Kota Kinabalu Malaysia
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Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of Sabah East Malaysia. Located on the northern coastline at the foot hills of Mount Kinabalu. Sabah is refered to as Land Below the winds because of it is located below the typhoon belt which it is protected from making the weather in Sabah pleasant all year round.
Sabah Museum is located on the grounds of the former British Colonial Governor's Residence. The museum was built in 1985 with the main building built to resemble a Rungus longhouse. On display is a collection of traditional ethnic costumes, musical instruments and various artifacts from the many ethnic communities of Sabah.
Atkinson Clock Tower
Atkinson Clock Tower was built in 1905 by Mary Edith Atkinson, the mother of the first District Officer of Jesselton, Francis George Atkinson who died at the age of 28 of 'Borneo Fever' - malaria. The clock tower was originally built of miabau wood though has been restored many times. The lights of the clock tower were used for navigation by local ships coming into port though now it cannot be seen from the water because of the tall buildings in Kota Kinabalu.
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is located 10 minutes from the centre of Kota Kinabalu city centre. A taxi will cost around RM15 to get there. The City Mosque is situated at Likas Bay near the sea. The mosque has a similar design to the Nabawi Mosque in Medina Saudi Arabia. The mosque was built in 1997 and can accommodation 9,000 - 12,000 people.
From Kota Kinabalu there are several places to go see the Borneo Orangutan. The closest place from Kota Kinabalu is Rasa Ria or you can fly or catch a bus across to Sandakan to visit Sepilok which has the Orangutan Rehabilitation centre.
Golf in Kota Kinabalu
Sutera Harbor Golf and Country Club
Kudat Golf Club is an 18 hole championship golf course. It is the oldest golf club in Sabah. Green fees are RM200 per day (US$57). Has hotel accommodations. www.hotelssabah.com
Getting to Kota Kinabalu East Malaysia
The airport at Kota Kinabalu is located 10km from the centre of town. It takes around 20 minutes by taxi to get to the centre of Kota Kinabalu from the airport.
MASwing's is a small regional airline with direct flights from Kota Kinabalu to Bintulu, Kuching, Labuan, Lahad Datu, Limbang, Miri, Mulu, Sandakan, Sibu and Tawau. www.maswings.com.my
Air Asia have direct flights from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Labuan, Miri, Penang, Sandakan, Sibu and Tawau in Malaysia. They also have direct flights to Brunei, Shenzhen China, Jakarta Indonesia, Macau, Manila Philippines and Singapore. Flight time from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu is 1 hour 55 minutes www.airasia.com
Tiger Airways is a budget airline which has direct flights from Kota Kinabalu to Bangalor and Chennai in India and also to Singapore. www.tigerairways.com
Silk Air have direct flights from Kota Kinabalu to Singapore. Flight times from Kota Kinabalu to Singapore is around 2 hours 15 minutes. www.silkair.com
Cebu Pacific Air have direct flights from Kota Kinabalu to Manila in the Philippines. Flight time is around 2 hours. www.cebupacificair.com
Brunei Air have direct flights from Kota Kinabalu to Brunei Darussalam. Flight time is around 40 minutes. www.bruneiair.com
Malaysia Airlines have flights from Kota Kinabalu to the major cities of Malaysia with connecting flights to all over the world. www.malaysiaairlines.com
Last updated 11th August 2011
Just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu are some beautiful tropical islands with excellent coral reefs for snorkeling or scuba diving to view the wide variety of marine life. Some of these islands include Gaya Island, Sapi Island, Sulug Island and Mamutik Island.
Along the waterfront of Kota Kinabalu are the local markets selling a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh and dried fish, nuts and other food products.
Just along from the food markets is The Waterfront complex which has a number of restaurants including seafood, Indian, Thai and an Australian BBQ Restaurant and Bar. There are also a number of bars open until late at night. This is the best place to come late afternoon and sit back and relax and watch the sunset.
Australia Place is located close to the centre of Kota Kinabalu. This is the street that the Australian soldiers camped in when they landed in Jesselton in 1945 at the end of the second war. Now Australia Place has a number of backpacker hostels and hotels and has the downtown Police Station.
Puh Toh Tze Temple is a buddhist temple located just a few minutes down the road from the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, located off Tuaran Road. The temple was built in 1980. There are ten large statues of deities leading up to the temple including Kwan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. There is also a large standing of the Buddha standing.
Rungus Tribe longhouses
North Borneo Yacht
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