Traditionally, the Rungus people live in longhouses built on stilts, but the shift to modern-day living has meant that the sight of such longhouses are getting more rare. In Kg. Bavanggazo near Tinangol in the Kudat district, you can still experience this fascinating communal lifestyle in a purpose-built longhouse constructed entirely of traditional materials but with added modern comforts like toilets and showers.
Situated in a valley about 41 kilometres south of Kudat town and 98 kilometres or two and a half hours drive from KK City, you can get a taste of real Rungus living through their food, daily rituals and music on a day trip or overnight stay. The later will need prior arrangements.
As it is about two and a half kilometers off the main road, it is better if you use chartered vehicle service, self-drive or through a local tour operator.
Chartered vehicles are stationed in front of the Indian Restaurant opposite the Health Clinic at Kampung Air in the city. Four-wheel drives take up to 8 passengers and charge between RM20.00 - RM25.00 per passenger. Saloon cars carry up to 4 passengers and charge about RM200.00 return per vehicle.
Malaysian: RM3.00 per person
Non-Malaysian: RM5.00 per person
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