Kota Kinabalu

Top 5 Things to do in Kota Kinabalu With Kids

Top 5 Things to do in Kota Kinabalu With Kids

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If you’re visiting Borneo with your kids, chances are that Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, will be on your itinerary. KK is a vibrant city and there is plenty to see and do with kids or without. We travelled to Kota Kinabalu with our four and two year old so here are my top 5 things to do in Kota Kinabalu with kids.

 

Top 5 Things to Do In Kota Kinabalu With Kids

  • Have dinner in the night market by the harbour where your kids can help to choose which fish you are going to have for your dinner
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Some of the delights at the Kota Kinabalu night market

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Hot and sweaty at the night market in Kota Kinabalu

  • Visit the Mari Mari Cultural Village, a 25 minute drive from KK. You will learn about the ethnic groups of Borneo and how they used to live. It’s an fun-filled interactive three hour tour around a set up village. The tour culminates in a group dinner and a cultural performance at the end
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Henna tattoos were just one of the interactive games at the Mari Mari Village

  • Visit the Upside Down House, known as Rumah Terbilak, and the 3D World of Adventures museum which is on the same site. It’s a 45 minute drive from KK and while you probably won’t spend more than an hour or so there. My two pre-schoolers found the upside down house highly entertaining novelty value.
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The Upside Down House, or Rumah Terbalik, just outside of Kota Kinabalu

  • Book an island hopping trip where you can visit several islands in one day and spend your time there swimming, snorkeling or sunbathing. Manukan island is the quickest if you are short on time.
  • Take a trip to the Sabah State Museum to find out more about the history of Borneo, including details of the headhunting tribes, as well as natural history and ethnography.

If you’re wondering where to stay when you’re in Kota Kinabalu, I recommend Le Meridien which is situated right in the heart of the city. You can read my review here.

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The view from our room at Le Meridien

 

 

 

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