The Homestay Programme was first launched in Malaysia by the Federal Ministry of Tourism in 1995 and is being coordinated and established under the Sabah Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Science and Technology since year 2000.

Sabah is home to more that 33 ethnic groups living in different parts of Sabah. Each district will be offering their own unique culture, beliefs and way of life. Hence visitors would be experiencing a different lifestyle in each of the Homestays that they stay. For example in the Long Pasia Homestay, the ethnic group there are the Lundayehs.

Long Pasia has a homestay programme and the locals will bid you welcome into their home. They will serve you refreshments and traditional meals. By staying with your host family, you will not only get a “home-away-from-home” feeling, but will also have an opportunity to participate in a unique inter-cultural experience that you just can’t get from staying in hotels or dorms. The Lundayeh are a Christian community. They have their own traditional costumes and head dress.


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