: December 2016
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Response from Nuraidah M, MarCom at Kiulu Farmstay
Responded 24 Nov 2017
We're so glad you had a lovely time in Kiulu Farmstay! It sure is a great place for experiencing nature at its finest. Thank you for the recommendation and thank you for choosing us, Filipa!
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Michelle Y wrote a review Sep 2016
Hong Kong, China41 contributions9 helpful votes
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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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 an airport shuttle?
Yes, Kiulu Farmstay offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Kiulu Farmstay have airport transportation?
Yes, Kiulu Farmstay offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.