Here’s a fun video I did while working for Rustic Borneo. It’s more playful than informative, but gives a grassroots impression of Kota Kinabalu. The walking route includes a few of Kota Kinabalu’s most icon landmarks, and the walk is not too strenious either.
The walk take you past one of Kota Kinabalu’s often promoted and oldest heritage sites, the Atkinson’s Clock Tower. After a quick view it takes you up along Jalan Istana on the side of Signal Hill, to the Signal Hill Lookout Deck. From there you’ll have a comprehensive view of the city. I superimposed the names of other landmarks you can see from there on the video, to give an impression of scale and distance.
After you had your fill of the lookout’s sweet vistas, return to the city via a nano jungle trek that cuts down from Jalan Istana an exists in Australia Place. Every so often macaques are spotted on this road and in the patch of jungle, so if you’re very lucky you might share in the joy. Otherwise it’s a beautiful pocket of rainforest to enjoy.
The walk continues along Kota Kinabalu’s main road, Jalan Tun Razak, and crosses via the pedestrian bridge near the Post Office, which leads to the city’s Pasar Besar (Big Market), also called the Central Market.
A quick walkthrough takes us through the multitude of fruit and vegetable stalls, and then heads outside, towards the large handicraft market situated just next door. A brief scurry through explosion of colours in the maze of trinkets, brings the walk to the end.
Hope you have as much fun watching (and walking the route) as I had making the video.