Discover Kampung Bavanggazo, Gombiazu and Sumangkap Village - Kota Kinabalu
If you would like to take a quick day trip to see all the sights and sounds of Malaysia, and miss seeing traditional living in today's modern world, Trip Guru would recommend that you see these beautiful places: the Kampung Bavanggazo, the Gombiazu Honey Bee Farm, and the Sumangkap Village. They offer a glimpse into a world where they live alongside nature, and it may be a refreshing change from the modernization of today's world.
In Kampung Bavanggazo, you can catch a glimpse of the Rungus people, who all live in longhouses built on stilts. Unfortunately, the shift of modernization has led to these longhouses being increasingly rare. Luckily, you can experience this amazing communal lifestyle with modern amenities such as toilets and showers. If you'd like to buy organic Gombiazu Honey, there is a Honey Bee Farm located in Matunggong, where they have honey bee farms for the village's economy. The locals of Kampung Gombizau believe that a diet that includes raw, organic honey is good not only in cooking, but for your health as well. There are also rubber trees being planted at the bee farm, where travellers can observe a long tradition of rolling and tapping rubber.
Kampung Sumangkap village is famous for their gongs, as it is one of the most important instruments of their culture. When the Sabahan culture wishes to dance, their music always includes a gong. Whether for marriage, death, welcoming guests or religious celebrations, the gong is always included. Kampung Sumangkap has a gong factory and visitors can expect to see tiny gong-shaped or inspired souvenirs with unique designs. The villagers would also be happy to hold cultural performances in the Kampung Sumangkap Community Hall, where a beautiful set of gongs, all varying in size to produce different sounds are used.
To get to Sumangkap Village, from Kota Kinabalu you can take a bus headed to Kudat. There are buses that leave from 7:30am until 5pm every day. To get to the Gombiazu honeybee farm, you can take a bus headed to Matunggong from Kota Kinabalu, or Kudat. Buses are available every day from 7:30am to 5:00pm. Do communicate with the bus driver or the conductor for possible drop-off points. To get to the Kampung Bavanggazo, it's two and a half kilometers off the main road, and it's much better if using a rental car, or a chartered vehicle service.