Attractions

Museum in Kota Kinabalu

Mari Mari Cultural Village

With three-hour tours at 10am, 2pm or 6pm, 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 tr…
Museum in Kota Kinabalu

Sabah Museum

About 2km south of the city centre, this refurbished museum is the best place to go in KK for an introduction to Sabah's ethnicities and environments, with new signage and clear explanations. Expect tribal and histo…
Zoo in Kota Kinabalu

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

About an hour from KK (20km), a visit to this zoo offers a chance to see Sabah's creatures if you are unable to spot them in their natural environment. We warn you, however, that the tiger and sun bear enclosures ar…
Museum in Kota Kinabalu

Museum of Islamic Civilisation

This museum consists of six galleries devoted to Muslim culture and Malaysian history. The five domes represent the holy Five Pillars of Islam. It's in need of a facelift and an update, but can fill up an hour or tw…
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 regula…
Museum in Kota Kinabalu

Monsopiad Cultural Village

Monsopiad is named after a legendary warrior and head-hunter. The highlight is the House of Skulls, which supposedly contains the ancient crania of Monsopiad's unfortunate enemies, as well as artefacts illustrating …
Bird Sanctuary in Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre

Featuring 1.4km of wooden walkways passing through a 24-hectare mangrove swamp, expect to see scuttling fiddler and mangrove crabs, mud lobsters, mudskippers, skinks, turtles, water monitors and mangrove slugs (sadl…
Market in Kota Kinabalu

Night Market

Huddled beneath Le Méridien hotel, the northeast end of the market is a huge hawker centre where you can eat your way through every Malay dish in the book, while the fish-and-food market behind extends to the waterf…
Pagoda in Kota Kinabalu

Che Sui Khor Moral Uplifting Society

About four minutes northeast of KK, this complex has an 11-storey pagoda that shimmers in orange and green. The Society espouses believing in the best Islam, Taoism, Buddhism and Christianity have to offer. Get here…
Market in Kota Kinabalu

Central Market

The Central Market is a nice spot for people watching as locals go about their daily business. Nearby, the Handicraft Market is a good place to shop for inexpensive souvenirs. Offerings include pearls (most are farm…