Welcome To Balung Plantation
Balung Plantation sits on 3,000 acres of volcanic soil on the East Coast of Sabah. It is a sub-division of Kebun Rimau Sdn Bhd and has been a family run plantation since 1979. The plantation is spearheading a range of activities, which includes the development of eco-tourism in South East Asia; sustainable commercial tree planting and the cultivation of organically grown crops. We cultivate crops that promote health and strive to make a difference in people’s lives.
Our plantation is committed to reduce our impact on the environment and strives to innovate in modern sustainable practice through the use of ‘green’ energy by sourcing power from the plantation’s very own hydro-dam, recycling waste for conversion to bio-gas and by fully utilizing discarded bio-mass into steam to operate our distillation plant.
Our team is dedicated and constantly exploring new avenues in sustainability as well as efficient farming techniques. In the near future, we hope to be able to convert our Tapioca waste into energy.
Kebun Rimau Sdn Bhd controls the entire supply chain from the seedling through to the finished product all in-house. Balung Plantation has established relationships with local and regional governments, our growers association, and our technical teams in the field. We have strict control over the quality and quantity of our raw material together with batch traceability from the farm through to the finished product. Below are the key factors in this control:
We produce our own seedlings for our patented plant varieties using proprietary tissue culturing methods. These plants varieties are valuable because they are virus and drought resistant, as well as high yielding.
We own and operate a state of the art Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) processing facility with a capability of producing up to 180 tonnes of finished product annually. We adhere to all Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) standards for food processing and have HALAL from the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia or JAKIM, Hazrd Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), and GMP certification from the Malaysian Ministry of Health.
Lemongrass is an aromatic tropical plant with long, slender blades that can grow to a height of 5 ft (1.5m). Believed to have a wide range of therapeutic effects, the herb has been used for centuries in South America and India. It has also become popular in the United States. Aside from folk medicine, lemongrass is a favourite ingredient in Thai cuisine and dishes that boasts a tangy Asian flavour.
While there are several species of lemongrass, Cymbopogon Citratus is the variety most often recommended for medicinal purposes. Native to Southeast Asia, lemongrass can also be found growing in India, South America, Africa, Australia and the United States. The essential oil is derived from only select, fresh dried leaves of the lemongrass. Cymbopogon Citratus, which belongs to the Poaceae family of plants, is also referred to as West Indian lemongrass.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Citratus) is a naturally oily herb, native to Asia. It has been used in cooking and herbal medicine for about 5,000 years and has been cultivated all over Southeast Asia for at least 2,000 years.
Lemongrass Tea is traditionally used to alleviate bad moods and stress. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that can help ease stomach problems as well as fevers.
Research studies have shown that Lemongrass contains Citral that is a cancer preventive element.
Java Tea is a medicinal plant, native in South East Asia (predominantly Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand) and some parts of Tropical Australia. The plant is from the family of Lamiaceae or Labiatea. It is an herbaceous shrub which grows to a height of 1.5 metres. Cultivated for a long time, it is a popular plant for its elegant and unique flower; white and bluish in colour with far-exerted filaments that look like cat whiskers. In the wild, the plant can be seen growing along the forest edges, roadsides and wasteland.
Java Tea began to interest researchers during the earlier 20th century. When the plant was introduced to Europe, it quickly became a popular herbal tea.
University Sains Malaysia has received grants totaling RM12.5 million from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environmental to conduct a clinical study of standardized Misai Kucing for kidney stone diseases. It was not long before they scaled it from the laboratory to Pilot Scale Production. The objective of the research is to develop a cure for several diseases such as gout, arthritis, rheumatism, inflammatory conditions and kidney stones.
On another study at Japan’s Fukuyama University and Indonesia’s National Cardiovascular Centre shows that regular doses of Misai Kucing helps lower blood pressure.
Misai Kucing is also used for treating the ailments of the kidney, since it has a mild diuretic effect. It is also claimed to have anti-allergenic, anti-hypertensive and anti-inflammatory properties, and is commonly used for flushing out kidney stones and treating nephritis.
Aquilaria Malaccensis also known as Gaharu or Agarwood, has been trusted by Chinese, Greek, Indian (Ayurvedic) and Tibetan physicians for centuries in treating an impressive range of ailments. Agarwood is an evergreen plant that can grow up to fourty metres high from the ground.
Research shows that the leaves of Aquilaria Malaccensis contain compounds with anti-ageing effects due to its content of Vitamin E and Decanoic acid, making the plant a commodity in the cosmetic industry.
In Southeast Asia, Agarwood Tea is believed to help lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels. It is also effective against digestive problems like flatulence and constipation.
There are many descriptions of Gaharu’s medical benefits in the classic Chinese, “ Compendium of Materia Medica (Bencao Gangmu).” It is a pharmaceutical text written by Li Shizhen during the Ming Dynasty of China (first draft of text in 1578) and, “ Herbal Preparation (Bencao Beiyao) ” essay by Wang Ang (1694).
Agarwood Tea is made solely from the leaves of Aquilaria Malaccensis, giving it a slightly bitter, delicate flavour. In Chinese medicine, bitterness is often equated to heightened health benefits. Recent studies show that these leaves are rich with genkwanin glycosides – natural chemicals widely known as having cosmetic benefits. It is said that genkwanin glycosides are capable of removing mercury efficiently. Agarwood tea that contains genkwanin glycosides has many dietary benefits and is believed to help slow down the ageing process.
The Balung Lemongrass is handpicked by our dedicated and experienced staff then brought to our distillation factory where it undergoes different stages of assessment to ensure the highest quality for our product.
Balung Lemongrass Essential Oil has a strong citronella scent due to the rich volcanic soil that it was harvested from. It is renowned in the world for its therapeutic and relaxing aroma. Lemongrass Essential Oil can also be used as a mild mosquito repellent.
Balung Plantation adheres to strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Standard Sanitation Operating Procedures (SSOP) for all raw materials from harvesting to packaging in order to uphold our dedication in quality and excellence by producing world-class, natural, organic and safe food products through our practice of ‘green’ agro-plantation and by increasing the use of such energy while helping to enhance the quality of life of our people and the community that surrounds us.
Here at Balung Plantation, we take great emphasis in encouraging the usage of renewable energy. The waste from the cattle is also harnessed to conduct the energy required. Methane reduction to the environment through elimination of digestible organic mass minimizes the dependence on fossil fuels are the main reasons why this project was started. In addition, the cattle’s wastes are also used for organic fertilizer.
Winner of the Sabah Tourism Best Nature Attraction Award 2003, Balung Eco-Resort is surrounded by virgin rainforests of the breath-taking Tawau Hills Park. Balung Plantation is the first eco-resort set within a tropical plantation, which balances opportunities for learning and understanding of the natural surrounding along with a relaxing, serene escape into the wild. Visitors will ultimately experience a deep appreciation for the rich, local ecology of one of the oldest rainforest in the world. Guests can escape into different areas of the plantation, such as to the Tea Garden where beautiful flowers of the Java blooms, enjoy a dip into the Balung river which runs through the plantation, embark on adventurous scenic hikes, a stroll down to the fishing pond located just beside the resort, have a relaxing drink and snacks at the pool, or indulge yourself at the Markisa Café where you will discover excellent Malaysian food.
A natural haven for outdoor enthusiasts, it is an ideal resort as you explore the unique and wide range of wildlife existing here. Renowned as one of Sabah’s most splendid natural treasures, the area is teeming with many rare and endangered animals and a spectacular assembly of bird life, including the spectacular Borneo Hornbill.
- 4 Pax to a room
- Attached Bathroom
- 8 Pax to a room
- NO Attached Bathroom
- Bring Own Tent
- Entrance Fee Included
Chalet (Ben House)
- Up To 12 Pax
- Kitchenette Facilities
Chalet (Abiu House)
- Up To 12 Pax
Terms & Conditions
- Check In Time: 2.00pm
- Check Out Time: 12.00pm
- Hotel room inclusive of breakfast for 2 pax
- Extra Mattress is chargeable at RM50.00 nett
- Rates are quoted based on per night basis and subject to change without prior notice
- Rates are in Malaysian Ringgit. Subject to 10% Service Charge and inclusive of 6% GST
Balung Eco Resort
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