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  • Kota Kinabalu's city mosque - a very popular spot to take photos while on one of our Malaysia tours.
  • Watching the sunset
  • Stilted houses
  • Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah state in East Malaysia
  • Atkinson Clock Tower

Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of Sabah State, in East Malaysia. Situated on the island of Borneo, on the northwest coast, Kota Kinabalu is Borneo’s largest urban centre when on Malaysia vacations.

Establishing small colonies throughout North Borneo in the late 1800s, the British North Borneo Company helped find Kota Kinabalu in 1899. Developed into a major trading post, the city was known as Jesselton, named after Sir Charles Jessel, the Vice Chairman of the Company at the time. After being destroyed during World War II, Kota Kinabalu was rebuilt by the British Crown, and has since been one of the fastest growing cities in Malaysia, even after its independence.

Kota Kinabalu is named after Mount Kinabalu, situated about 50 kms east-northeast of the city. It is the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago and features a rich collection of wildlife to be enjoyed on a Malaysia tour.

One of the major industrial and commercial centres of East Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu is a major tourist destination and gateway to Borneo and Sabah. Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is a park off the coast of Borneo in Malaysia, and is made up of five islands featuring rocky coastlines, coral reef, and white, sandy beaches.

Kota Kinabalu faces the South China Sea and tourists on Malaysia vacations can find first class holiday resorts, a world class sailing marina, beautiful golf courses, snorkeling, diving, deep sea fishing, wonderful seafood restaurants, and plenty of hospitality.

 


 

Malaysia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Malaysia vacations.

Learn about the history and culture of Malaysia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Malaysia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Malaysia for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Malaysia tours today!

 

Extend Your Trip

After your Malaysia tour, consider taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packages, India tours and Thailand vacation packages plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.

 

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  • Essential Borneo from Kota Kinabalu

    An exciting tour of an exceptional land. Experience the highest mountain range in South East Asia, lush rainforests and a native longhouse on this perfect in-depth journey through Borneo.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,372
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours
    Malaysia See Trip Details
  • Kota Kinabalu Stopover

    A modern city on the island of Borneo offering sandy beaches, coral reefs and tropical scenery, Kota Kinabalu is a first class resort as well as the gateway to majestic Mount Kinabalu.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 280
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
    Malaysia See Trip Details
  • Mount Kinabalu

    Climb Borneo’s highest peak on this challenging and spectacular overnight excursion.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,073
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Locally Escorted Tours
    Malaysia See Trip Details
  • Sabah Adventure

    Borneo, the largest island in Asia offers something for everyone. Climb Mt Kinabalu, watch sea turtles lay their eggs on Turtle Beach and share laughs with local village hosts.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,995
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Tours
    Malaysia See Trip Details
  • Untamed Borneo: Small Group Adventure Tour

    Get a taste for Malaysia’s wild side on this adventure through Borneo’s northeastern rainforests and tropical islands. Hike to the top of Mount Kinabalu, the tallest mountain on the island, before heading east to see bobble-nosed proboscis monkeys and pygmy elephants along the Kinabatangan River and the world’s most famous orangutan reserve at Sepilok.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,340
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Small Group Tours
    Malaysia See Trip Details
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