Set in the scenic backdrop of Mount Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah in Malaysia, is a hot tourist destination because of its beautiful beaches and its proximity to a number of islands. The city also happens to be an important industrial center in the area.
KK, as Kota Kinabalu is affectionately called by the locals, is a city formerly known as Jesselton during the British rule. It was bombed and razed twice by the Allies during the Second World War when the Japanese raided it and then again to hasten the retreat of the Japanese. However, the city has been rebuilt in such a beautiful manner that it is hard to tell that it was ever bombed. The devotion of the citizens in KK managed to make this city what it is today, and this is why a large number of tourists consider it as the perfect destination for their vacation. The city lies in close proximity to the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park and it has many tourist attractions. To see all these attractions in a short time, it is necessary to rent a car in Kota Kinabalu.
KK lies between Borneo and Sabah, and if you are coming to see Borneo, KK happens to be a getaway to the third tallest island in the world. The reason for this altitude lies in the presence of Mount Kinabalu, the mountain that gives the city of KK its name. Borneo is the largest island in the entire Southeast Asia. The beauty of the island attracts thousands of tourists to it. Tourists are surprised to know that the island is spread over three different countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. The island is home to some ancient rainforests of the world,with some endangered species of animals and reptiles. A car for rent in Kota Kinabalu proves invaluable when frequenting between the island and KK.
Kinabalu National Park lies in Sabah, and the nearest city to the park is KK. The park was built in 1964 and is considered biologically very important by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO); in fact, it has declared the park as a World Heritage Site. The park is home to thousands of varieties of flora and fauna, with more than 300 bird varieties alone in the park. Nearly half a million tourists visit this beautiful park, which has climbing facilities for adventurous tourists. It pays to hire a car in Kota Kinabalu to explore the park in an easy manner.
Just 3–8 kilometers away from the city of KK is the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, which comprises several islands such as Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, and PulauSulag. All these islands have white sandy beaches, coral gardens, and shallow waters.
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