Poring Hot Springs
Poring Hot Springs information
One of the few positive contributions the Japanese made to Borneo during WWII, Poring Hot Springs has become a popular weekend retreat for locals. Located in a well-maintained forest park with nature paths that the elderly and children can enjoy, the springs steam with hot sulphurous water channelled into pools and tubs, some of which feel a little rundown. Remember your towel and swimming trunks.
For our ringgit, the highlight of the place is actually way above the springs: a Canopy Walkway that consists of a series of walkways suspended from trees, up to 40m above the jungle floor, providing unique views of the surrounding forest. Get there early if you want to see birds or other wildlife. A tropical garden , butterfly farm and orchid garden are also part of the Poring complex. Rafflesia sometimes bloom in the area; look out for signs in the visitors centre and along the road.
Part of Kinabalu National Park, the complex is 43km from park headquarters, east of Ranau.