Whether you're embarking on a few days' break or a marathon getaway, it's good to know a bit about Kota Kinabalu before setting off.
This city is located about 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) to the east of Kuala Lumpur, the national capital, and 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Papar.
Traveling is about meeting new people, so why not make pals with some of the 460,000 locals who reside in this corner of Sabah?
It's not every day you go on vacation, so why not splurge on a bit of luxury? The Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa (Polish Bay, Gaya Island) and the Gayana Marine Resort (Malohom Bay, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park) are a few of the leading upmarket properties available here. If you'd prefer to spend your money on thrilling Kota Kinabalu experiences, secure your room at the Mandarin Hotel (No 136 & 138) or the Victoria Hotel & Hostel (No. 17, Jalan Sentosa).
Shopaholics listen up — you'll be able to treat yourself to a little impulse buying at Centre Point. Ready to work that credit card and shop up a storm? Like some more options? Whether you're hunting for some general supplies, a new outfit or a vacation keepsake, you can buy it at City Mall. With a variety of outlets within easy reach, get set to shop 'til you drop! And that's not all there is. Spend a Sunday morning at All Saint's Cathedral. While you're here, why not take a couple of minutes to sit and reconnect with your spiritual side.