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UNESCO World Heritage Site #26: Kinabalu National Park

World Heritage Site #26: Kinabalu National Park

World Heritage Site #26: Kinabalu National Park

From the World Heritage inscription:

Kinabalu Park, in the State of Sabah on the northern end of the island of Borneo, is dominated by Mount Kinabalu (4,095 m), the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea. It has a very wide range of habitats, from rich tropical lowland and hill rainforest to tropical mountain forest, sub-alpine forest and scrub on the higher elevations. It has been designated as a Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia and is exceptionally rich in species with examples of flora from the Himalayas, China, Australia, Malaysia, as well as pan-tropical flora.

Kinabalu is a magnificent mountain located near the northern cost of Borneo. The mountain can be climbed by non-technical climbers in a 2-3 day trek (although the record up the mountain is about 3 hours). You can also find a wide variety of unique plants in the park, including pitcher plants, the world smallest orchid, and the worlds largest flower: the six foot Rafflesia. There are also hot springs and rainforest walks in the area around the mountain. The park is about an hour drive from city of Kota Kinabalu.

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  1. Adri says:

    Nice pic!! But Kinabalu is not the highest peak in SEA. The highest peak is Hkakabo Razi (5881) in Myanmar. And the highest mountain between Himalayas and New Guniea is Puncak Jaya (4884) in Wes Papua, Indonesia.

  2. I live in Malaysia, and proud to be malaysian! there’s lot of interesting, untouched places here – and yup, mount kinabalu is on of them. u should take picture when at the top, beautiful!

  3. jen laceda says:

    We did the Kinabalu 2-day trek to the top and back! What a great life experience! One of my most memorable!

  4. Indoor Tropical Plants says:

    Good post. Have bookmarked your blog and will surely come back.

  5. Malaysia has quite a few natural gems. I’m hoping they keep it that way. They do require permits to visit a lot of their natural areas so it’s possible. It’s also a very under-rated country to visit in general.

  6. James Island says:

    probably one of the worlds untouched places in the world. with it’s majestic beauty no wonder it is included as one of worlds heritage site.

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