Kinabalu National Park
If you are fed up with the ever-increasing pace of everyday life and want to discover natural wonders you never even thought existed, then you should come to Malaysia and see for yourself the sight offered by the Kinabalu National Park. You will be amazed by the sheer diversity of the vegetation and wildlife as well as the by the high number of natural attractions you will discover there.
Covering an area of over 750 square kilometers around the highest mountain in Borneo, the area is a sanctuary for conserving thousands of species of flora and fauna, some of them being indigenous to the park. It is even considered that the park is home to more plant species than the whole of Europe and North America combined.
The first recorded visit to the area dates back to 1895, when British colonial commissioner and scientist Hugh Low conducted an expedition to the region, later giving his name to the Mount Kinabalu peak, also called Low’s Peak.
Found on the west coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, established in 1964 and has been one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites since December 2000. This acknowledges the importance of it’s preservation of wildlife.
How to Get to There
Only 88km from the city centre and there are sealed roads and highways that lead to there. Transportation can be made either by bus, taxi or car rental. Depending on the means of transportation preferred, the journey from the city to the park’s headquarters can take between 2 and 4 hours. Accommodation is available within the park and the lodging options range between premier cabins to dormitory style bunks, and even camping inside certain restricted areas.
The main attraction is undoubtedly the majestic Mount Kinabalu. Measuring 4095m, it is one of the highest mountains in South-East Asia and engages thousands of enthusiasts, professional climbers and beginners alike, in practicing climbing sports each year. The view you will see will leave you breathless and you will want to hike to the peak again and again.
No visit of the area is complete without stopping by the Poring Hot Springs. Located at approximately 400m above sea level and at a thirty minute walk from the headquarters, the hot sulphur spring baths are said to have therapeutic value and offer a magnificent sight. Taking a stroll among the luxuriant canopy is also a must for anyone setting foot in the Poring Hot Springs area.
As you can see, if you choose to take a break from the hectic lifestyle of the city, this is the place to go. The Kinabalu National Park will give you all the peace and quiet that you need and it will make everyday problems seem small and distant. The harmony and natural beauty that surrounds you at each step will make you feel more and more relaxed with each day that passes.