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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.

We understand you really want to get the most out of your trip to Mount Kinabalu National Park. So, we've rounded up a list of some fun things you can do here:

If you're looking for more options, peruse our Kota Kinabalu things to do page.


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OYO 89969 Mount Hill Villa Kundasang NT$659
OYO 89969 Mount Hill Villa Kundasang

OYO 89969 Mount Hill Villa Kundasang

Kg. Kundasang, Ranau, Sabah
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Kundasang, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sosodikon Hill Kundasang and Desa Cattle Dairy Farm. Mount Kinabalu National Park is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

    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.

      OYO 89782 Ranau City Inn NT$397
      OYO 89782 Ranau City Inn

      OYO 89782 Ranau City Inn

      Lot 9, Tingkat 1, Blok A, Jalan Lintas, Bangunan Sedco, Pekan Ranau, Ranau, Sabah
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Gana-Gana, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Arnab Village, Last POW Camp Memorial, and Kokob Rafflesia Conservation Garden. Liwagu River and Kundasang War Memorial are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Dream World Resort
        Dream World Resort

        Dream World Resort

        Jalan Mesilou Golf Club, Kundasang,, Ranau, Ranau, Sabah
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Kundasang, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mount Kinabalu Golf Club and Mount Kinabalu National Park. Desa Cattle Dairy Farm and Sosodikon Hill Kundasang are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Poring Hot Springs NT$907
          Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Poring Hot Springs

          Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Poring Hot Springs

          Poring Hot Spring, Ranau, Sabah
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the mountains, this guesthouse is steps from Poring Hot Spring and Mount Kinabalu National Park. Kokob Rafflesia Conservation Garden is 10.7 mi (17.2 km) away.

            Mesilau Mountain Retreats NT$5,231
            Mesilau Mountain Retreats

            Mesilau Mountain Retreats

            Mesilau, Past Kinabalu Golf Course, Ranau, Sabah
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Ranau, this chalet is within a 15-minute walk of Mount Kinabalu National Park and Poring Hot Spring. Kokob Rafflesia Conservation Garden is 10.8 mi (17.4 km) away.

              Spring Garden NT$6,334
              Spring Garden

              Spring Garden

              Spring Garden, Kundasang, Ranau, Sabah
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Kundasang, this golf hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Mount Kinabalu Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mount Kinabalu National Park and Sosodikon Hill Kundasang. Desa Cattle Dairy Farm and Kundasang War Memorial are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                D'La Sri Cottage - Asia Camp
                D'La Sri Cottage - Asia Camp

                D'La Sri Cottage - Asia Camp

                Unnamed Road, Ranau, Sabah
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Kundasang, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sosodikon Hill Kundasang, Mount Kinabalu National Park, and Desa Cattle Dairy Farm. Mount Kinabalu Golf Club is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.