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Kinabalu National Park
Kinabalu National Park

Kinabalu National Park

Free admission
Kinabalu National Park, Sabah

The Basics

Even if you’re not keen to summit 13,435-foot (4,095-meter) Mt. Kinabalu, you’ll still find plenty to do in Kinabalu National Park. Tours commonly leave from Kota Kinabalu, and generally include access to the canopy walkway and the opportunity to soak in the thermal waters of Poring Hot Springs. Some give you free time to explore the park’s well-marked trails, and most include lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The altitude of the park means you can expect showers any time of year, so take a waterproof jacket.

  • Take water and snacks with you as well, as there aren’t many shops inside the park.

  • Due to uneven terrain, Kinabalu National Park is a difficult place for wheelchairs and strollers to access.

  • The villages on either side of the park have several basic accommodation options—it’s a good idea to book in advance.

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How to Get There

From Kota Kinabalu, it takes around two hours to reach Kinabalu National Park by road. Rent a car, go as part of a guided day trip (most of which include round-trip transfers), or take a minibus from the Kota Kinabalu bus terminal. Buses usually wait till they’re full to depart.

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When to Get There

Borneo’s dry season stretches from March to September, making it the ideal time for outdoor exploration. The park is open daily—if you’re visiting from Kota Kinabalu, arrive as early as possible to make the most of your day.

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Climbing Mt. Kinabalu

If you’re up to the challenge, climbing Mt. Kinabalu is one of the best outdoor experiences Borneo has to offer. Ascending Malaysia’s highest mountain takes two days, and requires a 2am start to reach the summit before sunrise. You must also climb with a guide and a permit. Most climbing tours include accommodation and hearty meals midway up the mountain.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Kinabalu National Park?
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What else should I know about attractions in Kota Kinabalu?
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As well as visiting the Kinabalu National Park, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: