5 Things to Do / Experience in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Last month, Hayley and I went to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for a weekend to celebrate our first year wedding anniversary. Apart of scuba diving, we enjoyed many other things else in town. Here’s are our highlights:

1. The Food and Drink

We loved the local foods that were available in the beautiful town. Hayley and I are big fans of curry, naan and roti, so it was compulsory to try as many as we could out in the weekend. I also loved the coffee there (with condensed milk of course)


Yummy roti and naan for breakfast

2. Sunday Market

Located by the Independent Monument, the vibrant Sunday market at Kota Kinabalu has many local traders setting up market stores to sell local food, snacks as many local traditional handicrafts, they include serving spoons and other decorative items made out of sea shall, fruit bowls made out of coconut shell as well as many handmade leather goods. On top of many of many local vendors selling unique local products, there are also live band playing



3. Central Market

The Central Market is located by the seaside where fishermen come back to port to unload the catch of the day. This seafood would immediately head to the market stalls at the central market to be sold. Apart from the delicious looking seafood, the market stalls also sold many local baked goods (like cakes and biscuits). We bought some of them home and they were very tasty.


Beautiful local produce in the market

4. Batik Experience

At the Sunday market a local university, University College of Sabah Foundation (UCSF) was doing some student recruitment in one of the local market stands. UCSF specialises in local arts in particularly batik textile. The guys from the university were demonstrating how to do Batik textile. In particular, how to draw out patterns using wax on cotton fabric; this is considered as the first step in making dye pattern as the dried wax on the fabric form a barrier to prevent dye from moving from one part of the fabric to another. We even had the chance to draw patterns onto the fabric (with help from the students at the university). There were also various displays of batik scarf, which they were selling to the public. All of which were made by the student.


Our handy work!!

5. Local Bands

There were many local bands playing live music at the Sunday market. One of which was at the UCSF stands where the guys were singing “Let it Go” from the Disney film “Frozen”. I mean, come on, it’s 30 degree Celsius outside. It’s hardly cold or anything. So it time for me to change the lyric (and it’s compulsory for you guys to sing along)

Let it go, let it go, I’m sweating like a pig
Let it go, let it go, I need to cool off now

I don’t care, what they’re going to say
Let the sun rage on, the heat never bothered me anyway!  



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