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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Where to stay in Kota Kinabalu

OYO 564 Y Hotel
OYO 564 Y Hotel
2 out of 5
2, Lorong Hiburan Penampang, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 88300
The price is P655 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Lintas Plaza and Water World ...
4/5 Very Good! (16 reviews)
Nice but a bit Noisy
"It's a very nice budget hotel with on-site parking lots and the room together with the attached bathroom is also well-maintained and very clean, which is commendable. But our only gripe is that since the hotel and a gym fitness center also sharing the same building but the flooring and the wall isn't ..."

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2021

OYO 564 Y Hotel
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu
5 out of 5
No. 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 88100
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P7,294 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"Very nice hotel , excellent staffs, spacious rooms, I enjoyed my stay . Thanks to all"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu
The Magellan Sutera Resort
The Magellan Sutera Resort
5 out of 5
1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 88100
The price is P5,958 per night from 9 Sep to 10 Sep
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
Excellent Stay
"It was just one night but it was excellent from the moment we check in to the time we checked out. Staff were friendly, great location, clean and breakfast spread was superb too!"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

The Magellan Sutera Resort
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.
Sunset Seaview Vacation Condos at Infinity Avenue
Sunset Seaview Vacation Condos at Infinity Avenue
3 out of 5
Sutera Avenue Residences, Tower 2, Block B, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 88100
The price is P2,598 per night from 10 Aug to 11 Aug
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (46 reviews)
"Property is pretty new, need to ensure a lock is installed at the balcony as it can be aeccable from the outside of the unit. Ensure CLEANED towels is provided. Had smelly towels delivered to us and there was no housekeeping on one of the day. Provide shower caps."

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2019

Sunset Seaview Vacation Condos at Infinity Avenue
Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
3.5 out of 5
PV 139, Pecinct Dillenia, Nexus Residence, Karambunai, Kota Kinabalu, 88993
The price is P4,062 per night from 10 Aug to 11 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy free parking, 2 outdoor pools, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the WiFi in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (180 reviews)
Nice place but little things to improve...
"Overall the place was beautiful and the suite is nice and clean. The only dissappointment is few of the room electrical appliances are old and broke. During my staycation, the master room aircond was not working well, it was hot in the room and really not comfortable sleeping during the night. Not ..."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
Sunset Seaview Beach Villas & Spa Suites at Nexus Karambunai
Sunset Seaview Beach Villas & Spa Suites at Nexus Karambunai
3.5 out of 5
PV104, Precinct Dillenia, Nexus, Residence Karambunai, Off Sepangar Bay, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 88993
Stay at this 3.5-star beach villa in Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Popular attractions Karambunai Peninsula and Dalit Beach ...
4.1/5 Very 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 at Nexus Karambunai
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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