Kota Kinabalu for 4 days 3 nights. Yup!

What Can You Do in Sabah for 4 Days?!

Planning to go Sabah for the first time and have no idea of where to go or what to do? This, if you don’t mind considering, is what we have gathered for you, the kind of travellers who got so little time, but indeed, so much to do! Of course, you could do your own and perhaps consider going to one of our proposed list 🙂

Day 1:  Kota Kinabalu City Tour

After the entire journey from your hometown to Kota Kinabalu, we would recommend that you take it easy on the first day and explore the city. Take a heritage walk by yourself and visit sites such as the Atkinson Clock Tower, and North Borneo War Memorial, or even Yayasan Sabah Tower, the tallest building in Kota Kinabalu. Then, you could head over to Likas, to see the Floating Mosque, one of the few unique floating Islamic houses of worship in Malaysia. The structure in itself is a sight to behold, as the perfect symphony of sea and light reflects its pearl white shadow onto the surrounding man-made lagoon. The mosque is also the largest in Kota Kinabalu.

Atkinson Clock Tower

North Borneo War Memorial

Floating Mosque

You might want to proceed to visit the Poh Toh Tze Temple. This wonderful Buddhist temple is famous to many of the local Chinese worshippers, with its vividly carved rooftops imbued with elegant Eastern culture, as well as the pillars and walls that have a distinct Chinese flavor. Oh, not to forget, this might be a perfect place to get mementos and gifts for your loved ones. Make your way to the Handicraft Market, where you can get great bargains at the selection of stalls selling interesting and skillfully crafted items, from bags to jewelry and artistic works of art.

Kota Kinabalu is famous for its gorgeous sunset and the best place to view the sun go down is at the Tanjung Aru Beach. Take a stroll along the beach then head over to the food court to enjoy fresh coconut water and a simple local dinner with items such as grilled fish, barbecue chicken wings and satay.

How lovely is Tanjung Aru at sunset

Day 2:  Kinabalu Park

This place is indeed beautiful. Head on over to Kinabalu Park to enjoy the magnificent allure of Mount Kinabalu, the tallest peak in South East Asia, its towering peak high above the clouds. Arrive at the Kinabalu Park Headquarters, take a quiet stroll along the natural trails of the Botanical Gardens, and feel the refreshing air caress your cheeks. You could also take a tour to the Mountain Garden and Exhibition Hall too. Alternatives are given to visitors to explore the different trails around Kinabalu Park.

Take a stroll at the park

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For dinner and a good bargain, visit the Filipino Market which offers a huge variety of cheap food. The famous market is known for selling items such as coconuts, noodles and seafood, handicrafts as well as souvenirs like fold out tables and rattan baskets.  You have got to shop at your own pace and be sure to purchase some dried seafood, a local favorite back home from the nearby seafood as a souvenir.

Day 3: Jesselton Point

First thing in the morning, head on to the Jesselton Point. Talk a brisk walk along the wooden paneled platforms, and have dinner at one of the many restaurants, as one takes in the serene scenery of the blue ocean and the crimson red sunset. The place also offers casual dining, leisure and retail experiences with its array of alfresco F&B outlets, handicraft stalls, and a four-court futsal centre.

Jesselton Point

Well of course, none of the tour is Sabah is complete without paying a visit to one of its magnificent islands. Head out to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and pay a visit to two of the most beautiful cluster of islands – Sapi Island and Mamutik Island. A chartered speed boat can be arranged to take visitors to the islands. Take a dip into the crystal clear blue ocean or laze under the tropical sun with a book in hand, while you listen to the soft echoes as the wave hits the shore. Opt to partake in the various sea sports activities provided on the island (this includes banana boat, parasailing or speed boat). If you want to just relax and unwind, then kick back and chill along the sandy beach, and bask in the warm rays of the tropical sun.

One definitely can’t go a day without an island hopping in Sabah! Come by the infamous Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

Day 4: Mari Mari Cultural Village

Start the day with a slow drive towards the Mari Mari Cultural Village, which is approximately 25 minutes away from the city centre of Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival at the village entrance, be welcomed by the sight of ancient Borneo architecture, and take a step back in time of olden days. Be dazzled by the authentic wooden towers, distinct wooden houses and structures decorated by nature. Take the opportunity to experience the different lifestyles of different indigenous tribes of Sabah. Blend in and see the culture like it really is.

It is all going to be worth it 🙂

Mari Mari Cultural Village, Kota Kinabalu

So there you go, a 4-day 3-night stay in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. I hope you’ll enjoy the beautiful, super serene landscape there!

Till then 🙂

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