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Sunset and nightmarket of Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu or KK is a base to explore Sabah, the Eastern part of Malaysian Borneo. We arrived to KK from Mt. Kinabalu NP and it was a love on the first sight. After three weeks of rough travel through jungles of Kalimatan we desperately needed a day or two in civilisation, to wash our clothes, eat some decent food and enjoy commodities of civilised world.Kota Kinabalu is famous for two things; fantastic sunsets and its lively night market. The best thing about it is that you can enjoy these two highlights at the same time – enjoy the sunset while dining on best seafood you can imagine.

There are hundreds of fishing boats that deliver fresh seafood every day. It is a great feeling to know that the food you are eating at the moment just arrived from these boats here…

A bit of romance…

Locals say that stunning sunsets are almost guaranteed. KK is situated on the northern coast of Borneo not far away to the mainland there is mighty Mt. Kinabalu. The proximity of the sea and the mountain makes a special micro climate for the city and the result is – magnificent sunsets…

And now the better part (at least for me) – seafood!

Not seafood but still excellent – spicy chicken wings.


Hmmm, what to choose? This could be a problem sometimes. A good strategy is to observe what do locals eat and do the same way.

There is also a lot of other food available, but hey – with all this excellent seafood I really didn’t care about it…

We stayed two days in Kota Kinabalu and then we flew to Gunung Mulu national park. I could easily stay a bit longer…

And here is some literature we read during our trip:

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  1. Ana's Gravatar Ana
    July 13, 2009    

    The sunset is spectacular, but the seafood does absolutely nothing for me. :) I had some bad experience with it a while back and since then I steer clear from most things that come from the sea and end up on a plate. I’ll take spicy chicken wings any day! ;)
    Good job with the photos!

  2. July 22, 2009    

    brilliant !!
    the sky has the most beautiful color i ve ever seen …

    excellent !

  3. Katja's Gravatar Katja
    August 17, 2009    

    superb photos as always! ;))))))

  4. November 10, 2009    

    Great Pictures!

  5. November 19, 2009    

    Just found you blog from a search to KK, where i’ve been in the last month!

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Nicole's Gravatar Nicole
    January 5, 2010    


    I am writing on behalf of Jetstar Asia. I work for Jetstar Asia in-flight magazine, and we are currently looking for people to help us with our section called ‘Destination Guides’ where we get locals/frequent travellers to answer a few simple questions about Kota Kinabalu It will appear in our next issue together with a picture of you, as well as your name and occupation. Would you be interested in giving us some insight about Kota Kinabalu?

    Please email me at regarding your interest.

    I look forward to your reply.

    Thank you!


  7. March 22, 2010    

    Those are some stunning photos of the sunset in Sabah! Glad you enjoyed your visit to our shores.

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