Kota Kinabalu Information

Kota Kinabalu is famous as the Malaysia’s Borneo and is the capital of Sabah. At one time the city was known as Api-Api (Fire-Fire) because of the pirates’ worrying habit of repeatedly putting it to the torch. Today the city Kota Kinabalu is a flourishing and developed city along with a flourishing seaport. The city serves as the modern gateway to the rest of Sabah though it was destroyed during WWII to prevent the Japanese using it as a base. It’s a very popular destination among the tourists as it offers opportunities to explore the unexplored jungles and roam the wildlife. Moreover it’s location by the sea, against the setting of the majestic Mount Kinabalu and within easy reach of the mountainous inlands makes it an attractive destination. With over 200,000 comprising of Malays, Chinese and some other 32 local ethnic groups, the city has become a major focus point for immigrants from the neighboring countries.

Kota Kinabalu with its expanding cityscape and growing population is also strikingly modern, bustling and quite happening place. Kota kinabalu weather sees temperatures hovering around 30 degrees Celsius, which do drop to the lower twenties when it rains, especially during the night. The rain in Kota kinabalu weather plays an important role as it can rain any time of year, although it is said that the wetter season is from October to February. Rain, whenever it occurs, is rarely a full-day event and often lasts for anything from 15 minutes to 2 hours and is somewhat predictable. The sun is always present, even when it's overcast, so one needs to stock up on a high-factor sun block. Due to the Kota kinabalu weather people dress casually.  Locals will wear light material trousers with short-sleeved collared shirts, or t-shirts. Tourists are normally seen wearing shorts and t-shirts.