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This area of Sabah contains approximately 460,000 people.
Kuala Lumpur, the national capital, is 1,000 mile west of Kota Kinabalu, while Kampong Gaya lies 2 miles to the northwest.
Two of the best family friendly attractions here are the Kipandi Butterfly Farm and the Tuaran Crocodile Farm.
The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is a terrific place to take your group for an entertaining day among local creatures. Be sure to ask at the entrance about feeding times and where to find the zoo's favorite inhabitants.
Pack a picnic hamper and take some time out in the peaceful, green surroundings of Pulau Tiga Park and Tanjung Aru Perdana Park. Mount Kinabalu Park Entrance and Sabah Agricultural Park are two more pleasant spots to while away a lazy afternoon with a good book.
Listen to the relaxing sound of flowing water as it plunges into the swirling pool below at Kiansom Waterfall.
Switch your phone to silent and give yourself a break from the stresses of the modern world at Crocker Range National Park and Poring Hot Spring. Mountain Garden and Mt Kinabalu are also popular among nature lovers.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, a marine sanctuary, is home to a vast array of sea creatures.
How can you possibly tackle the ever-changing future if you have no understanding of the past? Visit the Sabah State Museum!
The Atkinson Clock Tower and the Petagas War Memorial are certainly worth taking a look at, even if history isn't your forte. When it comes to days of old, the stories are countless. The Monsopiad Cultural Village and the Kundasang War Memorial are two more great places to check out.
The spiritual side of the region is on display at the Sabah State Mosque and All Saint's Cathedral. You may also like to check for tours at the City Mosque or St. Michael Church Penampang.
Wouldn't you like to hang with the locals? Sedco Square is a pleasant place where you can truly experience the vibrancy of the city.
You'll know you're in Kota Kinabalu once you set eyes upon Signal Hill Observatory Platform and Upside Down House, two must-see landmarks. These are ideal places to take some selfies, just be sure that you leave enough space on your camera for Rumah Terbalik!
If you'd like to see where the great minds of tomorrow are shaped, arrange a visit to the University of Malaysia Sabah. Stroll through the impressive campus, admire the architecture and check for any possible guided tours.
This area has a well-deserved reputation as a great destination if you love to shop, so don't miss out on a retail fix while you are here. Grab a sale, indulge in a little luxury or just sit and watch the locals go by at 1 Borneo Hypermall and Centre Point. City Mall and Kota Kinabalu Central Market are also lots of fun to stop by.
Looking for something different? Consider stopping in at the Kota Kinabalu Wetlands Centre, Tamparuli Suspension Bridge or Zip Borneo.
Nestled on the beach, this Tanjung Aru resort is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Tanjung Aru Perdana Park and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Sabah State Mosque. Sutera Harbour and Sabah State Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Warisan Square and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Sabah State Mosque. Filipino Market and Imago Shopping Mall are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Kota Kinabalu hotel is located on the Strip, just steps away from Warisan Square and Filipino Market. Sabah State Mosque and Likas Stadium are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Plaza Wawasan and Sabah State Mosque. Likas Stadium is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Atkinson Clock Tower and Gaya Street Sunday Market. Sedco Square and Wisma Merdeka are also within 10 minutes.
Nestled on the beach, this Karambunai resort is 11.1 mi (17.9 km) from 1 Borneo Hypermall and 11.2 mi (18 km) from University of Malaysia Sabah. Likas Stadium and Hospital Wanita Dan Kanak-Kanak Sabah are also within 16 miles (25 km).
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this luxury hotel is steps away from KK Esplanade and Wisma Merdeka. Suria Sabah Shopping Mall is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away.
Nestled on the beach, this Downtown Kota Kinabalu hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sutera Harbour and Sabah State Mosque. Plaza Wawasan and Imago Shopping Mall are also within 2 miles (3 km).