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A Guide to Kota Kinabalu Tour



Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of Sabah in East Malaysia. The city is strategically positioned in a scenic environment, with Mount Kinabalu providing a 'watchful eye' background, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park on the side, and South China Sea in front.

The city was formerly known as Jesselton and was renamed as Kota Kinabalu in 1968. The locals like to call it KK. KK suffered a lot from the Second World War, but it has risen from the ashes to become a world-class city.

The park is a favorite destination for both visitors and locals alike. There are different activities like snorkeling that you can take part in here apart from simply having some special relaxing moments. There are five islands within the park, all offering something different but special.

The Signal Hill Observatory provides some of the best views of the surrounding areas. Atkinson Clock Tower on Signal Hill Road in honor of Kota Kinabalu's first district officer, Francis George Atkinson, hence its name. Having weathered the furious storms of the Second World War, the Clock Tower is the oldest standing structure in the whole region of Sabah. The Sabah Foundation Building is a 30-story structure that gives tourists the opportunity to observe the city from an elevated angle, enabling you to see some features that you would not otherwise notice at the street level. Tensile steel rods support the circular structure in a remarkable display of architectural ingenuity. It is one of the few buildings of the type in the whole world.

There are different types of natural wonders in Sabah, and Kota Kinabalu offers the gateway to all of them because of its strategic position. Some of these destinations are relatively close to the city center, such as the Green Connection and Likas Bird Sanctuary.

The Green Connection is a special discovery center and aquarium that protects some endangered species. You will find different Sabah habitats in the center, whose themes range from reef to rainforest. It has the largest reef tank in the entire Southeast Asia. The creatures you will find here range from coral insects to fish to snakes. Likas Bird Sanctuary, on the other hand, is a mangrove swamp that is perfect for relaxation. It is a natural wildlife site that acts as a special feeding spot for many types of birds, some of which are migratory species from the Northern part of Asia.

At the Old Palace Hill lies the Sabah Museum with a jungle of more than 43 acres. There, visitors can learn more about the region and country in general. Other great attraction at the same place are a heritage village, a zoological garden, and an ethnobotanic garden.

Sutera Harbor Resort clearly shows why the city is known as a great resort city. Some of the things it includes are a world class golf course, an international yacht club, and two five-star hotels.



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