Photo: Back to nature at Tempo Do Aman.

Tampat Do Aman

Jungles and culture

Jalan Marang Parang, Tip of Borneo, Kudat T: (0138) 808 395

Tampat Do Aman

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Tampat Do Aman — funny name, but in the local Rungus language it means “a place of peace” or “a place of friends”, and you’ll probably find both here in this excellent jungle camp setup.

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Set on six acres of forest about two and a half kilometres from the beach near the Tip of Borneo, accommodation is offered in longhouses, “little huts” or chalets, depending on the level of comfort, privacy or budget you require.

When they say jungle, they mean jungle.

When they say jungle, they mean jungle. Photo: Sally Arnold

Tampat Do Aman is a social and environmentally conscious enterprise, and the charismatic British and Rungus owners are committed to supporting the local economy. The simple wood and atap-roofed A-framed little huts are more akin to a permanent tent; you can sit inside comfortably, but they are not tall enough to stand, and are equipped with a mattress on the floor, mozzie net and small fan. They were looking a little decrepit when we visited, but plans are afoot for renovation; unfortunately the jungle is harsh on natural materials.

Two longhouses, one older (also soon to be renovated), and a newer spiffier version offer more comfort, but less privacy. Bamboo and wood rooms lead off a central corridor in the traditional Rungus-style building. Rooms are semi-open to the jungle through slatted bamboo walls. There’s actual beds (with nets) rather than just a mattress, but that’s it. The rustic style means you’ll hear (and feel though the floorboards) your neighbours. Both longhouses offer communal seating areas where you can help yourself to filtered water or pick up a book from the library.

The volunteers' villa.

The volunteers' villa. Photo: Sally Arnold

Little huts and longhouses share simple outdoor environmentally friendly facilities, with composting toilets and cold outdoor showers, both extremely clean and non-smelly. Pricing in both the longhouse and little huts is on a per person basis.

For a step up in both comfort, privacy (and price), double and family chalets are our pick (if you’re soft and don’t need the authenticity of a basic jungle camp). The cute and colourful fan-cooled wooden chalets are furnished with mosquito-netted four-poster beds and provide ensuite bathrooms and private balconies to enjoy the atmospheric jungle surrounds. Drift wood furniture from one of the community projects Tampat Do Aman have initiated decks the shaded platform.

Hangout nook.

Hangout nook. Photo: Sally Arnold

An open wooden cafe serves brekkie and “jungle bites” (at additional cost) and an adjacent small Rungus Museum offerers an insight into the local culture. A display of illustrated children’s books of traditional Rungus folktales (in English and Rungus) is an example of one of Tampat's community projects, produced in association with the British Council.

Besides hanging out and enjoying the surrounds, Tampat can fix you up with trekking, biking, jungle survival courses, mangrove cruises, surfing lessons and more. Snorkelling equipment, surfboards and kayaks can be hired too. A shuttle service runs between the camp and their excellent Tip Top Restaurant on the beach at the Tip of Borneo. They can also organise transfers to and from Kudat town for 15 ringgit per person.

Views from Tempo's Tip Top Restaurant at the Tip.

Views from Tempo's Tip Top Restaurant at the Tip. Photo: Sally Arnold

We think Tampat Do Aman is a terrific spot to chill for a few days — find peace, make friends and as well as enjoying the facilities and great service, you can be content that you’re doing your bit for the local economy and environment.

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Walk-in rates at Tampat Do Aman

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm fan cooled
45 ringgit
45 ringgit
Bungalow fan private bathroom
160 ringgit
160 ringgit
Family room
220 ringgit
220 ringgit
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: 45 ringgit, high season 45 ringgit. Notes: Longhouse
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 160 ringgit, high season 160 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 220 ringgit, high season 220 ringgit. Notes:

Where is Tampat Do Aman

Tampat Do Aman
Jalan Marang Parang, Tip of Borneo, Kudat
T: (0138) 808 395
Coordinates (for GPS): 116º44'47.61" E, 7º0'8.45" N
Room rates: Under 60 ringgit

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