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Kota Kinabalu
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Kota Kinabalu which includes landscape views and boating

Sabah’s capital is a laid-back, oceanfront city not far from towering Mount Kinabalu, traditional villages and a spectacular marine park.

Kota Kinabalu, or “KK” as it is affectionately known throughout Asia, is the dynamic gateway to Borneo. The city offers a wealth of cultural sights, from museums and art galleries, to mosques and botanical gardens. The year-round tropical weather is ideal for exploring the nearby beaches, rain forest trails and tropical islands. KK is also a foodie’s paradise, offering a huge range of regional Asian cuisines, including some of the largest barbecued banana prawns you will ever hope to see!

It’s easy to get around KK’s downtown sights on foot or by bus. Spend a day exploring local culture at the Sabah Museum and the nearby Ethnobotanical Gardens, where you’ll find pitcher plants, medicinal flora, rice and herbs.

At the Sabah Art Gallery, within the Sabah Museum complex, enjoy work by local artists both established and upcoming. Visit the Monsopiad Cultural Village for insight into the Kadazandusun indigenous tribes of Sabah. These tribes share their craftwork, architectural practices, cooking and dance with visitors.

Just beyond Kota Kinabalu’s downtown attractions, a world of wilderness and island possibilities await. Pack your snorkeling and fishing gear and island hop around the five islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

Discover Borneo's incredible fauna at the Kota Kinabalu Wetland Center, the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Green Connection, an aquarium, and the Tuaran Crocodile Farm.

Pull on your hiking boots and experience wild Borneo at the Kinabulu Park, where you’ll find carnivorous pitcher plants, the huge rafflesia flower and four species of primate. Climb to the peak of Mount Kinabalu for an unforgettable sunrise view over northern Borneo and the South China Sea.

Kota Kinabalu is home to Malaysia’s second busiest airport, making it an easily accessible destination.

Aloha Airpad Downtown KK
Aloha Airpad Downtown KK
3 out of 5
Near Imago Mall, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free cancellation
The price is RM119 per night from 2 Jul to 2 Jul
Situated in Kota Kinabalu, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Imago Shopping Mall and Sutera Harbour. Sabah State Mosque and Centre Point ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Our wonderful stay in aloha! Grazie!
"It was our 2nd time in KotaKinabalu and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Aloha! The host had gone out of their ways to check in on us during our stay to ensure everything was well. We appreciate the hospitality and even though the host is managing more than a handful of units in the same building, ..."

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2018

Aloha Airpad Downtown KK
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Pantai Dalit, Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran, Sabah
The price is RM348 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Nestled on the beach, this Tuaran resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Dalit Beach, Karambunai Peninsula and Tuaran Crocodile Farm. 1Borneo Hypermall and Upside Down ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (998 reviews)
Dip in our room’s outdoor private pool
"Overall is good but the hot water is not as hot as it is. So when we want to go for a dip in our room’s outdoor private pool, the water is not hot. We cannot dip at night in our private pool."

Reviewed on 1 Jan 2021

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is RM210 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Anjung Samudera and Centre Point. Imago Shopping Mall and Jesselton Point Ferry ...
4.3/5Excellent! (998 reviews)
"spacious room with strategic hotel location in the heart of Kota Kinabalu."

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2020

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Aloha Airpad Downtown KK
Aloha Airpad Downtown KK
3 out of 5
Near Imago Mall, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is RM119 per night from 2 Jul to 2 Jul
Situated in Kota Kinabalu, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Imago Shopping Mall and Sutera Harbour. Sabah State Mosque and Centre Point ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Our wonderful stay in aloha! Grazie!
"It was our 2nd time in KotaKinabalu and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Aloha! The host had gone out of their ways to check in on us during our stay to ensure everything was well. We appreciate the hospitality and even though the host is managing more than a handful of units in the same building, ..."

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2018

Aloha Airpad Downtown KK
Pelagos Oceanus
Pelagos Oceanus
3.5 out of 5
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Warisan Square, Centre Point and Kota Kinabalu Central Market. Imago ...
3.8/5Good! (18 reviews)
"Check in issues"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

Pelagos Oceanus
Sunset Seaview Vacation Condos @ Crystal Condo
Sunset Seaview Vacation Condos @ Crystal Condo
3 out of 5
Jalan Kepayan Kobusak, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Located in Tanjung Aru, this condo is within 2 miles (3 km) of Tanjung Aru Perdana Park, Imago Shopping Mall and Sutera Harbour. Centre Point and Kota Kinabalu ...
4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
Comfort and cleanliness Hostel
"The flat was very nice to our family of 3 couples. There are 3 big rooms, a sitting room and a dinning room that fit our needs. However, it is not convenient to call taxi or uber car because taxi driver / uber car driver does not know where the hotel is."

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2018

Sunset Seaview Vacation Condos @ Crystal Condo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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