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What are the best places to visit in Kota Kinabalu?

Getting ready to take off on your Kota Kinabalu vacation? Haven't got a clue what things to add to your travel program? Don't worry — we'll give you some hints.

The Sabah State Mosque and 1 Borneo Hypermall are some of the most popular attractions in this city. Organize a day trip around them and see for yourself what all the talk is about!

Shopaholics rejoice — you'll be able to treat yourself to some retail therapy at Centre Point. Ready to exercise that credit card and buy up a storm? There's a fabulous range of things to keep you busy in this destination. Body wash, shampoo and a toothbrush are a few of the supplies you need while on vacation. But — if you happen to forget your toiletry bag, you'll probably find what you need at City Mall. Still got some time on your hands? Used for public worship and private times of prayer, All Saint's Cathedral is a significant holy structure. That being said, you don't need to be a regular church-goer to explore this soothing space.

What are the most popular activities for a Kota Kinabalu holiday?

Vacations are pretty great already. But opening yourself up to the wonderful experiences on offer always makes them better!

Kick-start your trip to Kota Kinabalu by trying one or two of these things to do:

For more things to do, take a look at our Kota Kinabalu things to do page.

What types of accommodation options are available in Kota Kinabalu?

With around 133 accommodations in Kota Kinabalu, looking for a place to kick your feet up won't be a problem. But why hesitate any longer? Book now via Expedia and kick off your next luxury getaway or cheap vacation.

Visitors who delight in the timeless traditions of class and style will feel right at home at the Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa (Polish Bay, Gaya Island) and the Gayana Marine Resort (Malohom Bay, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park). Alternatively, the Mandarin Hotel (No 136 & 138) and the Victoria Hotel & Hostel (No. 17, Jalan Sentosa, Kampung Air) are a couple of accommodations worth checking out if you're traveling on a budget.

Is there an airport in Kota Kinabalu?

We don't think the airport is going to be the most exhilarating part of your vacation, but there's nothing like the thrill of knowing that your well-earned trip to Kota Kinabalu is just a plane trip away! Once you take off your seatbelt at Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI), you'll be 4 miles from the heart of town.




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Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa ¥14,226
Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020
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Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

No. 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
     
    4.4 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great location for the beach and sunset, extremely friendly and helpful staff. Great amenities. Would definitely recommend.

    Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa ¥12,898
    Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020
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    Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

    Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

    Pantai Dalit, Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran, Sabah
       
      4.6 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Love the hospitality and the friendly staff at Rasa Ria Resort! Will surely come again..

      CJ Residence ¥1,947
      Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020
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      CJ Residence

      CJ Residence

      #4, 2nd Floor, Block J, Sinsuran Shopping Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
         
        5.0 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Good service... Next time i stay again at Cj residence

        Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu ¥4,767
        Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020
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        Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu

        Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu

        No 4, Lorong Api-Api 3, Api-Api Centre, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
           
          3.9 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          convince location, clean and good for business traveler

          Hyatt Regency Kinabalu ¥7,309
          Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020
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          Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

          Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

          Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
             
            4.1 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This hotel have beautiful ocean view,is close to shopping center and eateries...Staff are friendly and helpful...

            Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre ¥3,794
            Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020
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            Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre

            Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre

            41, Jalan Gaya, Pusat Bandar, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
               
              3.9 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              It's located at the central region of the city and walking distance to most tourists places. Hotel is clean and the staffs are all kind and friendly

              Borneo Beach Villas ¥7,081
              Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020
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              Borneo Beach Villas

              Borneo Beach Villas

              Pool Villa 163, Precinct Dillenia, Jalan Sepanggar Bay, Locked Bag 100, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
                 
                4.0 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nice location, next to the beach with water sport equipment for rent

                Hotel 7 Suria ¥2,023
                Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020
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                Hotel 7 Suria

                Hotel 7 Suria

                Suria, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Really clean,new,convenient location

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