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Living in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Kota Kinabalu, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked five people living in Kota Kinabalu what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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It floods quite often nowadays. Fibre internet connectivity is available in many parts of the city, especially newer developments, and mobile reception is generally okay. Cost of eating out and housing rental often exceeds many areas in Kuala Lumpur.

If you are one with great interest in beaches and small city, this place is right for you. Kota Kinabalu is surrounded by a protected marine park comprising of several islands with pristine waters. The diversity of the reefs are a major highlight for those who are enthusiastic about marine heavens. These islands are only 15-20 minutes boat-ride from the city. You can enjoy the wilderness without having to lose civilization.

Wernery, says: 2020

Kota Kinabalu has a tropical climate. It is multiracial. Nearly everyone here is multilingual and most know some English. The culture is more conservative than a typical western city yet quite laid-back. Seafood here is cheap and there are many delicious dishes available. Kota Kinabalu was previously a British colony and English is more of a second-language than a foreign language.

Hazirah, says: 2020

The people Kota Kinabalu are friendly and helpful, it is also a tourism-friendly city in which it attracts many tourists from far and wide. There are varieties of food to enjoy and many beautiful beaches and attractions. The transportation system is very good and easy to find such as e-hailing, public buses, taxis, mini buses and so on.

Esther, says: 2020

For someone moving here, they should know the pro and cons of living in my city. For example, they should know the job market and business environment in your new area, the real estate market and available housing options, the cost of living in a new city, the climate and weather peculiarities in that part of the country and the social and cultural reality in the area.

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