Kinabalu Park or in malay, it is called as Taman Kinabalu is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO. This is because, Kinabalu Park have a wide biodiversity with no shortage of fauna species and variety of unique flora. It estimated with 5000 species flora and fauna can be found at Kinabalu Park from the world's largest pitcher plant until one of the rarest orchids in the world. This park is located at Ranau a west coast of Sabah. Kinabalu Park is popular amongst visitors especially the mountain climbers, whether a local citizen or foreigner. Besides that, there is a multitude of natural attractions and enjoyable activities such as mountain biking, golf, farm tours, and canopy walk. The region was designated as a national park in 1964. There a story said that, Hugh Low a British colonial administrator and naturalist at that time, led an expedition from Tuaran to the region in 1851. Then he became the first recorded man to reach the peak of Mount Kinabalu. Since then, the highest peak of the mountain was later named after him which is Low's Peak. For your additional information, Kinabalu Park is open daily from 7 am to 6 pm. If you grab a taxi from Kinabalu Park HQ they will charge RM 100, and from Ranau RM 60.
Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, with 4095.2 meters above sea level. For those who wish to climb Mount Kinabalu, there are two options, whether you can climb with traditional mountain climbing, or if it too hard to climb mount Kinabalu, you can try to climb the Mountain Torq, the world’s highest and Asia’s first through iron road with 3,200m to 3,800m above sea level. To those who are more adventurous and brave, why not you try another activity provided such as Paragliding, Alpine Rock Climbing, and also mountain expedition.
Due to its wide biodiversity of Kinabalu Park, there is a nearby small town known as Poring. Poring is very famously known because of its hot spring baths. Not only that, this Poring is actually surrounded by many wonderful attractions such as orchid and tropical gardens, walking trails and a spectacular waterfall. If you are searching for a healing place, this is the place that you should visit.
J Residence is the nearest lodge outside Mount Kinabalu National Park with 0.64 km, and they offer a basic accommodation with a lower price for their guest. If you are one of those travelers who needs budget, then J Residence will be a perfect place for you. Temperature here ranges from 19°C to 17°C at night. Nearest town to J Residence is Kundasang. Additional information for those interested to book J Residence, you should take a note that, this accommodation are always fully booked during school holidays.
Ayana Holiday Resort is located at Tinompok with 0.88 km from Kinabalu Park. They offer a natural environment that will give a soothing and healing feeling to its guest by listening to the forest breathe and admire the natural surroundings. This resort has one of the best front row seat views of Bundu Tuhan Village, and a perfect place for climbers who are readying to ascend the mountain.
Mile 36 Lodge is sited in an attractive location, steps away from the border to the Mount Kinabalu with 1.33 km away from Kinabalu Park. They promise that guest will be enjoying a spectacular views of Mount Kinabalu in the front lawn of the Lodge. The grounds of the Lodge are larger than most lodges and it is a peaceful nature retreat. Within the compound, one can stroll amidst many flowering scrubs and hear the melodious strains of the birds. Mile 36 Lodge is a great place for relaxing point for those who seek for calmness.