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Kota Kinabalu
Southeast Asia

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Welcome to the play-hard, party-hard capital of South-East Asia. Ever since adventurers started to trek to the summit of Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia, and scuba divers first discovered the rich coral world of Sipadan on the east coast, Kota Kinabalu has been a crossroads and centre of Bornean life.

Nowhere is this felt more so than in the bars and restaurants on the waterfront boardwalk. Tourists swap tales about playing castaway on the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park or recount boat trips down the Kinabatangan River, the most accessible point to become a jungle explorer.

The bounty of natural wonders on the city’s doorstep has led to rampant industrial development and construction, making KK, as the locals call it, one of the fastest growing cities in the region. It’s also bang-on the equator, making it relentlessly hot and humid, no matter what time of year you visit. Fortunately, this gives you all the more reason to jump onto that departing speedboat to discover your very own tropical island paradise for the day.

What to do

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What to do in Kota Kinabalu - See the sun rise on Mount Kinabalu  

See the sun rise on Mount Kinabalu

What to do in Kota Kinabalu - Stop for a bowl of laksa  

Stop for a bowl of laksa


Live out your Robinson Crusoe fantasy

Accessible by speedboat or local ferry, the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park is a cluster of five palm-fringed, soft sand islands ...


Challenge yourself at the Night Market

A colossal hawker centre, Kota Kinabalu’s most popular market is as loved by the locals as it is by gobsmacked tourists. In one ha...


Visit the Atkinson Clock Tower

Bombed by the British because of its Japanese occupation during the Second World War, KK was deeply scarred in 1944. This in part ...


Where to eat

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Where to eat in Kota Kinabalu - Nagisa


Overlooking idyllic coral islands of the South China Sea, diners here can dine on the finest sashimi, sushi, and tempura.

Where to eat in Kota Kinabalu - Sunset Bar

Sunset Bar

Enjoy a cocktail as you watch the sunset at this toes-in-the-sand beach bar at the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort.

Where to eat in Kota Kinabalu - Alu Alu Café

Alu Alu Café

A rarity in these parts, this Chinese seafood restaurant triumphs with its ingredients, which are from sustainable and organic sources.

Where to eat in Kota Kinabalu - Buga Korean

Buga Korean

Make a beeline for the waterfront boardwalk and you’ll find Buga Korean, a delightful restaurant that sprawls out onto a umbrella-shaded terrace.


City Info

  • LanguagesMalay, Chinese, English
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