Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah in East Malaysia. Sabah is located on the island of Borneo, and offers visitors a magnificent 900 mile coast with white sand beaches. As for Kota Kinabalu, or KK as it is popularly called, there are beaches and islands where visitors can soak in the sun, swim, dive, go fishing or explore the rain forest in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Mount Kinabalu looms large over everything, and many visitors arrive here, get a car for hire in Kota Kinabalu Airport and then head out to Kinabalu National Park and other destinations in Sabah and Borneo.
Most visitors come here to laze around on the slightly brownish sands of Tanjung Aru beach and enjoy the sunsets and then the waterfront nightclubs. If you wish to follow suit, get a car for hire in Kota Kinabalu and head out to Tanjung Aru, which is just a few miles from the city center. If you can summon enough energy, go around to the main tourist sights like the Menara Tun Mustapha, Signal Hill, Sabah State Museum, the huge KK City Mosque at Likas Bay and the giant Marlin Statue on the waterfront. Those who wish to dive and explore the coral reefs or just be on their own on a white sandy beach just a hop from the city can visit one of the many islands nearby that are a part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.
For the absolutely pristine white sands that the tourist brochures promise, you'd have to either be on a Pulau (island) in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, or go further afield to Rasa Ria or the Nexus Resort, which are about 40 minutes away. Kinabalu National Park is a world heritage site and a favorite destination among tourists, especially for nature lovers and those who love outdoor adventures and would like to scale Mount Kinabalu. It is just a 2 hour drive from KK. You can visit the Poring Hot Springs, Sandakan and Sepilok, which has the world's largest Orangutan sanctuary.
Kota Kinabalu Airport (BKI) is about 5 miles from the city center. After Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), it is the second busiest airport in Malaysia. It has two terminals, with the older Terminal 2 set aside for the low-cost AirAsia and charters. Most foreign passengers will be using Terminal 1 which has all the modern facilities that most airports offer these days, including duty-free shops, cafes, restaurants and travel services. There is no train or bus service between KKIA and the city. You can get a taxi, use a shared airport shuttle, walk to the main road and get a mini-bus to the city, or rent a car since you will need it afterwards to get around the city and visit other destinations in Sabah and Borneo.
There are at least five agencies providing service for passengers who need to rent a car in Kota Kinabalu Airport. Many more are located just outside in Tanjung Aru Plaza. You can compare all these agencies online, select the best deal available and book your vehicle right now.
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