The entrance to Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

The entrance to Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

The entrance to Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia


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Built along the South China Sea, Kota Kinabalu – more succinctly known as KK and formerly known as Jesselton – is the capital city of the Malaysian state of Sabah. Thanks to its international airport, Kota Kinabalu is the starting point for most travellers beginning their Borneo adventures and smashes any preconceptions of this jungle island. Kota Kinabalu is a relatively wealthy city and with its seaside condos and new shopping complexes it may remind you of a mini-Singapore.

That said, most travellers visit Kota Kinabalu for the attractions outside the city, not in it. Mighty Mount Kota Kinabalu, the city's namesake and the tallest peak in Malaysia, is just 88 kilometres away and there are frequent buses and flights east to the orangutan hot-spot of Sepilok and the scuba-diving mecca of Sipidan Island.

The city does have a few charms including an excellent night market, historic Gaya ... Read our complete Kota Kinabalu travel guide

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