Kota Kinabalu, located 2 1/2 hours from Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is the gateway to Malaysia’s Borneo. The state capital of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu is host to magnificent beaches, islands, fascinating culture, unique nature parks and more…
Kota Kinabalu is connected by air with a number of regional capitals, i.e. Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bandar Seri Begawan, Balikpapan, Manila, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Xiamen, Guangzhou and Sydney serviced by carriers including Malaysian Airlines, Australian Airlines, Dragonair, Royal Brunei Airlines and Air Asia.
The state capital has many places of interest. It is a city popular with foreigners and locals alike, and the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, adjacent to the city is one of the top tourist destination, perfect for relaxing, snorkelling and a wide variety of watersports. Other places of interest include the Signal Hill Observatory, offering a birds view of the city; the Sabah Foundation Building – a unique 30-storey building (it is a circular structure supported by high tensile steel rods, an architectural and engineering marvel, and there are only four such buildings in the world; it is Sabahs highest tower); the State Mosque, resplendent with its majestic domes and golden motifs is the central place of worship for KK’s Muslim population; the new Likas Mosque, the largest in the state; and the Likas Bird Sanctuary.
The State Museum – based on the architecture of Murut and Rungus longhouses has several galleries exhibiting, among others, a cluster of human skulls from Sabahs headhunting past, totemic figures, old photographs, valuable ancient pottery from all over South East Asia and antique Korans. In the Heritage Village of the museum you find numerous life-size replicas of the traditional houses of the many ethnic entities in Sabah.
The Sutera Harbour Resort, Marina and Golf Club is located at the south end of the city and has become a major landmark. The complex makes Kota Kinabalu an instant resort city: it comprises of two 5-star hotels, an international yacht club and an award winning golf course!
Major shopping malls are located along the main artery of Kota Kinabalu, and you find just about anything from branded goods to local handicraft. Recreational activities in KK include diving, a mere 15 minutes from the city in the crystal clear waters of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park! The ferries to the park leave from KKs harbour district at the northern end of the City. Click on the links below to find out about more activities and places of interest when you are in Kota Kinabalu!