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Things to do in Tamparuli

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Point of Interest
“A peculiar local and tourist attraction featuring an..... upside down house! There's also a good restaurant on site which serves local, vegetarian and organic fare. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“You could have a nice view of surrounding of Tamparuli town on Tamparuli Suspension Bridge, like the photo above. The highest point is Ruhiang Hill, a spot for paragliding during weekends. Mt. Kinabalu, the highest mountain of Malaysia, would show her face in good weather. On every Wednesday, there is a tamu (weekly open market, as described by the song) at the right too.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Moderately adventurous and relaxing, the 15km Kiulu river offers thrill seekers Grade 1 & 2 water rapids, where rapids are relatively calmer and easier to navigate. A captain will be on your raft at all times giving instructions like “paddle forward” and “paddle backwards” to build momentum. Glide with the rapid flow and go through the rapids in a bumpy ride depending on the class of the rapid there. A lot of arm strength will be needed, where everyone counts for the full effect. Its great fun for the adventurous family. You can also enjoy the natural surroundings during those scenic floats in between the action.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“The vision of Chanteek Borneo is to promote and keep alive the Borneo cultural heritage through creativity and innovation. The museum was setup in 2014 with a mission to replicate all the traditional costumes from 300 ethnicities and sub-ethnicities group in Borneo Island into a miniature size for Barbie-alike doll. The exhibition is aimed to educate our visitors and the younger generations about the Bornean people and their culture, practiced and livelihood before the globalisation and the Internet took over. ”
  • 1 local recommends
River
“There are a number of river rafting operators in the area, the river grading is suitable for beginners and for those who prefer a gentle pace to appreciate the scenic surroundings”
  • 2 locals recommend
Laundry
“Self-service coin operated washing and dryer, there is no dry-cleaning service in Tamparuli”
  • 1 local recommends
Art Gallery
“A Kumpung House turned upside down, designed by a friend of mine. Very interesting sight to see.”
  • 1 local recommends
Chinese Restaurant
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“Tamparuli is home of our local signature noodle dish Tuaran Mee, it is a must try, if you prefer not have roast pork toppings, just tell the waiter to replace with chicken or veggies. They have other home made breakfast specialties too like chicken feet and steamed pork ribs, must get there super early like 6am!”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“If you feel like lamb chop or fish and chips but your companion prefers fried rice, well here the menu caters for local and Western favourites. You can even have a beer or two with your meals here.”
  • 1 local recommends
Grocery or Supermarket
“Kiulu River is a great river for beginners, both elderly and kids may join this trip thus makes it suitable for a family trip. Trip begins with a safety briefing session conducted by our professional raft guide that will demonstrates rafting techniques and proper handling of rafting equipment before rafting commences. Excursion covers up to 15km, making it the longest white water rafting trip in Borneo, It may covers 7km on medium water level. The journey will take about 1 ½ - 2 hours of rafting before reaching the ending point where delicious barbecue lunch prepared just by the riverbank.”
  • 1 local recommends
Other Great Outdoors
“Wednesdays are where locals from around the hills district converge at the weekly fresh market just next to the famous Tamparuli Suspension Bridge, vendors arrive as early as 5.30am to sell their produce and catch up with their friends. It is a vibrant and very social atmosphere, fantastic for people watching and of course pick up some farm fresh groceries”
  • 1 local recommends