Kota Kinabalu is the state capital of Sabah, Malaysia. As a colonial city, it was violently bombed by the Allies in World War II and the city was severely damaged. After World War II, it became a British colony. Today, it is a one of the fastest growing modern cities in Asia. It currently has a population of about 200,000 including Malays, Europeans, and Chinese.
Sabah is a famous holiday resort. It is not far from Tengku Araman Park and is a good place for camping and water activities. In addition, nearby Mt Kinabalu is a great place for jungle tours. The city has flights to major scenic spots in Sabah. Rama District in the south is the old town, with a variety of shops, restaurants and hotels. There is also a bazaar in Gaya Street every Sunday. The tourist information center of Sabah is also located here. The city hall, courthouse and state library are in front of the Central Bus Station. There is also a food court and a commercial district in this area. Don't forget to sample the various dishes here and buy local specialties.
The main tourist attractions in the city include the Signal Hill Observatory, the Sabah Museum and the State Mosque. Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, located 3-5 km outside Kota Kinabalu, is made up of five island groups and covers an area of 4,929 hectares, of which two-thirds are ocean. The five islands are Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug. Here you can see beautiful coral, have a picnic party on the island, and go sailing or swimming. The night market stalls here are very good. The cost here is about 1/3 cheaper than Kuala Lumpur.
Hianva is a typical Sabah fish snack, so give it a try while you’re there. There are many affordable hotels in Kota Kinabalu and the prices are much lower than those in Kuala Lumpur. There are also large shopping malls here, but it is recommended that you go to some roadside shops to buy local specialties. But it’s better to buy things unique to east Malaysia. The more expensive products are shipped from west Malaysia and prices are even higher than in Kuala Lumpur. However, peppers, sarongs, handmade masks and shell products are less than half the price they are in Kuala Lumpur. The city of Kota Kinabalu is not very large. Generally speaking, the best way to get around is by taxi or walking. The buses have no air conditioning, so they are not recommended.