Kipandi Butterfly Park

The enclosure at Kipandi Butterfly Park is probably the biggest in Sabah with an enclosed area of 15,000 square feet (estimated). As many as 30 to 40 species of butterflies can be seen flying freely arround the enclosure sipping nectar from one fruit tree to another. One of the rarest butterflies in Borneo is the Rajah Brooke (Trogoneptra Brookiana) which can be easily spotted at the enclosure. Others special butterflies are Golden Birdwing (Troides Amphrysus) and the Peacock swallow-tail (Papilio Karna). The best time to view these butterflies is in the morning from 9:30 to noon, when butterflies are at their most energetic display. Have those cameras ready too.

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Kota Kinabalu Heritage Walk

Kota Kinabalu was formerly known as Jesselton, and it is a rather young city with only about one hundred years of history. Jesselton came into administration at the turn of the 20th Century. The Kota Kinabalu Heritage Walk is centred around three areas, namely Gaya Street, Beach Street and Jesselton Point. This is a relativitely easy walk that will take about 2 to 3 hours. The best place to start the KK Heritage Walk would be the town padang, which cuts into Signal Hill. Located at the back of the State Library which in turn was next to the City Hall Building. Important events, games, parades, and even horse racing had been staged on this field in the past, and it is still being used for important events until this very day.

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Warisan Square

Tagged as the “most trendy shopping centre” in Kota Kinabalu, Warisan Square has the most concentrate of brand name retailers in a mid-size shopping mall. Warisan Square uses a “street mall” concept where visitors will walk and shop along the open-air area and the indoor air-conditioned shopping podium. Situated along Jalan Tuan Fuad Stephen, Warisan Square position in the city centre is very accessible to the public. With a total of 141 retail outlets and a combined 102,677 sq ft of retailing space, shoppers will be rewarded with the experience of shopping at the many new fashion-brand outlets, and dinning at the various food chain outlets.

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City Mall

City Mall opened it’s door to the general public on late 2006, ever since then there are no looking back. Even though City Mall is quite a distance from Kota Kinabalu City, it is well received by KK Lites. Today City Mall is one of the most busy shopping Mall outside Kota Kinabalu.

Located on Jalan Lintas, and opposite to the Sabah Golf & Country Club, City Mall is well position as it is not far from many of KK surburbs. City Mall is spacious and well planned for the comfort of the shoppers. The mall can easily be divided in to 5 alley ways. The centre alley is always busy with promotion and interesting offers, and lead to the end where Giant is located. Then there are The North City Walk and South City Walk, which consist of many smaller shops. Lastly two more row of shops are line up at both outer side of the mall, many restaurants can be found here.

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Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

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lok kawi wildlife park entrance

The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park covers about 280 acres of land, and at the moment 60 acres of the land have been utilized for the wildlife park and the botanical garden. The park has more than 100 species of mammals including birds, which are kept in captivity. Animals like the Bornean Pygmy Elephants, Orangutans, Proboscis Monkey, Borneo’s Rhino and Sun bear, which are native to Sabah, they are the main attraction here. The park is jointly developed and managed by the Sabah Wildlife and the Forestry Department. Located about 25km away from Kota Kinabalu City, the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park can be easily accessible by either the old Penampang-Papar road via Donggongon town or the Putatan-Papar road.

Elephants Dancing

Bornean Pygmy Elephant is the world’s smallest elephant. DNA anlaysis showed that Borneo’s elephants were isolated about 300,000 years ago from their cousins on mainland Asia. Since then, the elephants become smaller with relatively large ears, longer tails and straight tusks. Bornean Pygmy Elephants are also known to be rather tame and mild-tempered compared to others Asian elephants.

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The Waterfront Kota Kinabalu

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the waterfront kota kinabalu

Every day around the late afternoon the Waterfront begins to come alive, as workers come to set up their premises and the chefs start to prepare their special Ala carte. By evening the whole place will be bustling with people looking for a great dinning experience from the many restaurants at the Waterfront.

Western, Chinese, and local cuisines are all featured here, and the place is very popular with the tourists as the food quality here is ensured. Other than fine dining the Waterfront is also a great place for socialising and party, there are pubs, cafes, karaokes and The Bed, one of the biggest dance clubs in town.

View from the KK Waterfront

Come and enjoy the cool sea breeze and witness the beautiful sunset at The Waterfront Kota Kinabalu. And also enjoy the island-view before darkness envelops the earth. The Waterfront is located at the centre of Kota Kinabalu City, only about 10 minutes walk from any hotels or backpacker hostels in the town. It is only a short drive from the near by resorts.

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Observatory Tower

KK City View from the Observatory Tower

One of the best place to have an over all view of Kota Kinabalu City is the Observatory Tower on Signal Hill. From the old sea port area (Jesselton Point) all the way to the Airport (Terminal 2) that is how far one gets to see up here. One can also have good view at Gaya Island from the Observatory Tower. The entrance fee is free.

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the observatory tower

One can reach the Observatory Tower by foot, start from the City Padang, walk up to Signal Hill , and turn right. This might take about 15 to 20 minutes walk, all up hill and the road is mostly cover by trees. Another way is hired a taxi or rent a car.

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