A trip to Kota Kinabalu is sure to keep you in bliss and tranquility. The charming Malaysian destination may not be well known but has loads of excitement to offer to its tourists with its paradisiac islands and lush rainforests. Perched on the northern side of Borneo island, it is the capital of the state Sabah. It is named after Mount Kinabalu, which is the highest mountain in Malaysia. There is a mix of culture here with Chinese, Malays, Bajau and immigrants and the most common languages used include Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, and English. Reaching Kota Kinabalu is easy and all one needs to do is plan the trip and make bookings at the best hotel booking platform.
Take a closer look at the culture
There are different communities present in Sabah, and those include the fishermen of Lundayeh, the sea gypsies of Bajau, the hunters of Murut, the rice farmers of Dusun and the longhouse-builders of Rungus. It is definite must-do to visit the Mari Mari Cultural Village where one comes face to face with the customs, performances, cultural habits and food of the Sabahan tribes.
Many landmarks to see
Kota Kinabalu boasts of several surviving buildings and the wondrous Malaysian city continues to grow. Some of the most notable sites include Signal Hill Observatory Platform, from where one can see majestic views of the city skyline. Atkinson Clock Tower is one of the surviving buildings after the Allied Bombings. The main entertainment areas in the city are KK Waterfront & Times Square. Do not forget to visit Sabah State Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Sabah. whcih has minarets decorated with real gold!
Enjoy Klias Wetlands River Cruise
Take the Klias Wetlands River Cruise and spend the whole day cruising through a mangrove area. It is truly relaxing and enjoyable experience as one gets to see the Long Tail Macaques, Proboscis monkey, and Silver Languor Monkeys along the way. You might get to see a myriad of bird species. Moreover, if you are cruising at night, you can witness countless fireflies that make the tour even more magical!
Visit Mount Kinabalu
It is must in your itinerary to climb the Mount Kinabalu, a World Heritage Site. One can easily reach the summit in just a day as it is a relatively easy climb. One can walk along the botanical garden trail that starts at the base of the mountain. Enjoy amazing views once you reach the top.
Exciting time for your taste buds
The lots of nationalities and mix of cultures in Kota Kinabalu has left a mark on its culinary scene. Thus, it’s no surprise to come across the melting pot of cuisines that one can enjoy here. The Night Markets are famed for Malaysian and Chinese eats while the best seafood can be enjoyed at the SEDCO Square. Some of the most popular restaurants include names such as Welcome Seafood Restaurant, Ferdinand, Kedai Kopi Yee Fung and El Centro. Some of the must-try dishes include nasi goreng, kari, rendang, kuih serimuka, ondeh ondeh, epok epo and as for the drink, do try teh Tarik and sirap bandung.
Explore the Sunday market
Sunday market is held over a section of Jln Gaya, and it is truly an amazing experience to be in the lively Chinese street fair. You can shop for all sorts of things such as fruits, sarongs, umbrellas, batik sarongs, and antiques. Do not forget to haggle and get some good bargains on your shopping.
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