Experience Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of the Sabah State of Malaysia. Located near the far south of the Philippines particularly in Tawi Tawi and Sulu. Less than two hours from Manila by airplane.

We stayed for four days, we ate local food, visited the famous places, searched a little about history and greeted new friends. I also did not miss the opportunity to learn more about the 2013 Lahad Datu Standoff. I asked about this to an old local resident. As we talked about our trip to Kota Kinabalu, I also opened the topic about it. To my surprise, he told us that their resentment in the Philippines was so severe because of the disruption caused by standoff. Due to the sudden rise in the voice of the old man that we talked to, I felt his sentiment, I was slightly nervous but I answered him that he should not be angry with the whole Philippines, he should not be angry with us because we are from the north of the Philippines hahaha and Jamalul Kiram III is from the southern part near Sabah. I also told him that the Philippine Government is against with that act. and we started talking about Jamalul Kiram III. I found other interesting information about him. I’ll tell you some other time because it’s too long, and also slighty out of topic hahaha

We arrived around 1:30 in the morning at Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kota Kinabalu (Kota Kinabalu International Airport) a friend from CS catch us at the airport and brought us to our Hotel.

This is the first International Travel for @Jaztin (second time for @carl) and as expected, a lot of questions from the Philippine Immigration Officer was asked to our friend, and because he answered clearly all the questions, when its our turn at the Immigration Check Point, no more questions was asked to me (Hernel) and Carl. Thanks Jaz! haha

We stayed at Hotel Lucky 11 , the hotel is within the city center. Foods, souvenir shops and malls are accessible, just walking distance. We really love the foods!

In Malaysia, Petrol (Fuel) is very cheap, so it is better to take a ride with Grab during your trip if going to far places, but in the City Center, definitely you can walk to enjoy the place.

Places we visited in Kota Kinabalu:

1. Tun Mustapha Tower

is a 122 metre, 30-storey glass tower in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. It was built in 1977.
There is a revolving floor on the 18th floor, which slowly spins to give a complete view of Likas Harbour. It makes one 360 degree rotation per hour.

How to get there:

From the city center:
Use your Grab App and set your destination to Tun Mustapha Tower, it will cost you around 8 MYR travel time is about 15 to 20 minutes if not traffic

(Take Note: Public Transportation like bus are very rare. In Sabah Malaysia,  Fuel is very cheap, so don’t be afraid with Grab haha 

2. Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

is a zoo located in Penampang Sabah Malaysia, quite far from the city center.

How to get there from the city center:

Grab App will cost you 26 MYR. Travel time is around 1 hour.

3. Signal Observatory Hill

From here you will find the stunning view of the city of Kota Kinabalu. It’s best for taking photos. You will only walk 250 meters uphill to the area from the Kota Kinabalu Community Hall

4. Kota Kinabalu Waterfront

The Kota Kinabalu City Waterfront is a mixed development projects comprising a shopping mall (Oceanus Waterfront Mall), hotel, city-resort home and boardwalk in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. It is a waterfront revitalisation projects under the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) as part of the efforts to transform Kota Kinabalu into a metropolitan city.[Other part of the waterfront is the Jesselton Quay, Kota Kinabalu Convention City and One Jesselton Waterfront, which developed by different developers.

5. Suriah Sabah

Suria Sabah is a shopping centre located in the city of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Completed in July 2009, the mall sits on an 11-acre site facing the South China Sea with a scenic view of the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park.

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