Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah, second largest state in Malaysia. It is the third largest island in the world and is the new holiday destination. Filled with nature and loads of touristic destinations, Kota Kinabalu is fast gaining importance on the global tourism map. You will get impressed by the warmth and friendliness of its people. New shopping malls are coming up, and one can pick from any of the Kota Kinabalu hotels to enjoy an affordable and comfortable stay. The main attractions lie outside the city, and if you stay in Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu, you will be well within those touristic spots and nature around. The city is relatively young, and one can look forward to some excellent food and a plethora of things to do and explore.
Here are some good reason as to why you must visit Kota Kinabalu!
- Climb Mount Kinabalu, which happens to be the highest mountain on Borneo and is must for nature loving. You venture into the jungles and then climb to reach the peak of the mountain. It is indeed a bucket list must for the adventurous.
- Explore Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park which comprises of five islands, Take a ferry from Jesselton Point, and within fifteen minutes you will reach those picturesque islands. It is the perfect spot for those interested in swimming and snorkeling. Explore the islands teeming with marine life ad hosting beautiful coral reefs.
- Vest the Pulau Tiga Island, located off the shores of Sabah. Swim in its pristine turquoise waters or relax on the white sandy beaches. It is indeed a dream holiday destination for those who love beaches. Enjoy water sports such as snorkeling, kayaking, and diving.
- Visit the state museum that showcases an excellent collection of local houses which are made of wood. Learn how the different races used to live in their villages in the outdoor exhibition. This is a great way to get familiar with the cultures and tradition of the village.
- Take the Coral Flyer zip line instead of -hopping on a boat and enjoy the thrill. The flying fox connects Gaya to Sapi islands and can reach the speed of 60km/h. You can see the crystal clear waters below as you zip past.
- Explore the local markets where you will come across local handicrafts from the old tradition. Gaya Street Sunday Tamu and Dongoggon, Putatan is the most accessible. Buy some souvenirs from these local market.
- For those looking for real adventure, they can skip the hotels and camp outdoors in the Hounon Ridge Farmsta. There are no infinity pools, but you will have great views of Mt. Kinabalu from your camp.
- Travel in an old-school British steam train that will take you across the countryside. Ride across those paddy fields, coastal towns, and rainforests. You can visit Kinarut and Papar, two small towns on the way and explore their temples and markets.
- If you love to fish, then head for Kota Kinabalu, where you will find some of the best sport fishing grounds ever. Seem good options are Pulau Tiga and the Mengalum Island.
- Take a dip in the Melangkap Rive which is located in Kota Bleud. It is just an hour and half hour drive away from Kota Kinabalu. You will fall in love with the clear and clean waters of the river as well as the picturesque view of Mt. Kinabalu.
- Sosodikon Hill is another attraction for the travel buddies. The trial is not so challenging because of the low elevation, and it will take you about 20 minutes to reach the summit. From the top, you can enjoy an unobstructed view of the mountain range.