Kota Kinabalu formerly known as Jesselton, is the capital of Sabah state
in East Malaysia
. The city is located on the northwest coast of Borneo facing the South China Sea. The Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park lies on one side and Mount Kinabalu, This is a modern capital with a warm hospitality
that you hardly find in many places around the world. Just around a corner there are long sandy beaches, paradise islands, virgin coral reefs and tropical rain forests. Not to mention a wealth of lodging and accommodations ranging from luxurious vacation rentals to more budget friendly condo rentals.
Kota Kinabalu is often known as K.K. within Malaysia and internationally. It is a major tourist destination and a popular gateway for travelers
visiting Sabah and Borneo. Thus offering visitors a range of accommodation, vacation rental and condo rental choices throughout the city. Kinabalu National Park
is located about 90 kilometers from the city and there are many tourist attractions in and around the city.
The five islands (of Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Sulug, Mamutik) are located opposite the city
, and their surrounding waters, are also preserved as the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. This is a popular recreational spot for tourists and local people.
Kota Kinabalu also features a number of shopping malls
, which attract many visitors. These include Kompleks Karamunsing, Centre Point, Wisma Merdeka, Warisan Square, Plaza Wawasan, Kompleks Asia City, City Mall, KK Plaza, Suria Sabah and the largest hypermall is 1Borneo. Many accommodation and vacation rental options are situated around the major retail complexes.
Visitors will also find a world class sailing marina and championship golf courses
as well as both first class holiday accommodations and good vacation rentals for the budget traveler.
The local food is varied
in a way that only a state with 30 ethnic groups can offer. The flavors are excellent and in Kota Kinabalu, there are gourmet meals in restaurants for elegant dining, but you will also find wonderful tastes and textures in a bowl in a hawker’s stall at the night market.