Situated on the northwest coast of Borneo Island facing the South China Sea with the backdrop of Mount Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu is the capital city and largest city in the state of Sabah. Its location gives the city an advantage of being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malaysia, partly due to its close distance to the famous Mount Kinabalu. Rising to 13,435 feet, Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the third-tallest peak in Southeast Asia, drawing a substantial number of climbers to Kota Kinabalu every year.
There are many interesting places you can explore and experiencein Kota Kinabalu, from fun adventures in Mount Kinabalu orchallenging white water rafting on the Padas/Kiulu River where one can admire the natural beauty of the Kinabalu Park Canopy Walk. Also, one can enjoy the area’s robust nightlife or embark on an incredible island hopping adventure to the famous Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. To get the feel of the unique culture, travelers can also visit the Mari-Mari Cultural Village and Monsopiad Cultural Village.
For culinary enthusiasts, there are restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines thanks to the extensive cultural influence of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Thai. Seafood delicacies in particular are widely known in Kota Kinabalu from which a great variety of fresh and live seafood can be found for a range of budgets.
Your holiday would not be complete unless you visit a local market.The most popular include: KK’s Sunday Market at Gaya Street and KK Handicraft Market, also known as Filipino Market. Traditional arts and crafts like wooden carvings, beaded bracelets, necklaces, keychains, beautiful pearl jewelry are just some of the items available for purchase.
With all the amazing things you can discover in just one city, a trip to Kota Kinabalu is certainly rewarding and guaranteed to be one of the most memorable holidays of a lifetime.Filed under: Travel & Culture