Kota Kinabalu is a beautiful but oddly familiar place. The city's topography is similar to ours (lots of water surrounding the city), our climates are the same (we're both found near the equator), and the locals look just like us (hence, the popularity of our own teleseryes and stars like Jericho Rosales). Much like us, their locals are friendly and eager to find out what brings you to their rapidly developing island.

Scroll through our gallery and see some of the gorgeous sites in Kota Kinabalu. Been there already? Tell us what you loved and didn't love about this destination!

(First published in
Marie Claire Philippines, Travel Section as "Conquering Kota Kinabalu" in March 2009; photos by Mimi Tiu unless otherwise noted; adapted for use in Female Network)

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