We all wanted to do spontaneous things on our down time while traveling that does not involve much cost to us. In Kota Kinabalu (KK) there are few things to do that are absolutely free!
Here are some of the places where you can go and explore for free:
- Signal Hill Observatory Platform
Have a fantastic bird’s eye view of Kota Kinabalu City from KK’s highest point, overlooking the ridge of Signal hill upon the city towards the coastal where the Tunku Abdul Rahman Islands lies. Signal hill is a great spot for photoshoots, and to get the best of KK City’s orientation. Locals came up here to watch the sunset and to relax after a good run, it’s popular spot for doing their morning or evening run, as with the cyclist too. To get to the observatory platform, there is a stairs at the foothill of ‘Australia Place’ that lead you to the platform.
- Tanjung Aru Beach
The sunset here is magical as what everyone says, it is very popular not just for local people but also for travellers came from different countries. This is the most favourite spot to see the sunset. You can enjoy playing games, going out for a picnic with your friends and families. There are beachside cafes and restaurants which sells any variety of foods and drinks where you can buy something to eat while enjoying the view and waiting for the sunset. One of the best spot for sunsets and you can capture a perfect picture of it! The beach stretches out from Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort towards the Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Tanjung Aru Beach is about 6 km from KK City, which is about 10 minutes drive, you could opt for Grab or Uber to get here and another alternative to commute is with city bus.
- KK Esplanade
Located right by the seafront in the ‘heart of KK city’, the view from the esplanade is simply fascinating, locals and tourists would come here to take pictures and of course, not to missed out the magnificent view of the sunset! The gentle waves of the beach, the blue skies combined with the crystal clear water are just so wonderful to see.
- Perdana Park
This place is considered as a family recreation area for the KK folks, where they will take their kids to the playground and there are running tracks available, with several food outlets for family bonding time. The highlight of the park is the musical water-fountain that take place every evening as the sunsets. The park is well maintained and their facilities are well managed as well as the surroundings, very clean and fresh looking.
- Sunday Market at Gaya Street
And, of course! Your exploration in Kota Kinabalu wouldn’t be complete if you haven’t tasted their very own local delicacies. Tantalise your taste buds to KK’s food, which are very affordable and worth every penny. You can also buy local printed t-shirts, handicrafts, herbs, and souvenirs here. While strolling around, you can quench your thirst while taking a sip on fresh blended juices. For tourist, this is the best place that locals can recommend you to go if you want to know more about Sabahan’s cultures and traditions and experience how they deal with their lives every day. There are also restaurants along the street. This place usually has a lot of people so, be careful of your important belongings.