Poring Hot Spring, Kota Kinabalu
Here is the best place to soak away your sores and aches of muscles in the hot sulphuric minerals of the spring, claimed to have curative powers and very popular among the locals.
Pay a nominal fees then you can soak in the outdoor hot spring for relaxing bath or the kids can have a fun time in the rock pool. If you prefer some privacy, rent a bath chalet (with 2 tubs) and it can accommodate up to 4-6 person at one go. RM15 to RM20 per hour. The chalet is completed with an attached bathroom. Bath soap or foam are not provided, so bring your own. The spring water can be hot at times, do not get yourself scalded. Fill the tub with cold water first then only mix it with hot water.
This area can be very crowded & noisy during the weekends & public holiday. Locals like to have their family vacation with picnic here.
I drove all the to my planned destination, Poring Hot Spring. It was exciting to drive through the road. I started by following the road to Kundasang and took me 1 1/2 hours from Ranau to get to this beautiful place. It was full of tourist from all corners of the world.
Poring Hot Spring is actually one of the "World Heritage Site" in Sabah according to the board.
I will do more research on this later! Well, i think this heritage site is not the same as the UNESCO's World Heritage Site (List) but could be a localised declaration.
After you have get exhausted climbing up the hill to experience the Canopy Walk Way... just pamper your self in the private hot tub. The local people believe that it can cure skin disease.
For more private bath, rent the private bathroom.
This hotspring is where you'll go for the canopy walk, which is normally included in standard kinabalu park tour.
The hightlight here is the enclosed jaccuzzi rooms that offers privacy and the luxury for only RM 15-20 per hour. First come first serve basis, just get one, close the door, strip and soak. Takes up to 4 people per room with benches enough for another 8 in the room and 12 more in the waiting room. Complete with attached bathroom and WC.
Emm...i heard that this hotspring is found by Japanese soldier during world war....Here the hotspring...not really like japanese spa place...but it make it convient for public..so it hv a lot of bath tub...in order us to bath inside ..it got cold water and hotspring tap..for us to control...as well, here hv a hanging bridge taht we should visit and...also hv waterfall...but i din manage go to these 2 place..not enuf time..for me...here also hv swimming pool..and accomdation too....and teh surrounding is so greeny...next time sure I will stay in there for one day.....I hv seen ppl coming here usually after the climning on kinabalu...which some of tehm walk like a duck duck..when coming here...=p ...the price to go in is Rm3 per head...is worth it for hotspring and take photo....
Poring Hot Springs
Things to do@Poring
1. Visit / Bath at the Hot Springs
2. Butterfly Park
3. Kipungit Waterfalls
4. Bat Cave
5. Langanan Waterfall
The Hot Spring bath to me is a "bit" overated. Somehow, I enjoyed my walk on the canopy than looking at the funny looking baths at the hot spring...Then again, please take note that it my personal opinion...
The walk to the Canopy was great...Great Nature, cooling air and the weather was great that day...It has been raining for weeks, and we were worried that the rain would spoil our nature walks in Poring...Thankfully, God blessed us...
This canopy walk is around 10 minutes walk or 500 metres from the entrance to hotspring. The trails is free from leeches most of the time.
The entrance to the canopy walk is RM3 per person. There is an extra RM5 camera charge.
Some of the parts pf the walks are actually through the space between the branches of the tree, as you can see in the picture
The Mamut stream is on your way to the hotstring.
The road to hotspring has no leeches becuase the road is laid with concrete. But if you intend to trek inside the jungle trails and it rained before, there will be thousands of leeches waiting for you.. hehe
If you are looking for full-pool of hot water you definitely will be disappointed, as all of my Singaporean friends..- those city boys and city girls
They were shocked seeing that the water is channelled to each and every individual bath-tub and you have to fill it up when you wanna soak yourself..
The funniest story is .. 3 of us made our saddest face sit inside the bath tub asking the same question every 5 or 10 minutes: - what's the water level now?..
Then one of us will pretend to measure the water level and said in no tune voice.. "hmm.. the water level is reaching my middle finger.."
We left there after sitting for about an hour with less than half a meter water in the tub.
This is a good place to soak your tiring foot after Mt. Kinabalu hike. The hotspring is an hour from Kinabalu park and 2 hours distance from KK town.
The nearest town from Poring hotspring is Ranau. If you intended to overnight in Poring hotspring, remember to book in advance because you wont want to waste your effort travel there, especially if you are so tire after hiking Mt. Kinabalu.
About 43 km from the Kinabalu Park headquarters is the Poring Hot Spring. The major attraction here are the open air sulfur baths, located in a beautiful landscaped garden. RM3 entrance fee per pax.
Best visited after you have descended Mt. Kinabalu. Soak and relax your body in the warm and soothing spring water.
Can be quite a noisy place with kids running around. For peace and quiet, avoid this place.
Hot water was channeled to individual tiled basin using some lead piping. This can be a great place for you to rejuvenate after your Mt Kinabalu trip.
Remember to test the water & add cold water (separate tap) whenever is needed. Or you may suffer severe burn.
Btw, the old name for Kota Kinabalu was "Api" or "Fire". It may suggest that the surrounding could be once volcanic area.