Wednesday, 26 September, 2018 12:59:14 AM




The 4 sister cities of Kota Kinabalu :

1) Yongin City, South Korea
2) Ratchaburi Province, Thailand
3) Rockingham City, Australia
4) Vladivostok, Russia.


Jalan Tuaran  flyover

525-metre long Jalan Tuaran  flyover

Kota Kinabalu Central Market

Beside the Handicraft Market. Central Market consists of the wet and dry central markets. Tropical fruits of all sorts, fresh vegetables and poultry can be found here.

The king of fruits, the Durian is a seasonal favourite at the markets. A must try for all tourist, however most hotels do not allow Durians.

Gaya Street
Gaya Street

The Gaya Street Fair : Gaya Street Market (KK Sunday Market): Located in the heart of KK, this is a popular site for locals and visitors to shop every Sunday. Antique gongs, handicrafts, potted plants, orchids, pets, crystals, ceramics, clothing and accessories, local cakes and biscuits are just some of the hundreds of Items on offer...


 Suria Sabah
at Kota Kinabalu city center

Suria Sabah is located between Wisma Sabah and Jesselton Point. This RM500 million mall sits on an 11-acre site, includes a 120-room 4-star hotel.
Located in the middle of Kota Kinabalu city with fantastic sea view of magnificent South China Sea.

This shopping mall was completed in July 2009 One of Kinabalu’s latest popular places for shopping located at prime city centre near the 2km long waterfront.

Home to the first GSC 3D hall for 3D movies in Sabah. The 200 shops in Suria Sabah which provide a wide range of merchandise and services.

More about Shopping malls in Kota Kinabalu City

China Consulate in Kota Kinabalu

The new China Consulate is located at VIP Lot, near City Mall at Jalan Lintas.

The office will be able to start issuing China VISA to Malaysian in 2017.

They handle any matter specially for Chinese Tourists from Mainland China but not visa issuance at the present.


Jesselton Point :  located downtown at Jalan Haji Saman (near Customs Department), whereby there are daily boot transfers to the islands between 7.30 am to 5 pm and a return trip to any one island costs around MYR24 per person.

Apart from Jesselton Point, visitors can depart from the jetties located at Shangrl-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Sutera Harbour Resort (prices vary among different tour operators).

This formally City Ferry Terminal  was once an eyesore to the tourists. Today this location set to be a tourist attraction that will be the envy of many.

The new look cost a RM5 million and with a new name : Jesselton Point.

The new Jesselton Point has museum, retail outlets, restaurants and recreational facilities such as an indoor futsal centre. Passenger services are also being upgraded.

Jesselton Point is only the 1st phase of the proposed Jesselton Waterfront project by its management company, Suria Capital Holdings, which  took over the management of all port operations in Sabah through its subsidiary, Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd.

More about Jesselton Waterfront project...

Jalan Pantai

Horizon Hotel 豪麗勝酒店
City Park Bus Terminal Kota Kinabalu

Shell Petrol Station

Gaya Street 50meters

High Court

Jalan Pantai

Under construction

1Sulaman (31-storey + 36-storey + 4-storey)
8 Avenue (14-storey)
Angkasa Apartment (10 blocks of 8-storey) (1,664 units)
Bay 21 Condo (29)
Central Building (12-storey) - Renovation
City Hotel (2 blocks of 12-storey)
Commercial Building - Sadong Jaya (6-storey)
Cyber City Apartments 2 (4-storey) (1,600 units)
Cyber Square (2-storey shops)
Damas 118 Plaza (3-storey shops)
D'Vantage Condo (10-storey) (96 units)
D'Sulaman Square (4 to 5 storey shops)
Hartamas Height condo (12-storey)
Hotel - Sadong Jaya (4-storey) Conversion
Hotel - Tanjung Aru (10-storey)
Hotel Sixty3 (6-storey) Conversion
Hypermarket at Lintas Jaya Uptownship (3-storey)
International Technology and Convention Centre (ITCC) (2 blocks of 20-storey + 17-storey + 4-storey)
Jesselton Residences (3 blocks of 20-storey on top of 8-storey mall & car park) (333 units)
Kepayan Point (3-storey shops)
Kepayan Police Apartment (2 blocks of 12-storey + 2 blocks of 11-storey + 2 blocks of 9-storey + 7-storey) EST
KK Broadcasting Complex (5-storey)
KK City Waterfront (2 blocks of 8-storey on top of 6-storey mall & car park)
KK Times Square Phase 2 (5 blocks of 9-storey apartment (631 units) + 4-storey mall + 5-storey car park)
KK Suites (15-storey)
Kolej Yayasan Sabah (2 blocks of 8-storey)
Legenda Saujana Apartment (7-storey)
Lido Plaza (3-storey shops)
Masterskill College Extension (4-storey)
Metro Town - (8 blocks of 3-storey shops)
Ming Garden Hotel & Residences (11-storey)
Natikar Hotel (12-storey) Conversion
Nuclear and Radiotherapy Medical Centre (9-storey) EST
One Place Mall (11-storey)
Padimas Point (3-storey shoplots)
Pavilion Bundusan (3-storey shoplots)
Peak Vista Tower A (28-storey)
Pintas Square (3-storey shoplots)
Poi Neutron (5-storey)
Puncak Luyang Tower B (9-storey)
Putatan Platinum Apartment (5 blocks of 12-storey)
Queen Elizabeth Hospital 1 (2 blocks of 12-storey)
Queen Elizabeth Hospital 2 (9-storey) - Renovation
R55 Condo (11-storey)
Ribuan Gaya HQ (4-storey)
Riverson (2 blocks of 12-storey + 11-storey + 9-storey)
Sabah Cultural Building (4-storey)
Sabah Art Gallery (4-storey)
Sabah Medical Centre (11-storey)
Sabah State Administrative Centre (30-storey and 2 blocks of 9-storey) Picture 1
Shoplot - Beside Taman Bunga Raja (4)
Shoplot - Near Donggongon roundabout (Homesign Network) (3)
Surian Residence Condo (2 blocks of 12-storey)
Taipan 28 - Inanam Properties (3-storey Shoplots + 2 blocks of hotel)
Taman Ceriamas 118 - Putatan
Taman Eramas 118 - Donggongon
Taman Kim Leng Phase 5B
Taman Nelly Studio Apartment - Fine Landmark (8)
Taman Nountun Juta - Kolombong
Tiara Boutique Pool Villa (7-storey)
The Manikar
University Condo Apartment 2 (4-storey) (2,464 units)
Wawasan Bus Terminal
Wisma Kinsabina (4-storey)
Wisma Pelajaran (10-storey)

On Sale / Booking / Registration

1Likas - Sagajuta (2 blocks of 34-storey and 20-storey on top of 9-storey mall/car park + 12-storey + 18-storey)
Aeropod - SP Setia (Shopping Mall, Hotel, Office Tower, Retail Office, SoHo, Serviced Apartment, Parklands, Transportation Hub)
C Park - Chang Cheng Group (30-storey + 6-storey + 4-storey + 3-storey)
Canggih Heights - Top Green Development (13-storey)
Celebrity Residence condo - New Age Portfolio (3 blocks of 26-storey on top of 5-storey car park) (432 units)
Elements at Likas Condo - Wah Mie (2 blocks of 29-storey on top of 4-storey car park + 5-storey) (783 units)
Giling Metro (2 to 3-storey shop office) - Telipok
Grand Pavilion Residence - Likas (32-storey)
Jade Residence Condo - Sara Timur (15-storey)
Jesselton Point Hotel (25-storey)
Jesselton Villa Condo - Bina Puri (18-storey)
Menggatal Heights - Chang Cheng Realty (9 blocks of 5-storey)
Millennium Residency Apartment (TBA)
Palm Condominium - Mega Sunwise (5 blocks of 16-storey) (640 units)
Puri Fantasi - CL Pertama Development (6-storey) (42 units)
Signal Hill Residence Condo - Stakan Development (17-storey)
The Peak SOHO Block B - SBC Group (15-storey) (96 units)
The Suritz - SC Land (17-storey)
University Prime Condo - The W Group


Aru On The Park (2 blocks of 14-storey) - Tanjung Aru
Asmara Sky Residences (Signal Hill)
Blu SummerSuites - Titijaya (Bukit Padang)
Bukit Padang Govt Hospital (600-800 beds)
Bundusan Apartment (12-storey, 2 blocks of 15-storey, 17-storey)
Bundusan Perdana Apartment (Mix of 8 to 11-storey) (1,170 units)
City Library - Tanjung Aru (6 to 7-storey)
Condominium - Signal Hill (9-storey)
Condominium - Pristana (Signal Hill)
Condominium - Fine Landmark / Inanam (2 blocks of 11-storey) (160 units)
Condominium - Wah Mie / Sepanggar (2 blocks of 16-storey) (500 units)
Damai Residences - Jesselton Waterfront Holdings (40-storey + 38-storey + 4-storey) (580 residences) - Damai
Eco Park - Chang Cheng Group
Exhibition Centre (Replacement for Sabah Trade Centre)
Hotel - behind of Suria Sabah (15-storey)
Hotel 99 (100-rooms Boutique Hotel) - Lintas
Kasigui Tower condo - Central Million Properties (9-storey) (72 units)
Kota Kinabalu High Court (12-storey)
KK City Waterfront Phase 2 (12-storey)
Kurnia Perdana Apartment Phase 2 (150 units)
Light Residence - RA Concept / Penampang (22-storey) (228 units)
Lucky Heights Phase 2 (413 units)
Newington Hotel & Spa (11-storey) - Kolombong
One Jesselton condo - Bina Puri / Kepayan (11-storey) (100 units)
Pacific Parade - Ideal Prestige (Shopping Mall, Car Park, Condominium - 1,000 units)
Padi 8 (Terrace House) - Penampang
Property Development (109.41-acre), Princess Heights - Permaju Industries Bhd
Residential Development - Hua Yang
Riverside Condo - KK Land (UNK)
Shoplots / Office - Homesign Network
Sky Mansion - IJM Land = Mile 3 1/2, Jalan Tuaran (25-storey)
The Bay Residences Condo - Unique Flex / Likas (20 to 30-storey) EST
The Lantern (300-rooms Boutique Hotel)
The Tropicana - Blossomaju
Titijaya Sdn Bhd - 1. Mixed waterfront containing serviced apartments, shop-offices and a hotel / 2. Green residential enclave with bungalows and condominiums near Tun Fuad Stephen Park.
UMS Link International Precinct - (27-storey apartment, 5-storey office tower, 7-storey hotel, 2 blocks of 5-storey medical centre)
University Utama Condominium - The W Group

Pending/Halted/Unknown Status

Atkinson Tower
Condo - Rafflesia Kurnia Sdn Bhd / Bukit Padang Hill (4 blocks of 15-storey)
Harbour City Phase 1B, 1C, 2, 3, 4, 5 (UNK)
Prima Condo - Improbuilt (UNK)
Jesselton Mall
Jesselton Waterfront - Suria Group (UNK)
Kinabalu International Convention Centre (UNK)
Likas Indah - Rimdaya
Star City South
The Vista, The Point, The Heritage - Sutera Harbour (The Vista - 448 units)

Recently Completed Buildings

88 Market Place (3-storey shoplots)
Alam Damai
Bayshore Condo Phase 3
Cititel Express Hotel
Cyber City Apartments 1 (TBA)
Damas118 Plaza (3-storey shoplots)
Gaya Centre Hotel
Habiba Suites
Harbour City Phase 1A
Hing Tower Condo
Horizon Hotel
Inanam Taipan (3-storey shoplots)
Jesselton Condo
Karamunsing Capital
Kepayan Perdana (3-storey shoplots)
King Park Hotel
KK Times Square Phase 1
Land and Survey Department (10) EST
Lintas Jaya Uptownship (3-storey shoplots)
Lintas Station
Luyang State Library
Luyang Plaza
Mega Long
Menara UMNO
Peak Vista Tower B
Puncak Luyang Tower A Condo
Puteri Damai Condo
Star City North
Suria Sabah
Taman Padi View
Tang Dynasty Park Hotel
Tanjung Aru Condo
University Apartments 1 (TBA)
University Apartments 2 (TBA)
University Condo Apartments 1 (10 blocks of 4-storey)
Warisan Square
Windrose Square (3-storey shoplots)
Yaho Hotel

Jalan Tun Razak
Image above : Jalan Tun Razak


Street views of Kota Kinabalu.

le Hotel

Hotels in Kota Kinabalu


Seafood -- First-time travelers must try the lat zi hai (crab in hot and spicy sauce), butter prawns and sayur manis or fern cooked with belacan (prawn paste) at Kampung Nelayan Floating Seafood Restaurant, located 10 minutes away from the city center. Diners at Kampung Nelayan can also enjoy nightly cultural performances.

At the Ocean Seafood Restaurant and Port View Seafood Village, guests have the option to choose their crabs, shellfish, lobsters and fish from the tank to be served directly on their table.

Other popular dining spots include the Tanjung Aru Beach Seafood Restaurant which offers diners spectacular vistas of the sea and the Sri Selera Kapung Air, a row of seafood restaurants at the Sedco Complex.

Kota Kinabalu Waterfront

Kota Kinabalu Waterfront

23-3-2015 MON 6:24PM

Kota Kinabalu's Waterfront is a popular hangout for both locals and visitors alike.
The Waterfront would come to life at night, a popular after-hours hangout and a great places to watch the sun set over the South China Sea.

The Waterfront is located in the city centre, making it a short stroll from anywhere within the city.

RM '000
EPP1 Development & Modernization of Kota Kinabalu City
as a Lifestyle Hub
1 Jesselton Waterfront 851,000 4000 2,100,000
2 Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) 235,000 1000 569,000
3 Sembulan River Beautification project (Phase 2 & 3) 181,000 4500 129,000
5 KK City International Cruise Terminal @ Jesselton 16,000 200 1,000,000
6 KK City Waterfront Development 105,000 3,200 500,000
7 Tanjung Aru  to UMS Cycleway and Pedestrian  Walkway project   200 34,000
8 International Technology Convention Centre (ITCC) 105,000 4000 520,000
9 Aeropod, Tg. Aru - Mixed Commercial & Transport Hub Development   3000 1,000,000
10 Extension of Entertainment Zone to new areas 163,000 500  
11 Green City & Landscaping project ) Landscape Masterplan   1,500 144,000
EPP2 Boosting tourism attractions in Greater KK
12 Relocation & Redevelopment of squatters at Pulau Gaya 300,000 200 1,175,000
13 Ma'ang Hill Resort Development 20,000 1150 220,000
14 YTL Resort at Pulau Gaya 31,000 1260 75,000
15 Karambunai Integrated Resort City 1,300,000 4000 1,100,000
16 South China Sea Place (Ming Garden) 22,000 800 151,000
17 Development of Kokol Hill 65,000 400 22,000
18 Gondola at Inobong Substation, Penampang 66,000 538 223,000
19 Expansion of Scuba Diving Academy 18,000 1035 53,000
20 Water Taxi, Sports & Maritime Centre 120,000 200 115,000
21 Relocation & Redevelopment of KK Central for an Intergrated Cultural & Entertainment Area (ICEA) 500,000 700 130,000
22 Tanjung Dumpil Resort & Residential Development 30,000 1000 600,000
EPP3 Improve mobility and travel experience
23 Bus Terminal Wawasan (CBD)   200 4,000
24 Bus Teminal North - Inanam   500 20,000
25 Bus Terminal South - Kepayan   920 50,000
26 BRT System (BRT) System  (Phase 1 &2)   400 358,000
27 Implementation of One Way Traffic System in KK CBD   50 20,000
EPP4 Boosting Private & Public Healthcare for Health Tourism
28 Gleneagles Medical Centre 155,000 1500 518,000
29 KPJ Healthcare - Acquisition of SMC & Damai Specialist      
30 Public Hospital Upgrades & Extension (4 Hospitals)     1,100,000
31 Roll out of Full Paying Patient (FPP) to boost revenue for government hospitals & promote health tourism 393,000 506 200


 Justs can’t help smiling in Sabah :

Kota Kinabalu City Hall has planted more then 725,000 ornamental trees all over Kota Kinabalu since 2000 to 2011.

The tree-planting cover from Kota Kinabalu to suburban areas of Inanam, Menggatal and Telipok.
Kota Kinabalu City Hall’s tree-planting programme is a continuous effort to make the city greener and also to address the global warming issue that has become more critical.

Obvious changes are noticeable along the main highways and roads, under the flyovers and on the roundabouts where the planting of trees, including ornamental and decorative plants, not only provide welcome shade but also to give the city centre a facelift by making the city greener, cleaner, merrier and more beautiful.

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Kota Kinabalu, the gem of Malaysia :
 BusinessMirror 16 Jan 2013 Written by Stella Arnaldo (Text and photos) / Twitter: @Pulitika2010


The capital of Sabah is Kota Kinabalu. With the dawn of Air Asia flights to Sabah few years back, access to this bustling city in Malaysia became much easier and affordable.

Kota Kinabalu’s rise as a tourism destination has been tremendous, especially with the massive efforts at promotion of the Sabah Tourism Board. Statistics shows that in the late 90s, Sabah was enjoying less than 500 thousand visitor arrivals per year, this figure has risen to more than 4 million tourists in 2008.

The modern city of Kota Kinabalu offers travellers a wide variety of landscapes from beaches and virgin coral reefs to lush tropical rainforests.

Kota Kinabalu has grown to become a major city in South-East Asia,  in terms of size and tourist attractions.

The state capital of Sabah, KK is probably the fastest developing state capital outside of the Klang Valley.

From the spanking new airport terminal to the 1Borneo area of Likas, KK has come alive and reminded me of the pace of development in Guangzhou.

Purely from the development point of view, the area from the Universiti Malaysia Sabah to 1Borneo has come alive. There has been a massive boom in shopping centers in and around Kota Kinabalu city.

According to the Department of Statistics, Kota Kinabalu proper has a population of 452,058 while the larger urban area, which includes Penampang district, has an estimated population of 651,658.

It is the largest urban centre in Borneo and the sixth largest in Malaysia.

The city seems to be so alive at all times, whether in the morning, afternoon or way past midnight.

Waterfront is  the hub of nightlife in KK,  joined by other projects such as the KK Times Square.



5 Entry Point Projects  for Greater Kota Kinabalu


Sector Entry Point Projects (EPPs)
#1 Modernizing KK City Jesselton Waterfront Project
KK City Waterfront Development

Sabah International Conference Centre
KK City Cruise Terminal at Jesselton Point
Pedestrian Walkway and Cycle way
International Technology Convention Centre
Sembulan River Beautification and Cleaning
Extension of Entertainment Zone to New Areas
Green City & Landscaping
#2 Boosting Tourism Attractions Relocation & Redevelopment of Pulau Gaya
Ma’ang Hill Resort Development
YTL Resort in Pulau Gaya
Karambunai Integrated Resort
South China Sea Place (Ming Garden)
Development of Kokol Hill
Gondola at Inobong Substation, Penampang
Expansion of Diving Academy
Tanjung Dumpil Resort
Water Taxi, Sports & Maritime Centre
Development of Wet Market / Safma
#3 Improve Mobility and Travel Bus Terminal Wawasan
Bus Terminal North - Inanam
Bus Terminal South - Kepayan
Bus Rapit Transit System (BRT)
One Way Traffic System
#4 Health Tourism Gleneagles Medical Centre
KPJ Healthcare - Acquisition of SMC & Damai Specialist
Public Hospital Upgrades & Extension (4 Hospitals)
Roll Out of Full Paying Patient (FPP) to boost revenue for Government hospitals & promote health tourism
#5 Early Education ● ECCE College at Kota Kinabalu
● 83 new preschool across Kota Kinabalu

5 Entry Point Projects  for Greater Kota Kinabalu



To transform KK City into a Green City to match the theme of “Nature Resort City” To upgrade and build new landscape areas within the city (total 5 areas have been identified) To enhance KK’s Green Linkages


● Insufficient development fund and insufficient maintenance fund remains a big issue
● The GNI impact is more on spillover effects makes it harder to secure funding
● Prices of materials are relatively higher compared to other states


Enablers Required to make it happen

● To find a new CSR model for private sector to participate in the beautification programme
● An awareness programme to acknowledge the indirect benefits of landscape contribution in our local and national economic development
● To have materials available locally


Key outcome / benefit of this project

● To achieve the status of “Nature Resort City”
● To achieve a balanced and sustainable development between man-made features and nature
● To upgrade living conditions and niches of the city

Walkway from Tanjung Aru to Likas

Pedestrian Walkway and Cycle way
Walkway from Tanjung Aru to Likas

The first phase of the 25.3km pedestrian walkway project from Tanjung Aru to Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Likas started 2012. The project costing RM38 million and divided into four phases.

This  was one of three tourism projects identified in the implementation of the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) programme.

Sembulan River Park in Sadong Jaya is under the purview of the Kota Kinabalu City Council (DBKK)



Jesselton Waterfront, Kota Kinabalu
An artist's impression of Jesselton Waterfront, Sabah.

Jesselton Waterfront Project, Kota Kinabalu

Another additional  project to the present KK City Water Front for further modernizing the capital city.

The Jesselton Waterfront project includes :
1) modern hotels,
2) condominiums,
3) a commercial complex,
4) international restaurants and
4) a maritime museum.

This RM2 billion Jesselton Waterfront will be completed by 2030.


Above : Map of Kota Kinabalu City showing location of Water Front and Sunday Market

Kota Kinabalu City Waterfront

OVER the last few decades the narrow shoreline of the once serene coastal town of Kota Kinabalu  has changed.  What Kota Kinabalu was in the 1950s is now almost unrecognizable to those who grew up close to it. It has rapidly changed its face over the last three decades with most of the city centre built on reclaimed land.

Kota Kinabalu Waterfront also called KK Esplanade. Located at city center, surrounded by famous landmarks such as the Hyatt Regency hotel, Cocoon bar, and Wisma Merdeka shopping complex.

In addition to the benches provided and the wooden platform overlooking the islands, visitors will be amused by the dolphin monument and the smaller statues of fishes decorating the esplanade.

Overlooking the sea, the esplanade is a perfect place to enjoy the atmosphere of KK city

Today, Kota Kinabalu City is striving to strike a balance in preserving its old environment while pushing for development to make the city a world-class leisure and tourism spot, in line with the objectives of the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC)


Sembulan River Park

The Sembulan River Park project is  a three-phase tourism project costing a total of RM45 million under the SDC.

Sembulan River Park also indirectly improves public facilities in the city and can be a tourist attraction for the state.

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Sunset at Tanjung Aru Beach

Tanjung Aru Beach of Kota Kinabalu

The best and closest beach to Kota Kinabalu is a place called Tanjung Aru, a pretty upscale place that has undergone upgrades to make it a Tourist Spot.

Tanjung Aru is actually a name given to a collection of three beaches. The first one is located right in the middle and is a good place to frolic around enjoying the sights and sounds. Beach 2 is located a bit deeper to the right and is a place for couples to go to at night. The third beach is arguably even more secluded.

Besides Tanjung Aru, Karambunai beach is more a five star resort than a public beach.

Another of the tourism projects was the Atkinson Clock Tower beautification project.

Located near Padang Merdeka here, Atkinson Clock Tower which was completed in 1905 is an important heritage site of the state. The beautification project estimated to cost RM12 million, is expected to commence next year.

Emergency Telephone Contacts in Kota Kinabalu

Police & Ambulance 999
Bomba / Fire Brigade 999
Accidents / Natural Disasters 999
Civil Defense 999
Mobile Phone Emergency 999
Directory Enquiries 103
Police Hotline 088221 191
SESB (Power Failure) 15454

Karamunsing Complex - Kompleks Karammunsing

Wisma SESB Sabah Electrical Sdn. Bhd.

Sepangar Island and Sepangar Bay

Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre
Formally known as Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary (KKCBS)

The Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre is only 2 km from the city centre on a 24 hectares (60 acres) of mangrove wetlands, near the Likas Sports Complex and residential bungalows. The Sanctuary is an environmental education centre, providing urban recreation, nature appreciation and eco-tourism for both locals and overseas visitors...

List of attraction around Kota Kinabalu (Capital City)



Aquarium & Marine Museum
Atkinson Clock Tower
Borneo Art Gallery
Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
City Mosque
Double Six Monument
Gaya Street (Sunday Market)
Hakod Oasis Spa
Handicraft Market
Jari Jari (Day Spa) for Body & Mind Relaxation
Jesselton Point Waterfront
Ka'andaman Traditional Healing Garden
KDCA Cultural Village
Kipandi Butterfly Park
KK Esplanade
Kota Kinabalu Wetlands
Layang-Layang Island
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
Mandara Spa, Magellan Sutera
Mari Mari Cultural Village
Menara Tun Mustapha (Sabah Foundation Building)
Monsopiad Cultural Village
Nexus Golf Resort Karambunai
North Borneo Railway
Orchid de Villa
Outdoor Development Centre (ODEC)
Petagas War Memorial
Puh Toh Tze Temple
Rafflesia Spa - The Balinese Spirit
Sabah Golf & Country Club
Sabah State Mosque
Sabah State Museum & Heritage Village
Sabah State Railway
Sightseeing in Kota Kinabalu
Signal Hill Observatory Platform
South Sea Sanctuary Day Spa
St. Michael's Church Penampang
Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club
Tamu Penampang
Tanjung Aru Beach
The Green Connection
The Waterfront
Tun Mustapha Gallery
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
Water World Theme Park

Kota Kinabalu Structure Plan
by Sandra Sokial. Posted on May 25, 2011, Wednesday

State capital to be Nature, Resorts and Maritime City by 2030
KOTA KINABALU: City Hall is on the right path towards making the state capital a Nature, Resorts and Maritime City by 2030.

Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir in expressing his confidence yesterday, said City Hall had carried out a comprehensive study on the plan, which they hope will take off soon.

“We spent RM2.7 million to carry out the study on the Kota Kinabalu Structure Plan 2030, and we expect it would incur us billions of ringgit to see the actual physical implementation,” he said after the launch of a workshop to strengthen ties with its strategic partners here.

He said the Kota Kinabalu Structure Plan 2030 is part of the five master plans that would help to bring the city closer to its vision. The other four are Public Transport, Solid Waste Management, Kota Kinabalu Landscape and Sewerage.

Earlier in his speech, he said the City Hall Strategic Plan aims at strengthening its organisational development, as well as improving its delivery system in line with the government’s aspiration.

“The plan comprises four main perspectives, namely, its customers, finance, internal processes, and education and development. All these are part of the process of our work in providing the best services to our customers,” he said.

Under the City Hall Strategic Plan 2011-2015, they hope to strengthen City Hall’s ability and capacity, its administration, to improve the city dwellers’ quality of life and to promote Kota Kinabalu as a nature tourism destination.

“With the implementation of this plan, it is my hope that the people will be able to benefit and feel its effects and impacts. We realise that the implementation of these programmes will require huge fundings, therefore the federal and state governments’ support is very much needed,” he said.

Madingkir said it was important to further enhance the existing ties between City Hall and its partners.

“The workshop is also aimed at getting the support from our stakeholders and the public at large. We are very much concerned of the needs of the city dwellers. Any development plan is based on a thorough study and research which City Hall believes will be able to meet the needs of the residents of the city.

“We welcome feedback from the people. This is the kind of cooperation that should continue to exist,” he said.

In 2006, City Hall had appointed consultants to carry out studies on the KK Structure Plan 2030. The study was divided into two phases to cover the northern and southern parts of the city.

Under Phase I, a total of RM1.2 million was spent while RM1.5 million was allocated to carry out the Phase II study, which was completed in 2009.

Meanwhile, the Kota Kinabalu Structure Plan 2030 will be open for public viewing and consultation for three months beginning July this year to get feedback.

All views will be compiled and submitted to the Central Board before it is passed to the Head of State for approval.

“We are confident that by the end of this year, the master plan is ready for the stakeholders,” he said.

Exotic Wildlife at
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
280-acre - the largest zoo in Malaysia.

15-25 km from Kota Kinabalu


Developed by the Sabah Wildlife and Forestry Department, the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park in Kota Kinabalu has 70 hectares devoted to the preservation of the endangered animals of Borneo, as well as the education of the public on the importance of wildlife rehabilitation and conservation.

A "primate zone" which features exotic wildlife including orangutans and proboscis monkeys with prominent bulbous noses.

An aviary where a variety of endemic bird species has called it their home.

( For birdwatchers, the Kota Kinabalu Wetland Center, located just a mile away from the city center, has recorded sightings of more than 80 species of birds.)

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park opened in February 2007 and is one of the latest wildlife attractions in Kota Kinabalu. Covering an area size of 280 acres, the Park provides visitors opportunities to see animals such as tiger, orang utan, proboscis monkey, ostrich, white rhino, mouse deer, bear cat, elephant and many more.

In addition, there is a botanical park. Only 15 km from Kota Kinabalu city, visitors can see wildlife species endemic to Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia including Orang-Utans, Asian elephants, tigers, hornbills and much more....

Admission rates: MYR20 (adult), MYR10 (child), students/ senior citizen - Free

Distance from Kota Kinabalu : 15-25 km / About 30 minutes from city centre. Get there by a taxi (about MYR30 one way). Tel : 088 765 793.

Manukan Island : The island has very clear waters and is an excellent venue for water-skiing and sea-sports. The beach however is somewhat rocky and swimmers should exercise some caution.

There are coral beds on the eastern and the western reefs and multicolored coral fishes abound here...

The islands are a wonderland. You can choose from Manukan, Gayana, Sapi and these are all collections of islands located off the west coast of Sabah. One would go to the port located Jesselton Point near the Marine Police's HQ and pay for the fare, which is about RM20 depending on the destination. Then board a boat and the boat man will bring you to the island, which is about ten minutes ride.

Most of the islands charge an entrance fee, and it is best to bring your own food and swimming equipment as rents are expectedly high. Be prepared to meet lots of tourists.

More about Tunku Abdul Ralnnan Park TRIPS TO THE ISLANDS IN TAR PARK

More about Jesselton Point...


Tour package available from most hotel counter : Sea walking and BBQ Lunch

Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Jetty follow by a 15 minutes boat rides to Tunku Abdul Rahman Park - Sapi Island. Upon arrival, get ready to take a walk underwater for about 30 minutes then enjoy swimming in the crystal clear water along the white sandy beach or snorkeling to explore the tropical marine life. Optional water sports such as parasailing, banana boat ,jet-skiing etc are also available at the island. After BBQ Lunch on the island then return back to Kota Kinabalu by scheduled boat transfer.

Tour Rates : RM 190/Adult, RM 152/Child

Inclusive of : Return Boat & Land Transfer, Sea walking Equipment, Aqua shoes, digital under water photograph, and certificates.

Monsopiad Cultural Village is a historical site in the heartland of the Kadazandusun people in Sabah built to commemorates the legendary Kadazan head-hunter warrior: Monsopiad.

The direct descendants of Monsopiad, his 6th and 7th generations have built the village on the very land where Monsopiad lived and roamed some three centuries ago to remember their forefather.

Take a step back into the past, to the days of head hunting and spirit worship, to the days when the Bobohizan, the female high priestess of the Kadazan, ruled the villages and took care of health and spiritual well-being of their people....

Sutera Harbour

3 Diving -- Only 15 minutes away from the city via speedboat, the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is composed of five small islands and undamaged coral reefs and is popular among tourists and locals alike for snorkeling, diving and relaxation.

Lying in shallow waters with gentle currents, the reefs are ideal for novice divers, and the rare marine creatures that inhabit them will interest even the most experienced divers and underwater photographers.

Among the marine life that have been spotted here are the scorpion fish, blue-spotted rays, cuttlefish, mantis shrimps, green or hawksbill turtle, and sometimes the exotic harlequin ghost pipefish and mandarin fish.

4 Rich local culture -- The Mari-Mari Cultural Village features the traditional homes of the Sabahan ethnic communities: Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus and Dusun.

The ingenious and unique architecture of the houses and ritualistic ceremonies that are regularly performed by the villagers let visitors get acquainted with the rich culture of ancient Borneo.

Travelers can also witness tribesmen demonstrating the art of blowpipe-making, fire-starting using bamboo, and tattoo-making, as well as learn about the mystical symbolisms attached to them.

The village is located in the remote Kionsam, Inanam, about 25 minutes away from the city.

AirAsia Sales Offices in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur Plaza Berjaya, Lot G027B, Ground Floor, Podium Block, Plaza Berjaya, 
No. 12 Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur.
KL Sentral Lot 4, Level 2, Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur, 
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Johor Bahru Tune Danga Bay Johor Bahru, 
Lot PTB 22819 Jalan Skudai, Mukim Bandar Johor Bahru, 
80200 Johor Bahru
Kota Kinabalu
Lot G24, Ground Floor, Wisma Sabah,
Jalan Tun Razak, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Kuching Wisma Ho Ho Lim, Ground Floor, No. 291, Sub Lot 4, Jalan Abell
93100 Kuching, Sarawak
Miri Ground Floor , Sublot 661B of Lot 354, Unity Centre Block 7
MCLD Jalan Miri Pujut 98000 Miri, Sarawak
Penang Ground Floor, Kim Mansion, 332, Chulia Street, 10200 Penang
Subang Ground Floor, Terminal 3, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport 47200 Subang, Selangor

TB228, Lot  5 Ground Floor,Istana Monaco Hotel, Jalan Bunga, Fajar Complex ,91000 Tawau, Sabah

Looking for Art in Kota Kinabalu


Different mushroom varieties are mostly grown on highlands in Sabah. Kundasang Town being the main production region.


1 Queen Elizabeth Hospital, - The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is located at Beg Berkunci, and is the largest public general care hospital in Saba. The hospital has 589 beds and provides services in internal medicine, surgery, anesthesiology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, nephrology, and urology. It has won several prestigious awards in service from the state and federal government.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital 088 218 166

2 Likas Specialist Hospital
3 Hospital Bukit Padang at Jalan Kolam' Luyang and Klinik Kesihatan Luyang.


1 Sabah Medical Centre (SMC)

Location : Lorong Bersatu off Jalan Damai. Established in 1986 and it is one of the most advanced modern general care hospitals in Sabah. The medial center has 24-hour emergency services and specializes in orthopedics and traumatology, surgery, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, cardiology, nephrology and haemodialysis, oncology, Dermatology, psychiatry, obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, urology, and gastroenterology.

Sabah Medical Centre 088 211 333

2 Damai Specialist Center

Location: Lorong Tepus off Jalan Damai. Damai Specialist Centre 088 222 922

3 Rafflesia Medical Centre 088 272 620

Taman Bukit Sepangar

Taman Bukit Sepangar sits on top of rolling hills and surrounded by greeneries with clean and refreshing air.

380 acres of undulating landscape, located adjacent to Taman Indah Permai along Jalan Sepangar. Taman Bukit Sepangar is well linked via Sulaman Highway, Inanam bypass and off Jalan Tuaran. It is also 5 minutes drive away from Nexus Karambunai Resort and Shangrila Rasa Ria Resort.

It is close to 1-Borneo, State & Federal departments and other housing estates such as Kingfisher Sulaman, University Apartments and Alam Mesra. It is just 15 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu City.

Also closed to reputable institutes of higher learning such as
1) University Malaysia Sabah (UMS),
2) University Teknology MARA (UiTM)
3) Politeknik Kota Kinabalu as well as
4) SMK Tobobon.

Medical and health centers namely Likas Hospital.

Mesilau Resort

Mesilai Resort is  2,000 meter above sea level, the highest point accessible by car in Sabah.

Mesilau Nature Park is located at the end of the mountain road. Alone the same road are Kundasang Dairy Farm and Kinabalu Golf Resort.

Before arriving Mesilau Park is Sabah Park's guard house which signifies the entrance to the national park's proper compound.

2,000 meters above sea level, at such height when the location is too near to Mt. Kinabalu, do not expect spectacular Mt Kinabalu view because view is blocked by surrounding hills.

At the entrance is a small waterfall that streams cold, fresh mountain water.

The vegetation at Mesilau is different from most tropical forests - the chilly climate resulted in sparsely spaced tree concentration, with a great variety of ferns and medium-height trees.

Melisau Resort is the 2nd entry point for hiking up Mt Kinabalu on Mesilau Trail. The 1st entry point  is Timpohon Gate from Kinabalu Park HQ.

There is a restaurant in this nature park. Accommodations at Mesilau Nature Resort are operated by Sutera Sanctuary Lodges.


One can now experience a piece of China without going to the Republic. Launched in September 2008 at 1Borneo Hyper mall, the Chinatown Yu Yuan Garden located at the lower ground floor, north atrium of 1Borneo is the latest addition to the hyper mall endless tourist destinations. With a sprawling 20,000 sq ft of space....

Entertainers in 2008 Christmas Celebration in 1Borneo

Street Art by Malaysian artist don4rudo

Christmas greeting poster from
Tong Hing Supermarket

Chinese New Year decoration in
Gaya Street

Aquarium in KK
International Airport Terminal 2

Fruit bat at
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

Status of Jesus at
Sacred Heart Cathedral
Warrior Dance in
Monsopiad Cultural Village
Lantern of Popular Book Store
in City Mall

Girl sitting on fish sculpture at
 evening Water Front

Traditional Dancers at
Tanjung Aru Brach

Drawing of Chong Wen Xin displayed in Wetland Centre

Sepangar Submarine Base, Sabah
Located inside 390 hectare of Sepangar Navy Base, the second largest navy base in Malaysia.
Malaysia first ever submarine base,will be home to 2 scorpene class submarines purchased by Malaysia Royal Navy. The development consisted of various office buildings, crew trainning center, submarine repair workshops, jetty facilities etc to serve the submarines.
The new base is completed on time to receive Malaysia's first submarine- KD Tunku Abdul Rahman on 17 Sept 09

  Signal Hill is the highest point in the city. The best place for a good view of Kota Kinabalu. Just a couple of minutes drive from Padang Merdeka will bring you to the airy deck where you can get amazing views that extend to the outlying islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and further.

It is off the normal bus route. Taxi fare to the Signal Hill Observatory Platform is RM10-RM15. It is Open Daily from 8.00am till 12.00 Midnight. Admission is free.

Sabah State Mosque

Sabah State Mosque is a beautiful piece of architecture with dove-grey walls and glittering majestic domes with gold inlay.

One of the most outstanding pieces of architecture in Sabah. With its majestic dome and stunning gold inlay motifs, the mosque is in the city. It is a unique combination of prevailing Islamic architecture and contemporary design.

The mosque can accommodate up to 5,000 worshippers at one time. There is also a special balcony exclusively allocated for Muslim women during prayer time, with room for up to 500.

Located at Jalan Tunku Abdul Raman, this mosque is a unique combination of Islamic architecture and contemporary design. 5000 worshippers can be accomodated inside; the mosque has become a popular place for visitors from all over the world.

Inside KK City
Aquarium & Marine Museum
Atkinson Clock Tower
City Mosque/ Likas Mosque
Gaya Street (Sunday Market)
Handicraft Market
Jesselton Waterfront
Signal Hill Observatory Platform
The Waterfront
KK Esplanade
Tun Mustapha Menara (Sabah Foundation Building)
Sabah State Mosque
1Borneo Rainforest


Outside KK City
Double Six Monument
Kipandi Butterfly Park
Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre
Layang-Layang Island
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
Mandara Spa, Magellan Sutera
Mari Mari Cultural Village
Monsopiad Cultural Village
Nexus Golf Resort Karambunai
North Borneo Railway
Orchid de Villa
Petagas War Memorial
Sabah Golf & Country Club
Sabah State Museum & Heritage Village
Sabah State Railway
Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club
Tamu Penampang
Tanjung Aru Beach
The Coffee Experience Tour at Cap Kuda Coffee Factory
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
Water World Theme Park
St. Michael Church Penampang
Puh Toh Tze Temple

Borneo Art Gallery
Cres Moment
Tun Mustapha Gallery
Chi, the Spa at Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
Jari Jari (Day Spa) for Body & Mind Relaxation
Ka'andaman Traditional Healing Garden


  The marine museum is situated within the Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI) Complex inside the Universiti Malaysia Sabah campus adjacent to the Sepanggar Bay area.

Among its facilities are the free standing exhibition tanks, live open water reef exhibition centre, live shallow reef exhibition centre, mangrove walk, contemporary Marine and Maritime Museum, Multimedia Interactive Information Kiosk, and Sipadan deep dive diorama.

The UMS Aquarium and Marine Museum is open every day except on Wednesdays and public holidays. Visiting hours are from 9.30am – 12.30pm and 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Terminal Two of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA T2)

Terminal 2 of Kota Kinabalu International Airport

The second low-cost carrier terminal in Malaysia, the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) Terminal Two in Sabah commenced operations on 1 January 2007 coinciding with the start of Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

Kota Kinabalu has two terminal airports.

Terminal 1 is for most of international flight, mainly to provide transit for flight by our national carrier, Malaysia Airline System (MAS).

Terminal 2 is a low cost carrier terminal (LCCT), mainly for AirAsia and FAX.

More about LCCT Kota Kinabalu...

Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA)

Terminal One, which Is currently undergoing a major expansion project, serves all international (lights and the national carrier, Malaysia Airlines.

Terminal Two Is used mainly by Air Asia, the second national carrier, and some charter flights. KKIA is about 15 minutes from downtown KK. There could be traffic jams during rush hours so those with flights to catch must bear this in mind.


1Sulaman, a self contained neighborhood consisting of shoplexes, multi-storied condominiums and a water theme park.

Royal Kinabalu Resort Hotel and Suites  Managing director, Francis Goh

A 5 star resort located less then 1 km from the entrance to Kinabalu Park Headquarter. The Royal Kinabalu Mountain Resort & Hotel Suites, a 5-star abode within the proximity of Kinabalu Park, Malaysia’s first World Heritage site. The luxury mountain resort, estimated to cost RM300 million, is being developed by Kinsabina Sdn Bhd.

The hotel will be managed by Signforce Hospitality Sdn Bhd, a renowned hotel operator in Asia Pacific and currently the operator of the Tanjung Rhu Hotel on Langkawi Island.

The mountain resort is nestled in 6.8 acres of land, and comprises one 5-storey block with 124 hotel rooms and three 5-storey blocks with 280 units of hotel suites, which are available for private ownership. The selling price of the property is RM900 per sq ft. The project is expected to be completed in 2013.

A Japanese group based in Indonesia has booked one block or 110 units.

Kinsabina - resort developer

Kinsabina Group, a local company dealing with building construction and property development

Its latest project is the development of Royal Kinabalu Mountain Resort and Hotel Suites in Kundasang, Ranau.

The key attraction of Royal Kinabalu lies in the asset of Mount Kinabalu; its beauty and ecological uniqueness with more than 1,000 species of orchids and hundreds of birds endemic only to the Kinabalu National Park.

There was no more land available near Malaysia's first World Heritage Site to build such a luxury complex.

No local developer has taken the initiative to build 5-star hotels as the development costs are very substantial, easily at least RM200 million in capital The last one was Rasa Ria since 1990.

5-star hotels in Sabah are

1) Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa,

2) Sutera Harbour and

3) Nexus Karumbunai,

4) Rasa Ria

5) Royal Kinabalu is the fifth to join the ranks.

According to the Sabah Tourism website, the occupancy rate of 5-star hotels is no less than 70 per cent.

Royal Kinabalu is also positioned to capture the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibition (MICE) market. Its facilities meet the criteria as a world-class convention centre.

Other than Royal Kinabalu, the developer has identified several properties to be developed into tourism products. Among them are the construction of Sabandar beach villas and the Royal City in the heart of Kota Kinabalu, next to Star City, launched by March 2010.

Other projects include the Mansiang Farm Resort, Royal Sabandar Beach Resort, Royal Tombol Beach and Lakeside villas, Royal Kelambu Beach villas, Royal Loro Beach and Cliff villas, Royal Tip of Borneo, Royal Sodomon Paddy Villas in Penampang and Royal Sugud Rainforest Hotel.

The Manikar at Signal Hill

Designed by a Sabah own local architect firm with "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" as its tag line, it claimed to be different from other residential projects in town by the developer - Wong Chik Lim Holdings Sdn.Bhd.

Located  at Signal Hill, one of the premier location in Kota Kinabalu city area and it's a gated residential sanctuary with all the major destinations are located just nearby.

Signal Hill which is famous of perfect location with fronting south china view and back by Mount Kinabalu view. The property is sitting above the only hill facing KK city centre. The property prices start to appreciate 5 years ago after foreigner and local professional investment.

Manikar project overall has a strong streamline modern architectural concept (horizontality & verticality).

The houses are basically consist of 4 types -

1) grand residences,

2) superior semi detached villas,

3) semi detached villas and

4) link villas with their own distinctive styles.

In addition to the typical construction specifications, there are some of the extras being provided like the rainwater harvesting storage tank to be used for all W.C. only and Solar Thermal Hot Water System at all bathrooms are all elements of sustainable design.

Save up water and electricity consumption in the long run. Such modern and yet green approach is taken by the architect and developer alike in introducing such design here in Sabah.

Kinarut town is  20 kilometres south of Kota Kinabalu, it is one of the stops for the North Borneo Railway.



Mimpian Jadi Resort

Universiti Malaysia Sabah (University of Malaysia, Sabah)

UMS in Kota Kinabalu was established on November 24, 1994 and is considered as the most beautiful university in Southeast Asia.

The only university in Kota Kinabalu. UMS is a public tertiary educational institution established in 1994. It is the 9th university in Malaysia and stands in a 999-acre plot of land at Sepanggar Bay. The university is divided into the schools of social sciences, psychology and social work, science and technology, engineering and information technology, food science and nutrition, international tropical forestry, business and economics, education and social development, art studies, medicine, and sustainable agriculture. UMS encourages the application of international students in the university by providing various support services. These include assistance in the university and student-visa applications, administrative advices, and a full orientation of the university and its facilities. Communication will often not pose as a problem as English is used as a second language in Malaysia.

Kota Kinabalu also has private colleges, of which includes the INTI College Sabah at Putatan Point, Kinabalu Commercial College at Wisma Sabah, Informatics College along Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, AMC School Of Business at the 2nd floor of the Karamunsing Complex, Kinabalu College at the 2nd floor of the Bornion Center, and TAR College along Jalan Tuaran.

Tuaran Crocodile Farm

Tuaran Crocodile Farm
(Taman Buaya Tuaran)

This largest crocodile farm in Sabah accommodates 1,000 over crocodiles. Open daily from 8.30am to 5.30pm, it is one of the place that for a  family adventure. Crocodile show time is  twice a day from Monday to Saturday (at 11.00am and 3.00pm) and additional show at 1.00pm on Sundays.

Sacred Heart Cathedral of Kota Kinabalu

Welcome to the land of  friendly people, green parks and marine wonders.

Kota Kinabalu is the main gateway to Sabah. The newly completed Kota Kinabalu Airport Terminal 1 mean greater air accessibility to this charming city. Terminal 2 serving low cost carriers is already a boost to tourist arrivals.

Many of Sabah's natural attractions are world famous. The atoll of Sipadan is highly rated as a diver's paradise by international skin-diving magazines and Mt.Kinabalu attracts thousands of hikers every year.

In 2000, UNESCO has declared Mt.Kinabalu as a World Heritage Site. The Rafflesia, the State's official flower, is the largest in the world. Sabah's fauna and flora are mind-boggling in numbers. The State is home to more than 110 species of mammals, 500 over species of birds and more than 1,500 species of plants.
Complementing the nature beauty is the modern infrastructure and facilities of Kota Kinabalu.

The new face of the State capital is that of an upcoming shopping paradise. There are new shopping malls such as Warisan Square, Star City, 1 Borneo Hypermall, KK Times Square, Harbour City that put Sabah in Borneo's shopping map.

Find Kota Kinabalu hotels, places of attractions, maps, pictures, airport information, travel advice and more :

Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, is the modem gateway to the rest of Sabah. Direct flights between Kota Kinabalu and the regional capitals of Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Kaoshiung, Hong Kong, Taipei, Guangzhou, Xiamen and Shanghai in China, Sydney, Manila, Manado & Balikpapan Indonesia, Brunei, make Sabah easily accessible to travelers everywhere.

Kota Kinabalu was largely destroyed during the Second World War and has since developed into a thriving modern city. Places of interest in the city include the State Museum, the Gaya Street Fair held every Sunday morning and the "pasar malam" where you can polish up your bargaining skills. Nearby are the popular Tanjung Aru Beach, quaint water villages and idyllic off-shore islands.

KK surroundings are well served by world class holiday resorts and hotels for a relaxing private retreat or large business conference.

The Muruts reside mainly in the hinterland where many still live in traditional communal longhouses. Once feared for their head hunting, the Muruts are great hunters with spears, blowpipes and poisoned darts. It is a rare treat to join one of their weddings, famous throughout the land for their elaborate displays of bride wealth, dancing and feasting.

Probably the most popular festival in Sabah is the "Pesta Kaamatan". This is a Harvest Festival of the Kadazans/Dusuns celebrated in May, featuring traditional dances including one of the high priest in search of rice spirits in a trance. Other festivals include Hari Raya, celebrated by the Muslim community and Chinese New Year celebrated by the Chinese.

Other islands that have equally enchanted the diving fraternity are Mabul Island, known as home to the world's best "muck diving", a discovery that is gaining in popularity, and Langkayan Island, for its colorful world of macro marine life in over 20 dive sites that never cease to fascinate all visitors.

Night Entertainment

Around the square, eateries do a roaring business. They include The CofTee Dean, Secret Recipe and Little Italy Restaurant to mention hut a few. Want a change from the casual open-air pubs? There are plenty of night spots in the hotels and city areas to choose from.
Atrium Lounge in Hyatt Regency Kinabalu offers a quiet hideaway from the city bustle. There are cocktails and refreshments throughout the day and live music in the evening. Blue Note in Shangri-La's Tanjung Am Resort is a great venue to chill out to the sounds of live band and top DJ performances,
There is a wide selection of cocktails, mocktails and wines, Borneo Lounge & Bar located in the main lobby offers snacks and live music.
Darlin Darlin in Nexus Resort Karainbunai boasts a fanastic dance floor to set your feet on fire. Guests can also sing away in the karaoke lounge and sip cocktails, beers and spirits. JUGs in Sutera Harbour boasts of a clientele that is made of up flamboyant young adults. This music is energetic and DJs and live bands fire up the night.

For another great place to socialize, go to BED Best Entertainment Destination at the KK Waterfront. Il has the biggest chill out capacity with night performance by international live band, You can dance all night long here and there are wide selection of different types of local and foreign imported drinks, draft beers, cocktails.

Above : Map of Kota Kinabalu (KK) with main roads and buildings.

The biggest private park in Sabah

Alamesra project by Lintasan Mayang Development Sdn Bhd

Alamesra Desa Saujana an exclusive gated enclave of boutique bungalows surrounded by wondrous mangrove and lush landscaping. A concept to bring the natural greenery into the living environment.

Alamesra is 8 km from Kota Kinabalu city centre with Mount Kinabalu view in the backdrop.

This prestigious project positioned within the accelerating Development Corridor in Sabah, it is also close to University Malaysia Sabah and 1 Borneo Mall.

At the heart of Alamesra is this Millennium Park (image below), the biggest private park in Kota Kinabalu

THE TIP OF BORNEO - 215 kilometres (3 hours drive) from Kota Kinabalu

The Tip of Borneo in Kudat, North of Sabah, (Tanjung Simpang Mengayau), is a breath-taking view of wide open coastline. One of the most beautiful spots in Malaysia...

Borneo Paradise Beach Hotel is a beach resort ideal for a family get-away, for meetings, seminars and conferences. The hotel has a spacious beautifully landscaped garden, a refreshing swimming pool and plenty of rooms for activities...

Supermarkets in Kota Kinabalu

Merdeka Supermarket Kota Kinabalu +60 88 240098
Servay Supermarket Kota Kinabalu +60 88 269050
Tong Hing Supermarket Kota Kinabalu +60 88 230300

Tourism Information Centre in Kota Kinabalu

Sabah Tourism Board at Gaya Street 088 212121
Malaysia Tourism Board 1 300 88 5776
Malaysia Tourism Board (Sabah) 088 248 698
Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd. 088232 121


Sabah State Museum

The Sabah Museum is located at Old Palace Hill (Bukit Istana Lama) 5 minutes from Kota Kinabalu city centre.

The Museum is surrounded by 43.3 acres of lush green forest. This location houses the main Sabah Museum, and also an Ethno Botanic garden, a Zoological garden and a Heritage Village all in one place!

Sabah State Museum structure is based on the architecture of Murut and Rungus longhouses.

Here you find several galleries exhibiting, among others, a cluster of human skulls from Sabah’s headhunting past, totemic figures, old photographs, valuable ancient pottery from all over South East Asia and antique Korans.

In the Heritage Village beside the museum you find numerous life-size replicas of the traditional houses of the many ethnic entities in Sabah.


Putatan is a town and a suburb of Kota Kinabalu. The town is located within the district of Penampang on the coast of the West Coast Division.

It has an estimated population of 85,454 in 2007