Boasting seductive coral reefs, Southeast Asia’s highest peak (Mount Kinabalu) and a vast array of exotic flora and fauna, Sabah is Borneo par excellence. Falling just below the typhoon belt north of the Equator, the state has a pleasant climate as well as a diverse ethnic and geographical makeup. More importantly the costumes, languages and traditions in the 72,500sqkm Sabah are pretty unique to the region due to the contributions of its tribal peoples.
More than likely to win your heart, the region’s terrain is a mixture of marshy, mangrove-tangled coastal areas, vibrantly green paddy fields, dense rainforests and the dizzying heights of the Crocker Range. You’ll be hard pressed to avoid Kota Kinabalu on a trip to Sabah and most trips start out in the friendly capital. In a nutshell, KK’s collection of numerous sightseeing attractions, its friendly citizens and close proximity to a clutch of idyllic islands charm visitors.
For some people the best way to explore the state is to strike out on your own; oftentimes you only need a hotel stay as well as transfers to and from the airport and your lodgings. The Kota Kinabalu Free & Easy tour is a three-day, two-night package that combines a variety of accommodation options with airport transfers. It also allows you to visit some of the city’s best-known attractions on your own time and without breaking the bank – stop over at the Sabah Museum, Jesselton as well as the city’s wide range of street markets where good bargains are sure to be had.