Kota Kinabalu Travel Guide


Kota Kinabalu, an introduction

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is one city located in East Malaysia and the capita of Sabah. This city is usually known as KK and directly facing South China Sea. This city is located on the northwestern coastal area of Kalimantan Island (Borneo) and one of the main destination, industrial and shopping centre in East Malaysia. There’s Mount Kinabalu (used as the name of this city) and the greatness symbol of Sabah.

Kota Kinabalu History

The name Kinabalu is taken from the name of a mount located 50 km away on the northeastern side of this city. The word Kota means fortress, market or city in Malay language. In malaysia, the word Kota is used officially to mention market or city name. Kinabalu itself was come from Aki Nabalu which means respected place. The official name of this city in English is Kinabalu City.

Kota Kinabalu on the map

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things to see

Things to see

In Weston Wetland Beaufort you can see many old buildings accompanied by interesting flora and fauna. In Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park you can see the nature exoticism and in Sabah Museum you can see many historical and culture collections typically of Sabah. Horizon scenery in Sutera Harbour when sunset will definitely feast your eyes for it serves a beautiful view you’ve might never seen.

things to do

Things to do

Conquer Mount Kinabalu which has challenging rushing your adrenaline hiking track. As you hike on this mount, you’ll be accompanied by beautiful nature scenery. Tunku Abdul Razak Marine Park is a good spot to do snorkeling where you can see many sea creatures life. Kinabalu is a shopping centre having many shopping spots visited always by visitors. You can name them, KK Plaza, Wisma Merdeka, 1Borneo, Asia City Complex and many more. For souvenirs, handicraft and traditional foods, you can go to Kota Kinabalu Handicraft Market which once was known as Philippines Market.

things to eat

Things to eat

Chicken rice usually served with chicken slices and clear broth soup is one typical food of Kota Kinabalu you have to try. Two slices of bread smeared with butter and annona jam, usually called as Kahwin Bread also one food you must not miss when you’re in this city. Nasi Lemak is a famous Malay food you can also try in this city. This city is known also as the paradise for Dimsum lovers for this menu can be easily found in many restaurants in Kota Kinabalu.

Things to see and do near Kota Kinabalu

Airport at Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is served by the International Airport.

Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) is the second largest airport of Malaysia, handling over 5 million passengers a year. Kota Kinabalu airport is the main gateway into Malaysian Borneo. The airport has two terminals, the old terminal constructed in 1957 (Terminal 2) and a newer terminal (1) build in the 1980's which is undergoing a major renovation at the moment. Terminal 2 is mostly for charter and low-cost carrier flights. AirAsia Tiger and Cebu Pacific are at Terminal 2, but Firefly is still at Terminal 1. With the extensions and renovations of last year of the terminals and runway, the Kota Kinabalu Airport is the second airport in Malaysia that is capable of handling the Airbus A380 SuperJumbo, the biggest commercial airplane in the world.

Entering the city from the airport

The airport is only 7km from downtown Kota Kinabalu. Pre-paid taxi coupons are available at the counter in the terminal. For a trip to the city which will take about 15 minutes, expect to pay about RM 40. Shuttle busses are available to Wawasan Center, just south of downtown Kota Kinabalu from where you can transfer to other destinations in the city.

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