A resplendent oriental pearl and the capital of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu is a small state in Malaysia that is surrounded by spectacular waters, mountains and ancient rainforests. The state is also most of the times used as a base for exploring Borneo. The city will definitely captivate you with its vibrancy and Malay Culture. Also called as KK affectionately, the city is geographically blessed. Situated on the shores of the South China Sea and flanked by lush tropical islands and clear blue waters on one side, and the mount Kinabalu on the other, the city is graced by one of the finest sunsets in the world.
As for its history, the city was originally named as Jesselton. It was completely flattened during World War II, and has risen like a phoenix from the ashes to become a thriving tourist destination today. Walking down the narrow lanes of this city, you can easily delve into the legacies of its Chinese trading history and colonial past that can be found dotted all around town. Most of its attractions are vignettes of natural wonders and pristine locations.