14 Places To Go in Kota Kinabalu
If you’re planning a trip to Kota Kinabalu, here are some of the recommended places that you should not miss!
1. Kokol Hill
If you want to get the best view of Mount Kinabalu and the view of sunset, head to Kokol Hill that is just 1 hour drive away from Kota Kinabalu city. It is a perfect getaway and a favorite place for locals around Kota Kinabalu to relax and enjoy the wonderful scenery of the city. There are also a few homestays, resorts and restaurants around the Kokol Hill.
2. Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre
Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre cover 24 hectares (60 acres) of mangrove forest and it is managed by a local NGO, Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society. This 45-minute walk on the boardwalk will give you the chance to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of fresh air while watching various kinds of birds, plants and wildlife. There are also many other creatures which live in the wetlands such as butterflies, weaver ants, mudskippers, jellyfish, water snakes and mud lobsters.
3. Marine Museum
The Marine Museum is located in Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu. The attractions inside the museum includes Deep Dive Diorama, which you can experience the oceanic environment, Marine Research Showcase, Marine Aquarium, Mangrove Walks and more.
4. Masjid Kota Kinabalu
Masjid Kota Kinabalu is the second main mosque here. It is built on a 2.47 acres site at the Likas Bay and has become an exemplary of the Islamic contemporary architecture. This floating mosque is situated near the sea and has a prayer hall which can accommodates from 9000 to 12,000 people at a time.
5. Masjid Negeri Sabah
Masjid Negeri Sabah is one of the most outstanding pieces of architecture in Sabah. It is a unique combination of prevailing Islamic architecture and contemporary design. The mosque can accommodate up to 5,000 people at one time and there is also a balcony exclusively allocated for Muslim women during prayer time.
6. Pantai Tanjung Aru
Pantai Tanjung Aru is located about 6 kilometres away from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. In the evening, the beach offers a spectacular view of sunset. The place is one of the top attractions in Sabah due to its magnificent long white beaches surrounded with casuarina trees. If you visit the beach after a pouring rain, you will have a high chance to witness a rainbow at the same time!
7. Pasar Filipina
Pasar Filipina is located near the Le Meridien Hotel in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The market is one of the most famous destinations in Kota Kinabalu and it is widely known for being the best place to buy souvenirs. The market actually consists of Salted Fish Market, Fruits market, Handicraft Market, Vegetables Market, Fish Market and Cooked Food Stalls.