Sabah Canopy walk and waterfall

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!)

On day 5 of our Sabah trip, we spend almost 1 hour in and around the chilling waters, dipping, catching fish or fish spa.
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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.
Poring hot spring attractions

(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.
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We drove towards Poring Hot Spring after one night at Kinabalu Park. We arrived at the hot spring, but no dip yet.

(GPS 6.045680, 116.703435)
Poring Hot Spring

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.
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From the entrance, we had to do a mini hike to reach the famous Sabah Canopy Walk.
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Canopy walk, sway left sway right, 40m above ground 🙂
Joking, the sway is minimum, but some “active and cheeky” kids keep on bouncing on the canopy platform!
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Canopy walk Poring hot spring
Sabah Canopy walk

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 🙂

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kipungit waterfall

A refreshing way to rub off our fatigue and perspiration.

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.

The fishes are hungry and quickly nibble on our toes. We had one hour of Fun at Kipunjit waterfall.
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Video (link) : Fun Waterfall and Canopy Walk

Butterfly Garden is not happening, we recommend you to skip. So few butterflies fluttering around.
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Sabah hot spring

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)
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Sabah street food
Sabah street food

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)

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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

Kinabalu Park and Garden Lodge

We found a fireplace in Sabah, from Garden Lodge of Kinabalu Park.

Day 4 of our Sabah trip, after our cool Desa Cow farm tour, we drove up 1500m to Kinabalu Park (Kundasang)
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Initially, we thought we will be occupying one or two rooms, not the whole bungalow! Kids wasted no time playing hide & seek.

Garden Lodge’s rate is RM3000 per night, what indulgence!
Kinabalu Park Garden Lodge

Exclusive lodges, these are the most expensive accommodation at Kinabalu Park (maps available on Amazing Borneo website). Our neighbour Submit Lodge has only one floor, but still retails at RM2000.
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The English cottage feel and design, adults just want to relax and chill.
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Consisting of two floors, we can choose from two bedrooms and multiple toilets. Every room comes with its own heater, no aircon needed. Temperature will drop to 15 degrees in the evenings.
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Spacious Hall, but we found it too quiet in the evening. We can hear distinct cricket symphony performing in the backyard 🙂
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Comfort and luxury, we can enjoy both at Garden Lodge. The highlight for the kids must be the fireplace, giving us an advance Christmas feel 🙂
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Video (link) : Celebrating advance Christmas with Garden Lodge fireplace

Majestic Mount Kinabalu in the background, we see her on our way to breakfast and dinner.
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No one can resist taking selfie wefie with HER as backdrop. Imposing.
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Slow 10min walk to our canteen. We really do not mind as the cool weather is between 15 to 20 degrees. Breathe in more fresh air.
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Simple buffet spread for your meals, at Balsam.
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kinabalu botanical Garden
Kinabalu Park

We visited Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden too, a 15min walk from our bungalow.

Up close with nature, if the season is correct, you might get to visit the huge Rafflesia too.
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day 4 kinabalu park

We were blessed with good sunny weather throughout our stay in Sabah, even though it was forecasted to rain.
The good weather allows us to fully enjoy day activities in our itinerary 🙂

One of the trails displayed at Balsam, the peak is only 4000m, we can do it :p
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I hope to climb Mount Kinabalu with Boon Wee soon, you can review our friend’s fun but tiring episode here.

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

Disclaimer : Garden Lodge 1N stay and meals are sponsored by Amazing Borneo.