What was previously known as Jesselton is now known and recognized by the locals and foreigners as Kota Kinabalu. Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of the state of Sabah and also the capital to West Coast Sabah Division. It is geographically positioned in the northwest coast of Borneo island that faces the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and South China Sea on one other, set in the midst of Mount Kinabalu as its backdrop. Kota Kinabalu is known to be a beautiful nature resort city that stretches miles towards the inlands and beside the coast. The locals lovingly call their city “Api Api” whereas for the rest of the world it is known as Kota Kinabalu. This city is a famous getaway for tourists and the primary entrance to Borneo Island and Sabah. Kota Kinabalu features a wide array of spectacular attraction sites over the city, and in a relatively short time has become the most prospering commercial and industrial sectors of East Malaysia. Its breathtaking mountains and mountain views, national parks, historic sites and beautiful landscapes are the best excuse to visit and enjoy true natural beauty.
The Climate in Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu experiences a warm and tropical climate all through the year. Its presence near the equator is what primarily gives it an equatorial climate. The temperatures are constant and the locals get to experience rainforest most of the time. However, in certain seasons Kota Kinabalu does not experience heavy downpours, but the humidity is something that can always be expected. High levels of humidity owe to an annual rainfall in the region. There is rainfall all round the year and the days keep fluctuating between hot to warm to humid. Basically Kota Kinabalu has two kind of seasons, and they are dry season and wet season.
The periods between November to March and May to September consist of a dry season, and June is the driest of them all. Travelling in this season brings along certain requirements because the sun and heat are at their peak. Make sure to carry sunglasses, sunscreens and a hat at all times to protect yourself from the blistering heat. Whoever tends to visit Kota Kinabalu during this time must be prepared for the rush of the peak season.
The periods of April, May and November tend to be wetter because the downpours fluctuate between early a.m. hours and late afternoon. The climate is relatively more humid in these months than it is in the dry season, and this is why the chances of meeting a crowd of people on the road is reduced.
Best time to visit Kota Kinabalu
The best time to visit Kota Kinabalu is during January to March because the climate during this period is relatively cool, dry and less messy. This is the perfect time to enjoy relaxing outdoor activities and derive the pleasures of sightseeing the most breathtaking attractions. The month of October experiences heavy downpours of rain in the city and it is advisable for visitors to avoid scheduling a trip to Kota Kinabalu during this period. The months of May and April are severely humid and hot and this is the worst time to make a trip because it gets unbearably uncomfortable. Kota Kinabalu gets too crowded during times when festivals are held and the task of finding a decent hotel or visiting the city for sightseeing sessions can be quite tedious and daunting. Most of the festivals are held from November to January and so late January, February and March are relatively more enjoyable and peaceful in Kota Kinabalu.
In conclusion, Kota Kinabalu is an annual attractive tourist spot depending on what the visitors are coming for. With respect to climate, January and February are the perfect months but those who don’t mind the sultry weather and wish for a more cultural experience and tour of the town, the May Sabah Festival is the perfect time to plan your trip. This festival is exclusively for the compulsive shoppers who definitely won’t be able to resist visiting Kota Kinabalu between the periods of June to September to avail the yearly carnival sale.
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