Facing the beautiful south China sea on the northwest coast of Borneo lies the capital of Sabah; Kota Kinabalu (or KK as it is more affectionately known). The city acts as the gateway to Tunku Abdul Raahman National Park and the majestic Mount Kinabalu, as well as an easy access point into the virgin jungles of southern Sabah. Visitors to Kota Kinabalu can enjoy a rich culinary spectrum, a lively arts and music scene, excellent shopping and a variety of easily accessible natural and cultural attractions within the city limits. By night explore the fabulous markets, including the Filipino night market set along the bustling waterfront.
The hotel selection is fairly limited with the best options being the larger chains or the iconic Jesselton Hotel, with smaller boutiques not an option here. Further from the city centre take time to relax on the beautiful beaches at the Shangri La Rasa Ria or head to Gaya Island for a slice of pure paradise to start or end your Borneo adventure – all within easy reach of the hubbub of Kota Kinabalu.