Reasons To Visit Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu is located on the island of Borneo and has a fascinating history, not to mention its beautiful natural landscape and many excellent attractions. The city has become a popular travel destination as it offers practically everything you could want from its heritage sites and vibrant city center to its pristine beaches and untouched wilderness. If you want to stay active during your visit you can head out to the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park or spend some time along the coastline. There are many fascinating works of architecture in the city like the floating Kota Kinabalu City Mosque and the Che Sui Khor Pagoda which you must see during your stay.
Arriving In Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu International Airport is Malaysia’s second busiest airport situated less than 10 km away from the city center of Kota Kinabalu. If you are looking to catch flights from the UAE to Kota Kinabalu, there are no airlines providing direct flights from anywhere in the UAE. However, it is possible to travel to Kota Kinabalu with just one stopover as the airport has plenty of regular connections.
At Kota Kinabalu International Airport you will find a comprehensive selection of amenities and facilities, so there are plenty of things to do while you wait for your flight. There are a variety of restaurants and fast food outlets across the airport, where you can also enjoy duty-free shopping during your stay. Additional amenities available at the airport include free Wi-Fi and a couple of airport lounges. When you have touched down at the airport there are airport buses available as well as local minibuses to take you into the city if you don’t want to pay for a private taxi. Car rental in Kota Kinabalu is also an option.
Kota Kinabalu Travel Information
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UAE nationals traveling to Malaysia are able to enter the country on a visa free basis for up to 90 days at a time. In Kota Kinabalu temperatures remain relatively consistent over the course of the year with average highs between 30 to 32 degrees. There is a lengthy rainy season in the region beginning in May and continuing until December, so you may want to visit from January to April when the weather is a lot drier. You will need to put your clocks four hours forward to get on local time in Kota Kinabalu, while the currency in Malaysia is the Malaysian ringgit. If you're thinking of exploring more of the country, read our guide to the top places to visit in Malaysia.
* This information is correct as of February 2018
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