Kampong Poring Travel Guide

  • Map of Poring Hot Springs Park
    Map of Poring Hot Springs Park
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  • Welcome to Poring Hot Springs
    Welcome to Poring Hot Springs
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  • Giant Poring-Bamboo at Poring
    Giant Poring-Bamboo at Poring
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Kampong Poring Things to Do

  • Other activities in Poring Hot Springs...

    Only the Hot Bathtubs and the Canopy Walk in Poring might not be enough to fill a full day there. But there are more things to see to make your day complete and very interesting:- Poring also has a Butterfly Far where you can see lots of (endangered) species in their natural environment. Butterflies are breeded here for the sake of research and...

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  • Nice environment

    Even before you reach the bath tubs in the Poring Hot Springs Park, the environment you walk through is beautiful already. You will cross a bridge over a wildwater river, you pass enormous bamboo plants and you will see lots of colourful plants and flowers.The bamboo species of Gigantochloa levis is the kind of bamboo you cross on you way to the...

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  • Canopy Walk

    The second major attraction of the Park is the spectacular Canopy Walk. After a short climb up the hill, you will find the 158 metres long walkway that is built between the treetops of the Menggaris Tree. Between several trees, long drawbridges were attached up to 41 metres above the ground. If you are afraid of heights you should not even try to...

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  • Hot Tubs

    Of course Poring is mostly famous for its Hot Springs. From natural wells, hot water comes to the surface here. It is said that this water, with a lot of sulfur, has healing power and makes your skin look younger. This is why it has been very popular for several decades already. At some points the water is that hot that you can boil an egg in the...

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  • Climbing up the stairs....

    The bad news about going to the hanging bridge is that it is HIGH up in the tree tops. So this means you have to climb up yourself a lot before getting there. You have to climb this steep set of stairs to get there. And in this tropical heat that is not the easiest thing to do. Would it be worth it? Would I dare to walk on the Canopy Walkway?......

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  • Banana flower

    While walking the trail to the hot springs of course I got distracted by everything I saw around me. This banana flower for instance. I know bananas, but this was the first time I ever saw a banana plant flower! I thought it was rather beautiful. It is so enjoyable to walk around in a totally new place with so many different things to see. But lets...

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  • Huge Bamboo

    When you enter the Poring Hot Springs area, the first thing you'll notice are these huge bamboo plants. You can see in the picture how tiny I am compared to those bamboos. I thought they were so impressive. If I remember correctly it is these bamboo plants that have given this place its name. In Malay 'bamboo' is 'poring'. Please tell me if I am...

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  • Poring Hot Spring

    After having had a wonderful morning in Kundasang, we are now on our way to Poring Hot Spring. Poring Hot Spring is most known for its open-air Japanese-style baths. It attracts quite a few people and can be very busy at times. It also is a bit of a tourist trap. Hahaha, in my opinion anyway. But despite it being a bit of a tourist trap, I had a...

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  • Where is Poring Hot Spring?

    Poring Hot Springs is part of the Mount Kinabalu Park. The Park headquarters is situated at the southern boundary of the Park. The park is easy to reach, it is about 110 kilometres from the capital of Sabah: Kota Kinabalu. To get to Poring Hot Springs, follow this road for a further 24 kilometres until you get to the small town of Ranau. From there...

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  • The trip continues....

    My visit to Poring Hot Springs has come to an end, but my Borneo adventures continue! The previous leg of my journey was a visit to Kundasang, with its lively local market, its war memorial and wonderful views over Mount Kinabalu.Tomorrow we will be on our way to our next destination. It will be a travel day, but still with quite a few things to...

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  • Fresh fruit

    The market at Ranau was small but colourful and a great place to buy some fruity snacks. So we walked around a bit and bought some bananas, pineapple and grapes. Yummy! In a hot climate like this nothing seems to taste better than some fresh fruit! :-)The day has come to an end. And even if Poring Hot Springs was too touristy, I have to admit I...

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  • Market in Ranau

    Our driver showed up, and we were all ready to go. We were feeling warm and sweaty of walking around all day, first at Kundasang and now at Poring Hot Spring, that we all were more than ready to leave. But the nice cool air of the air-conditioning in the bus made us feel better in a matter of minutes. So instead of driving directly back to our...

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  • Orchid

    Sabah is a great place to see orchids. I saw so many different varieties at Mount Kinabalu Park, it was overwhelming. But even here in Poring Hot Springs they were growing all over the place. I just loved this beautiful pink one. If you want to see more pictures of orchids, please take a look at my Mount Kinabalu page. I have a whole selection of...

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  • Dragonfly

    The dragonfly is a more usual insect for me, but this was a beautiful one. And as it posed so nicely for me, I couldn't resist taken a photo of it. There were quite a few of them flying around at Poring Hot Springs, quite big ones as well.

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  • Where is the butterfly??

    There were several big butterflies flying around us, and they were beautiful. They are attracted by the sulphur in the water around here, making it easy to see quite a few of them flying around. That inspired Åke to go on a butterfly hunt. And this amazing picture was the result of his 'job'. Hahaha, my 'lawyer' taps me on the shoulder right now...

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  • Lantern Bug

    So what to do? Go bug hunting! Hahaha, yeah, I know that sounds crazy, but it was really fun to do. There are so many different animals and insects here, that I was fascinated by their weird shapes, sizes and habits. Like this lantern bug for instance, doesn't it look weird, but fun :-))) Maybe going bug hunting is not the most female thing to do,...

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  • The Hot Springs

    The hot springs were developed by the Japanese during World War II and are now quite a popular tourist attraction. The baths are in the open air, and the water is hot and rich of sulphar. If you want to give them a try all you need to do is put on your bathing gear and turn on the tap.We decided to leave Poring Hot Springs and call it a day. But...

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  • The Hot Springs

    The major attraction at Poring Hot Springs are without a doubt the hot springs themselves. It looks quite nice in this picture, but I have to admit it wasn't something for me. So we decided not to give it a try. When we were here it wasn't too busy, so I guess we were lucky. But at times it can be quite crowded here at the hot springs.

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  • Poring Butterfly farm

    Besides the Canopy Walkway, the waterfall, and the hot springs (I am going to tell you about those next!), you can also visit the butterfly farm. As we were not really attracted to the hot springs, we decided to give the butterfly farm a try. Getting there they told us that there weren't many butterflies around. So we hesitated. That didn't sound...

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  • Lunch at the waterfall

    Next stop was the waterfall. I was really feeling hungry and happy it was only a short walk from the hot springs to the falls. It took us about 10 minutes to get there on an easy hiking trail. We had the place to ourselves which was great. If you want, you can take a little swim at the waterfall. But be warned though! The temperature of the water...

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  • Beautiful flowers

    Of course I can't walk in a place like this without taking at least one photo of a flower. And if I am right this is the flower of a ginger plant. It was fantastic to see all these 'unusual to me' plants and flowers.

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  • Oooopsss......

    Everything grows and grows and grows in this rainforest. The trees are huge, the huge liana clinging itself to the trees, branches hanging over the trail. So much to see but also so much to watch out for! You could already see in the previous tip that there are some very prickly lianas which you have to watch out for. But that's not all. Some...

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  • The 'Tarzan' liana

    Walking downstairs again we all just had fun and were relaxed. We looked at the forest and the plants and the many types of 'liana'. We found a very prickly one (see picture), which we called the 'Tarzan-Liana'. We all decided that this must be the liana where Tarzan got his call from 'waaaaauwwwaaaauwaaaauwwww'! Hahaha, I can just hear him scream...

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  • Piece of cake! ;-))

    You know by now that I was nervous on the Canopy Walkway, hahaha, but as you can see Åke was clearly not! Piece of cake! We all were in a funny mood, and Åke got so enthusiastic that he started dancing the Cancan on the Canopy Walkway. Eeeeeks! LOL :-)) Not the dancing, hahaha, but that he dared to do it there. We all laughed a lot, such a fun...

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  • View from the Canopy Walkway

    Halfway the walkway you all off a sudden come to an open area, where you have a beautiful view over the surrounding area. It is wonderful to be so high up in the trees and look around. Looking the other way I was in the middle of the treetops. It was fascinating. Many trees, liana and plants living in the treetops, like the 'birds nest fern' and...

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  • Walking in the top of the trees

    It is an amazing idea to be walking in the top of the trees. This picture is taken from the Canopy Walkway. The Canopy Walkway is not just one straight hanging bridge, but it is split up in three parts, zigzagging through the treetops. A few huge trees functions as support for the hanging bridge and have a little 'platform' attached to them. The...

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  • Why am I doing this??

    A nervous smile, my first steps on the walkway.... eeks, the hanging bridge is moving, rocking from side to side when you walk on it. I am keeping my hands tight around the ropes on either side.... and I start to ask the most important question.... Ooohhh.... Why am I doing this!???Åke starts to laugh. He knows me too well! And he knows that this...

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  • I made it! :-))

    See that relaxed smile on my face? Hahaha, that's because I made it!!! :-)) It wasn't half as bad as I feared, I have to admit I even enjoyed it! Especially the last bit. The hanging bridge was more stabile here than in the beginning. The first part of the bridge moved much more when you walked on it, making it feel more scary. But at the end I...

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  • Not convinced yet?

    Not convinced? Maybe if I show you a picture from this angle! Now this looks high, doesn't it?! "Do I really have to do this???" That was of course the question that popped in to my mind when seeing the Canopy Walkway. I am not such a hero where heights are concerned. And walking in the treetops sounds great, but actually doing it is a totally...

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  • Poring Canopy Walkway

    But standing up here, looking at the Canopy Walkway, I couldn't help to have this weird sensation and being nervous. No matter what they say or reason, this is high! Eeeeks!!! This is a rope construction in the top of the trees! No matter what you say, hahaha, you can't reassure me! This looks scary! ;-)

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Kampong Poring Warnings and Dangers

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    by Pieter11 Written May 25, 2006

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    Everywhere in Malaysia it is often humid. But no where in Malaysia I've experienced such a humidness as in Poring. The climb towards the Canopy Walk is not extremely long, not extremely steep or difficult, but even such a climb made me sweat like a pig.

    So if you visit the Park and you want to be a little bit active, it's wise to wear very thin clothes or even better: to bring some dry clothes and a tower for your way back.

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Kampong Poring Off The Beaten Path

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    by Pieter11 Written May 25, 2006

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    When you are walking towards the Canopy Walk, at the Canopy Walk or the way back, you should always pay attention to the ground and the trees around you. The chance is big that you will see animals around you. On my way back from the Canopy Walkway, I saw this nice lizard at the side of a path. And he didn't me taking his picture.

    Lizard at Poring
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