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“National Park or Money Spinner?” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Kinabalu Park

Kinabalu Park
Malaysia
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Kinabalu Park Canopy Walkway and Poring Hot...
Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering
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Owner description: Dominated by Mount Kinabalu, the park preserves tropical lowland forest and wildlife.
Hong Kong, China
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“National Park or Money Spinner?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

The national park is nice but there is no doubt it's a business. We arrived to do the walking trails around the base of mount Kinabalu ( I climbed it in 2009) the entrance fee to the park is reasonable, but the accommodation is extortionate! If your visiting stay at one of the perfectly reasonable places just outside the entrance of in the area.

We wanted to do the guided walk but got sent to three different places by park staff we eventually found the meeting point, but we were to late.

Beware of leaches!

Visited July 2013
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“The beaten track is certainly beaten”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Perhaps I was expecting too much - more of a natural experience. The botanic gardens visit follows a short well-worn path to a small orchid patch and a few pitcher plants. A variety of pitcher plant species are visible in a raggedy pot plant display through chicken wire. I guess I had visions of striding around extensive mature gardens with Mt Kinabalu as a dramatic backdrop. The canopy walk is fun, but takes time as everyone in front of you stops to take "selfies" and group shots. You don't really see much other than leaves and branches, and the drop below - so it's more like an amusement park experience than an insight into nature. As for poring hot springs - don't get me started! I discovered that "poring" is the name of the giant bamboo species that grows there - definitely NOT to be confused with the rate that the water comes out of the taps in the plunge pools. Be prepared to wait an hour if you want water deep enough to plunge any part of your anatomy! Given that Kinabalu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site this tour was deeply disappointing - still I guess they save the best from the trampling hordes of tourists, and very sensible too. The only saving grace of the tour was that we had our own guide who was very knowledgeable indeed, and went out of his way to make the tour the best he could. He asked around the locals to find where there was a Rafflesia flower in bloom and then took us off the main road to a small village so we could see one in the forest - now THAT was a magical experience! (Rafflesia is the largest flower in the world, the bud takes 9-15 months to grow and then only blooms for 7 days, so you have to be very lucky to see one, or hunt one down as we did. Locals who have one in bloom often have a banner by the road to attract paying visitors, so look out for the opportunity if you are interested.)

Visited June 2013
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“Nice stop-over”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

I've been to the Kinabalu National Park three times and loved each visit. It makes for a lovely stop-over on the way to Kundasang and worth going even if you're not climbing the mountain. I had lunch at the Liwagu Restaurant - all food ordered were well-prepared and tasty.

Visited June 2013
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“excellent calm place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

i would recommend a car since to walk a distance to the foot of the mountain will be very far. they are few places along the way, where you can take a nice photo, so don;t forget bring your camera..

Visited January 2013
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“Hot springs on tap”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Not what I imagined at Poring Hot Springs, the deluxe tub certainly doesn't fit four!! However it does beat the wait for the free tubs. The canopy walk was thoroughly enjoyable and I don't recommend it for people afraid of heights as there is no turning back!!

Visited June 2013
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