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While Sabah isn’t exactly known for nightlife, the scene in Kota Kinabalu keeps getting better, with plenty of things to do after dark. Whether you prefer your nightlife activities to be structured or more sedate, you can find it in Sabah’s capital city. These are some of the best nightlife experiences.

Night Shows
Traditional dance offers a window into a local culture, and the Sabah district of North Borneo is no exception. For a cultural experience after sundown, head to a Sabah dinner and dance show. Make an evening out of it by kicking things off with a tour of Kota Kinabalu’s busy night market and a trip to Signal Hill to take in the views of the city as it lights up for the night.

Dinner Experiences
If you’re idea of nightlife involves a dose of romance, don’t miss the opportunity to head into the countryside outside Kota Kinabalu City for a Malaysian hot pot hilltop dinner with sweeping views of Mount Kinabalu and the Crocker Range at sunset.
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A Taste of Borneo Cooking Class with Market Visit

A Taste of Borneo Cooking Class with Market Visit

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Discover the traditional food of Sabah with a Kota Kinabalu cooking class at a family home outside of the city. You'll visit a local market to see the fresh ingredients that are the base of Borneo's cuisine, then prepare a hearty lunch of family recipes, cooking alongside an experienced chef. Take home a collection of Sabah-style recipes, with tips on preparing traditional dishes at home.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00

Kota Kinabalu by Night with Dinner

Kota Kinabalu by Night with Dinner

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Soak up the electric atmosphere of Kota Kinabula by night on this 3-hour evening tour, including hotel pick-up. Browse the bustling night market, then enjoy a magnificent view over the illuminated city from the observation deck of Signal Hill. Finally, tuck into a sumptuous dinner of typical Malaysian dishes, accompanied by traditional Malay music and dance.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.04
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$60.04
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Kota Kinabalu City Dinner Cruise by North Borneo Cruises

Kota Kinabalu City Dinner Cruise by North Borneo Cruises

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Dine and dance under the stars on a Kota Kinabalu cruise that includes live music and a buffet of international cuisine. The boat’s open upper deck gives panoramic views of the Kota Kinabalu skyline as the city lights up after dark, and since this dinner cruise features door-to-door transfers from hotels in Kota Kinabalu, you can enjoy an evening out without the hassle of finding late-night transport.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$51.93
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$51.93

Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Spring with Lunch from Kota Kinabalu

Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Spring with Lunch from Kota Kinabalu

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Venture into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mt Kinabaly and hike across Kinabalu Park in this incredible full-day tour that includes hot springs, rolling hills, epic scenery and birds-eye-views from atop forest canopies. Your expert local guide will take you through some of Malaysia’s most picturesque countryside and point out indigenous flora and fauna along the way. Enjoy a savory local lunch and a relaxing dip in the Poring Hot Springs on this memorable day trip.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.22
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$79.22
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Kinabalu Park With Rumah Terbalik & Desa Cow Farm

Kinabalu Park With Rumah Terbalik & Desa Cow Farm

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Immerse yourself in Malaysia's diverse natural surroundings on this tour to Kinabalu Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Listen to guided commentary as you visit other must-see stops: the Desa Cow Farm, and Rumah Terbalik.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.88
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$60.88
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Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Spring & Canopy Walk

Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Spring & Canopy Walk

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We combined the scenic nature trails of UNESCO World Heritage Site Kinabalu Park with a treetop adventure taking you 40 meters above the spectacular wilderness of Borneo’s ancient rainforest on a canopy walk in Poring Hot Springs. On this full-day guided tour, you will drive through the picturesque countryside and stop at a local market. Enjoy the ride through the rolling hills of Kundasang, Ranau and take a soak in Poring’s well known mineral rich hot springs. Check with your tour guide, because if you're in luck, the giant rafflesia may be in bloom at Poring.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.61
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$52.61
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Countryside Dinner with Panoramic View in Kota Kinabalu

Countryside Dinner with Panoramic View in Kota Kinabalu

Even if left-side driving is not for you, enjoy an evening in the cool of Kokol Hill and admire the city lights by night on this elegant dinner tour. Soak up views of Kota Kinabalu and a typical Dusun village as you ascend to 2,625 feet (800 meters) above sea level, then feast on hot pot (steamboat) cuisine in a hilltop restaurant. Enjoy a spectacular sunset along the way.
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  • 4 hours
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$81.03
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$81.03

Borneo Bayau Banana Farm Village Eco Cooking Tour

Borneo Bayau Banana Farm Village Eco Cooking Tour

We offer the best value tours in Kota Belud, family owned and operated. Based in Kota Belud, Sabah. We have local expertise and real passion for the beautiful village that we called home. We are the only company to offer accommodation choices on our own extended itineraries so that travellers can opt for comfort level that suits you personally, yet still enjoy the grass roots experience that Borneo Bayau can provide.
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  • 8 hours
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$46.16
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Weston Fireflies River Cruise from Kota Kinabalu City

Weston Fireflies River Cruise from Kota Kinabalu City

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Watch for Borneo's extraordinary wildlife on a jungle river cruise and firefly experience from Kota Kinabalu that includes a Malay dinner at a local restaurant. You'll cruise in the late afternoon, the perfect time to spot primates, crocodiles, and birds, then head out after dinner to see fireflies illuminate the river banks in a sparkling display. With pickup and drop-off at hotels in Kota Kinabalu, this Borneo river cruise is a great introduction to the jungled interior of Sabah.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00

Kinabalu Park and Bamboo Spring Tour

Kinabalu Park and Bamboo Spring Tour

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See the Malaysian countryside beyond the city of Kota Kinabalu with this combo tour that visits a nature park and hot spring. Start the day with a scenic drive along mountain roads in the Crocker range. Pass local villages and make a brief stop at Nabalu to shop at stalls selling fruit, produce, and local handicrafts. Next, arrive at Kinabalu Park for a guided nature walk. Continue on to Poring Hot Spring for a sulphur bath.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.52
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Kinabalu National Park (World Heritage Site) Tour from Kota Kinabalu

Kinabalu National Park (World Heritage Site) Tour from Kota Kinabalu

Visit Kinabalu Park on a full-day trip from Kota Kinabalu that’s a great way to experience southeast Asia’s highest peak without the grueling, overnight hike to the summit of Mount Kinabalu. A guided trail hike explores native plants, and you’ll have time to browse the cultural and nature exhibits at Kinabalu Park’s Exhibition Hall before returning to the coast.
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  • 8 hours
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$125.65
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$125.65
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Sunset Dinner Cruise with North Borneo Cruises

Sunset Dinner Cruise with North Borneo Cruises

See Kota Kinabalu from a different perspective during a sunset dinner cruise around Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. A romantic experience ideal for couples, this cruise on the South China Sea includes a buffet-style dinner of Malaysian dishes and live music. You’ll have access to free-flowing tea, coffee, and water, and benefit from the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off, which lets you skip the hassle of finding a meeting point.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$78.02
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$78.02

Kota Kinabalu Cove Fishing & Snorkeling Tour with BBQ Lunch

Kota Kinabalu Cove Fishing & Snorkeling Tour with BBQ Lunch

Enjoy a day of sun and exploring on Pandan Pandan island, where you’ll have time to snorkel the surrounding coral reefs, try traditional net fishing, use kayaks, relax on the beach, or learn about coral transplanting. By heading offshore from Usukan Cove to Pandan Pandan island you’ll ensure an uncrowded experience, with clean beaches and clear water that are ideal for swimming.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.06
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$132.06
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Kota Belud Sunday Market from Kota Kinabalu

Kota Belud Sunday Market from Kota Kinabalu

Explore a weekly, open-air market on a small-group trip to Tamu Kota Belud Sunday market from Kota Kinabalu that includes hotel pickup and drop-off. Join a bustling crowd of Sabah's fisherman, farmers, and horseman at the traditional market, while traders haggle for goods from around the region, and vendors hawk farm-fresh produce and snacks in bright displays.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.77
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$110.77

Kota Kinabalu City Day Tour & Filipino Market Shopping

Kota Kinabalu City Day Tour & Filipino Market Shopping

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Shimmy through the sights, sounds and leafy streetscapes of Kota Kinabalu City. Architectural heritage, Buildings that withstand the WW2 and a view point of the whole city in all its unassuming charm, you might want to get your cameras ready for this one.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.60
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$46.60
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Kinabalu National Park Tour

Kinabalu National Park Tour

Depart from the city hotel. The journey to Kinabalu Park takes about 1½ hours drive through scenic countryside and beautiful mountain range. On the way, stop by at the Nabalu Fruit Market to buy some fruits and souvenir.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.65
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$125.65
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Ethnic Cooking Class & Upside Down House & 3D Wonders Museum

Ethnic Cooking Class & Upside Down House & 3D Wonders Museum

Pay a visit to one of Sabah’s most unique and strange attractions, the traditional Upside Down House! It is a traditional Sabah kampung house fully equipped with a kitchen, living room, bedrooms, toilet, verandah and garden - everything upside down! Remember to be creative when you take pictures at the Upside Down House. Right next to the Upside Down House is the 3D Wonders Museum. Here you can experience Sabah in a fun and engaging way thanks to the special art that transform images into immersive 3D environments. Finally, you’ll proceed to Mango Garden Restaurant for ethnic cooking class. Dishes that will be taught during the class are: Hinava Sada (fish salad), Manuk Tinapah (BBQ chicken in local herbs & spices), Kok Daeng Masak Timbul (braised fish head with herbs). At the end of the class, you’ll be presented with a certificate of participation.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$92.31
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$92.31

Private Kinabalu Night Tour with Cultural Show and Dinner

Private Kinabalu Night Tour with Cultural Show and Dinner

Join this private night cultural tour while in Kota Kinabalu . Round trip hotel pickup and drop off included
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.54
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$61.54
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Kota Belud Sunday Market Tour from Kota Kinabalu

Kota Belud Sunday Market Tour from Kota Kinabalu

Unless you speak Malay, navigating the Kota Belud Sunday market can be a difficult task. Discover the best of the weekly shopping bonanza, and return home with the most memorable souvenirs, after a stress-free day trip from Kota Kinabalu. Exploring the market with a guide means that you'll have chance to practice your bargaining skills as well as gaining insight into the culture and history of Kota Belud. 
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.39
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$65.39
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Cultural Night Tour From Kota Kinabalu

Cultural Night Tour From Kota Kinabalu

See Kota Kinabalu’s lively nightlife unfold before your eyes as the sun sets on the South China Sea. Stroll through the bustling night market, admire a beautiful sunset from splendid Signal Hill, and indulge in a fresh seafood dinner as locals perform traditional dances to authentic Malaysian songs. - Kota Kinabalu's thriving nightlife & city lights - Bargain-hunting & street eats at the bustling night market - Signal Hill—wondrous cityscape & ocean views - Spirited performance of traditional Sabah dance - Delicious & freshly prepared seafood dinner
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.61
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$63.61
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KK Rainforest City Tour

KK Rainforest City Tour

Kota Kinabalu, the gateway to the rest of Sabah, is also the state capital. It has a population of approximately 300,000 and is usually called 'KK' for short. On this tour you will view the Puh Toh Tze (Chinese Buddhist temple) with a huge status of Kuan Yin (her goddess of mercy), Atkinson Clock Tower (one of the most enduring landmarks stands prominently on a bluff along Signal Hill), photo stop at City Mosque, shopping at Cocoa Boutique where you can find our local chocolate and enjoy some leisure time mingling with the local people at the (Filipino Market) Handicraft market before proceed back to hotel.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.50
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$32.50

Kota Kinabalu Sunset Cruise with Buffet Dinner

Kota Kinabalu Sunset Cruise with Buffet Dinner

Conclude your Kota Kinabalu adventure with a dazzling evening out at sea. Hop onto a spacious custom-built catamaran and get in touch with Sabah’s coastal charisma. Sail pass surrounding islands and into the famous Kota Kinabalu sunset. Includes guided narrations of historical & architectural landmarks that dot the coastline. - Evening cruise from Kota Kinabalu in the South China Sea - Chance to see Sabah's sunset & landmarks from the water - Laid-back & relaxed tour aboard a luxurious custom sailboat - Sights of Gaya Island in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park - Postcard-perfect views of Likas Bay in the soft moonlight
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.00
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$122.00
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Kinabalu National Park & Poring Hot Spring

Kinabalu National Park & Poring Hot Spring

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Drive through the beautiful farms and feel the mountain breeze on our famous Mt Kinabalu. Get a chance to learn about the unique flora of the area. If you're in luck you will also get to see our famous Rafflesia Flower (Extra Cost of RM30).
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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$50.00

Kota Kinabalu City Night Tour with Seafood Dinner

Kota Kinabalu City Night Tour with Seafood Dinner

Shimmy through the sights, sounds and leafy streetscapes of Kota Kinabalu City. Architectural heritage, Buildings that withstand the WW2 and a view point of the whole city in all its unassuming charm during sunset, followed by a seafood fiesta, you might want to get your cameras and appetite ready for this one.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.62
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