Steam Train Ride : Tanjung Aru

Relieve the magic of the good old colonial days, complete with the staff of the North Borneo Company dressed in planter’s style uniforms with ubiquitous solar topee hats, serving food in the original age-old tiffin containers. This magic of the past has been enhanced by today’s luxurious brocade seats and piped-in music for added ambience.

All the way from Tanjung Aru to Papar, you will marvel at the pastoral countryside, with monkeys swinging from vines by the tracks, water buffaloes, quails and kingfishers in their rich turquoise colours gleaming under the sun.

In this communion with nature and a glimpse into the past, you will be drawn into a pensive mood as you take stock of life and all the things that truly matter.

For another memorable experience, take the old diesel train from Kota Kinabalu to Tenom, on the only commercial railway line in Boeneo. Built in 1896, the train chugs past villages, rubber estates, lush tropical jungles and the magnificent Padas Gorge. Take the leisurely ride all the way to tenom, or disembark at Rayoh Station, where you can proceed to white water raft down 2 km. of the Padas River. This exciting adventure is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

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