1. Nature galore
A favourite getaway for a long weekend is Kinabalu Park and its surrounding attractions. Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, Kinabalu Park, is a paradise for nature and adventure lovers. Hike along the many trails found within the park or visit the nearby Poring Hot Springs for a canopy walk and a dip in a natural hot spring.
Further down is the Desa Cattle Dairy Farm (their ice-creams a must-try!) History buffs should take the time to visit the Kundasang War Memorial and, if you have time to spare, how about teeing off at Mount Kinabalu Golf Club?
If scaling Mount Kinabalu is your main agenda, dedicate your trip solely for this – climbers have to spend a night midway up the mountain at the Panalaban Base Camp before continuing the ascent to the peak at the break of dawn.
2. Culture up north
The north beckons! A leisurely 3-hour drive from KK city is the district of Kudat. The main attraction is none other than the northern-most tip of Borneo, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau (popularly referred to as Tip of Borneo).