Kota KinabaluMalaysia

4.4/5Top Destination

Get away to romantic Kota Kinabalu! Enjoy the boating, parks, and more.

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.

Known for

Swimming, Islands and Snorkeling

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Where to stay in Kota Kinabalu

Downtown Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu showing a coastal town, tropical scenes and island images

Downtown Kota Kinabalu

Known for Shopping, Family-Friendly, Romantic

4.5/5(67 reviews)

Travelers to Downtown Kota Kinabalu praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Imago Shopping Mall and Anjung Samudera.

Tanjung Aru
Lovely few days r&r in April after a fantastic Sabah roadtrip
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Tanjung Aru

Known for Beaches, Romantic, Family-Friendly

3.5/5(9 reviews)

Pristine beaches and ample dining options are well-reviewed features of Tanjung Aru. Make a stop by top sights like Tanjung Aru Perdana Park while you're exploring the area.

Kampung Air
Kota Kinabalu showing a coastal town, tropical scenes and island images

Kampung Air

Known for Walking, Budget, Friendly People

Uncover some of the top draws of Kampung Air like its shopping and restaurants. If you're hoping to see more of the larger area, make a stop by Imago Shopping Mall or Centre Point.

Gana-Gana
Gorgeous caterpillar
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Gana-Gana

Known for

When in Gana-Gana, you can plan a visit to Arnab Village and Last POW Camp Memorial, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Popular things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu National Park
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Mount Kinabalu National Park

4.5/5(23 reviews)

Tackle the two-day climb to Borneo’s highest peak or enjoy the lower rainforest trails in this park, home to some of the world’s rarest plants.

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
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Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Enjoy a stop at Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, a landmark worth seeing in Likas. Wander the marina and beautiful beaches in the area.

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