Your trip to Kota Kinabalu will be an absolute waste if you do not visit the famous Kinabalu Park and see the glorious Poring Hot Springs from your own eyes. The Poring Hot Springs and Kinabalu National Park are popular day trips, and this trip give you the chance to escape the busy city and spend some time in peace at a higher altitude as you go to the Mountain Garden at Kinabalu Park, and the hot springs and canopy walkway at Poring Hot Springs Kota Kinabalu.
The temperature here is comparative a bit cooler because it is situated at a height. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mount Kinabalu and Kinabalu Park lets you experience a full-fledged fun tour that includes rolling hills, hot springs, epic sceneries and a bird’s eye view of the forest canopies from the top. Book your nearest expert guide who will take you to some of the most picturesque views and countryside that points out local fauna and flora on the way. Enjoy the peace and tranquility with a relaxing dip into the Poring Hot Springs Kota Kinabalu and mark the event of a memorable journey.
About Poring Hot Springs Kota Kinabalu
Poring is a little town that is located 19 km towards the east of Ranau and 39 km towards the east of Mount Kinabalu that lies in the state of Sabah in Malaysia. Poring is usually visited for its nature reserve and hot springs that house both private and open-air cabin baths. The water of these springs contains sulphur and it is best recognized for its ability to cure skin. The natural hot springs are perfect for soothing tired muscles and body and foot aches after climbing the treacherous Mount Kinabalu. The hot springs are part of the Kinabalu National Park, and was first developed during Second World War by the Japanese.
Things to do and see at Poring Hot Springs Kota Kinabalu
Rafflesia, the biggest flower in the world that reaches a meter in diameter can be expected to be found here. It stakes a whole year for the bud to grow before it fully blossoms. The bloom withers away just after a week, so you should consider yourself very lucky if you spot a full bloom Rafflesia near Poring. Though the interior of the flower smells just like rotten meat, the flower is a must tourist attraction and if you are lucky enough to see it then the Guide will change the trip’s route towards it.
Sometimes wild monkeys can be spotted, and a lot of people like to come to Poring for bird watching. The canopy walk lets you catch a birds eye view of the pristine forests from a height of 30-40 meters above grounds. The walking track from the ticket counter to the entrance of canopy walk is of 157.8 meters long. If you trek down the lowland forest you will come across two waterfalls namely Langgapan Waterfall and Kipungit Waterfall.
The natural hot springs are the main tourist attraction of Poring Hot Springs Kota Kinabalu and you can take bathe in the glorious Japanese style baths. Thermal pools are also available and they are open air tiled baths with water taps. People who want privacy can bathe in the enclosed baths that are located inside small chalet like shelters. The hot springs are the best way to soak away cramps and sore muscles.
The water contains sulphuric minerals which seem to have unique healing properties and this is extremely famous amongst the locals. Don’t forget to visit Borneo’s first ever Butterfly Farm that features a large nursery, garden and hatchery for research and educational purposes. The Orchid Conservation center is home to the biggest collection of rare endemic orchids and Sabah orchids. More than 1200 species of orchids can be found here, and the tropical gardens lets you catch a glimpse of sauntering deer and mousedeer in the midst of colourful birds in the aviary.
Things you should know
Anyone who does not want to proceed for the nature walks can wait at the resting area. Since the Kinabalu Park is located at a higher altitude approximately 1500 meter above the sea level, it is best to keep a coat or sweater because it tends to get cold. The Canopy Walk is almost 40 meter above ground level and it is definitely not for the faint hearted. Also, the indoor bath-tubs at Poring Hot Springs Kota Kinabalu can be rented for a certain price but the outdoor baths are free of charge. A comfortable walking pair of shoes and insect repellants must be brought along.
There are 5 deluxe (RM 20/hour) and 10 standard (RM 5/hour) indoor tubs that are subject to availability depending on the number of people visiting. The weekends and public holidays are fully crowded because Poring Hot Springs is one of the most popular day’s retreat for locals.
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