Poring Canopy Walkway, the highest in Sabah

Poring Canopy Walkway
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Poring Canopy Walkway is not for those who have height phobia. The canopy is over 175 Meters long and 41-43 Meters in height, which is higher than a 8-floor building. I wonder if any 9-life cat can survive the fall. Next to Poring Hot Springs, the Canopy Walkway of Poring is the 2nd favorite activity of tourists.

entrance to Canopy Walkway of Poring
The entrance to Poring Canopy Walkway is about 835 Meters away from park entrance. It is open from 9am to 4pm daily.

Ticket inspection counter of Poring Canopy Walkway

Ticket inspection counter
Above: the Ticket Inspection and Registration Counter of Canopy Walk.
Please note this is NOT a ticketing counter. If you didn’t buy any ticket, you will have to turn back to buy it at park entrance, or you can buy the 2-in-1 entrance ticket (Canopy Walkway + Butterfly Garden) from Butterfly Farm about 20 Meters away.

signage of Canopy Walkway
The entrance fee of Canopy Walkway is RM3 (≈USD0.90) for Malaysian adult, RM5 (≈USD1.50) for foreigner. Add another RM5 (≈USD1.50) camera fee if you bring a camera with you. You can click the signboard picture above for all the fees and detail.

start of trail to Canopy Walkway
After the ticket inspection, you still need to walk 550 Meters on a gravel trail to go to the starting point of the Canopy Walkway.

nature trail under canopy
The walk to starting point will take about 30 minutes. Just relax and go slow. It will help if you wear comfortable hiking shoes and carry some water. You better bring your umbrella just in case it rains.

tree species label
Along the way, you will see many trees labeled with species tag. I’m not a botanist, so it’s meaningless to me.

trail to Canopy Walkway of Poring
The trail is ascending route but it’s not very steep. As I walk under the shade of dense canopy, I didn’t feel tired.

big canopy
Above: a tall tree with huge canopy

shelter hut for resting
After 350 Meters, there is a small shelter (named “Pondok Tagaut”, Pondok means Hut) for you to sit down and rest.

view of Canopy Walkway from the ground
There was nobody around. I walked quietly, suddenly I heard girls screaming above. I looked up and saw the canopy walkway. No kidding, it’s really high.

starting point of Poring Canopy Walkway

first tower of Canopy Walkway

Very soon I reached the tower (named “Pondok Manggas”) where the starting point located.

starting point
Above: the place where you start your first step
The canopy walkway is narrow and only can take 6-people load at a time.

Canopy Walkway of Poring
The canopy walkway is a suspension bridge constructed with ropes, steel cables and a series of aluminum ladders bolted together. Laced with polyester ropes, the open rungs of ladders are covered with walking plank. Netting enclosed both sides for additional security.

tree-top tower of Canopy Walkway
The bridge is connected between 3 super-big trees of Borneo rainforest such as Menggaris (species: Kompassia excelsa) and Seraya (Shorea sp). This is the first tree-top platform.

2nd platform of Poring Canopy Walkway
75% of rainforest animals spend their time on forest canopy. Some of them never come to ground, so canopy walkway is great for observing these animals. The tree platform is supposed to be a good spot for bird watching, but I didn’t see much, probably the birds are less active in late morning.

view from Canopy Walkway of Poring

tourists on Canopy Walkway
The walkway is an elastic structure, so it will bounce and swing when we walk on it. Some find this thrilling, while some think it’s scary.

view of canopy from top
Isn’t it exciting to see tree crowns at your eye-level?

look down from Canopy Walkway
Above: My heart skips a beat when I look down
This is what it looks like when you are over 40 Meters off the ground. That’s why people with height phobia, hypertension or heart problem are not advised to try this, though it’s a safe activity. It’s the worst nightmare for height phobia.

kid have fun on Canopy Walkway

However, I notice that kids enjoy canopy walkway more than adults. Most adults just walk carefully and busy imagining that they would fall.

family on the platform of Canopy Walkway

You may watch the 2-minute video below to get a feel of the experience:

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Site Map of Poring Hot Springs
Site map of Poring Hot Springs
You may click the picture above to see bigger map.

More Photos

You may check out my photo album on Poring for more nice pictures:
Photo gallery of Poring

Other canopy walk in Sabah:
Skybridge of Maliau Basin (longest canopy walk)
Canopy Walk of Danum Valley (award-winning attraction)
Rainforest Discovery Center (best for bird-watching)

Other articles about Poring Hot Springs Park:

  1. Poring Hot Springs bath
  2. Gardens of Poring
  3. The Most Expensive Orchid in the world
  4. Accommodation at Poring
  5. Jackie, orangutan who owns a house
  6. Waterfalls of Poring
  7. Night walk in Poring rainforest

Photos taken in Poring, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

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  • jipp

    Wah. I don’t even remember when was the last time I went there. Seems like it is much more well-maintained now compared to last time when the wooden hut from where the bridge started was shabby and poorly maintained. Scary indeed but it was meant to be thrilling and nerve-wrecking. 🙂

  • mysabah

    Hello Jipp! The canopy walkway I visited last month is the new one built in 2009, so it’s in good shape at the moment.  😀

  • Susanne

    Hello, I live in Sweden and I am planing a journey to to Borneo with my family next summer. Thank you for a good website about Poring Canopy Walkway. I still wonder if I could fix it. I would be afraid for snakes too…I also have a blog about travelling, just in Swedish but if you would like to know who I am. http://www.collbergs.blogspot.com. Thanks again!

  • Thank you Susanne for visiting my blog. I’m glad that you find it useful. Don’t worry about the snakes. They will flee before you come close. 🙂

  • Tell something about Vanilla plantation in Sabah, Murphy. Thanks.

  • ♫ Janel Cabrera ♫

    is it safe to walk alone from the ticket inspection to starting point of the Canopy Walkway?

  • Hi Janel, yes, it’s perfectly safe, unless you have other unfavourable illness such as asthma (due to tiring hike).

  • ♫ Janel Cabrera ♫

    thanks for the reply. do you think its a good idea that may mother will wait for me at the hot spring (she is afraid of heights) while im taking a canopy walk. how many hours it will take? =)

  • No problem Janel. The canopy tour takes about 1.5 hours. I think it’s ok to let her enjoying the hot springs and visit Butterfly Farm while you are not around. 🙂

  • Mayara Syafitri Syarief

    Hi All, Would anyone suggest me on how should i get there (and get back) by Bus from Kota Kinabalu?
    Thank you

  • Mayara, you can either take a mini-bus from Padang Merdeka in KK City Centre or long-distance bus in Inanam bus terminal to go to Ranau town (take 1.5 – 2 hours). From Ranau town, you can get a mini bus or taxi to Poring. The problem is – the bus in Ranau has no regular schedule and the bus driver would ask you to charter the van.

  • Jana C.

    Hello, do you know if it is possible to visit this canopy walk though we will not have an accomodation in Borneo rainforest lodge?
    We will stay in DVFC in september and we would really love to visit the canopy walkway, but our guide told us that this is only for people who stay in Borneo rain forest lodge.
    Thank you for your answer

  • Hi Jana, this article is about the canopy walk in Poring Hot Springs, which is open to anyone. The canopy walk that you mentioned is in Danum Valley. Yes, you need to be the guest of Borneo Rainforest Lodge to be given access to that canopy during peak season.