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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Kota Kinabalu..affectionately known as KK


(a rather old setting of KK)

Kota Kinabalu, formerly Jesselton, is the state capital of Sabah, East Malaysia, on the island of Borneo; it is also the capital of the West Coast Division of Sabah.

Facing the South China Sea and Tunku Abdul Rahman Park on one side, and with the mighty Mount Kinabalu in the background, Kota Kinabalu sprawls for kilometers along the coast and inland. The city is administered by Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (Kota Kinabalu City Hall).

Tourist attractions



Pulau Manukan, part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park



Atkinson Clock Tower - Built by Mary Edith Atkinson in 1905 in memory of her son Francis George Atkinson. It was formerly used as a navigation aid for ships until it was overshadowed by taller buildings.

(a very classic one)

Filipino Market - Handcrafts by the indigenous and non-indigenous people of Sabah can be found here. They produce a wide range of items which are mainly for functional rather than for decorative use.


Gaya Street sunday market - A gathering of local hawkers selling a wide range of items from traditional ethnic cultural souvenirs to pets and flowers. Worth a visit while in Kota Kinabalu.

Karamunsing Complex - The equivalent of Lowyat Plaza in Kuala Lumpur as it has more computer shops per capita than anywhere else in Sabah.

Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary - Located in Likas

Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) - Located about 8 km from the city of Kota Kinabalu. It is the second busiest airport in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) with around 3.9 million passengers using this airport annually for domestic and international flights.

Monsopiad Cultural Village - Situated in Penampang

Kinabalu National Park - Kota Kinabalu is the gateway to one of the most popular national park in Malaysia. The park is a two hour drive away from the city. Mount Kinabalu has the highest peak in South East Asia. Beautiful Sceneries.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Kinabalu#External_links)

(this is situated at kundasang, ranau)

North Borneo Railway

Sabah Museum

State Mosque

Tun Mustapha Tower (formerly Sabah Foundation Building or Bangunan Yayasan Sabah) - About a 10-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu, this 30-storey glass building is supported by high-tensile steel rods, one of only four buildings in the world that is built with this method.

Tanjung Aru Beach - Tanjung Aru has long stretches of sandy beaches. The most visited beach are Beach 1, Beach 2 and Beach 3. Food and drink stalls, Prince Phillip Botanical Park, night entertainment clubs, recreational clubs such as Tanjung Aru Golf Course and KK Yacht Club and a 5-star beach resort - Shangrila's Tanjung Aru Beach Resort can be found here. A popular family getaway place during the weekends.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park - A National Park consisting of the beautiful islands of Sapi, Mamutik,Manukan, Sulug and Gaya. About 15 to 30 minutes boat ride away from KK jetty.
A popular spot for snorkeling.

Rafflesia Forest Reserve - Located near Tambunan, the Reserve is an hour ride away from Kota Kinabalu. The world's largest flower species, the rafflesia, can be found here.( go to Tambunan)

Crocker Range National Park - Located just about 140 kilometres away from the city, near
Keningau. A nice place for jungle trekking and camping. (go to Keningau)

Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club

Karambunai - A half an hour drive north of the city. It has a world-class beach and golf resort.

www.borneo.com.au/ sabah/accommodation/nexus

Some tips for you!
1. While Kota Kinabalu is a safe place do take care of your safety, particularly at night.
2. Travel by bus can be quite confusing. So ask the people first.
3. Most people can speak basic english here. so do not feel afraid to ask anyone. Sabahan people is quite shy so normally tourist will ask first instead of them greeting you.
4. Always be prepared for surprises.
5.The best time to come around is during festive season that is on May for the Kaamatan festival and August - September for the national day celebration.

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Map of Sabah

Map of Sabah