Last weekend (May 3-5, 2013), I and nine other travel and lifestyle bloggers were invited by Zest Air to board their inaugural flight to Kota Kinabalu.
Sabah, North Borneo is a region in Malaysia.
Kota Kinabalu was known before as Jesselton Town also known as Api-Api
We had a short program on the airplane where a lucky VIP passenger, the first one to book a paid-flight to Kota Kinabalu won a round-trip ticket to any Zest Air flight!
Arriving at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) Terminal 2
we had a warm welcome by the locals headed by Tourism Malaysia as we alight the airplane Zest Air flight Z2501 by Tourism Malaysia.
Where we stayed at Kota Kinabalu City
We stayed at one of the 5 star resort and hotel in the city, the Sutera Harbour Resort located 10 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) Terminal 2.
Our lunch was scrumptious authentic Malaysian cuisine. We all enjoyed the lunch buffet!
The room was huge! With free broadband internet and all amenities we needed! As we got in the room we were given a welcome fruit basket and chocolates!
I love the bathroom, we had a shower area and a bath tub!
First stop Sabah Museum
Photography was not allowed inside, so that’s all I can show you. I enjoyed the museum tour as we learned a lot of things when it comes to culture, wild life and history of Sabah.
Second stop Malls
Our tour guide said this mall is very popular because it sells very cheap/affordable electornics from mobile phones, tablets, LED TV, speakers and everything gadgetry
Along the way we had a view of other
sights to see in KK City
Third Stop Cocoa Boutique
This boutique is famous for selling authentic Malaysian chocolate, this place was preserved and maintained to remind people that Malaysia used to be the top Chocolate exporter in the world. But things changed and now their main industry is petroleum. Next is agriculture and third is tourism.
Fourth Stop: Dinner at Salut Seafood a floating restaurant in KK
I love the view of the restaurant at night, it was very well lit wit a cultural show on the side to entertain guest.
The food was the best part, seafood was serve fresh and food came one after another! We were all so full!
What I think of Kota Kinabalu City
- I expected Kota Kinabalu as purely an island with over flowing beach area anywhere you turn. But I was surprised to find out more about this Asian travel destination. For our first day, we were taken to familiarization tour in the city, yes Kota Kinabalu is a City, the capital of Sabah, Malaysia!
- Having said that its a city, they too have that traffic jam we all loath here in Metro Manila because of the overly populated highway with pretty tiny auto mainly Proton cars. Proton is the most popular car brand in Malaysia. The city proper was very much filled with business establishments, mainly of shopping malls , offices, and places of worship
- What I love about Kota Kinabalu city is the diverse culture thriving in there, there are Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist, churches almost nearby each other. They all seem to be getting along well. It was very peaceful in the area, contrary to what I thought at the back of my head was happening there. Before leaving I even asked of our security while travelling the area as we all know Malaysian election just recently concluded and there is this tension going on because of the Sepadan Island located at Sabah, Malaysia where Kota Kinabalu city is.
That’s all for now, my next post will be about the famous beaches in Kota Kinabalu (Sapian and Manukan beach) and the Borneo Reef World, the first and only of sea adventure facility of its kind in Southeast Asia, and the Sabah cultural Heritage Tour we had at Mari Mari village!
How about you, have you seen this part of Kota Kinabalu yet?
Stay gorgeous everyone!
Some photos used in this post are from Pinayads.com