Kota Kinabalu: Gateway to Sabah

Kota Kinabalu, 3-Day City Break - Sabah, Borneo

Prices from £228 pp

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Duration3 days / 2 nights (flexible)

LocationKota Kinabalu

Suitable for families

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Kota Kinabalu is a bustling, coastal city and the starting point for a trip through Sabah. During your stay, you can visit the colourful markets full of local produce and watch the sunset from the modern waterfront filled with restaurants. We'll arrange a trip to Kinabalu National Park so you can explore the plants and wildlife from high above the forest floor on a canopy tour, take a dip in hot mineral springs and wander through the tranquil butterfly garden..

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer from the airport
  • Excursion to Kinabalu National Park including village visit and canopy walk

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Arrival in Kota Kinabalu

As you arrive into Kota Kinabalu you will spot Mount Kinabalu below, rising high above this coastal city. After a quick transfer from the airport to your central hotel, you can settle in and start exploring. Your comfortable hotel has a traditional style and is just a short walk from the sights of the city, as well as a wide choice of restaurants. Head down to the waterfront for dinner with a view as the sun sets across the bay.

Watermelons on sale at market in Kota Kinabalu Borneo

Canopy walk in Kinabalu National Park

The following morning you will explore the World Heritage site, Kinabalu National Park, with a local guide. En route you can try some local fruits at Nabalu village before braving the heights of the rainforest canopy walkway 100 feet above the forest floor. Wander through the colourful butterfly garden and take a dip in one of the hot mineral springs set in beautifully landscaped gardens.

Canopy walk with guide in Kinabalu National Park

Departure from Kota Kinabalu

The following day, it’s time to wave goodbye to Kota Kinabalu and continue on to your next destination and the rest of your Borneo adventure. Spot Orangutans high up in the treetops or laze on the white beaches of Gaya Island.

Departure from Kota Kinabalu

Traditional Cookery Class

If you want to experience something a little different during your time in Kota Kinabalu we can arrange for you to join a traditional home cooking class alongside a small group. In the morning you will be picked up by your welcoming host and visit a local market where you learn about the local ingredients. Next, you’ll help prepare a variety of dishes before sitting down and enjoying your homecooked meal – yum!

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Cooking class in Kota Kinabalu Borneo

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“I loved my first trip to Borneo so much that I recently returned to explore more! Best known for its orangutan, the island is full of adventure and variety. My customers often wow me with their wildlife photos, which makes me want to go back again and again!”

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