Kota Kinabalu

Bountiful Attractions

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah situated on the northern tip of the island of Borneo. Kota Kinabalu, or KK as it is often referred to, is a large city with a population of about 500,000 made up of Malays , Filipinos, Indonesians, Chinese and local indigenous groups. Kota Kinabalu was under British colonial rule from the late 1800s until 1963 and was heavily bombed during World War II

Over the last few years Kota Kinabalu has developed a reputation for world-class nightlife, shopping and diving. Deep-sea fishing is cheap and popular, and you can visit a number of wildlife parks and cultural villages from the city, including the fascinating stilt villages. Due to the multicultural nature of the city, the cuisine is varied and plentiful and there are numerous nightspots to gravitate to after enjoying an exotic meal. Most of the nightlife centres around The Waterfront and Times Square.

You will almost certainly pass through Kota Kinabalu if you spend any time exploring Sabah. Make sure you stay a few days to enjoy the nightlife and diversity this vibrant city has to offer.

Insider's Tips

  1. Markets Galore: If bargain hunting is a highlight then head to the Handicraft \ Market for some local artwork. Get ready for the real deal when you visit the Filipino Night Market with its sights and smells. And if you are looking for something to do on a Sunday morning then wander down the popular Gaya Street Fair.
  2. Kick Back and Relax: Looking for somewhere serene to enjoy your next beverage? Find the perfect spot on the waterfront or at Tanjung Aru Beach.
  3. More Information

    For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Kota Kinabalu chapter in our online Malaysia, Singapore & The Phillipines brochure. Click here.

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