Kota Kinabalu Daytour Itinerary

Yes. I am a fan of day tours. I love short trips and easy tours but it does not mean that I have to compromise some aspects of my trip. No. I do not compromise. I always make sure that I can maximize both my time and resources to get what I want in every trip I take. And so with that I will say that planning is the key to every successful short trips.

It has been awhile that I have posted a blog so I will take this time to share my short trip in Kota Kinabalu last July. It was just a transit to Singapore and was a short one. I only spent about 12 hours in KK as they commonly call it. I spent 5 hours in the Airport from 1am to 6am and toured around the city for 8 hours from 6am to 2pm. By 3pm, I flew to Singapore.

For 8 hours I was able to visit the places that I wanted to see as planned. I visited Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, Sabah State Mosque, Atkinson Tower, Padang Merdeka and Signal Hill Observatory Tower. I was also able to check an artisan cafe “The Workshop”.

How did I squiz in my activities? Please refer to my short itinerary with detailed expenses below.


Kota Kinabalu Itinerary

6-7am Breakfast (10RM)

7-7:30am KK Airport to KK City (Bus 5RM)

7:30-8am Walk to Padang Merdeka and Atkinson Tower (Free)

8-9:30am Short hike to Signal Observatory Hill (Free)

9:30-9:45 Travel to KK City Mosque or famously called the “Floating Mosque” (Taxi 10RM)

9:45- 11:00 KK City Mosque (Free) (Hijab Rent 5RM)

11:00-11:20 Travel to Sabah State Mosque (Taxi 15RM)

11:20-12:00nn Sabah State Mosque (Free)

12:00nn-12:10 Travel to The Workshop cafe (Taxi 10RM)

12:10- 1:30 Lunch at The Workshop (35RM)

1:30-2:00pm Back to KK Airport to catch my 2:50 flight to Singapore (Taxi 15RM)


Am I satisfied with the trip? Big YES.

KK is a small city and not much to see so a day trip will do unless you want to go scuba diving or climb Mt. Kinabalu. KK has also a lot to offer when it comes to water and mountain adventure because it is situated in the coastal area and is partly surrounded my rainforest.

Kota Kinabalu like other cities has an interesting history. During World War II, KK was destroyed and Jesselton was declared as the new capital of North Borneo by the British crown. Later on after Malaysian formation, North Borneo was renamed as Sabah. Jesselton was renamed as Kota Kinabalu in 1967. Today, Kota Kinabalu is a bustling modern Malaysian city with flourishing tourism.


What To See?

Padang Merdeka

Padang Merdeka


Atkinson Tower

Atkinson Tower


Signal Hill Observatory Tower

Signal Hill Observatory Tower