bookmark_borderIn Sabah – Day 4 (Part 2)

… continuation

Upon reaching Poring Hot Spring, which was a stone throw away from where the Rafflesia flower sighting was, we were greeted yet another green scenery.

Poring is a small tourist resort in Sabah, Malaysia. Located 40 km south-east of the Kinabalu National Park Headquarters, in the district of Ranau, Poring is situated in lowland rainforest, contrasting with the montane and submontane rainforest of Kinabalu National Park. The name Poring comes from a Kadazandusun word for a bamboo species found in the area.

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With the main building and souvenir centre situated at the entrance, there were other building scattered around that area.

Pools

Beside that, there were a couple of hot springs too. These hot springs were known for the therapeutic properties whereby the sulphuric-based water will somehow ease aching muscles. Some of them were for the public usage while the rest were for private (in this case, one needs to pay a nominal fee to use them).

Pools

Apart from the pools, one could opt for soaking their feet only without having to submerge their whole body in it. There were designated stations for that purpose.

Walkway

The group was given time to use these facilities but before that, we had to complete our Canopy Walkway first.

This Canopy Walkway is a must visit for anyone who ever sets foot in Poring Hot Springs. Take a stroll amidst the lush canopy of the Menggaris tree – king of the forest – the walkway is 157.8 meters long and 41 meters high.

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Entry Point

As usual, Malaysians get a better rate compare to other nationalities and since my package included this, I didn’t to pay for anything at all except for my camera fee (again!).

Tickets

The stupidest thing I found out was that one needs to fork out RM30 if they want to use their video recorders. What an exorbitant price! But then again, with technology getting more advanced, compact cameras nowadays have HD video recording in it. So, that will pretty much save you about RM25 fee.

Hiking Trails

We were told (by our tour guide) that the route to the canopy walkway won’t be easy as it was 550 metres long and it was a hike up the steep hill.

Hiking Trails

Hiking Trails

Little did we know that the hiking trails weren’t as ‘level’ as what we thought it would be.

3 Tiers

As you can see from above, the slope wasn’t easy at all. It was so steep that I managed to capture 3 levels (of stairs) within a single frame.

Huge Millipede

On the way up, I stumbled across a huge millipede. Scary Gross shit…

550M

Upon reaching (at 550 meters), I was pretty much out of breath. It was definitely a challenging climb for people like me.

Pondok Manggan

Panting and sweating, I had to climb another couple of steep stairs to start the canopy walkway.

Canopy Walkway

At 41 meters high, the sight was nothing but trees, trees and more trees.

Forest

Looking down is not favourable at all if you’re suffering from acrophobia (afraid of heights).

Canopy Walkway

Canopy Walkway

It’s pretty bouncy when there’re more than 2 people on the bridge. It gets bouncier if a sucker brat behind you decides to walk faster. I was amazed by the speed of officials / staffs (people who were there to meddle the crowd) walked as their balancing act were pretty much accustomed to the moving bridge.

Warning Sign

They even had warnings that plastered all around it. But, having said that, from what I saw, there were no more than 3 people on the bridge.

Platform Menggaris

There were a couple of platforms (5 platforms, IIRC) between those bridges.

Out Of Forest

And one of those platforms is for viewers to have a look out of the forest. The width between the ‘railings’ of the bridge varies. Some were narrow while some were wide. What I found out was towards the final part of the walkway, the bridge was kind of loose. Freaky shit.

Tourist : Did you enjoy it?
Me : No.
Tourist : Me too. All those adrenaline rush literally killed the fun away.
Me : Yeah. Exactly. Haha.

Going down the trail wasn’t easy either. The tracks were wet and muddy and slippery, we had to walk carefully. It was about 4pm when I was out of the canopy walkway. I wanted to at least soak my legs but there weren’t much time as by 4.30pm we had to assemble. By 4.45pm, we left the place and headed back to Kota Kinabalu city centre.

River

It was about 8pm when I reached at my lodge. Not sure what to eat or too tired to eat, I had my dinner in Warisan Square again. Moreover, I had to wait till 11pm as I purchased my Transformers 2 : Revenge of the Fallen movie ticket a couple days earlier. The experience of watching the movie in Kota Kinabalu was… er…. something different. I remembered them cheering when Optimus Prime made its first appearance in the movie. Fun crowd, I would say.

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bookmark_borderIn Sabah – Day 4 (Part 1)

Via the reception counter (in my accommodation), I booked a day tour to the ever famous Kinabalu Park. At the price of RM185 per pax, it covers a couple of places as well as lunch meal included. Since there was a pick up service at my accommodation, I woke up at 7am and had my breakfast at the pantry area.

Coffee & Toast

As I mentioned earlier, Lavender Lodge provides a simple breakfast every day. Coffee, tea, bread, butter and jam. Nothing to shout about but at least it filled my stomach a little bit. At about 8am, the tour agency came and picked me up and headed to another pick up point. And by 8.30am, we were ready to leave the city.

Nabalu Town

The journey took quite a while to reach to our first pit stop; Nabalu Town. IIRC, the drive took about 2 hours or more as the road involves hillside and narrow roads. Besides, the transportation that took us around was a mini 27-seater air-condition bus. With the weight and all… you’ll get what I mean.

Nabalu Town Huts

Nabalu Town Huts

Upon reaching to Nabalu Town, one could see that it is meant for tourists to shop and look around / stretch their legs.

Souvenirs

There were dedicated shops / stalls that sell souvenirs, crafts, fruits and food.

Viewing Tower

Apart from souvenir-shopping, the main reason we stopped there was to have a good view of Mountain Kinabalu. There were a couple of places to view the famous mountain.

From The Top

One of them was the tower which was quite easy to spot it as it was standing tall and all in the middle of the town. And it’s red in colour.

There was also a platform to get a closer view of the mountain without any distractions.

Me : Did you know that there’s a platform to view Mt. Kinabalu at ‘closer’ range?
Uncle : Really?! I didn’t know about it (the platform).

Viewing Deck

I was lucky enough to spot that platform as none of them (the tour group I went with) knew about it.

Viewing Deck

Besides, I guess they were in hurry to look around at the souvenir shops as we were given only 30 minutes to walk around.

Mt. Kinabalu

Thank god the weather was fine on that day as the view of the mountain was clear and it was covered with little clouds around it. There’s this saying that the locals called Mt. Kinabalu a ‘shy’ mountain. Occasionally, it will hide within the thick clouds and it won’t reveal itself to the public.

Botanic Garden

At 10.35am, we left Nabalu town and made our way to another pit stop; the Botanical Garden in Kinabalu Park. It took us about 45 minutes or so to reach to the entrance of Kinabalu Park. It’s the very same place whereby hikers meet at this place before they begin their journey up to the Mt. Kinabalu.

The Weather

It was rather a good weather on that day. Though it was sunny, I could feel the cool breeze motioned around aimlessly in an open air space.

Walkway

From the entrance itself, the drive to the Botanical Garden takes about 5-10 minutes as the road was winding and narrow.

Tour Guide

This was our tour guide of the day; Ben. Before going into the garden, we were briefed on Do’s and Don’ts. The overall tour in the garden took around 45 mins to 1 hour. The tour guide explained and elaborated on rare species (plants) that can be found inside of the Botanical Garden.

Trees

At 1500m above the sea level, there were about more than 1500 types of orchids inside the Botanical Garden.

Tiny Orchid

Some were really tiny.

Plants

The Love Leaves

Berries

Some looked alright.

The Laughing Orchid

One particular orchid, which I remembered easily was called the Laughing Orchid. Weird name… I know.

Monkey Banana

There were other plants as well. The tiny banana which humans only consumed at desperate times. I mean really really desperate times as the inside of the banana doesn’t look like ordinary ones.

Banana Seeds

In the middle, it contains really hard seeds. The locals called them ‘pisang monyet’ as they are meant for monkeys only.

Rare Orchids

Then, there were rare orchids which could fetch really high price in black markets.

Warning Sign

Due to that, it was locked inside a cage far far away from human’s touch / hands.

Crowd

From what I saw, only a few (in the group) that were interested to listen while the rest… let’s just say they were there for the experience. I was there because I had to of the calm soothing walk in the forest.

River

At about 1pm, we left the place for Poring Hot Spring which was 30 minutes drive away. I was famished by then but thanks for folks from the group, they were sharing bananas around. Hehe.

Orange Banana

An orange-flesh with thick skin banana was my saviour (apart from the uncles who gave them to me) of the day. Oh yes, the banana was different from the ones in Peninsular.

Restaurant

But before our final pit stop, we stopped at a nearby Chinese restaurant for lunch.

Huge Tire

It was then when a couple of people asked / told the tour guide to take them to see the Rafflesia flower, which was located nearby. Though I felt it was a rip off to be charged at RM30 to see the biggest flower in the world, but that’s the whole point of trip; to experience something I might not be able to in (near) future.

Rafflesia Flower

It takes 12 months to grow and only 7 days to ‘see’ the world. By the 7th day, it will start to rot. Besides, Rafflesia is a parasitic plant and hence, it relies on other plant to grow. Moreover, it chooses to grow on its own randomly and it starts with a pulp. Though it is coined as ‘corpse flower’ due to its emission of rotting flesh smell, it wasn’t really that smelly. Maybe, I was far apart….

Poring Hot Spring

15 minutes passed by and off we left for Poring Hot Spring.

to be continued…

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