We’re not shy, so we’ll say it straight out: Kota Kinabalu is an ugly town. At least, on the surface it is. However, it doesn’t take more than a tiny scratch to find its charms. Kota Kinabalu is the gateway for most travellers’ Malaysian Borneo adventures, but the warmth and friendliness of its laidback citizens will instil the feeling that you are already well in the heart of Borneo.
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KK, as it’s more succinctly known, is built on mostly reclaimed land facing westwards along the South China Sea. The capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu is a relatively wealthy city. It’s booming, and the seaside condos and shiny new shopping malls may remind you of a mini-Singapore. Most travellers visit Kota Kinabalu for the attractions outside the city, not in it — mighty Gunung Kinabalu, the city’s namesake (well, it actually went the other way around) is the tallest peak in Malaysia, and only 88 kilometres away. The orangutang hotspot of Sepilok is just a short flight or (not so short) bus trip east. But within easy reach, there’s plenty to do around Kota Kinabalu itself to fill up a few days before you hit ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,100 words.)