From most itinerary, Sabah Canopy walk and Poring Hot Spring would most likely be the day’s highlights.
For us, it was definitely Kipunjit waterfall (and fish spa!)
Quick Summary from map : From the entrance (carpark, South of Outdoor sulphur bath tub), we walk North pass Butterfly towards Canopy Walk at “B”. Section “C” was further North, and closed during our visit. After we came down from the Canopy Walk, we headed East towards Kipungit Waterfall.
(Point D) Poring Hot Spring area is about 3 to 4 hours drive away from Kota Kinabalu.
Referring to Google Map below, reference our Sabah itinerary post for point A, B and C.
We drove towards Poring Hot Spring after one night at Kinabalu Park. We arrived at the hot spring, but no dip yet.
We do not smell much sulphur, so I guess the spring water is good and not pungent for kids. There are common bathtubs for you to dip your feet or whole body, both genders. However, I am concern that those who come later might be soaking in dead skins from other users (yucks!)
If you have been to Taiwan or Japan’s hot spring, you will not miss anything, otherwise treat hot spring like a novelty.
We were pleasantly surprised than Boon Kang and Boon Xin cross the bridge without much drama 🙂
Boon Kang had already surprised us earlier when we zipline between Gaya and Sapi island.
After the Canopy walk (which took around 20 minutes), we headed inland towards Kipungit waterfall. This was a special request from me, and I was glad everyone enjoyed the cool (actually it is chilling) water, no leeches yeah 🙂
Area is relative quiet, no changing room or toilet, so change into your wardrobe “tactically”. As with all waterfalls, rocks can be slippery and sharp, do remind everyone to thread carefully.
Video (link) : Fun Waterfall and Canopy Walk
Slide pool for our lunch, kids wanted to swim again! Parents decided to chill by the pool side. The water here is not hot-spring, kids just enjoy more slides and water fun. (below 18 yers old, RM1 per person per hour, above 18, RM3 per person per hour)
Back to Kota Kinabalu city, we pop by Amazing Borneo’s fantastic (modern and chic) office before heading off for dinner. Lido Square offers hawker centre style food, we enjoyed some bbq Sabah streetfood.
After so many days, we really miss Singapore’s hawker centre food 🙂
Additional tips about Poring Hot spring surroundings:
– Sabah Canopy Walk – you will be charge RM5 for any photographic equipment (x1 ticket for Smartphone, x1 your camera etc)
– Otherwise, it is relative safe to walk across
– Waterfall – Do not approach after heavy rain as there might be sudden gush of water, be careful of under current
– Hot Spring – always dip your feet to gauge your comfort level (and tolerance first). Most venue will recommend maximum 15 minutes, cool down, before attempting again
– Stay hydrated, we were perspiring profusely in the forest
– Wear comfortable covered shoe, avoid sandals. Path can be slippery and narrow (near to waterfall)
Do pop by our Sabah itinerary and photos below.
– Sabah 8D7N itinerary
– Sabah Day 1 – Street food discovery
– Sabah Day 2 – White Water Rafting!
– Sabah Day 3 – Twin Islands Hopping
– Sabah Day 4 AM – Desa Cow Farm
– Day 4 PM – Kinabalu Park
– Day 5 – Poring Hot Spring + Waterfall + Canopy walk
– Day 6 – Gaya Island Resort – Luxury Villa
– Day 7 – Gaya Island Resort Family Activities
More photos have been uploaded on our Fanpage album :
– Day 1 and 2 – Klagan hotel, White Water rafting
– Day 3 – Water sports, Island hopping
– Day 4 – Desa Cow Farm and Kinabalu Park
– Day 5 – Poring Hot Spring and vicinity
– Day 6 – Gaya Island Resort
– Day 7 – Snorkeling and private beach
– Day 8 – Hiking, Home sweet home