7 Great Things to Do in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

7 Great Things to Do in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Discover 7 great things to do in Kota Kinabalu. Kota Kinabalu is a city found in East Malaysi, on the island of Borneo.

This great things to do in Kota Kinablu post includes directions in and around Kota Kinabalu, and lots of other useful information about surviving travel in Kota Kinabalu.

My mum came to see me in Kota Kinabalu (KK) this week.

It was great to see her and I got to ‘show her around town’ and do some of the tourist things that I haven’t done before, since I usually just come here and hang with my little half brother and other family.

Ok, here it is. My list of 7 great things to do in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

7 Great Things to Do in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

1. Get Some Tailor Made Clothes

The first thing on my list of great things to do in Kota Kinabalu was to get a dress made for my Mum, which is not that great really, but the fact that you can get anything tailor made for dirt cheap is. Suits, dresses, shirts, etc.

2. Walk Along the Waterfront to the Markets

Take a stroll along the waterfront and check out the markets. Lots of handicrafts, fruit and street food.

3. Jungle Trek to the Observatory

This was my favorite of this list of great things to do in Kota Kinabalu. I’ve been to Malaysia to visit family many times, but never knew about this.

After walking along the waterfront we walked back past the Observatory.

The observatory has a little jungle trek and we actually saw wild monkeys in the trees.

Jungle Trek to Observatory Point, great things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Monkey on ‘Jungle Trek’ to Observatory Point

4. Visit an Island

Another thing on this list of great things to do in Kota Kinabalu that I had never done before is go to the islands.

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We caught a boat from Jessleton Ferry. It was a 20 minute boat ride. We spent a few hours on the island. Had lunch, a nap, a short trek, a quick swim, and then headed back.

Island. great things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Taken on the island.

5. Karaoke aka KTV

Like many other Asian countries, Karaoke (or KTV) is very popular.

6. Eat Yum Cha

Yum Cha, also known as Dim Sum, is like lots of little Chinese dumpling style foods. Malaysia has a huge Chinese population so the Chinese restaurants here are plentiful and good.

7. Eat Malaysian Specialties

The last thing on my list of great things to do in Kota Kinabalu is to eat some local cuisine.

Malaysia is awesome for food. Indian, Malaysian, Chinese, and Western. It’s all there and it’s all good.

After dropping Mum off at the airport I met up with two teachers that I work with in China. They were in Kota Kinabalu for a couple of days so we met for lunch and a chat.

Next Stop… Kunming, Yunnan, China

My next stop is Kunming in China to see the famous Canola Fields.

Got anything to add to this list of great things to do in Kota Kinabalu? Let us know them (or anything else you want to say) in the comments 😀 .

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