Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Kota Kinabalu: Nature Resort City


Kota Kinabalu (pronounced [ˈkota kinaˈbalu]), formerly known as Jesselton,is the capital of Sabah state in East Malaysia. It is also the capital of the West Coast Division of Sabah. The city is located on the northwest coast of Borneo facing the South China Sea. The Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park lies on one side and Mount Kinabalu, which gave the city its name, is nearby. Kota Kinabalu proper has a population of 452,058 while the larger urban area which includes Penampang district has an estimated population of 651,658. It is the largest urban centre in Borneo and the sixth largest in Malaysia.
Kota Kinabalu is often known as K.K. within Malaysia and internationally. It is a major tourist destination and a popular gateway for travellers visiting Sabah and Borneo. Kinabalu National Park is located about 90 kilometres from the city and there are many tourist attractions in and around the city. Kota Kinabalu is also one of the major industrial and commercial centres of East Malaysia. These two factors combine to make Kota Kinabalu one of the fastest growing cities in Malaysia.
source: Wikipedia

The five islands (of Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Sulug, Mamutik) opposite the city, and their surrounding waters, are also preserved as the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park.

Parasailing at Mamutik Island with Yazmin

Aside from the lovely beaches, here some of the places where you can visit in Kota Kinabalu. 

The port to Tunku Rahman Abdul Park

The Double Six Monument is a memorial located at Sembulan area in Grace Garden housing complex in Kota KinabaluSabah,Malaysia which marks the site of the June 6, 1976 fatal plane crash known as the Double Six Tragedy bearing the first Chief Minister of SabahTun Fuad Stephens, as well as six other State ministers.
source: Wikipedia

The Atkinson Clock Tower is the oldest standing structure in the whole of Sabah that survived the destruction of Jesselton Town during Word War II.

Menara Tun Mustapha Tower is a 30-storey high circular tower of glass and steel. This is the second tallest building in the island of Borneo. Inside there is an auditorium, two mini theaters, an exhibition foyer, a gymnasium and at the 18th floor is the @mosphere Revolving Restaurant. It makes one rotation per hour.

Kinabalu National Park where you can find the Mount Kinabalu. The highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago.

The Mountain Squirrel

Also in the National Park you can find the Poring Hot springs. 

The therapeutic tubs of sulphuric minerals.

Aside from hot springs, there's also a very cold swimming pool.

Last but not the least is this:

It looks like a golden tree.

I'll definitely visit this country again.

at Jesselton Point.

Loving Life;

1 comment:

  1. Wow lucky you on this trip!! I think Malaysia is more modern on their architecture..I love the photo under the pool! The tickets are cheap huh? I would love to see Malaysia myself!