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When it comes to Malaysian hospitality, one simply cannot avoid mentioning Kota Kinabalu and its welcoming warmth. Shouldering the role of Sabah’s capital city, it is especially popular amongst locals and tourists for being the gateway to Mount Kinabalu, while also serving as the portal to some of Borneo’s most beautiful islands. When coupled with its plethora of food, shopping, cultural and historical offerings, it is easy to see why Kota Kinabalu—or as it is fondly known, KK—is one of Malaysia’s best features.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Gaya Street Sunday Market

Gaya Street Sunday Market
Gaya Street Sunday Market

Gaya Street Sunday Market

To Shop

On Sunday mornings, Gaya Street in Kota Kinabalu town is transformed into a wondrous market like no other. From local herbs and spices to arts and crafts to baked treats, this Sunday Market attracts both serious shoppers and curious onlookers alike. It is a favourite of families, who frequent the market after grabbing a gratifying breakfast from one of the restaurants that line Gaya Street. (Image Credit: Sabah Tourism Board Official Website)

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Tuaran Noodles

Tuaran Noodles
Tuaran Noodles

Tuaran Noodles

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Also known as Tuaran mee, Tuaran noodles is often considered to be Sabah’s most prized dish—and with good reason. Comprised of noodles that is made mainly from egg yolks, juicy slices of barbecued pork, eggs and luscious vegetables, this dish is straightforward with its richness and deliciousness, making it apt for any time of day. (Image Credit: miss_lamau | Flickr)

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Tun Mustapha Tower

Tun Mustapha Tower
Tun Mustapha Tower

Tun Mustapha Tower

To See

The Tun Mustapha Tower is arguably Kota Kinabalu’s most prominent man-made landmark, with its intriguing architecture. Its exterior, made primarily of glass, possesses a blue hue that complements its artistic cylindrical shape. It also appears to rest on a base that resembles the bottom wider half of a cone. It makes for an even more compelling sight at night, when its lights are fully ablaze. (Image Credit: Ramdan Nain | TrekEarth)

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Manukan Island

Manukan Island
Manukan Island

Manukan Island

To Do

A boat ride of about 15 to 20 minutes is all it takes to get from Kota Kinabalu town to Manukan Island, one of Sabah’s prime jewels. The island is especially famous amongst locals for its coral reefs and beautiful beaches, and this is evident from the large number of guests who visit the island just to lie on its stretches of fluffy sand or to go snorkelling.

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Suria Sabah

Suria Sabah
Suria Sabah

Suria Sabah

To Shop

With eight floors of retail and entertainment outlets, Suria Sabah takes shopping in Kota Kinabalu to greater heights. From internationally-acclaimed brands to local homegrown stores, there is something in store for everyone. It is also celebrated for its food court, which possesses a breathtaking view of some of the islands and waters that surround Kota Kinabalu City. Do not forget to visit its cinema as well, should you be in search of a good place to while some time away! (Image Credit: Suria Sabah Shopping Mall | Facebook)

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Coconut Pudding

Coconut Pudding
Coconut Pudding

Coconut Pudding

To Eat

Coconut pudding is exactly what its name implies: a pudding made from coconut. The special part of this dessert, however, is how it is made. Pudding mix is added to the juice of a young coconut while it is still contained within the fruit and left to solidify, forming a dish that is sweet, refreshing and bursting with the slightly fizzy nature of coconut water.

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Tanjung Aru Beach

Tanjung Aru Beach
Tanjung Aru Beach

Tanjung Aru Beach

To See

Tanjung Aru Beach is where the locals of Kota Kinabalu go for captivating views of sunset. From its calm waters to its fine sand and gentle breeze, this beach is where you would want to be for a relaxing evening after a day of exploring KK’s town area. To complete your sunset-viewing experience, grab a snack—or even your entire dinner—at one of the numerous food stalls that rest near the beach, offering both local and international cuisine.

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