5 things you must do when in Kota Kinabalu


Kota Kinabalu is the gateway to Sabah. Many international flight connect to Kota Kinabalu from major cities around the region. If you coming to Kota Kinabalu and have few days to spare, this are some of the activities most commonly recommended to the visitor

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Visit Kinabalu National Park

Mount Kinabalu is the highest Mountain on Borneo Island and Malaysia and it is most famous landmark in Sabah. Mount Kinabalu is visible from Kota Kinabalu City Center but to understand the importance of Mount Kinabalu for  botanical and biological species, Take a visit to Kinabalu National Park. You can also visit Desa Milk Farm and Kundasang town on the same trip or can even experience canopy walk at Poring Hot Spring. If you are lucky, you can even spot the biggest flower (rafflesia)  in the world at Kinabalu National Park.

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Island Hopping at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine park located just off coast of Kota Kinabalu city and consist of 5 Island, namely Gaya Island, Sapi Island, Manukan Island, Sulug Island and Mamutik Island. Simply take the boat services at the Jesselton Point Terminal and choose which island you you would like to go. A wide-range of water activities such as banana boat, sea-walking, para sailing, jet ski to choose from. What is better than show off the suntan to your friend back home.


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Watch Sunset

Sabah is voted as one of the top places to watch sunset in the world. Best thing is that there are many spot for watching sunset within Kota Kinabalu City. See our guide for 5 places to watch sunset within Kota Kinabalu city for more information


Eat Local food

Kota  Kinabalu has wide selection of food for tourists and locals. Try local Bak Kut Teh, Laksa, mee at the local Kopitiam and experience the coffee shop culture.

For more Guide about food in Sabah. Visit Sabaheats.com

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Visit Mari Mari Cultural center

Take a visit to Mari Mari Cultural center to understand the culture of natives in Sabah. There are 5 tribes in 1 village showing their way of life in traditional costume and houses. Engage in cooking demo, honey making and see traditional dance all at one place.




  1. We will arrive KK on 30 May 2014 (1235) by MAS airlines and will depart KK on the 1st June 2014 (1315)
    So, there will be 3 days 2 nights stay at KK. We would like to have 1 day trip on 31 May 2014 to go for either island (sky diving ; water sport ; snorkeling etc) or do you have any other suggestion / activities to do at KK?
    Please advise. Thank you very much.

    Patricia Tan


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