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This Malaysia beachfront resort on Borneo's northern coast is a 10-minute drive from downtown Kota Kinabalu and Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Poring Hot ...
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Warisan Square and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Sabah State Mosque. Filipino Market and Imago Shopping ...
This family-friendly Kota Kinabalu hotel is located on the Strip, just steps from Warisan Square and Filipino Market. Sabah State Mosque and Likas Stadium are ...
Nestled on the beach, this Gaya Island resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal, Likas Stadium, and Sabah State Mosque. KK Esplanade and ...
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Wawasan and Sabah State Mosque. Likas Stadium is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Atkinson Clock Tower and Gaya Street Sunday Market. Sedco Square and Wisma Merdeka ...
Nestled on the beach, this Karambunai resort is 11.1 mi (17.9 km) from 1 Borneo Hypermall and 11.2 mi (18 km) from University of Malaysia Sabah. Likas Stadium ...
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this luxury hotel is steps from KK Esplanade and Wisma Merdeka. Suria Sabah Shopping Mall is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away.
Nestled on the beach, this Downtown Kota Kinabalu hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sutera Harbour and Sabah State Mosque. Plaza Wawasan and Imago Shopping Mall ...
Located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu, this family-friendly hotel is steps from Atkinson Clock Tower and KK Plaza. Sabah State Mosque and Likas Stadium are also ...
Standing as the commercial, economic, administrative and transport hub of Borneo, Kota Kinabalu (or KK) has enjoyed vast development in the last decade. It is the main gateway to Sabah, from where the entire Malay insular region can be effortlessly explored. From scaling the dizzying heights of Mount Kinabalu to uncovering the majestic coral islands off its coastline, KK is one of the most appealing destinations in Malaysia.
Kota Kinabalu is a treasure chest of natural and man-made sites that demand the attention of tourists.
The city is only a short distance from numerous fascinating dive and snorkel sites in Malaysia. Tour operators offer trips to the nearby islands daily, including spots like the beautiful Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and Usuku Bay. While island-hopping, tourists can also absorb the stunning beauty of the sun-drenched cays, some of which are completely secluded, offering an unrivalled tranquillity.
The built environment of Kota Kinabalu is also intriguing. From the bustling Chinatown to the state museums, religious structures and old colonial landmarks that dot the city, KK is bursting with architectural highlights.
Several parks make fantastic places for tourists to explore. Kids will fall in love with the water park at Tun Fuad Park, which is located just 15 minutes from the downtown area. South of KK is Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. This magnificent zoological reserve contains a host of local and international animal species, making it great for the whole family.
Restaurants and Bars
One of the city’s most important features is its wide culinary culture. There are plenty of international influences to accompany local Malay cuisine, including Indian Chinese, European and even Western. Tourists are advised to try the kedai kopi buffet chain, which offers plenty of local specialities. For a true KK experience, dining along the seafront at one of the make-shift stalls is recommended. Of course, for a grander experience, eating along the pier is a must. After hours, the best places to enjoy a drink are the Waterfront and Times Square. However, bars and clubs can be found along Beach Street and Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong.
Shopping in Kota Kinabalu
Several major shopping malls reside within Kota Kinabalu, so shopaholics will feel satisfied. Centre Point Sabah, 1Borneo Hypermall and Suria Sabah are the largest and most visited retail department stores in the city. Of course, the Handicraft Market is also quite popular, offering pearls, crystals, hand-made crafts and other lovely souvenir options.