Poring Hot Springs, Sabahs most famous hot water spring, is located amongst the foot hills of Mt. Kinabalu near Ranau, with accommodation ad restaurants . The hot spring located about 3 hours from Kota Kinabalu, is managed by Sabah Parks.
The nature reserve and humid lowlands offer botanical attractions such as orchids, rare butterflies and the worlds largest bloom, the Rafflesia. The curative waters of this popular local hot spring rejuvenates aching muscles after the challenging climb to Mount Kinabalu. The excellent collection of tropical plants includes more than 500 orchid species.
Located on the Parks boundary at the edge of the Mamut River, Poring Hot Springs & Nature Reserve offers a butterfly centre, an orchid conservation centre, a five acre tropical garden with an animal rehabilitation farm, picnic areas, hot pools and the most famous canopy walkway overlooking the forests. Porings hot pool is located in a clearing in the forest, one must cross a short suspension bridge over the Mamut River. From there the path leads past some old trees and a grove of Gigantochloa Levis, giant bamboo species from which Poring got its name.
Water temperature in the 5 hot springs ranges between 49 to 60 degrees celcius. Visitors can enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool or soak in sulphurous water channelled from the hot springs into tiled pools and tubs.
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Poring Hot Spring and Nature Reserve is located 136 kilometres by road from Kota Kinabalu city centre and journey time is about 4 hours. Shuttle services and airport transfers are available upon request and prior reservations must be made at the time of booking. These services will be chargeable and cater to group and individual bookings.