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Customer Travel Tips for Kota Kinabalu

74% Avg. city rating Rated by 154 customers

Activities / excursions 82%

Restaurants / eating out 82%

Shopping 70%

Chilling out / relaxing 76%

Getting around / public transport 70%

Sightseeing 72%

Culture 70%

Nightlife / partying 64%

Value for money 78%

Customer Travel Tips for Kota Kinabalu

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67% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 80%
67% Avg. rating


12 Mar 2017

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Age Range:
31-40

Customer Travel Tip: Stay 1 day then run away

Liked: The market

Disliked: The rain

98% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 100%
98% Avg. rating


30 Aug 2016

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

Age Range:
31-40

Customer Travel Tip: -

Liked: Seafood and Mount Kinabalu

Disliked: Nothing

73% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 60%
73% Avg. rating


07 Aug 2016

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Sightseeing & culture

Age Range:
18-24

Customer Travel Tip: .

Liked: Good starting point for tours

Disliked: No

78% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 60%
78% Avg. rating


26 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: If you are planning to climb the mountain, KK's main attraction, then now is not the time to visit. Since the earthquake it is not possible to climb it. They say it may reopen in December 2015.

Liked: It's a good place for onward travel around Sabah, Sarawak or to neighbouring countries.

Disliked: Apart from the mountain, there is not a a great deal to do in terms of sightseeing.

84% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 60%
84% Avg. rating


18 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
City break Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: sun screen

Liked: food

Disliked: raining

64% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 40%
64% Avg. rating


14 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: You must go to the islands! Avoid manuka though, tourist trap. I liked mamukan. Alu Alu cafe was good for dinner and make sure you go for a massage in a salon, so cheap and well worth the money! The night markets are amazing, I went twice, the filipino market where they sell the fish was incredible, so cheap and delicious!

Liked: You must go to the islands! Avoid manuka though, tourist trap. I liked mamukan. Alu Alu cafe was good for dinner and make sure you go for a massage in a salon, so cheap and well worth the money! The night markets are amazing, I went twice, the filipino market where they sell the fish was incredible, so cheap and delicious!

Disliked: The smell around markets!

76% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 40%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 80%
76% Avg. rating


07 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Beach / sunbathing City break Partying / nightlife Sightseeing & culture Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

Customer Travel Tip: check weather forecast before booking

Liked: great base to explore surrounding area

Disliked: it was raining everyday and every night, constantly.

71% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 40%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 80%
71% Avg. rating


21 Jul 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year City break

Customer Travel Tip: it's a fun and nice city, but since it does not have so many cultural attractions, use this city as a stopover or as your base for your activities in the province Sabah.

Liked: Good atmosphere. Nice food court in center of town, and great (but not cheap) pubs close to the harbour

Disliked: Little culture.

51% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 40%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 40%
  • Culture - 40%
  • Sightseeing - 40%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 40%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 40%
51% Avg. rating


04 Jul 2015

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Beach / sunbathing Sightseeing & culture Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

Customer Travel Tip: Use it as a hub, spend one night (max) and head on to somewhere else in Borneo which will blow your mind.

Liked: The night market and the food market on the waterfront was excellent!!!! Great food, for cheap.

Disliked: There is not a lot to do in KK. It's also not a particularly Ttractive city... It's dirty and not the easiest to walk around as a tourist.

96% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 100%
  • Shopping - 100%
96% Avg. rating


28 Jun 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Must visit: night market, wetlands centre, offshore islands.

Liked: Friendly locals, good food, nice to wander around doing nothing much.

Disliked: No

64% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 40%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 40%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 40%
64% Avg. rating


21 Jun 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Beach / sunbathing Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Travel outside of the city to see more impressive and interesting parts of Sabah. KK makes a good place to base yourself from, lots of excursions offered which are pretty good value.

Liked: Used KK as a base for seeing some of Borneo, lots of opportunities to do things in the neighbouring areas. Nearby islands good for snorkelling, relaxing. Very cheap to eat in the city.

Disliked: There's not much to do in the city itself. Could only get around by walking or taxi.

71% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 60%
71% Avg. rating


26 May 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Beach / sunbathing Sightseeing & culture Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

Customer Travel Tip: Use it as a leaving point to other destinations, but its not worth staying more than 2 days

Liked: Good connection to other interesting places in Sabah

Disliked: Not much to see in the town

76% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 40%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 80%
76% Avg. rating


15 May 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Na

Liked: Street markets, seafood

Disliked: Price of beer

76% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 100%
  • Shopping - 60%
76% Avg. rating


14 Apr 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Beach / sunbathing

Customer Travel Tip: Stay more than two days

Liked: Easy to get around

Disliked: No pork!

69% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 40%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 40%
69% Avg. rating


04 Apr 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

Customer Travel Tip: Bring sunblock.

Liked: A place with lots of options for activities

Disliked: Public transport is not as developed, getting around takes some figuring out.

78% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 100%
78% Avg. rating


13 Mar 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

Customer Travel Tip: I think everyone should either go to mt Kinabalu or kinabatangan. The river cruises were great and I recommend going with nature lodge. Great lodges, food and guides.

Liked: Great shopping and nice islands

Disliked: There's not much to do in the city. The islands are nice but you have to take a boat to the islands.

73% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 100%
73% Avg. rating


05 Mar 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Family Holiday Sightseeing & culture Sports, adventure or outdoor activities Visiting friends or family

Customer Travel Tip: Book your tours here, it's too hard to do them from anywhere else

Liked: Good waterfront

Disliked: Smells bad

76% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 100%
76% Avg. rating


05 Feb 2015

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: .

Liked: Eine schöne, übersichtliche Stadt mit hohem Freizeitwert

Disliked: .

64% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 40%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
64% Avg. rating


05 Feb 2015

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Book lots of activities

Liked: Activities

Disliked: Smelly

67% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 40%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 20%
  • Shopping - 80%
67% Avg. rating


01 Feb 2015

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Make sure you go snorkelling!

Liked: Great markets and places to eat, everything close by. Beautiful islands to easily visit.

Disliked: Not loads to do.

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74% Avg. city rating Rated by 154 customers

Activities / excursions 82%

Restaurants / eating out 82%

Shopping 70%

Chilling out / relaxing 76%

Getting around / public transport 70%

Sightseeing 72%

Culture 70%

Nightlife / partying 64%

Value for money 78%

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