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Kota Kinabalu holidays

Sabah state administrative centre, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia

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The must-see destination in Borneo

In Kota Kinabalu, you can explore vibrant markets, enjoy stunning waterfront views, experience marine adventures, visit cultural sites, and feast on delicious local cuisine.

Kota Kinabalu, often referred to as KK, is the capital of Sabah, Malaysia, and a lively gateway to the wonders of Borneo. A holiday to Kota Kinabalu offers a rich blend of urban experiences, stunning natural beauty, and cultural diversity.

The city itself is a lively and modern hub with a welcoming atmosphere. You can explore bustling markets, enjoy delicious street food, and engage in a variety of activities. The Gaya Street Sunday Market is a must-visit for a taste of local life, where you can find everything from fresh produce to handicrafts.

Kota Kinabalu is renowned for its stunning waterfront. The waterfront promenade offers breathtaking views of the sea, especially during the sunset. It's a great place for leisurely strolls, and you'll find an array of restaurants, cafes, and bars to enjoy fresh seafood while taking in the beautiful scenery.

For nature lovers, the nearby Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is a paradise for water sports and beach enthusiasts. The park is made up of five idyllic islands, each with its unique charm. You can snorkel, dive, or simply relax on the pristine beaches. Manukan and Sapi Islands are popular choices, offering crystal-clear waters and rainbow-coloured coral reefs.

Kota Kinabalu also serves as a fantastic base for exploring the surrounding natural wonders of Sabah. You can easily arrange day trips or multi-day adventures to destinations like Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Southeast Asia, or the Kinabatangan River for wildlife encounters.

Cultural experiences are plentiful in Kota Kinabalu. The Mari Mari Cultural Village provides a glimpse into the diverse indigenous cultures of Sabah. You can learn about traditional practices, try local cuisine, and enjoy cultural performances.

The local cuisine is a highlight of any visit to Kota Kinabalu. Seafood is a specialty, and you'll find it prepared in a variety of mouthwatering ways. Don't miss the opportunity to try the famous Sabah Laksa or indulge in the fresh catches of the day at the many waterfront seafood restaurants.

A holiday in Kota Kinabalu combines urban pleasures with outdoor adventures and cultural discoveries. It's a destination that offers something for everyone, from city exploration to natural wonders, making it a diverse and exciting place to explore in Borneo.

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