Kota Kinabalu, a One Day Getaway

Kota Kinabalu (KK) is the capital city of Sabah State, Malaysia. We only had one day to explore the city but we tried to make the most of our time visiting as many places as we could. Letalone, KK isn’t very big, one day was enough to go west then east, north then south. Just prepare your feet.


Most of time, we walked around the city. Sometimes we took taxi if we’re tired or if the place a bit far and we had short time; taxi fare quite cheap here. Public buses only available for places far away, not around the city.

Let’s check our list of places!

1. City Gate

Welcome to the nice quiet city of KK!


2. Atkinson Clock Tower

This historical monument (originally built of Mirabau wood) was build in 1902 as a memorial to first District Officer of KK, Mr. Atkinson who had died in 1902 of  Borneo fever (malaria) at age 28. It’s uphill, so you have to climb some edgy stairs.


3. Tanjung Aru Beach

Located far from city to the southwest, this beach worth to visit. Quiet beach, white sand, fressh seafood stalls in the corner, what else?

We use taxi because it will take forever to walk. There is public bus too, but we can’t find the bus stop and we were in a hurry to catch the sunset at next destination. Only 20 RM for taxi fare.


4. Masjid Kubah Emas

In the way towards Tanjung Aru beach, you will pass Sembulan area. Stop and visit Sabah State Mosque, a masjid with golden minaret surrounded by 16 other golden little minarets. It is large inside and the architecture is nice.


5. Jesselton Point

We use taxi from southwest side of city to the opposite direction, North-Northwest. Many people recommend Jesselton (KK name in the past) Point to catch the sunset. Maybe because the place is nice for hangout while waiting for the sun down. Order some foods, talk, and enjoy the air. But if you don’t like hangout too much, we think catching sunset at Tanjung Aru beach is better. But, still, you must visit this place at the other time. It’s nice.




6. Masjid Bandaraya

Few minutes from Jesselton Point heading to outside the city, as dark began to fall, we visit Masjid Bandaraya at Teluk Likas area. Actually, the masjid gave an amazing glance of lights that reflect on the water around it. But, we can only use handphone camera at that time, so… just google the night view of this masjid then =)


We also visit the masjid at daylight, on the way back from Kundasang the day after. Find our trip to Kundasang here. The other name of the masjid is Floating Mosque (you can relate). The architecture adapted from Masjid Nabawi, Madinah, Saudi Arabia.


7. Sinsuran Night Market

Feast your stomach with street foods on traditional night market. The market open from 6 pm to 11 pm. The price is very affordable. Foods from around 3 RM and beverages from 1 RM. There are also a lot of fresh seafood stalls here (market location is near beach indeed). Go get your dinner here. Or maybe late nite snacks?



8. Filipino (Kraftangan) Market

Next to Sinsuran night market, there is Filipino or Kraftangan Market. You can find a lot of traditional handicraft here. We manage to buy some souvenirs with affordable price. Beware, this market close earlier than the neighbour. It’s from morning to 9 pm.




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