A visit to Ranau would not be complete without stopping by at Poring Hot Springs, a tropical retreat that caters to everyone. Poring comes from a KadazanDusun word which means bamboo and is found abundant in this area.
Visitors wishing to spend the entire day relaxing can dip into a hot sulphur bath which helps to reduce stress by relaxing tense muscles as well as promote good sleep.
Sulphur rich hot springs are also thought to have healing benefits including treating skin irritations and allergies such as psoriasis and eczema including dry scalp.
Visitors with children will have a great time splashing in the swimming pool. Those wanting more of a nature adventure however, can explore the surroundings by trekking through lowland forests, mountain streams and waterfalls or visit the tropical gardens, butterfly farm and orchid conservation centre. Lucky trekkers might even catch a rare glimpse of the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia.
Don’t forget to conquer the 41m-high canopy walkway which is one of the main highlights! It takes about 30 minutes’ hike on gravel trail to the starting point of the canopy walkway from the ticket inspection and registration counter. The Canopy walkway is a suspension bridge constructed with ropes, steel cables, aluminium ladders, walking planks to cover the open rungs of the ladders and netting at both sides for safety. Visitors planning to experience the canopy walkway need to purchase the entrance ticket at the park’s entrance.
For a satisfying trip to Poring Hot Springs, visitors are recommended to bring rubber sandals/slippers, change of clothes, towel, and swimwear.