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KOTA KINABALU CITY
The 4 sister cities of Kota Kinabalu :
1) Yongin City, South Korea
2) Ratchaburi Province, Thailand
3) Rockingham City, Australia
4) Vladivostok, Russia.
Welcome to the land of friendly people, green parks and marine wonders.
Kota Kinabalu is the main gateway to Sabah. The newly completed Kota Kinabalu Airport Terminal 1 mean greater air accessibility to this charming city. Terminal 2 serving low cost carriers is already a boost to tourist arrivals.
Many of Sabah's natural attractions are world famous. The atoll of Sipadan is highly rated as a diver's paradise by international skin-diving magazines and Mt.Kinabalu attracts thousands of hikers every year.
In 2000, UNESCO has declared Mt.Kinabalu as a World Heritage Site. The Rafflesia, the State's official flower, is the largest in the world. Sabah's fauna and flora are mind-boggling in numbers. The State is home to more than 110 species of mammals, 500 over species of birds and more than 1,500 species of plants.
Complementing the nature beauty is the modern infrastructure and facilities of Kota Kinabalu.
The new face of the State capital is that of an upcoming shopping paradise. There are new shopping malls such as Warisan Square, Star City, 1 Borneo Hypermall, KK Times Square, Harbour City that put Sabah in Borneo's shopping map.
is a town and a suburb of Kota Kinabalu. The town is located within the district of Penampang on the coast of the West Coast Division.
It has an estimated population of 85,454 in 2007
THE TIP OF BORNEO
- 215 kilometres (3 hours drive) from Koota Kinabalu
The Tip of Borneo in Kudat, North of Sabah, (Tanjung Simpang Mengayau), is a breath-taking view of wide open coastline. One of the most beautiful spots in Malaysia...
The biggest private park in Sabah
Alamesra project by Lintasan Mayang Development Sdn Bhd
Alamesra Desa Saujana an exclusive gated enclave of boutique bungalows surrounded by wondrous mangrove and lush landscaping. A concept to bring the natural greenery into the living environment.
Alamesra is 8 km from Kota Kinabalu city centre with Mount Kinabalu view in the backdrop.
This prestigious project positioned within the accelerating Development Corridor in Sabah, it is also close to University Malaysia Sabah and 1 Borneo Mall.
At the heart of Alamesra is this Millennium Park (image below), the biggest private park in Kota Kinabalu
Above : Map of Kota Kinabalu (KK) with main roads and buildings.
Around the square, eateries do a roaring business. They include The CofTee Dean, Secret Recipe and Little Italy Restaurant to mention hut a few. Want a change from the casual open-air pubs? There are plenty of night spots in the hotels and city areas to choose from.
Atrium Lounge in Hyatt Regency Kinabalu offers a quiet hideaway from the city bustle. There are cocktails and refreshments throughout the day and live music in the evening. Blue Note in Shangri-La's Tanjung Am Resort is a great venue to chill out to the sounds of live band and top DJ performances,
There is a wide selection of cocktails, mocktails and wines, Borneo Lounge & Bar located in the main lobby offers snacks and live music.
Darlin Darlin in Nexus Resort Karainbunai boasts a fanastic dance floor to set your feet on fire. Guests can also sing away in the karaoke lounge and sip cocktails, beers and spirits. JUGs in Sutera Harbour boasts of a clientele that is made of up flamboyant young adults. This music is energetic and DJs and live bands fire up the night.
For another great place to socialize, go to BED Best Entertainment Destination at the KK Waterfront. Il has the biggest chill out capacity with night performance by international live band, You can dance all night long here and there are wide selection of different types of local and foreign imported drinks, draft beers, cocktails.
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Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, is the modem gateway to the rest of Sabah. Direct flights between Kota Kinabalu and the regional capitals of Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Kaoshiung, Hong Kong, Taipei, Guangzhou, Xiamen and Shanghai in China, Sydney, Manila, Manado & Balikpapan Indonesia, Brunei, make Sabah easily accessible to travelers everywhere.
Kota Kinabalu was largely destroyed during the Second World War and has since developed into a thriving modern city. Places of interest in the city include the State Museum, the Gaya Street Fair held every Sunday morning and the "pasar malam" where you can polish up your bargaining skills. Nearby are the popular Tanjung Aru Beach, quaint water villages and idyllic off-shore islands.
KK surroundings are well served by world class holiday resorts and hotels for a relaxing private retreat or large business conference.
The Muruts reside mainly in the hinterland where many still live in traditional communal longhouses. Once feared for their head hunting, the Muruts are great hunters with spears, blowpipes and poisoned darts. It is a rare treat to join one of their weddings, famous throughout the land for their elaborate displays of bride wealth, dancing and feasting.
Probably the most popular festival in Sabah is the "Pesta Kaamatan". This is a Harvest Festival of the Kadazans/Dusuns celebrated in May, featuring traditional dances including one of the high priest in search of rice spirits in a trance. Other festivals include Hari Raya, celebrated by the Muslim community and Chinese New Year celebrated by the Chinese.
Other islands that have equally enchanted the diving fraternity are Mabul Island, known as home to the world's best "muck diving", a discovery that is gaining in popularity, and Langkayan Island, for its colorful world of macro marine life in over 20 dive sites that never cease to fascinate all visitors.
Sabah State Museum
The Sabah Museum is located at Old Palace Hill (Bukit Istana Lama) 5 minutes from Kota Kinabalu city centre.
The Museum is surrounded by 43.3 acres of lush green forest. This location houses the main Sabah Museum, and also an Ethno Botanic garden, a Zoological garden and a Heritage Village all in one place!
Sabah State Museum structure is based on the architecture of Murut and Rungus longhouses.
Here you find several galleries exhibiting, among others, a cluster of human skulls from Sabah’s headhunting past, totemic figures, old photographs, valuable ancient pottery from all over South East Asia and antique Korans.
In the Heritage Village beside the museum you find numerous life-size replicas of the traditional houses of the many ethnic entities in Sabah.
Tuaran Crocodile Farm
(Taman Buaya Tuaran)
This largest crocodile farm in Sabah accommodates 1,000 over crocodiles. Open daily from 8.30am to 5.30pm, it is one of the place that for a family adventure. Crocodile show time is twice a day from Monday to Saturday (at 11.00am and 3.00pm) and additional show at 1.00pm on Sundays.
Mimpian Jadi Resort
SABAH TEA GARDEN
is 20 kilometres south of Kota Kinabalu, it is one of the stops for the North Borneo Railway.
The Manikar at Signal Hill http://www.themanikar.com/
Designed by a Sabah own local architect firm with "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" as its tag line, it claimed to be different from other residential projects in town by the developer - Wong Chik Lim Holdings Sdn.Bhd.
Located at Signal Hill, one of the premier location in Kota Kinabalu city area and it's a gated residential sanctuary with all the major destinations are located just nearby.
Signal Hill which is famous of perfect location with fronting south china view and back by Mount Kinabalu view. The property is sitting above the only hill facing KK city centre. The property prices start to appreciate 5 years ago after foreigner and local professional investment.
Manikar project overall has a strong streamline modern architectural concept (horizontality & verticality).
The houses are basically consist of 4 types -
1) grand residences,
2) superior semi detached villas,
3) semi detached villas and
4) link villas with their own distinctive styles.
In addition to the typical construction specifications, there are some of the extras being provided like the rainwater harvesting storage tank to be used for all W.C. only and Solar Thermal Hot Water System at all bathrooms are all elements of sustainable design.
Save up water and electricity consumption in the long run. Such modern and yet green approach is taken by the architect and developer alike in introducing such design here in Sabah.
Royal Kinabalu Resort Hotel and Suites Managing director, Francis Goh
A 5 star resort located less then 1 km from the entrance to Kinabalu Park Headquarter. The Royal Kinabalu Mountain Resort & Hotel Suites, a 5-star abode within the proximity of Kinabalu Park, Malaysia’s first World Heritage site. The luxury mountain resort, estimated to cost RM300 million, is being developed by Kinsabina Sdn Bhd.
The hotel will be managed by Signforce Hospitality Sdn Bhd, a renowned hotel operator in Asia Pacific and currently the operator of the Tanjung Rhu Hotel on Langkawi Island.
The mountain resort is nestled in 6.8 acres of land, and comprises one 5-storey block with 124 hotel rooms and three 5-storey blocks with 280 units of hotel suites, which are available for private ownership. The selling price of the property is RM900 per sq ft. The project is expected to be completed in 2013.
A Japanese group based in Indonesia has booked one block or 110 units.
Kinsabina - resort developer
Kinsabina Group, a local company dealing with building construction and property development
Its latest project is the development of Royal Kinabalu Mountain Resort and Hotel Suites in Kundasang, Ranau.
The key attraction of Royal Kinabalu lies in the asset of Mount Kinabalu; its beauty and ecological uniqueness with more than 1,000 species of orchids and hundreds of birds endemic only to the Kinabalu National Park.
There was no more land available near Malaysia's first World Heritage Site to build such a luxury complex.
No local developer has taken the initiative to build 5-star hotels as the development costs are very substantial, easily at least RM200 million in capital The last one was Rasa Ria since 1990.
5-star hotels in Sabah are
1) Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa,
2) Sutera Harbour and
3) Nexus Karumbunai,
4) Rasa Ria
5) Royal Kinabalu is the fifth to join the ranks.
According to the Sabah Tourism website, the occupancy rate of 5-star hotels is no less than 70 per cent.
Royal Kinabalu is also positioned to capture the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibition (MICE) market. Its facilities meet the criteria as a world-class convention centre.
Other than Royal Kinabalu, the developer has identified several properties to be developed into tourism products. Among them are the construction of Sabandar beach villas and the Royal City in the heart of Kota Kinabalu, next to Star City, launched by March 2010.
Other projects include the Mansiang Farm Resort, Royal Sabandar Beach Resort, Royal Tombol Beach and Lakeside villas, Royal Kelambu Beach villas, Royal Loro Beach and Cliff villas, Royal Tip of Borneo, Royal Sodomon Paddy Villas in Penampang and Royal Sugud Rainforest Hotel.
Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA)
Terminal One, which Is currently undergoing a major expansion project, serves all international (lights and the national carrier, Malaysia Airlines.
Terminal Two Is used mainly by Air Asia, the second national carrier, and some charter flights. KKIA is about 15 minutes from downtown KK. There could be traffic jams during rush hours so those with flights to catch must bear this in mind.
Terminal 2 of Kota Kinabalu International Airport
The second low-cost carrier terminal in Malaysia, the Kota
Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) Terminal Two in Sabah
commenced operations on 1 January 2007 coinciding with the start
of Visit Malaysia Year 2007.
Kota Kinabalu has two terminal airports.
Terminal 1 is for most of international flight, mainly to provide transit for flight by our national carrier, Malaysia Airline System (MAS).
Terminal 2 is a low cost carrier terminal (LCCT), mainly for AirAsia and FAX.
More about LCCT Kota Kinabalu...
Sabah State Mosque is a beautiful piece of architecture with dove-grey walls and glittering majestic domes with gold inlay.
One of the most outstanding pieces of architecture in Sabah. With its majestic dome and stunning gold inlay motifs, the mosque is in the city. It is a unique combination of prevailing Islamic architecture and contemporary design.
The mosque can accommodate up to 5,000 worshippers at one time. There is also a special balcony exclusively allocated for Muslim women during prayer time, with room for up to 500.
Located at Jalan Tunku Abdul Raman, this mosque is a unique combination of Islamic architecture and contemporary design. 5000 worshippers can be accomodated inside; the mosque has become a popular place for visitors from all over the world.
Taman Bukit Sepangar
Taman Bukit Sepangar sits on top of rolling hills and surrounded by greeneries with clean and refreshing air.
380 acres of undulating landscape, located adjacent to Taman Indah Permai along Jalan Sepangar. Taman Bukit Sepangar is well linked via Sulaman Highway, Inanam bypass and off Jalan Tuaran. It is also 5 minutes drive away from Nexus Karambunai Resort and Shangrila Rasa Ria Resort.
It is close to 1-Borneo, State & Federal departments and other housing estates such as Kingfisher Sulaman, University Apartments and Alam Mesra. It is just 15 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu City.
Also closed to reputable institutes of higher learning such as
1) University Malaysia Sabah (UMS),
2) University Teknology MARA (UiTM)
3) Politeknik Kota Kinabalu as well as
4) SMK Tobobon.
Medical and health centers namely Likas Hospital.
Sabah Medical Centre (SMC)
Location : Lorong Bersatu off Jalan Damai. Established in 1986 and it is one of the most advanced modern general care hospitals in Sabah. The medial center has 24-hour emergency services and specializes in orthopedics and traumatology, surgery, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, cardiology, nephrology and haemodialysis, oncology, Dermatology, psychiatry, obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, urology, and gastroenterology.
Sabah Medical Centre 088 211 333
Damai Specialist Center
Location: Lorong Tepus off Jalan Damai. Damai Specialist Centre 088 222 922
|3||Rafflesia Medical Centre 088 272 620|
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, - The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is located at
Beg Berkunci, and is the largest public general care hospital in Saba. The
hospital has 589 beds and provides services in internal medicine, surgery,
anesthesiology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics,
ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, nephrology, and urology. It has won
several prestigious awards in service from the state and federal government.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital 088 218 166
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|3||Hospital Bukit Padang at Jalan Kolam' Luyang and Klinik Kesihatan Luyang.|
Nirvana Memorial Park – Kota Kinabalu 富貴山莊
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沙巴神學院 Sabah Theological Seminary (STS)
A Christian College established in East Malaysia in 1988 to train pastors, church workers and lay-Christians in response to Christ's Great Commission.
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Monsopiad Cultural Village
is a historical site in the heartland of the Kadazandusun people in Sabah
built to commemorates the legendary Kadazan head-hunter warrior: Monsopiad.
The direct descendants of Monsopiad, his 6th and 7th generations have built the village on the very land where Monsopiad lived and roamed some three centuries ago to remember their forefather.
Take a step back into the past, to the days of head hunting and spirit worship, to the days when the Bobohizan, the female high priestess of the Kadazan, ruled the villages and took care of health and spiritual well-being of their people....
Exotic Wildlife at
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
280-acre - the largest zoo in Malaysia.
15-25 km from Kota Kinabalu
Developed by the Sabah Wildlife and Forestry Department, the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park in Kota Kinabalu has 70 hectares devoted to the preservation of the endangered animals of Borneo, as well as the education of the public on the importance of wildlife rehabilitation and conservation.
A "primate zone" which features exotic wildlife including orangutans and proboscis monkeys with prominent bulbous noses.
An aviary where a variety of endemic bird species has called it their home.
( For birdwatchers, the Kota Kinabalu Wetland Center, located just a mile away from the city center, has recorded sightings of more than 80 species of birds.)
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park opened in February 2007 and is one of the latest wildlife attractions in Kota Kinabalu. Covering an area size of 280 acres, the Park provides visitors opportunities to see animals such as tiger, orang utan, proboscis monkey, ostrich, white rhino, mouse deer, bear cat, elephant and many more.
In addition, there is a botanical park. Only 15 km from Kota Kinabalu city, visitors can see wildlife species endemic to Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia including Orang-Utans, Asian elephants, tigers, hornbills and much more....
Admission rates: MYR20 (adult), MYR10 (child), students/ senior citizen - Free
Distance from Kota Kinabalu : 15-25 km / About 30 minutes from city centre. Get there by a taxi (about MYR30 one way). Tel : 088 765 793.
Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre
Formally known as Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary (KKCBS)
The Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre is only 2 km from the city centre on a 24 hectares (60 acres) of mangrove wetlands, near the Likas Sports Complex and residential bungalows. The Sanctuary is an environmental education centre, providing urban recreation, nature appreciation and eco-tourism for both locals and overseas visitors...
Karamunsing Complex - Kompleks Karammunsing
Wisma SESB Sabah Electrical Sdn. Bhd.
Aru Beach of Kota Kinabalu
The best and closest beach to Kota Kinabalu is a place called Tanjung Aru, a pretty upscale place that has undergone upgrades to make it a Tourist Spot.
Tanjung Aru is actually a name given to a collection of three beaches. The first one is located right in the middle and is a good place to frolic around enjoying the sights and sounds. Beach 2 is located a bit deeper to the right and is a place for couples to go to at night. The third beach is arguably even more secluded.
Besides Tanjung Aru, Karambunai beach is more a five star resort than a public beach.
Another of the tourism projects was the Atkinson Clock Tower beautification project.
Located near Padang Merdeka here, Atkinson Clock Tower which was completed in 1905 is an important heritage site of the state. The beautification project estimated to cost RM12 million, is expected to commence next year.
Sembulan River Park
The Sembulan River Park project is a three-phase tourism project costing a total of RM45 million under the SDC.
Sembulan River Park also indirectly improves public facilities in the city and can be a tourist attraction for the state.
Kota Kinabalu City Waterfront
OVER the last few decades the narrow shoreline of the once serene coastal town of Kota Kinabalu has changed. What Kota Kinabalu was in the 1950s is now almost unrecognizable to those who grew up close to it. It has rapidly changed its face over the last three decades with most of the city centre built on reclaimed land.
Kota Kinabalu Waterfront also called KK Esplanade. Located at city center, surrounded by famous landmarks such as the Hyatt Regency hotel, Cocoon bar, and Wisma Merdeka shopping complex.
In addition to the benches provided and the wooden platform overlooking the islands, visitors will be amused by the dolphin monument and the smaller statues of fishes decorating the esplanade.
Overlooking the sea, the esplanade is a perfect place to enjoy the atmosphere of KK city
Today, Kota Kinabalu City is striving to strike a balance in preserving its old environment while pushing for development to make the city a world-class leisure and tourism spot, in line with the objectives of the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC)
An artist's impression of Jesselton Waterfront, Sabah.
Jesselton Waterfront Project, Kota Kinabalu
Another additional project to the present KK City Water Front for further modernizing the capital city.
The Jesselton Waterfront project includes :
1) modern hotels,
3) a commercial complex,
4) international restaurants and
4) a maritime museum.
This RM2 billion Jesselton Waterfront will be completed by 2030.
Kota Kinabalu Waterfront
Kota Kinabalu's Waterfront is a popular hangout for both locals and visitors alike.
The Waterfront would come to life at night, a popular after-hours hangout and a great places to watch the sun set over the South China Sea.
The Waterfront is located in the city centre, making it a short stroll from anywhere within the city.
Seafood -- First-time travelers must try the lat zi hai (crab in hot and spicy sauce), butter prawns and sayur manis or fern cooked with belacan (prawn paste) at Kampung Nelayan Floating Seafood Restaurant, located 10 minutes away from the city center. Diners at Kampung Nelayan can also enjoy nightly cultural performances.
At the Ocean Seafood Restaurant and Port View Seafood Village, guests have the option to choose their crabs, shellfish, lobsters and fish from the tank to be served directly on their table.
Other popular dining spots include the Tanjung Aru Beach Seafood Restaurant which offers diners spectacular vistas of the sea and the Sri Selera Kapung Air, a row of seafood restaurants at the Sedco Complex.
Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Image above : Jalan Tun Razak
Street views of Kota Kinabalu.
Horizon Hotel 豪麗勝酒店
City Park Bus Terminal Kota Kinabalu
Gaya Street 50meters
Shell Petrol Station
Jesselton Point : located downtown at Jalan Haji Saman (near Customs Department), whereby there are daily boot transfers to the islands between 7.30 am to 5 pm and a return trip to any one island costs around MYR24 per person.
Apart from Jesselton Point, visitors can depart from the jetties located at Shangrl-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Sutera Harbour Resort (prices vary among different tour operators).
This formally City Ferry Terminal was once an eyesore to the tourists. Today this location set to be a tourist attraction that will be the envy of many.
The new look cost a RM5 million and with a new name : Jesselton Point.
The new Jesselton Point has museum, retail outlets, restaurants and recreational facilities such as an indoor futsal centre. Passenger services are also being upgraded.
Jesselton Point is only the 1st phase of the proposed Jesselton Waterfront project by its management company, Suria Capital Holdings, which took over the management of all port operations in Sabah through its subsidiary, Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd.
More about Jesselton Waterfront project...
China Consulate in Kota Kinabalu
The new China Consulate is located at VIP Lot, near City Mall at Jalan Lintas.
The office started issuing China VISA to Malaysian in 2017.
They handle any matter specially for Chinese Tourists from Mainland China but not visa issuance at the present.
at Kota Kinabalu city center
Suria Sabah is located between Wisma Sabah and Jesselton Point. This RM500 million mall sits on an 11-acre site, includes a 120-room 4-star hotel.
Located in the middle of Kota Kinabalu city with fantastic sea view of magnificent South China Sea.
This shopping mall was completed in July 2009 One of Kinabalu’s latest popular places for shopping located at prime city centre near the 2km long waterfront.
Home to the first GSC 3D hall for 3D movies in Sabah. The 200 shops in Suria Sabah which provide a wide range of merchandise and services.
More about Shopping malls in Kota Kinabalu City
The Gaya Street Fair :
Gaya Street Market (KK Sunday Market): Located in the heart of KK, this is a popular site for locals and visitors to shop every Sunday. Antique gongs, handicrafts, potted plants, orchids, pets, crystals, ceramics, clothing and accessories, local cakes and biscuits are just some of the hundreds of Items on offer...
525-metre long Jalan Tuaran flyover
Kota Kinabalu Central Market
Beside the Handicraft Market. Central Market consists of the wet and dry central markets. Tropical fruits of all sorts, fresh vegetables and poultry can be found here.
The king of fruits, the Durian is a seasonal favourite at the markets. A must try for all tourist, however most hotels do not allow Durians.