The gateway to Malaysia's first World Heritage site, Kinabalu National Park, Kota-Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah on the island of Borneo. Locally referred to as "KK", this coastal city is fringed by tropical rainforest and known for its beaches, colorful buzzing markets and the stunning waterfront Kota Kinabalu City Mosque.
It is not yet a startup hub, but somewhere that you may just forget about toiling on your laptop. The area is for those looking for space where their ideas can soar and take a refreshing break from corporate offices. Coworking is just starting to happen in the city in response to the need for local professionals looking for somewhere to hang their hats and work from without the need to establish their own offices. Coworking has also sprung up to cater to the intrepid nomad totting a laptop that just has to get some work done despite the wild call of nature all around. Don't expect designer funk in the decor, but the workspaces do have everything you could possibly need in a shared working environment to get a professional job done.
KK is not a city to make you go wow the minute you arrive, but its tranquil vibe slowly creeps up on you once you notice how friendly the locals are (a mixture of Brunei Malays, Bajau, Chinese, Kadazandusun), experience your first fiery sunset with beverage in hand or not, explore the local arts and music scene plus gorge yourself on a vast array of culinary delights and the freshest of fresh seafood that is still swimming on your plate.
Remember to keep your flesh hidden, especially once you find yourself in the countryside out of respect for the locals, as it is an Islamic enclave. Despite the fact that Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hakka dialect are spoken, most of the locals do understand English.
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