The town of Jesselton was renamed in 1968, as Kota Kinabalu or KK, as it is colloquially known and is the capital, administrative and largest city in Sabah. The city centre is relatively uninspiring but nearby, located on the spectacular coastline, are Borneo’s best beaches and several excellent hotels.
One of the most popular excursions is the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, located just a few kilometres off the Kota Kinabalu shore. Reached by boat in 10 to 20 minutes you can enjoy the beautiful tropical islands accompanied with a picnic or barbecue lunch. If you are in town on a Sunday make time to visit the Gaya Street Fair, the place where locals come to buy their goods. You can find almost anything at the fair, from local handicrafts, souvenirs and clothing to food, drinks, and Chinese medicines, a good opportunity to try out your bargaining skills.
Kota Kinabalu Hotels
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru$$$$
This large hotel comprises luxurious rooms and suites in two wings, the Kinabalu Wing and the Tanjung Wing.. Kinabalu Seaview rooms and suites offer memorable views of either the ocean or Mount Kinabalu. Rooms in the Tanjung Wing face the South China Sea. In-room facilities include satellite television, high-speed Internet access, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar, in-room safe, plush bathrobes and slippers and a pillow menu.
You can enjoy some of Kota Kinabalu’s best dining...
Gaya Island Resort$$$
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu$$$
Gayana Marine Resort$$$
Shangri-La Rasa Ria$$$$
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