Arrival at KK Airport –City Tour-Kundasang
Meet and assist upon arrival at KKIA
proceed for brief city tour:
The Filipino Market
located overlooking the ocean is commonly known as Pasar Besar (Central Market), Pasar Filipino (Fish/fruits/vegetable/handicraft market) and Pasar Ikan (Fish Market). This market made up of hundreds of tiny stores, is undoubtedly the best place to shop for souvenirs. The narrow, quaint lanes feel like some game of treasure hunt as you are enveloped with wares and people, colours and energy, laughter and food and so much more. This high energy market filled with old world charms makes you invariably fall in love with everything you see. You simply start feeling the spirit of belonging there.
the highest point in the city, is one of the best places to get a good view of Kota Kinabalu. Just a couple of minutes’ drive from Padang Merdeka will bring you to the airy deck where you can get amazing views that extend to the outlying islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and further.
One of the most enduring landmarks in Kota Kinabalu, it stands prominently on a bluff along Signal Hill Road adjacent to the old Police Station. Built in 1905, this all-wood, no-nails structure was built in memory of Francis George Atkinson- the popular first District Officer of Jesselton during the British North Borneo Chartered Company Administration. This Clock Tower has the distinction of being the oldest standing wooden structure in Kota Kinabalu that survived the destruction of Jesselton town during World War II. Till today, it still serves to keep the city’s time.
Originally named Bond Street, Gaya Street located in the Kota Kinabalu Central Business District has been the centre of business for over a hundred years. The wooden shops with nipah roofs are long gone but here is where generations-old family businesses are still thriving passed down from father to son.
lunch at local restaurant.
Continue tour to:
Sabah Tourism 100 Year Building
This hundred-year-old building represents a trace of memory from British colony era. Currently it is the office of Sabah Tourism Board. You can say that it’s the oldest office building of Sabah. The reason it becomes a heritage building is more than age. Designed by JW Norman, Sabah Tourism building features a very formal axis with two arches at the facade at the front. The building was built of block stones, other than timber which was used more commonly in old day construction. All these make this historical building the best classic legacy that deserves preservation.
An Australia Place in Kota Kinabalu? Yes! there is. The Australia Place is located at foothill of Signal Hills near the Atkinson Clock Tower next to the old police station. This is the few places of modern Kota Kinabalu City that is not on the reclaim land. The jungle beside the Australia place has remain undisturbed for many years, and monkeys still inhabit in this area. The place was so named, as this was the place where the Australian soldiers camped when they landed here some 60 years ago, toward the end of second world war. The name has fondly remained unchanged till today.
Established in 1962, this was one of the first memorials to commemorate the brave Australian and British Prisoners of War who died in Sandakan and during the infamous death marches to Ranau during World War II. The memorial also remembers the people of North Borneo who risked their lives to help the POWs.
The Memorial is made up of four beautiful gardens – the Australian Garden, the English Garden, the Borneo Garden and the Contemplation Garden and Pool – to represent the different nationalities. With its towering pine trees and blooming roses, a walk in the gardens is reminiscent to that of a stroll in a quaint English garden. The scent of roses lingers in the air and the serene atmosphere makes the Kundasang War Memorial an ideal place to contemplate and remember the heroes of the war. Visitors can also opt to view a brief video on the history of the Sandakan Death March.
The restaurant is one of the heritage properties in terms of its architecture and interior decor. A number of ancient pictures and paintings are hung on the wall, which narrate old stories. Borneo 1945 Museum Kopitiam retains the atmosphere and ambience of a traditional coffee shop of the old times. The restaurant is famous for its special coffee and bread toasted on charcoal. They serve a variety of coffee such as Kopi Bottle, Cafe Latte, Mocha Latte, Cappuccinos, etc.
Nabalu & Kundasang Market
On the way to Mt.Kinabalu park and Poring Hot Spring, a brief stop at Nabalu is recommended. It is located about 90 minutes’ drive from Kota Kinabalu.Visitors can find a rich variety of local products, like fruits, vegetables, snacks and handicrafts in this small market place and enjoy the spectacular view of the Mt.Kinabalu on a clear day.
Transfer to hotel for Check-In
Free at leisure.
Overnight at The Cottage Hotel Kundasang.