Kota Kinabalu is a true oriental pearl and the capital of Sabah, a state in Malaysia. Surrounded by spectacular waters, mountains and ancient rainforest, this is truly the gateway to Borneo. Vibrant and friendly variations of everything can be found in the city, which is guaranteed to captivate you.

Facts

Population

618,000

Currency

Ringgit Malaysia, 1 RM = 100 Sen

Opening hours

Banks: Mon - Fri 9 am - 4:30 pm. Closed from 12:30 - 2 pm Shopping centres vary, Mon-Fri: 10 am - 9 pm

Newspapers

Borneo Post Sabah Times Daily Express

Tourist information

Sabah Tourism Board 51 Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu +60 88 212 121 Opening hours: 8 am - 5 pm week days, 9 am - 4 pm weekends.

Travel to Kota Kinabalu

Book one of the many flights to Kota Kinabalu offered by Etihad Airways and see one of the most interesting places in Asia. Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, is situated next to Mount Kinabalu along the South China Sea in East Malaysia. It’s a beautiful melting pot of cultures with many stunning retreats in unspoiled natural surroundings.

Top 5 Things To Do in Kota Kinabalu

  • Visit Mari Mari, a cultural tour that winds through the jungle, passing several tribal homes and learning about the traditions of Malayasia's past
  • See the impressive mosque of the city, a huge and majestic white gem that appears as if it’s floating on the waters of Likas Bay
  • Climb up the Signal Hill Pavilion at night fall and enjoy the spectacular views over the city and out to the nearest Islands
  • Look around DeVilla Farm, and take an enchanting walk among more than 300 species of orchid, 50 of which were created within the garden itself
  • Search for souvenirs at one of the craft markets, where you can find some of the most interesting things in Malaysia

Plan Your Kota Kinabalu Holiday

With Etihad Airways you can find great flight deals to Kota Kinabalu, but keep in mind that during the low season, from May to November, it tends to rain frequently. Although it will be easier to find cheap hotels in Kota Kinabalu during this period, it is more comfortable to travel from December to March, when the heat and humidity is significantly reduced.

With tickets to Kota Kinabalu during these months, you can take advantage of the lively celebrations that welcome in the Chinese New Year in February, or you can experience the local culture through the Sabah Festival in early March.

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