Mari Mari Cultural Village is a museum that preserves Borneo ethnic culture. It offers you the opportunity to see and experience the culture and lifestyle of how the native ethnic groups of Borneo used to live back to the days when there was no electricity yet at their village. There are 5 different ethnic tribes in one village namely; the rice farmer Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse resident Rungus, the hunters and fisherman Lundayeh, the cowboy and sea gypsy Bajau, and the well known headhunting tribe Murut. This cultural village is located deep in the countryside away from Kinabalu city. You will also get a chance to sample Sabahan traditional delicacies from each ethnic group.
It is opened for visitors daily with three tours available; morning (10 am), afternoon (2 pm) and evening (6 pm). For Malaysian, the admission fee is RM150 (adult) and RM120 (child) while for foreign visitors, the fee is RM170 (adult) and RM150 (child). Be sure to wear comfortable shoes/sandals as this place requires a lot of walking.
If shopping is your cup of tea, then Kota Kinabalu is a perfect place for you to embark on a new shopping experience. Head down to the night market near the Le Meridien Hotel, where you will get to taste a wide rande of local delicacies. Also, the fish market is just nearby. There is a vibrant Chinese street fair takes over the entire length of Gaya Street every Sunday. Expect to find a lot of agriculture produce, antique goods and batik sarong here. The Handicraft Market is a good place to shop for inexpensive souvenirs such as pearl, textile, seashell crafts and many more.
Located just 5 minutes boat ride from Kota Kinabalu, there is a protected water called Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. This park consists of five beautiful islands, namely Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik, all are very popular among tourists due to their pristine, crystal clear water and white sandy beaches. Explore the under water by scuba diving and snorkeling. Other activities include kayaking, sailing, picnicking, BBQing and beach sports.
Mount Kinabalu is must visit place once you are in Kota Kinabalu. Whether you are up for hiking or just visiting the attractions around the foothill, be sure to visit this place to experience breathtaking views as well as cold and fresh breeze of the majestic mountain. Known as the tallest mountain in Borneo, it is protected and gazetted as one of the world heritage sites.
Have a revitalizing time rejuvenating the body, mind and soul while enjoying warm and cozy hospitality at Kasih Sayang Health Resort, an accomodation with a holistic approach to health in the sanctuary of nature. Nestled in pristine tropical rainforest of Crocker Range, this resort overlooks the city of Kota Kinabalu (KK) and over towards the 5 Islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Parks and the horizon beyond it. Standing at 2400 feet above sea level, it features 20 rooms, a spacious restaurant, with a huge deck and three function rooms for meetings equipped with karaoke facilities. Unlike any other accomodation, Kasih Sayang Resort is dedicated to provide a retreat where health, nature and hospitality come together.
Located in the heart of the township of Inanam, Inhotel Kota Kinabalu is an absolute pick if you plan to stay in Kota Kinabalu. Surrounded with many amenities such as supermarket, banks, commercial shoplots, restaurants with local delicacies and schools, this hotel is execellently equipped with standard facilties to ensure a comfortable stay for their guest. This hotel is committed to green hotel policies and the implementation of proactive measures to help protect and sustain the environment for future generations. In delivering their service, they take proactive approach to conserve natural resources through the responsible use of energy, water and materials yet maintain the quality of service expected by guests.