If you’ve been following my posts, you’ll know that I was recently in Kota Kinabalu for work. It was my first time there, and I was itching to explore…but my itinerary was pretty packed so I only managed to sneak out for a couple of hours on my last day. :/

20161210_110313-tile

A good spot to stay at is at Le Meridien KK, as there are several tourist attractions around. I walked across the road to the Waterfront, where I had a sunset dinner the night before. The view at daytime is still picturesque, with fishing vessels bobbing in the water and the dark green shadow of Pulau Gaya in the distance. 20161210_110949-tile

20161210_111021-tile

20161210_111513-tile

Just next to the harbour is the Handicraft Market, aka Filipino Market. Housed in a bright yellow building with a green roof, the inside is an elaborate labyrinth of stalls selling souvenirs, handicrafts and knick knacks; from jewelry and clothing to bags and keychains. Be ready to haggle – you might even walk away with some good bargains.

20161210_112226-tile

Outside, traders beckon to guests while working on pieces at their sewing machines.

20161210_111256-tile

20161210_111302-tile

Colourful assortment of bags and clothing hang from the rafters.

20161210_111308-tile

Magnets, plates, little wooden drums, pouches, wallets, masks, carvings… you name it, they got it.  20161210_111535-tile 20161210_111616-tile

20161210_112256-tile

20161210_112132-tile

Dried fish is a specialty in Kota Kinabalu, and visitors will find that further down the road at the Salted Fish Market.  If you’re a girl, I suggest bringing a companion because I got catcalled .___.”

20161210_111643-tile 20161210_111922-tile 20161210_111928-tile Didn’t get anything, but if you’re looking to buy some snacks/souvenirs, these two spots are as good as any in KK. 🙂

More adventures to come!