Not just the usual nature park, Kinabalu Park will treat you with an exciting canopy walk and therapeutic hot spring plunge.
With a travel time of three hours, we started our way to Kinabalu Park at around 7:30AM. Arriving at the park, we were welcomed by Poring Hot Spring. We did not immediately immerse ourselves with the hot waters. Instead, we first hike a little going to the canopy walkway led by our tour guide.
Kinabalu Park Canopy Walkway
The unpaved trail to the Canopy Walkway is a bit steep. We stopped at several points to take some rest. Surrounded by really tall trees, we really felt the presence of nature. Finally, after around 45 minutes, we reached the Canopy Walkway. There were also a lot of other tourists when we arrived at the canopy and we had to wait for our turn.
It was my first time to do a canopy walk. Though I do not have acrophobia, I felt a little nervous when it was my time to step on the narrow wooden bridge. The canopy walkway itself is a suspended bridge supported by sturdy ropes. Making the walk safer, a net is woven into the ropes. The bridge is swinging when we walk on it making things a whole lot exhilarating.
Maximum of six persons can cross the bridge at a time. The bridge is more than 150 meters long and about 40 meters above the forest floor. Several wooden treetop platforms can be found at certain points. You can pause for a while at these platforms to appreciate the view on top. Looking down, all we saw were trees. Even though the trees slightly hide the real height of the walkway from the ground, my heart skipped a beat when I looked down.
They say rainforest animals spend their time on forest canopy but we did not see one during our walk. Nevertheless, being able to walk on treetop is a unique and exciting experience.
As our canopy walk ended, we trek down going to the Poring Hot Spring.
Operating Hours and Other Info
Operating Hours: 8AM – 4PM
Admission Fee: MYR5
Camera Fee per Unit (DSLR/ Digital Camera / Phone Camera): MYR5
Poring Hot Spring
Poring is a Kadazan word for “bamboo”. Poring Hot Spring is actually named as such because of the abundance of bamboo in the place.
The hot water from the source is piped to the tubs together with cold water as the source is extremely hot at around 90 degrees Celsius. We actually tried soaking our fingertips at the source of the water.
There are quite a number of hot tubs but the place is a bit crowded. There are also pools with cold water. We just contented ourselves soaking our feet in the designated leg soaking tub. If you don’t want to join the crowd, there are enclosed tubs and pools with additional fees.
Operating Hours and Other Info
Operating Hours: 7AM – 6PM
Conservation Fee: MYR15
Tips and Notes:
– We availed a tour package for Kinabalu Park Canopy Walkway and Poring Hot Spring which also includes a visit to the Botanical garden for MYR140. The package includes a tour guide, transportation to and fro the hotel and lunch.
– If you intend to swim, bring extra clothes, towel and toiletries. Put sun block and insect repellant lotion especially if you’ll be doing the canopy walk.
– Travel time from Kota Kinabalu to the park is quite long, about 3 hours. Though we appreciate our visit to the place, we felt we could have maximized more of our time in KK had we went to other attractions which are much nearer. Our total travel time is actually much longer than the length of our time spent in the Canopy Walk, Poring Hot Spring and Botanical Garden combined.