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Why Tourists Are Visiting the Menggatal and Inanam Area of Kota Kinabalu

Tourism is a leading industry in Sabah, bringing in almost 4 million tourists in 2019 alone. Known as “the land below the wind”, Sabah is a travellers hotspot for its natural tropical beauty and just a few minutes drive from the city centre is the Menggatal and Inanam area where there is more than meets the eye.

Things to do 

1. Mari Mari Cultural Village

Tourists at Mari Mari Cultural Village. Photo credit to Viator.

There are a few cultural villages in Sabah but Mari Mari Cultural Village has it all. It gives you the chance to step back in time and visit 5 different ethnic groups in one village. Taste the flavours of each group, play traditional games and experience local cultures in just half a day! This one is a Sabah must-see. 

Where: Inanam, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Operation Hours: Mon-Sun, 10AM - 6PM

2. Le’ One Kokol Elf

Sabah's own picturesque swing! Photo credit to MYC.

We no longer have to travel all the way to Bali for this famous swing picture opportunity! Le' One Kokol Elf is not only a haven for Instagrammers, but it's a unique way to experience Sabah's gorgeous sunsets. Apart from the swing, Le' One Kokol Elf is a playground of picturesque hang out spots.

Where: KM 7, Jalan Kokol, Menggatal, Kota Kinabalu.
Operating hours: Mon-Sun, 9AM - 7:30PM

3. Kiansom Park

Kiansom Waterfall Park. Photo credit to Travel Malaysia.

This Inanam location has been famously dubbed as Kota Kinabalu’s “waterfall park” for it’s 7 cascading waterfalls. It has become a favourite picnic spot for local friends and families and is the perfect nearby getaway to get out of the city and to be one with nature.

Where: Jalan Kionsom, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 8AM-6PM

Where to stay

1. Kasih Sayang Health Resort

Breathtaking mountainous views all year round. Photo credit to

Kasih Sayang Health Resort is a retreat for rejuvenating the body, mind and soul. Be greeted with crisp fresh air and stunning 360° mountainous views, then leave feeling new and refreshed!

Where: Kampung Sinagang, Bukit Kokol Menggatal, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

2. Kokol Haven resort

Unforgettable sunset views at Kokol Haven Resort. Photo credit to Wed Dreams

Perched atop a mountain, Kokol Haven Resort offers stunning ocean views of Kota Kinabalu city on one side and luscious green views of virgin Borneo rainforest on the other. Being just 90 minutes from the city centre, you may take a day trip here to enjoy the scenery and delicious signature cuisine dishes or spend a night or two to discover all that Kokol has to offer.

Where: KM 10, Jalan Kokol, Menggatal, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

3. Kiansom Getaway Cabin

A humble abode with a view! Photo credit to Agoda

Ideally located in the area of Inanam, Kiansom Getaway Cabin offers the perfect place to stay with easy access to the most popular attractions nearby at an affordable price!

Where: 245 Kampung Babagon Toki Inanam

Coming Soon to Sabah
An upcoming development in the Inanam and Menggatal area of Kota Kinabalu will be the first in Sabah to have a Japanese theme with clean and contemporary designs. To hear more about it, CLICK THIS LINK to receive the latest updates on this development.

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