"Kiau-Dusan Villiage" State of Sabah Off The Beaten Path Tip by HeidiR

State of Sabah Off The Beaten Path: 21 reviews and 34 photos

by HeidiR

If you go to far away places like Borneo its worth while spending time with the local people. Kiau is a villiage not far from Mount Kinnabalu, infact it was from here that we saw our first real look of the mountain. Most of the men in the villiage are porters and guides to the mountain. The other main source of income/food is from their farms. the local Dusan people showed us round their farm and invited out group for a meal and rice wine. In the Dusan culture its traditional to introduce yourself by downing a whole glass of rice wine and then holding the empty glass over your head. If you do not drink it in one go you get given another glass. The whole villiage gets drunk, the idea being to forget about the huge task of climbing the mountain.

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  • Written Dec 23, 2004
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