Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden

Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden

Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden
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  • Dimple958
    New York City, New York60 contributions
    Main attraction of Kota Kinabalu
    Although we went during the rainy season was still worth seeing. The drive is a bit far, but once you get to Mount Kinabalu its beautiful. The garden has many varieties of fauna and flowers, some spices as well. It's a wonderful natural park with a lot to see and can hike as well if you have plenty of time. Pretty much the main attraction of Kota Kinabalu.
    Visited December 2022
    Written January 17, 2023
  • avril w
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom128 contributions
    Beautiful and cool
    We visited the botanical gardens in the Mount Kinabalu National Park. There was a small additional charge for this on top of the 50 ringgit park entrance/conservation fee. It was worth the extra as the gardens were a lovely cool oasis. You can expect to spend between 15 minutes and an hour here, depending on how interested you are in plants.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 24, 2023
  • roaming_kiwi58
    Christchurch, New Zealand2,826 contributions
    Disappointing
    We visited here on a day trip from a cruise docked in Kota Kinabalu. You have to enter the National Park to get to the Botanical Gardens. We were disappointed. But it maybe did not come up to expectations because we were part of a busload of people, some of whom walked incredibly slowly. There were a few interesting plants, but not really that much to see. Not worth the couple of hour drive up here.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Wildcat7400
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,104 contributions
    A Treasure Trove Of Plants, Trees & Orchids
    We arrived quite early. Feeling hungry as we had skipped breakfast, we sat down at a small café & ordered some food. While my half-boiled eggs weren’t up to my expectations, the hot cup of Horlicks did wonders for my stomach. The fried mee mamak & mee hoon soup that my 2 friends had ordered were absolutely delicious. I wished I had ordered either one instead. While we were busy eating, all of a sudden, it started to rain which prompted my partner to purchase ponchos for everyone at RM6.00 each. Ten minutes to noon, we put them on & started walking to the Botanical Garden Ticket booth. Tickets were priced at RM4.00 each. There were 2 other time slots, if you want to participate in a guided tour at 9:00 am & 3:00 pm if you can’t make it to the 12:00 pm one. However, if you decide to roam on your own, the botanical garden is open daily from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Our guide was a local named Nora. She was close to retiring. Nora was knowledgeable & was very patient with us throughout the 1-hour guided tour. The garden is 1.4 hectares in size & has a combination of concrete & boardwalk trail for visitors. I remember seeing a stream that cuts across the botanical garden too. There were many wild & ornamental plants, trees, local herbs, fruits & flowers within the vicinity. Nora explained that the different coloured tags pinned to the plant or tree highlighted its status. They could be an endangered species, endemic or found in abundance in the locality. We saw the carnivorous pitcher plant & the most prominent plant in Kinabalu which is the bright pink Medinilla. It fruits all year round making it a focal source of food for birds & squirrels. Apparently, there are 17 Medinilla species in Kinabalu. Nora told us that there were many species of wild orchids & some only grew in the area which led to the building of an Orchid Research Centre. In addition, we saw loads of ferns, palm trees, wild ginger & banana species. Her keen eye made it possible for us to see a stick insect. This garden tour could be boring for some as there’s a lot of information to take in. However, at least you get a hands-on education on Kinabalu’s plants & trees.
    Visited November 2022
    Written July 20, 2023
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avril w
Northamptonshire, UK128 contributions
Jun 2023
We visited the botanical gardens in the Mount Kinabalu National Park. There was a small additional charge for this on top of the 50 ringgit park entrance/conservation fee. It was worth the extra as the gardens were a lovely cool oasis. You can expect to spend between 15 minutes and an hour here, depending on how interested you are in plants.
Written June 25, 2023
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AlwiHafiz
Singapore, Singapore55 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
The gardens can be covered within around an hour with a good guide at a nice leisurely pace. An interesting collecting of native flora set within the Kinabalu Park World Heritage site. No frills, and in my view a must visit to get a good summary about some of the unique aspects of vegetation in the area.
Written January 26, 2020
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,826 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
We visited here on a day trip from a cruise docked in Kota Kinabalu. You have to enter the National Park to get to the Botanical Gardens. We were disappointed. But it maybe did not come up to expectations because we were part of a busload of people, some of whom walked incredibly slowly. There were a few interesting plants, but not really that much to see. Not worth the couple of hour drive up here.
Written July 1, 2023
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kengsoon
penang208 contributions
Jul 2022
We are so glad that we did not miss this place. It host beautiful orchids indigenous to this place. There was even one which was supposed to be the second smallest orchid species in the world. It would be nice to have a tour guide for the short trip into the garden in order to discover the variety of interesting & unique plants, unless one is very familiar with the botanic species. Give yourself at least about 1 to 2 hours for the entire place.
Written August 11, 2022
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CMSoon
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia129 contributions
Apr 2022
Is a very small nursery but termed as botanical garden. About an hour to complete the round with photo shoot included and time searching for the species advertised. Not recommended but if you have nothing to do to kill time, then spend a small token for entrance fee to go in.

It is only interesting for people into plants and nature. There is nothing or flowers that are spectacular that must see for common people.
Written May 14, 2022
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username1199
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia12 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
Its a must-go-place when you visit Kinabalu Park. However, I wish the park could introduce more plants. I read somewhere there is a guided tour at 9am but i missed it. Overall, its better to go there with a guide so that you can get to know more plants or else you will be dissapointed!
Written October 7, 2022
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Wildcat7400
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,104 contributions
Nov 2022
We arrived quite early. Feeling hungry as we had skipped breakfast, we sat down at a small café & ordered some food. While my half-boiled eggs weren’t up to my expectations, the hot cup of Horlicks did wonders for my stomach. The fried mee mamak & mee hoon soup that my 2 friends had ordered were absolutely delicious. I wished I had ordered either one instead.

While we were busy eating, all of a sudden, it started to rain which prompted my partner to purchase ponchos for everyone at RM6.00 each. Ten minutes to noon, we put them on & started walking to the Botanical Garden Ticket booth. Tickets were priced at RM4.00 each. There were 2 other time slots, if you want to participate in a guided tour at 9:00 am & 3:00 pm if you can’t make it to the 12:00 pm one. However, if you decide to roam on your own, the botanical garden is open daily from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Our guide was a local named Nora. She was close to retiring. Nora was knowledgeable & was very patient with us throughout the 1-hour guided tour. The garden is 1.4 hectares in size & has a combination of concrete & boardwalk trail for visitors. I remember seeing a stream that cuts across the botanical garden too.

There were many wild & ornamental plants, trees, local herbs, fruits & flowers within the vicinity. Nora explained that the different coloured tags pinned to the plant or tree highlighted its status. They could be an endangered species, endemic or found in abundance in the locality.

We saw the carnivorous pitcher plant & the most prominent plant in Kinabalu which is the bright pink Medinilla. It fruits all year round making it a focal source of food for birds & squirrels. Apparently, there are 17 Medinilla species in Kinabalu.

Nora told us that there were many species of wild orchids & some only grew in the area which led to the building of an Orchid Research Centre. In addition, we saw loads of ferns, palm trees, wild ginger & banana species. Her keen eye made it possible for us to see a stick insect.

This garden tour could be boring for some as there’s a lot of information to take in. However, at least you get a hands-on education on Kinabalu’s plants & trees.
Written July 20, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dimple958
New York City, NY60 contributions
Dec 2022
Although we went during the rainy season was still worth seeing. The drive is a bit far, but once you get to Mount Kinabalu its beautiful. The garden has many varieties of fauna and flowers, some spices as well. It's a wonderful natural park with a lot to see and can hike as well if you have plenty of time. Pretty much the main attraction of Kota Kinabalu.
Written January 17, 2023
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Naweed R
50 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
I guess this is more a reflection of my ignorance and lack of understanding in that I decided to visit the garden in what you would call Malaysia's winter.

In short. Everything. Is. Dead.

I mean no exaggeration, there was nothing really to see and it was a wasted trip.

If only I had researched earlier...May in the summer it's different. However, I have no idea about the authenticity of the reviews who also visited in January...I would've expected the same.

Regards, Naweed.
Written February 19, 2020
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shirley travel fan
Singapore, Singapore160 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
We were on our way to Kinnabalu Mountain and this was a stop. I paid for this at the Le Meredian Hotel for about $60 Singapore Dollars.

The coach picks us up, takes us to this Garden (alot of colourful & rare plants & preserved trees), then up the Kinnabalu Mountain where we hiked up for about almost 50 minutes i think till we reached the top where there was a canopy walk, 5 or 6 bridges I think, long and narrow but it was fun! The air up there is sooo amazing and fresh, so crisp! Halfway up it rained and I was completed drenched.....so it was really cold up there so its better to bring along a jacket when you decide to go up here. Travel light but bring along water. It was so cold and misty but incredible views!

On our way down, the guide told us to turn left and we saw a beautiful waterfall! it was still raining and the water was icy but my friends and I jumped and and got lost in the moment. I touched and kissed the rocks where the crystal clear water flowed....it was such a wonderful connection with nature. After this, we headed downwards, and there was hot springs! it was heavenly bec i was so cold and the water was warm! It was still raining! But i really enjoyed the trip. Its not good for kids below 6 I guess because of the hike and unpredictable weather. Lunch was provided as part of the trip. From Le Meredian, it took 4 hours to KK and another 4 hours back. So you leave very early and you are back to the hotel almost around 12. A well worth trip. I didnt take the 2 day hike and stay at the mountain as I wasn't prepared. But I will go again. The mountain is gorgeous!
Written November 13, 2017
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