Kota Kinabalu is the largest city on the northern coast of Borneo and is recognised as one of the world's most significant biological sites! Kota Kinabalu is commonly abbreviated as "KK" in both Malaysia and abroad. Many visitors to Sabah and Borneo choose this city as a starting point. Here are a few of the world's greatest vacation spots for you and your loved ones to share.
If you want to do something truly memorable, set sail at sunset. One of the best things to do in KK is to take a sunset cruise and watch the sun go down over the South China Sea. On a 2-hour cruise, you can dine on an international buffet, drink complimentary drinks, and listen to a live local band perform.
Mari Mari Cultural Village
Located about 45 minutes outside of Kota Kinabalu city, this community serves as a living museum dedicated to preserving the customs and history of Bornean ethnic culture. Participate in a variety of activities, from brewing rice wine and firing blowpipes to igniting fires, that will teach you about the history and culture of Sabah while also providing you with a fun and instructive way to explore the state today. Enjoy a live traditional performance put on by the locals, and round out the trip with some Sabahan delicacies.
Klias Wildlife Safari River Cruise
Explore the pristine Klias wetlands by taking a leisurely cruise along the Klias River in an open boat, and keep an eye out for the proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, and the rare silver langur, all of which are native to Borneo. You'll have a native buffet meal while taking in the views and sounds of nature at sunset, and then you'll take a tour through a mangrove swamp lit up by brilliant fireflies.
Kawa Kawa Wildlife River Cruise
If you want to get out into nature but can't afford to travel all the way to Kinabatangan, this day excursion is for you. Sabah's wildlife can be experienced on the enchanting Kawa Kawa river cruise, which departs from Kota Belud, about 112 kilometres northeast of Kota Kinabalu. During the day, you may see birds and primates like the Proboscis Monkey, long-tailed macaques, the rare silver languar, water buffaloes, river otters, and hornbills. When the sun goes down, it's time to board the evening cruise and be enchanted by the sparkling fireflies that greet you as you make your way around the boat.
Hawun Valley Kiulu
Hawun Valley is a campsite and café that just opened in Kiulu. It takes 1 hour and 5 minutes to drive from Kota Kinabalu City to Kiulu Town. The views are the best thing about Hawun Valley. In the morning, you can see Mount Kinabalu peaking through the mists as you look out over the lush, green valley. In the evening, you can watch a beautiful sunset, and at night, you can see the stars in the sky. There are basic amenities like clean toilets and shower rooms, as well as a private platform with rooms for rent and places to camp. Hawun Valley is a great place for friends, couples, and families to get away from the busy city life and relax and calm their minds.
Gaya Street Sunday Market
Gaya Street is closed to traffic every Sunday morning so that the street fair can take place. You have to go to this market if you're in KK. There are so many different things for sale there that you'll be amazed. This is the best place to find out about the local people's culture and way of life. You can buy arts and crafts, batik sarongs, shoes, fruits and flowers, local snacks and cakes, antiques and souvenirs, and even pets and herbs. The street fair starts at 6 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m.