Poring’s claim to fame has always been its natural sulphur hot springs. The springs have been a source of natural hot water and were used to cure numerous aliments for the locals in the area. However it was only during the 2nd world war, that the hot springs were channeled into wooden bathtubs that were built by the garrison of Japanese soldiers stationed at Ranau. Today the wooden tubs have been replaced with tiled concrete tubs and there are also enclosed baths for the
There is more to Poring than just the hot springs and swimming pools as it is an excellent example of tropical lowland rainforest and a great way to appreciate the beauty of the rainforest is to do the Canopy walkway. This was built in 1990 and consists of a series of wooden bridges suspended on aluminum ladders and steel cables, strung up 40 m in the canopy of the trees. It is a 500m trek uphill to get to the start of the canopy walkway and it’s advisable to take you time as you trek up, not only to conserve your energy but also to admire the vegetation of climbing rattans, gingers and huge hardwood trees. There are three circuits of canopy walkways with a total length of 373.6 meters, however, only one of them is open to tourist and this is 157 meters long. The other 2 are for research purposes. The canopy is open daily from 9.00am – 4.00pm and there is an entrance fee.
For those who like to do a bit if trekking, there are trails that lead to 2 waterfalls. The shorter I km trail which takes about 15 min, leads to the Kipungit falls and are 10m in height. There are picnic facilities here and is very nice for a refreshing dip. If you’re more adventurous, you could do the longer trek (3.4km) up the side of the mountain to the Langanan waterfall. Falling for about 120m, this is the highest waterfall in Poring and takes about 2 hours to trek each way. Along the way to the waterfall is the so called bat cave, which is more like a cluster of large boulders with a large hole inhabited by some bats. The smell of bat guano will lead you to it.
|The source for the hot water.|
Opens Daily from 07:00am to 6.00pm
Main entrance fees :
Adult =RM15.00, Child = RM10.00 (My-card holders –Adult RM3.00. Child – RM1.00)
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Text and photos by DAVID DE LA HARPE