Kota Kinabalu


TRAVEL INFORMATION


CLIMATE & WEATHER

Kota Kinabalu enjoys a year-round tropical climate, thanks to its proximity to the Equator. Generally, May to September is the best time to be visiting Sabah, as it is also the fruit season. Temperatures range from 25C during nighttime and may reach up to 32C during noon. Rainfall averages at about 210mm of precipitation in June (the average annual amount of precipitation is 2495mm) and average relative humidity is around 80%.


(Source: https://en.climate-data.org/asia/malaysia/sabah/kota-kinabalu-3752/ #google_vignette)


TIMEZONE

Standard Malaysian Time is 8 hours ahead of GMT (GMT+8).


CURRENCY

The official currency used is Malaysian Ringgit (RM). Travelers cheques and foreign currencies can be changed for Malaysian Ringgit at banks, hotels, airports, and kiosks available at major shopping complexes and also in some parts of town. Most major hotels charge a nominal fee for currency conversion.


TRANSPORTATION

Moving about in the city is relatively easy as e-hailing services like Grabcar, Airasia ride, are Maxim are readily available. Fares are generally a ordable, however it will rise during peak hours. The Kota Kinabalu International Airport is about 10 kilometres away from the city centre. Getting a ride from the airport to the city centre and vice-versa is easy. A word of caution, you might have to wait for quite a bit if you arrive at the airport after midnight as the availability of taxis are reduced - so do plan your trip ahead. If that cannot be avoided, you can also contact the hotel and let them know of your travel plans so that they can assist with the transportation


LANGUAGE

Bahasa Malaysia is the national language. English is generally spoken throughout the country. Most vendors and taxi drivers and the general population of Kota Kinabalu speak relatively good English, partly due to the abundance of tourists and expats living here. Mandarin is also widely spoken here.


ACCOMODATION

The official accomodation for the conference is at Paci c Sutera, Sutera Harbour, and it is about 6 kilometres away from the airport. For more information regarding the accomodation and conference venue, kindly visit their official website provided in the tab above —> ABOUT —> VENUE —> SUTERA HARBOUR


FOOD

There is a plethora of good food all around the city, and Kota Kinabalu is known for its seafood o erings. Apart from the must-try local delicacies, a variety of well loved cuisines such as Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Spanish and even Russian are available for your gastronomical cravings. The night markets are also not to be missed for great street food! Not too adventurous to go out on a food hunt? No worries - food delivery services on Grabfood and FoodPanda can deliver them straight to your doorstep.


SHOPPING & CONVENIENCES

Shopping for necessities and souvenirs? Kota Kinabalu has a lot to o er. Head to the major malls like Imago and Suria Sabah to get your shopping needs. If you’re looking for a more laid-back atmosphere, head to the Central Market and the Filipino Market - theres a lot to look at, and certainly a lot more for purchase!