Perched on the northern tip of the island of Borneo, the Malaysian state of Sabah is a tropical paradise of natural wonders, scenic beauty and cultural diversity.
Sabah is famous for its unique blend of ancient traditions handed down through the millennia. In this fascinating cultural and adventure tourism destination, you'll find such exotic sights as the Rafflesia (the largest flower in the world), Asian elephants, proboscis monkeys, and of course, the famous Orang Utan.
Nationals of the following countries do not require a visa to enter Malaysia for the purpose of social or business visits for no more than 3 months:
Nationals of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Malaysia for the purpose of social or business visits for no more than 14 days:
Nationals of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Malaysia for the purpose of social/business for no more than 30 days.
For all other purposes/nationals, a visa is required.
View visa information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia
The Malaysian currency is known as Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) or (RM). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.
Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa accepts payment via China UnionPay.
Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa will no longer be accepting travellers cheques. Only payments via cash or credit card will be accepted.
Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.
A 16% surcharge including government tax is applicable in most Hotels and some private restaurants.
Many mid-range and top-end restaurants include their own service charge that varies. Officially, tipping is accepted when appropriate.
Bank Hours9am - 4.30pm, Monday through Friday9am - 12pm, Saturday
Office Hours9am - 5.30pm, Monday through Friday9am - 12pm, Saturday
Shop Hours9am - 6:30pm or later throughout the weekDepartment stores are open 9am to 9pm every day.
Visitors entering Malaysia are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor or health care professional about vaccination requirements before you plan your trip.
Dress is generally informal in Kota Kinabalu except on social, diplomatic or government occasions when a suit and tie is appropriate for the non-Muslims. Light clothing is appropriate as Kota Kinabalu only has one season which is summer.
Shorts, miniskirts and sleeveless garments for women are not advisable, especially in rural areas.
Kota Kinabalu is almost always warm and humid. Temperatures do not vary much from 74°F to 85°F or 23°C to 30°C.
Nice with some sun
Pleasant with sun and some clouds
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LanguageEnglish, Malay, Mandarin & Cantonese & Hakka Dialect
Time ZoneGMT + 8 hours
Voltage220 / 240 volts
Mobile PhonesGSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
No. 20 Jalan Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 88100, Malaysia
T:(60 88) 327 888
F:(60 88) 327 878
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