Favorite thing: The best time to visit KK would be from Jan - May, when it's the dry season. Should it rain, you will not be allowed to hike up the mountain to watch the summit. That would definitely be a great disappointment.
Favorite thing: No matter what anyone says train before you attempt to climb up Mt KK. I know some people have done it without any training but it would definitely be much more enjoyable if you did it with training. At the least you wouldn't ache as much after the trip. And actually, it's likely even for people with training to not able to make it up due to altitude sickness so why risk that right?
If you are an outdoor kind of a person, the KK is just the place for you. You can either explore the mountains and forests, or you can do water sports as well.
Fondest memory: Having a relaxed time in a very nicely paced city.
Whenever you visit Kota Kinabalu or elsewhere in the world, at the time you want to satisfy your tummy don't go to those American or western franchises or simply stay confined to the restaurant of your hotel. Go out, be brave and eat what local people eat. Go to local restaurants by yourself.
Fondest memory: I really miss the rotis I used to eat at breakfast with the delicious milk coffee they serve (all my friends know that at home I never drink coffee).
Most of VT members are photo addicts, they take a shot at almost everything and then place them at their homepages.
If you come to Kota Kinabalu don't miss its sunset, just beautiful.
My photo was taken from the Hyatt hotel.
Favorite thing: In general, I think the people in Sabah are more gentle than those of the West Malaysia. The overall atmosphere is less hectic and laid back. Most important, coming from Kuala Lumpur, I felt that this city is much safer than anywhere in West Malaysia.
According to the Sabah brochure I got at the airport, the dry season runs from November through March. I think this means there are less mosquitoes during these months also. I have gone there in April and May before, and it rained around 3pm-6pm everyday.
Fondest memory: snorkling off Sapi Island
Kota Kinabalu is just a city that there are so much to do, from climbing the mountain, to diving off the city and taking a train to Beaufort or water rafting in Kiulu (Grade 1 and 2) or Padas River (Grade 3 and 4 up to 7)
Beers are cheap, people are friendly, food are nice and top of that..... RMIT
Fondest memory: Drinking at Shenanigans listening to the mother and daughter band from The Philippines.
Favorite thing: Call into the Sabah Tourism Board building in Gaya St, (see my things to do tip,) and get this free map. Its really helpful.
Favorite thing: There is a conservation fee of RM10 for non-Malaysians 18 years and above upon entering Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Turtle Island Park, Pulau Tiga Park, Tawau Hills Park or Crocker Range Park).
Favorite thing: I enjoyed the traditional dance performances during one of the nights while I was there. The dance movements were graceful and the costumes were very colourful.
Favorite thing: Kota Kinabalu has some nice beaches where you can do some watersports, especially at the southern out-skirts of the city.
Fondest memory: The most memorable moment was experiencing the sunrise of a beautiful morning in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from my hotel room balcony. The picture on the left speaks for itself !
Favorite thing: I enjoyed my stay at the Shangrila Tanjung Aru hotel. It is a nice, relaxing hotel with sea activities and a very wonderful view.
Favorite thing: The sunset overlooking the sea as view from my hotel room at Shangrila Tanjung Aru resort was also very impressive.