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Sightseeing in Kota Kinabalu - what to see. Complete travel guide

Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the state of Sabah, is one of the ten largest cities in Malaysia. The city located on Borneo Island is named after nearby Mount Kinabalu. It is incredibly attractive in the eyes of active tourists and gathers thousands of foreign visitors every year. The city partly owes its popularity to its favorable position: it lies on the coast of the South China Sea and borders on The Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, a treasure trove of unique natural attractions and a concentration of incredible attractions.
The main attraction of Kota Kinabalu is the beautiful Mosque Sabah. The incredibly harmonious large-scale architectural complex is located in the very heart of the city. The mosque can … Open
The history of the city began many hundreds of years ago. In the late 19th century, the authentic Malaysian city was a British colony, the British left these places only by 1963. During the Second World War, then large city was completely destroyed, it had to be rebuilt anew in a literal sense. Kota Kinabalu got its new look by 1967. Now one of its main distinctive features is a planned street layout All of them are located strictly parallel or perpendicular to the coastline, which makes the city very convenient for walking. It is almost impossible to get lost here.
Considering the fact that Kota Kinabalu literally lay in ruins in the mid-20th century, there are very few pre-war sights in the present-day city. However, the newborn old city is not devoid of authentic national charm. Its modern culture is an amazing fusion of traditional Malaysian, British and Chinese culture, which finds expression in many different forms. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Magnificent beaches and modern diving centers, an abundance of beautiful places for walks and colorful markets, attractive restaurants and nightclubs - there is no lack of places to relax … Open
The city has beautiful oriental bazaars and original souvenir shops where you can buy traditional crafts of local people. Gourmets will have the opportunity to appreciate the variety of restaurants operating in the city. Shopping fans should definitely visit Jalan Gaya Street, which has become a regular venue for weekly Sunday fairs.
Filipino Market Kota Kinabalu Among the main attractions of the present Kinabalu Cote are interesting museums and handicraft shops, as well as beautiful mosques and futuristic modern buildings. The outskirts of the city are rich in interesting natural sites, the exploration of which gives a lot of impressions to hiking enthusiasts. Other attractive features worth noting include a friendly and hospitable attitude of the locals. They treat guests from foreign countries with great respect and, of course, easily find a common language - English. Here, almost everyone has a basic level of English, while well-educated local residents are fluent and use it in colloquial speech. The multinational city with a unique multifaceted culture that doesn't leave indifferent any of its guests is ideal for lovers of all kinds of recreation.
Kota Kinabalu is an ideal place for a beach holiday. Travelers vacationing here can enjoy amazing beaches with snow-white sand and sky-blue water. The most popular and beautiful beach is … Open
Tanjung Aru is an optimal destination for beach recreation for all guests of Kota Kinabalu. It is comfortable, sandy, and flat. These qualities make the beach suitable for family vacationers. The territory of the beach also includes a yacht club, so all tourists are welcome to rent a yacht and go fishing or simply make an interesting excursion along the coast. Not far from the beach, vacationers will find a park named after Prince Philip. There are also several comfortable hotels nearby. This is a great destination for fans of diving as it takes only 20 minutes by motorboat to reach incredibly interesting diving sites. Not far from the coastline, there are five picturesque small islands that are ideal for everyone keen on exploring exotic places or seeking private beach relaxation.
Kota Kinabalu Sunset Diversify your stay at the resort by attending the Museum of the Sabah State that is located in a very interesting place – on top of Bukit Istana Lama Hill. The museum itself is open in an eye-catching building constructed in strict accordance with the national traditions. Among the items exhibited at the museum, visitors will find numerous historical and archaeological artifacts, crafts by local artisans, and various artworks. Ancient ceramics is one of the most precious categories of items exhibited at the museum. Finally, visitors can also attend the natural science center that is open in the territory of the museum.
Kota Kinabalu is ready to offer a wide choice of good hotels. Fans of staying at the highest level should pay attention to The Magellan Sutera Hotel. It is one of the most prestigious in the … Open
In recent years, the museum has become a large entertainment center that now includes a botanical garden and several souvenir shops. There is even an excellent restaurant that offers a range of delicacies and the most popular dishes of the national cuisine. Kota Kinabalu offers nearly unlimited opportunities for active recreation that are easy to combine with cultural activities.
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Map of all parks
National and city parks around Kota Kinabalu
♥   State Park 'Tunku Abdul Rahman' , 9.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Pulau Tiga' , 56.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Taman Negara Banjaran Crocker' , 63.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   World Heritage Site 'Kinabalu Park' , 66 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Kota Kinabalu from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Sultan Ali Sayfuddin Mosque

From the series “Top Largest and Famous Mosques Worldwide”
One of the main elements of the decoration is a marvellous mosaic. It consists from 3,5 million pieces and belongs to hands of Venetian masters. The mosque height is 52 meters, from its top you can see many nearby areas. Tourists like to walk near the mosque. One of the main peculiarities of the mosque is the minaret, made in the Italian Renaissance. This style is quite rare used for mosque decoration. The minaret has an elevator that within a second bring people to the top. The mosque has the most popular and interesting viewing point in the city. … Read further

Sightseeing in Malaysia: things to see

Currently, Malaysia has become a famous destination for the so called eco-tourism. Tourists are offered to attend excursions in famous nature reserves, try to climb up the mountains, enjoy a boat ride or try rafting. Naturally, the majority of attractions in Malaysia are connected with national reserves and beautiful local nature in general. … Open
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Malaysia Shares Its 2020 Tourist Arrivals Data

ASEAN countries (short-haul market) were the biggest source market for Malaysia, accounting for 68.1% of tourist arrivals (2.9 million). East Asia and South Asia (medium-haul market) had a share of 20.1% or 870 thousand arrivals, and the long-haul market had the smallest share of 11.8% or 512 thousand arrivals. The top ten source countries for Malaysia are the following: Singapore, Indonesia, China, Thailand, India, Brunei, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and Vietnam. Read this

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