The beautiful island of Borneo boasts idyllic white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, virgin coral, thick rain forests, and the remarkable landmark of towering Mount Kinabalu. In the centre of all this natural beauty is the bustling city of Kota Kinabalu, a lively coastal resort with a vibrant nightlife, seductive climate, and a penchant for adventure. Explore the stunning surroundings with a trip to the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, or take the hiking trails in the shadow of the mighty Mount Kinabalu. To learn first-hand how the indigenous Mari Mari peoples eat and entertain, pay a visit the cultural centre and engage with a local tribe. This fascinating city is full of surprises and promises to be a memorable trip.
Location: Prime place in the South China Sea
Kota Kinabalu represents the major destination the east side of Malaysia. Situated on the tropical island of Borneo, it is the state capital of Sabah and the main transport hub for the rest of the island. Flights arrive in Kota Kinabalu International Airport a short distance from the city centre. Visitors should be aware that Malaysia is subject to two monsoon seasons, November to March in the north-east, and May to September in the south-west.
Business: Hotel conference suites
Kota Kinabalu is recognised as a central hub for business, and promotes itself as a gateway to business in South-East Asia. There is certainly international appeal here for visiting business travellers with a multi-cultural flavour and plenty of business conference centres and commercial opportunities.
Culture: Discover the Malaysian flavour
The Mari Mari Cultural Centre is a must for visitors interested in learning about the culture of the Sabah natives. A fascinating insight to tribal life, you have the opportunity to learn how to cook local recipes, make honey, and join in with some traditional dancing. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to get a flavour of local life and food from 30 ethnic cultures at the infamous night market and the Filipino market near the Le Méridien Hotel.
Activities: Out in the open mountains
Mount Kinabalu, the highest Mountain on Borneo Island, is one of the main draws of Kota Kinabalu. Whilst it offers an amazing experience if you prefer to escape the crowds, head to the five islands that lie just off the coast of Borneo, and visit the marine park to discover an abundance of marine life and have fun with a range of water activities including sea-walking, parasailing, and the old favourite, banana boat.