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Places to visit in Kota-Kinabalu

When you travel to Kota Kinabalu, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Kota Kinabalu, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Kota Kinabalu to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Kota Kinabalu things to do can include exploring Kota Kinabalu attractions and visiting the places of interest.

Attractions in kota kinabalu


Double Six Monument is a memorial spot, where an airplane crash had taken place in the year 1976, killing the then chief minister of the state, Tun Fuad Stephens and six other members of his cabinet. The Double Six Monument has been built exactly on the site of the plane crash. The monument honours the memory of all those people who lost their lives in the fatal crash. It is one of the most prominent and important landmarks in the area and is a very popular tourist attraction too.


Petagas War Memorial is an important memorial in the region. It is dedicated to the Kinabalu Guerillas members, who lost their lives defending Sabah against the Japanese Occupation Army at the time the Second World War. It is also known as Double Tenth Revolt. 


Take you kids to the Green Connection Aquarium for the time of their lives. You will be able to see the aquatic wildlife of Borneo here. Your kids will thank you for this amazing opportunity. You could see the wildlife from close quarters and get up close and personal with them, so much so that you could stroke a snake if you like and even touch a shark. No wonder then that the experience is going to prove to be invaluable to all the children travelling with you.


Visit the City Mosque for a unique spiritual experience that will enrich your trip. It is the biggest mosque in the state.
Sacred Heart Cathedral
This Roman Catholic Church is the biggest cathedral in Sabah.


The Chinese Temples of Che Sui Khor Moral Uplifting society is an impressive pagoda of green and orange.
Puh Toh Tze Buddhist Temple is an imposing structure flanked by ten Chinese deities that is a major tourist attraction here.


This museum is positioned behind the Cathedral of Sacred Heart on the place named as Jalan Menteri. This place has its history regarding the civilization of Islam in Sabah. 


The Sabah Museum is a modern four storey building that delves into the ethnicities and environment of Sabah. 


Tourists flock to the Lagoon Park in Karambunai, which is a good spot for exploring the region. What will attract you to this region is the scope for adventure in boast ride as well as jet-skis that are available for rent.


The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is in proximity to the small town of the Lok Kawi. The park is house to proboscis monkeys, orang-utans, Sumatran rhinoceros, gibbons, local deer, tigers, elephants among others. It also has different types of birds.


Borneo Art Gallery features excellent artworks of various regional and local artists. 


Sabah Art Gallery is the first Green building of Borneo and Sabah. It features over 3,000 different types of painting collections, and carvings. The gallery hosts 12 different exhibitions every year. 

Activities in kota kinabalu

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Kota Kinabalu provides visitors with wide range of exclusive diving sites. Usukan Bay, located near the Pulau Mantanani is great for recreational diving activities.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is a great place for Scuba diving and snorkelling. These activities offer a great chance for tourists to explore the underwater marine life.  

White Water Rafting and Kayaking in Kota Kinabalu is a rising passion with tourists visiting this quaint city. The Kiulu River in Tamparuli is a good option for those interested in rafting to check out. You could also enjoy kayaking at the beach of Tanjung Aru.

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Fishing is another relaxing and recreational activity that tourists visiting the city could participate in. You could indulge in the best of fishing experience while touring this pleasant and scenic city as it offers the cheapest rates in Malaysia. 

Food in kota kinabalu


Food is integral to the Kota Kinabalu culture. Try out some of their more famous renditions such as Chicken Wing, Guo Min Noodles, BBQ Pork Rice, the Roti Kahwin and Golden Aroma Chilli Crab among others.


The more popular restaurants here include Alu-Alu Café, Chili Vanilla, D Junction, and Fredinand’s besides others. 

Night Life in kota kinabalu


El Centro and JUGS are great hangouts here.


Place Pub & Place Music Lounge and Shenanigans are some of the other renowned bars and pubs that are popular hangouts here.

Shopping in kota kinabalu


This is the biggest shopping mall in East Malaysia. 

Suria Sabah

This is a new shopping destination in Malaysia, one that is attracting a lot of attention of shoppers that too. It offers more than ample opportunity for all shopaholics to shop to their heart’s content, and features some of the biggest brands in the retail scene under one roof.


The marketplace remains synonymous with various local handicrafts, gems, costly crystals, and home decorative. You will be able to purchase souvenirs of your trips here. Buy t-shirts and key chains in Sabah themes, carved and wooden statues, sarongs and batiks, floor mats, rattan handicrafts, and broaches. These products will of course make a great choice for souvenirs and gifts for keepsake that you could take back home.

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