Monday, June 02, 2008

Poring Hot Springs

Poring is close to the National Park and the mountains. Mount Kilabalu has never been volcanic but there are hot springs associated with the mountain range. Very popular with Sabahians and visitors alike. Come have a free hot bath!!!
Other delights are this canopy walk. Two warnings. One, it is a very steep 350m climb up the side of the valley to get to the start of the high level walk.
And two, although the blurb says that 70% of the natural action is up in the canopy, you are so focused on overcoming your height phobia, you completely miss it!!! I would not have been distracted even if a monkey had thrown a banana at me. The walk way is so narrow. Very scary!!!

On the ground is this smelly flower, the Rafflesia. It is the flower of an underground, parasitic plant, or is it fungus. A bud develops above ground to the size of a cabbage over a 9 to 12 month period. When the time is right the flower opens up for only 5 to 7 days and then dies back. Smells of rotting meat to attract flies. Thing is, it can be a big as a meter across. This one was only about 50 cm across.

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