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Sarang Burung Bukit Matanoi in Keningau

Finally, someone in Sabah has created the famous man-made Birds Nest for Instagram and social media photos. The name Sarang Burung actually translates as Bird's Nest in English, and it is commonly called by the local Malay name here. 

This man-made bird's nest was created by the Matanoi Hill Crew of Keningau as a new tourist attraction, in conjunction with the Visit Keningau Year 2018, which is also part of the rural tourism plan of Sabah.



Getting photographed during the sunset at the Sarang Burung in Keningau
Sarang Burung Bukit Matanoi

This Sarang Burung in Keningau Hill was created and completed in early January 2018, and is still considered a very new tourism product. To date, there have been hundreds of locals that have visited this place.

What is so special about these man-made overly large bird's nest? Well, bird's nest attractions have been very famous throughout Indonesia due to to sharing of social media postings, namely on Instagram and Facebook. 

How visitors dress up at the Indonesian 'Sarang Burung' for photography
A number of places around Indonesia have been doing this since a couple of years ago, with some of them amazingly beautiful. Locals take the initiative to bring even costumes for their photography.

Apart from the common bird's nest, some even create special themed platforms to beautify the overall photograph. One example is the themed sunflower platform where the person sits in the middle, while it overlooks a river and ravine.

Different types of Sarang Burung found all over Indonesia which are very unique
A Sunflower Deck, that is hugely popular in Indonesia for photography
With the popularity of these gaining in Indonesia, it was a matter of time before this caught on in Malaysia. This then resulted in bringing the 'Sarang Burung' concept into Sabah Borneo, as there is a number of beautiful hills with lush scenery available. 

One place that took full advantage of this is the village of Matanoi Apin-Apin, in the district of Keningau. They already had a beautiful hill that locals used to hike up for sunsets, and turned this into one of Sabah's latest rural tourism attractions.

Matanoi Hill viewpoint made entirely out of natural bamboo
At Matanoi Hill, there are also other tourism products available, not just the bird's nest. There is a man-made look out point which is built entirely with bamboo. This structure is solid, but a limited number of people are allowed at any one time. 

At the foot of Bukit Matanoi, there is a visitor registration booth where data is collected and all visitors must register before proceeding inside.

A series of other man-made items are found around Bukit Matanoi
This is the initiative of the Bukit Matanoi people, who are working together with the local tourism council. A mini rabbit farm is also found here where this is mainly for the children and families.

Currently, an new Sarang Burung was added on 18th January 2018, bringing the total of two bird's nest available here. Both nests are built on the ground level.

The 1st Sarang Burung at Matanoi Hill in Keningau
The second Sarang Burung at Matanoi Hill in Keningau, Sabah
1st Sarang Burung Bukit Matanoi Hill

This is the first bird's nest that was built and is the larger unit. This Sarang Burung can easily seat two adults in the nest and overlooks the hillside of Matanoi. This has one of the best views as you can get and overall view of the hillside and even the sunset here.

2nd Sarang Burung Bukit Matanoi Hill

The second bird's nest was built on 18th January 2018, and is a smaller unit that can only seat one adult. It overlooks the opposite of the first bird's nest here.

*Note - Please exercise caution when getting in around here as they are built on a slope. Especially if you are with kids, be careful as you do not want to slip and roll down.

The entrance by the main road from Matanoi Village
How to get to Matanoi Hill in Keningau?

Matanoi Hill is located about 3.6 kilometers from Apin Apin Town. It is also about 23.6 kilometers from the city of Keningau in Sabah. Usually, locals will self drive all the way here and park by the road where they will trek or hike up. 

There are three main gates, which are A,B and C. During the rainy season, only Gate A and B are open due to safety reasons for the third gate. 

Address for Bukit Matanoi Hill
Off Jalan Apin-Apin Bundu Kg. Tiga,
Apin-Apin, Keningau, Sabah.

Bukit Matanoi Hill GPS Coordinates: 5°29'34"N 116°14'46"E

Photo Credits goes to;
1. Bukit Matanoi Facebook Page
2. Discover Keningau Facebook Page

A local is seen posing in the man-made bird's nest at Matanoi Hill
The best time to visit Bukit Matanoi is during the weekdays, as it can get really crowded on weekends and public holidays. If you do go there during this time, expect a crowd here. This means, you may need to wait your turn to get your photographs. 

This district also celebrates the Visit Keningau Year 2018 this year and there are many other sights and attractions found in this district. They range from adventure, nature, food and to culture and history. 

This Sarang Burung at Bukit Matanoi is the first of its kind in Malaysia and hopefully there will also be other places that will take advantage of this tourism trend. More importantly, to cater to the current social media lifestyle of the younger generation tourist and travelers. 


This post first appeared on Malaysia Asia, please read the originial post: here

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