Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

Renowned as KK, one K short of being mistaken for a white supremacist group in Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu blends old-world charm with 21st-century pizzazz. Far from being a discriminatory, unwelcoming destination, Kota Kinabalu is celebrated for it’s spectacular sunsets, gastronomic blend of Asian spices and cuisine, and a dynamic cultural scene. Located on the island of Borneo, Kota Kinabalu is the urbanized passageway to Kinabalu National Park, home to Mount Kinabula, Malaysia’s tallest peak (13,400 feet). Crocker Range National Park, located roughly ninety miles away, is home to those who enjoy camping and jungle trekking.

Despite an influx of expats, ambitious real estate projects and speculation, and the ever so undesirable proliferation of shopping malls in traditional settings, Kota Kinabalu continues to preserve its unique timeless flare of waterfront fish markets, street merchants and unmistakable humidity. How much longer shall they last is anybody’s guess. The march of modernization seems to know no bounds nor respect local culture. At least for now, Kota Kinabalu, a compactly quaint city on the historic island of Borneo, remains a living testament of history that spans the glory of the population’s ancestors and natural world. Kota Kinabalu means “revered place of the ancestors.” Henceforth, you should pay homage to this tropical paradise by paying it a visit. So come and visit this Malay jewel while it still remains a jewel. And be sure to bring enough for cab fare because the intense heat and humidity will not permit you to walk the full length of the city.