Sabah’s capital Kota Kinabalu is situated on the northwest shore of Borneo. Mount Kinabalu, where the name of the city came from, lies to its east and the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park is located to its west. Kota Kinabalu was called Jesselton in the past and is also known as KK in Malaysia and across many countries. It’s among the major commercial and industrial centers of East Malaysia. Kota Kinabalu is also a popular entryway for travelers visiting Borneo and Sabah. Don’t forget to keep the following in mind to enjoy the best travel experience in Kota Kinabalu Sabah.
Kota Kinabalu has a usual equatorial climate, high humidity and substantial amount of rain. The Southwest Monsoon and the Northeast Monsoon are the two dominant monsoons that characterize the city’s climate. The Southwest Monsoon happens between May and September while the Northeast Monsoon takes place between November and March. Two consecutive inter-monsoons occur from April to May as well as from September to October. The driest months are February and March. The highest precipitation occurs in October.
State roads connect various parts of Kota Kinabalu. Most main internal highways are dual-carriageways. Lintas-Tuaran Bypass Road, one of the city’s major roads, circles Kota Kinabalu and connects the suburbs and districts that surround the city namely Tuaran, Inanam, Putatan, Luyang, Penampang, Likas and Menggatal. There are no freeways in the city. Kota Kinabalu is connected by roads to other cities in Sabah, which are mostly federal roads maintained by the Public Works Department of the state.
There are regular bus services in the city. You can also find vans and minibuses. The city center has two major bus terminals. The terminal close to Bandaran Berjaya offers intercity services to places south of the city such as Beaufort and Paper. The other along Tun Razak Road offers bus services to various parts of Kota Kinabalu and its suburbs. There is another bus terminal in Inanam district. The North Kota Kinabalu Bus Terminal offers intercity services to destinations north-east and north of the town such as Tawau, Tauran, Sandakan and Ranau. There are also taxis throughout Kota Kinabalu.
Kota Kinabalu offers a lot of cultural venues. Don’t forget to visit Sabah’s main museum, the Sabah State Museum. It’s close to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The Sabah Art Gallery, the Ethno Botanic Gardens and the Science and Technology Centre are in the museum’s vicinity. If you are an art lover, you should visit the Wisma Budaya Art Gallery. It hosts regional and national art exhibitions.
Other attractions include the Atkinson Clock Tower,which is near Bandaran Berjaya. The Atkinson Clock Tower was built in 1905 by Edith Atkinson in memory of Francis George Atkinson, her son. You can also visit leisure areas such as the Royal Sabah Turf Club and Anjung Samudra.
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