Kota Kinabalu Holidays

Sabah's state capital, Kota Kinabalu, is a coastal city located on the west coast partly surrounded by rainforest. It's known for its bustling markets, modern boardwalk, beaches and waterfront Kota Kinabalu City Mosque.

While the city may not overwhelm you with its beauty, you'll find it does have welcoming and friendly locals, a blossoming arts and music scene, swanky new malls and traditional markets along with a rich culinary spectrum spanning Malay to Japanese, Western to Cantonese, street food to high end. Attractions within the city include the Sabah State Museum, the Sabah State Mosque and the Signal Hill Observatory platform.

However, Kota Kinabalu has lots to discover on its doorstep and where better to start your explorations than majestic Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia, which is located within the UNESCO World Heritage listed Kinabalu National Park. A two day trek to the peak is an unforgettable adventure, but it is recommended only to those with a very good level of fitness. Alternatively, there are trails around the base of the mountain for those wishing to enjoy the scenic views and astonishing flora and fauna of the national park without the climb.

Tabin Wildlife Reserve, which nestles within the rainforest beside the Lipad River, is one of the finest wildlife viewing areas in Borneo. A variety of trails and treks allow visitors to observe the rich bio-diversity of plants, birds and animals within the reserve.

    Why visit Kota Kinabalu?
  • Bustling city
  • Friendly people
  • Gateway to Kota Kinabalu
  • Easy access to Tabin Wildlife Reserve


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GMT +8 hours

Currency

Malaysian Ringgit

Travel information

There are no direct flights from the UK to Kota Kinabalu and most travel via either Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Hong Kong, which takes approximately 16 hours.

Best time to go

With an equatorial climate, the city has high levels of humidity and rainfall. The two main wet seasons last from November to March and then again from May to September. January to March tends to be cool and dry.

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