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5 Things to do in Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Kota Kinabalu Things to do
5 Things to do in Kota Kinabalu Sabah is a list created for those looking for the best few things to do around this amazing city in Sabah Malaysia Borneo.

The list is also in no particular order and all five attractions are located in or around the vicinity of Kota Kinabalu. You can easily walk around and do the things mentioned in this article.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu 

1. Kota Kinabalu Heritage Walk

Created and founded by Grace Leong just over five years ago, this very interesting educational trip was something out of the ordinary,

If you would love to know more about the history of Sabah or North Borneo as it was once called, this is the tour you should be taking.

A simple three hour walk around the city viewing the many historical sites and monuments which in turn is narrated by your professional tour guide and is one of the best ways of introducing Sabah's Heritage to travelers. Suitable for all ages.

 Bajau house at the Mari Mari Cultural Village in KK

2. Mari Mari Cultural Village

This unique attraction is located just 25 minutes from Kota Kinabalu City and is one of the amazing living museums showcasing the many ethnic tribes of Sabah Borneo.

They offer an unforgettable experience learning about the ethnic people of Sabah Borneo while there is a restaurant and souvenir shop at the end of your tour here.

The full package, includes a local traditional lunch or dinner with drink and this place can only be visited via a tour package from any of the local operators in town. 

 Flower trader at Gaya Street Market

3. Gaya Street Sunday Market 

This unique market is held every Sunday morning where the length of Gaya Street is closed off to traffic to make way for the market.

Shop for anything under shady trees and over-sized umbrellas, like batik sarongs, fruits and flowers, arts and craft, footwear, antiques and souvenirs, cakes, even pets and herbs! This is the best place to experience the cross-section of the local population when entire families enjoy a Sunday outing.

You can also try some of the unique local breakfast served at the coffee shops along the street. Great for everyone from adults to kids. The Gaya Street Fair is on every Sunday from 6.30 am to 1.00 pm.

 Green Connection Aquarium in Kota Kinabalu Sabah

4. Green Connection Aquarium and Conservation Center

UPDATE 2018: This place has been lacking of funding therefore the maintenance has not been up-to-date. This unique educational place and conservation center was opened in May 2010 and features a vast biodiversity of seven ecosystems.

Located at Mile 2.5 off Jalan Tuaran (near Wisma Wanita and St. Johns' Ambulance) this place is home to more than 1,200 species ranging from the smallest of insects to slimy snakes and unique marine life including sharks.

They even have a education section for kids of all ages which is one of the best I have come across in terms of Kids Tourism. Excellent place if you are looking for kids activities in Sabah.(Please double check if the place has been updated)

5. Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TAR Park)

This has to be the most visited place in Kota Kinabalu and is a cluster of islands comprising Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug which is accessible with a 10 - 20 minute speedboat ride from the various jetties around Kota Kinabalu.

The five islands of the Marine Park are characterized by shallow waters, sumptuous coral gardens and all boast splendid white sandy beaches. Many people make a half or full day trip here to experience the beautiful views with some snorkeling activities packaged with a local BBQ lunch on the islands. Great for families, singles, couples and kids.

There are in fact many other things that you can do around Kota Kinabalu, however this just simplifies the list to the main attractions. 

This list on 5 Things to do in Kota Kinabalu Sabah was complied by David Hogan Jr from Malaysia Asia. Look out for my other 5 or 10 Things To Do articles. You can also follow me on Facebook or Twitter for more updates and information on travel around Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

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Laura said…
The marine park is the place for me :) I get more fascinated by the day with this part of the world and the underwater miracles.
Malaysia Asia said…
Laura, surprising that a lot of people kind of likes the Green Connection in Sabah apart from the Marine Park. But I have to say, it's really nice especially Pulau Sapi.

gbeejipp said…
Never done any of them although I come to KK a lot. I did the islands but that was long time ago. Sadly though there's rumours going 'round that the historical Atkinson Tower would b demolished to pave way to some development soon. Hopefully the City Council will gather their senses. Cheers!
Malaysia Asia said…
Thank Jipp, I hope they will not do anything to the Atkinsons Tower as it is a important landmark for Sabah. Also, hope you make it to a few of the new places listed here.

Lily Riani said…
great tip as am going to KK in oct. possible to go to mount kk, i dont plan to climb it (i cant after i injured my leg) but is there anywhere mid peak that i can stay overnight (overlooking mount KK etc).
Holiday rentals said…
This is one of the most fantastic cities you ever have been to. The best thing and must do in my city is scuba diving. There are lots of sandy beaches, tropical islands, blue waters and coral reefs.
Asia Travel said…
Malaysia has some amazing natural attractions and warrmats at least a week of exploration.