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Kota KinabaluMalaysia

Sabah’s capital is a laid-back, oceanfront city not far from towering Mount Kinabalu, traditional villages and a spectacular marine park.

Kota Kinabalu, or “KK” as it is affectionately known throughout Asia, is the dynamic gateway to Borneo. The city offers a wealth of cultural sights, from museums and art galleries, to mosques and botanical gardens. The year-round tropical weather is ideal for exploring the nearby beaches, rain forest trails and tropical islands. KK is also a foodie’s paradise, offering a huge range of regional Asian cuisines, including some of the largest barbecued banana prawns you will ever hope to see!

It’s easy to get around KK’s downtown sights on foot or by bus. Spend a day exploring local culture at the Sabah Museum and the nearby Ethnobotanical Gardens, where you’ll find pitcher plants, medicinal flora, rice and herbs.

At the Sabah Art Gallery, within the Sabah Museum complex, enjoy work by local artists both established and upcoming. Visit the Monsopiad Cultural Village for insight into the Kadazandusun indigenous tribes of Sabah. These tribes share their craftwork, architectural practices, cooking and dance with visitors.

Just beyond Kota Kinabalu’s downtown attractions, a world of wilderness and island possibilities await. Pack your snorkeling and fishing gear and island hop around the five islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

Discover Borneo's incredible fauna at the Kota Kinabalu Wetland Center, the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Green Connection, an aquarium, and the Tuaran Crocodile Farm.

Pull on your hiking boots and experience wild Borneo at the Kinabulu Park, where you’ll find carnivorous pitcher plants, the huge rafflesia flower and four species of primate. Climb to the peak of Mount Kinabalu for an unforgettable sunrise view over northern Borneo and the South China Sea.

Kota Kinabalu is home to Malaysia’s second busiest airport, making it an easily accessible destination.

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Top hotels in Kota Kinabalu

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
No. 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is SG$153 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

This Tanjung Aru resort is on the beach, 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Sabah State Mosque, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Imago Shopping Mall and Anjung Samudera. Gaya Street ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,039 reviews)

"Love the view from my room and the ambience was relaxing. The Sunset Bar was a winner, just chill while watching the beautiful view of the sunset. Definitely will return."…"

Reviewed on 25 Sep,2020

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
Hotel 7 Suria
Hotel 7 Suria
Suria, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is SG$28 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Suria Sabah Shopping Mall and Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. Gaya Street Sunday Market ...

4.2/5Excellent! (17 reviews)
Terbaik, sesuai untuk ada anak kecil!

"Kali kedua check in hotel ini, sangat recommend tempat untuk family! Bilik luas dan bersih rasa selamat baby explore. Harap selepas ni mereka kekalkan kebersihan setiap penjuru bilik."…"

Reviewed on 4 Oct,2020

Hotel 7 Suria
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Pantai Dalit, Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran, Sabah
The price is SG$228 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Nestled on the beach, this Tuaran resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Dalit Beach, Karambunai Peninsula and Tuaran Crocodile Farm. 1Borneo Hypermall and Upside Down ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)

"Perfect place for family getaway...spectacular view"…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep,2020

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Kota Kinabalu

Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
3.5 out of 5
PV 139, Pecinct Dillenia, Nexus Residence, Karambunai, Kota Kinabalu
The price is SG$80 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Nestled on the beach, this Kota Kinabalu apartment building is within 16 mi (25 km) of 1Borneo Hypermall, University of Malaysia Sabah and Tuaran Crocodile Farm. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (175 reviews)

"The seaside location, spacious rooms, friendly staff. Although this hotel has just restarted business due to the pandemic, the unit where we stayed in is in good shape. Only thing is, 1 night stay is too short!"…"

Reviewed on 7 Jun,2020

Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
Borneo Aloha Sutera 2 Bedroom Units
Borneo Aloha Sutera 2 Bedroom Units
3 out of 5
Sutera Ave Residences, Coastal Highway, KK Times Square, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is SG$55 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Imago Shopping Mall and Sutera Harbour. Centre Point and Sapi Island ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (17 reviews)

"The apartement was clean & staff also pleasant. Very comfortable and reasonable price(Rm290 for 2 night). Somehow, pool was closing early 10pm. The most complicated things is high security. They provide you two card(1 car park access & door access). Everytime you want to leave the place. You need ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep,2020

Borneo Aloha Sutera 2 Bedroom Units
Sunset Seaview Beach Villas & Spa Suites @ Nexus Karambunai
Sunset Seaview Beach Villas & Spa Suites @ Nexus Karambunai
3.5 out of 5
PV104, Precinct Dillenia, Nexus, Residence Karambunai, Off Sepangar Bay, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Located in Kota Kinabalu, this beachfront villa is next to a golf course, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Karambunai Peninsula, and within 12 mi (20 km) of 1Borneo Hypermall ...

4.1/5Very Good! (8 reviews)

"Great location & beach. Very disappointed with the condition of the property, very run downed. We can see that the property had good bones but just not maintained well. No property toiletries provided I.e face/hand towels, shampoo & conditioners. Aircond had leaks. Doors & windows leading out to ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan,2020

Sunset Seaview Beach Villas & Spa Suites @ Nexus Karambunai
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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