What we liked about Poring Hot Springs is they had not over developed the area. There was a definite area set aside for the commercial purpose: Administration, accommodation, stalls and retail, restaurants etc.
A 5 minute walk and we were onto the walking trails, some well paved, but others just rough tracks where you had to be aware of low branches, uneven terrain, natural rocks as steps and most of the time the tall treetop canopy shielding us from the tropical sun.
Water was never far away, and if you could not see it you usually could hear the fast running streams.
A delight for nature lovers.
Approximately 10 minutes drive from Poring Hot Springs our bus stopped roadside and we were informed there was a Rafflesia in flower approximately 15 minutes walk into the national park.
The government now allows the local people to exhibit these protected flowers in their natural habitat. This allows the local people to earn a living from tourism and at the same time protects the Rafflesia population. Prior to this relaxation in the rules many of the plants were poached from the wild.
This rare and exotic flower takes up to 15 months to bud, but only lasts up to 7 days in bloom.
The flower can be as large as 90cm wide.
We had a 10 to 15 minute walk along a rugged track to reach the Rafflesia flower. The walk was easy as long as you watched your footing as it would be easy to trip over.
We were in a group of 18 and all made the distance, some quicker than others. Along the way we crossed a creek, climed up rough sections of the track, stopped to rest and enjoy the view.
Well worth doing.
Poring Hot Springs is famous for its hot pools and they have been developed as a international tourist attraction. The hot pools are attractive, clean and also have shelter from the sun.
A modern "Theme Park style" series of swimming pools are located close to the hot pools.
Thats me on the right, I felt OK, but a little concerned about the guy on the right of the photo. We both survived the climb to the Canopy Treetop Platform, but I think he was concerned about how he would handle the treetop walk!
Once on the Canopy Walkway it took some time to gain confidence, but you have time on your hands as once on it you cannot get off, you have to continue forward and there are 6 walkways in all to be completed before you arrive at the exit.
By the time I was on the third walkway i was used to the centre wobble, could look downwards, and move forward with one hand on the rope.
Some brilliant photos on the web page link, but I do not recall the walkway looking that good.
A wonderful day!
This was the major challenge of the day, to climb the 45 degree jungle track to the top of the hill where we could then commence the Canopy Treetop Walk. 15 of our group (3 declined the challenge) commenced and all made it, some quicker than others. Certainly a challenge for the average person, but for our group, all but 2 in their sixties, it was most likely the hardest physical challenge they had faced in years.
We met many people resting along the climb, some in their twenties and many were finding it a hard slog.
The only way you can walk the treetop canopy is first to walk the jungle track!
We went to the Springs after our Mt Kinabalu climb. Honestly the five of us did not enjoy it. I guess that is because we didn't have much time to do the canopy walk. The hot springs however were disappointing. Just small man made spa baths which you needed to fill up with water yourself. Also the temp in Poring was 30 degrees celcius so we just jumped in the normal swimming pool.
Close by the flowering site the locals had a Photo Display of some of the Rafflesia plants which had flowered on their patch. A little weather beaten , but better than nothing and very helpful.
No concrete or steel poles on this walkway, all supported by giant trees, maybe hundreds of years old.
What a pleasure to to see trees this size, no fears about them falling over.
Poring Hot Springs is a popular holiday location,and upon arrival our bus pulled up outside the Visitor Centre, a good place for local maps, accommodation bookings and most important clean toilets.