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Nestled on the beach, this Tanjung Aru resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tanjung Aru Perdana Park, Sabah State Mosque and Sutera Harbour. Sabah State Museum and ...
Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and SpaSG$325
Hyatt Regency KinabaluSG$171
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, Gaya Street Sunday Market and Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. ...
Mercure Kota Kinabalu City CentreSG$98
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is steps away from Local Fruits Market and Filipino Market. Gaya Street Sunday Market and Suria Sabah Shopping ...
The Klagan HotelSG$73
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Filipino Market and Imago Shopping Mall. KK Esplanade and Atkinson Clock Tower ...
Kota Kinabalu Marriott HotelSG$182
Hilton Kota KinabaluSG$172
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Filipino Market and Imago Shopping Mall. Gaya Street Sunday Market and Suria Sabah ...
Promenade Hotel Kota KinabaluSG$116
Situated in Tuaran, this luxury resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Dalit Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Karambunai Peninsula and Tuaran Crocodile Farm. 1Borneo ...
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & SpaSG$246
This Kota Kinabalu resort is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Karambunai Peninsula, and within 12 mi (20 km) of 1Borneo Hypermall and Likas Stadium. University ...
Borneo Beach VillasSG$115
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Filipino Market, Imago Shopping Mall and Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. Sabah ...
Le Meridien Kota KinabaluSG$149
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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.