Welcome to Chanteek Borneo, Sabah!

Kopisanangan kinorikatan dokoyu hiti!

How possible it is to explore Sabah’s culture in 1 day? Impossible!

Come to Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Costume Museum, we’ll make it possible for you! In less than 60 minutes.

The Little World of Sabah Fun Map

Here, you could learn all about Sabah’s people and their culture in general with miniature scenes. Cute dolls are dressed in a traditional costumes, houses and structures are scaled to depict scene based on local folklore and legend.

You might have a lots of question about the Sabahan. For example, the head-hunting, whether is it still in practised? Or why do we lives on a tree-top previously or whether the Kadazandusun is in a mourning state since we wore black costume most of the time? Well, you have landed at the right place! Chanteek Borneo could probably have the answer for all your curiosity! Talk to our friendly in-house guide, we are very much delighted to assist you because culture is our passions.

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    Dusun Tatana of Kuala Penyu
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    The Dusun Tindal Tempasuk
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    The wedding of the Bajau Samah
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    Orang Ulu of Sarawak Highland
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    Iban's Longhouse
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    Music and dance!
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    Bird's Nest Harvesting - Buludupi
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    Home of the Kadazandusun
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    The Dayak's Iban

Since we first open the door in August 2014, we aim to keep the culture and heritage alive through creative innovation. We offer activities such as dress-up in a traditional costume; play the musical instrument; dance the ‘Sumazau’; and DIY tribal beads bracelet. We want the experience here isĀ  fun and enjoyable yet affordable for all our visitors.

Basic Lapoi Costume

Visitor who sign-up for Chanteek Experience Package would get to experience this basic costume

Locate Us!

Chanteek Borneo is located at Tamparuli, Sabah. This small town is famous for its ‘Jambatan Tamparuli’ song and for the first upside-down house in Borneo, Rumah Terbalik. If you are heading from the capital city Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang (where the Desa Cattle Diary Farm is); this museum is on your right hand side, 1 KM before the Rumah Terbalik.

The next time you’re coming to Sabah, make sure to put Chanteek Borneo as one of your must visit destination. Chanteek Borneo is The Little World of Sabah, where you could experience the best of Sabah’s culture.

Meet The North Borneans

Who are the Sabahan?

The Dusun

The Dusun people is one of the largest ethnicity group in North Borneo. With over 30 sub-ethnicities, they are spread all over the northern island and are known for farming activity in the past. Their ancestor believed that the first Dusun man and woman was magically found by a magic giant rooster under the Nunuk Ragang (red banyan tree); while scratching the earth for food. This is one of the many tales that has been passed down from generations to generations. For more similar stories, take a guided tour at Chanteek Borneo...

The Muruts

The Muruts

The Headhunter! A term referred to the Murut tribe in North Borneo. Murut is the hill people residing at the hilly area of the island's interior part. In the past, if a man wish to ask a girl for a marriage, he must at least present 1 human's head as a wedding dowry to prove his worthiness. Thankfully, this old tradition is not in practice in this modern society anymore. Beside headhunting, there are many other traditions, customary and rituals which is not relevant anymore; depicted via miniature scenes in the museum's display.

The Bajau

The Bajau

Cowboy of the East is a title given to the Bajau Sama tribe from the west coast of Sabah. Bajau Sama is known as great horseman (pony) in the island; especially those from the Tempasuk, Kota Belud area. Beside the Bajau, other well-known tribes in North Borneo are the Rungus, the Orang Sungai or River people and the Lundayeh. Each tribe are equally unique with their own costumes, food and language. Get to know all of them at Chanteek Borneo, the Little World of Sabah!

The Little World of Sabah!

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    Iban's Longhouse
  • The Little World of Sabah
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    The Dayak's Iban
  • The Little World of Sabah
    The Little World of Sabah
    The wedding of the Bajau Samah
  • The Little World of Sabah
    The Little World of Sabah
    Orang Ulu of Sarawak Highland
  • The Little World of Sabah
    The Little World of Sabah
    Bird's Nest Harvesting - Buludupi
  • The Little World of Sabah
    The Little World of Sabah
    Music and dance!
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    The Little World of Sabah
    Home of the Kadazandusun
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    The Little World of Sabah
    The Dusun Tindal Tempasuk
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    The Little World of Sabah
    Dusun Tatana of Kuala Penyu

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chanteek.borneo@gmail.com

Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum, Jalan Telibong-Tamparuli, 89200 Tamparuli, Sabah, Malaysia

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