Friends brought us to Ranau as they said this place had a natural river fish spa. The ride to Ranau from Kota Kinabalu was quite long but offered some spectacular views of the hinterland of Sabah of green highlands dotted with houses and vegetable gardens. Kampung Luanti was nice and clean with stalls offering drinks and snacks for visitors. The entrance fee was cheap and the river was a bit shallow but very clean. The fish however, was humungous compared to the fish at fish spas I am accustomed. The fish were 'friendly' and one could even touch them as they swim by your legs. I have a feeling that the fish were more keen on the fish food that you can buy there instead of dead skin on your feet. My son who wanted to show his bravado had a swarm of fish around his legs and numerous reddish bites on his ankles afterwards. After a few distinctly unspa-like nibbles at my feet, I made for safe dry land.
Overall, it was a nice and different adventure. The river was pretty and clean, the drive was spectacular with views of mountains, dwellings and white mist.
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