After the most relaxing stay at The Little Hut (read Part 3 of 7), it was time for some adventure and fun before the climb. After taking a few last shots of The Little Hut, we said our goodbyes with a heavy heart, hoping that we would one day step foot on this most tranquil ground.
We continued deeper into Kundasan, which eventually brought us to the bustling district of Ranau, where our next destination lies: Poring Hot Springs. Like the name suggests, Poring is known for its popular hot springs that provides therapeutic properties.
But before plunge straight into the tempting waters, we made a detour to the park’s canopy walk, supposedly one of the highest in the world. It was quite a leisure walk to the entrance of the canopy, with only a few muddy paths here and there. I was hiking with only slippers!
The walk on the canopy did not take very long. Before we knew it, we were already at the end of the path. Since we had more than enough time to spare, we decided to check out the butterfly farm as well.
As we followed the path into the butterfly farm, we were lead into a small air-conditioned house which contained specimens of what could be hundreds, close to a thousand maybe, of butterflies and moths. Upon exiting the house, it leads directly into the ‘farm’ itself. We were greeted with lust green plants with over-hanging leaves and man-made streams and ponds around the farm.
It was a sunny day, and we perspired heavily under the morning sun. It was time to take a dip in the spring waters. We started in the cold water section, where there was the fun water slide and the multi-storey pools.
The fun area has a multi-storey pool that is large enough to accommodate groups after groups of people. The water strikes a shade of green from the reflection of the forest trees that surrounds it.
After getting used to the chilling waters of the pool, the group then proceeded to the top of the water slide where there was already a queue of people waiting for their turn on the slide, most of them were young kids. Our somewhat older appearance compared to all the little ones around us did not deter us from reliving our childhood days!
After countless rounds of the slide, in whatever kinds of positions and poses we could think of including styles such as the superman head first style, lying down style, train style and many more, we finally went back into the pool. The adrenalin from the water slide was still in our system, so we decided to take turn throwing each other into the air!
Time always seem to pass us by like a breeze; before we knew it, it was already way past our lunch time. After a delicious BUT EXPENSIVE lunch at the restaurant in the park, we departed Poring with our bodies feeling anything but tense. The waters of the spring really does wonders!
Our next destination would be to Kinabalu Park where we will spend the night to have the well deserved rest before the main agenda the next morning; the climb that we have been preparing for almost half a year.
Our original accommodation arrangement for Kinabalu Park is a night stay at the hostel, the cheapest accommodation there. However, for reasons unknown which I can only link to divine intervention, we were upgraded to the Peak Lodge, which was considered to be almost a posh accommodation to be staying in!
One unit of the Peak Lodge accommodates 4 person. The picture above shows two units of the Peak Lodge, which we were miraculously upgraded to. Each unit has its own living room, kitchen, dining area, two bedrooms with bed suitable for dignitaries, and best of all, it has a fireplace!
After settling into our accommodation for the night, we proceeded to have our dinner at the restaurant nearby. It was near still weeks away from Christmas, and the place was already heavily decorated with many Christmas ornaments which really brings the festive joy to the guests.
We sat there around the fireplace, talking and joking with each other, enjoying each other’s company and keeping ourselves warm. I couldn’t help but feel a sense of gratefulness to the friends around me which I have travelled with for the past few days; and praying for each one of us that we have a safe journey up the mountain the next day.