Kota Kinabalu (Capital City)

Location: Sabah

Location Info

Address: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

District » City Centre


Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah. It is more commonly known among the locals as KK. It is situated by the sea with the majestic Mount Kinabalu as the backdrop.


Kota Kinabalu is filled with plentiful of interesting places. One of the highlights of Kota Kinabalu is the Kinabalu Park. It is the home of the world renowned Mount Kinabalu. It is also Malaysia's first Heritage Site by UNESCO. This is a great place to enjoy the beauty of nature as the Kinabalu Park is the home of more than 5000 species of plants and hundreds of other animals. This certainly is a place not to be missed. Another great place to see the wonders of God's creations is at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. The park is located along the Penampang-Papar old road and is fully developed by the Sabah Wildlife Department. The park is made up of two components which are the zoological and botanical. The inhabitants of the park consist of the Sumatran rhinoceros, orang utans, Proboscis monkey, Malayan tigers and many more.

There is also the Layang-Layang Island which is situated in the South China Sea, about 300 kilometres north-west of Kota Kinabalu. This is a manmade island which was constructed for the Malaysian Navy but was later made into a diving resort. Although the island is not a natural one, it is ranked the top ten diving destinations in the world. Another great place to see myriads of marine creatures is at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. You can snorkel or go island hopping depending on the package which you choose. You need not stay over as there are one day trip packages as well.

The Tanjung Aru Beach is the place you should go if you want to see the best view of the sun setting. This is a place many locals some over the weekends. It is usually crowded on weekends as many families come here to relax with their children. Kota Kinabalu has many other places of interest. You can choose to visit the City Mosque, World Water Theme Park, the Waterfront, Menara Tun Mustapha (Sabah Foundation Building), Kota Kinabalu Wetlands, KK Esplanade, JesseltonPoint Waterfront, the Green Connection and Gaya Street (Sunday Market). With so many places to visit, do consider extending your stay here at Kota Kinabalu. Hotels in Kota Kinabalu are abundant but do book in advance during peak season as there may not be rooms left of you book late.


To get into Kota Kinabalu, you will need to get on a flight. You will arrive at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport. From there you can either take a cab or rent a car to move around. There are also public transport such as buses and even boats which you can opt for as well.