Kota Kinabalu (KK) National Park & Poring Treetop Canopy Walkway

After our adventures at the Monsopiad Cultural Village we headed back to KK city to stay overnight at Hotel Shangri La.

We had a free and easy night so we asked the guide and some others where we could get some good seafood, we should have Googled it first of course but we didn’t have any access to the net and forgot to check before leaving. Our guide recommended some seafood restaurants just down from our hotel, so we checked those out.

They seemed well recommended by locals (Located at Sedco Squared named Twinsky Seafood/Suang Tain), but well we didn’t fare so well paying over RM400 for a mediocre meal for 3. After checking of course tales of people being slaughtered there. I didn’t take any pics cos the food didn’t look particularly good and well I was slightly pissed at having to fork out so much.

We headed back to the hotel for an early night and up in the morning to head out to KK National Park where we would be spending the next evening. We took a leisurely drive with our new guide Saat up to the park and stopped off at a few interesting sites and viewing points along the way.

Our first sighting of the mighty Mount Kinabalu was from quite a distance and it was still extremely impressive. It was around midday though so the light photography was definitely against us, in person though it was a fantastic view.

Mount Kinabalu

On our way we stopped off at the famous pedestrian suspension bridge Jambatan Tamparuli. It’s quite a spectacular structure.

Jambatan Tamparuli

And people really regularly use it!

Jambatan Tamparuli

This is our great guide for the KK/Mount Kinabalu leg of the trip Sat.


We stopped at another viewing point along the way just before reaching Kinabalu park to take some snaps of the mountain.

Might Mount Kinabalu

The contrast was way too high for normal photography so I tried a HDR blend, even then the mountain is a bit washed out because of the mist/clouds.

Mount Kinabalu in HDR

This is my mom enjoying the spectacular view.

What a view

Our next activity was to visit Poring Hotsprings and the Poring Treetop Canopy Walkway, we had to hike in a little way as the canopy walkway is at around 650m elevation. It was a really beautiful area.

Poring Hotsprings

The trees are CRAZY high.

King of Trees

The Canopy walkway is a MUST do when you’re in Kinabalu park, but it’s not the feint hearted or those scared of heights as these trees are seriously high and the walkway is seriously narrow. It was quite terrifying for me actually as the guide ropes at the side only came up to my waist height! They are obviously meant for far shorter people..it’s quite cheap too only about RM3 entry for locals and RM5 for foreigners.

Poring Treetop Canopy Walkway

The really scary thing? We weren’t even at the top of the trees! We were only 3/4 of the way up (which was still well above 100ft in the air).

HUGE Trees

It was a great experience indeed, after that we headed right into the heart of the park to check into our hotel the Kinabalu Pine Resort, a truly beautiful place and reasonably priced. It’s actually located in Kundasang where the famous market is.

We had a great steamboat dinner there and headed to bed early after a long, tiring day! The next day was to be our last in the wonderland that is Sabah before we headed back to the metropolis we call home.

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Sabah 2008 Trip – Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu




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24 Responses to Kota Kinabalu (KK) National Park & Poring Treetop Canopy Walkway

  1. foodcrazee January 25, 2010 at 3:48 am #

    nice pic . . .wish i can be thr

  2. Brad F. January 25, 2010 at 4:56 am #

    Nice pictures. I really enjoyed the first one showing the height of the trees. It looks like it’s a lot of fun.

  3. JD January 25, 2010 at 8:24 am #

    Wow, the HDR of the Mount Kinabalu shot are great!

  4. KY January 25, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    wah RM 400 for a meal is really proper slaughtering

  5. kaikon January 25, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    Bring a local and order from twinsky. Local paying RM6.80 per kg for crabs and RM40 per kg for prawns there. Mat Salleh = good for slaughtering what hahaha. Rent and car and I will send you GPS coordinates for cheap good seafood only locals go to. 3 person <RM150 for the same dish as ocean, twinsky or portview.

  6. Azizul January 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    I’ve been to jambatan tamparuli. nice memory though

  7. ShaolinTiger January 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    foodcrazee: Yah damn nice bro, if you haven’t been you should go!

    Brad F.: Yah it’s beautiful and a great experience, not too expensive too.

    JD: Thanks, I feel it could have been better though.

    KY: Yah kena cut-throat to the MAX.

    kaikon: Haha hindsight is a wonderful thing. I wouldn’t go to Twinsky again even for normal price…their food wasn’t very good.

    Azizul: Yah, awesome bridge.

  8. dav January 26, 2010 at 3:20 am #

    Did u enjoy the hot spring after thw canopy walk? It’s definitely soothing. And did u see anything out of the Mount Kinabalu view? They said if you can see a widow who give birth to a child from the far view of Mount Kinabalu. And Pulau Manukan is also a gorgeous place to go. Try to go 1Borneo the new shopping mall although i not yet visited there yet. ^^

  9. cruelangel January 26, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    nice pix…

  10. Malaysia Asia January 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    Actually, I just got back from KK a few days ago. Someone mentioned about visiting 1Borneo? I would recommend otherwise and visit Suria KK instead as this is in KK town. I must have visited so many new places while spending the weekend in KK. Nice pic of the wide shot if Kinabalu.

    Malaysia Asia

  11. Filip January 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    Hi folks,
    interesting reading you’ve got here. As I am just planning trip to KK and Borneo, but am not sure of coming monzoon season, would appreciate any info. Is it OK to go in March? I read it is the rainiest time – flods. Don’t wont to be stuck in a hotel, looking at the rain.

  12. ShaolinTiger January 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    dav: Yah I did, it was great 🙂 Not sure why I would go to a shopping mall in Borneo when I live in KL..had enough of malls that’s why I went to Sabah in the first place!

    cruelangel: Thanks.

    Malaysia Asia: Yah it’s a great place, I avoid the city tho 🙂

    Filip: The above documented trip was in March, no problems with the weather at all.

  13. ikanbilis January 28, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    Ha! They sent you to “the crocodile swamp” @ your makan place at Sedco LOL. If there’s still a next time, ask me lah.

  14. ShaolinTiger February 1, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    ikanbilis: Yah kena pwned.

  15. xes February 4, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    So did you pay RM3 or RM5 for the canopy walk? I’m sure you can get a local price if you speak Manglish to them!

  16. ShaolinTiger February 5, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    xes: Dunno it was all part of the tour. Most things they put me down as local price.

  17. ben February 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    Whoa, the great ShaolinTiger linked to my post about the bridge 🙂

  18. ShaolinTiger February 11, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

    ben: It’s a good post 🙂

  19. wintergurl March 3, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    Don’t foget visit pulau mabul , singgahmata ,mataking and etc …..nice place to visit.

  20. ShaolinTiger March 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    wintergurl: Hope to some day 🙂

  21. Irene Dayana Chang January 1, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

    This is the most amazing picture and I like it very much.

  22. Mira December 22, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Just found your web whilst checking for Poring Treetop Canopy Walkway’s elevation level. Cool pics. We are fresh from KK experience and I love it to bits.

  23. ShaolinTiger December 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    Mira: Glad you enjoyed the pictures 🙂

  24. Karyn March 31, 2012 at 11:56 am #


    Which tour agency that you have booked for the trip to Sabah?

    Can I have the contact details?

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