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North Borneo Railway

1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard | Level 2, The Magellan Sutera Resort, Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu 88300, Malaysia
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North Borneo Steam Train with Tiffin Lunch from Kota Kinabalu
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Half-Day North Borneo Railway Train Ride
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The North Borneo Railway runs two weekly return departures (Wednesday, Saturday) from Kota Kinabalu to Papar, year round. Lasting approximately 4 hours, passengers experience the lush landscape of the coastal and rural regions of Sabah. A typical 'tiffin' colonial lunch will be served on the return trip.
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“steam engine” (47 reviews)
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1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard | Level 2, The Magellan Sutera Resort, Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu 88300, Malaysia
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"tiffin lunch"
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"steam engine"
in 47 reviews
"step back in time"
in 26 reviews
"chinese temple"
in 23 reviews
"return journey"
in 31 reviews
"pith helmets"
in 16 reviews
"wood burning"
in 14 reviews
"cold towels"
in 12 reviews
"train trip"
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"orient express"
in 11 reviews
"continental breakfast"
in 9 reviews
"staff dressed"
in 9 reviews
"style lunch"
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"tanjung aru"
in 33 reviews
"tiffin boxes"
in 6 reviews
"local market"
in 23 reviews
"colonial times"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Simple trip but if u bring kids along..damn it's a wonderful experience at how excited they can be! Disappointed to not bring my camera but all the pictures taken during our trip was fabulous. Had lunch at the awesome awesome TaukehFish Recipe. One of the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When you arrive at the station to board the train, there is a sense of excitement from everyone. Your greeted by the staff who are well presented including pith helmets which gives a lovely atmosphere. The train carriages which were built in the 1970's have...More

3  Thank ianx17489
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Reviewed March 12, 2018 via mobile

The only woodburner left in the world. We love taking trains so loved this opportunity. The train is slow! But that’s part of the charm. There are some stops but not really memorable. Tiffin is served just before one returns - a nice Asian curry...More

1  Thank mhharvey
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Reviewed January 10, 2018

Cons- If you are a train lover, you may not enjoy the torture this poor loco is going through. The tour company warns you not plan anything for the afternoon, I would advise taking a packed dinner, insect repellent for when it gets dark and...More

4  Thank PRS S
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Reviewed December 23, 2017 via mobile

Beware the trip should be 4 hours, but due to rain runs out of steam every few miles! Overall we were delayed by another 3 hours. Each time takes 30 mins! and we are stuck at the stations along the track. Suggest you don’t book...More

Thank Br00kesy
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Reviewed December 6, 2017 via mobile

The day started out well. Beautiful train and carriages. Great staff. Great welcome. Beautiful breakfast on board Off we chuffed. Called at a mosque. Chugged towards a small town. One breakdown in the middle of nowhere. Where huge wasps came in. After brief visit to...More

Thank Catherine R
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Reviewed November 29, 2017 via mobile

1. To get the ticket is already a pain in the bum. There were no proper instructions for making payment. We are living in a world where online payment is a norm. Yet you are still asking for front and back face of credit card??...More

7  Thank rin リ
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Reviewed November 19, 2017 via mobile

The journey on this train will take you back to a by gone era. They try to be as authentic as possible. There were two delays, but so what, that is how travel by a wood fire train goes. We got to know the couple...More

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Reviewed November 13, 2017

A terrific journey on an old, but exotic, steam railway. The carriages are something from the past but they are kept immaculate with their historic charm. My wife I travelled in relative comfort, each having our own 'two-seater' comfortable bench seat either side of our...More

Thank ThePaul068
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Reviewed November 3, 2017

This has the potential to be a great experience. We were all set for a real thrill. The carriages are splendid and we were greeted by enthusiastic and polite staff. Sadly the steam engine didn’t share the staffs enthusiasm. It coupled up to the carriages...More

2  Thank Tom M
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April 13, 2018|
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Response from mhharvey | Reviewed this property |
Your choice but I'd say yes. Check with your physician or if you have a travel service for 'foreign' travel with them.
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December 11, 2017|
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Response from Louise P | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I don’t know......
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robertcarter2017
March 17, 2017|
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Response from SHR-Management | Property representative |
Hi robertcarter2017, There isn't any dress code for the train ride. You may dress casually.
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