Kota Kinabalu is the charming capital of Sabah, which is part of East Malaysia. Different from Peninsular Malaysia, where the capital Kuala Lumpur is located, East Malaysia has a completely different atmosphere, and many people come here to enjoy a more rural part of the country, with its lush forests, beautiful landscapes and towering mountain peaks. The main jewel in the crown of Sabah is Mount Kinabalu, located near the capital, which is one of the main attractions visiting Kota Kinabalu, as many of its other primary attractions are located in the countryside. However, you can also visit the countryside as part of a day trip. As a result, outside the city you can expect scenic train rides, boiling hot springs, a river cruise through mangrove swamps, or try some of the best dives in the area close to the Kota Kinabalu coast. . If you're just coming to town as part of a flight stop, you'll certainly not be disappointed in Kota Kinabalu, as there's so much to do in the town itself. Some of the highlights here include craft markets and gourmet seafood restaurants, as well as beautiful museums and viewpoints. In short, whether you want to stay in the city centre or explore further afield, there's plenty to keep you busy no matter your itinerary.