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Kota Kinabalu
Travel Guide

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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Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
No. 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is P7,637 per night from 17 Apr to 18 Apr
This Tanjung Aru resort is on the beach, 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Sabah State Mosque, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Imago Shopping Mall and Anjung Samudera. Gaya Street ...
4.4/5Excellent! (998 reviews)
"Nice view. Amazing food. Friendly staff. Awesome."

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Pantai Dalit, Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran, Sabah
The price is P5,511 per night from 13 May to 14 May
Nestled on the beach, this Tuaran resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Dalit Beach, Karambunai Peninsula, and Tuaran Crocodile Farm. 1Borneo Hypermall and Upside ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (998 reviews)
Dip in our room’s outdoor private pool
"Overall is good but the hot water is not as hot as it is. So when we want to go for a dip in our room’s outdoor private pool, the water is not hot. We cannot dip at night in our private pool."

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2021

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
Hotel 7 Suria
Hotel 7 Suria
3 out of 5
Suria, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is P826 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Suria Sabah Shopping Mall and Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. Gaya Street Sunday Market ...
4.4/5Excellent! (21 reviews)
"This hotel was located inside Suria Sabah Mall, its easy for food hunting 😝. No worries about the parking safety and availability 👍 All the employees were very friendly ✌"

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

Hotel 7 Suria
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Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
3.5 out of 5
PV 139, Pecinct Dillenia, Nexus Residence, Karambunai, Kota Kinabalu
The price is P3,365 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
Nestled on the beach, this Kota Kinabalu aparthotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of 1Borneo Hypermall, University of Malaysia Sabah, and Tuaran Crocodile Farm. Kota ...
4.2/5Excellent! (175 reviews)
"The seaside location, spacious rooms, friendly staff. Although this hotel has just restarted business due to the pandemic, the unit where we stayed in is in good shape. Only thing is, 1 night stay is too short!"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2020

Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
Sunset Seaview Beach Villas & Spa Suites @ Nexus Karambunai
Sunset Seaview Beach Villas & Spa Suites @ Nexus Karambunai
3.5 out of 5
PV104, Precinct Dillenia, Nexus, Residence Karambunai, Off Sepangar Bay, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Located in Kota Kinabalu, this beachfront villa is next to a golf course, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Karambunai Peninsula, and within 12 mi (20 km) of 1Borneo Hypermall ...
4.1/5Very Good! (8 reviews)
"Great location & beach. Very disappointed with the condition of the property, very run downed. We can see that the property had good bones but just not maintained well. No property toiletries provided I.e face/hand towels, shampoo & conditioners. Aircond had leaks. Doors & windows leading out to ..."

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

Sunset Seaview Beach Villas & Spa Suites @ Nexus Karambunai
LTS Homestay at Sutera Avenue
LTS Homestay at Sutera Avenue
3 out of 5
Sutera Avenue, Lorong Lebuh Sutera, Jalan Coastal, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is P2,644 per night from 3 May to 4 May
Situated in Kota Kinabalu, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Wawasan, Imago Shopping Mall, and Sutera Harbour. Centre Point and Sapi Island ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
"This is a homestay not a hotel. Other than that it was great."

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019

LTS Homestay at Sutera Avenue
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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