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Kinabalu Park

Tackle the two-day climb to Borneo’s highest peak or enjoy the lower rainforest trails in this park, home to some of the world’s rarest plants.

Kinabalu Park is an incredible environment, home to the towering Mount Kinabalu and hundreds of plant species found nowhere else in the world. The park is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site.

More than half of the world’s families of flowering plants exist within the park, including more than 700 species of orchid, and the world’s largest flower, the rafflesia. Though the rafflesia are rarely seen in bloom, when the flowers do reach maturity they can grow to a diameter of 3 feet (1 meter)! Many carnivorous pitcher plant species grow in the park, including one which can hold almost a gallon (3 liters) of water.

While exploring the park, keep an eye out for some of the interesting fauna, including Bornean gibbons, spotted giant flying squirrels and leopard cats. Listen out for the more than 300 species of birds that dwell here.  

For the local tribes, Mount Kinabalu, the second-highest mountain in Southeast Asia is sacred, and they believe the souls of their dead rise to the peak. The living can also climb to the peak for the incredible views, on a two- to three-day hike with a mountain guide.

Most hikers stay overnight at Laban Rata, before making the climb to the peak in the early morning to catch the sunrise at 13,435 feet (4,095 meters) above sea level. The temperature at the top can be freezing, so be sure to pack warm clothes. While no special mountaineering equipment is required, climbers must be accompanied by an accredited guide and it’s recommended that you book permits and accommodation well in advance.

Buses run daily from Kota Kinabalu to the national park entry, which is about 56 miles (90 kilometers) from Kota Kinabulu. After your climb, catch a bus from the park office to Poring, where you can soak away your aches and pains in the popular hot springs. If you’re planning a few days exploring the park, it’s a good idea to rent a car from Kota Kinabalu airport so that you can make stops along the way and investigate all the park has to offer.


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Spring Garden P10,724
Spring Garden

Spring Garden

     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Kundasang, this golf hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mount Kinabalu National Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Desa Cattle Dairy Farm and Kundasang War Memorial. Poring Hot Spring is 23.6 mi (38.1 km) away.

    Rocky Mountain Lodge P626
    Rocky Mountain Lodge

    Rocky Mountain Lodge

       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Ranau, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mount Kinabalu National Park and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Desa Cattle Dairy Farm. Kundasang War Memorial and Mount Kinabalu Park Entrance are also within 9 miles (15 km).

      Sling & Stone Kundasang
      Sling & Stone Kundasang

      Sling & Stone Kundasang

         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Ranau, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mount Kinabalu National Park and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Desa Cattle Dairy Farm. Kundasang War Memorial and Mount Kinabalu Park Entrance are also within 9 miles (15 km).

        D'La Sri Cottage - Asia Camp P2,696
        D'La Sri Cottage - Asia Camp

        D'La Sri Cottage - Asia Camp

           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Ranau, this guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mount Kinabalu National Park and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Desa Cattle Dairy Farm. Kundasang War Memorial and Mount Kinabalu Park Entrance are also within 9 miles (15 km).

          Kupi-Kupi & Stay P2,126
          Kupi-Kupi & Stay

          Kupi-Kupi & Stay

          Kupi-Kupi & Stay, Kg Mesilou, Ranau, Sabah
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Ranau, this guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mount Kinabalu National Park and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Desa Cattle Dairy Farm. Kundasang War Memorial and Mount Kinabalu Park Entrance are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Wind Valley Farmstay P2,135
            Wind Valley Farmstay

            Wind Valley Farmstay

            Kampung Mesilou, Ranau, Sabah
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Kundasang, this golf guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mount Kinabalu National Park and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Desa Cattle Dairy Farm. Kundasang War Memorial and Mount Kinabalu Park Entrance are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              Laban Rata Resthouse at Mount Kinabalu
              Laban Rata Resthouse at Mount Kinabalu

              Laban Rata Resthouse at Mount Kinabalu

              Kundasang, Kota Belud, Sabah
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Kota Belud, this lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mount Kinabalu National Park.

                Anga's Guest House
                Anga's Guest House

                Anga's Guest House

                Kg. Cinta Mata, Kundasang, Ranau, Sabah
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Ranau, this guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mount Kinabalu National Park and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Desa Cattle Dairy Farm. Kundasang War Memorial is 1.2 mi (2 km) away.