Photo: An adventure as well as soothing hot springs.

Poring Hot Springs

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UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kinabalu Park doesn’t stop at Mount Kinabalu: This huge centre of biodiversity stretches all the way to the small town of Poring, located in the lowlands some 40 kilometres from the mountain. Poring is known for its popular sulphuric hot spring baths and the surrounding area has developed into a favoured local tourist attraction with not only the pools, but a terrific canopy walk suspended high in the rainforest, butterfly, orchid and tropical gardens, walking trails and a spectacular waterfall.

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Post Mount Kinabalu climbers flock to Poring to soak their weary muscles in the therapeutic waters. Don’t expect a pristine natural environment and the clean hot tubs can get overcrowded. Private tubs are available for 15-20 ringgit. Don’t forget local sensibilities; take something to swim in and a towel. Lockers are available.

The pools of rejuvenation. Photo taken in or around Poring Hot Springs, Kinabalu Park, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

The pools of rejuvenation. Photo: Sally Arnold

Other water attractions include a cold “rock pool”, and a chargeable swimming pool with waterslides (adults: 3 ringgit, adults over 55 and kids 6-18: 1 ringgit, kids under 6: free/per hour).

Once you’ve done relaxing, head to the canopy walk, 40 metres above the forest floor for a hornbill’s eye view of the jungle. Go early (or late) to see birds and wildlife and dodge the crowds. The ridiculous but commonly charged camera fee applies here (adults: 5 ringgit, kids: 2.5 ringgit; camera: 5 ringgit; video: 30 ringgit). Nearby is a butterfly garden (closed Monday) with a small natural museum (open Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-16:00; adults: 4 ringgit, kids: 2 ringgit). A combo ticket is available for the canopy walk and butterfly garden which saves you two ringgit.

The canopy walk takes you high through the forest. Photo taken in or around Poring Hot Springs, Kinabalu Park, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

The canopy walk takes you high through the forest. Photo: Sally Arnold

If you’re keen to explore the surrounding jungle, trails near the entrance to the butterfly garden lead to the small, but pretty Kipungit Waterfall with a drop of about 10 metres (about 650 metres along), a bat cave (1 kilometre) and impressive 120 metre-high Langangan Waterfall (3.7 kilometres). The walk to Langangan Waterfall is steep and slippery in parts. To follow this trail you are required to register with Sabah Parks, and they don’t allow anyone to start after 14:00 as the trek takes about two hours each way. Take plenty of water and wet ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Poring Hot Springs
Open daily 08:00-16:00.

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