Things to Do
Covering an area of 754 sqr km, Kinabalu Park is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site. Take a 2-hours ride from Kota Kinabalu to this magnificent park, which hosts ideal retreats for nature lovers. Kinabalu Park is the home to a myriad of flora species including giant pitcher plants, rhododendrons, orchids and rafflesia. The temperature here is cool and occasionally enveloped with mist. Pay a small entrance fee to explore this gigantic Park. Visit the Botanical Garden, visitors centre and Kinabalu Natural History Gallery to see the fascinating display of rocks and enlightening facts of flora and fauna found here. Visitors who wish to stay overnight to enjoy the soothing retreat can stay in chalets or hostels in the park (advance booking required). There are also many types of accommodations located outside the park to cater to travelers with different budget.
Poring Hotspring is but a place to soak in the spring’s hot sulphuric minerals, believed to possess healing properties. Taking a dip here is most recommended after a climb on Mount Kinabalu or at leisure, especially if you wish to de-stress and soak away the sores and aches of your muscles.
Other attractions in the park include the butterfly farm, the Poring Orchid Conservation Centre with 12000 species in display, the tropical garden and the Rafflesia flower site. A small challenge awaits you! Be prepared to trek up to the 41 meters high and 157.8 meters long canopy walkway and walkway. Overcome your little fear and enjoy the breathtaking view of lush green surroundings.
Poring is situated 40 kilometers northeast from the Kinabalu Park HQ.
Sabah Agriculture Park
Travel south to the town of Tenom in a 2 ½ hour journey. Besides sipping a cup of the famous Tenom coffee, take a visit to the scenic 500-acre Sabah Agriculture Park. Even if you are not a nature lover, you are bound to be fascinated by the colourful blooms and aromatic scent of flowers in the park. This gigantic park features 21 mini gardens, such as the Bougainvillea Court, Hibiscus Garden and Lily Glade. Also worth a visit is the Evolution Garden, which highlights the different stages of plant evolution from as far as 4.5 billion years ago. Other must visit attractions include The Bee Centre, The Native Orchid Centre and Native Fruit Orchard.
Visitors can stay overnight in the park accommodation for more relaxations. The serene surroundings is best to be explored by hiring a bicycle for a leisurely ride. Alternatively, rest by the lake or pay a visit to the mini Animal Park.
Tenom is located some 3 hours by road from Kota Kinabalu city. Buses and hired taxis are available at the bus terminal near KK’s Merdeka Field.
Bus rides cost approximately RM18.30 per person (one way). A taxi ride from the Merdeka Field bus station will cost around RM30.00 per person (one way).
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