Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the state capital of Sabah, set on the island of Borneo, which is shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. It is a great base for exploring the jungle, or enjoying the water and very close to Mount Kinabalu the islands highest point.


Kota Kinabalu, one of Malaysia’s more popular holiday destinations, is a small town offering visitors a wide range of activities. Located on the island of Borneo and just a short flight from the capital of Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu is a surprising Malaysia holiday destination, leaving many who visit excited to come back – even when they had never planned to stay here to begin with. Situated on the waterfront, snorkelling and diving options are a short boat ride away in the renowned Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Also providing an excellent base for adventurers keen to explore Mount Kinabalu and nearby villages, Kota Kinabalu is a modern city with excellent dining and shopping options. A night market parallels the waterfront as dusk approaches, with vendors selling everything from freshly cooked noodle meals, the day’s catch on ice to take home and prepare, fresh fruit and vegetables and, at the far end, souvenirs, trinkets, and an assortment of homewares. This is the place to visit if you realize you left your face washer at home or need a new baseball cap to keep the sun out of your eyes. Running late into the night are local restaurants, massage parlours, reflexology clinics and a few waterside pubs. One of the most popular is, unsurprisingly, the Aussie pub that overlooks the water and serves cold beer. Treat yourself to a foot massage on the beach, or just kick back with some local fare and watch the waves lap the shoreline. Other nearby activities include riding the North Borneo Railway, participating in surrounding walking tours, whitewater rafting trips and local villages and museums like the Sabah State Museum, visiting the Atkinson Clock Tower and Signal Hill Observatory Platform or the Mari Mari Cultural Village. No matter if you want to get wet, stay high and dry or immerse yourself in history, Kota Kinabalu will have something to suit your desires. Call a My Malaysia holiday expert today to book your Malaysia holiday today!

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