Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia · 429 hotels available
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Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of the state of Sabah, Malaysia. Geographically, it faces the South China Sea on the northwest coast of Borneo. Previously, it was under the influence of the Bruneian Empire way back in the 15th century. Later in the 19th century, the British North Borneo Company (BNBC) set foot in Sabah by setting up a settlement in Gaya Island. After a scheme by Mat Salleh causing the settlement to be destroyed by fire, the company relocated to the land opposite to the island which was known as “Api-api”. The place would eventually get renamed as Jesselton and became a major trading port until the Japanese occupation. Devastation that occurred during the Japanese occupation gets too big for BNBC to fund the repair costs, hence the control of Jesselton was ceded to the British Crown Colony and rebuilding processes begun soon after that. After the formation of Malaysia, Jesselton or North Borneo is then known as Kota Kinabalu as of today. The renaming for Kota Kinabalu is due to the close proximity of the city to Mount Kinabalu. In Malay, “kota” means city, therefore Kota Kinabalu can be loosely translated as “the city of Kinabalu”. Kota Kinabalu or KK in short is a major travel destination and a well-established gateway for travellers coming to Sabah in general. At the same time, it is also a significant trade and commercial centre for East Malaysia. Due to these factors, growth of Kota Kinabalu has been ongoing at full speed, allowing it to be granted a full city status in the year 2000.
There are flights to Kota Kinabalu from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) which are provided by both Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia. Upon touchdown, from the airport, guests can go around town using public transportation or ride-sharing services.
This state museum located in Bukit Istana Lama on a 17 hectares of land. It houses both the museum and the state art gallery, as well as a botanic garden, a zoo and a heritage village. The history of the museum can be traced way back until 1965 when Sabah Society and George Cathcart Woolley Collection of photographs, diaries and other artefacts begun efforts in forming the nucleus of the museum. It was then moved to its current location in 1984 and remain unchanged till this day.
It feels incomplete to talk about Kota Kinabalu without mentioning this park. The marine park is a collection of islands with some beautiful wonders of nature, home to numerous species of wildlife and mesmerizing flora – some of them are actually remaining untouched by human development till this day. To begin with, travellers can do island-hopping around the Gaya Island, Sapi Island, Mamutik Island, Manukan Island and Suug Island with the Jesselton Point terminal as a starting point. There are touring services provided by the tour boat companies with affordable rates.
Gaya Island is an island located 10 kilometres off Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. While people come over to Kota Kinabalu to visit the capital of Sabah, they may drop by Gaya Island during their visit to Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Gaya Island is the biggest island in the national park, being covered in thick forest. The island gets its name from the word “gayo” in Bajau which means big. The island has a legendary beach located at the Police Bay which is famously known for its white sand, crystal clear water and well-preserved coral reefs which is suitable for diving and snorkelling.
A glorious two-star hotel situated in the Signature Office, KK Times Square. It has ample facilities at an affordable price which is great for travelers on a stringent budget.
A more established hotel located in Jalan Sembulan. Managed by TH Hotels and Residence, this hotel offers comfort and elegant atmosphere. Hotel services include minibar, front desk, luggage storage and car rentals.