Welcome to Kota Kinabalu

This is a links page to help you find lots of information on KK and Sabah.

Kota Kinabalu is a great place for all kinds of people and has lots to do for all tastes.

  • Families                   Lots of Family activities here
  • Adventurers              Mountain, Forests, Wildlife,
  • Sports                       From Golf and football to climbing
  • Food lovers              Gormet, Mid-range, street corner - Food for all
  • Culture vultures       Cultural villages, Homestays, Museums

Why come to Kota Kinabalu

Sabah is famous for its Forests, Wildlife and Coral reefs.  No visit is complete without checking out the Borneo Top Ten, these are the must see animals and plants that make Borneo Famous.

The biggest attraction in Sabah is Mount Kinabalu.

When you are planning your trip to Sabah, travelers are recommended to stay in Kota Kinabalu for 1 or 2 days before or after going to other parts of Sabah like Tawau, Semporna , Lahad Datu , Kudat for your adventurous trip and scenic tour. However, being so conveniently near to Tunku Abdul Rahman national park which consist of 5 islands, and so easily accessible to shopping centers , freshest and yummiest food around, some even consider staying in Kota Kinabalu( affectionately known as KK ) for up to a week.

Sunday Gaya street market is highly recommended to all travelers who wishes to get a glimpse of hustle and bustle of trading anything from plants, pets, utilities , local snacks to souvenirs and handycrafts. The Sunday market is located along the oldest shop lots in town where some of the best food can be found. The streets along Gaya will be closed for traffic till noon time for ease of pedestrians on this day. 

 Adjacent to the Gaya street  is a historical Atkinson clock tower which is one of the oldest building in KK, despite being made of wood, it has survived 2nd world war and some of the toughest times. The tower was built in memory of Francis George Atkinson Jesselton( previous name for KK)'s first distric officer. 

For those who has missed out Sunday Gaya street market ,fret not for you may also source for your souveniers and gifts back to your home town in Filipino handicraft market. The covered market has a few dozens of small stalls selling crafts and even pearls but bargaining is highly suggested .You may also visit the wet market and dry market nearby for a glimpse of local livelihood. However, tourists are recommended not to buy ornamental sea shells and dried clam adductor muscle in support of sustainable ecosystem for our sea. 

KK esplanade is another good place to be nearby the market ,especially for sunset where couples strolls along the waterfront . During your stay,also keep an eye for the local night markets which can be a great place to hunt for local fresh seafood and delicious Malay food.

There are a few shopping malls in KK, the newest being Suria Mall where you can find many international branded stores. If you fancy a more vibrant shopping place, head down to Wisma Merdeka where you can find the best bargain and trendiest goods in town. Centre point is another oldest shopping mall in town offering a wide selection of affordable goods and bargain. 

 You have never experienced the night life in KK if you have never been to KK Times Square , where most youngsters gather and party all night long . KK city waterfronts also another option if you fancy an ice cold beer while enjoying a cool sea breeze. Both places are home to many Western, Asian restaurants to satisfy your taste buds. 

 For the adventurous and young at heart, head to our beautiful islands on a sunny day. Boat rides to the island can be bought at Jesselton Point at an afforable rate and the ride usually takes only 15 to 30 minutes depending on the island of your choice. If you couldn't made up your mind on which island to visit, you can opt for a island hopping trip which brings you around the islands. Divings , snorkeling , sunbathing, swimming are the popular activities at the island , you may also choose to take up a course on diving and embark on fun adventure such as parasailing , banana boating , underwater walking just to name a few .For those who wishes for more privacy and has a deeper pocket, you may choose to stay at one of the few 5 stars hotels on the islands for a unforgettable romantic gateaway. 

 

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