Here are 10 reasons to visit Kota Kinabalu as a destination in itself, and not as a gateway…
The Mari Mari Village is possibly the best reason to visit Kota Kinabalu because it offers visitors the chance to see how the land’s ancestors used to live.
Kinabalu Park is most famous for being the home to the highest mountain in Borneo and even Southeast Asia, Mount Kinabalu.
Take a boat tour over to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, a protected reef off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, where you’ll find tons of colourful fish and corals.
Tanjung Aru Beach is a small beach near to Kota Kinabalu Airport, which faces directly west, so it offers the most surreal sunset.
Just a short drive out of the city centre and you will find the Bukit Padang Hiking Trail, which takes you up to a lake on top of the mountain.