Canopy Walk, Kota Kinabalu
A visit to the Kinabalu Park is not complete without a jaunt to Poring. Situated 40km away of the Park HQ.
You can climb to Canopy Walkway from 9am till 4pm and there's a guided walk at 9am. Definitely this the main attraction here. A must-visit ! Stroll amidst the canopy of the Menggaris tree - the King of the Forest. The walkway is 157.8m long and 41m high, width is only a wooden plank size. For those who have an immense fear of heights, you might want to give this is a skip.
You must have enough stamina & courage to take this challenge. A good stamina to climb up slippery mud track, tree stubs & roots & stones. A strong courage to walk on a high suspended bridge with tropical greens surrounded you. The climb leading up to Canopy Walkway and back to original point will take about an hour.
Carry a bottle of drinking water, insect repellant stick & put on a cap. It's advisable to have a guide tagged along with you. I would recommend tourist to enrol in a local day trip to Kinabalu Park & Poring Hotspring. Most attractions are covered, hassle-free & safety is ensured. RM140 to RM180 per person.
Other attractions are Butterfly Farm, Tropical Garden (Orchid Conservation Centre).
A camera fee of RM5 is imposed.
There are 3 bridges that run a total length of 158 meters. All it really is, is a wooden plank less than a foot across supported by a steel ladder and suspended with sturdy ropes. Netting is woven into the ropes on each side which create a safety net in case you slip from the plank. (It failed to give me any peace of mind though). Each bridge is connected by a circular observation deck where you can stop and smell the tree tops. Looking down all you can see are more trees, the forest floor is nowhere in sight.
Every so often we would catch a glimpse of spectacular scenery through the branches and the mist. I loved being here, surrounded by nature like this. It was an exhilarating experience to say the least. Being high up in the forest is one thing, but being able to actually walk from tree top to tree top is just a whole other story. Now if only they could install escalators or cable cars to the top. Just kidding! We wouldn't want to disturb this untouched jungle with such a monstrosity. How about a chopper that drops you off at the first deck? Ok ok. I admit, the entire experience was all the more memorable and satisfying because of the climb. :)
The Canopy Walk is quite thrilling because it's really shaking when you walk across....
it's just that you have to climb up the hill to reach to the canopy point before you can walk across the 3 connecting bridges. The experience climbing up the hill is exhausting. Make sure you bring some water and eat before you climb up or else your knees might be trembling when you get down.
Fee for the canopy walk is only RM3, if you have camera pay another RM5.
We proceed to Poring Hot Spring set amidst a lowland rainforest. Take a walk through the treetop canopy to get closer to nature - listening to the chirping of birds or sound of insects will surely chase away the stress of city life.
Suspended in the middle of the jungle, with only a plank to walk on and supported by a few ropes....
This is a great place to look at the rainforest from 41m above the ground! People whom are afraid of heights are not likely able to walk across it.