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About Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is one of the most important cities in Malaysia, but it’s too often forgotten by tourists. So, make the most of this hidden gem by planning a trip here!

Enjoy wandering through the streets and exploring the local culture. With FlipKey, you can be right in the heart of the action, so why not book your vacation rental today?

About Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Named after Mount Kinabalu (just 50 kilometers east-northeast of the city), Kota Kinabalu is known for its hospitality.

People come here from all over the world, and often decide to stay thanks to its exciting, multicultural art and music scene.

It may not be the most classically beautiful city in the world, but the vibrant energy that lies within gives it an appeal all of its own – not to mention the beautiful, fiery sunsets and lush green mountains that surround the city.

It’s an amazing mix of stylish malls, expensive condos and spectacular ancient architecture. There's never a dull moment in this place, so make sure you're ready to explore as soon as you get off the plane.

There are plenty of markets where you can try local snacks and find that perfect souvenir, but we suggest trying the freshly caught seafood – it’s delicious.

What to do in Kota Kinabalu

To truly understand the history of this place, you'll have to go looking for it.

Start off at the Mari Mari Cultural Village and the Sabahan Museum, where you can see the traditional homes and equipment that the original communities used.

You'll also gain insight into the myths and legends that surround the foundation of this city, as well a taste of the traditional cuisine of each tribe. It may be a little touristy, but it’s fascinating and great fun!

If you like animals, head to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park – and, don't forget to bring your camera! There are tigers, sun bears and orangutans, as well as a host of smaller creatures. This really is an incredible place for the kids!

Take a trip on the North Borneo steam engine. It's an exciting way to see the rest of the area and an unforgettable day out. You feel like you've stepped back in time.

Top travel tips for Kota Kinabalu

The temperature stays at or around 90F for the entire year – lucky you! However, it does rain quite a bit, so remember to pack your waterproofs.

To get to Kota Kinabalu, travel directly through the region’s international airport. You'll only be 7 kilometers away from Sabah city center.

Pretty much everywhere in Kota Kinabalu is within walking distance. And, if you do get tired from too much sightseeing, rent a motorbike – they're great fun and easy to hire.

Kota Kinabalu is a great spot for a vacation. It's hot, there's plenty to do and it's not too full of tourists. Make this your next destination by booking one of FlipKey's vacation rentals today!