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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu, also called KK, is packed with parks, prime shopping areas and architectural marvels. KK is home to a tropical rainforest sitting on its outskirts, part of the island of Borneo's incredible natural marvels. This complements Kota Kinabalu's leisurely beaches and shores, making this a top destination in Malaysia.

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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The One Thing You Don't Want To Miss

Borneo is most famous for its orangutan inhabitants, and you can see quite a few of them at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park located just half an hour from KK. The family-friendly park is also home to several other primates, tigers, elephants and other endemic wildlife you can only find in Malaysia.

Other Fun Things To Do

  • The wilderness beckons in KK, where you can see Southeast Asia's highest peak, Mt. Kinabalu. Several species of birds, ferns, and orchids line the mountain, making it a top destination for nature lovers.
  • Explore the cluster of islands that make up Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Take a boat to Pulau Sapi if you crave a unique hiking and snorkeling adventure.
  • Visit the Green Connection Aquarium to see all of the aquatic life Borneo has to offer.

Get A Taste Of Local Flavor

Local bites in KK are a varied bunch. For the adventurous, sample some bak kut teh from a street stall. The soup, served with rice and fried dough, translates to "pork bone tea" and features pork ribs stewed with a variety of spices. Also notable in KK are the noodle dishes, including the soto nyonya, a savory noodle soup, and kuey teow, fried rice noodles. Your best bet to try a variety of authentic Malaysian cuisine is at a kedai kopi, buffet style restaurants found throughout KK.

Shopping For Bargains

For a more authentic shopping experience, lose yourself at the open-air Gaya Street Market. Artisans sell handmade bowls, plates and jewelry, and clothiers sell a variety of Malaysian fashions. If you'd rather escape the humidity, shop at Suriah Sabah mall in the heart of the city.

Local Currency

The local currency in Kota Kinabalu is the Malaysian ringgit (MYR).

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