HomeAsiaSoutheast AsiaMalaysiaKota Kinabalu 7 Places to Visit in Kota Kinabalu + Things To Do for First-Timers By Marcos Detourista. Updated on October 1, 2022. Where to go in Kota Kinabalu? Achieve your travel goals with this list of beautiful destinations, things to do, best places to visit, Kota Kinabalu tourist spots, attractions & more. It’s about time people look past Kuala Lumpur when they visit Malaysia. Other cities, especially the coastal city of Kota Kinabalu, offer plenty of attractions worth visiting. For one, its famous stilt villages represent the culture of Sabah state in beautiful and tranquil surroundings. For another, there are its outstanding natural sites and tourism highlights, like Mount Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu Islands, Tanjung Aru Beach, Kiulu River, and Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Other can’t-miss attractions in the city are Gaya Street Sunday Market, KK Waterfront, Chinatown, Atkinson Clock Tower, and Signal Hill Observatory Platform. Kota Kinabalu is a 2-hour, 30 minutes plane ride from Kuala Lumpur, but there are also direct international flights to the city. So it becomes even more accessible for international tourists, especially those from Singapore and the Philippines. To help with your trip planning, I’ve added links to the locations on Google Maps. Feel free to click/tap on the links posted below. Then, use the “save” feature on the Google Maps app for easy reference. But before you start ticking goals off your bucketlist, here are travel essentials & discounts you’ll need to check. Pre-book online for a hassle-free trip! Kota Kinabalu travel essentials Click below to compare rates & read reviews: Kota Kinabalu HotelsTours + discountsFlights View all travel tips on: Kota Kinabalu. 1. Signal Hill Observatory Platform Signal Hill dusk view, Kota Kinabalu Location: Jalan Bukit Bendera. Save on Google Maps. See rates & book online Kota Kinabalu City Half Day Tour For more travel inspiration, follow Detourista on: InstagramFacebooktiktokPinterest 2. Atkinson Clock Tower Atkinsons Tower, Kota Kinabalu Location: Lorong Dewan / Jalan Bukit Bendera. Save on Google Maps. 3. Kota Kinabalu Islands (Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park) Mamutik Island, Kota Kinabalu Manukan Island, Kota Kinabalu Sapi Island, Kota Kinabalu Save on Google Maps. See rates & book online Kota Kinabalu Sunset and City Night Dinner Cruise with Complimentary Drinks Tunku Abdul Rahman Island Visit & Boat Snorkeling Experience Sapi and Manukan Islands Adventure Island Hopping tour packages See discountsSee more 4. KK Waterfront Kota Kinabalu seafood stalls Save on Google Maps. 5. Gaya Street Sunday Market Gaya Street Sunday Market, Kota Kinabalu Location: Jalan Gaya. Save on Google Maps. 6. Tanjung Aru Beach Tanjung Aru Beach, Kota Kinabalu Location: Tanjung Aru. Save on Google Maps. 7. Mount Kinabalu Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia Save on Google Maps. See rates & book online Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Spring Kinabalu National Park tour packages Tours + discounts Beyond Kota Kinabalu Brunei Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, Brunei Save on Google Maps. Brunei Travel Essentials Where to stayTours + discounts Top discounts Brunei Half Day City Tour in Bandar Seri Begawan Half Day City & Water Village Tour in Brunei Proboscis Monkey Encounter Tour in Brunei See more: Brunei travel tips 6 Places To Visit in Brunei What places have you added to your bucketlist? Have you been to beautiful places in Kota Kinabalu that should be on this list? Feel free to share your thoughts! Places to visit in Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu tourist spots, things to do in Kota Kinabalu, where to go in Kota Kinabalu & more. 1. Signal Hill Observatory Platform 2. Atkinson Clock Tower 3. Kota Kinabalu Islands (Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park) 4. KK Waterfront 5. Gaya Street Sunday Market 6. Tanjung Aru Beach 7. Mount Kinabalu Brunei Note: Destinations featured above are not listed by rank. Where to Stay in Kota Kinabalu Click below & search recommended Kota Kinabalu hotels/hostels/home rentals within your budget. Remember to set your min/max price, travel dates, and sort by review ratings. I often book online with these trusted booking sites below for rock-bottom prices & convenient bookings. AgodaBooking.com Book sooner rather than later if you already have your dates set. Cheaper-priced rooms and hotels with high reviews tend to get fully booked faster, especially during busy days like weekends, holidays & peak tourist seasons. Don’t Stop Here Click below for more travel inspiration: 19 Places To Visit in Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Itinerary + Travel Guide 20 Places To Visit in Malaysia Don’t leave yet. 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