Introduction to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo
Kota Kinabalu, formerly known as Jesselton, is the capital of the Malaysian state Sabah. Strategically situated in the Northwest Coast of the island of Borneo, facing the South China Sea and Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park on one side, and set against the backdrop of Mount Kinabalu.
The beautiful city stretches for miles along the coast and towards the inland. Affectionately known as KK by the locals, Kota Kinabalu is a popular tourist getaway and the main gateway into Sabah and Borneo, with flight connections to most major cities in Asia. Most visitors to Sabah will start or finish their holiday in Kota Kinabalu.
Kota Kinabalu is the most developed city in Sabah. Visitors can enjoy both local markets and shopping malls with international brands.
There is also a wide range of restaurants and entertainment outlets.
There are many day tours available from the city. To mention a few:
- Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Kinabalu Park
- Trekking Tours
- River Cruises
- Beach and Island Trip
- White Water River Rafting
- Country Site Cycling
- Stay in a “Home-stay” with a local family.
Hotels & Resorts
Kota Kinabalu offers a wide range of hotels. There are both city hotels and beach resorts. Most of the Beach Resorts are located outside the city area, or on the nearby islands, which are reachable with a short boat ride.
- Grandis Hotel
- Horizon Hotel
- Jesselton Hotel
- Marriott Kota Kinabalu
- Hilton Kota Kinabalu
- Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort (45 min from the city centre)
- Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort (15 min from the city centre)
- Bunga Raya Island Resort (20 min by speedboat from the city centre)
- Gaya Island Resort
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