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Kota Kinabalu is one of Malaysia’s up and coming tourist hotspots. Tropical islands, lush rainforests, and some of the region’s most beautiful mountains are all only a short distance from Kota Kinabalu’s urban sprawl. One of the most attractive features of Kota Kinabalu is its year-round temperature of around 32°C. Combined with the beauty of its surroundings, it’s a must visit for any season.


Main attractions in Kota Kinabalu

The Kinabalu Park (Kinabalu national park) is a great option for those who like the great outdoors. Home to Mount Kinabalu, and to unique plant life and fauna, it can make any eco-ethical tourist happy. Inside the park is Mount Kinabalu, Borneo’s tallest mountain; peaking at 4,101m. There are several different trails depending on your climbing level, so you don’t need to be an expert to reach the top. If you’re looking more for a beach holiday, then the Tanjung Aru Beach is the most perfect destination, with some great Kota Kinabalu hotels nearby. For an alternate lounging experience, take a dip at the Poring Hot Spring, 39km east of Mount Kinabalu.
Finally, for all of you looking to relax in a bit of modernity, the Suria Sabah shopping centre is packed with many branded goods and stores. There is also a particularly nice view of the sea from the 4th floor.


Neighbourhoods in Kota Kinabalu

Tanjung Aru is famous for its beach. With a couple of bars and some great relaxed walking opportunities, it’s probably a good idea if you’re looking for some downtime. Sapi Island is one of five islands located in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. It’s perfect for a day of scuba diving, or for going island hopping. Mamutik Island is another of the islands in the area, particularly known for snorkelling. Kokol Hill is a great point for getting a couple of panoramic views of the city and sea! Moreover, the hill itself is still quite underdeveloped, which makes it a nice trekking location. Over the next few years, expect paragliding to hit it off in this area.


How to get around in Kota Kinabalu


  • The nearest airport is the Kota Kinabalu International Airport; only 7 km from the city centre.
  • A bus from the airport will cost you RM 5 (1 USD).
  • The bus will stop at Center Point, Horizon Hotel, and Padang Merdeka.
  • The city itself is quite small, and easily navigated on foot.
  • To get around from further attractions, you can take a local taxi or an Uber. This will cost you around RM 10 for shorter journeys, and RM 20 for longer ones (2 – 4 USD).
  • For easy access to the rest of the city, head to the Star City North Complex for a recommended cheap hotel in Kota Kinabalu.

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