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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.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
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.
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.
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.
The local currency in Kota Kinabalu is the Malaysian ringgit (MYR).
Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.