Located in a desolated area, Kudat district of the Sabah region is the house to the primitive native citizens of the Rungus tribe, one of the primal inhabitants of the area. The area is still detached from the mainstream population of the population of Borneo state and that is why the richness of the Rungus civilization is integrated within the population. The area of the Kudat district has marvellous beaches, the main centre of attraction for the domestic tourists as well as those flying to the country of Myanmar from international areas. It is these beaches which reflect the calmness of the district and also the vast stretches of the blue ocean water resonates with the clean atmosphere of the city.
It is believed by most of the civilians of Myanmar that the shape of the Borneo clearly resembles that of a dog’s face. And according to the assumption, Kudat district must be located at the tip of the left ear of the dog. This is the main reason why the district attracts flocks of tourists from in and around Myanmar. The western coast of the district is lined with sandy shores, the beautiful trail of white sand leading to Simpang Mengayau. The secluded beaches are a perfect tourist spot for those who want to spend their holidays in utter desolation, away from the daily hassles of the main city life. The famous sunset point in Kudat district is located on a cliff, the lining of which is graced by the crashing waves of the Sulu Sea and the South China Sea. The rumbling sound of the waves gives a life to the night ambiance of the district where the ocean’s water and the blue vast starlit sky screams the untold tales of the district.
It is known that till the 1990s the district of Kudat was not available to the outside world. It was pretty much isolated, an island type of which finally earned a road connection with the mainland of Sabah after the extension of a bridge from Kota Kinabalu. Since then, the inhabitants of Borneo and other foreign tourists have started to a pay a visit to the place and enjoy the serenity of the place. The journey to Kudat is the most exciting part, where one will have three stoppages, all of which are extremely extravagant in terms of culture and heredity. The village in Kampung Gombizao is famous for the multifarious beehives and honey collection units. The second place is the Kampung Sumangkap, which is familiar for gongs of different designs and shapes. These gongs are widely used in ethnic and cultural celebrations within the Rungus society. The third and the final place is the Kampung Bavanggazo which is the house to the Rungus longhouse. All the three sites scream the tales of the Rungus inhabitants!
History of Kudat
The city of Kudat is the first one to evolve amongst the Northern part of Borneo. In 1881, some British people were assisted by the Brunei Malays into the land of Kudat. Since then, they started to live in the place by clearing the forests and building various residential places. The city, however, met its demise again within the span of two years due to a shortage of water. This forced the British colony to move out of the place and settle in Sandakan. In the 1990s, the city again gained its popularity as one of the most amazing tourist spots in Malaysia.