The Kiulu Valley is a small area of Tuaran District – the northwestern part of Sabah, a Malaysian’s state located on the island of Borneo. Its name (Kiulu) was derived from a plant called Tulu, which is a small bamboo that grows commonly on the banks of the river.
Agriculture is the main source of income for local communities in Kiulu Valley: rubber plantations, rice fields, vegetable gardens, orchards, the region exudes calm and tranquility.
Albert Teo, managing director and founder of Borneo Eco Tours, is behind this project. He planned a community development project in Kiulu Valley through his Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies Society (BEST) NGO. It aims to transform a location into an integrated ecotourism destination that includes the farm, the homestays and outdoor adventures such as quad biking, buffalo breeding, river tubing, forest hiking…all the while discovering the Dusun indigenous culture.
The main objective of the Kiulu Valley is to alleviate poverty among local communities by creating new incomes and employment opportunities – a social entrepreneurial approach that serves as a catalyst for community development and sustainable capacity building.
The Kiulu Valley is committed to using local resources (accommodation, activities and people) in order to maintain cultural practices while developing a rural tourism that relies on the training of hosts and the connection between families, products and/or activities.
The Kiulu Valley is unique in its kind. An ideal place to discover the natural beauty of the region and creating memorable travel experiences.
PS: Borneo Eco Tours was the first donor in our search for financial support to prepare our quest for authentic tourism across Asia.