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Kota Kinabalu

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Kota Kinabalu which includes landscape views and boating

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.

Where to stay in Kota Kinabalu

Hotel Eden54
Hotel Eden54
2.5 out of 5
54, Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is NT$445 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 12
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Suria Sabah Shopping Mall and Gaya Street Sunday Market. Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal ...
4.2/5Excellent! (309 reviews)
"Reception on 1st floor. Staff very helpful .Good location close to Jesselton Pier. Wifi ok. Good lounge commun area which included kitchenette and fridge.Clean. They arebuilding a new consffuctio n at the back so noisy from 7.00am on wdek days."

Reviewed on 2020/3/5

Hotel Eden54
Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu
Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Pantai Dalit, Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran, Sabah
The price is NT$2,292 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
Dip in our room’s outdoor private pool
"Overall is good but the hot water is not as hot as it is. So when we want to go for a dip in our room’s outdoor private pool, the water is not hot. We cannot dip at night in our private pool."

Reviewed on 2021/1/1

Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu
5 out of 5
No. 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is NT$2,483 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
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! (1,000 reviews)
"Nice view. Amazing food. Friendly staff. Awesome."

Reviewed on 2021/4/6

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu
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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 NT$1,879 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
Nestled on the beach, this Kota Kinabalu aparthotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of 1Borneo Hypermall, University of Malaysia Sabah, and Tuaran Crocodile Farm. Kota ...
4.2/5Excellent! (175 reviews)
"😊Nice beach and spacious room 😑If the furnitures got newer the feeling is better. The building not well maintained."

Reviewed on 2021/2/27

Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
Pelagos Oceanus
Pelagos Oceanus
3.5 out of 5
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Warisan Square, Centre Point, and Kota Kinabalu Central Market. Imago ...
3.8/5Good! (18 reviews)
"Check in issues"

Reviewed on 2020/3/18

Pelagos Oceanus
Homestay UA 1
Homestay UA 1
2.5 out of 5
Blok P-11-0, University Apartment Phase 1, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Situated in Kota Kinabalu, this apartment building is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from 1Borneo Hypermall and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from University of Malaysia Sabah. Tun Mustapha ...
Homestay UA 1
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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