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Best Things to Do in Kota Kinabalu

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by Fern W (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer, that likes to travel. I love great wine, food and entertainment. From Australia and currently based in Malaysia.
Published September 30th 2015
Visit Sabah with local knowledge
Venturing to Borneo, for many people, conjures up images of head-hunters and dense jungles. But Kota Kinabalu might have a few surprises in store for you.

If you only have a few days in Kota Kinabalu (you will probably wish you booked a longer trip), you will need to decide what you don't want to miss out on.

Dancing fountains at Perdana Park

Perdana park
Sabah welcomes you


This is conveniently located opposite the low cost (Air Asia) airport. If you are arriving in the evening it's a nice way to start your trip. The colourful fountains are synchronised with local and classical tunes. The show can been seen in the evening from 7:00pm to 9:00pm each night and is extended half an hour on weekends. Each sessions runs for 20 minutes with 10-minutes intervals. This is free to see.

Sunset at Tanjung Aru Beach

Spectacular sunsets
Sunset delight


This beach is also very close to the Air Asia airport. This is one of the nicest spots to find out why Sabah is famous for its sunsets. Watch the sun disappear between small islands, and cast magical colours over the South China Sea.

Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre at Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort - Tuaran

Orangutan
These cuties aren't shy


This is about 45 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu, but definitely worth the visit to see these amazing, beautiful creatures that are sadly endangered. See orphaned, baby orangutans feeding and playing in the trees, and learn more about their natural habitat and rehabilitation.

This is located within the resort, in the nature reserve.
The viewings are 10am and 2pm each day and go for 1hour. It's best to call to reserve a place (Ph: 088 797 888).
Entry is 73 RM per person.

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