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Kota Kinabalu

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Kota Kinabalu which includes landscape views and boating

Sabah’s capital is a laid-back, oceanfront city not far from towering Mount Kinabalu, traditional villages and a spectacular marine park.

Kota Kinabalu, or “KK” as it is affectionately known throughout Asia, is the dynamic gateway to Borneo. The city offers a wealth of cultural sights, from museums and art galleries, to mosques and botanical gardens. The year-round tropical weather is ideal for exploring the nearby beaches, rain forest trails and tropical islands. KK is also a foodie’s paradise, offering a huge range of regional Asian cuisines, including some of the largest barbecued banana prawns you will ever hope to see!

It’s easy to get around KK’s downtown sights on foot or by bus. Spend a day exploring local culture at the Sabah Museum and the nearby Ethnobotanical Gardens, where you’ll find pitcher plants, medicinal flora, rice and herbs.

At the Sabah Art Gallery, within the Sabah Museum complex, enjoy work by local artists both established and upcoming. Visit the Monsopiad Cultural Village for insight into the Kadazandusun indigenous tribes of Sabah. These tribes share their craftwork, architectural practices, cooking and dance with visitors.

Just beyond Kota Kinabalu’s downtown attractions, a world of wilderness and island possibilities await. Pack your snorkeling and fishing gear and island hop around the five islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

Discover Borneo's incredible fauna at the Kota Kinabalu Wetland Center, the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Green Connection, an aquarium, and the Tuaran Crocodile Farm.

Pull on your hiking boots and experience wild Borneo at the Kinabulu Park, where you’ll find carnivorous pitcher plants, the huge rafflesia flower and four species of primate. Climb to the peak of Mount Kinabalu for an unforgettable sunrise view over northern Borneo and the South China Sea.

Kota Kinabalu is home to Malaysia’s second busiest airport, making it an easily accessible destination.

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OYO 216 La Viva Hotel
OYO 216 La Viva Hotel
2 out of 5
No 12, Level 1, Jalan Pasar Baru, Kampung Air, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P704 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sedco Square and Centre Point. Gaya Street Sunday Market and Kota Kinabalu Central ...
2.5/5 (21 reviews)
The bed was terrible dirty and the toilet too
"The bed is terrible dirty a lot of dust. And the toilet is not very clean as well still got a lot of long hair at the floor. And the hotel atmosphere was not good a lot of ppl playing music, laughing and singing at the midnight."

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2018

OYO 216 La Viva Hotel
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Fully refundable
The price is P2,935 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
This family-friendly Kota Kinabalu hotel is located on the waterfront, just steps from KK Esplanade and Wisma Merdeka. Suria Sabah Shopping Mall and Gaya Street ...
4.1/5Very Good! (998 reviews)
"Everything is in order. Except for the car park. Best you drive a more expensive vehicle such that you may be treated differently!"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2020

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Hotel Eden54
Hotel Eden54
2.5 out of 5
54, Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is P802 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Suria Sabah Shopping Mall and Gaya Street Sunday Market. Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal ...
4.2/5Excellent! (309 reviews)
"Reception on 1st floor. Staff very helpful .Good location close to Jesselton Pier. Wifi ok. Good lounge commun area which included kitchenette and fridge.Clean. They arebuilding a new consffuctio n at the back so noisy from 7.00am on wdek days."

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Hotel Eden54
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Aloha Airpad Downtown KK
Aloha Airpad Downtown KK
3 out of 5
Near Imago Mall, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is P1,411 per night from 31 Jul to 31 Jul
Situated in Kota Kinabalu, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Imago Shopping Mall and Sutera Harbour. Sabah State Mosque and Centre Point ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Our wonderful stay in aloha! Grazie!
"It was our 2nd time in KotaKinabalu and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Aloha! The host had gone out of their ways to check in on us during our stay to ensure everything was well. We appreciate the hospitality and even though the host is managing more than a handful of units in the same building, ..."

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2018

Aloha Airpad Downtown KK
Homestay UA 1
Homestay UA 1
2.5 out of 5
Blok P-11-0, University Apartment Phase 1, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Situated in Kota Kinabalu, this apartment building is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from 1Borneo Hypermall and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from University of Malaysia Sabah. Tun Mustapha ...
Homestay UA 1
Elopura Vacation Apartment
Elopura Vacation Apartment
3 out of 5
5 Lorong Bunga Kiambang, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Situated in Kota Kinabalu, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Sabah State Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Imago Shopping Mall and Sutera Harbour. ...
Elopura Vacation Apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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