The oldest running steam train in Sabah and Borneo, the North Borneo Railway offers passengers an opportunity to experience the bygone era of British North Borneo while transporting passengers along the lifeline of Sabah. Both the exterior and interior provide an environment that would have been typical of stepping onto a train in the 1900s.
North Borneo Railway Hot
Sabah, Malaysia 88999
Children 3 to 12 years old: RM185
Under 3 years old: Free
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An classy yet expensive way to travel
The North Borneo Railway is an attraction like no other. I am sure one will wonder, is this train ride really worth the steep price tag of RM270? Well, I still personally think that it is very expensive. However, I think it is more or less justified by the classy feeling, experience gained and sights seen throughout the trip.
The train ride itself gets pretty immersive, going through the country side with style, like the citizens of the old times. I literally imagined being there during the British Colonial Era in Borneo, travelling the country with my fellow countrymen.
However, despite the awesome sights throughout the journey, I felt that the train makes some unusual stops. The places are really nothing interesting and I've been to most of them on my frequent trips from Menumbok to Kota Kinabalu. The only one worth mentioning would be the temple tour in the town of Papar. Besides that, the only thing worth doing at the train stops are souvenir shopping. But since you could also find most of those souvenirs in the city of Kota Kinabalu, the stops are pretty meaningless.
In terms of food, it's a pretty simple variety. They serve breakfast and 'tiffin' lunch set during the 4 hour train ride and I have to say, I kinda like it. The danish pastries and croisant served during breakfast set was very tasty and has a very nice texture to it. The lunch set was just okay. Nothing too fancy, just some local dishes placed in a steel container of some sort. Tasty, simple and convenient.
For those of you who loves photography, make sure to bring your camera with you. I am sure you'll see tonnes of interesting things and sights during the trip.