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Kota Kinabalu

In busy Kota Kinabalu (KK) you’ll soon notice the breathtaking fiery sunsets, blossoming arts-and-music scene and a rich culinary spectrum spanning street food to high-end dining. Alongside swanky new malls and expensive condos, old KK happily endures, through markets brimming with sea creatures and fresh produce, and busy fishers shuttling about the waterfront. This may be a city on the move with the 21st century, but its old-world charm and history are very much alive.

The compact city centre is easy to get around, but most of the city's attractions lie further out. KK is an ideal base for booking your Sabah adventure, whether it be diving, wildlife watching or Mt Kinabalu trekking (though if you have your heart set on a particular experience, book ahead). Believe us, KK will soon grow on you once you get to know it.

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