Kota Kinabalu attractions

Top Choice Museum in Kota Kinabalu

Sabah Museum

About 2km south of the city centre, this museum provides an excellent introduction to Sabah's indigenous cultures, with displays focusing on the traditional attire, festivals, customs and crafts of the Dusun, Murut,…
Museum in Kota Kinabalu

Mari Mari Cultural Village

With its three-hour tours, Mari Mari showcases various traditional homes of Sabahan ethnic communities – the Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus and Dusun – all of which are built by descendants of the tribes they repres…
Mosque in Kota Kinabalu

City Mosque

Built in classical style, this mosque is far more attractive than the State Mosque in both setting and design. Completed in 2000 it can hold up to 12,000 worshippers. It can be entered by non-Muslims outside regular…
Bird Sanctuary in Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre

This centre features 1.4km of wooden walkways passing through a 24-hectare mangrove swamp, where you can expect to see scuttling fiddler and mangrove crabs, mud lobsters, mudskippers, skinks, turtles, water monitors…
Viewpoint in Kota Kinabalu

Signal Hill Observatory Platform

Up on Signal Hill, among the art deco mansions at the city-centre's eastern edge, there's an unmissable UFO-like observation pavilion. Come here to make sense of the city layout below. The view is best as the sun se…
Market in Kota Kinabalu

Night Market

KK's Night Market is an unmissable immersion into local culture. It's authentic, bustling, aromatic and noisy. At the southwest end you will find stalls selling everything from belacan (fermented shrimp paste) to sn…
Farm in Kota Kinabalu

Orchid De Villa

If you're crazy about flora, head to this farm, located about 20km from central KK, along the road to Penampang. The farm specialises in rare Bornean orchids, hybrid orchids, cacti and herbal plants, and provides al…
Gallery in Kota Kinabalu

Sabah Art Gallery

The first 'green' building in Sabah has outdoor sculpture displays and hosts contemporary art exhibitions by the likes of Francis Cheong and Awang Fadilah Bin Haji Hussein on its three floors.
Market in Kota Kinabalu

Sunday Market

On Sundays a lively Chinese street fair takes over a section of Jln Gaya. It's vividly chaotic, with stalls cheek by jowl hawking batik sarongs, fruit, goldfish, wild honey and antiques.
Museum in Kota Kinabalu

Monsopiad Cultural Village

Monsopiad is named after a legendary warrior and headhunter. The highlight of this tacky but fun place is the House of Skulls, which supposedly contains the ancient crania of Monsopiad's unfortunate enemies, as well…