Sights and scenes of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, the easternmost state of Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Formerly known as Jesselton, Kota Kinabalu is the city capital of Sabah as well as the capital of the West Coast Division of Sabah. Strategically situated in the Northwest Coast of Borneo Island, facing the South China Sea and Tunku Abdul Rahman Park on one side, and set against the backdrop of Mount Kinabalu; this beautiful ‘Nature Resort City’ stretches for miles along the coast and towards the inland. 

 

Kota Kinabalu today is a popular tourism getaway and a major gateway into Sabah and Borneo Island. Apart from featuring a number of tourism attractions in and around the city, Kota Kinabalu is also one of the most thriving industrial and commercial centers in East Malaysia. [Read more]

 

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You almost certainly didn't come to all the way to Sabah for its urban scene, but you gotta sleep somewhere after climbing Southeast Asia's tallest mountain, Mount Kinabalu, or diving in Sipadan, to exploring the jungle and meeting our distant cousin the Orang Utan, etc, or you even need some place to connect to an onward travel... and KK, as everyone calls it (locals also call it as Api Api), is a good place (sometimes the only place) to do all of the above. The town centre is walkable. The population is a spicy mix of expats, Chinese, indigenous Kadazan and of course, Malays. The food is good – surprisingly good, given you’re in Malaysia’s hinterlands. Nightlife is fun, a testament to Sabah’s laid-back approach to life; there aren't a lot of bars. The downside is out of control construction; KK desperately seems to want to answer the question, ‘How many empty malls can we build in one city?’ but past this one demerit, it’s hard not to love this town. 

Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu

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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu

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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu

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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu

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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu

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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu

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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu

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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu

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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu

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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu

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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu

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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu

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Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu
Lifestyle - Kota Kinabalu

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