Kota Kinabalu

Holidays to Kota Kinabalu

Holidays in Kota Kinabalu allow visitors to experience the thrill of exploring a tropical jungle, or wandering around the exquisite old town. Tourists can visit the State Mosque of Sabah, the Atkinson Clock Tower and take a walk up to Signal Hill Observatory for the best views across the capital, or take a stroll around the State Museum for a look at the history of the country.

Visitors on holidays in Kota Kinabalu will find some of the most interesting things to see and do in Sabah province are in the great outdoors. The exciting and unique jungle habitats outside of Kota Kinabalu are only some of the magnificent eco-systems you can explore. The country also has some excellent diving and snorkelling sites just off the coast. These include some spectacular WWII shipwrecks that lie in relatively shallow waters; lessons and equipment can be provided by a number of local scuba clubs.

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park makes for a wonderfully enriching visit. This nature preserve carefully looks after orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys and gibbons, and it also is home to some tigers and a rare Sumatran Rhino, along with a number of deer and reptiles. Traditional life and culture is exhibited at the Monsopiad Cultural Village about half an hour from the town.

The Tabin Wildlife Reserve is a cosy, rustic destination for visitors on Kota Kinabalu holidays. Here visitors can observe monkeys, deer, wildcats and birdlife in their natural surroundings. One of the places definitely worth an excursion to is Mount Kinabalu, the tallest peak in Borneo and revered by its people as a sacred site. It is possible to climb the 4,095 metres (13,435 feet) in about four hours, but most people take a leisurely two day stroll, enjoying the views and staying over at Laban Rata. This way you are able to reach the top in time to appreciate the beauty of the sunrise.

Eating in Kota Kinabalu is a sheer delight as it has such a broad mixture of world cuisines. Chinese, Bruneis, Javan, Filipino and European are all blended together to give a delicious choice of menus. You can try traditional Indian food served on a banana leaf, naan bread, tandoori dishes, authentic Mediterranean food and American steaks. Seafood is also a popular choice and all is prepared in the local Malaysian style.

The streets of Kota Kinabalu are full of coffee shops, snack bars and street vendors, and there are cheap and cheerful diners and fine dining restaurants, with the most prestigious places located along the pier. The markets around town are worth a visit too. The Handicraft Market provides a glimpse of local crafts and there is the Gaya Street Tamu every Sunday morning. Here you can pick up cheap curios, ground coffee and local delicacies right in the heart of the town centre.

Kota Kinabalu is an amalgamation of many cultures all wrapped up in a jungle environment. It is an interesting distillation of peoples, but travellers will find a warm and friendly destination when on holidays in Kota Kinabalu.


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