Kinabalu in Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu, or KK as it is more popularly known, is the state capital of Sabah. Expect a heady cocktail of cultures, cuisines, and lifestyles. The old way of life still survives alongside the modern city eager to move ahead – which is an important secret that much of Southeast Asia has managed to master! With local residents, expatriates and enchanting guests, the city throbs with life. Whether you shop for handmade artifacts (look out for Sabah’s famous pearls) or seek an authentic taste of this old Malay survivor of World War Two, Kota Kinabalu will not disappoint. From Malay to Cantonese and Continental to Japanese cuisine, KK will offer you delicacies from its street-side food stalls as well as at its fine dining eateries. There is much to admire too, especially the City Mosque in the center of a manmade lagoon, the Sabah Foundation building, and the Sabah Museum. Signal Hill, the highest point of Kota Kinabalu, offers splendid panoramic views.


  • Heritage


  • Vibrant culture & cuisine
  • Temples, museums & heritage buildings
  • Bustling Bazaars & handmade craft work

Places to Stay

Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa

Style: Beach Resort

Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa in Borneo offers the ideal opportunity to nurture your mind, body and soul. Perched on a coral reef island off the coast, enjoy complete privacy and serenity amid natural surroundings.

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Bedroom at The Jesselton Hotel, Kinabalu, Malaysia
The Jesselton Hotel

Style: Heritage

Jesselton Hotel is located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu, just half-an-hour away from the International Airport. The beautiful heritage property is this city’s first modern hotel from the WWII era.

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Activities in Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu City Highlights

Explore the state capital of Kota Kinabalu on this day trip around town. Visit the oldest structure in Sabah, the iconic Atkinson Clock from the turn of the last century that is also a WWII survivor. It continues to function till today. Enjoy the splendid panoramic views from the highest point of Kota Kinabalu, Signal Hill, which stretches right up to the Abdul Rahman Park islands. The tour also includes modern destinations, including the more recently built City Mosque, located in the centre of a man-made lagoon. Shop for handmade souvenirs—especially for Sabah’s famous pearl artefacts and jewellery—at Kota Kinabalu’s local handicraft market. Drop by the Sabah Foundation building and the Sabah Museum near the city center to appreciate the various displays of tribal and historical artefacts. The Museum also houses realistic replicas of a limestone cave and traditional tribal as well as Chinese villages.
(Half Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Duration: 4 hrs; Fitness level: Easy. Please wear walking shoes).

Kota Kinabalu Discovery Walk: Half Day Tour

Sample a heady cocktail of cultures, cuisines and lifestyles in the city of Kota Kinabalu. Start your day at Signal Hill (Bukit Bendera) that offers a splendid panoramic view of the city. Make your way down to Australian Street for a visit to the old printing shop where you will learn about history of this vibrant neighborhood. Walk up to the iconic Atkinson Clock from the turn of the last century, which survived WWII alongside the city! Drop by another old part of town, Lintasan Deosoka, which is always busy. Nearby, the Malaysian Monument commemorates the inclusion of Sabah and Sarawak into the country. Also visit the city’s oldest monument, the North Borneo War Memorial. Fresh coconut water from the Coconut Market helps you cool off before you venture to the local Handicraft Market.
(Half Day, Private Activity; Walking Tour; Duration: 5 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring walking shoes, sunglasses and your hat).


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