It is mainly visited for the Poring Hot Spring and Nature Reserve which houses both open-air and private cabin baths whose water contains sulphur that is known for its skin-curative properties. The natural hot spring is perfect to soothe tired and aching muscles after the long climb up Mount Kinabalu.
Public buses from Kinabalu Park are available but make only one trip daily. Alternatively take a taxi from Ranau at about RM30 for the ride (thus, travelling in a group this can be cheap). From Ranau there are very few, if any, public buses making the run to Poring.
For those who are self-driving, the Hot Springs are accessible via Ranau. The road is sealed with adequate sign posting. There is ample free parking inside the main entrance.
An entrance fee is charged to visit the Hot Spring Park. If you think this place has the feeling of your basic tourist trap, it is a tourist trap complete with all the tackyness.
Rafflesia keithii, the world's largest flower known to reach almost a metre in diameter. Its bud takes a full year to grow until it finally blossoms, but then withers after only one week in bloom. The interior of the blossom smells like rotten meat, attracting flying insects that then pollinate it.
Try the canopy walk and experience a bird's eye view of the surrounding rainforest from about 30-40 metres above the ground (entrance fee). The walking path from the ticket booth to the beginning of the canopy walk is about 1km up hill and is moderately aerobic. It is supposed to be a circuit walking path but damage to the trail means the visitor must double back (July 2007). This pathway is not suitable for those who have mobility restrictions. If you are afraid of heights then do not attempt this Canopy Walk as you will be at risk of getting stuck.
For those keen to explore, trek through the lowland forest to the two waterfalls. Kipungit Waterfall is the nearer and smaller one and can be reached in about 20 minutes, while the bigger Langganan Waterfall takes an hour's hike to get to.
Bathe in the Japanese-style baths. The thermal pools are available as open air style tiled baths with taps to fill with fresh water. For those who are modest or are wanting privacy, enclosed baths inside little chalet-like shelters are available.
Visit the Butterfly Farm, a short walk with in the park en route to the canopy walk (entrance fee). Note this closes at 4pm, earlier than the rest of the park.
Sutera Sanctuary Lodges, Poring Hot Spring & Nature Reserve, ☎ (60 88) 878 801, . Sutera Sanctuary Lodges manages the various accommodation facilities and the food and beverage outlets at Poring Hot Spring & Nature Reserve. Best rates on official website start at MYR 104.35. edit
Lupa Masa Jungle Camp, In the Jungle (Half hour guided trek from Poring Hot Springs), ☎ 0060198020549, . Surrounded by World Heritage Mount Kinabalu National Park, Lupa Masa is an introduction to the diversity of the Borneo Rainforest. Streams and waterfalls running down from the peaks of Mt Kinabalu, accommodation in open air huts crafted from local bamboo and electricity supplied from its own mini hydro. Food is vegetarian, locally sourced and organic whenever possible. Lupa Masa offers a variety of activities including day or overnight treks into the jungle or nearby villages and farms, tubing or caving on the river, birdwatching, night walks, or simply relaxing in the sun and bathing in the streams and waterfalls.From rm70pp/pn. edit
Take a bus or taxi to Ranau town. Again, this will cost around RM30 for the ride (or cheaper if you can bargain the driver down). There aren't any public buses unless you don't mind waiting for ten hours.