Located in Kundasang, Kinabalu Park is the most popular tourist destination in Sabah. It is the home of the revered Mount Kinabalu and is home to a host of other natural wonders like waterfalls and hot springs. Because of this, Kinabalu Park has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
It is larger than size in Singapore and there are endless treasures to be discovered in this rich landscape that harbours over 6,000 species of plants.
What Are The Things You Can Do at Kinabalu Park?
Given the size of the park, it is no surprise that there are numerous activities to choose from. Whether you prefer laidback activities or activities that are sure to get your heart pumping, you will find it at Kinabalu Park.
Climbing Mount Kinabalu takes about two to three days on average. Thousands of people have done this climb and have nothing but good things to say about it. Visitors to the park can also engage in single pitch or multi pitch sports climbing. Other activities include rappelling, rope ascending, taking a dip in the Poring Hot Springs, Kipungit and Langanan waterfalls, visiting the butterfly farm, and many more.
General Advice For Packing For Your Trip
As you pack for your trip to Kinabalu Park, remember it is best to come prepared and to bring what you think you might need then regret it later. This can ruin your trip altogether. While Sabah in general is a tropical/equatorial region and the climate is generally warm, Kinabalu Park is surrounded with hills and sometimes the weather can get rather chilly. Pack the appropriate clothing to keep you warm and bring a water-resistant backpack with you as well as a raincoat.
It is also advisable to bring comfortable walking shoes or trail shoes with you to accompany you as you explore Kinabalu Park. This will help to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Accommodation Recommendation at Kinabalu Park
Kinabalu Park has no shortage of hotels to stay in whether you are planning to stay for a night or for a week. With a rating of 9.0, Slagon Homestay on Agoda.com is the highest rated hotel on the website. It is located in Ranau and it has a total of 15 rooms. With public Wi-Fi and its very own car park, it is not difficult to see what makes Slagon Homestay so popular with visitors to Kinabalu Park.
Other recommended hotels include:
- Kinabalu Pine Resort
- Dream World Resort
- Poring Hot Spring & Reserve Hotel
- Celyn Resort Kinabalu
- Kinabalu Mountain Lodge
- Mount Kinabalu Heritage Resort & Spa
Getting to Kinabalu Park
There are several options to choose from to get to Kinabalu Park. These include air-con express buses, minivans, or taxis.
Most people choose to take the buses that usually depart Kota Kinabalu at half past 7 every day. Three times a day, there are minivans that can take you to Poring Hot Springs. The fares are very affordable for tourists and locals alike.
Photo credit: Ulat Nubis..