Kota Kinabalu Sabah Vacation Guide 

Kota Kinabalu City Guide

Information, guide and tips for Sabah vacation and travelling in Kota Kinabalu - Hotel to stay, what to do and places to go for sightseeing.


Kota Kinabalu is the state capital of Sabah. Simply call KK by the locals or Api-Api by the older generation, it is named after the world famous Mount Kinabalu and is the main entry point and gateway to Sabah. Today the city is home to Sabah's international airport(Kota Kinabalu International Airport or KKIA), hundreds of hotels and lodge to suit every budget and need, plentiful of restaurants and café to satisfy your appetite and several large shopping malls for the shopaholic.
If eating and shopping is not really your cup of tea, do not worry because Kota Kinabalu has much more to offer. Browse this site for more information on the other equally charming and interesting attractions that you should not miss during your vacation here. With beautiful tropical island near its coastline and pristine tropical rain forests just an hour drive, KK is a haven for tourist just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

Location: Kota Kinabalu is situated in the Northwest Coast of Borneo Island with its coastal area facing the South China Sea on the north-west side, Mount Kinabalu on the northeast side and the Crocker Range in the southeast. The city's geographical coordinates are 5° 59' 0" North, 116° 4' 0" East.

Kota Kinabalu Attractions: Because of the massive damage suffered by the city during the Second World War (WWII), there are not much of historical buildings or sites left to explore. However, if you are into nature and relaxation, KK will not disappoint you. Come and enjoy the beautiful wide sandy beach at Tanjung Aru beach or better still, hop on a speedboat for a 20-30 minutes ride to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park just 2 miles(3.2 km) off the coast of the city. For those who love nature and wildlife, there is a wetland center and wildlife park for you. Please continue to browse through this page for the attractions that KK have to offer you.

Kota Kinabalu History:

Find out about the origin of Kota Kinabalu and it's history.


Atkinson Clock Tower:

Atkinson Clock Tower was built by Mary E. Atkinson from England in memory of her son, Francis George Atkinson who was the first District officer of Jesselton.


Signal Hill Observatory Tower:

Visit this highest point in Kota Kinabalu city to get a panoramic view of the city's surrounding.


UMS Aquarium and Marine Museum (AMUMS):

Visit this aquarium to enjoy the various species of marine life and tropical reef corals found along the coast of Sabah.


Kipandi Butterfly Park:

Visit this park to see butterflies, insects, orchids and pitcher plants that are natives to Sabah in its natural surrounding.


Double Six Monument:

This monument was erected to remember the tragic and fatal plane crash involving the Chief Minister of Sabah at that time.


Jesselton Point Waterfront:

This is a perfect place in the heart of Kota Kinabalu to unwind after a hectic day.


Tun Mustapha Tower:

Formerly known as Sabah Foundation Building, this is a great place for a photo shoot to remember your visit here.


Lok Kawi Wildlife Park:

Come and see the orangutan, proboscis monkey, Borneo pygmy elephant, Sumatran rhinoceros, hornbills and many more mammals, birds and reptiles, which are native to the island of Borneo.


Gaya Street Sunday Market:

This open air market offer a convenience and time saving place to hunt for souvenirs.


Tanjung Aru Beach:

This wide and white sandy beach in KK is the best place in the city to watch sunsets.


Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre:

Experience the mangrove eco-system here with its rich and diverse wildlife.


Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP):

Beautiful tropical island paradise, just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu City.


Petagas War Memorial Garden:

Built to honor and respect the sacrifice by those who fought the Japanese Occupation forces in World War II.


Monsopiad Cultural Village:

Get an insight into the cultural of the ancient Kadazandusun here.


Donggongon Street Market:

A place to samples the unique food of the natives and to take a peek into the culture of the people.


Water World Theme Park:

Sabah's Premier Water Theme Park and a place to have fun water activities.


Tun Fuad Stephens Parks:

A place to sit and relax in a forest environment with shady trees and fresh air in KK.


Sabah State Museum:

A place to learn and to know about Sabah's history, culture and heritage.


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