Known for its annual flooding, this so-called Venice of the East is characterized by its shops built off the ground. One of the bigger towns along the railway line, Beaufort is the transit stop for passengers boarding the railcar to Tenom, continuing on by road to Menumbok then boarding the ferry from there to Labuan.
Beaufort was named after Leicester P. Beaufort, a lawyer and an administrator in the Chartered Company in the late 1800s who unfortunately was said to have neither any experience of the East nor of administration, but was appointed as Governor anyway.
Less than 95km from Kota Kinabalu City, you can drive there via the Beaufort Highway in 1 ½ hours or go by train, a ride that will take 2 hours. Local green oranges are this area's prized produce, as well as other local fruits. This is also where all whitewater rafters doing the Padas River will have to come to start their train ride to Panggi station where the rafting begins.
About 45 minutes drive away from Beaufort is the town of Kuala Penyu, where you pass through to go to Pulau Tiga, otherwise known as Survivor Island (of the popular 'Survivor' television series.)
By train, board from the Tanjung Aru Train Station. Fares are RM4.80 one way.
Schedule Departure : Mon - Sun 7.45am , Sun 1.35pm.
Return from Beaufort : Mon - Sun 9.55am, Sun 10am
Apart from trains, other means of transportations are taxis and buses as per listed below.
Sabah State Railway Dept
Locked Bag 2047,
88999 Kota Kinabalu Sabah
Station Master (Tg. Aru) :
+60 88-262 536
Station Master (Beaufort) :
+60 87-211 518
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