The capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu is a place of tropical luxury, heavenly beaches and exotic local cultures.
Close to Kota Kinabalu there are plenty of attention-grabbing day trips including nearby beaches and the rainforest which is home to orang-utans. A challenging hike takes you to the peak of impressive Mount Kinabalu (4103 meters), where you can gaze down at the impressive tropical views from the peak and plan your escape to the villages.
Off shore there are a number of islands, a floating village and plenty of clear, swimmable water to enjoy. In the city itself, the sights include an old-style Malaysian cultural village (including the truly haunting Hall of Skulls), and an attractive assortment of towering mosques, each piercing the skyline with a delicate minaret.
Tambunan is a small town in the middle of Sabah. On the main road from KK to Kenigau and then on to Tenom. In theory there is a road that goes to Ranau - but it is very bad.
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