Attractions

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, umbrellas, fruit and antiques.
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 clear signage and explanations. Expect tribal and historica…
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…
Landmark in Kota Kinabalu

Signal Hill Observatory Platform

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

Night Market

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

Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre

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

Central Market

The Central Market is a bustling spot for people watching as locals go about their daily business. Nearby, the Handicraft Market, also known as the Filipino Market, is a good place to shop for inexpensive souvenirs.…
Beach in Kota Kinabalu

Tanjung Aru

This pretty sweep of sand begins around the Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and stretches south to the airport. Tanjung Aru is a locals' beach, full of picnic spots and swoony-eyed couples. Food stalls are plentiful…
Mosque in Kota Kinabalu

State Mosque

Sabah's State Mosque is a perfect example of contemporary Malay Muslim architecture: all modernist facade and geometric angles. The building is south of the city centre past the Kampung Air stilt village, not far fr…