I will be visiting Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur with my partner mid-July and it will be our first time to travel here.
First of all let me mention that I am based my recommendations below on my experience of running a tourism company in Kota Kinabalu. I hope it helps :)
There are lots of things you can do whilst visiting Sabah. Sabah is famous for it's scuba diving, wildlife, Mount Kinabalu and Orang-Utans. Of course there is a lot more to Sabah, but these are the most popular reasons why tourists come here.
If you are staying in Kota Kinabalu for your stay then you could consider the following trips / activities:-
- White water rafting at Padas Gorge (more challenging) or Kiulu River (easier)
- Climb Mount Kinabalu
- Snorkeling or a try dive in nearby Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
- Visit Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Springs
- Go river cruising at Klias Wetlands
If you are willing to catch a domestic flight to Sandakan (a short ~45 minute flight) then it's worth going there to visit Sepilok Orang tan Sanctuary, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary and the Kinabatangan River.
There's a lot to choose from. It just depends on your budget, amount of time and what your interests are.
Enjoy your trip to Malaysia!
Joanne about 8 years ago
Don't underestimate climbing Mt Kinabalu - it's a serious undertaking not a casual jaunt. I'd second the diving, it's what Sabah is known for. Since you are already there, you could pop down to Sarawak ... Loads to do there too: Mulu National Park among many other highlights. about 8 years ago
If you want to try and see Orangutans in the wild, check out Uncle Tan Wildlife Adventures. Did it a couple years ago and saw 2 wild orangutans and a ton of other wildlife. A lot of fun, a LOT of wildlife but a very rugged jungle tour so if you are not into roughing it, I wouldn't recommend it. You do get shared cabanas with a mattress and mosquito net but that's about it. No running water and no electricity. The food was surprisingly very good. about 8 years ago