Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and holiday rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

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.


Map

Top Mount Kinabalu National Park Hotel Deals

See all 557 properties near Mount Kinabalu National Park
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.

    Dream World Resort
    Dream World Resort

    Dream World Resort

    JALAN MESILOU GOLF CLUB KUNDASANG RANAU,, Ranau, Sabah
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars
      Mesilau Mountain Retreats RM750
      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 10.8 mi (17.4 km) from Kokob Rafflesia Conservation Garden and within 20 miles (32 km) of Sungai Moroli Fish Spa and Arnab Village. Desa Cattle Dairy Farm and Last POW Camp Memorial are also within 25 miles (40 km).

        Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Poring Hot Springs RM151
        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 away from Poring Hot Spring and Mount Kinabalu National Park.

          Spring Garden RM908
          Spring Garden

          Spring Garden

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

            Situated in Kundasang, this golf hotel is 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from Desa Cattle Dairy Farm and 8.8 mi (14.2 km) from Kundasang War Memorial.

            Kinabalu Poring Vacation Lodge RM118
            Kinabalu Poring Vacation Lodge

            Kinabalu Poring Vacation Lodge

            Kampung Poring, Ranau, Sabah
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Ranau, this hostel is 11.4 mi (18.3 km) from Sungai Moroli Fish Spa and 21.5 mi (34.7 km) from Desa Cattle Dairy Farm.

              Sling & Stone Kundasang
              Sling & Stone Kundasang

              Sling & Stone Kundasang

              Jalan Golf Course Mesilau, Ranau, Sabah
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Kundasang, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Sosodikon Hill Kundasang, Mount Kinabalu National Park and Desa Cattle Dairy Farm. Kundasang War Memorial and Mount Kinabalu Park Entrance are also within 9 miles (15 km).

                D'La Sri Cottage - Asia Camp RM227
                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 miles (5 km) of Sosodikon Hill Kundasang, Mount Kinabalu National Park and Desa Cattle Dairy Farm. Kundasang War Memorial and Mount Kinabalu Park Entrance are also within 9 miles (15 km).