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The Pacific Sutera Hotel
The Pacific Sutera Hotel

1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, Kota Kinabalu 88100

5.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (754 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Downtown Kota Kinabalu hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sutera Harbour and Sabah State Mosque. Plaza …

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Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

No. 20, Jalan Aru, Kota Kinabalu 88100

5.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (699 reviews)

This Malaysia beachfront resort on Borneo's northern coast is a 10-minute drive from downtown Kota Kinabalu and Kota Kinabalu …

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Horizon Hotel
Horizon Hotel

Jalan Pantai, Locked Bag 2084, Kota Kinabalu 88999

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (608 reviews)

Located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu, this family-friendly hotel is steps from South Sea Sanctuary, KK Plaza, and Atkinson …

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Sky Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Sky Hotel Kota Kinabalu

Lorong Kemajuan Karamunsing, Kota Kinabalu 88000

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (274 reviews)

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Wawasan and Sabah State Mosque. Likas Stadium is …

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Le Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Le Hotel Kota Kinabalu

Lots 15 - 16, 3rd Floor, Block B,, Kota Kinabalu 88000

2.0 out of 5.0
2.9 out of 5 (107 reviews)

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Warisan Square and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Sabah State …

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Oceania Hotel
Oceania Hotel

Lot 60-64, Lorong Ikan Juara 5, Kota Kinabalu 88000

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (225 reviews)

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of All Saint's Cathedral and Sabah State Mosque. Likas …

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J Residence
J Residence

Kg. Tinompok, Mile 35, Ranau 89300

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (29 reviews)

Located in Kundasang, this lodge is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Mount Kinabalu Park Entrance and 4 mi (6.5 km) from Kundasang War …

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Hotel Sixty3
Hotel Sixty3

63 Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu 88000

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (221 reviews)

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Gaya Street Sunday Market and within 3 mi (5 km) of …

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Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
Sabah Beach Villas & Suites

140, Pecinct Dillenia, Kota Kinabalu 88993

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in Karambunai, this apartment is 11.1 mi (17.9 km) from 1 Borneo Hypermall and 11.2 mi (18.1 km) from University of …

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Hotel Iskandar
Hotel Iskandar

Lot 14, Jalan Perpaduan, Kampung Air, Kota Kinabalu 88100

3.0 out of 5.0
3.2 out of 5 (21 reviews)

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Sedco Square and within 3 mi (5 km) of Sabah State …

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About Kota Kinabalu

Standing as the commercial, economic, administrative and transport hub of Borneo, Kota Kinabalu (or KK) has enjoyed vast development in the last decade. It is the main gateway to Sabah, from where the entire Malay insular region can be effortlessly explored. From scaling the dizzying heights of Mount Kinabalu to uncovering the majestic coral islands off its coastline, KK is one of the most appealing destinations in Malaysia.

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Kota Kinabalu is a treasure chest of natural and man-made sites that demand the attention of tourists.

The city is only a short distance from numerous fascinating dive and snorkel sites in Malaysia. Tour operators offer trips to the nearby islands daily, including spots like the beautiful Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and Usuku Bay. While island-hopping, tourists can also absorb the stunning beauty of the sun-drenched cays, some of which are completely secluded, offering an unrivalled tranquillity.

The built environment of Kota Kinabalu is also intriguing. From the bustling Chinatown to the state museums, religious structures and old colonial landmarks that dot the city, KK is bursting with architectural highlights.

Several parks make fantastic places for tourists to explore. Kids will fall in love with the water park at Tun Fuad Park, which is located just 15 minutes from the downtown area. South of KK is Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. This magnificent zoological reserve contains a host of local and international animal species, making it great for the whole family.

Restaurants and Bars

One of the city’s most important features is its wide culinary culture. There are plenty of international influences to accompany local Malay cuisine, including Indian Chinese, European and even Western. Tourists are advised to try the kedai kopi buffet chain, which offers plenty of local specialities. For a true KK experience, dining along the seafront at one of the make-shift stalls is recommended. Of course, for a grander experience, eating along the pier is a must. After hours, the best places to enjoy a drink are the Waterfront and Times Square. However, bars and clubs can be found along Beach Street and Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong.

Shopping in Kota Kinabalu

Several major shopping malls reside within Kota Kinabalu, so shopaholics will feel satisfied. Centre Point Sabah, 1Borneo Hypermall and Suria Sabah are the largest and most visited retail department stores in the city. Of course, the Handicraft Market is also quite popular, offering pearls, crystals, hand-made crafts and other lovely souvenir options.