Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Tip of Borneo - Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, Kudat



Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, is the term used to describe a dramatic headland situated in the on the Kudat Peninsula on the e northernmost tip of the island of Borneo. This tip of the third largest island in the world marks the meeting point of the Sulu and South China Seas.
The term Simpang Mengayau translates as ‘lingering junction’ and it refers to the manner in which the two bodies of water come together. For it appears that the South China Sea dawdles and lingers as it waits to join the waters of the Sulu Sea flowing rapidly from the east. A bronze globe marks the precise location of Tanjung Simpang Mengayau at latitude 7 degrees north and longitude 116 degrees east. A map of the island of Borneo, embossed in bronze and inscribed is laid out flat at an angle to mark the very ‘Tip of Borneo’.
The area surprisingly has seen very little commercial development and thus retains much of its untamed charm. This very end area of Borneo is very isolated and incredibly picturesque, and it features a landscape of tall, steep cliffs, densely forested hills and golden sand beaches like Pantai Kalampunian and Kelambu. Also located here is the Pulau Kalampunian lighthouse which stands tall as a silent witness to the treacherous waves and the ship wrecks of an ancient past.The Sabah tourism authority has constructed a car park near the tip and steps from this car park lead to the viewing area and the globe.
The Tip of Borneo is an immensely popular attraction, for it offers stunning views of the surrounding wilderness. The area is known to get incredibly populated at the sunset hour and even on full moon days. No public transport serves this wild but wonderful attraction and if you want to be able to brag about visiting the tip of Borneo, you need to undertake the long journey from Kota Kinabalu aboard a hire car or taxi.
However, most tourists on arrival at the Tip of Borneo are simply blown away by its awe-inspiring beauty and tend to think that the  backbreaking three and half hour drive from Kota Kinabalu to get here  is definitely worth it.

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