Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tip Of Borneo

A must visit place whenever i go back home is Simpang Mangazo (Simpang Mangayau). Its a bout 30 minutes driving from pekan kudat.I like to take the kids (niece's and nephews) mandi laut and also play galau.Last visit to Simpang Mangazo cost me a real bad sunburn coz we spent almost the whole day playing by the beach.

Literally, Tanjung means ‘tip’ and ‘Sampang Mangazo’ means a junction where a battle took place. According to Rungus folklore, this was the site of a fierce battle fought by their forefathers, defending Rungus territory against invaders. Local folklore claims that pirates often frequented this area, attacking and looting innocent villagers who lived nearby. The villagers decided to join forces and defend themselves. Hence, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau became an ideal spot to observe the arrival of pirates and foreign ships. The brave warriors stood guard here and kept unwanted visitors at bay.

History also claims that the fleet of the famous explorer Ferdinand Magellan, on its voyage to circumnavigate the globe, stopped here for forty-two days to repair their ships. In the distance, you can see a lighthouse. Locals believe that spirits ‘move in’ to this lighthouse when their ‘homes’ in surrounding areas (either on the mainland or nearby islands) are disturbed by human activity. Today, the lighthouse serves as a guiding beacon to passing ships.

The tip that is only a hard rock

Can never get enough playing at the beach of Simpang Mangazo.With a better facilities such as car park and canteen and also easy access, its a worth visit place for family.I just sounded like Malaysian Tourism Board promoting my place..haha

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