Mount Kinabalu National Park

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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 metre)! Many carnivorous pitcher plant species grow in the park, including one which can hold almost a gallon (3 litres) 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 metres) 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 kilometres) 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.

Top 10 Hotels Near Mount Kinabalu National Park

Crystal Hill R
Crystal Hill R
3 out of 5
Kg. Kundasang, Ranau, Sabah, 89308
Fully refundable
The price is RM59 per night from 2 Jan to 3 Jan
RM59
per night
2 Jan - 3 Jan
Stay at this 3-star lodge in Ranau. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Kundasang War Memorial and Sosodikon Hill Kundasang are ...
2.9/5 (181 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel and view"

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2022

Crystal Hill R
Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Poring Hot Springs
Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Poring Hot Springs
3 out of 5
Poring Hot Spring, Ranau, Sabah, 89300
The price is RM215 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec
RM215
per night
6 Dec - 7 Dec
Stay at this 3-star guesthouse in Ranau. Enjoy hot springs on site, a children's pool and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (54 reviews)
Cosy and spacious chalet
"Absolutely amazing!! We stayed in river lodge and everything is perfectly fine as photo shown on the apps. The large spacious glass dining area are so remarkable! The eco-friendly and tropical forest surrounding is really good for travellers who look for wellness and quietness. Inside the park provides ..."

Reviewed on 1 Feb 2020

Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Poring Hot Springs
Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Kinabalu Park
Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Kinabalu Park
3 out of 5
Kinabalu National Park, Mt. Kinabalu, Ranau, Sabah, 89300
The price is RM118 per night from 4 Dec to 5 Dec
RM118
per night
4 Dec - 5 Dec
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Ranau. Enjoy free parking, 2 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (85 reviews)
excellent service and stay.
"Great stay. Great people. The bathroom needs to be upgraded. Otherwise, very nice. great breakfast."

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2022

Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Kinabalu Park
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Top Mount Kinabalu National Park Hotel Deals

Crystal Hill R
Crystal Hill R
3 out of 5
Kg. Kundasang, Ranau, Sabah, 89308
Crystal Hill R
Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Poring Hot Springs
Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Poring Hot Springs
3 out of 5
Poring Hot Spring, Ranau, Sabah, 89300
Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Poring Hot Springs
Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Kinabalu Park
Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Kinabalu Park
3 out of 5
Kinabalu National Park, Mt. Kinabalu, Ranau, Sabah, 89300
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J Residence
J Residence
3 out of 5
Kg. Tinompok, Mile 35, Kinabalu NP, Nabalu, Kundasang, Ranau, Sabah, 89300
J Residence
Ayana Holiday Resort
Ayana Holiday Resort
3 out of 5
Kg. Kalanggaan, Mile 35, Tinompok National Park, Ranau, Sabah, 89300
Ayana Holiday Resort
Ceaser's Place
Ceaser's Place
2.5 out of 5
Kundasang, Ranau, Sabah, 89300
Ceaser's Place
Nabalu Kundasang Lodge
Nabalu Kundasang Lodge
3 out of 5
Kg. Desa Aman, Kundasang, Ranau, Sabah, 89300
Nabalu Kundasang Lodge
Celyn Resort Kinabalu
Celyn Resort Kinabalu
3 out of 5
Kampung Samuruh, Jalan Samuruh Kinoundusan, Ranau, Sabah, 89309
Celyn Resort Kinabalu
Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu
Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Pantai Dalit, Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran, Sabah, 89208
Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu
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