About Sabah

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Kota Kinabalu, the state capital, is the modern gateway to the rest of Sabah. Direct flights between KK (the name by which Kota Kinabalu is fondly called) and the regional capitals of Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Kaoshiung, Hong Kong, Brunei, Manila and Cebu, make Sabah easily accessible to travellers everywhere.


Largely destroyed during the Second World War, KK has since developed to a thriving modern city. Places of interest include the State Museum, the State Mosque, the Gaya Street F.air held every Sunda morning and the “pasar malam" where you can polish up our bargaining skills. Nearby are the popular Tanjung Aru Beach, quaint water villages and idyllic off-shore islands.


KK and its surroundings are well served by world class holiday resorts and hotels for a relaxing private retreat or large business conference.


Tips on Eco–Paradise


o        Climate


o        Average Temperatures

Lowlands - 32 degrees Centigrade.

Highlands - 21 degrees Centigrade.

o        Currency

Malaysian Ringgit (RM)

Travellers cheques and foreign currencies can be changed for Malaysian Ringgit at banks and hotels. Most major hotels charge a nominal fee for currency conversion.

o        Major Credit and Charge Cards

VISA. MasterCard. American Express, Diners Club

o        Banking Hours

Monday to Fridays - 10am till 3pm

o        Local Time

Standard Malaysian Time is 8 hours ahead of GMT.

o        Electricity

240 volts AC/50-Cycle system

o        Language

Bahasa Malaysia is the national language.

However, English is widely spoken.

o        Entry Requirements

1.   A valid passport (and visa wherever applicable) is required.

2.   A Social or Tourist Visit Pass does not permit the holder to take up employment, business or professional work in Malaysia.

3.   The Business Visit Pass allows foreign visitors to enter the country for business negotiations or inspection of business premises. These passes however, cannot be used for employment purposes or for supervising the installation of new machinery or the construction of a factory.

4.   No fee is charged for a Business Visit Pass for a period of up to three months. A fee of RM5 is imposed for each month thereafter.

For more information, please visit:

Sabah Tourism Promotion Corporation (Sabah Tourism) or in your country:

The Malaysian Diplomatic Mission,

Tourism Malaysian office,

Malaysia Airlines, or your favourite tour operator.

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