Exploring Kota Kinabalu

After few months of planning, finally we’ve successfully visited Kota Kinabalu.

Kota Kinabalu or simply called KK is the capital of Sabah, Malaysia located in the Island of Borneo which is the 3rd largest Island in the world. KK is just more or less 2 hours away from Manila via air travel.

We arrived in Kota Kinabalu International Airport at exactly 1:30am through Cebu Pacific, it’s past midnight so we need to take a cab going to the hotel. Good thing is we were able to purchase a Malaysian simcard for Internet browsing and with that we were able to access Uber for cab booking.


We were able to check in at Fat Rhino hostel at 2:30am, the hotel staff are kind enough to allow us to check in early since it’s their policy that the regular check in time is 2:00pm. They are very accommodating. We booked a Queen Ensuite Room for RM100/night, the room is clean and secure with cool airconditioning system with clean toilet and bath.


We took a nap for 3 hours. We woke up at 6:00am to start our trip, of course we ate our breakfast first in the nearby eatery.


The hostel is in the heart of Gaya Street which is very popular for it’s restaurants and night market during Sundays.


Our first stop is the Atkinson Clock Tower, the oldest standing structure of Kota Kinabalu built in commemoration of Francis George Atkinson who is the first district officer of Jesselton.


From the Atkinson Clock tower, we took a walk going to Jesselton Point, the gateway going to Pulau Manukan which is one of the famous beach in Kota Kinabalu.

Attaching our separate blog for Pulau Manukan. Just click the link for detailed itinerary. Pulau Manukan / Exploring Kota Kinabalu


After our day trip to Pulau Manukan we went back to the hostel to freshen up and took a nap. We woke up at 8:00 in the evening and prepared to go out  for dinner.

We took a walk going to Todak Waterfront Seafood Night Market for our dinner. There are a lot of seafood stalls selling fresh shrimps, lobsters and fish. We went ahead and picked a stall and chose a one big red snapper and 2 large prawns for them to cook. We waited for few minutes and then voila! Our dinner is served! We spent around RM100 for that dinner.


After a sumptuous dinner, we took another walk and we decided to chill out before going back to the hostel. We went to an old bar named Party Play which is just across our hostel and took a bottle of beer which cost RM14 per bottle.


The next day, we prepared for our next itinerary. After eating our breakfast we booked another cab through UBER going to Puh Toh Tze Temple, a chinese temple which is 10 minutes away from our hostel.


After visiting Puh Toh Tze Temple we went straight ahead to Masjid Bandaraya.



We took a taxi ride from Masjid Bandaraya and asked the driver to drop us by to Oceanus Mall. Initially we planned to have our lunch in the ocean side , but we failed to do so because all restaurants are still closed at that time since they usually open up in the afternoon. We just took a picture of the beautiful view.


We took another walk going to city center and from there we went to City Food Corner CFC which is one of the famous eatery in Kota Kinabalu. We ordered Laksa, Nasi Goreng and Fresh Mango Shake for lunch. That was another hearty food experience!


We went back to the hotel again to freshen up and after an hour of rest we went out to look for a souvenir shop to buy souvenirs for our family and friends.

Our last stop was in Tanjung Aru Beach, from the hostel we booked a cab again through UBER going there which cost us RM8.00.

 Tanjung Aru Beach / Exploring Kota Kinabalu


Photo Credits: Yowi & Kaye Zablan

©2016 Trece Viajero


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