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Kota Kinabalu

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About Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of Malaysia's Sabah, or Borneo. In downtown Kota Kinabalu, there are cultural sites such as the astounding Masjid Bandaraya (Kota Kinabalu City Mosque) and the Atkinson Clock Tower as well as gastronomical ones like Welcome Seafood Restaurant and Suang Tain Seafood Restaurant. Leaving the city proper, Kota Kinabalu has islands such as Pulau Mengalum and Sapi Island, which are suitable for snorkeling. There are also mountains to go climbing, such as Malaysia's famous Gunung Kinabalu, or Mount Kinabalu.

Popular Attractions in Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu
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Kota Kinabalu is the gateway to east Malaysia and an important transportation hub for those who intend to travel onwards to Sabah. Kota Kinabalu is rich in tourism resources - the magnificently beautiful sunsets from Tanjung Rhu Beach, the towering mountains, the bekantan monkey habitat in the mangroves. There is plenty to fill an exciting holiday with. Kota Kinabalu is surrounded by many small islands, each of which has its own distinctive characteristics. Some of the better known islands include Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan and Pulau Gaya. None of them are too far from Kota Kinabalu and visitors may consider taking an island-hopping tour. Kota Kinabalu is a place where many different cuisines converge. These include popular dishes like Bak Kut Teh and Hainanese Chicken Rice, as well as local seafood specialties.
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
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The Floating Mosque, also known as the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, is located on the shores of Likas Bay on the northeastern side of downtown Kota Kinabalu. The mosque is a classic example of contemporary Islamic architecture and offers an unforgettable view of the sunset. The stunning scenery features the white mosque reflected in the lake surrounding it, accented by a backdrop of clear blue sky.
Mantanani Island
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With its white sands, fishermen and swaying coconut trees, photos of Mantanani Island seem to be more like a picture postcard than reality. The island has already developed some 20 dive spots suitable both for beginners and experienced divers. At Ocean World, you can see a lot of different sea creatures.
Tanjung Aru Beach
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Located on the west side of Kota Kinabalu, Tanjung Aru Beach is undoubtedly one of the most popular landmarks in Kota Kinabalu for both locals and tourists. Daytime entertainment include a variety of water activities, while evenings are perfect for gatherings with family and friends, enjoying the sea breeze, tasting delicious local delicacies and taking in the unparalleled sunsets.

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Day Trip to Mount Kinabalu Poring Rainforest
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Crocodile Farm, Rungus Longhouse & Tuaran Temple from Kota Kinabalu

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Trip Moments

Sabah has more than 30 ethnic groups and more than 80 dialects. It can be said that it is a place where various ethnic cultures are multi-integrated. The first time you come to Sabah, first understand its traditional cultural friends and say that you must go to the Mali Mali Cultural Village. I will see a different Sabah from the beach. Mali Mali: It means coming, and it means welcome. The Cultural Village is about half an hour's drive from the city centre. It is situated by a narrow river, passing through a suspension bridge at the entrance, showing the original tribe surrounded by green plants. Step into the village, the welcoming ceremony of the Maozu people who claim to be the head of the hunter is really horrible. The patriarch will block the entrance with some strong ethnic groups and ask the name and intention of the visitor. You have to agree to enter. This is followed by a simple sacred ghost ceremony. An old woman dressed in a native costume, with a cane on her hand, and a dry grass on the other hand, drove the bad ghosts on the visitors. After entering the village, you can see the traditional style of the Aboriginal buildings. It is a complete representation of the houses, clothing, food and traditional skills of the five most distinctive Aboriginal tribes in Sabah. Each tribal area has a small doorway with the name of the tribe, and the side is decorated with the characteristics of the tribe. If you are interested, you can step into it and some tribes show the rice wine. Technology, some are learning archery skills, some are using bamboo to get fire, and some are showing how to make clothes with bark. Different customs and people are deeply impressed.
Posted: 18 Jan 2019
Rachel Yu   
Posted: 15 Jan 2019