Kota Kinabalu is situated in the Sabah district of Malaysia. It is commonly designated as KK. Located on the seaside of South China Sea; Kota Kinabalu is one of the popular points of interest of Malaysia. There are tropical mangrove forests enclosing the city as a fence and these forests are some of the best places to visit in Kota Kinabalu. The city is a tropical country with highly humid and rainy climate. The city experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season.
The sixth biggest city of Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu offers its visitors with multiple tourist attractions ecological spots, adventurous activities and shopping streets with cheap goods and mouth-watering street foods. Geographically, Kota Kinabalu is just five meters above the sea level. The area can be very hot during summers. So, plan your trip with loose summer clothes to enjoy Kota Kinabalu.
Here's the list of 15 best things to do in Kota Kinabalu:
1. Kinabalu Park
Kinabalu Park is a UNESCO heritage site and a biodiversity-rich spot with thick tropical rain forests. The canopy of Malaysia Mount Kinabalu is situated within the Kinabalu Park. If you are wildlife freak, Kinabalu Park will please your eyes as it has a variety of wild variety of parasite plants. There are a lot of mountain climbing and trekking activities in Mount Kinabalu which makes the place a must go destination.
2. Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is a cluster of small islands which promotes marine activities. These islands are connected with water transport. The inhabited islands offer an opportunity for adventurous marine activities like scuba diving, underwater swimming, etc
3. Manukan Island
Within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Manukan is the most inhabited island with several tourism activities. This is the island where food and accommodation activities are arranged among the five islands. The beautiful island has less explored beaches and reefs to look for.
4. Kota Kinabalu Wetlands
Kota Kinabalu Wetlands are a sanctuary for a wide variety of inland and migratory birds and is situated along the mangrove forests of the region. Every glance into the greenery may give a sight of exotic birds and animals. If you love wildlife photography, the bird sanctuary will be a feast to explore for your camera.
5. Sabah Museum
Sabah Museum is an enclave consisting of a heritage village, museum, art gallery and a botanical conservatory. The heritage village recreates the traditional architecture of the Sabahs, and the museum focuses on Islamic culture. The art gallery consists of archeological findings from the region and ceramic creations.
6. The Petagas War Memorial
The Petagas War Memorial was constructed in commemoration of the people who sacrificed their lives in the Second World War. The memorial has a tomb and an inscription in which the names of the deceased are engraved. There is an annual prayer meet for the heroes conducted in the memorial. This is a never to miss place to understand the history of Kota Kinabalu
7. Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
The Kota Kinabalu City mosque is a religious center in the city of Kota Kinabalu. It is known for its Persian architecture and is an expanse of area. The mosque is constructed in a lagoon, and it is a floating building on the water bay.
8. Merdeka Square
This is the square where the Malaysian State was officially declared independent by its President. Decorated with the lush of green lawns this is now popular tourists spot to trace Malaysia’s history.
9. Metro Town Weekend Market
The Metro Town Weekend Market is a street food destination that will definitely please your taste buds. The pork burger, fried squid, all can be devoured from food trucks placed on the street. If you’re in Kota Kinabalu, coming to metro town market is a must to do.
10. Night Market
The night market in KK is a center bustling with activity. The street lights up under the tents and stalls of local vendors selling amazing street food as soon as the evening sets in. The night market will offer you delicious and affordable food items with a place to sit and enjoy. Being in the market amidst the fragrance of freshly cooked seafood and sweets is an incomparable experience. So be there in the market if you’re in KK.
11. Filipino Market
The Filipino Market is the main shopping hub of the city which is spread over wide expanse of are in the seaside of South China Sea. The market has separate areas for seafood, stationary and groceries. The seafood area offers all kinds of fish in fresh and dried form. The stationery area offers you ornaments and souvenirs to be collected from Malaysia. The market is active from the morning and will give you the opportunity for a shopping spree.
12. Grilled fish
The Filipino Market fish area serves the best-grilled fish menu in Kota Kinabalu. One can taste and continue tasting different variety of fish grilled and roasted.
13. Laksa Melaka
This traditional Malaysian food is a must-have when you are in Kota Kinabalu. Fried bread soaked in the curry is a devouring experience to your taste buds. There are cheap destinations on the streets where you can have authentic Laksa Melaka.
14. San Nyuk Miyan
You will get the best of the Malaysian variety of Chinese dish San Nyuk Miyan in KK. The pork additions in the soupy noodles make the dish tastier. Never forget to have san Nyuk Miyan from the streets of KK.
Try to travel mostly through the public transport systems and cabs from one tourist spot to the other. Try the most to visit island areas through boat or access these areas through waterways as this will give you the real experience of visiting an island. Never try to travel on vehicles in crowded areas of the Filipino and Night Markets and always walking on foot will ensure that you never miss an eatery or a shop with interesting stuff. Enjoying the balmy beaches and unleashing adventure in the green eco spots are the contrasting experiences in Kota Kinabalu. All famous hotel groups like Le Meridian and Holiday Inn have accommodation facilities in KK city to arrange for your memorable stay.