Kipungit Waterfall

Kipungit is a small but popular waterfall near Poring Hot Springs.  It can be combined with hot springs, a canopy walkway, a longer waterfall hike or a trip to a rafflesia garden.  Poring Hot Springs is a small tourist town with many restaurants and guesthouses.

Rating and distance – easy – 1.5 kms round trip – 30-40 minutes

How to get there – it will take about 2-3 hours to get to Poring Hot Springs from Kota Kinabalu

Option 1 – Take a minivan to Ranau from the informal bus terminal near the Atkinson Clock Tower.  They depart when full, they are not comfortable and they cost about 20RM.  It will take about 2 hours to Ranau.  In Ranau you need to take a 2nd minivan or taxi to Poring Hot Springs.  It’s a short ride and the minivan or taxi costs a flat rate of 40RM.  You may or may not be able to find someone to share the ride with.

Option 2 – There are many travel agencies that do guided trips to Poring Hot Springs although they might not do the full waterfall hike

Option 3 – It is quite affordable to rent a car in Malaysia.  We rented a car in Miri for 280RM for 2 days.  It’s probably easiest to rent a car at the airport and save yourself the taxi ride to the city.  Take Highway 1 north from Kota Kinabalu and then turn east onto AH4.  Take this until Ranau and turn towards Poring Hot Springs.  Beware that this is a busy, twisty mountain road and you should be confident driving if you rent a car.

The hike – start at the main visitor center.  After paying go through the hot spring area and past the canopy walkway (an extra charge).  It will take you about 15 minutes to get to Kipungit Waterfall.  It’s possible to swim or if you are more adventurous you can continue to Langanan Waterfall (4 hour round trip).

Cost – 15RM for foreigners

GPS – visitor center N6.047894 E116.702550 – waterfall N6.051426 E116.700983

Date visited – 2/22/2015

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