Kota Kinabalu City

Kota Kinabalu City

Kota Kinabalu, dub the Rainforest City, is undoubtably the most alive and active city in the whole of Borneo island. Everything is packed within 10km of the city radius. Hotels, Resorts, Malls, shopping centres are just a stone throw away from each others, and the Airport is only about 6km from the City. Nightlife in KK is definitely the finest in Borneo, Pubs, disco, cafe, restaurants lot of places for the party animals to last until the wee hours in the morning. A wide variety of foods from different cultures can be found here too, Chinese, Western, Japanese and local are a plenty. Seafood restaurants are hot venue here, night after night I see tons of Local and tourist alike willing to pack up this places and they left with a happy price tag too.

180 degree view at Waterfront KK

Despite all the traveling advise from some other governments, KK is a safe place to visit anytime of the year. Weather wise we are blessed. We get great Sunshine through out the year, plus blue sky almost an everyday occurrence. Even during the monsoon season, we are likely to experience a strong down pour during the late afternoon from about 4 to 6 pm. Just right to cold off a hot tropical city and get ready for the evening parties. Sabah is name Land Below The Wind for a good reason, every year when the typhoon season hits Philippine and Hong Kong, we are only slapped with a few rain storm. No serious flooding and time spend in Hotels, splendid.

view from signal hill

To chill up or to escape the cold winter, KK really has a lot to offer. The warm climate here, the relax pace of life here, and most of all the friendly people in KK. With budget airline Air Asia pulling the string, 10 Daily flights to and from Kuala Lumpur, Daily flight to Macau, Shenzen, and Manila (Clark) and low price has been an important factor too. Flights from KK to Singapore will be commencing soon. Five stars Resorts, and Hotels are at a reasonable rate, plus great services too. For the past 2 years a lot of Back Packer Hostels had mushroom up in KK, one will sure get a good value with so many competitors around. Starbucks and others cafes also have good Wifi access to keep up with family and friends. Movies at less than RM 10, what more to ask, haha…

a view on the other side of Signal Hill

gaya street

Note on Gaya Street, formerly known as Bond Street, is one of the oldest streets in Kota Kinabalu, if not the oldest. Bond Street has been existed since way back in 1890, when Sabah was under the administration of British North Borneo Company. Today Gaya Street has become a kind of novelty, it is well known for its Gaya Street Fair. Every Sunday morning from 6:30am to 1pm, traders will set up stalls on the whole length and breadth of the street. Crafts, produces, foods, animals, flowers, clothes, all are on parade here, and surprised at what one can find here.

kk street map


About Olombon
I live in Kota Kinabalu and run a blog called beautifulkk.com. This blog welcomes everyone to visit Sabah, one of the best destinations that Malaysia have to offer. Beaches, mountains, nature, underwater, and wildlife we have them all.

One Response to Kota Kinabalu City

  1. Steve says:

    Just to point out we have been visting KK for twelve years now from Switzerland and as a hub for SE Asia we find it very convenient. We enjoy Kuala Penyu, Long Pasia (the Lundayeh), Danum Valley the most. Sabah has a lot to offer and the people there should strive to maintain an ecosystem like none other in the world.

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