"The only operating train in all of Borneo runs between Tenom and Beaufort. We are the only tourists on the train. The windows have no glass, but there are louvre shutters that have been lowered. The trainset rocks back and forth.
Much of the journey is at an excruciatingly slow pace. You can just stand on the running board by the open door and enjoy the trip with the wind through your hair. The railway follows the Sungai Padas, after Sungai Kinabatangan the second river of Sabah.
What a great landscape with this roaring brown river, the green hills, the wooden houses with veranda, the palm trees, the bananas. On the way we occasionally stop at a small station, sometimes also in the middle of nowhere to let a number of road workers get off."
Beaufort is a small city in the southwest of Sabah. The city doesn't have many attractions, but travelers can head here for one of several reasons: white water rafting on the Padas River, taking the train to / from Tenom, or taking a break.
Beaufort is named after Leicester P. Beaufort, a lawyer and administrator with the Chartered Company in the late 1800s. It was founded on uninhabited land developed to set up a train station near Brunei Bay. Agriculture is the main economic activity for the residents of Beaufort. The cultivation of sago and the rubber industry contributed greatly to the development of Beaufort, which it was known as the Rubber City. Beaufort is also home to Sabah's Kadazan people.
Beaufort is 92 km south of Kota Kinabalu and is on the highway connecting the city to the Brunei border 75 km further south. From Kota Kinabalu, the drive to Beaufort is fairly easy and road conditions are generally good. If you are on your way to Kuala Penyu (boats to Pulau Tiga) and Menumbok (for the ferry to Labuan) the exit is just outside Beaufort if you are traveling to Kota Kinabalu.
There is not much to see in the city itself. Beaufort still has several rows of two-story blue wooden shops, which give the town a rustic feel. It also has a market with interesting inland products and a Kuan Yin temple. Traditional wooden-tiled colonial houses are located near the Padas River.
You can visit the Starcevich Memorial, which was erected as a token of gratitude to Private Thomas Starcevich. Beaufort means 'the beautiful fort' in old French. And during World War II, Beaufort was a scene of important battlefields between the Japanese and Australians. Private Starcevich led two counter-attacks by the Australian armed forces against the Japanese in June 1945. He destroyed enemy positions with his Bren machine gun and helped liberate the city.
Most wild water rafting can be found along the Padas River. These trips are usually arranged by organizations in KK. You may be able to find a company or agent in Beaufort to join a group. Travel includes a train ride (usually in an open trailer) to Pangi station. The starting point is just next to the track. You will cruise to Rayoh, 9 km downstream and after about seven rapids. From Rayoh you take the train back to Beaufort. The ride can be quite intense and a German tourist agreed (2007) had to pay for his death.
If you are going to Tenom, the train is the only option from Beaufort. The road to Tenom requires a long detour via Papar. Traveling by train to or from Tenom gives you a view of rural life in Sabah. The distressed train can get busy with people and their goods, and the slow ride introduces you to this. The ride itself is interesting as it goes along the Padas River Gorge. The area is surrounded by jungle, although a fire in the 1990s caused serious damage. In addition to diesel locomotives, which pull carriages, there is also a motor car on this route, the only one that operates in Malaysia.
To Pulau Tiga. How to get there: go to Kuala Penyu.
Here you can take the boat to the islands. You can also take the boat from Kota Kinabalu.
Pulau Tiga Marine Park, became famous for being the location of the first season of the American reality TV series "Survivor". Known to us as ďExpedition RobinsonĒ. The Marine Park consists of the islands of Pulau Tiga, Kalampunian Besar and Kalampunian Damit. Pulau Tiga is unique for its mud volcanoes, the only ones found in Malaysia. The other Kalampunian Damit is also known as "Snake Island" because of the thousands of sea snakes that come to lay their eggs on this and no other island. There is a resort on Pulau Tiga.
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Mar'Wanis Homestay Beaufort - very good
Mar'Wanis. Homestay Beaufort Sabah is located in Beaufort. This property offers access to a terrace and free private parking. This air-conditioned unit has 3 bedrooms, a kitchenette with a dining area and 2 bathrooms with a shower. There is also a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The nearest airport is Labuan Airport, 33.6 miles from the property.