Kota Kinabalu Travel Guide
Sunset over Klias River
Macro photo of a Nudibranch
Kinabalu is beautiful beaches, islands and mountains
In a nutshell
Eco treasures from mountain high to ocean deep
Tour Company Exotic Borneo
We enjoyed 4 days travelling through Sabah with Exotic Borneo Tours. We informed them in general what our interests were and they put together a tailor made tour commencing in Kota Kinabalu and travelling to Keningau via Tambunan on our first day. This included stops along...
Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
Our friends drove out to this luxury beach resort located approximately 20 minutes drive from Kotal Kinabalu centre.We were impressed with what we saw, and it lived up to the advertising we had read in travel magazines.
Sabah State Mosque
This is a most impressive mosque and our view was limited to a minute from the rear seat of our friends' car as we slowly drove past.I would think if you had time it would be worth visiting.Visiting time (subject to change from time to time as to suite the prayer...
Jesselton Point Waterfront
Late afternoon we walked down towards the Jesselton Waterfront not knowing what to expect. We diverted into to Suria Sabah shopping centre along the way and departed on the side facing Jesselton Pier.The late afternoon sea breeze was extremely strong and made walking...
Our friend took us to his club at Sutera Harbour for lunch and these photos were taken from the outdoor dining area.A luxury club located within the city, facilities including golf course, bowling lane, tennis courts, swimming pool etc etc. The sort of club you dream of but...
Signal Hill Observatory Tower
We were taken to the lookout by friends who live in Kota Kinabalu. They showed us around this city with over 1 million people and the first place they took us was to Signal Hill Observatory Tower which must be the highest point in the city. Fantastic view of the city,...
Waterfront Night Market For Dinner
A few hours after checking into our hotel the group decided to visit the nearby Waterfront Night Market for dinner. Plenty of colour in the market, bright lights and colourful shirts were the backdrop to a bonanza of freshly caught seafood. Prawns of a size rarely seen, fish...
Gardens in the Museum precinct
A flat rate of 15 RM gets you entry to the Sabah Museum. It also allows you to visit the Heritage Village and the Sabah Art Gallery - a strange gallery of modern art where the works are for sale!While in the museum precinct, take the opportunity to go for a walk and view the...
Gaya Street Sunday Market
It is not so much the goods that are on sale that makes Gaya Street Sunday Market so appealing but more so the atmosphere. There is a hustle and bustle as shoppers push through narrow alleys between the open-air stalls, but it is all very friendly. It seems as if the whole...
Shangri-Las Rasa Ria Resort
19 Reviews and 1850 Opinions We were happy to see our hotel pick up waiting at the airport for us on arrival. 45 minutes later we...
Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort
34 Reviews and 1231 Opinions The Tanjung Aru Shangri-La is the most exquisite place to stay. The staff are helpful, kind and...
Rainforest Cafe: Healthy cheap eats
The Rainforest Cafe provides nourishing, hearty meals at a very reasonable price. There is a range of dishes from local food to sandwiches. The cafe tries to take on the appearance of a rainforest - doesn't quite succeed - but fun, quirky nonetheless.Staff are friendly and...
Bartzar Bistro and others: Waterfront Esplanade dining
On the waterfront opposite Warisan Square Shopping Mall there is a row of restaurants serving a range of food - local, Italian, Seafood and more - all in a covered but open air section.Prices are fair, the atmosphere good, with a pleasant breeze coming off the water
Ferry from Labuan to Kota Kinabalu
Ferry from Labuan to KK leaves at 1pm and costs RM34 for lower deck seats or RM39 for upper deck seats. The only difference I could see was that the upper deck seats have a video playing and you can see outside better, however the upper deck was also full while there were...
Get a seat of the left
If you are flying into Kota Kinabalu with Air Asia, try to get a seat on the left side of the plane. As the aircraft approaches the airport, there are spectacular views of the islands dotted off the coast of Kota Kinabalu.
Various: Malls are good but....
While huge shopping malls selling clothes and electronic items seem to be the 'in thing', and certainly a browse in air-conditioned comfort on a hot, humid day is not a bad thing, if you really want a good deal on local products, you need to get out into the street.There are...
Borneo Trading Post: Beautiful Borneo Craft and Arts
The Borneo Trading Post has a wide range of Art and Crafts from Borneo. Shop staff were very friendly and have a good knowledge of the items they are selling.
Some terrific items made from mango wood, beautiful scarfs, and traditional jewellery from different groups in...
ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF FRESH WATER
When travelling here make sure that you ALWAYS have plenty of fresh bottled water as the water quality here is not good..DO NOT drink the tap water...also make sure that you check the caps when purchasing water to make sure that the seals on the caps have not been broken...
Guided tours for snorkelling - not neccessary
Even as a somewhat budget traveller, I would always promote the use of local guides and companies to get a real insight into the areas I am visiting.But, if you just want to go snorkelling at one of the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, you are wasting your money getting a...
Changing Money at the Airports
I flew to Kota Kinabalu with Air Asia via Kuala Lumpur. When exiting the plane at Kuala Lumpur LCCT there is a Money Changer inside the terminal building (before luggage pick-up). There is no need to change money here - exchange rates are low. Once you have picked up your...
Climbing Mt Kinabalu - advanced reservations need
I happened to enquire on this, from someone familiar with it, so I can answer such questions on VT Forum! ;-)The answer is that last minute climbs are only possible if there is a last minute cancellation and you are lucky to get it! Otherwise it is 6-9 months booking ahead,...
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