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Places of Interest

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1. Long Pasia Homestay
2. Riberuh Mekusul Camping Area

3. Maga Falls Exploration ~ 4D3N
*Burial Site Upai Semaring’s Child *Dining Site Upai Semaring
*Bamboo Stems of Upai Semaring *Rock Shelter of Upai Semaring
*Bat Cave of Upai Semaring *Upai Semaring Footprint
*Maga Waterfalls *Maga Campsite *Maga Nature Garden

4. Sinipung Hill Exploration ~ 4D3N
*Sinipung Lake *Sinipung Lookout Point
*Kerangas Nepenthes / Pitcher Plants
*Rekong Waterfalls *Sinipung Campsite

5. Fefuken Waterfall & Matang River Trip Exploration ~ 5D4N
*River trip in traditional long boat *Fefuken Waterfall
*Crocodile Mound *Historical Stone Monument
*Burial Site ( Tang Peu Long Midang ) *Carved Rock of Upai Semaring (Batu Narit)
*Kerangas Forest


Taman Kerangas

The Long Pasia Kerangas Conservation Area is a small conservation area that has been established on a patch of kerangas forest. This rare forest type which grows on white sandy soils is amazingly rich in and is famed for its variety of orchids, rhododendrons and pitcher plants. One of the things that makes kerangas or heath forests so significant for conservation is the range of species concentrated within these small areas. Also because certain species have adapted over time to the unique environmental conditions of each kerangas patch, some species may be restricted entirely to a single area. For example, at least two of the orchid species found in Taman Kerangas Long Pasia are endemic to this patch of forest. One species of orchid, the spectacular Bulbophyllum virescens is known only from the Ulu Tomani area aside from Ulu Padas. This site has since been degraded by logging activities. This suggests that Ulu Padas may serve as a refuge from many more plant species that are disappearing from other parts of Sabah.

Source : WWFM in the Local Environmental News

Taman Kerengas Long Pasia


The Hidden Lake

About 40 minutes walk uphill from the Sinipung Hill resting hut, there is a highland lake that is now known as Sinipung Lake. According to legend, this lake which is located at about 4,500 feet above mean sea level with an area of not more than 2 acres was formerly known as Binaka Lake (Takung Binaka). A strange creature is believed to have lived in this mysterious lake and is feared by the villagers of Ulu Padas. The Legends said that this lake disappeared for four generations. No one managed to find it until in 1997. After the incidence, the lake was renamed as Keluyung Lake (Takung Keluyung) and until today no one knows the meaning.

Now, this lake is considered a mystery lake and is renamed as Sinipung Lake (Takung Sinipung) by the local villagers. Fish were no longer found in the lake. The water is so clear, fresh and smellest. Visitors are adviced to use guided tours if they want to take a refreshing bath in the lake.

More stories about this hidden lake in the book……

Senipung Lake

Rekong Waterfall

Rekong WaterfallRekong Waterfall

Another attraction at Sinipung Hill is the Rekong Waterfall (Ruab Rekong). This waterfall was named according to the river that created this waterfall, the Rekong River. This impressive waterfall is about three storeys high and it takes between 40 to 50 minutes’ walk from the resting hut at Sinipung Hill to reach the base of the waterfall.

Sinipung Hill

View of Sinipung Hill from Long Pasia Homestay

Senipung HillSinipung Hill is a tourist destination located between Long Pasia Village and Long Mio Village. This hill with a height of 6,260 feet has its unique attractions. The main attraction is the attractive scenery of the lush green forest especially the changes in flora as one moves uphill. In addition, there are large numbers of rare orchids and various subspecies of pitcher plants twinning on the trees at the peak of this hill.The breathtaking view of Long Pasia Village and Long Mio Village with their backdrop of the highest mountain in that area, Mount Muruk Mio at 6,835 feet, makes this hill popular. Several heritage sites are found along the trail to the peak.

View from Peak of Sinipung Hill – Long Pasia & Long Mio Village

View from the Peak of Senipung Hill

Sinipung Campsite

Cooking Site

Wild Flowers & Pitcher Plants in Sinipung Hill

Wild Flowers

Pitcher Plants

Reberuh Mekusul

Reberuh Mekusul means “fallen deep river” in which it is the deep part of the river in Long Pasia Village which is believed to be occupied by a spirit. It was so named because any wild animal that fell into it would submerge and later resurfaced with only the animal’s lungs. The old folks in Long Pasia Village believed that the animals were eaten by the spirit concerned. However, when the villagers started embracing religion and the teachings, the said spirit in the form of a dragon-like snake had since disappeared. Before this, the spirit often appeared in different forms and in different ways.

Entrance to Reberuh Mekusul

Reberuh Mekusul

Camping Ground

Camping Ground

Seruang Mekusul

Seruang Mekusul

Crocodile, Gong & Serpent mount by soil,
Dagger made from natural wood from the forest and resting hut

Historical Site

Taman Maga Nooh

Taman Maga NoohTaman Maga Nooh is one of the tourism destinations that are well known not only among local tourist but also among foreign tourists. It is a garden covering an area of 2,472 hectares of tropical rainforest found in Malaysia. Taman Maga has many historical and interesting sites for tourists such as the legends of the ancient Lundayeh Warrior called Upai Semaring who was famous thousands of years ago. Apart from that, there are aslo a waterfall called Maga Waterfall and a garden of about 3 hectares flourishing with wild flowers and wild orchids. This garden is named Maga Nature Garden.

The Maga Waterfall or Ruab Maga in Lundayeh language stretches over several hundred meters with both flat and steep parts each with its own charm. On one of the flatter parts, there are marks resembling footprints. The local believe that these are footprints of Upai Semaring. The Lundayeh people’s famous ancestor. Not far from the Maga campsite, slip into one of the natural pools for a refreshing bath.

The Beauty of Maga Waterfall

Maga Waterfall

Maga Campsite

Maga Campsite

Maga Nature Garden

Payeg Maga

Maga Nature Garden which is also known as Maga Natural Flower Garden or in Lundayeh language called Payeh Maga, is an extraordinary forest in Maga area. This flower garden of approximately 3 hectares has abundance of wild orchids, rhododendrons and pitcher plants. According to small time researches conducted by visitors to this area, the orchids here normally bloom between July and September. It is believed that an area within the Payeh Maga is the resting place of the spirit of Kuala Maga. This area is constantly clean when the spirit of Kuala Maga is resting there. This flower garden is located not far from the Maga campsite which is about 10 minutes’ walk.

Various types of wild flowers & pitcher plants found in Maga Nature Garden

Wild Flowers & Pitcher Plants