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With its laid back attitude and excellent food scene, Kota Kinabalu is a small city set bang smack in the middle of some of Borneo’s most beautiful countryside. Hotels in Kota Kinabalu make an excellent base for travellers who want to explore the rainforest, go diving in Sipadan, climb Mount Kinabalu, or simply relax on some of the nearby paradise beaches.

Lovingly known as KK by locals, Kota Kinabalu is a small city that you can easily navigate by foot. As long as you choose a hotel near the city centre you’ll find yourself within walking distance of the majority of restaurants, bars, and sights.

In terms of accommodation, Kota Kinabalu has something to suit every pocket. Budget travellers will find a great concentration of backpacker hostels and cheap hotels around KK’s China Town, Gaya Street. Luxurious resorts dominate the coastline on the outskirts of the city centre, and there are a few high end hotels in the middle of the city centre too. Mid-range hotels can be found throughout Kota Kinabalu.

Most of the nightlife in KK can be found by the water front and around Times Square in the city centre. The nightlife is fairly laid back and fun, with a huge number of karaoke bars and a few cheesy nightclubs, as well as some coffee shops and bars. If you’re planning a lot of early morning rainforest hikes and diving expeditions, it’s a good idea to avoid hotels in these lively parts of town.

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