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Welcome To Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state in the northern part of the island of Borneo. Often referred to as Kota Kinabalu, it’s a coastal city partly surrounded by rainforest. It's known for its bustling markets, modern boardwalk, beaches and waterfront Kota Kinabalu City Mosque. It is also a gateway to Kinabalu National Park, the home of 4,095m-high Mount Kinabalu.

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu was formerly known as Jesselton, named after Sir Charles Jessel, one of the Directors of the British North Borneo Chartered Company, or BNBCC. During WWII, Kota Kinabalu and other towns throughout Sabah suffered heavy allied bombing which all but leveled them. Emerging from the War, the BNBCC discovered it was too costly to rebuild, so in 1946, Sabah became a British Crown Colony - until 1963, when Sabah was granted Independence within the Federation of Malaysia.

On 30th September 1967, Jesselton was renamed Kota Kinabalu. 23 years later, on 2 February, 2000 she was proclaimed a city. As the capital of the State of Sabah, KK is also the gateway to other major towns and districts and has a population of around 300,000 .

In the vicinity of the city, there are various places of interest. Many can be explored on foot while others may be reached by bus or taxi.

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Tourist Attractions Around Kota Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu National Park

Mount Kinabalu National Park

While in Sabah one must take the challenge to climb up Mount Kinabalu! Mount Kinabalu National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, the first in Malaysia. The distance from the park to the highest peak is about 14.5 km. The majority of the park is an unspoilt paradise containing rare flora and fauna, unusual rock formations and even dangerous terrain such as Low’s Gully. If you get lucky you might spot a giant earthworm, giant red leech, pitcher plants or the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia. If you are thinking of taking the challenge, you may want to seek professional assistance.


Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

The Marine Park is a cluster of five islands located a few kilometers off Kota Kinabalu. In addition to the world-renowned beaches and coral reefs, it is also a paradise for snorkeling, scuba diving, and other water activities. The Marine Park is accessible via a 10 to 20 minute speedboat ride from Kota Kinabalu jetty. The five islands, each have their own unique features and scenery, various water sports activities and well equipped facilities. If you are a fan of extreme water sports or simply enjoying the beach and Sun, it is an ideal place!


Gaya Street (Sunday Market)

Gaya Street (Sunday Market)

If you don not visit Gaya street for the Sunday market, it is almost like you never went to Kota Kinabalu at all! Every Sunday morning Gaya Street is closed off for the market fair. It is not your typical morning market (Pasar Pagi), the market here is distinctive, with a variety of different items. You can shop for anything: clothing, food, jewelry, arts and crafts, and even pets. If you can imagine something, you can probably find it there.


Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

The Wildlife Park is made up of both a zoo and a botanical garden. If you are a big fan of wildlife, do plan to visit to this Wildlife Park near Kota Kinabalu. The park showcases endangered animals such as rare proboscis monkeys, orangutans and other unique wildlife, with daily exhibitions and shows. Best of all, tickets are not expensive. It is a perfect excursion for a family.


Poring Hot spring

Poring Hot spring

After a tiring long walk you can opt for this relaxing spa getaway, located near Kota Kinabalu National Park. The natural hot spring is said to have medicinal value and is perfect to soothe fatigued, aching muscles and the waters are regarded as being very good for the skin. The thermal pools are available as open-air style tiled baths. For those who are modest or who want more privacy, enclosed baths inside little chalet-like shelters are available as well.


Signal Hill Observatory Tower and Atkinson Clock Tower

Signal Hill Observatory Tower and Atkinson Clock Tower

To get the best view Kota Kinabalu city try the Signal Hill and Atkinson Clock Tower. Signal Hill Observatory Tower is the highest point in the city, unfortunately some of the ocean view is blocked by the newer tall buildings, however, it is still a great place to view the city. The clock tower was built as tribute by Francis George Alkinson’s mother in memory of her son’s death. Prior to 1956, the tower was a lighthouse used to guide ships into the harbor. The simple white tower was built on a small hill, yet it stands out quite well, even from far away.


Tanjung Aru Beach

Tanjung Aru Beach

Undoubtedly, Tanjung Aru Beach is one of most visited attractions by both locals and tourists alike in Kota Kinabalu city. With pristine white sandy beaches, mid-range hotels, and good restaurants, it is a perfect place for a family to come for a holiday. Here you can do anything, from surfing, snorkeling to simply lying lazily on the beautiful beach enjoying a few moments of serenity. You will certainly feel the sensation of happiness and contentment.


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