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  • Sunset at the waterfront, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
  • Local market, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo


Kota Kinabalu

The town of Jesselton was renamed in 1968, as Kota Kinabalu or KK, as it is colloquially known and is the capital, administrative and largest city in Sabah. The city centre is relatively uninspiring but nearby, located on the spectacular coastline, are Borneo’s best beaches and several excellent hotels. One of the most popular excursions is the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, located just a few kilometres off the Kota Kinabalu shore. Reached by boat in 10 to 20 minutes you can enjoy the beautiful tropical islands accompanied with a picnic or barbecue lunch. If you are in town on a Sunday make time to visit the Gaya Street Fair, the place where locals come to buy their goods. You can find almost anything at the fair, from local handicrafts, souvenirs and clothing to food, drinks, and Chinese medicines, a good opportunity to try out your bargaining skills.

Kota Kinabalu Hotels

$$$$ Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa Kota Kinabalu

Being just a few minutes away from the centre of Kota Kinabalu make this Shangri-La resort a great option for either starting or ending your Borneo experience in style. This large hotel comprises...

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$$$ Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu

We at Oasis do not normally recommend the larger international class hotels but with Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu we make an unexcused exception. Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu embraces the aesthetic and...

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