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CEphoto, Uwe Aranas
Kota Kinabalu Travel Tips
is created for the benefit of people wanting to know more about this city and are planning their trip there.
(GPS: 5.980057, 116.073611), (British: Jesselton; Traditional Chinese: 亞庇; Simplified Chinese: 亚庇; Pinyin: Yàbì) is the state capital of Sabah in East Malaysia. Formerly known as Jesselton, it is also the capital of the West Coast Division of Sabah. The city has a population of 579,304, while the larger urban area has an estimated population of 700,000. It is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia.
Kota Kinabalu 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
, which gave the city its name, is nearby.
Categories of sights in Kota Kinabalu
- Chinese Temples in Kota Kinabalu
- Churches in Kota Kinabalu
- Commercial Properties in Kota Kinabalu
- Golf Courses in Kota Kinabalu
- Markets in Kota Kinabalu
- Mosques in Kota Kinabalu
- Museums in Kota Kinabalu
- Shopping Malls in Kota Kinabalu
- Spas in Kota Kinabalu
- Tourist Attractions in Kota Kinabalu
Nearby Tourist Attractions
- Mengkabong Water Village
- Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
Places within Kota Kinabalu
- Bandaran Berjaya
- Bukit Padang
- Gaya Street
- Kampung Air
- Kepayan Ridge
- Likas Bay
- Tanjung Aru
- Tanjung Lipat
Streets in Kota Kinabalu
- Gaya Street
Railway Lines in Kota Kinabalu
- North Borneo Railway
Universities in Kota Kinabalu
- Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Kota Kinabalu skylinehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Panoramic_views_of_Kota_Kinabalu#mediaviewer/File:KKCity5.jpg
Neighbouring Towns to Kota Kinabalu
- Lok Kawi
Islands off the coast of Kota Kinabalu
- Pulau Gaya
Cinemas in Kota Kinabalu
- Golden Screen Cinema, www.gsc.com.my, 63 Jalan Laiman Diki
- Mega Pavilion, www.megapavilion.net, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabaluhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Jalan_Tun_Fuad_Stephens,_Kota_Kinabalu#mediaviewer/File:Coconut_trees_Kota_Kinabalu.JPG
Swordfish Monument, Kota Kinabaluhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kota_Kinabalu_City_Centre_0001.jpg
Sembulan, a predominantly Bajau neighbourhood in Kota Kinabaluhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Panoramic_views_of_Kota_Kinabalu#mediaviewer/File:KotaKinabalu_Sabah_Sembulan-03.jpg
1 Borneo Hypermall, Kota Kinabaluhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:1Borneo_Hypermall#mediaviewer/File:Kota_Kinabalu_1Borneo_4600.jpg
Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral, Kota Kinabaluhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:KotaKinabalu_Sabah_SacredHeartCathedral-05.jpg
© CEphoto, Uwe Aranas
Geography of Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu is on the west coast of Sabah. It lies on a narrow strip of land sandwiched between the Crocker Range and the South China Sea. Five of the islands off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, and within sight of the city, have been designated the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. As Kota Kinabalu is located directly within the flight path of planes approaching the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, there is a strict limit to the height of buildings in the city.
Kota Kinabalu is the gateway into Sabah as well as to the island of Borneo. It has the second largest international airport in the country. Being the industrial and commercial centre of East Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu is one of the fastest growing cities in Malaysia. The city is located about 90 km from Mount Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in Borneo. Kota Kinabalu was formerly known as Jesselton, but besides Jesselton, there are also other names that are claimed to be the original name of Kota Kinabalu. The most popular is Api-Api, or sometimes simply Api, which means "fire" in Malay.
Aerial view of Kota Kinabaluhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:KKCity2.jpg
Kota Kinabalu International Airporthttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Kota_Kinabalu_International_Airport#mediaviewer/File:Kota_Kinabalu_International_Airport_Terminal1_02.jpg
Arriving in Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu International Airport
(BKI) is just about 7 km from the city. From the airport, you can take an airport shuttle, mini van or taxi. To take a taxi, buy the coupon at the taxi stand on the ground floor. The fare is fixed at RM20.00.
The city of Kota Kinabalu is small enough for you to walk. For farther away places, I would suggest that you either rent a car at the airport, or take a taxi. For both options, be sure you bargain for the best price. Taxis do not use meter, and the drivers will quote a high price expecting you to haggle it down.
What to see and do in Kota Kinabalu
The following are suggested activities. Contact local tour operator for details.
List of Businesses in the Directory
- Cultural Tour Visit the Monsopiad Cultural Village and Mari Mari Cultural Village. Contact Traverse Tours, tel: 088 260501, www.traversetours.com
- Diving: The possibilities are endless in Sabah. Contact Borneo Divers, tel 088 222226, www.borneodivers.info, Borneo Sea Adventures, tel: 088 230000, www.borneosea.com, Tanjung Aru Tours, tel: 088 222210, www.tanjungarutourstravel.net
- Motorbiking Join motorbiking tours of the Crocker Range and other places. Contact Borneo Biking Adventures, tel: 013 552 7313, www.borneobikingadventures.com
Whitewater Rafing Available at Sungai Padas and Sungai Kiulu Contact Traverse Tours, tel: 088 260501, www.traversetours.com
- Wildlife You can go to see orang utans, proboscis monkeys, and other wildlife in the sanctuary, or explore the rainforest. Contact Borneo Wildlife Adventure, tel: 088 213668, www.borneo-wildlife.com or Wildlife Expeditions, tel: 088 246000, www.wildlife-expeditions.com
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