Travelers’ guide to Kota Kinabalu

Travelers’ guide to Kota Kinabalu

Travelers’ Guide to Kota Kinabalu

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March, 2017

Kota Kinabalu, or generally known as ‘KK’, is the capital city of Sabah. KK is located on the west coast of Sabah within the West Coast Division, and it is the largest city in Sabah. KK is a fast growing tourism destination, where it becomes the main pit stop for travellers before going off to either the wild adventures in the jungle or the beautiful coral reefs in the islands of Sabah.

From indulging in the delicious seafood to island hopping near Sabah’s deep water, the abundant wildlife adventure tours to the swanky shopping malls in the city – KK offers much to travellers who want to stay on during their trip in Sabah.

Kota Kinabalu has become a must visit place for travellers near and far by giving these few reasons below to tempt travellers to stay on. There are plenty of tour packages in Kota Kinabalu;- from leisure to outdoor activities, as well as corporate incentives fully customizable and planned by us.

1. Absorb in sights of the city’s attractions.

Taking a day trip around the city, travelers can see the three buildings surviving the 1945 Allied Bombings – Atkinson Clock Tower on a hill beside Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, the old post office – which is now the Sabah Tourism Board headquarters, and a welfare office, which has become an unofficial street art gallery;- beautiful paintings done by local artists . Just behind that, take a walk up the stairs to the Signal Hill Observatory Platform to enjoy a breathtaking view of Kota Kinabalu city.

Hop in a cab to go to Sabah Museum to immerse in the rich culture and history of Sabah; visit the mesmerizing beauty of the Floating Mosque at Likas or the tallest building in Kota Kinabalu – Menara Tun Mustapha. 

Feel free to check our Kota Kinabalu City & Nature Tour for more info.

Travelers' guide to Kota Kinabalu

Atkinson Clock Tower

Travelers' guide to Kota Kinabalu

Sabah Tourism Board Office

Travelers' guide to Kota Kinabalu

Old Welfare office

Travelers' guide to Kota Kinabalu

Signal Hill Observatory Platform

Travelers' guide to Kota Kinabalu

Likas Floating Mosque

Travelers' guide to Kota Kinabalu

Sabah Museum

Travelers' guide to Kota Kinabalu

Menara Tun Mustapha

Kota Kinabalu Food

2. Kota Kinabalu is a good place to eat, drink and chill.

Kota Kinabalu offer travellers a good place to eat, drink and chill. With its diverse cultures from various ethnic races’ comes with its different cuisines, ranging from local traditional culinary, Asian fusion, Western cuisine, etc. For budget holiday travellers, there are also affordable prices in and around KK city. Travellers can go to KK’s night market, located near Le Meridien hotel, where one can enjoy fresh seafood cooked on-site and experience first-hand locals hospitality. Apart from that, there are also coffee shops that offers affordable prices on food and beverage.

KK city also has nightlife to offer for those who wants to relax and chill after a long day. Travelers can find bars, pubs and clubs along the Kota Kinabalu waterfront overlooking the sea and within KK Times Square.

3. Beautiful Sunsets near Kota Kinabalu Beaches

Travellers can witness a truly beautiful sunset in Kota Kinabalu city. According to Huffington Post writer, Kathleen Peddicord, she wrote an article listing Sabah as one of the top 8 places in the world to see sunset. Travelers can just walk around the Kota Kinabalu Waterfront to view the sunset over a pint of beer after a long day. Waterfront is one of the most popular holiday spots for locals and tourist to go for nightlife.

There’s another amazing spot to watch the sunsets and chill, at the Sunset Bar at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort. Travelers can sit, take a sip of cocktail, listen to the jazzy sounds of the live band while be  mesmerized by the sunset. Travellers can also go to Signal Hill Observatory Tower for a chance to watch the panoramic view of Kota Kinabalu city as well as the beautiful sunset. Check our blog post about Sunset in Borneo Sabah.

Kota Kinabalu Sunset
Kota Kinabalu Island

4. Island Hopping Tour Packages

There are a few islands that can be found near Kota Kinabalu city, namely the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP), which consists of Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Mamutik, and Sulug islands. The five islands are unique in a way that they form part of the national marine conservation area that are minutes away from Kota Kinabalu city.

Travellers can simply take a boat ride from Jesselton Point Terminal and choose which island to go. Once at the islands, travellers can experience a wide-range of water activities, such as island hopping, parasailing, banana boat ride, coral flyer zipline, sea-walking and more. Or else, they can opt to just relax and soak up the sun.

We offer a daytrip tour to traveller to get the chance experience islands near Kota Kinabalu, please check TARP Island Hopping for booking.

5. Shopping Malls and Local Market

Kota Kinabalu is a modest size area, but has major shopping malls and shopping areas that travellers can find in many other Asian cities, which are mostly located in the main Kota Kinabalu city. However, it does not have the quality offerings to compete with the likes of the Kuala Lumpur shopping malls, but there are still some bargains and surprises in store, enough to give the Sabah shopping experience to the travellers.

There are a few major shopping malls in Kota Kinabalu city, such as Centrepoint, Karamunsing Complex, KK Plaza, Wawasan Plaza, Wisma Merdeka, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, Oceanus Waterfront Mall, Imago Shopping Mall, Warisan Square, and 1Borneo Shopping Mall. Moreover, if travellers would like to go somewhere unique where they can practice their bargaining skills, then Gaya Street Sunday Flea Market and Filipino Market is the place to go! These wonderful markets are a good place for travellers to purchase local handicrafts, souvenirs and many other interesting items, but bargaining is a must.

Travelers' guide to Kota Kinabalu

Suria Sabah

Travelers' guide to Kota Kinabalu

Wawasan Plaza

Travelers' guide to Kota Kinabalu

Wisma Merdeka

Travelers' guide to Kota Kinabalu

1 Borneo

Travelers' guide to Kota Kinabalu

Karamunsing Complex

Travelers' guide to Kota Kinabalu

Imago

Travelers' guide to Kota Kinabalu

Center Point

Travelers' guide to Kota Kinabalu

Handicraft Market

Travelers' guide to Kota Kinabalu

Gaya Street Sunday Market

Kota Kinabalu Wildlife

6. Nature & Wildlife Tour Packages

It is not a surprise for Kota Kinabalu city to be titled as a nature resort city. Apart from going out from KK areas to experience the wildlife and nature tour, travellers can also experience it in Kota Kinabalu too!

Travellers can go to the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, for a chance to see the Borneo Pygmy elephants, Proboscis Monkeys, Malayan Tigers, and some different species of deer. In addition, travellers can also experience Borneo’s ocean biodiversity at Aquarium and Marine Museum in University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) campus. Kota Kinabalu wetlands are another one of the places for travellers to enjoy fresh air, a walk through the unique ecosystem, as well as bird watching.

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10 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know Before About Borneo!

10 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know Before About Borneo!

10 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know Before About Borneo

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March, 2017

Borneo is an incredible place which can fulfill every travelers’ dream. For travelers that are looking for something that is extraordinary to one’s eye, Borneo has the potential to fulfill their expectations. Be ready to be blown away with the amazing beauty of the jungle, rich cultural diversity and one of a kind tropical adventures.

Here are 10 facts about Borneo Island that attract most to the wanderlust out there.

1. Borneo is not a country! It is actually an island consisting of three different countries – namely Brunei, Malaysia (Sabah & Sarawak) and Indonesia.

 2. Borneo is the 3rd largest island in the world, behind Greenland and New Guinea. The land area of Borneo is 287,000 square miles or 743,330 square km.

10 facts about Borneo
10 facts about Borneo

3. The Borneo rainforest is one of the most ancient forests in the world, estimated to be about 140 million years old. Currently half of the world’s timber comes from Borneo.

 4. Home to the Orangutans, which can only be found in the rainforest of Borneo and Sumatra. Orangutans share about 97% of their DNA with humans – an interesting fact. (Photo source: Orangutan Foundation

10 facts about Borneo
10 facts about Borneo

5. Borneo also houses approximately 210 mammals – 44 of which are native to Borneo. It is inhabited by many endangered species such as Sumatran Rhinoceros, the Bornean Pygmy Elephant, and Bornean Clouded Leopard. Our tour package offers wildlife adventure tour for those who interested get a close up to wildlife.

6. Its highest point is Mount Kinabalu which is located in Sabah, Malaysia. This site has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage status which is now a tourism hotspot. 

10 facts about Borneo

7. Borneo is one of the world’s most biodiverse spots. Being home to an estimated 15,000 different plant species, with about 35% of it endemic – species such as The Nepenthes species, wild Orchids, Calophyllum tree and many more. Our tour package offers sightseeing and close up experience with the amazing natural habitat. (Photo source : Phillo )

8. The largest flower in the world – Rafflesia Arnoldii, can also be found in Borneo. It is known as the corpse flower because it gives out a rotting corpse smell. Sabah and Sarawak is especially known by tourist with this gigantic flower species. (Photo source : Rafflesia )

10 facts about Borneo
10 facts about Borneo

9. Borneo has various cultural influences, as it is home to close to 200 ethnics groups, which make up the natives of Borneo. Each of the ethnicity have different customs, laws, traditions, dialects and respective cultures. Some of the main ethnic groups are Dayak, Malay, Banjar, Chinese and Kadazan-Dusun. (Photo source : Brillio.net)

10. Borneo is twice the size of Germany; it covers an area of 287,000 square miles. They pack amazing adventures one can never get bored exploring into.

10 facts about Borneo

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Sabah Travel Guide – Top 10 Reasons to Travel to Sabah

Sabah Travel Guide – Top 10 Reasons to Travel to Sabah

Top 10 reasons to travel to Sabah

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February, 2017

Many of you have heard about Sabah, the second largest state in Malaysia –  also known as the Land Below the Wind. With the population over 3.1 millions of people, blessed with unique cultures, beautiful beaches and diving spots, nature, and wildlife diversity, This is a place that you should never miss on your travel bucket list.

Sabah will always have something unique to offer to you. So, if you have not yet made any vacations plan, be sure to mark Sabah as one of your lists. Here,we will provide you the top 10 reasons why you should travel Sabah.

Top 10 reasons to travel in Sabah

Kota Kinabalu City view from Signal Hill Observatory Tower. Photo: Rosmadi Shakri

1. Kota Kinabalu –  Nature Resort City

The capital city of Sabah, formerly known as Jesselton during the British colonial era days. You will never missed a chance to visit Kota Kinabalu (KK) city as it is the main gateway to other destinations in Sabah.

You can head to the Signal Hill Observatory Platform to enjoy the KK city view and islands. Take a walk along the KK city Waterfront to experience the food and nightlife entertainments, or you can go further south to the Filipino handicraft market to purchase inexpensive textiles, pearls and other souvenirs to bring back home. Shop till you drop in KK’s shopping malls or you can go for a Sunday Market at Gaya Street area. One of the best thing in KK is you will be fascinated with the variety of cuisine offered not only in hotels, restaurants but also by hawker’s stall.

You can read our blog post on Kota Kinabalu previously known as Api Api.

2. Islands in Sabah

Sabah also was known as the “Maldives of South East Asia”, as it has dozens of islands that are open for tourist. Who can resist with the clear water and white sandy beaches of this beautiful tropical island? Sabah offers a various experience on where you can go for a diving and other activities.

You can go for Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP) island hopping – consist of Manukan, Mamutik, Sapi and Sulug island, in a day. Apart from diving, you can also go for a birdwatching in Mantanani Island. Get close to the marine life to dive in Mabul Island, Kapalai Island and the most famous diving spots – Sipadan Island.

You can read our blog post on Top 5 Islands in Sabah.

3. Habitat for Wildlife

Half of Sabah is covered with forest, most of it as forest reserves and it is a home for the most unique and rarest wildlife. This gave many reasons to not only travelers but also wildlife experts,filmmakers, conservationists to travel all the way to discover wildlife in Sabah.

You can either meet Orang Utans at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, or you can go for a river cruise at Kinabatangan river to discover Proboscis Monkey and majestic birds. Pygmy elephants and Clouded Leopard spotting in Danum Valley Conservation Centre or in Deramakot Forest Reserve. Spotting the Bornean rhinoceros and tembadau in night safari at Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Moreover, you can choose to swim with turtles in coral reef around Turtle Island Marine Park.

You can read our blog posts on the Mammals Of Borneo : Kinabalu National Park6 Borneo Tours of Wildlife Will Leave a Permanent Exotic Experience in Your Life, Borneo Reptilians and Borneo Amphibians.

4. Nature

Sabah is a perfect place for nature lover where it is rich with natural resources and tropical rainforest. You will get the chance to experience the real beauty of nature and getting to know some rare and exotic flora in Sabah.

Take a nature walk around the Kundasang Kinabalu park, where you can get a majestic view of the Mount Kinabalu. Exploring the natural bird-nesting caves in Sabah – Gomantong Caves, Madai Caves, and Batu Punggul Caves. Jungle trekking in the Kawang Forest Reserve; the unique Lupa Masa Jungle Camp;  or to Maliau Basin, where you can experience a peaceful, natural and beautiful environment

Top 10 reasons to travel in Sabah
Top 10 reasons to travel in Sabah

Sabah diverse cultures. Photo: EstherK Borneo

5. Sabah Culture

There are more than 30 different ethnics group, with each different language, culture and heritage, living together in Sabah. You are welcome to experience the uniqueness of the various culture in Sabah.

Get to know various traditional homes of Sabahan ethnic in Mari-Mari Cultural Village in Kota Kinabalu, or stopping by to the living museum-Monsopiad Cultural Village to understand the unique ingenious architecture, simulated lives and ritual ceremonies. There are other places you can visit as well, such as Kadazan Dusun Culture Association Cultural Village, Meranjak homestay, Linangkit Cultural Village, Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Costume Museum.

6. Historical Places

Another reason to visit Sabah is due to the state’s rich with history. There are few historical landmarks you can go for a visit. Get to know the history during the World War II, by visiting the Kundasang War Memorial park and Sandakan Memorial Park. You can also visit the Mat Salleh Memorial Tambunan, Petagas Memorial Garden, Atkinson Clock Tower, North Borneo Railway and much more.

You can read our blog post on The Atkinson Clock Tower of Jesselton, British North Borneon

10 reasons to travel in Sabah
Top 10 reasons to travel in Sabah

7. Tip of Borneo

Going to the northern point of Borneo, where the South China Sea meets the Sulu sea. Tip of Borneo is located in Kudat, a limited development but possess a fascinate view of the scenery. Tip of Borneo also known as Tanjung Simpang Mengayau meaning the junction to the battle at the tip and it used to be a watch-point for pirate invasion hundred of years ago.

Best thing is, it is open to all and the entry is free! You can experience not only the scenic view, but also can do activities such as fishing, surfing, camping, and much more.

8. Best place to Stargaze

Not most of people know that Sabah’s offer the places for you to enjoy stargazing. It is recently becoming popular in the tourism industry.  With its low levels of light pollution and less cloudy skies, you won’t missed the chance to capture the beautiful night sky and horizon. There are few best places to stargaze in Sabah, but one of the best locations for stargazing would be in Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, Kudat.

You can read our blog post on Top 5 Places in Sabah To See Stars .

Sabah star

Pantai Indarason Laut, Kudat. Photo: Christianto Soning

Top 10 reasons to travel in Sabah

9. Sunsets View

You will never get bored of looking the sunsets while in Sabah. It is not a once in a lifetime events, but a daily occurrence. The air in Sabah is clean and giving clear view of sunsets, added with the dense cloud of the tropical climate created a more colourful and magnificent sky for sunset. Thus, most people refer to Sabah sunsets as “the most beautiful sunset in the world”.

You can check our post on Sunset in Borneo Sabah.

10. Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia with 4095 meters high above sea level. If you are up to the challenge, you can get 2 days 1-night package to climb up to the Low’s Peak Summit. Currently, there are two summit trails – Ranau trail and Kota Belud Trail (New!). Ranau trail is used by the climbers daily and Kota Belud trail is considered to be more challenging. Unfortunately, Mesilau Trail will be closed due to the inaccessible path from the recent earthquake. Thus, all climbers will ascent and descent via Timpohon trail from now. It is advisable for you to book early to avoid disappointment as Mount Kinabalu only limit 135 climb permits per day which issued by Sabah Parks.

You can read our blog post on Mount Kinabalu Climb History .

Sabah star
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