The best trip is always the unplanned trip, at least for me. Oh by the way, Happy New Year 2019!
My friend, Ahoon and I had some small talks via WhatsApp few days before the end of 2018. She was on vacay to Kuching. Ahoon came back from Kuching on January 1st 2019 and texted about going somewhere. I suggested for a camping night out and both agreed. I then booked a spot for camping at Polumpung, Melangkap – Kota Belud.
Then came the day of 2nd January 2019. Ahoon and I departed for our first COURT in 2019. (COURT – Camping~Outing~Road Trip). That was pretty much how the unplanned trip taken its place. You won’t be reading a complicated how-to-plan-your-road-trip-to-Polumpung in this post, what we did for the trip was impromptu and follow-your-heart kind of gateway. Have a good reading 🙂
2nd January 2019
We started the drive at around 10.15am in the morning. A one (+-) hour drive, we reached Kota Belud Town at 11.00am-11.15am. We took few hours for lunch, chit chatting and bought few stuff to bring to the campsite of Polumpung. Just for the record; we bought Maggie cups, canned food, biscuits, buns and bottled water. We wouldn’t want to buy those if only we had known it earlier that the campsite do provide a cafe 🙂
From the small town of Kota Belud, we drove for another 35-40mins (29km) to Polumpung, Kampung Melangkap Baru. I used Waze for the earlier part but followed the roadsigns most of the time. I am pretty sure that you won’t get lost to the village/campsite.
The village has quite a few campsite operators. You can see it along the village road when you are already in the village. We made our way to Polumpung Campsite. According to some infos, it was the first campsite opened for public.
I had a chat with one of the campsite owners, the campsite was originally a place full of trees. Polumpung means small island. The earthquake at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu followed with the big flood in 2015 had changed the landscape of the place. No more trees, no more two rivers and the small island. It has changed to a flat land full of sand and only one river left. According to the Uncle I talked to, it was a blessing in disguise, the place now offers a breathtaking view for outdoor enthusiasts. And, I agree with him! I love the place so much that it gives me my inner peace that I needed the most. Away from the city, and with the DIGI connection that is not available for internet; this is the place where I should be.
I love the big signage showing “I LOVE Polumpung” at the entrance of the campsite. It makes thing easier for a driver to find a place. We drove in from the entrance and went to the registration counter to confirm the booking under my name. All was good. We had our camp tent, a canopy, sleeping bags and a mattress; the mattress is the thin one just to keep the body at its best comfort. I would want to have the smiley with two tears at the side emoticon to compliment the mattress part. LoL!
After paying all fees, we went straight to the campsite. Had our tent ready and putting all our stuff in the tent. We didn’t want to waste so much time. We went to the cold Melangkap River close to our tent. It was raining but I didn’t care much of catching a flu and fever. I was shivering but I carried on sitting in the river and let those unnecessary feelings on my mind be flown away following the river. I just love the moment. Really, I do. Thank you Polumpung!
I spent the night with the not so stargazing moment. My blurry eyesight wasn’t helping. I ended up with writing/setting up my Bullet Journal. I also read the writing about “My Helplessness” by Mahatma Gandhi from his book. And, oh yeah…nothing beat the hot black Kopi O with some crackers, I just LOVE it!
You can choose how you want your night out at Polumpung to be.
If you opt for barbecue, you may have your chicken wings marinated overnight before. If you opt for an easy night, just bring your canned food and Maggie cups. We bought rice from the cafe at the campsite. So, if you don’t want anything to dirty your hands – just get yourself to the cafe and take away food from there. The earlier the better, the cafe is close at 7pm.
All those basic needs for toilet, bathroom, chairs, table, BBQ pit, canopy, tent, portable gas, pillow, sleeping bag, mattress etc is provided at the campsite. You can next time bring just your good-self, things are easy and will make your life and mind easier at Polumpung.
3rd January 2019
We woke up with our tent facing to the majestic view of Mount Kinabalu. Breathtaking as it is! Pro tip: Don’t put your tent where there are tents in front of your tent. This was the only thing that spoiled the moment I must say.
I had to fix it. I got up from the tent and went straight to the river for a better view. I took my time to meditate as well on the big rock in the river. After a moment of peace, I decided to take the last swim before we drove back home.
Polumpung Campsite is pretty much a place where I wouldn’t want to mess my mind with all other stuff. I wanted a quiet place and moment of heart-to-heart conversation with a good friend. The camp out at Polumpung suits to my whole ride journey for my inner peace this year. And, what I think about Polumpung is the moment of peace it offers. I can just be happy not thinking for anything else. Polumpung helps to rejuvenate the goodness, kindness, and happiness in me. Thank you Polumpung!/END