About Malaysia & Sabah

Malaysia is a multi-racial and multi-cultural melting pot with a cosmopolitan population made up of Malays, Chinese, Indians and numerous ethnic groups. Here, one can experience a wealth of cultural and racial diversity that is both colourful and unique.

Malaysia is rich in culture and a haven for food. It comes as no surprise that our country is well known for its variety of food. Diverse cuisine from gourmet to hawker food easily available at affordable prices.

Malaysia plays host to a wealth of exotic islands. Pulau Perhentian and Langkawi is the popular choice for sand and surf enthusiasts. The dense jungles of Sabah and Sarawak support abundant plant and wildlife and Mount Kinabalu in Sabah stakes its claim as the highest peak in South East Asia.

About Sabah

Welcome to the land below the wind! Sabah is located on the island of Borneo, the second largest state in Malaysia and shares the island of Borneo with Sarawak, Brunei and Indonesian Kalimantan.

The capital of Sabah is Kota Kinabalu, formely known as Jesselton. Sabah is richly blessed with nature diversity, unique cultures, fun adventure, beautiful beaches, and fantastic cuisines for the adventurous taste buds. We have it all, from the world’s largest flower - the Rafflesia, one of the highest mountains in South East Asia - Mount Kinabalu, to one of the world’s top dive sites - Sipadan Island. Sabah is also known for her great natural treasures which include the world-renowned Danum Valley Conservation Area and Tabin which is Sabah’s largest wildlife reserve.

The western part of Sabah is generally mountainous, containing the three highest mountains in Malaysia. If adventure had a home, it would be filled with the friendliest people on earth with 32 officially recognised ethic groups. People of different races, religions and cultures. Not only will you be amazed by the places to see and things to do here, you will also be treated with unique Sabahan hospitality. Explore the unique culture and tradition of Sabah and get ready to experience sweet memories to last a lifetime!

*Further information can also be obtained from the Sabah Tourism Board official website, http://www.sabahtourism.com.

 

About Kota Kinabalu

The capital of the state of Sabah located on the island of Borneo, this Malaysian city is a growing resort destination due to its proximity to tropical islands, lush rainforests and Mount Kinabalu. Generally referred to as KK, it is located on the west coast of Sabah within the West Coast Division. KK is the largest city in the state in Sabah and is the main gateway into the island of Borneo.

KK lies by the coast overlooking South China Sea on a narrow flatland and occasional hills bordered by Crocker Range which hosts Mount Kinabalu. The urban sprawl is concentrated along the coast towards the north and south of the city.

Kota Kinabalu is a fast growing tourism destination.

How to Get to Sabah

Kota Kinabalu International Airport IATABKI (KKIA) is Malaysia's second busiest airport and the main gateway to Sabah and situated around 7 km (4 mi) from the city centre. There are two terminals in the airport, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Terminal 1 serves full-service airlines such as Malaysia Airlines, Asiana Airlines, etc. while Terminal 2 serves budget airlines such as AirAsia and Cebu Pacific.

Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 are located on different sides of the runway, so it is not advisable to walk between terminals as it is quite far from each other (but if you insist, the journey might take about 50 minutes). Apparently there are no shuttle buses between the terminals and the most convenient way is by taxi which costs RM 30 (price as dated Nov 2013). Terminal 1 is accessible from from Jalan Kepayan near Kepayan and Terminal 2 is accessible from Jalan Mat Salleh in Tanjung Aru.

There are ATMs and a currency exchange in Terminal 1 and 2 of the airport but if you're arriving late it will almost certainly be closed and the ATMs are not always working. Make sure you've got some Malaysian ringgit before you arrive as you'll need it for the taxi or the bus.

If you find yourself having just arrived and without any ringgit, you can have a taxi take you to an ATM on the way to wherever you're staying.

 

International

There are direct international flights from these destinations to KKIA:

Within Malaysia

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